Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Published: RazorBill, 2007

Pages: 332

Series: Book 1, Vampire Academy

Snippet: "Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies."

Summary: St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rebecca: It took me a really long time to get around to reading Vampire Academy but I'm really glad I did in the end.  I think what stopped me from reading it was that I didn't really like the cover that much.

Scarlett: I agree the cover isn't too much to look at, but Rose is definitely one awesome character.  And Lissa, she's so cool.  Both girls were definitely my favourites.

I like Rose, she was pretty kick-ass but Lissa I didn't like so much.  I did think that Christian and Dimitri were pretty cool too.  Those three were my favourite characters.

Oh yeah, Christian was so sweet in a mysterious kind of way, I hope he's in the next book, I really want to know more about him!

I also loved how the vampire thing was done, it was just really different to other vampire stories that I was completely sucked in.

It was definitely an addictive read, I only wish I'd read it sooner so I could be further ahead in the series by now.

The ending was awesome too, I was quite shocked by who the bad guy was.

I agree completely.  Vampire Academy is definitely a book to read for it is awesome.

Vampire Academy is not to be missed.

Source: Own book

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Couple of Links

I finally had some time to go through my emails and I found two really interesting links to two book-related articles that I found quite interesting so check them out if you're interested:

25 Worst Covers of All Time

Top 10 books with a Cult-like-following

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi, at the Story Siren.

So this week, I just got the one book from the library.  And it is:

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship. 
To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.  (Taken from Goodreads)

I really loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side so I'm hoping Jekel Loves Hyde will be just as awesome.

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

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Title: Face of Betrayal

Author: Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Published: Thomas Nelson, 2009

Pages: 320

Series: Book 1, Faith and Consequences

Snippet:"It's not like they all go from charming and manipulative to hosing their wife's blood off the driveway."

Summary: While home on Christmas break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat--a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.
Though authorities think Katie might have been kidnapped or run away, those theories shatter when Nicole uncovers Katie's blog. They reveal a girl troubled by a mysterious relationship with an older man. Possibly a US Senator.
There are many faces of betrayal, but they must find the one face in a crowd of growing suspects before they become the next victims. (Taken from BookSneeze)

Review: I've been reading a lot of mystery fiction lately and I really think that Face of Betrayal is one of the best yet.  I thought it would be a book where I would know how everything played out because the story line has been done a dozen times before, but no, it was amazingly awesome.

The characters were all very unique and they each bought their own little thing to the party and it just made the whole book flow together quite nicely.  I'm not sure if I have a favourite character but I really liked all three of the main characters.

The mystery itself was really good, it was everything I could want in a mystery book.  For most of the book Katie is missing and we don't know what has happened to her and it's just a huge pageturner because I wanted to know what happened to Katie.  Then I found out and I still wanted to keep reading because I had to know more about what happened.

One thing that bugged me a little bit was not all of the loose ends were tied up but I think I may have missed something or it will be revealed in a later book.

The ending was pretty good as far as endings go, basically right up until the end I had been guessing because I wasn't 100% sure of what was happening, but I had guessed at the outcome, I was still a little surprised though.

Overall, I really enjoyed Face of Betrayal, it was an amazing mystery that kept me guessing until the end.  If you're a fan of mystery suspense thrillers then I think you'd really enjoy Face of Betrayal.  I for one, cannot wait to read more from the series.

Source: BookSneeze

Friday, August 20, 2010

Meme of Reading Questions

As I'm having a bit of a slow reading time, I got this meme off Booking Through Thursday and have decided to take part in it.

1. Favorite childhood book?
Chicken Licken I'm not sure of the author though because there are so many versions.

2. What are you reading right now?
Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
Heartless by Sara Shepard
Think of a Number by John Verdon
Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
Wanted by Sara Shepard
Torment by Lauren Kate
Kiss in the Dark by Lauren Henderson

4. Bad book habit?
I don't really have any bad book habits.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Heartless by Sara Shepard

6. Do you have an e-reader?
No I use my laptop

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Well, looking at what I'm reading at the moment, several. But I actually prefer reading one book at a time, it's just lately I've been going through a reading slump so I just haven't been able to settle on one book.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I seem to read a lot more YA now that I've started a blog but lately I've been reading more adult fiction again. But still reading a majority of YA.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Ummmmm hmmmmm I would probably say Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper, just because all the other books I've read this year I've enjoyed more than that one.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Hard to choose between Killer by Sara Shepard or The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, either way they are both awesome.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Barely ever, at the moment I'm being forced to read Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny which isn't something I would normally read but it seems alright so far.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I like to stick to adult authors I know are popular. I read more YA because some adult books have content I'm not too fond of.  I don't tend to read historical fiction or romance novels.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Yep, I often spend a whole day on a bus so I get a lot of reading done then.

14. Favorite place to read?
In a big comfy chair with a blanket over me if it's cold.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I only lend to people I know will take the best care of my books.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Definitely not!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Nope, I don't like to do anything like that to my books.

