Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Title:  Jekel Loves Hyde

Author: Beth Fantaskey

Published: Penguin Books, 2010

Pages: 282

First Line: "I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday."

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I really loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey and when I discovered Jekel Loves Hyde I thought it would be amazing. 

 The story line is a really interesting one.  Having just recently read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and getting really interested in chemistry again I was all for reading Jekel Loves Hyde.  Unfortunately what I thought would be a murder mystery with some chemistry mixed in and a retelling of a really good book, wasn't exactly that.  But I still thought those parts of the book were really amazing and interesting.

I really really really tried to get into Jekel Loves Hyde but I just couldn't , the relationship between Jill and Tristen kind of ruined the book for me.  It was quite painful and I found that I had to keep putting it down because it frustrated me to no end. 

It took me a really long time to read Jekel Loves Hyde.  Mostly because I kept putting it down and it was really hard to pick it back up again.

Don't let my review deter you too much from reading Jekel Loves Hyde however, to be honest I'm just tired of romances that go around and around in circles.  If you like forbidden romances then I'm sure you'll enjoy reading Jekel Loves Hyde.

Beth Fantaskey is a wonderful writer, I just didn't enjoy Jekel Loves Hyde so much.  I will definitely be reading Beth's next book as she is talented.  It's just that one can't love every book we read.

Source: Library

Monday, September 27, 2010

Not Really Anything to do with books (but kind of distantly)

I haven't really been reading much lately so I thought I'd make this post about something a little different.  I chose this topic because I've been feeling a little bit nostalgic about the old disney animated movies.  So I want to talk about them.

I have two absolute favourite disney animated films.  The first one is Beauty and the Beast. I think I love this one so much because Belle loves books and I love books so I can really relate to her in that way.  I also think it's a really sweet and amazing story.  It is a good example of why we shouldn't judge others based on their looks.

My second favourite is The Jungle Book.  I think it is because it has a really strong theme of friendship and I really like stories about friendships.  I also think the Jungle Book is hilarious so thats always helpful.  The songs in the Jungle Book are really catchy and awesome too.

So my question for you  is what is your favourite disney animated film if you have one?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Title: The Dark Divine

Author: Bree Despain

Published: Egmont USA, 2010

Pages: 372

First Line: "Blood fills my mouth."

Summary: Grace Divine, almost seventeen, learns a dark secret when her childhood friend - practically a brother- returns, upsetting her pastor-father and the rest of her family, around the time strange things are happening in and near their small Minnesota town.

Review: Rebecca: The Dark Divine drove me absolutely crazy.  I hated it so much but I also really liked it.

Scarlett: I just really liked it.  There were moments when I got so sucked into the book that I lost track of time because I just had to keep reading.

I had to keep reading too because the relationship between Grace and Daniel was so intense that I needed to get to the end of the book to find out what was going on.

I adored Daniel, I have a thing for bad-boys but Daniel is just one of the greatest bad-boys I've had the pleasure of reading about.  As for Grace, she seemed nice enough.  Jude was a bit of a cutie too.

One thing that did put me off though was the whole family had that really wholesome religious family and well it kind of put me off a little because thats not what I like to read.

I have to admit that I'm a big fan of 7th Heaven and The Divines reminded me a bit of the Camden's so it was actually quite nice. Plus it's something different, it's not every day that you read a book with a religious family as the main characters.

I actually had part of the book spoiled for me so I'd been putting off reading it for a really long time but I actually think that the clues were all there from the start so it wouldn't have taken me very long at all to figure out what part of the big secret was.

I agree, I didn't have it spoilt for me but I paid attention and the clues were there subtly but it's not a huge cliffhanger.  But I'm still not about to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

I have to say that I don't think I want to read the next book in the series just because I'm really happy with how the first one ended.  I don't want anything to change. I was so happy at the end of the book that I just feel like Grace and Daniel's story should end right there.

