Friday, 31 December 2010

BLOG TOUR: Review of Wereworld by Curtis Jobling

I am really please be be involved in the blog tour for this awesome book!
Today I have bit more than just a review for you - I also have a trailer and website link for wereworld for you to check out


MY REVIEW
Wereworld by Curtis Jobling
Published by Puffin 6th January 2011
Source: Review copy (UK paperback)


'You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it...Conquer it'. When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms ...Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?

***
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't read an awful lot of fantasy books because I find I don't always get one with them that well but I really did like this.

The story follows the journey of Drew a young man who has just had his world turned upside down. He has found out he is a were, his parents weren't his parents and he has been forced to go on the run after an attach that killed the woman he thought was his mother (and whose death he has been blamed for). The first thing I thought when reading this is that it has all the potential epicness of all the stories set in middle earth. That's not to say the story is similar as the ideas are uniquely the authors own but I though it had a similar feel about it as one of Tolkien's novels.

I really enjoyed the main character Drew. He was very much the underdog that you wanted to root for. He is young, rugged and faces his battles (albeit reluctant) for the justice. I loved following the journey he was on discovering what he was an where he came from. I also loved the brotherly relationship he had with Hector and how they interacted together after they met. I loved how the story developed and the wide variety of characters met and situations the main characters found themselves in.

All in all a fast-paced exciting and engaging adventure story. It has fantastic characters and lots of twists and turns which I won't get into for fear of spoiling anything for you. I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes long term as I get the sense that the series will be huge once it takes off.


To find out more about this series check out the official website
http://www.wereworldbooks.com/site/home.php

Thursday, 30 December 2010

2010 round up

 I thought I'd finish the year with a little round up of 2010


2010 Overview

The Blog .....
I started overflowinglibrary in June this year - an exciting venture for me as I have always wanted to know how to maintain some kind of wesbite - I have learnt a lot about blogging and the process of maintaining a blog alongside doing a full time job. I have read 162 books this year, 24 of them have been debut novels

Best bits of my blogging adventure so far has been

Meeting other lovely UK bloggers - you are all truly fab and continue to make me laugh and smile on a day to day basis. I am genuniely touched by how kind and generous you all are and I don't know how I managed my mad book habit without you all. Special mentions have to go to Emma at asamum's booktopia, (fab lady who provided the intial inspiration for my blog) Clover at fluttering butterflies (for leaving me lovely comments all the time, sending me lovely things and generally being fab), Jenny at wondrous reads (for promoting my blog when it was new and helping me to establish myself, even if I am continually jealous of her TBR pile), Iffath at lovereadingx (For being her amazing teenage self - I will keep sending you books) Jesse at books for teens (For adding my blog to his weekly round of reviews post!) Lyndsey at heaven, hell and purgatory (for  generally being fab and lovely) and Becky at www.thebookette.co.uk (For putting up with my random chats about BBC and other OCD things) and all the other UK bloggers I chat to on here and on twitter. You are all fab

Being contacted to review some awesome books! I never thought I would ever receive any books for review and I was thrilled to receive the odd one or two I did back in the summer. In the last month everything has kicked off review wise and I have been receiving a great deal more for review. I am so grateful for each and every one of them.

Discovering www.thestorysiren.com. Both Kristi and her blog rock. I am a daily visitor and she is a complete inspiration on how to run a blog and have a normal life and job alongside it.

The Books ... 

BEST BOOK READ IN 2010: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




Picking this book has been a hard decision. I have read so many awesome books this year but I think this was the best. I was totally gripped by it and read it in a matter of hours. Fab stuff

MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK READ IN 2010: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



I just hated how it ended. I really got cross about it. I won't say much because I will start to rant but I really wanted it to go another way, I really did.

MOST SURPRISING BOOK READ IN 2010: Going too far by Jennifer Echols


I bought this book because people had said good things but I was then reluctant to read it as I didn;t think it would be my sort of thing. I was so badly wrong because it was totally awesome!

