Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chibi Vampire Volume 9 by Yuna Kagesaki

Chibi Vampire Volume 9 by Yuna Kagesaki
Published: Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, c2008
Series: Book 9, Chibi Vampire

Little Karin is a vampire, but instead of needing to drink blood, she has an excess of blood that she must give to her "victims" ...
As Karin and Kenta's official first date continues, Anju keeps an eye on the clumsy couple.  But when Kenta takes notice of her, he grabs Karin and ushers her off to the Ferris wheel.  There, he tells her how he really feels... Will this destroy their relationship?

Yet another Chibi Vampire book and still I'm enjoying the series.  Hence, why I keep reading them.  So anyway this one still had its humour which I really enjoyed.  It had me laughing at several parts.
The characters are all pretty cool characters.   They're all drawn quite well.  I have to say though that I really do not like the new character.
The ending surprised me however, it was a very good ending as it made me want to know what happens next.
Overall, I felt that Chibi Vampire Volume 9 was quite a good book.  I would recommend it to anyone interested in vampires, manga and I would say that this series is a good one for anyone who is thinking about reading manga but doesn't know what to read.
My Rating: φφφφ

Exciting Books Coming Out Soon

Exciting Books Coming Out Soon

I usually check out different book sites and everything like that to see if there are any interesting books coming out or if the latest book in a series that I'm reading is coming out.  So, I've found a few books that are coming out soon, i.e sometime this year that to me seem quite exciting.  So I thought I'd share with you all some of the stuff I have found.

There is a fourth book coming out in he Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz called The Van Alen Legacy which is due out in October.  The cover and a description is below.

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

There is a tenth Georgia Nicolson book to be released called 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?' and it is the tenth and final book in the series.  The cover and description are below.

Ohmygiddygodspyjamas!  The tenth marvy book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson is here!  Get ready to laugh like a loon on loon tablets.
It's the FINAL installment of Georgia's fab and hilarious diary!
Does Georgia escape the cakeshop of luuurve?
Can there be more heartbreaknosity in store?
Will the sex god pop up again unexpectedly(oo-er)!
And what about the supreme accidental snogmaster Dave the Laugh?
Will she FINALLY choose her only one and only?
So many boys, so little time...

There is news of an eighth Alex Rider book coming out sometime this year although a release date has not been specified.  It is called Crocodile Tears and not a lot else is known about it at this stage.

The House of Night series written by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast will have a sixth book out in October for those who reside in the US.  It is called Tempted and I found a description of it which is below:
Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn't feature breaks on its curriculum - even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he's sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa's tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite's visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure - but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She's not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey doesn't go to Kalona he'll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what's necessary, or everything that's important to her will be destroyed. 

So, thats all that I can think of at the moment off the top of my head.  But I will most likely be giving news of other books coming out in the near future.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chibi Vampire Volume 8 by Yuna Kagesaki

Chibi Vampire Volume 8 by Yuna Kagesaki
Published: Hamburg, Los Angeles, Tokyopop, c2008
Series: Book 8, Chibi Vampire

After months of little romantic development, are Karin and Kenta ready to take a big step forward in their relationship? With the young couple finally starting to hold hands in public, Maki forces the issue by setting up a date.

I thought Chibi Vampire Volume 8 was really funny, there were so many parts that had me laughing out loud.
I loved the storyline and the characters were amazing, I thought they were all funny in their own way.  The only character I didn't like was Yuriya Tachibana.  Although, I am very curious to find out what her secret is.
Overall, a very thrilling and funny little manga that will have anyone laughing out loud. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a good laugh and also anyone who is a fan of manga or vampires.
My Rating: φφφφφ 

Monday, April 27, 2009

Untamed by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

Untamed by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast
Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008
Series: Book 4, House of Night

Life sucks when everyone's out to get you.  Just ask Zoey Redbird—she's become an expert on the subject.  She's gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her to being an outcast.  Speaking of friends, of the two Zoey has left, one is undead and one is unMarked.  And Neferet has declared war on humans which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong.  But will anyone listen to her?  Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened.