I loved the way The Dark Divine was written and well not everything was resolved in the end so I'd like to find out more about the other parts.  In fact, after we've finished our book discussion I feel the need to pre-order The Lost Saint.

I think I might read The Lost Saint one day but right now I'd like to let things finish as they are.  But I do applaud Bree Despain on her fine writing skills.  I started out reading a chapter a day and I ended up sitting down for a couple of hours just so I could finish it because I needed to know what would happen and I actually couldn't rest until I finished it.  I stopped reading at one point and went to bed and ended up dreaming all about what the end of The Dark Divine was going to be.

Wow, I think it had more of a subtle effect on me.  I liked Grace and I liked Daniel and I liked Jude and I just loved seeing how all of the characters played off of each other.  I do admit I did shed a couple of tears at various parts of the book though because they were just so sad.

Yeah, I did think some parts were quite sad.  I just got more frustrated than anything. But in the end I was happy for the most part and think that I was wrong in putting off reading The Dark Divine for so long.

This has to be the longest discussion of a book I have ever seen. But I have just one tiny last thing to add and that is the cover is absolutely gorgeous.  Divine almost!  I've seen the cover for The Lost Saint too and that one is just as awesome.

Yeah, I basically wanted to read this book because the cover was amazing and the premise sounded so incredible.  I love mysteries.

I think it's safe to say that we both enjoyed The Dark Divine and if anyone hasn't read it yet then they should definitely do so immediately.

Definitely!  A huge thumbs up to Bree Despain for her awesome book!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Published: Harcourt, 2008

Pages: 471

Summary: 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.

Review: I'm more of a science fiction fan but occasionally I enjoy a bit of fantasy.  I started out reading Graceling for a change and it started out a bit slow and I wasn't all that interested in it.  I wanted to give up but Rebecca, who adores this book, told me that I should keep going to give it a chance.  I'm glad she told me to because with Graceling the more I read of it the better it became.
The whole idea of Graces is something new and unexplored within the fantasy world and it just happens to be fascinating.
I loved Katsa and I loved Po.  I even loved Bitterblue.
Graceling is just a really awesome book and I think that everyone should read it at least once.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Passion by L.J. Smith

Title: The Passion

Author: L.J Smith

Published: Simon Pulse, 2008

Pages: 224

Series: Book 3, Dark Visions

First Line: "A dog barked, shattering the midnight silence."

Summary: May contain spoilers!  Nearly escaping from the evil Mr. Zetes, Kaitlyn Fairchild and her psychic team are dismayed when Gabriel defects to the Institute, and Kaitlyn pretends to betray the group as well in an effort to save her friend.

Review:  This book drove me a little crazy.  I took a while to read it because it really frustrated me.  I liked this book, it just happened to annoy me too.

There were so many cringe-worthy moments that I just couldn't believe were happening.  The characters interactions were so painful at times I felt like throwing the book away.

The story line was actually pretty good. It was really really interesting and it kind of felt like L.J Smith had saved the best and most interesting parts until last.

The ending was good.  I won't spoil it but I was really happy with the ending because what I wanted to happen actually happened.

The Dark Visions trilogy is a pretty good read so if you don't mind frustrating characters then I think you might enjoy this series.

Source: Library

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Life in Books Meme

I saw this over at I was a teenage book geek a while ago and thought it looked really fun so here is my answers, and how you do that is by answering with a book that you've read this year. I tried to be serious but well by the second title I started to be a bit silly.  Thats probably my personality shining through anyway.

In high school I was: Youth in Revolt by C.D Payne
People might be surprised I'm: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 

I will never be: Going Bovine by Libba Bray 
My fantasy job is: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey 
At the end of a long day I need: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
I hate it when: All I want is Everything by Cecily Von Ziegesar 
Wish I had: Firespell by Chloe NeillMy family reunions are: Forget-her-nots by Amy Brecount White 
At a party you'd find me: Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
I've never been to: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
A happy day includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 
Motto I live by: Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison 
On my bucket list: The Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams 
In my next life I want to be: Valiant by Holly Black

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: R.L Stevenson

Published: Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1993

Pages: 232

First Line: "Mr Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable."

