Monday, November 30, 2009

The Dreaming Volume Three by Queenie Chan

Title: The Dreaming Volume Three

Author: Queenie Chan

Published: Los Angeles : Tokyopop, c2007

Series: Book 3, The Dreaming

Pages: 190

Summary: Where did the ghostly girls come from? And what do they want? Before the students know it, the missing girls enter the school, where Amber spots Millie, who speaks to her almost as if to warn her of something. Is there more to this supernatural mystery than just the school itself?

Review: Volume Three is the final book in the trilogy. I loved the entire series and while I'm relieved the scariness is over but I'm also sad that it has ended.

With Volume 3 I am not disappointed. It is really good and I thought it was highly scary too. Fortunately when I went to sleep after reading the entire series I didn't have any nightmares.

I loved the illustrations they were all really good. They were so well drawn that they added to the horror of the story so much.

I found the ending to be quite an interesting one. While they didn't explain one thing it was really obvious what had happened. I also felt sad by the ending because it wasn't a happy one and I felt sorry for the twin girls.

Looking back at the trilogy as a whole I felt that we didn't get to know much about Amber and what was known about her left holes and questions for me.

The rest of the book however, was really good.

Definitely check this entire series out.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

In My Mailbox (34)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren.

This week I went to get two books from the library, below is what I got.

About Griffen's Heart by Tina Shaw
James Griffen is sixteen, with a bad heart and on the hospital waiting list for a valve replacement. He's also considered a nerd at school. Then he falls for the hottest chick at school, Roxy, who unlike James is cool, streetwise and angry. James is loyal in his affections and in spite of the thrashing his heart gets in the pursuit, he and Roxy form an odd bond, and James is the one who hangs in there when things get nasty.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
Tane and Rebecca aren’t sure what to make of it—a sequence of 1s and 0s, the message looks like nothing more than a random collection of alternating digits. Working to decode it, however, Tane and Rebecca discover that the message contains lottery numbers . . . lottery numbers that win the next random draw! Suddenly Tane and Rebecca are rich, but who sent the numbers? And why? More messages follow, and slowly it becomes clear—the messages are being sent back in time from Tane and Rebecca’s future. Something there has gone horribly wrong, and it’s up to them to prevent it from happening. As they follow the messages’ cryptic instructions, Tane and Rebecca begin to suspect the worst—that the very survival of the human race may be at stake.

Night World Number Two by L.J Smith

In Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. Only visible to Gillian, Angel will fulfill her heart's every desire. But when Angel starts making strange and sinister requests, Gillian must question who he truly is and where he came from.

Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire's mind control, Rashel struggles to avenge her mother's death in The Chosen.Then she meets Quinn, her soulmate, who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy.

Hannah receives notes warning her of incredible danger in Soulmate. But if death is her destiny, is the Lord of the Night World's love strong enough to save her?

Stargazer by Claudia Gray
Teenage vampire Bianca finds herself the target when evil wraiths attack her boarding school, Evernight Academy.

Syren by Angie Sage
In the fifth book of this Magykal series, Septimus and his friends find themselves on an island whose secrets are as dark and dangerous as its inhabitants. Septimus Heap returns to the House of Foryx with Spit Fyre to pick up Jenna, Nicko, Snorri, and Beetle. But the journey home does not go well and when Septimus and his friends are caught in a storm, Spit Fyre crashes into the Rokk Lighthouse. They are rescued by the lighthouse keeper who is disturbingly sinister, and who has an equally sinister cat And all the while, Septimus is trying to fight the strange pull he's feeling to the island and its mysterious secrets.

And that was my week, can't wait to see what everyone else got.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Dreaming Volume Two by Queenie Chan

Title: The Dreaming Volume Two

Author: Queenie Chan

Published: Los Angeles : Tokyopop, 2006

Pages: 190

Series: Book 2, The Dreaming

Summary: Greenwich Private College grinds to a complete halt after the discovery of Millie's body. As gloom and despair sets in, most of the students leave the school. But Jeanie's curiosity keeps her on campus, and when she's led down the path of the Greenwich's dark history, has she awakened a ghostly curse?

Review: Of the trilogy I have to say that this one was my least favourite but in saying that it was still completely awesome and oh so spooky.

The illustrations in this one creeped me out and amazed me and I was reading this one at night all alone. So it definitely added to the scary factor.

The story line continued from the ending of the first one and it was really good. It definitely grabbed my attention and I definitely can say that it was fantastic.

If you like mystery and if you like horror and you like manga this book will be utterly perfect. I do of course recommend that you read the series in order though.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Dreaming Volume One by Queenie Chan

Title: The Dreaming Volume One

Author: Queenie Chan

Published: Los Angeles : Tokyopop, c2005

Pages: 175

Summary: When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school's halls harbor a terrible secret: students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish... without a trace! No one knows where they went--or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school's dark past may lie in the world of their dreams...