I have mixed feelings about Untamed.  In one hand it wasn't too bad but I do have a few complaints about it.
On the positive side, the storyline was quite a good one.  I was constantly wanting to know more about what was happening.
Although, I felt that it was packed with too much irrelevant stuff.  For example, the fact that Zoey has to talk about what has happened in the previous books about fifty times.  I just think it's pointless.  I also don't see why Zoey has to narrate every little action she's about to do, like in the heart of all the action she is thinking things like "oh wow, I've never done this before and I'm not sure I can do it."  But she thinks those things for a giant paragraph.
Another complaint I have is Jack, I don't really know how old he's supposed to be but it just seems like he's about 10 the way he acts.  It just drives me insane.  He arrived at the House of Night not much longer after Zoey and yet it seems like they all treat him like a little kid and he acts like one.
Overall, I felt that the characters were really annoying.  But I feel that the storyline was decent enough for me to continue to read the rest of the series because I want to know what happens next.  I just hope that the characters get better however.
My Rating: φφφ

Quotable Quotations (2)

Quotable Quotations (2)

Another Monday has rolled around and so another quotation from a book is here.
This week I took a bunch of little quotes from Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber.  This part had me laughing so much.  So without further ado:

"Trevor grabbed the cone from my hand."
"He took a huge lick."
"'You can keep it,' I said."
"I watched my double-dip chocolate attack screech away."
~ Ellen Schreiber, Vampire Kisses

When I read this part of the book all I could think of was a chocolate ice cream driving away in a car.

Thats it for this week, have a great week.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox (4)

So, this week I had a huge week in the way of books.  I got books from the library and from Borders.

So from the library:
Chibi Vampire Volume 6 by Yuna Kagesaki
Clueless Kenta is finally getting closer to figuring out that Karin has a secret crush on him.  But everything explodes—literally!—when Kenta's grandmother hires a detective to track Kenta down and bring him back to their hometown.  A case of mistaken identity turns magic when Karin's family bans her from seeing the very person she can't live without!  Will Karin finally be forced to confess her love?
The review for this is here.

Evernight by Claudia Gray
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

Chibi Vampire Volume 7 by Yuna Kagesaki
Her feelings laid bare, Karin must decide what to do after being rejected by Kenta.  But lest you think we're headed for tragedy, know that there's hope for these two wayward lovers yet!  For love is nothing if not rocky and often irrational, and one day's heartbreak could feed right into another day's bliss.  For Karin and Kenta, it's always been love at first bite, and it just may be the bite of a certain little vampire that saves the day!
The review for this is here.

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Werewolves, vampires, and human hybrids all work up an appetite in this delicious debut novel of dark fantasy, young love, and culinary secrets.

Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood in Bedlam From Bollywood by Geoffrey McSkimming
From a Bollywood film set in India, Jocelyn Osgood finds herself flung into a subcontinent of intrigue, danger and curries, the likes of which she has never known.  But this is only the beginning compared to what awaits her good friend, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his companions Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel.

And from Borders:
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien
Tales and legends chronicling the world's beginnings and the happenings of the First Age set the stage for Tolkien's other classic works and focus on the theft of the Elves' jewels byMorgoth, first dark Lord of Middle-Earth.

Terrier by Tamora Pierce
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic.  She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires—the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir.  Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden deep in the forests of Montana.  Rose will continue her Dhampir education.  Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene.  And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's—inside the Academy's iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger.  Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates and enigmatic world full of social complexities.  Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Steigoi make Lissa one of them forever...