Summary: A good man takes a potion that turns him into a freak of pure evil. A reasonable scientist is transformed - through the agency of science itself - into the living embodiment of unreason.

Review: For something different I thought I'd try my hand at an old classic novel.  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a really good choice.  I absolutely loved it.

It's a very short book so it doesn't take long to read at all but it is definitely worth the read if you have a spare couple of hours.

I loved the way this was written, the language was like magic.  As I was reading it I was absolutely amazed and drawn in.  It was so different to anything else that it was really refreshing for something different.

There's not a lot else I have to say about The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde other than it is a fantastic book and it's easy to see why it's labelled a classic.  It is definitely a book that is worth a read.

Source: Own book

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Possessed by L.J Smith

Title: The Possessed

Author:  L.J Smith

Published: Brilliance Audio, 2010

Pages: 224

Series: Book 2, Dark Visions

First Line: '"Hurry" Kaitlyn gasped as she reached the top of the staircase.'

Summary: A second volume in the Dark Visions trilogy follows Kaitlyn Fairchild and her four friends as they listen to the psychic voices calling them and travel to an isolated house, where terror awaits. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I liked the first book in the series and couldn't wait to read the second.  While I found the second one to be enjoyable I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book.

I think the characters were developed quite a bit more in this book than the first book and I didn't really like the way any of them acted.  All of the characters seemed to annoy me.  Even Gabriel who I had started to like in the first book.

However, the story line was really interesting.  I look forward to the continuation of it in the last book.

I think that The Possessed is a good book to read if you enjoy something a little different and supernatural.  It's a really light read that doesn't take much time to get through.  If you're a fan of L.J Smith then you might enjoy The Possessed.

Source: Library

Sunday, September 19, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi, The Story Siren.

After a quiet week last week, due to the fact we had an earthquake and several aftershocks (which are still going on) the library was closed and the post was almost nonexistent.  This week I had a nice surprise when it came to books because I got two books in the mail.

The first was a book for review and it is:

The Falling Away by T.L Hines

Native America Dylan Runs Ahead is running away. He ran from the Crow Reservation where he grew up because he felt responsible for his sister's disappearance. He ran to the Army, but after his leg was mangled and his buddy was killed when a bomb exploded, he had to escape from those memories too. Now he's gotten mixed up in the wrong line of business and he's running from people who would prefer him dead.  (Taken from Goodreads)

And the second one was a late birthday present.  It's a late birthday present because it only came out a couple of weeks ago and it is:

The Haunted by Jessica Verday

I won't put a summary for this one because it contains spoilers.

And that was my week in the way of books.  Can't wait to see what everyone else got.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

D.N.Angel Volume One by Yukiru Sugisaki

Title: D.N.Angel

Author: Yukiru Sugiasaki

Published: Tokyopop, 2004

Pages: 200

Series: Volume One, D.N.Angel

Summary: Daisuke Niwa is an ordinary middle school student who has an inherited an interesting family tradition. Upon seeing Risa, the girl he adores, he transforms into a daring phantom thief. When the phantom thief sees his own object of desire, he turns back into Daisuke. The only way to cure this craziness is if Daisuke can get Risa to fall in love with him, but how can she love someone she can't see?

Review: D.N.Angel was something quite different as far as manga goes.  I've never read anything like it before but I really enjoyed reading it.

The illustrations were amazing.  Although some of them were a little too busy so I had a bit of trouble finding out what was going on.

The main character Daisuke, was pretty cool.  I'm very interested to know more of his story.  I did have trouble between the twins. There were times when I wasn't sure which one was which.

Overall, D.N.Angel is a pretty good manga to read.  If you're looking for something different and you're not sure about manga in general then D.N.Angel would be quite a good one to read.

