Saturday, 29 September 2012

Letterbox Love (#19)

 
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
This week is a two week edition as I was very busy last week! I got lots of goodies to share with you all though!
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
Bought:
 
 
All of these I've been waiting to read and I went on a book buying spree and got them all at once! Except the Casual Vacancy which I bought yesterday!
 
Won:
 
Signed Copy!
 
For Review:
 
Thanks to Ian at Bloomsbury!
Thank you Mira ink for these!
Thanks to Bloomsbury!
Thanks to Genn at Gollancz
 
 
Huge thanks to Hodder for this! It's huge!
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
Blog Tour and Excerpt: Neptunes Tears By Susan Waggoner
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!
 
 

Friday, 28 September 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

 
Thirteen Reason Why
Release Date: 18th October 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
 
Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic.
 
Review: This is a brilliant book that really makes you think. It's a heartbreaking tale about the tough parts of life, and how things can soon spiral out of control, leaving you lost and defenceless. Thirteen Reasons Why is a story where these events lead Hannah to her end. Things got too much for her, she asked for help but no one answered. When there's no one left who cares, what more can you do. It's a novel about the truths of falling into the black hole of depression and losing yourself. I think the main message we get from this book is that you are never alone. It may seem like it but there is always someone out there who cares. Someone who can help. You must never forget this. This is full of truths and these things happen to real people, it's as true and heartbreaking as a story can get. It's one that will leave you thinking for a long time.
 
Thirteen Reasons Why begins when Clay finds a shoebox full of tapes left on his doorstop. When he listens to the first tape, the haunting voice of Hannah Baker greets him. Hannah committed Suicide a few weeks ago, before she did she created these tapes that explained the thirteen reasons that lead to her decision. Each event snowballed into the next creating one big cobweb of problems. Everyone who receives the tapes is featured on one of them. Clay is shocked when he receives them, he hardly knew Hannah. Yes he fancied her but it never went further than one kiss. Listening to the tapes he begins to realise just how much pain Hannah was going through. He's heartbroken when he realises that she asked for his help and  he just left. The reality of the truth hurts and he cannot believe what some of the other people did to her. Clay realises that he could have prevented all this but failed, he needs to make sure it never happens again.
 
The story is told by the dual narratives of Hannah and Clay. Clay is an Innocent kind boy just trying to live his life. He has no idea about the chaos of Hannah's life and mind. Clay has liked Hannah for ages but he's always to shy to make a move and now he will never have the chance. Clay soon loses his innocents as he realises the terrible things his classmates have done. How much longer can he live in the shadow and not realise the things and consequences of everyone's actions? We all know there are bad people in the world but we normally just blindside it but Clay has come face to face with these people and he's seen the effect it had on Hannah. He realises that this could happen to anyone and he wants to stop. He wants to succeed where others failed. He will be the one there to help.
 
I loved this book. Yes, it is dark and full of harsh realities but it is so real. It is a true reflection of life and the horrors that can effect you. I personally know the dark effects thoughts and feeling can have on your mind and it isn't something I want other people to go through. There is people to help, even if you think there isn't. I cannot stress enough the importance to talk to someone when you feel down, keeping things bottled inside will only make it worse. This book really hit home with me and I hope it will make other people open their eyes to what could be happening to other people. It's a lesson we all need to learn, especially before it's too late. This book will be one I keep close to me, it's one I think many people should read to understand the dark depths people can fall into to. One day a person could need your help.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

UK Cover Reveal: The Rising By Kelley Armstrong

If you've been around here a while you know just how much I love Kelley Armstrong. She is my all time favourite author! So I was super excited to see she had just revealed the UK Cover for The Rising, the final book in the Darkness Rising Trilogy. Here it is:
 
 
The Rising
Series: Darkness Rising #3
Release Date: 1st April 2013
Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
 
*Spoilers if you haven't read the series*
Synopsis: Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the St. Clouds and a rival Cabal, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
 
All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting out of control.
 
But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she’ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.
 
I actually think this is my favourite cover of the series! It just shows how fierce Maya really is! And the red colour screams danger at me! Oh I'm so excited for this book!
 
Here are the covers for The Gathering and The Calling for comparison!
 
 
 
 
 
What do you think of the new cover?
 
 


Monday, 24 September 2012

Cover Reveal: A Witch Alone By Ruth Warburton

I have yet to read this series but I love the covers so much! When I was at the Summer Scream Event I got to meet the lovely Ruth Warburton and she gave me a sneak peak to the cover and it was gorgeous! I'm so happy I can now share it all with you!
 