BOOK I WOULD MOST RECOMMEND IN 2010: My name is memory by Ann Brashares



 I loved this book and I haven't seen all that many reviews for it. Therefore if I were to recommend one book it would be this because it is fab but under noticed!

BEST SERIES OF 2010: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead



I had been meaning to read this series for years. I even had the first two books ready waiting for me. It wasn't until I was asked to review Last Sacrifice that I finally picked them up. All I can say is that I have been missing out. This series is so incredibly awesome. I can't wait for the spin off series!!

NEW AUTHOR OF 2010: Andrea Cremer author of Nightshade



I only just read this but it was amazing. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. I also love that Andrea is a History professor - just proves my long held theory that historians rock!

MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF 2010: I am number four by Pittacus Lore



I loved this book and thought it was amazing. I was gripped all the way through and I down think it could have put it down had I been begged to. I now need to know what happens next (I also can't wait for the film)

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2010: Matched by Ally Condie

I was so looking forward to this book for months and had had it on preorder for ages. Imagine my surprise after a long day at school (think 45 kids on coach on trip to London) when I received an email offering me it. An awesome book and brilliant start to a series!

BEST COVER OF 2010: Brightly woven by Alexandra Braken



 Not one of the best books I have read this year (not really my thing) but I love this cover as it is gorgeous!!

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF 2010: The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson


 A gorgeous story and beautiful book. The story has poems scattered throughout all done on coloured backgrounds. I loved it

BOOK THAT HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT IN 2010: The Chosen One



 This book is amazing. It really made me think and had a huge impact of me. Definately worth hunting down

BOOK I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T READ UNTIL 2010: Cassandra Clare's (all of them - yes I know this is cheating)



These books are awesome. I can't believe I didn't pick them up sooner. They are just fab

Personal highlights this year ...

We have started to get to grips with our new house - we moved in very late 2009 and have spent the last year getting straight - still a long while before we are sorted though.

Discovering Topping and Co in Ely and rediscovering The Norfolk Children's Book Centre - both awesome shops

Attending the weddings of three sets of friends which were all very different. Kim and Ben's as it involved a large group of friends I have known for a long while now and it was lovely spending time with them all. I also enjoyed the reception of the Ovel's wedding which was in a an East End pub and so completely different to anything I've been to before.

Being asked to team lead for the examboard - a big step up for my examing career (if can call it that - more a sideline career add on)

Our trips to cambridge (all three of them) were fab this year. Cambridge is one of my favourite places in the world and one of the only places I can ever see myself moving too permanently

Going to Devon to see my brother in his passing out parade for his Royal Marine training. I loved the Britishness of it

Getting Cleo the cat - another one of our adoptees who after a difficult start has settled into the household well

The Lowlights ....

Being ill on my birthday and having to spend it at work and having to do extra to cover for other people who weren't pulling their weight and having to stay for an evening function all on the same day - didn't get home until 8.30pm

Losing Richard Davies - a local hero and inspiration

Everything that went on to cause a rift in our extended family unit which I hope will mend in time.

      Wednesday, 29 December 2010

      Waiting on wednesday: Entangled by Cat Clarke

      Entangled by Cat Clarke
      Published January 2011

      I have wanted this book for ages and have been trying to beg, borrow or steal one for months without much luck. I can't wait for the email to appear in my inbox from Amazon to tell me they have dispatched it!

      The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
      What does he want from me?
      How could I have let this happen?
      AM I GOING TO DIE?

      17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here.

      As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

      Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?

      A story of dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction

      Tuesday, 28 December 2010

      Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

      Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
      Published by Atom (thank for the review copy)


      Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

      ***
      This book deserves the hype it has been getting - I had avoided getting excited about it initially but then got swept in and I am so glad I did.