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble.  Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians—including the legendary Janine Hathaway... Rose's formidable, long-absent mother.  The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks.  This year, St. Vlad's holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety.  When three students run away to strike back at the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them.  Only this time, Rose—and her heart—are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian.  Her best friend, Lissa—the last Dragomir princess—must always come first.  Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...
But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right.  Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates.  And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.
Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake.  The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen.  In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most... but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

And that was my week in books.  I hope everyone else had a great week.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chibi Vampire Volume 7 by Yuna Kagesaki

Chibi Vampire Volume 7 by Yuna Kagesaki
Published: Los Angeles : Tokyopop, 2008
Series: Book 7, Chibi Vampire

Her feelings laid bare, Karin must decide what to do after being rejected by Kenta.  But lest you think we're headed for tragedy, know that there's hope for these two wayward lovers yet!  For love is nothing if not rocky and often irrational, and one day's heartbreak could feed right into another day's bliss.  For Karin and Kenta, it's always been love at first bite, and it just may be the bite of a certain little vampire that saves the day!

I thoroughly enjoyed this manga novel.  I was fully immersed in the world of Karin and her vampire family that I devoured this in no time at all.  I loved the humour that arose from time to time.  I found myself laughing out loud at little bits and pieces.
The storyline is a good one, it was very interesting and so I just kept reading it until I reached the end.
I felt as though I got to know the characters better and I really like all of them.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Chibi Vampire Volume 7, it was funny, and it was also a deeply engrossing manga.  I'd recommend this to the manga fans out there and also fans of the vampire theme.
My Rating: φφφφ

Chibi Vampire Volume 6 by Yuna Kagesaki

Chibi Vampire Volume 6 by Yuna Kagesaki
Published: Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, c2007
Series: Book 6, Chibi Vampire

Clueless Kenta is finally getting closer to figuring out that Karin has a secret crush on him.  But everything explodes—literally!—when Kenta's grandmother hires a detective to track Kenta down and bring him back to their hometown.  A case of mistaken identity turns magic when Karin's family bans her from seeing the very person she can't live without!  Will Karin finally be forced to confess her love?

Chibi Vampire Volume 6 was quite good.  While I found some of the earlier books in the series to be slightly more exciting I thought that this one was pretty good too.
At first I found Volume 6 to be a bit confusing because I wasn't entirely sure about what was going on.  Eventually it all became clear though so it was quite good.
Volume 6 was quite a lot more serious than previous ones so it sparked different emotions.  There were certainly a lot of revelations about characters that made me feel sorry for a couple of the characters.
Overall, it was pretty good, the illustrations were pretty good.
The ending was really good and left me wanting more, I can't wait to read the next one to find out what happens.
I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of manga or vampires.  I would also strongly recommend reading the whole series in order.
My Rating: φφφφ

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Teaser Thursday (1)

Teaser Thursday (1)

So, I was surfing around different book blogs reading reviews and such when I saw this really cool feature thingy on the blog called Should be Reading  and thought man that looks fun.  So I'm going to do it.

So how do you participate?
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful NOT to include spoilers
  • Share the title and author too
Ok, so here is mine today.  It is from Untamed by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

" 'I don't want him killed, and I'm going to be okay.'  'Suit yourself, but I think the boy needs killing.' " ` Page 188

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why Do I Blog About Books?

Why Do I Blog About Books?

Ok, I know I seem to have been posting a lot of posts today.  Well, I seem to have written a huge big spiel about books I would absolutely love to read a couple of hours ago.  I guess I just can't help myself.  I love books so much.  I mean seriously, I get so excited every time I step into a library or bookstore.  I always, always, always go a bit crazy in both places.
I remember my first visit to Borders, as soon I stepped into those doors I swear I had died and gone to heaven.  There were books everywhere!!!!  I had a look at most of the sections, but I have to say it was the young adult section that had my eyes lighting up.  Of course I ended up walking out of Borders that day with over $100 worth of books upon my person, and I was just over the moon.
Every time I go to the library I go a bit crazy too, I'm always thinking 'right, I'll just get one or two books and that'll be it', of course, this doesn't always work as 10-13 books later I walk out of the library feeling very excited.  I tried to exert some self-control by leaving my library card at home so I would be "just returning books" that way my ever-growing tbr pile could get a little lighter.  Of course, it didn't really work because I could always borrow my dad's library card or my sister's library card.  Even then I knew my barcode number off by heart so I just had to tell the librarians that so I could get books out.
Anyway, I'm kind of going a bit crazy with my chatter about books and I feel like I could go on forever about books and everything to do with books.
So, why did I decide to create a blog where I could blog about life, the universe and everything to do with books????
Well, simply because I really love books and reading.  Also, so many of my friends are always asking me, "hey what did you think of this book?" or "could you recommend some good books for me to read?" and so I decided, well why not blog about all the books I read, that way I can tell everyone that wants to know, just what I think of the books I read.  I hope that I can encourage people to read books, or maybe help them decide whether or not to read a book that they were indecisive about.  Either way, I'm just glad that there is a way that I can share my thoughts and absolute obsession with books with other people who are genuinely interested.
And that is all I have to say for today.