 
A Witch Alone
Series: Winter Trilogy #1
Release Date: 7th February 2013
Publisher: Hodder
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
 
Synopsis: Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out?

For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden.

But as Anna delves deeper into her history, she begins to fear that the truth about what set her mother running may be darker than she ever suspected. With the witches of the world on the brink of war, Seth gone, and her friend Abe wanting more from her than she can possibly give, Anna is in crisis.

As the clouds around her gather, Anna is torn between friends, family and rival tribes of witches and – at the last – between love and magic.
 
Here are the other two covers for comparison!
 
 
I love the covers and the new one is my favourite! What do you think of the cover for A Witch Alone!
 
 


Firelight By Sophie Jordan

 
Firelight
Series: Firelight #1
Release Date: 7th September 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
 
Synopsis: A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
 
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
 
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
 
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.  
 
Review: First of all I want to say how gorgeous is this cover! I think it's one of my favourites ever. This book has interested me for a long while but I've never been able to find it in any local bookshops so I was really surprised when my library had a copy. Firelight is a unique novel about descendants of Dragons. It's very interesting how the author did it and I loved all the world building. But there were some slight problems which I will explain in a moment. Firelight is a good paranormal novel with a new type of supernatural creature.
 
Firelight begins when Jacinda goes with her friend to fly at night. Within the Pride this is forbidden and the risk is very high. After setting off Hunters track them down. The hunters are the Draki's enemies. Forced to flee and hide, Jacinda finds herself in a cave with a hunter. The most confusing thing is he lets her go. She survives because of this. Nevertheless the consequences are severe in the Pride. They want to clip her wings. This is the largest and most horrible form of punishment for their kind. Her mother packs up and they leave the pride behind for good. Starting again in a new town, Jacinda begins to feel her Draki wither away. That is until Will, the hunter who saved her shows up and her Draki comes alive. Sparks fly when they begin to talk. Jacinda knows that his family hunts her kind but she is just so drawn to him. Especially as he ignites her Draki. She will do anything to keep that part of her alive.
 
Jacinda was an interesting character. She's a unique type of Draki, the one and only fire breather in hundreds of years. Her pride wants to keep her wrapped up and have her mate with the Alphas son, so more Fire breathers can be born into the pride. They want to use her. Her mother is keeping these secrets from her, she doesn't want her daughter to find out how horrible the Pride really can be. Jacinda is a tough, fiery girl who will do what she wants. Will is from a hunting family. At school he is mysterious and not close to too many people except his family. That is until Jacinda comes along. She's different and he can feel it. He has a secret that links him to her but will it tear them apart. They try to keep the truth from each other but will all be revealed in the end?
 
I really liked the idea of Draki and the Hunters. It was very different to other YA reads. It's also one I recommend if you want something a little different with a new twist. Now a few things that I felt let the book down. I didn't like how indecisive Jacinda would be, she was changing her mind all the time. One moment she couldn't wait to be with Will, the next she was saying how she has to keep away from him. And vise versa all through the book. I understand a few times but it was slightly repetitive. Another thing was that it was slightly predictable. Oh I really hate to say it but it also reminded me of twilight. Not that Jacinda was like Bella at all, she was the total opposite. Instead it was how the hunter fell in love with his prey. It even has a line that says exactly that, it instantly reminded me of the line in twilight when the "lion fell in love with the lamb." There were a few more similarities but I guess I will leave it here.
 
This book could have been excellent, but it just had a few problems that needed to be straightened out. Hopefully the next book will be more complete. This is a unique book though and I do recommend it. A few improvements here and there and it would have been better. I look forward to reading the rest of the series to see the development of these characters.
 
 
 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Breathe By Sarah Crossan

 
Breathe
Series: Breathe #1
Release Date: 11th October 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
 
Synopsis: When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.
 
Review: I received a review copy of this from the publisher. It's a book i had seen around a lot on fellow bloggers sites so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. Breathe is a very interesting book, it's set when all the trees have died and the oxygen levels have plummeted. Only the select few can live inside the Pod. It's been years since the switch but inside the Pod is still split into three classes. The rich get to have extra oxygen tanks to keep fit, whereas the poorer people can only barely survive with what they have. Crossan has created an interesting world and the scary thing about it is that if we keep destroying the earth there is a possibility that this can happen. How scary is that? Not being able to depend on the one thing that keeps you alive.
 