18.  Not even with text books?
Not really, but I did once in pencil and I rubbed it out afterwards.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English, I'm not so flash at any other languages.

20. What makes you love a book?
Mostly, an amazing mystery.  Or some kind of mind-blowing twist in the plot that leaves me stunned.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I found it to be unputdownable or just a really well-written and interesting read.

22. Favorite genre?
Mystery, Fantasy

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Probably horror, I just haven't found any horrors I wanted to read.

Favorite biography?
Probably the Marilyn Manson one, it was just interesting.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yeah, I think I've read a couple for review.

26. Favorite cookbook?
Edmond's Cookbook, the best cookbook ever.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I'm not sure, I don't think any of the books have been inspiring. Unless I say Killer by Sara Shepard inspired me to read more mystery books.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Hmmm not sure, some sort of lollies anyway I have a massive sweet tooth.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Ummmm probably the seventh Harry Potter book, it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Quite often, but everyone has different opinions on things.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
It doesn't really bother me because my blog is my personal thing so I can give my honest opinion on a book and thats what I do.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Probably Welsh because that language fascinates me.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I'm not sure, I think The Host by Stephenie Meyer was quite intimidating, I was just too scared to start it for a really long time.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Hmmm not sure. I'm a little confused about what intimidated means.

35. Favorite Poet?
Probably Shakespeare, I don't really read much poetry though.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
I used to get out about 10-20 books at a time but these days it's usually 1-3, I'm trying to reduce my reading pile.

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
I used to do that all the time but these days I'm pretty good at reading all the books I get out.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Hmm probably either Alanna from the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce or Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Cashore.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Hmmmm maybe Voldemort from Harry Potter just because he's quite prominent. Plus, if you've seen A Very Potter Musical, you kind of get a soft spot for Voldemort.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Anything in my reading pile really, but the Harry Potter series probably.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
I think a week, when I had to do some very serious study for exams, but apart from that I've always been reading something.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
I've actually finished every book I've ever started so I can't say I've ever not finished a book.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Television, sometimes if there's a tv show on when I'm reading I'll get distracted.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Probably The Da Vinci Code

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Series of Unfortunate Events, ever since I saw that I've tended to avoid watching film adaptions.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
About $130, it was my first time visiting a Borders.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never, I don't like spoilers and they'll usually pop up if I skim.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
I don't think anything would because I tend to finish a book to the end even if I really don't like it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Definitely, I just prefer things to be neat and organised.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I like to keep most of my books, sometimes I'll give my books away but not often.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
For a really long time I'd been avoiding Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead but I'm actually enjoying it.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  Just because they kept going in circles and the characters drove me crazy.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Probably the Pretty Little Liars books by Sara Shepard.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My mini Update

So I haven't reviewed anything for a couple of days because I haven't finished anything yet. Mostly, because I've been super busy with my schooling.  But, as of tomorrow I have a two week break so from now until Wednesday I am going to go on a mini read-a-thon.  What it means is that I'm going to try and spend less time on the internet and read more. I'm making this post in the hopes that it will motivate me to actually do well with this challenge.  I have a list of books that I really want to get read so I'll make a list and then on Wednesday I'll write a post of how I did.  Also, some reviews will show up if I finish any of the books obviously.

Anyway, here is what I hope to get read:
Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
Heartless by Sara Shepard
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry
The Death Dealer by Heather Graham
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

so we'll see how I go, it's quite a big list, but as of right now I'm going to be reading.
So wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume One by Hiromu Arakawa

Title: Fullmetal Alchemist

Author: Hiromu Arakawa

Published: Viz Media LLC, 2006

Series: Volume One, Fullmetal Alchemist

Summary: Dabbling in alchemy carries a price. When brothers Edward and Alphonse played with the mystical power to alter the natural world, they both paid dearly. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now these siblings are slaves of the evil military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers for dire purposes. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist is a really cool manga. I've heard so many good things about it that I decided to read it for myself. I must say that I quite enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist.

The story line of Fullmetal Alchemist was really engrossing.  I found myself wanting to know more about what was going on with the two characters and basically, I just thought the whole story was set up really well and I look forward to reading more of the series.

The illustrations were pretty awesome.  They're definitely engaging and add to the entire story.

I'm intrigued by the two main characters. I'd like to know more about them and their back story and I look forward to it.

Overall, I believe that Fullmetal Alchemist is a great manga to check out, if you're a fan of science or alchemy and manga then I think you'll definitely enjoy Fullmetal Alchemist.

Source: Borrowed

Monday, August 16, 2010

250 Followers Celebration

So, as promised when we reached 250 followers we would have a special celebration.  We've got over 250 followers now, so a HUGE thank you to all of you guys Scarlett and I definitely love you all.  So to say thank you we are giving away a brand new copy of one of these books:

If you click on the titles you'll go to my  reviews.
Now if you're wondering how we picked this selection, I picked my favourite book of each month. I know August isn't over yet but I picked my favourite book for August so far.