Source: Library

Friday, September 17, 2010

Love Triangles: Yay or Nay

Reading a lot of books lately there is one common theme that keeps popping up.  And that is the love triangle.  So I'm writing a post today on the love triangle in books and what I think of them and what you think of them.

I personally, am not such a huge fan.  I mean they're alright from time to time but it starts to annoy me when every single book has love triangles. I mean not every girl has to choose between two guys. At least I don't think they do.  I know I don't.  Then some books tend to go to extremes, I won't name the series but one series even has the character juggling three or four guys.

What I'm saying is that love triangles are showing up here there and everywhere.  What do you think of them?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wanted by Sara Shepard

Title: Wanted

Author: Sara Shepard

Published: New York : HarperTeen, 2010

Pages: 259

Series: Book 8, Pretty Little Liars

First Line: "They say a picture's worth a thousand words."

Summary: Former best friends Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily, who lost their best friend and leader, Alison, years ago when she disappeared, find themselves in grave danger when they pursue the truth about Alison.

Review: It's with a slight sadness that I write this review of Wanted, the final book in the Pretty Little Liars series. I say sadness for a couple of reasons.  The first being I am sad that the series is finally over.  I began the first book, Pretty Little Liars, on the 31st of December 2009, I became so engrossed in it that I had no idea the new year had arrived as I read through pages of Pretty Little Liars. If you've followed my reviews of the other books you'll know that my obsession with the series grew and now at the final book I am sad to say goodbye.

The second reason I am sad is because as much as I loved this series as a whole, I was a little disappointed in Wanted. I'm not sure if I had overly high expectations for Wanted, but I just felt that it ended in a way that wasn't fantastic. It was alright as far as endings go but I was kind of hoping to be completely blown away by the ending and I just wasn't.

A couple of loose ends were left open which is a little sad as I really wanted to know more about them.  I'm a tad confused about some things that happened in the series as a whole and wish they were explained but they weren't so I guess we're meant to form our own conclusions.

I loved Wanted almost as much as the other books in the series.  It still sucked me in and kept me hanging on until the very last page.  Wanted, as well as the rest of the Pretty Little Liars series are just simple and really good reads that it's hard not to get sucked into the pages and devour them in no time.

Being a massive mystery and suspense fan I can say that Wanted was pretty cool.  There was definitely a lot of suspense.  At times it drove me insanely crazy.

Overall however, would I suggest this series?  Yes, definitely!  It has everything it needed to be a really awesome series and I absolutely adored it.  One day in the future I believe this series will definitely be a re-read for me. For now, however, I eagerly await the release of Sara Shepard's new book, The Lying Game.

Source: Library

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nightwalker by Heather Graham

Title: Nightwalker

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira, 2009

First Line: "Tension was high around the table, but then, there were thousands of dollars strewn out across the board, represented by colourful plastic chips."

Summary: Jessy Sparhawk has seen firsthand how gambling can ruin people's lives. But one night, desperate for money, she places the bet that will change her life forever. Just as she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd, a knife protruding from his back, and crashes into her, pinning her to the craps table.Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf finds himself fascinated by the gorgeous redhead who'd been trapped beneath the victim - and by the single word the dying man had whispered in her ear. Indigo. What neither of them realizes is that the nightmare is only just beginning. Because bodyguard Tanner Green may have been killed by that knife, but his angry ghost isn't going anywhere - not without vengeance. Now, literally caught between the living and the dead, Dillon and Jessy have no choice but to forge ahead together. Their investigation will take them from the glitz of the Vegas strip into the dealings of casino magnate Emil Landon, the man who signs both their paychecks, and out into the desert to a ghost town called Indigo, where past and present come together in a search for gold. Years ago, blood was shed on that very ground, and now it looks as if history is about to repeat itself, with the living and the dead facing off for possession of a fortune, and Dillon and Jessy fighting not only to stay alive but for the chance to build a future.