      The best thing about this book is the characterisation. I loved Calla as the lead and looking at how she saw the world. I liked seeing how she held on to her faith in how the world should be and her role in it throughout the majority of the book. The two male leads were both good in different ways. If I had to pick I would say I liked Ren the best. Yes he was arrogant but I loved that about him and I reckon him and Calla together would be totally awesome. Shay was also good (although I didn't like him as much as Ren) in how he challenged Calla to see her world differently. I also loved the other wolves in a variety of different ways like Ansel and his cute brotherly role and Bryn in her cool side kick role. All in all this is a host of characters I need to find out more about.

      Another thing I loved about the story is I was never bored. I have read a lot of book recently where the plot drags for 300 pages then the action happens in the last 50. Not the case in this book. I was entertained and enthralled throughout and desperate to find out what happens next. There were so many twists and turns and so many things going on. I literally can't wait for the next book.

      All in all a uniquely awesome take on the werewolve genre (probably the best I've read) and definately one of the best books I've read in 2010. Sexy, exciting and action packed - I want more!

      Monday, 27 December 2010

      Review: The Body Finder by Kim Derting

      The Body Finder by Kim Derting
      Published by Headline






      Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
      Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
      Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

      ***
      I liked that this book was really unique in its ideas and concept.

      I have heard so much about the body finder for the past 6 months and I preordered it ages ago. But I didn;t pick it up straight away and actually lost any enthusiasm to read it. I have since picked it up 3 or 4 times then gone for something else. This time however I stuck with it and I'm glad I did so.

      The main problem I had getting into this book was that it was quite slow to start with. I have been through a stage of reading a lot of fast paced books and I struggled to start. It's not to say I wasn't enjoying it but nothing was gripping me.

      I like the main character of Violet in her ordinary teenage girls way and I love Jay. He is awesomely cute and I found myself wishing I had my own version of him when I was that age. I loved the relationship between them and loved seeing how it developed.

      The main story for me was about finding out who was behind all of the killings happening in Violet's neighbourhood. A one point I did think to myself "that resolved itself a bit too easily" but then the twist threw everything back up in the end. I liked how the story flittered between Violet's story and then dropped into the killers head every so often.

      Certainly a good book which I enjoyed a lot - I'm not sure I but into "the best book I've read this year" hype but certainly worth the time and energy to read.

      Sunday, 26 December 2010

      In my Mailbox (29)

      In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com (but not this week)

      This post was going to feature my Christmas haul of books but I wanted to schedule this post and not have to worry about it over christmas so I have just included the books I got in the last week in the run up to Christmas. I doubt I have all of the books I am going to get for Christmas anyway as I still have to see family and they usually get me books so I'll hold that off until next week!

      I have received some awesome books through the post this week! Thank you to everyone who sent me all of the wonderful titles you did both this week and since I have started blogging. I never believed when I started this I would ever receive any review books. Literally over the last 2 or 3 weeks things have really started to take off from a review copies point of view and I have received quite a few fab titles. I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for them all.


      Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (UK paperback)

      I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this for ages and I finally managed to get a copy on readitswapit.co.uk last week. Read it already - it is fab!

      Being Billy by Phil Earle (signed UK paperback)
      I have been hearing really good stuff about this book and had been talking about getting a copy when Phil offered me a signed copy. You all know what I am like with signed books so you can imagine how excited I was about receiving it.

      Ravenwood by Andrew Peters (UK proof)
      This title looks awesome - I can't wait to get to it although I might leave it a while as it isn;t out until the Spring and I have a lovely pile of January publications that need to be tackled first.

      Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (UK finished copy)
      I have heards so much about this book and it arrived this morning totally unexpected!! It is out late January 2011 and a debut novel. Looking forward to it muchly

      0.4 by Mike Lancaster (UK finished copy)
      I have read this already - all I can say is it is freaking awesome. hands down one of the best books I have read in ages. It is out in early January - you should get it!!


      Bloody Valentine by Melissa de La Cruz (UK finished copy)
      Another books I totally wasn't expecting to turn up. I haven't actually read the rest of the series but I had been meaning to for ages. I will have to hunt them down after christmas.

      Saturday, 25 December 2010

      Merry Christmas!