Now for the rules:
One entry per person.
Fill in the form below to enter.
Contest will end 1st October midnight, GMT+12
Open to people everywhere the Book Depository Ships

So good luck everyone!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham

Title: Unhallowed Ground

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira, 2009

Pages: 368

Summary: When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then, in the midst of renovations, she makes a grim discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah's dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies—some dating back over a century.
The door to the past is blown wide open when Caleb Anderson, a private investigator, shows up at the mansion. He believes several current missing-persons cases are linked to the house and its dark past. Working together to find the connection and stop a contemporary killer, Sarah and Caleb are compelled to research the history of the haunted house, growing closer to each other even as the solution to the murders eludes them.
But there is one who knows the truth…a spirit who follows every move they make. Soon Caleb begins to fear that if he can't stay a step ahead, he could lose Sarah to a killer with an ability to transcend time in a quest for blood and sacrifice. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I was looking for a creepy murder mystery that would give me a bit of a scare and Unhallowed Ground wasn't too bad. It was creepy but it wasn't overly creepy. I did enjoy it though.

I liked the story line of Unhallowed Ground. I don't normally read adult murder mysteries and this one happened to have a supernatural twist which made it even more interesting.  It definitely gave the creepy factor quite a few points.

None of the characters were overly outstanding but they weren't ghastly at all either.

I do have one warning though, if you get creeped out really easily then you might want to avoid reading Unhallowed Ground late at night by yourself.

I have to say that the revelation of who the killer was took me quite by surprise.  I was really surprised because I didn't expect it at all which is quite unlike me. I actually had a whole different idea about who the killer was and why they did it.  So that was something I really enjoyed.

Overall, Unhallowed Ground was a nice change of pace book, that had me really interested for the majority of  the book. If you're interested in mysteries and with a paranormal twist then you'll definitely enjoy Unhallowed Ground.

Source: Library

Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Title: The Time Traveler's Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Published: MacAdam/Cage, c2003.

Summary: Henry and Clare have been in love for a long time, though theirs is not the typical love story. Henry suffers from Chrono-Displacement, a genetic disorder that picks him up and flings him into other times of his life--therefore, though Clare is just a child when she meets Henry, he is an adult in his 40s in the midst of one of his unpredictable trips through time. As she matures, they fall in love during his visits, and at 20 she meets Henry in the timeline they share, though he has not met her in his travels yet, and does not know her.

Review: Being Friday the 13th you'd think I'd have something creepy or about bad luck to review today but I don't. Instead I have this beautiful piece of written art. Yes, I really loved The Time Traveller's Wife.
It is a truly fascinating and captivating read that will stay in your heart forever. I fell in love with this book and I will never forget it.
So much of the time I was bawling my eyes out reading this book. I ended up having my husband sit by me as I read it just so I could take little breaks and get some hugs. This is one book you definitely need a box of tissues for. Or maybe a hundred if you tend to get emotional like me.
If you haven't read The Time Traveller's Wife yet, I suggest you drop everything and read it right now.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin Teen, 2010

Pages: 363

Series: Book 1, The Iron Fey

Snippet: "The ground turned into a writhing mass of spiders and centipedes, crawling up my legs.  A deer stepped into the middle of the path, cocked its head, and asked me for the time."

Summary: Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The Iron King is a truly amazing read. I really loved reading it.  There were so many really good aspects of the Iron King that I don't know where to start.

The characters were all really great. Meghan at first was a little annoying but she began to grew on me as the book progressed a little more.  Then I also loved Grim, he was a great character and I hope to learn more about him as the series goes on.  Then there was Ash and Puck. Both very lovable and very different in their own ways. I have to say that it's hard to say who was the better one of the two but I have to say that in the end I liked Ash a tiny bit better. 

The story line itself is very unique and incredibly enthralling. I'd been going through a little bit of a reading slump but The Iron King kept me well entertained and made me remember why I love reading so much.

I love the whole concept of The Iron King. I cannot state enough how much I loved this book. If you love books all about fey creatures then you'll love this one which has a very unique spin on the whole idea of fey creatures.

If you have not read The Iron King yet,  suggest you do soon because it really is amazing and I cannot wait to read the next book, The Iron Daughter.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bookish Webs

This month's Bookish Webs post is for the website Audiobook Sync. Which is where anyone can go to download two free audiobooks each week.

The website itself is easy to use and it's quite straightforward. There are forums where you can go and discuss the audiobooks after you've read them.

There are one or two little catches about downloading audiobooks.
The first is that you have to download a little piece of software called overdrive media console which they provide on their site. It's a handy little piece of software too as my library uses it for lending audiobooks online too, so it's perfectly safe.
The other catch is that not all audiobooks are available internationally, before you download it will tell you if there are restrictions. The majority of the books are available everywhere however.

I definitely suggest checking out Audiobook Sync now if you haven't already.