Review: After reading a book by Heather Graham I decided to read another one.  I'm glad I picked up Nightwalker because it was really interesting.

I love mysteries and I love ghost stories so Nightwalker, having both, was a good book to read.  The ghosts in this book weren't as scary as most ghosts in other media but they were quite interesting.  I liked the different take on ghosts.

The mystery in Nightwalker was a good one.  It was really interesting because how the man got murdered seemed odd so it was really interesting to find out how it had happened and why.

I really enjoyed reading Nightwalker and I think that if you enjoy books about ghosts and murder mysteries then you'll enjoy Nightwalker.  My one warning is that it has a little bit of adult content. Aside from that, it is a pretty enjoyable read.

Source: Library

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Strange Power by L.J Smith

Title: The Strange Power

Author: L.J Smith

Published: Brilliance Audio, 2010

Series: Book 1, Dark Visions

First Line: "You don't invite the local witch to parties."

Summary:  Frightened and isolated, a girl hopes for a new life when she is invited to an institute with four other psychically gifted students. Soon they learn the truth about an experiment that threatens their sanity and their lives.

Review: I'm a huge fan of L.J Smith and when I saw this book at the library I thought I should give it a go.  I'm glad I did because it was really good.  For the most part, it was something different because it involved psychics which was different to the usual vampires, werewolves and witches that are so common in supernatural stories.
I liked all of the characters except maybe Rob.  He just seemed to annoy me a little bit.  By the end of this book I was hoping that Kaitlyn and Gabriel would end up together.  There's just something really interesting about Gabriel that made me like him a lot.
The story line itself was unique in some ways and that made it quite a good read.
My interest levels in the book were definitely high.  I devoured this in no time at all.  Basically, as soon as I started it I continued reading it until the end.
If you're a fan of the supernatural or L.J Smith then The Strange Power will be a good book for you. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Source: Library

Monday, September 13, 2010

Winter's Passage Ebook

On Saturday I did a review of Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa.  Now, seeing as how this ebook was only available free for a short time I have a very special announcement to make.  One lucky person will be able to receive a pdf copy of Winter's Passage from me.

Open to everyone and all you have to do is fill in the form below.
Winner will be announced 1st October 2010 at midnight GMT+12

Good luck everyone!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

Title: Winter's Passage

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin, 2010

Pages: 67

Series: Book 1.5, Iron Fey

First Line: "In the shadows of the cave, I watched the Hunter approach."

Summary: May contain spoilers! Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey. 

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat.... 

Review: This will only be a quick review as Winter's Passage is a little novella by Julie Kagawa that takes place between book one and two of the Iron Fey series.  I loved the first book and I really enjoyed Winter's Passage too.

My favourite characters were present.  Ash and Grimalkin to be exact.  I really really love Ash, he is just the coolest character - no pun intended.

It was good to enter the realm of the Iron Fey once again for a brief time with Winter's Passage.  The story was really interesting and I had a lot of fun reading it. If you're a fan of the series, if you've read the first or both the first and second books in the Iron Fey series then you'll have no trouble reading Winter's Passage and understanding it.

Source: NetGalley

Friday, September 10, 2010

Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Title: Frostbite

Author: Richelle Mead

Published: Razorbill, 2008

Pages: 327

Series: Book 2, Vampire Academy

Buy the book: The Book Depository*

Summary: Spoiler alert! 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, 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. Vladmir'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. Vladmir'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 against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose-and her heat-are in more danger than she ever could have imagined.
Review: After the amazing first book I really could not wait for this one. So I just had to rush out and buy it. OMG I am so GLAD that I did!!!!

Frostbite is a book that everyone has to read. The whole Vampire Academy series is a must-read series.

Rose and Lissa are the greatest characters ever, I simply love the both of them!

If you haven't read any books in the VA series yet, you definitely should. They are just amazing.

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