Saturday, March 31, 2012

Supervillain: The Concise Guide by Ras Ashcroft

Title: Supervillain: The Concise Guide

Author: Ras Ashcroft

Published: February 2012

Summary: Are you tired of living a humdrum life? Is there little to look forward to except a dead-end job and more news headlines that remind you of your insignificance in the world? Do you think the future of humanity depends on your potent leadership skills? Well forget about the nonsense of running for political office and become a supervillain instead. 

Fancy degrees and qualifications are not required. With this concise guide, you will learn all the basic tricks of the trade. Ease into your first seedy business, create a large organisation with interests in finance, media and politics, and build a powerful military force. Eventually you will launch your crusade to rule the entire planet. 
Take your shot at world domination – and hit the bull’s-eye.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As soon as I started reading Supervillain I started laughing.  This book is a pretty funny book and so I was laughing out loud at parts quite often.

Supervillain, is a pretty good guide on how to become a supervillain.  Each chapter presents different information that will help anyone on their quest to become a supervillain.  Some of the advice was really interesting and some of it was quite funny.

I think my favourite chapter would have to be the chapter would have to be the one about Superheroes, it was really fun to read and I definitely loved that one the most.

Overall, I thought that Supervillain: The Concise Guide was a fun and interesting little book that teaches you about the ins and outs of being a supervillain in a slightly realistic light.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Download Friday (8)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week for free is Jenny Pox by J L Bryan.

Jenny Pox by J K Bryan

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town. 

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.  (Taken from Goodreads)

**Note: a couple of the websites I've looked at this book on say that it isn't suitable for under 18s so I would say it may have some adult themes.**

Links to download:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Croak by Gina Damico

Title: Croak

Author: Gina Damico

Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 20 March 2012

Pages: 311

Series: Book 1, Croak

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure. 

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business. 

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer. 

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed
 to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Croak is one of those books that I thought would be a fun, light, and slightly comical read.  In some ways it is but in others it’s a bit more serious than that.  In saying that though, there were some parts that made me laugh a little.

I thought that Croak was really unique and the story line was quite unlike any I’ve read before.  I really enjoyed it.  I enjoyed it so much that I read through it in a day which is no mean feat for me as I am quite a slow reader.

As far as characters go, I liked Lex and thought she was quite an interesting character but I did find her arrogance at times to be a little frustrating but that is a part of her character.  I liked Uncle Mort and Driggs as well.  They were both really awesome.  I thought that all of the characters stood out and had their own personas which was fantastic.  They were all individuals.

I liked the relationship between Lex and Driggs.  It wasn’t the kind of insta-love that you see, it was a subtle sort of going from enemies to friends sort of thing which I really liked.

I am always a fan of mystery and so the mystery element of the strange occurrences was really intriguing.  I managed to guess who the bad guy was in the end but that didn’t detract from the story at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed Croak by Gina Damico.  It was really well written and incredibly engaging.  The ending absolutely blew me away, though and I’m kind of wishing that I hadn’t read Croak so soon because now I have to wait a while for the sequel.  Croak is definitely a good book to read and I know that I will be pining after its sequel for a long time.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On My Wishlist (14)

So I am incredibly obsessed with Goodreads and I will surf the books on Goodreads for hours and I have found some really awesome looking books on there of late and I have added a truckload to my wishlist of books to buy so I figured why not share my findings because I am all for showing other people books that look simply amazing.  This week on my wishlist is: 

Blood Born by Jamie Manning

Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her that she’s half vampire, Ava’s world really turns upside down. 

Half vamp? Ava can’t believe it...she doesn't even know what that means! Not until Aldric, a thousand-year-old vampire, shows up and tells her it’s true--and that he’s the one who turned her. Then Ava truly begins to believe what she is. Now, she has to deal with a sudden and powerful bloodlust, the desire to see Aldric dead, and her growing crush for Chance. Ava knows she's a monster now, she can feel it; and her life is over. 

But redemption isn’t lost. Aldric is giving her a chance to regain her humanity. The price? Kill a hundred vampires, or remain a bloodsucker forever. 
So Ava sets out to get her life back. But killing vampires begins a battle that could destroy everything she is working toward. In the end, Ava's decisions will forever change her life and the lives of those she loves.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Blood Born is expected to be published 24 April 2012 by Pendrell Publishing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide

Author: Jill Hathaway

Published: Balzer + Bray, 27 March 2012

Pages: 256

Series: Book 1, Slide

Summary: Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered. 

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body. 

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane. 
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again. (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I started reading Slide and was really excited because it sounded so amazing.  I found it to be really easy to read, I started Slide and the next thing I knew I was 50 pages in and still going strong.  I think that’s one thing that was really good about Slide.  There was a lot going on and it was really easy to just keep reading.  I managed to read Slide in an hour it was that good.

I have to say however, that I felt like there was something missing.  Like, at the end when certain things had happened and everything was starting to wrap up, I felt like Sylvia didn’t think about it the same way that I did.  If I was in her shoes I wouldn’t be feeling the way about a certain character as she did; I’d be questioning their entire motives.

As far as the slide aspect of the story I really enjoyed it but I would’ve liked it if things had been developed a little more to do with Vee’s mother.  Maybe there’ll be more books later on and this will explain it?  I still found the sliding to be really interesting and it was interesting to see what she saw when she had been sliding.