If you can't tell, this is a dystopian novel all about survival in a world where oxygen is running out. It's also about the harsh reality that no matter where you go someone will always want to be in control. There is no escaping that wherever you go. We see how the leaders of the Pod are keeping secrets from the citizens. They are keeping them trapped and hiding the truth, why? So they can remain in control. Only the resistance know the truth but once you're labelled a terrorist there's no getting back in the pod and spreading the truth. Breathe has the bad guys, the leaders of the pod and the good guy, the Leader of the resistance. They aren't so different. All they have worked for is threatened and this will make people do crazy things. It's interesting seeing how two leaders thoroughly against each other can both harness the harsh and cruel facade that they have come to embrace. Despite that we see the leader Petra of the resistance's humanity shine through. Where as those leaders of the pod are just harsh and cruel because they are motivated by greed. Petra is motivated to do the right thing and she will not let something so small crash down upon her hard work.
 
Breathe is told from three perspectives. Bea, Quinn and Alina. Each character is very unique. Crossan is a master at writing multiple narratives. Each chapter you can tell who is narrating. Each character has a unique voice making it easy to tell them apart. This is probably the best novel I've read where the different perspectives flow flawlessly and it works perfectly.
 
Breathe follows Bea, Quinn and Alina. Alina is a tough girl and part of the resistance. She wants out of the pod where she can finally be free. Instead she's stuck inside the pod where her insider knowledge is invaluable. That is until she's caught as a terrorist. Running for her life she escapes to the Border where she stumbles into Bea and Quinn. She needs them to get pass the security but she doesn't realise just how valuable they will become to her. Quinn is a premium, he's lived a life of luxury and now he wants to spend some quality time with his best friend on a camping trip outside of the Pod. Bea is Quinns best friend but she is a auxiliary. Her life is hard, her parents try to make it easier but there's nothing they can do. Bea takes a test to become a premium and she fails. The leaders will never trust an auxiliary. Leaving with Quinn they meet Alina. Bea loves Quinn she always has but he has never noticed. Instead Quinn flirts with Alina, the stranger. Bea is heartbroken but she just can't leave him. We watch as they all begin to depend on each other and in the end come to trust each other. The class divide falls away and together they became a team. A team to reveal the truth.
 
Breathe is a spectacular novel. It's full of suspense and action that leaves the reader tense. Crossan is a writer to look out for, her ability to write multiple narratives so flawlessly is a very unique gift that I hope we will see much more in the future. Crossan has mastered the different perspectives and I'm sure she will be a name we will see frequently in the future. I can't wait to see where the group are headed in the next book, but I have a year to wait. So during that time I will be here persuading you to buy this book! You'll miss out if you don't!
 
 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

UK Cover Reveal: The Stone Demon By Karen Mahoney

Karen has just released the cover for The Stone Demon the third and final book in the Iron Witch Trilogy. I love how well it ties into the rest of the UK covers. Also an synopsis has finally been released too, you can find that below.
 
 
The Stone Demon
Series: The Iron Witch #1
Release Date: February 2013
Publisher: Corgi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
 
Synopsis: The just-unleashed demon hordes have delivered an impossible ultimatum to the Order of the Crow: produce the Philosopher’s Stone, or suffer a deadly reaper storm of retribution. If Donna cannot recreate the mythical artefact, the world will be plunged into a devastating modern day Dark Age.
 
Pitting her dangerously unpredictable powers against a vengeful demon king, two maleficent faery queens and an immortal magus with his own shadowy agenda, Donna must be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. But, this time, death may not be enough…
 
The final, breathtaking story in the Iron Witch trilogy.
 
 
Here's the US Cover for comparison:
 
 
What do you think of the cover? Do you prefer the US or UK Cover?


Blog Tour and Excerpt: Neptune's Tears By Susan Waggoner

 
Welcome to the Second stop on the Neptune's Tears Blog Tour! Below you will find more information about the book and an exclusive excerpt! Enjoy and remember to follow the rest of the tour.
 