      Just a quick post today to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.



      I hope you all have a fab day whatever you are doing. We will probably have one of our usual Christmas days. Presents very early with my husband because I get too excited to wait - I can usually get him to make me a lovely breakfast too. We will be going over the road for Christmas Dinner to my parent's house. It'll be nice as my brother is on leave from the Royal Marines and there will be more presents. The rest of the day will be back at home not doing an awful lot. We usually end up doing more on the days surrounding christmas and can usually end up with a house full of a variety of our friends and we usually do our own christmas dinner on one of those evenings!

      Friday, 24 December 2010

      Review: Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy

      Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy




      Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

      Jennifer DeLucy has created a unique, enchanting tale of destiny and the ageless power of love in her debut novel, Seers of Light. DeLucy's novel charms readers with quirky characters, while sketching a haunting portrait of one woman's journey on the path of the supernaturally gifted. But be prepared. Once you've entered the world of Seers, you will never be the same.


      ***
      I wanted this book for ages. I couldn't get it in the UK and ended up getting an American friend to get it for me via a member of her family who still lives there.

      Firstly I didn't realise it was an adult book. I don't really read adult or review adult books ever. I did find that the language used in it was a bit much at times (especially those words beginning with S and F). It's not that I'm a prude but I do question why such language had to be used all of the time (maybe it is the teacher in me). It is also quite adult in places - so don't go and buy this for your teenage daughter - I even blushed in places.

      The ideas used in this book are original (maybe except the angel with a soul - I already have a favourite one of those). There were a lot of characters to get your head around in the book and the plot was quite involved. The story read to me like the first in what is hoped to be a whacking great series. There was a lot of detail and not a huge amount happened. There were some really creepy bits and a few characters I really liked but I couldn't get my head around all the detail.

      Thursday, 23 December 2010

      Books I have previously loved - Twilight saga

      I love twilight - I am not ashamed to say it I freaking love it as a series.

      I am proud to say I got into Twilight before it became to huge success it was. Before my book blogging days I read but not to the extent I read now and would only get through a couple of books a month. My husband often would order me a couple at christmas and they would often be titles I would never have heard about before because I wasn't aware to the same extent about what was about as I am now.

      One christmas about 4 years ago I received this ..

      I hadn't heard anything about and my husband bought it for two reasons. One he looked at another book I had just finished and saw what was recommended by Amazon for people who had bought that book. Secondly he said the picture reminded him of me (I still don't know quite how to take that as it is a little freaky but I suppose the hair is like mine used to be in the days before I used to see my current hairdresser - who is fabulous and semi famous)

      I picked it up a day or two later and finished it within days totally hooked on the whole thing.  After that I worked my way through the rest of the series - it was quite weird seeing how the excitment around it built up especially by the time book 4 came out.

      I love Bella as a character - yes she can be a little dippy at times and often doesn't make a decision (sometime I want to shake her and say get on with it). I love the boys and will never be able to pick between Edward or Jacob. I love the extended cast of character including Alice and Bella's dad.

      What I also love about the books is that even when nothing is happening I am completely engrossed in what is happening. Yes the action scenes are awesome but I also love the bits where the characters are just interacting on a day to day basis.

      All in all this is a series I love - yes I have enjoyed the films even though they aren't quite up to what I think they should be (but then again when is the film ever as good as the book) and I will be very excited when breaking dawn comes out. I am eagerly awaiting the series guide and I hope that Stephenie does get round to publishing more books set in the twilight world. If you haven't read it (and I can't believe there are people out there who haven't) get a copy and get reading asap

      Wednesday, 22 December 2010

      Waiting on Wednesday: The Iron witch by Karen Mahoney

      The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
      Published by Corgi Childrens February 2011

      I am very excited about this book - I love debut authors and I love British ones!


      Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

      When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

      Tuesday, 21 December 2010

      Review: Skinned by Robin Wassermann

      Skinned by Robin Wassermann
      Published by Simon and Schuster


      Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular - until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life.

      Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated...and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime - for which they must pay the ultimate price.

      The first book in a gripping series


      ***
      I picked a copy of this up a while ago and hadn't got round to it until recently.

      The positive
      I loved the premise of this book. It is set in a world where it is possible to download a person's brain into a machine and that they can therefore live forever as a 'skinner'. You get the impression that it a relatively new idea and that the population at large isn't wholly comfortable with machines 'living' amongst them. The story follows a girl called Lia who after a car accident wakes up to find that she has become one of the skinners and follows her journey after the events, looking at how she copes in readjusting to her old life in a new body.

      I was fascinated with the wider world the story was set in - as you go through you get snippets of information about a world that has been ravaged by nuclear war and it completely different from the one we live in - I hope more of it is explored in the future.

      When the story really kicked off it was really good - Loads of fab ideas were thrown up and I can't wait to see where it goes

      The negative
      I found it difficult to warm to the main characters

      The first part of the story was very slow and I almost considered giving up

      A nice first book in a series - very interested to see where it goes

      Monday, 20 December 2010

      Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

      Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
      Published bt Razorbill in January 2011


      The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star… Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will. The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets. Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age. 

      ***

      I enjoyed this book - a fab start to what promises to be an awesome series.

      The book follows the story of three young women, Cordelia, Letty and Astrid in 1920s New York. What I loved most about the book is that it gives you a real sense of period, by which I mean you really got snapshot of what life was like back then. I loved all the background details and finding out about the etiquette of the time. I loved the scenes in the speakeasies with all the gangsters. It actually made me wish I had been around at the time.


      The story itself I found to be a little slow (I don't mean that to sound negative) throughout. I liked it because it meant you got a chance to get to know the characters involved a bit more. I liked that the three main characters were different and I liked seeing how each of them dealt with everything thrown at them. Cordelia was really sweet albeit a bit naive. Letty was really feisty and I felt for her throughout as things were happening to her. I was so glad when the two of them found each other again as I didn't quite get why they went separate ways to start with. I also loved Astrid and getting an insight into her seemingly perfect world and how things weren't actually as rosy as they seemed. I am so excited to see what they do next. I just loved how likable they were as characters. I really hope the next book is set during the Wall Street Crash as it would be awesome to see how the characters far in the economic situations that arose during that time.


      While the majority of the story was slow the last few chapters of the book were awesome, fast paced and action packed and I am definitely left wanting more of these three awesome girlies. You couldn't have ripped the book out of my hands during them as I had to know what was happening.


      All in all an awesome book that gives you a real sense of period, three awesome lead characters and a cracking storyline.

      Sunday, 19 December 2010

      In my Mailbox (28)

      I know Kristi isn't hosting IMM again until the new year but I got some fab books this week and I didn't want to get backlogged so here it is!

      Firstly I received by secret santa from the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I got ..


      which is a little note book which will come in very handy for me jotting down ideas for my blog. Thank you to Kate from http://whatkatesreading.blogspot.com/  for sending it to me.

      I also got some lovely book this week as follows ..




      Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (UK paperback finished copy)
      I literally had no idea that this book was coming. I actually screamed and did a little dance when I opened it. It made what had been a pretty rubbish day at school a lot better. I've only had it a couple of days but I've already finished it. All I'm going to say is it is awesome!!


      Twilight (Hardback signed edition)
      My husband originally bought me twilight when it first came out in the UK in 2006. I read and loved it several times. I recently found out that my edition is a UK first edition and worth quite a bit so I decided I better not read it again and had been thinking about replacing it with a copy I can read. I saw this signed copy on http://www.firsts-in-print.co.uk/index.html  for a very reasonable price so I snapped it up (ironically they also have a copy of the edition I already own).

      Low red moon by Ivy Devlin (UK paperback finished copy)
      Another book I wasn't expecting at all. It is a gorgeous edition - bits of the text inside are printed in red. It is out in February

      Boys don't cry by Malorie Blackman (signed UK hardback)
      I read a copy of this ages ago which I won in a competiton. I loved it as much as I loved the rest of the books I have read by Malorie. I saw this on the same site that I saw the signed copy of twilight and got it too.