Review: When I picked this up off the shelf and read the back I though, oh a thriller/mystery. My type of book then. So when I was reading it I did get a little spooked. Later on I read the back and it actually is classed as a horror. Fans of horror this book would suit you fine.

I have a warning about this book too. If you're anything like me and you have an overactive imagination or get scared easily do not read The Dreaming at night all by yourself. I did and I think this made the book even scarier than it had been.

The ending was a cliffhanger that left me wanting more. Luckily I had the next book too so I could just rush into it.

Because this was a manga there were so many scary illustrations. It added to the horror of the story. While I found the illustrations scary I also thought they were really well-drawn.

So if you like horror stories then you will definitely love The Dreaming.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Title: Avalon High

Author: Meg Cabot

Published: New York : HarperCollins, c2006

Pages: 288

Summary: Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

Review: I am a huge fantasy fan and when I read the description for Avalon High a couple of months ago I knew that I would love it. And now that I have finally read it I can definitely say that yes I definitely did enjoy reading Avalon High.

I loved how this book had little bits of poem at the beginning of chapters. They drew me into the story even more.

There's a manga series that continues on from where this book ended and I've read the first two. I would suggest reading this book first because the manga lets you know everything that happens in this book.

I thought there would be more fantasy involved but I still liked Avalon High enough.

I liked Ellie and Will because they both liked to just think and thats what I like to do sometimes so it kind of made them more relatable characters to me.

I felt the ending was quite a good one and I do admit it left an opening for a sequel which there is in the form of manga.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Title: Another Faust

Author: Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Published: Somerville : Candlewick, 2009

Pages: 387

Series: Book 1, Another Series

Summary: On a single night, five children suddenly vanish from their homes in Paris, Glasgow, Rome, and London. Years later, five enigmatic teenagers make an impressive entrance at an exclusive New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madam Vileroy. Rumor and intrigue follow the Faust children to the elite Manhattan Marlowe School, where their very presence brings unexplainable misfortune...

Review: I found Another Faust to be an intriguing read. I kept reading on through it because I wanted to know more about what was going on.

There's very little action in Another Faust. Basically, there's just a tiny little bit. So if you love books that aren't just action, action, action then this book would definitely intrigue you.

I didn't absolutely love Another Faust but I found it to be a really interesting concept. Overall I would say that it was a good book. If I ever see it in shops I'll definitely buy a copy.

The characters were all really interesting. I don't know if I have a favourite or not but I think possibly Victoria just because of how different she was to other characters I'd ever read about before.

Another Faust is based on the Faustian Legend the most famous of which is Faust written by Goethe. I'm not really familiar with it but I vaguely knew the idea of it and from what I knew I can say that I thought Another Faust was an interesting way of putting a spin on the Faustian Bargain.

I quite liked the ending of Another Faust. It wasn't too bad. I think that the way the ending couldn't really go any other way. But it also left an opening for a second book if there ever wanted to be one.

The next book in the series is called Another Pan and I'm not really sure what it's going to be about but I will definitely be reading it out of interest and curiosity.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to other people. But if you are looking for a book full of action this one isn't really for you. But definitely check it out even if you're not familiar with the Faustian Legend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blood Relatives Volume 3 by Ellen Schreiber

Title: Blood Relatives Volume 3

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Art by: Elisa Kwon

Series: Book 3, Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives

Published: Los Angeles : Tokyopop, 2009

Summary: Raven's romance with her dreamy vampire boyfriend, Alexander, has been complicated once again by Alexander's menacing half-vamp cousin. Now that Claude and his fearless gang have been tricked out of the blood-filled vials that can turn them into full vampires, Claude will stop at nothing to find the real vials. Raven's family and friends could be in danger. When Claude teams up with Raven's longtime nemesis, Trevor, invitations soon go out for a vampire-themed masquerade party.

Review: I've been enjoying this series so far and could not wait to get my hands on this, the third manga in the series. I was not disappointed either.

I was kind of disappointed with the second volume. I'm not saying I hated it, I just found it annoyed me a little. Anyway, the third volume was quite good. I was not disappointed at all.

I loved the illustrations they were all really pretty and definitely well-done. I also love the cover art. It looks so good.

The ending surprised me a little bit, it took a little twist in an interesting direction. I thought it was interesting but I didn't think it was the best ending ever.

Unfortunately, this was the last book in the manga series. In case you didn't know though, this has the same characters as the novel series Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber so definitely check out both.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vampire Knight Volume One by Matsuri Hino

Title: Vampire Knight Volume 1

Author: Matsuri Hino

Series: Volume 1, Vampire Knight

Published: San Francisco : Viz Media, c2007

Pages: 191

Summary: Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Yuki believes the vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas...

Review: At first I was really apprehensive about actually reading this because it was recommended to me by a friend and I am not really a fan of manga so much and I had no idea what this was about. So basically, I started to read this so I could finish it.