Books I Cannot Wait To Read

Books I Cannot Wait To Read

I've been reading through heaps of book blogs thinking oh yeah I should add that to my list and I keep doing that with heaps of books.  I do have a short list of books that I really, really, really, really want to read and I have some on hold at the library but they're taking forever to be there.  And I can't find any of these books in the book shops.  Some of this is because the books aren't out yet but some are just impossible to get hold of.  Anyway, here is my list of books that I really cannot wait to read.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
I've been reading several blogs about this and it sounds sooooo good. I'm number one in line for it at the library the trouble is the library doesn't have it.  I'm not really sure if it's out yet either.  Oh well, I can just sit here patiently waiting.  It's not like I don't have millions of other books to read.

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog--a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus's streets. But there's unrest in Tortall's capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything--or anyone--jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual "terrier" self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals--to be a Bloodhound. . . .
I really am a HUGE fan of Tamora Pierce.  I've read Terrier, loved it, now I cannot wait to read Bloodhound.  I have it on hold at the library and am number 42 in the queue.

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Surrounded by death one girl must learn what it is to live. The debut of the year: moving, scary, stunning.
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

I seem to see this book everywhere, I don't want to buy it in case I don't like it because I've heard good things and bad things about this book but I'd like to try and see what I think of it before making a purchase.  So I'm patiently waiting for the library to get this book.  I'm number two in line so it shouldn't take too long.

Kiss Of Life by Dan Waters
Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciles herself to having feelings for a zombie--her homecoming date Tommy Williams--her friend Adam takes bullet that was meant for her.
The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation. Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for "her," Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without. . .

Ever since I read Generation Dead I've been dying to read Kiss Of Life.  I'm not sure when it comes out here but I have it on hold at the library and am number 2 in line so when the library do finally get it I shall be able to find out what happens next.

Dark Calling by Darren Shan
Events take an unexpected turn in this ninth awesome foray into the worlds of the Demonata...
Events take an unexpected turn in this ninth awesome foray into the worlds of the Demonata..."I know it's ridiculous. Lights can't whisper. But I swear I heard a voice calling to me. It sounded like static to begin with, but then it came into focus, a single word repeated over and over. Softly, slyly, seductively, insistently. Come!" The Disciples are being manipulated by beings older than time. Only Kernel Fleck knows that something is wrong. But he is in the grip of a creature who cares nothing for the fate of humanity. Voices are calling to him from the darkness and he's powerless to resist. Kernel has already been to hell and back. Now he's about to go further!.

After the ending of Death's Shadow I am dying to know what happens to Kernel.  Also, Kernel is my favourite character and so this book will definitely great seeing as how it's in his perspective. I think this one comes out in June here so I have to wait until then, but I do have this one on hold at the library and I am number five so I should get that one quickly when it comes out.

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
I just recently read Revelations but now I really want to get a hold of The Van Alen Legacy.  Revelations left so much open that I just want to get straight into The Van Alen Legacy.  I'm not entirely sure of the release date of it but I just have to sit back and wait for this one.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Ever since I heard of Graceling I have wanted to read it.  I have had it on hold for forever now and can't seem to get the book fast enough.  It just seems to me that the queue is moving very very slowly for this one.  And I can't find it in any shops.

Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side by Jessica Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.
Like Graceling I have had this on hold for forever and the queue is not getting any smaller.  I have heard so many great things about this book that I just cannot wait to get my hands on it.  I guess I just have to sit back and wait patiently.

Well, thats my list of books that I really really really want to read.  They all sound so great.  I just have to sit back, read another few books and wait until these ones fall into my hands.

Tuesday's Readers (1)

Tuesday's Readers (1)

Ok you guessed it, new feature time.  So how do I explain this one?
Well, every Tuesday I will have a picture of someone who loves reading, in their natural environment.

So, this week is the lucky Pan.  Pan loves reading.  He always has a massive book pile.  Here he is deeply immersed in the book My Point And I Do Have One by Ellen Degeneres.

So who will be the lucky reader for next week.  It could be you.

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Published: New York, N.Y. : Katherine Tegen Books, c2003
Series: Book 1, Vampire Kisses

In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven—a vampire-crazed goth-girl—is an outcast.  But not for long...
The intriguing and rumoured-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years.  That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in.  Who are these creepy people—especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling?  Or rather, what are they?  Could the town prattle actually ring true?  Are they vampires?  Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Vampire Kisses is a really great book.  I found it to be very original and absolutely hilarious.  There were parts where I just couldn't stop laughing because Vampire Kisses is a very very funny book.
Vampire Kisses was really interesting too.  I found myself reading more and more and more of it and ended up finishing it because it's just a book that you want to keep reading.
Vampire Kisses was thoroughly enjoyable and I will forever remember parts of it.
I loved all of the characters, they were all really well-written and had their typical attributes.  I really liked Raven, I had quite a soft-spot for her as she was caring and different and didn't care what anyone else thought of her.
Alexander was a great character too, he was such a cool vampire.  He wasn't cocky or arrogant or anything like that.  He was really shy which was quite cute.
This book had me laughing all the way through.  I found the ending to be a sad one though.
Overall, I thought this book was excellent.  I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of vampires and anyone who just wants a good laugh, or even a light read that won't take long to devour.
My Rating: φφφφφ

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quotable Quotations (1)

Quotable Quotations (1)

So, I figured that every Monday to start the week off I would have this feature which will contain a quote that I really, really like and has stuck inside my head.  So what better way to start off the week than with a quote.

This week the quote is from the book Animal Farm by George Orwell.  This is a quote that really gets me thinking and has stayed in my head ever since I read Animal Farm.

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." ~ George Orwell, Animal Farm

You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn

You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2008

First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters.  Miles thought of Laura as the golden one—smart, beautiful, rich, and popular—while Miles considered herself the unwanted one—an unattractive, underachieving outcast.  Laura's suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral.  But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn't believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways.

You Know Where To Find Me was an interesting book.  It was interesting enough to keep me reading it but it didn't completely engross me.  It's a hard book to talk about because I'm not entirely sure about it.
Sure, it was quite interesting, from the start I was wanting to know where it was going.  But as I got further and further into it, it just became really predictable and kind of cliché.
The characters didn't really capture me emotionally either.  I felt that when the mood was supposed to be sad and quite serious I just didn't really feel that emotional attachment.  While the situation of Miles, and how she coped with grief was understandable I just didn't find it to be original or engaging.
Overall I felt this novel was alright but it just didn't appeal to me.  It just didn't capture the emotion or anything.  I found it quite flat.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who might want to give it a go but I dunno, it might appeal to someone else but to me it just didn't cut it.
My Rating: φφ

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox (3)

Well, this week in the way of books it was very quiet.
I did not get any books from anywhere. In a way however, this is good because it means that my tbr pile can get slightly smaller. As it is my tbr pile is massive but I also have a books i'd like to read list which is about 20 pages long and forever expanding.
Well, that was my week in books. I hope everyone had a good week in books.