      Long Reach by Peter Cocks (UK paperback proof)
      This looks really interesting - murder/ crime novel which I am told is very gritty. I heard about it in passing back in June. I may have to hold off until 1st January to start it so it count towards by British Book Challenge total and my debut author total.

      Saturday, 18 December 2010

      Review: Freefall by Mindi Scott

      FreeFall by Mindi Scott
      Published by Simon Pulse


      Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up. Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely. Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . .How do you come back from the point of no return?

      ***
      I really enjoyed this book. I have had it for a while and haven't got round to reading it but after my recent historical fiction/fantasy stint this lovely little contemporary book was a welcome breathe of fresh air.

      I liked the main character of Seth because he has no airs or graces or pretences about him.. He is who he is, flaws and all and I enjoyed (it doesn't seem like the right word) seeing how he was trying to put his life back together after the death of his friend Isaac. I particularly liked his blossoming relationship with Rosetta and how their personalities balanced one another out well.

      The main character I loved in this book was Kendall. The girl was quirky and crazy and totally adorable and funny in the way she dealt with her life.

      The main story was nice I loved seeing how the characters grew as the story went one but for me if wasn't so much about the story and more about the characters and their interactions that made me like this book. I simply enjoyed seeing a snapshot into their world.

      A fab debut and awesome book and definitely worth a read

      Friday, 17 December 2010

      Review: Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfeld

      Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfeld
      Published by ATOM
       
      Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he’s infected the girlfriends he’s had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It’s Cal’s job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . . Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld’s novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal’s life.

      ***
      The thing I really like about Scott Westerfeld is that his writing is so diverse. Everything of his I have read so far has been completely different to all the other things I have read of his. This series is no different.

      Parasite Positive (Peeps for my readers in the USA) is no exception. It is a vampire story with a twist. In this world all vampires, are not vampires as such and just people infected with a certain parasite.

      the story was fast paced and full of action. It was really creepy in quite a lot of places (I never want to see a rat again and I am a little freaked out when I see my cat at the moment). I also liked that it was quite witting and funny in places too.

      The only thing I did not like was that the book alternates between Cal's story and chapters about parasites. They grossed me out so much that I stopped reading them.

      All in all a short and quick read which is refreshingly original.

      Thursday, 16 December 2010

      breaking up is hard to do ....

      I don't intend on doing these type of posts often but I thought it might be nice to do one especially for my readers who have seen a book in one of my In my Mailbox posts and are awaiting a review.

      These are the books I didn't get on with this year and gave up on and why...

      Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher.

      I took this camping with me and boy did I try (especially as I had nothing else to read) but I found the character really irritating to the point I was glad that she was dead. Gave up half way through

      Other opinions
      teen book review
      becky's book reviews


      Burned by PC and Kristen Cast

      I feel a little cheated when I think about this series. I read the earlier ones and liked them but got to the point where I wanted to scream at the later ones. I feel like I should continue with them just to find out what happens but I'm not sure if I can put myself through it.

      Other opinions
      The Bookshelf Sophisicate
      Amy Reads

      Eyes like stars by Lisa Mantchev

      I wanted to love this book I really did. I love the cover and still have it on my bookshelves despite not getting on with it when I usually pass them on. I just found that the Shakespeare side really turned me off (and brought back the nightmares that was High School English - when I was young I wanted to work with books in some way or other, High English destroyed that dream)

      Other opinions
      Asamum Booktopia
      The Book Smugglers


      Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

      I picked up this series despite not liking the TV series all that much because I had heard good things about it. However I am rubbish with adult books and get bored very quickly. I might go back to them as I have all 10 ready to read but I do a lot of other things that will take priority over them

      Other opinions
      Love Vampires
      Avid Book reader

      Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro

      I was recommended this by two people - another one that fell foul of my inability to focus on adult books.

      other opinions
      reviews of books
      addicted


      The Hollow by Jessica Verday

      This book wasn't bad just slow and I had some many other things to read that I gave up on it for something with a bit more pace. I liked the ideas about it and the main characters. I even have the second book read to read too!