 
Neptune's Tears
Release Date: 1st September 2012
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
 
Synopsis: What would you risk for the one you love?
It is love against the odds.
There is his world, and there is hers.
How can they feel so connected?
It's 2218 and Zee McAdams is in her second year as a healing empath at a busy London hospital. When a mysterious young man arrives for treatment, Zee's hard won calm is pierced.  She will need all her courage if she's to follow her heart. Especially when David reveals a devastating secret.
The Exerpt:
Zee didn’t know what she’d find in A&E. She hoped it wasn’t severed body parts. Blood always made her queasy, and a severed part made the whole body angry and difficult to work with.
Dr Morgan was waiting for her with a grim look on his face, but that didn’t mean anything because Dr Morgan always had a grim look on his face. Except when the problem turned out to be routine. Then he looked disappointed.
‘Gash to forehead,’ he said, steering Zee towards A&E exam room two. ‘He refused a head scan and now wants to check out AMA.’ Against medical advice. Yes, that would certainly annoy Dr Morgan.
‘Do you think he has a concussion?’ she asked.
‘I think he has a subdural haematoma. It could blow like Vesuvius any minute.’ His eyes sparkled with anticipation as he gestured at the door of the examining room. ‘See if you can keep him here.’
Zee took a clearing breath and entered the room. The young man sitting in the cubicle wasn’t that much older than she was. Zee had been trained to notice the small gestures that took place in the first few minutes of an encounter, revealing the patient’s state of mind and openness to non-invasive healing. She caught a blur of motion. The young man seemed to have been rubbing a small metal bar against his forehead, but it disappeared into his pocket so swiftly she couldn’t be certain.
When he lifted his head, Zee felt a tug. Involuntary personal attraction. A reflex, like coughing when you walked into a dusty room. She’d felt it before with other patients, but not quite like this. When he looked at her, his deep grey eyes seemed to draw her towards him. She wanted to go on looking at him, at the way a few strands of dark hair fell across his forehead. Clearly, Piper had created more than a tiny pinprick in her calm. She’d never felt so open to someone before, and was determined to regain her sense of calm.
‘Hi,’ she said, ‘I’m Zee, your assigned empath.’
‘I’m David Sutton, unassigning myself.’ When he smiled, his eyebrows lifted, as if inviting her to share a secret joke. Then, looking at her, the smile changed into a different kind of expression. Instead of hopping off the hospital trolley, he stayed where he was. Everything about him seemed to stop and the room floated into stillness, like a leaf or a feather settling to earth. For a long moment he simply stared at her, and Zee allowed him to, without moving or closing her face to him.
 
***********
 
About the Author:
 
 
Susan: I wanted to be a writer before I could read. Books had always seemed magical to me and one day, when I was about four years old, I suddenly understood that the indecipherable rows of black marks were what was telling the story. It was a lightning bolt moment. I wanted to be the one in charge of the black marks.

I enjoyed YA, but YA got into a romance and gossip rut until a few years ago, when it became much more imaginative and sophisticated. The dystopian novels were more interesting but is this really the only vision of the future? I heard many parents echo the same concern and thought it would be fun to see if I could write something exciting and romantic without the hook of oppressive governments.

Zee’s career as an empath was something I’d been thinking about for a long time, but, as often happens when I began to write, it was Zee and David who showed me how the story really went, filling in parts I’d missed.

In my heart of hearts, I believe all stories happened somewhere and sometime. The writer’s job, like Zee’s, is to shut out daily distractions to describe that other reality.
 
Be Sure to check out tomorrows post over at Stepping Out of the Page. It will be a guest post from Susan discussing the title and cover artwork of Neptune's Tears!
 
Thank you for stopping by this stop on the blog tour!
 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkeles

 
Perfect Chemistry
Series: Perfect Chemistry #1
Release Date: 23rd December 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Paperback
 
Synopsis: When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.
 
Review: If you've been apart of the online blogging community, I can probably guarantee you will have seen this book or the sequels somewhere. It's a book that has many reviews stating it's brilliance so I had high expectations for it. After reading it I can't understand all the hype. I even nearly put the book down at one point,  to not pick up again. Alas I did and here we are. Perfect Chemistry is a YA Romance book about how opposites attract, and how someone so different to you can be the perfect match. It puts the characters through the paces and makes them decide some pretty hard decision. It was interesting to see the whole thing unravel but there were a few things that really annoyed me.
 
Perfect Chemistry follows Brittany the golden girl, who has it all. Or so it seems. Her home life isn't exactly perfect, no where near. She uses her perfect facade to impress her parents and so she can fit in and be popular at school. Yes she is spoilt but her parents thrust so many rules upon her. Her so called perfect life is nearly ripped apart when bad boy Alex is forced to be her lab partner. At First Alex doesn't like Brittany he doesn't like how she's so spoilt. He has to work in a gang to protect his family. When a bet is created with his friends, to see if Alex can Sleep with Brittany, Alex has to get closer to Brittany but instead he finds himself falling for her.
 