Vampire Brat by Angie Sage

Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
Published: London : Bloomsbury, 2007
Series: Book 4, Araminta Spook

Araminta thinks something horrible might be hiding in the passages of Spook House. She suspects it might be a werewolf. To make matters worse, Uncle Drac's creepy nephew has arrived and is now Wanda's new best friend. Araminta finds him very annoying. She has to come up with a cunning plan to reveal that there is more to Max than meets the eye.
Vampire Brat is a neat little story. It's a very short read and wouldn't take very long to read at all.
The storyline is a really good one. It's quite simple and everything ties up nicely at the end.
I am a huge fan of the character Araminta, she's so oblivious to the fact that she's really rude to some people and she has the wildest imagination ever. All this adds up to some pretty good times.
Overall, Vampire Brat is a good, light read. It's suited for younger readers but older readers can read it and enjoy it too. As I do. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it really. It's quite different and a change of pace compared to young adult novels.
My Rating: φφφφ

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cover to Cover (1)

Cover to Cover (1)

What better time to start a new feature than now.


What's this all about?

This feature is all about book covers. You could kind of tell that by the title but you never know. So this week, I have thought long and hard about what I should feature as this weeks feature. And my final decision is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about The Forest Of Hands And Teeth. The talk is about how great it is and such. I haven't read it yet but I have had it on hold at the library for a very very long time.

All of the covers of it I had seen had been really awesome. I absolutely love the cover with the girl on the front it looks very mysterious and such. It definitely is eye-catching and makes me want to pick it up and read it.

However, the other day when I was looking around some shops I happened upon another cover of The Forest Of Hands and Teeth. This one wasn't as exciting. Too me it was kinda boring. Now don't get me wrong I don't always judge books by their covers. But after seeing the great American version of the cover I was kind of disappointed with the UK version. I will still definitely read it though.
Anyway thats just my opinion on the cover. Let me know what you think.
Oh and just so you know the US version is the one with the girl and the UK version is the one with the black background and red thing.

Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz

Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz
Published: New York : Hyperion, c2008
Series: Book 3, Blue Bloods

Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question: Is the young woman in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by the Silver Bloods, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side.

Revelations is definitely a very fitting title. So much was revealed in this book. Yet so many mysteries were created. Like Masquerade, Revelations had so many twists in the plot that the mystery of the Blue Bloods and the Silver Bloods becamwe an even bigger one.
I found myself totally engrossed in this book wanting to know more about what was going on. It was fantastic. Revelations had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know just what was going on.
Characterwise Revelations was fantastic. I loved all of the characters. I have to say that I had become quite a fan of Jordan, oddly enough. I also began to develop a feeling of dislike towards Mimi and Bliss.
The story was absolutely great however. I love that there are lots of little clues leading towards different possibilites. I was surprised at some parts which turned out to be really, really good. Much better than I had expected.
Overall, I thought Revelations was superb. I loved it. I very definitely cannot wait unitl I get my hands on the next book, called The Van Alen Legacy. I just cannot wait to find out what happens.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of vampires, the Blue Bloods series, and anyone who loves a great suspensful book.
My Rating: φφφφφ

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Revealers by Amanda Marrone

Revealers by Amanda Marrone
Published: Simon & Schuster, 2008

Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It's not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they're doing the world some good.
One by one Jules's friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven's inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared to tell her what's going on, something's clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she's got to find out what's behind the shadows of her coven before it's too late to save her friends ... and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.

Revealers is a neat little story that incorporates demons, witches, werewolves, vampires and ghosts all into the one book. I quite liked reading it.
The storyline was a pretty good one. I thought the suspense of finding out what the big secret was pulled me into the story and had me reading a lot to find out just what it was.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with the big secret and the ending. I felt there was too much hype for something that wasn't such a big thing.
However, character-wise, this book had some pretty decent characters. I liked the characters Dani, Jules and Michael. A few of the others I felt to be quite weak.
I thought Revealers would be full of surprises and twists and turns at every step. Unfortunately, I found the novel to be quite predictable in several places.
My overall opinion is that Revealers is a good read. It's interesting enough but not one of the best books I've read.
My rating: φφφ