      Other opinions
      The Book Smugglers
      Harmony Book reviews

      Forget her Nots by Amy Brecount White

      I picked this up without knowing too much about it - it was when I first started blogging and got a bit obsessed and ordered loads (especially debut authors) - I have since learnt to read a bit more about the book first! I really couldn't get into it because it was flowery and girly. This is probably really unfair but I just don't do girly and flowery.

      Other opinions
      Juiciliousss reviews
      Presenting Lenore

      Disconnected by Sherry Ashworth

      I can sum this book up in two sentences. Ungrateful spoilt teenager moans about her perfect life. Said teenager needs to wake up and realise how good she has it!

      I get enough ungrateful teenager moaning at work. I do not need it at home. On the flipside I spend an awful lot of teenagers who have actually problems who never moan about them - these superstars should have books written about them

      Other opinions - struggling to find any - comment with a link if you find / have one!

      Wednesday, 15 December 2010

      Waiting on Wednesday: Die for Me by Amy Plum

      Die for me by Amy Plum
      Published by Atom May 2011






      DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. She finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely. DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

      I want it! I want it now! Look at that awesome cover and the plot sounds fantastic. Books like this make me wish my life away.

      Tuesday, 14 December 2010

      Review: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

      Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
      Published by Atom






      The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.

      Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.


      ***
      I don't have a huge amount to say about this book. I did enjoy it but I found it quite slow. It's not to say that was a bad thing necessarily but I did get the sense that it was building up to something huge which makes sense as it is the second book in a triology. I'm therefore just going to sum up what I liked about it in bullet points

      • I love the character of Lia. She is awesome. I love that she thought she was wild for wearing trousers! 
      • I liked the setting and the ideas put forward which were all unique. I am continually kept guessing about what is going to happen and really like that. 
      • I loved Dmitri and how he is with Lia. Whilst I fear James may have lost out I hope Lia and Dmitri get it sorted.
      • I still hate Alice despite her relatively short amount of screen time. I hope Lia stabs her a lot!

      A nice albeit slow read. Can't wait to see where it goes

      Monday, 13 December 2010

      Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

      The Maze Runner by James Dashner
      Published by Chicken House


      When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

      ***

      I'm not going to lie, I struggled with this book at first and actually considered giving up with it and moving on to something else. You are dropped into a world where you do not know what is happening or why it is happening and I found it very confusing as a reader. I also got frustrated as I didn't think all that much happening of that much interest in the first 250 pages or so and the characters themselves didn't have a lot of depth

      I did like the idea behind the story and I liked how the boys interacted with each other, complete with their abrupt manners and own cursewords (reminding me of a variety of children I have taught over the years) and there were a few creepy moments with the grievers.

      The book did redeem itself somewhat in the last section and everything that happened it was fast paced and interesting (not sure I actually got it all) and I think the series as a whole could be very good based on all the ideas thrown about.

      Certainly a series I will be looking to continue to read through but I am hoping the pace picks up and I start to understand what is going on!

      Sunday, 12 December 2010

      In my Mailbox (27)

      In my Mailbox is hosted by the awesome Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com

      I wasn't out to get any books this week but I ended up with a modest haul.


      Crusade by Linda Press Wulfe (finished copy)
      I received this in the post early in the week. I am really excited to have a finished copy as I loved the cover when I first saw it and the proof was very plain (which I now have available to send out to someone in my book fairy role) I have a review going up on it very early in January 2011. A fab read and worth hunting down when it is published.