Brittany at first seems like your average Blonde popular high school girl. But we soon see the pressure that her parents put upon her. At home she has a sister who is very ill, because of this Brittany needs to be the perfect daughter so her parents don't look bad in front of their friends. Brittany is beginning to lose it, the pressure is making her slowly crack and when she gets closer to Alex, she gets to see an outsiders view of her world. Alex is a bad boy gangster who fluently speaks Spanish. He frequently flunks school to do business for the gang. He was a much better character than Brittany, he had More energy and dare I say seemed more real. Together they have an interesting relationship but it didn't seem real to me, yes it was sweet but some things were uncharacteristic.
 
I also really did not like how much Spanish is used in the book. Yes we understand Alex and his family are Spanish but most of us readers cannot read Spanish. So why does it need to be included so often. I don't even have a clue what it says half the time, it just disrupts the flow of reading. Another thing was the whole gang thing, and how easily Alex jumped into fights. I didn't like it. There's a fight at the beginning and that's where I nearly put the book down. There were way to many gang reference and like above we know he's in a gang we are not stupid! Brittany's mum was a bitch and her father was absent, his absence wasn't really explained.
 
This book was ok but it really wasn't anything special. I don't see what the fuss is all about. It is a interesting YA Romance but there are some that are much better out there. I borrowed the second book too and I couldn't get past the first chapter the main character was such an arse. I've given up on this series. Oh and the freaking ending they end up being super scientists, hello? I thought they weren't that good at chemistry then they make a cure for a disease. I'm going to stop grumbling now and more on. If you like YA Contemporary romance then you will probably like this but it wasn't the book for me.
 
 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Letterbox Love (#18)

 
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

Borrowed:
 
 
Won/Received:
 
Thanks to Andersen Press for this!
Thanks to Egmont and Electric Monkey for this!
Thank you to Bloomsbury for this! It sounds awesome!
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!
 
 

Friday, 14 September 2012

US Cover Reveal: With All My Soul By Rachel Vincent

After catching up with this series this year, I cannot explain how excited i am for the last book! It's one of my most anticipated reads of 2013! If you haven't read the series, i really suggest it! Now onto the cover. I loved the last few US covers of the Soul Screamers series and this I love too! So here it is, in all it's golden glory:
 
 
With All My Soul
Series: Soul Screamers #7
Release Date: 1st April 2013
Publisher: US Harlequin teen, UK Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
 
Isn't it just gorgeous? I'd love to see your thoughts on the cover, Leave a comment below!
 
You can find my review of books, 3-6 below:
 
 
I will post the UK Cover for With All My Soul once it has been released!
 
 

The Hunt By Andrew Fukuda

 
The Hunt
Series: The Hunt #1
Release Date: 10th May 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
 
Synopsis: Against all odds, 17-year-old Gene has survived in a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government sponsored hunt. When Gene is selected to be one of the combatants he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow competitors whose suspicions about his true nature are growing.
 
Review: The Hunt is an interesting book and a brilliant new take on Vampires. This book has a lot of detail and background information. The world is very well fleshed out but still there were times when I was slightly confused. There may have been too much unneeded detail where it could have been used instead to make the reader understand more. Nevertheless The Hunt is a quick and enjoyable read, that makes your pulse race. These Vampires are very unique. They are interesting but at the same time scary. For once we have a YA book where Vampires are scary and not to be messed with. They do not sparkle and they most definitely can't go out in the sun. I Think this book would probably appeal to boys more than girls but believe me girls can enjoy it too!
 
The Hunt follows Gene a human, living amongst vampires. He has spent years trying to blend in and not draw attention to himself, that is until a Heper Hunt is announced and his numbers are picked. Thrust into the spotlight, he is given special treatment and shipped off to the Heper institute where he learns more about the Hunt. Gene already has a plan to keep him out of the hunt so no one suspects him. But here he doesn't have the supplies needed to act Vampire. His scent is getting stronger and making the Vampires mad. It's won't be too long until someone suspects him. At the institute Gene learns more about the Hepers and how they aren't savage, they are the same as him. He also see's the effect blood lust can have on the fellow hunters. He knows his time is running out but he's too closely guarded to get away. The longer he leaves it, the sooner he will be discovered. That will only end badly.
 
Gene is a character who is constantly worried about blending in. If he doesn't well he wouldn't even last a few seconds. His whole life has been sent blending in and after the disappearance of his father he's been forced to grow up alone and learn how to survive. Gene was strong and kept his wits about him, he was always hesitant and tried to keep in the shadow. His mind was always working searching for escape routes, the slightest mistake could lead to his end. The other main character was Ashley June, she too has her secrets. She's a popular vampire who has it all, or so it seems. I thought she was rather stuck up and plastic but nearer the end we get to know her better. It was interesting watching her character develop. Gene on the other hand didn't really develop throughout the book, he pretty much remained the same which was a shame. I would have liked to have seen his character grow.
 
