Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Published by Egmont
Challenge: DAC
Source: review copy

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

Forgotten is a brilliantly original and awesome offering from a debut author.

London is a 16 year old girl who can remember her future in the same way others remember their past. The whole idea in itself makes for interesting reading. Often things happen around London which you as the reader know about having followed her story but she doesn't and her reactions to them are really interesting especially as she spends so much time compenstating for her problem. I loved London as a character and enjoyed following her as she tried to keep up with the world around her.

For me the best part of this story was the relationship London has with Luke. Every day she wakes up to find she has this gorgeous young man in her life and has to try to nuture and build a relationship with him even though every day it is like meeting him for the first time.

The story itself I won't go into detail about but I will say that it's really awesome. I loved the little twists that were built in as a direct result to London's condition and thought they were really cleverly done. I loved how the whole story turned out. I am actually really sad to see that it is apparently a stand alone novel as the first thought in my head when I put it down was that I wanted more.

All in all a stunningly good debut novel which is definitely worth a look.

Thank you Egmont for the review copy

Monday, 30 May 2011

Review: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Published by Hodder
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review copy

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Tiger's Curse was a brilliant read which I enjoyed a great deal. It had all elements I love in a good book: An engaging and fast paced storyline, a gorgeous young man to swoon over and a wonderfully rich world built up around the main characters that kept me hooked until the last page.

I'm not going to lie I wasn't convinced by the first 50 pages or so of this book when it was set in the circus where Kelsey first mets Ren the Tiger. I don't know if it's just me but I literally can't stand circus books (even when I was a child they were the only Enid Blyton books I refused to read) and I was tempted to stop reading it but as soon as that bit was over I really enjoyed the rest of the book.

The thing that makes this book so wonderfully different from anything else I have read YA was its setting. The majority of the story was set in India and the author clearly has tried really hard to get everything about the setting right. I loved the setting and how the author tried to bring it alive through wonderful description. I also enjoyed all the myths and legends that were woven into the tale. Both of these things gave you as a reader a real sense of the culture of the place you were visiting within the story. It really helped to bring the story alive.

I really liked the characters in this story. I loved how the relationship of the main characters developed as the story progressed (although I didn't quite get the very last bit but I'll come back to that in a minute). I particularly enjoyed seeing the world through Kelsey as she is actually quite naive and a little bit too innocent. I loved Ren completely as he is just a little bit too gorgeous and can't wait to get more of him in the next instalment.

Another thing this book did well is that it was quite fast paced and full of action and adventure throughout. Lately I have read a lot of books that go along slowly and then suddenly at the end everything kicks off. I loved that this one didn't follow that same format and I found that I was so much more engaging in the storyline which meant I keep wanting to read just one more chapter even though I should have been getting on with other stuff.

The only thing I found quite odd about this book was the ending and how things were left between the main characters. I won't say on here what it was but I would be interested to know if anyone else just didn't get it or whether it was just me.

All in all a refreshing different take on the paranormal romance / adventure genre which I really enjoyed.

Thank you Hodder for the review copy

Sunday, 29 May 2011

In my mailbox (48)

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This week I didn't get many books but the ones I got are awesome!

I got ...

Numbers 3 Infinity by Rachel Ward (UK paperback)

I cannot wait to get started on thsi one. I loved book 2 and need to know what happens next and how it all ends!

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen (UK paperback)

I haven't read any Sarah Dessen in a good few years but the times I have I have loved it. Probably one I'll start pretty soon too.

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Dessen (UK paperback)

I have to admit I am not a fan of Alyxandra Harvey's other series at all but I have high hopes for this one.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Bookcase Showcase: Essjay from My Favourite Books

Hello! I’m Sarah (Essjay) from My Favourite Books and like the rest of us bloggers I’m obsessed by books and bookshops. I think it’s fair to say that my shelving is a little disorganized. I know where everything is (and why!) but I could do with tidying things up a bit.

First off, upstairs in the library (or back bedroom) are the shelves where I put my modern keepers – books I love that are pretty current. This is where I keep my Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Charlaine Harris and the such. They’re actually alphabetical which I’m quite proud of. The bottom shelf is mostly writing and reference stuff. 

On the other side of these shelves is my To Be Read pile. For some reason the more urgent the book the closer to the floor I put it until they’re almost throwing themselves at me. I used to try and keep it alphabetical but that’s sort of gone by the wayside. The top of these two shelves are books that I’d like to get round to reading at some point but it just hasn’t happened yet. However, having said that I can see at least three books on that top shelf that should be on the bottom one.

Downstairs there are more shelves and one of them houses my much-loved Harry Potter books. Behind them I keep my Philip Pullman, Armistead Maupin and Narnia books. Above that are books on various rock/pop artists and, weirdly, some pop-up books.

Below that I keep a whole load of books that I used at college. They’re mostly classics, some of them I still read. In fact, some of them go back to G.C.S.E so I’m never getting rid of them as they have all sorts of notes and scribbles in the margins.

Having done this I’ve realized that my shelves are a mess. I take back what I said earlier – there’s absolutely no order whatsoever. I know where to find everything, which I suppose is the main thing. Oh dear, I must go and sort them out …

Thank you Kirsty for letting me share my shelves!

Thank you Sarah for sharing your shelves
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