I'm actually really glad that I did get to read it because it is really good. At first I was a little confused as to what was going on but as I got used to the illustrations I actually found it to be quite an enjoyable read. It was an interesting take on the vampire genre and reminded me a little bit of the Evernight books by Claudia Gray.

The illustrations were all really interesting and while I at first found them a little confusing they did get easier to look at.

Also, there was a little bit of a twist in the story which I liked and thought it was really cool.

Overall, I really enjoyed Vampire Knight Volume One and I am glad that I made myself read it because now I will definitely be looking out for volume 2.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren.

This week I got two books.

Dwellers in the Mirage by A. Merrit
Two men in one body! That's how Lief Langdon had always felt. One part of him was a modern day adventurer, the other was a strange half-memory of another life where he was a High Priest sacrificing living people to Khalk'ru, a demon god from another time and space. Then Langdon stumbled through the mirage into a hidden Arctic valley, where he fell under the spell of Evalie, as beautiful outwardly as she was inwardly, and her friends the Little People, elfin warriors constantly warring with Lur, the Witch-Woman, and her demon riders, who raided the Little People's land for sacrifices to their dark god, the Kraken. Horrified at the thought of their becoming sacrifices, Langdon took up the Little People's cause and wooed Evalie. But when he learned the Kraken was also known as Khalk'ru, memories of his past life -- as Lur's lover and High Priest of her sect came rushing back. Soon Langdon was fighting against his other self, a far stronger self that submerges him entirely and eagerly joins Lur, to rain kisses on her lips and weld the bloody knife of sacrifice on his own best friends!

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods--an ancient group of vampires--now find themselves in an epic battle for survival following the stunning revelation of a young socialite's true identity and the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Title: Suite Scarlett

Author: Maureen Johnson

Published: Point, 2008

Pages: 368

Summary: Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite.

Review: Suite Scarlett is the first book I have ever read by Maureen Johnson and I really liked it. I liked it so much that I believe I will definitely be reading more books by Maureen Johnson.

Before reading Suite Scarlett I knew it was a book about a girl who lives in a hotel and that she had a cool brother called Spencer. This kind of made me think of the television programme The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. After reading Suite Scarlett I can now say that no, this is not like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. It's very unique, original and a fun idea.

I really liked Scarlett, Spencer and Lola. They were all pretty cool. I didn't like Marlene, she just didn't appeal to me at all. I was not sure how to think about Mrs Amberson. Sometimes I liked her and thought she was really nice but then other times I thought she was not a very nice person.

I found out that there is a sequel to Suite Scarlett called Scarlett Fever and that comes out next year so when I see that I will definitely be reading it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog.
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. There are four levels:

--The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.

--Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

--Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.

--Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.

(Aim high. As long as you read 25 by the end of 2010, you are a winner.)

3. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader – any book as long as it is checked out from the library count. Checked out like with a library card, not purchased at a library sale.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

6. Challenge begins January 1st through December, 2010.
7. To sign up go here.

This one looks like heaps of fun and I absolutely love to go to the library. At the moment I'm going to aim for 50 but if I go higher that will be cool too.
As with all my challenges I will list the books here as I go.

1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
3. While I Live by John Marsden
4. Syren by Angie Sage
5. Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper
6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
7. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
8. Private by Kate Brian
9. Flawless by Sara Shepard
10. Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
11. You Know You Love Me by Cecily Von Ziegesar
12. All I Want Is Everything by Cecily Von Ziegesar
13. Perfect by Sara Shepard
14. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
15. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
16. Beast by Ally Kennen
17. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
18. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
19. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
20. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
21. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
22. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
23. Witch by Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder
24. The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
25. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
26. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
27. Wicked by Sara Shepard
28. Valiant by Holly Black
29. Youth In Revolt by C. D. Payne
30. 30 Days of Night by Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles
31. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
32. Dark Days by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith
33. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
34. Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba
35. Kith by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
36. Confluence by Tsugumi Ohba
37. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
38. Hard Run by Tsugumi Ohba
39. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
40. Love by Tsugumi Ohba
41. Killer by Sara Shepard
42. Losing It by Sandy McKay
43. Fallen by Lauren Kate
44. Hell's Heroes by Darren Shan
45. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
46. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
47. Smiling Jack by Ken Catran
48. Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham
49. Green Witch by Alice Hoffman
50. The Tarot Cafe Volume One by Sang-Sun Park
51. Heartless by Sara Shepard
52. Whiteout by Tsugumi Ohba
53. The Strange Power by L. J. Smith
54. Nightwalker by Heather Graham
55. Wanted by Sara Shepard
56. D.N.Angel by Yukiru Sugisaki
57. The Passion by L.J Smith
58. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
59. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
60. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
61. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
62. Kiss in the Dark by Lauren Henderson
63. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
64. Trackers by Patrick Carman
65. Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
66. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
67. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
68. Angelic by Kelley Armstrong
69. Torment by Lauren Kate