      The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgewick (hardcover signed)
      I don't know why I haven't read more Marcus Sedgewick as I have liked everything I have read of his so far. I found this lovely little signed number for the bargain sum of £2. I will be reading it as part of my attempt at completing the British Book Challenge hosted by www.thebookette.co.uk

      Wereworld: Rise of the wolf by Curtis Jobling (finished copy)
      I will be reading and reviewing this before the end of the year after being asked to by my lovely contact at penguin. It is a new fantasy series by the man who invented bob the builder (although I'm pretty sure he hasn't got a cameo in this!) My review will be up on the 31st December.

      The Beautiful Lie by Ifran Master (finished copy)
      I love the sound of this book. I am going to read it both as part of my debut author challenge held by www.thestorysiren.co.uk and the British Books Challenge held by www.thebookette.co.uk. I love the sound of it and think it'll appeal to my historicalness.

      Friday, 10 December 2010

      What to read next after Vampire Academy

      Now that Vampire Academy is done with I thought I'd come up with some ideas with things I'd recommend you could read next


      Other Richelle Mead Books
      I personally haven't read any other Richelle Mead books but I am going to after how impressed I have been with Vampire Academy. She has said that she will be doing more books in The Vampire Academy World which I am looking forwrad to muchly Another series I have heard good things about (from my husband actually) is her Georgina Kincaid series the first one is called Succubus Blues . I think it is more adult than Young Adult but he has said how good it is and has been trying to hunt down the rest of the books in the series to read.

      Other Razorbill Books

      Razorbill have had some awesome titles pop up on their website over the past few months. I have loved everything I have read from the imprint. I would recommend
      Matched by Ally Condie
      Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
      I am number four by Pittacus Lore




      Other Vampire Books

      Razorbill are republishing The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer- I have just read the first one (Eight Grade Bites) and it was awesome.

      Of course if you are talking Vampires and haven't done so (although I would be stunned if you haven't) The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer is awesome and worth all the hype surrounding it.

      Finally I haven't read them yet but I am told The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine is awesome

      Thursday, 9 December 2010

      Vampire Academy Cover vs Cover

      I love covers and am a sucker for buying a book purely for its cover - what do you think of the new set of Vampire Academy Covers?







      I do like the original covers - although the first couple remind me of Buffy and how she looked on the early boxset covers. From seeing the new ones in the flesh I can say they are nice and probably brilliant for this time of year and they look christmassy with the red.

      What do you prefer?

      Wednesday, 8 December 2010

      Waiting on Wednesday: Across the Universe

      Across the Universe by Beth Revis
      Published by Penguin


      Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.   Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming

       This is the new book I am waiting for penguin / razorbill to release. I love razorbill as an imprint and haven't failed to enjoy all of the books they have published since etasblishing the imprint here in the UK.

      Tuesday, 7 December 2010

      Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

      Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
      Published by Penguin


       The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead's epic series!
      Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.
      ***
      All I can say is WOW!!! This book surpassed all expectations I had for it and completely rocked my socks off. Unlike all the other books in the series which plod along slowly before building up to the action, this one is action packed throughout. I literally don't know where to start with this review as I can;t put into coherent sentences exactly how much I loved this book. Therefore I am going to tell you what I liked about different parts - I can't guarantee this will be spoiler free.

      Rose is awesome throughout this book and its nice to see her having to think her way around situations rather than have to fight her way out of them. I loved the scenes where she was broken out of prison and when she was on the run.
       
      Lissa comes into her own in this book. I loved watching her grow through the royal candidates trials and seeing how she dealt with all the problems that came her way.  The whole mystery around the other Dragomir was awesome and I loved how it played out. 

      I did like how the love triangle between Rose Adrian and Dmitri played out but I feel for the one who got left out and wonder how he is going to deal with everything in the future.

      The final showdown was immense - I loved how Rose solved the riddle of who killed Tatiana and how she went about exposing the real criminal (never saw it coming!) along with bringing the other Dragomir to court.

      The final ending was awesome. I loved it and loved the fact that while it finished off the story it still left much open to pick up in the future and Mead has teased she will. I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the Vampire Academy world next. 

      An awesome series and fantastic ending which will not disappoint.