The thing I really loved about this book was the Vampires. They couldn't go out into the sun and were always blood thirsty. The whole world was ruled by them, each heper was devoured on sight. These vampires had a weird thing where they scratch their wrists when they are eager or anxious etc. They drool a lot too when they are excited. It was really interesting seeing the bloodthirsty monster come out again. The world was really interesting but I think a few things could have been explained better.
 
The Hunt was an interesting read and a new twist on Vampires but there could have been a few tweaks along the way. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable read that I think many teen boys will enjoy. It's not a hard read but there is a lot of detail, that could be a bit confusing. Overall the Hunt was a good book but with a few improvements it could have been even better.
 


 

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: This edition 2009, first edition 1999
Publisher: Pocket books (Simon and Schuster)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
 
Synopsis: 'I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day... or wondering who did the heart breaking and why.'

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
 
Review: I think this is my book. You know people have their songs, that they can really relate to? Or a specific song that reflects a period of time in your life. That song that will flip the switch on your memories as you watch them all flood back. Well, this is my book. It's a book I can relate to in many ways and I think I read it at the perfect time. It has immediately become one of my favourite books. And because I borrowed it from the library, I went and bought myself a copy straight away. I want this book on my shelf for years to come. It's the only book I want to give to friends and family to show them that this book is me right at this moment in time.
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower contains many themes and topics, such as drugs, sex, alcohol, abuse, sexuality and even more so life as a teenager with issues. Each topic is dealt with in ways that make them so real. The thing I loved about Charlie is that he didn't exaggerate, he told things how they were and this is what makes them so real. It shows the blunt pain and effects these can have. We see him and his friends struggle with teenage life. Each friend is dealing with different problems and that's just like the real world. You may not know but each person has gone through some sort of trouble or emotional strain and pain and this shows how common these themes and topics are.
 
The book follows Charlie as he journeys into the mysterious place of high school. He's a wallflower, he's shy but he observes. He's clever and very thoughtful sometimes too thoughtful. He gets to the point and doesn't over exaggerate. I loved him right from the start. He's an innocent that is introduced to many things that change him. These things are a good change to him, they introduce him to friends that he will learn to rely on. Charlie has problems or rather issues. Being a wallflower doesn't allow him to participate in life instead he steps back and watches it pass by. I can relate to this in so many ways. I have a strong connection to Charlie, that I have never felt with another character. With the help of his new friends he slowly begins to participate in life.
 
Charlies, new circle of friends are also different. We have Patrick who is rather funny, he's also gay and struggles with a boy who won't let the world know he's gay. Patrick has to go through heartbreak and betrayal by this person he had started to really like. We see him go off the edge and falling into drink, but with some help he pulls himself together. Sam is an interesting character. She's very intelligent and sees the world very differently. She's confident and will speak up, she's inspiring but at the same time she could be quite cold to Charlie. Together the three were brilliant! They made a great group and the sadness you feel when they leave each other is huge.
 
Charlie spoke about his family too in a way that showed the reader their personalities without talking about them too extensively. His narration was truly inspiring, he is wise, mature and intelligent beyond his years. His writing was just, wow. It was beautiful, it flowed perfectly. I would love to be able to write like that. I love this book, the narration, characters, themes, emotions. They were all perfect. Yes, Perfect. I want to read this book again but I will have to wait for my copy to arrive. It will be the book I go back to read again and again. This is a favourite of mine and it will forever be so. This book shows that you can be different and be proud of it. I for one can say proudly, that I am a Wallflower. And I guess that's why I relate to this so much. Please give this book a read, I would love to know what you think.
 

 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Letterbox Love (#17)

 
First of all, I'm sorry this blog hasnt been active the last couple of days, I started college and it was such long days and i was extremely tired. I didnt have time to blog, but I'm back until Tuesday, so I'm back! My College days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I apologise in advacne if this blog is silent on these days in the upcoming weeks
 
Letterbox Love is a new weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
Bought:
 
This book was so good, I bought myself a copy! Look out for my review next week!
 
Won/Received:
 
-Neptunes Tears By Susan Waggoner
Thanks to Picadilly Press for this! It's for a blog tour!
I can't wait to read this! Thanks Books with Bite!
 
Borrowed:
 
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!