As an avid mystery lover I really liked the mystery in this book.  I guessed who was behind it but I didn’t know why.  However, there were a couple of pieces of the puzzle I didn’t fit together so that was really awesome.

Overall, I really enjoyed Slide and thought it was an awesome debut.  It had mystery, it had a twist element which in this case was the sliding and it was just a really good read.  Fans of mystery would enjoy this one.

Source: NetGalley

Monday, March 26, 2012

Interview with Ras Ashcroft

Today I am very lucky to have an interview with Ras Ashcroft author of Supervillian: The Conicse Guide.

What made you decide to write Supervillain?
A friend of mine once recommended a certain financial self-help book (I won’t name any names), swearing that it would change my perspective on wealth. After reading it, the only change I noticed was an increased level of hatred for many self-proclaimed advice ‘gurus’. I’ll say this: the author had talent for being able to stretch out “Don’t spend money that you don’t have” over 200 pages without relying on the copy-and-paste function.

However, it gave me the idea to write my own parody guide. I figured that if you’re going to dish out advice that you don’t personally follow, it might as well be about the ultimate goal: World Domination!

How much research went into writing Supervillain?
I’m a news junkie and constantly read about the various heinous actions of individuals, governments and corporations around the planet. I coupled that knowledge with a few months researching the various topics covered in the book and it wasn’t too hard to create a concise mock guide to evil.

Oh and for all you Bond-types reading this, no I have never set foot in a uranium enrichment facility to carry out research and steal secrets. I’m referring to you, mysterious black van parked outside my house.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Immortality would be pretty great, but these wishes usually come attached with dire consequences. If I ever encounter a genie, I’d have to hire a team of lawyers and draw up a proper contract before making my superpower request. After all, being turned into one of those jellyfishes that are technically immortal wouldn’t be an ideal outcome.

What would you choose as a supervillain name?
Ras Al-Ghul has apparently been taken, so I would have to say ‘Killer Ink Slinger’.

Are you currently working on any more writing projects?
I love writing and I had a blast with this book, so I will definitely start work on another such project very soon. I’m already making a list of potential topics, but first I’d love to see how this book fares in the wild and learn from the experience.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. Following your heart is overrated; the brain is where the good stuff goes down.

Thanks a bunch Ras, be on the lookout for my review of Supervillain: The Concise Guide, later this week!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Celebrity Book-a-likes

Do you ever look at book covers and think, hey isn’t that *insert celebrity here* but then you look again and realise that no it’s definitely not them.  However, I have found some very interesting covers that actually look like certain celebrities.

This one is one that has stood out for me for a while now and it is The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

And I always think that the model on the cover looks a lot like Tom Welling of Smallville fame.

What do you guys reckon?  And do you have any book covers that you think looks a lot like a celebrity?  Let me know as I'm always keen to see more!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman

Title: Hard Magic

Author: Laura Anne Gilman

Published: Luna Books, 2010

Pages: 329

Summary: Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations 

A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can't touch—crimes of magic.

My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went. 

Two days later I'm a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic. 

he first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they'd rather keep buried. 
Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we're making it up as we go along…  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The premise of Hard Magic sounded so good that I was really excited to read it.  I did find that the book didn’t really focus on the mystery aspect as much as it just set up the characters and the setting for more books in the series.

I think my biggest problem with Hard Magic was that it starts off slowly and builds up the story and it takes a really long time to get to the main plot of the story.

I liked the characters.  At this point I’m not sure I have a favourite but I would absolutely love to find out more about the characters as the series progresses.  I love how all of the main characters have an air of mystery about them as it adds an extra layer to the whole story.

I thought that the mystery was really interesting.  The way that they used magic to solve a crime involving magic was really intriguing.

The end wasn’t too bad but I have to say that there were a couple of things I felt weren’t explained but overall it wasn’t the worst ending I’d ever read.

I did enjoy Hard Magic but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.  However, the book has peaked my interest in the series and I know that I’ll definitely be continuing on with these books.

Source: Library

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Download Friday (7)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week I have found Vanish by Sonny Daise.

Vanish by Sonny Daise

Scarlett Summers has had a rough few months. She just got out of Meadowbrook mental hospital for a crime she had nothing to do with—her best friend Grace’s disappearance. No matter how hard she tries she can’t get that night out of her head, at least the parts she remembers.  

You can download Vanish free from:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

Title: The Bronze and the Brimstone

Author: Lory S. Kaufman

Published: The Fiction Studio, 2011

Pages: 334

Series: Book 2, The Verona Trilogy

Summary: Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th-century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention to the rich and powerful. 

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move. 

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disasterous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens. 

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone. 
Do they have a future in this past?   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I was intrigued by how the first book ended to continue on with this book and I have to say that this wasn't how I had expected it to be.  There were quite a few twists and turns in the plot of the book that I really did not see coming.

Once again I was questioning the actions of the three protagonists.  I don't understand why Hansum insisted on adding future technologies into the past.  It just seemed to lead to more trouble and so I just couldn't understand his motivations for doing it.

I think that my favourite characters were Guilietta and Shamira.  They both seemed pretty cool and I felt I liked their motivations and actions a little more than any of the others.  They also felt more genuine to me.

I thought the story line of The Bronze and the Brimstone was quite unique and it was very action packed, there was never a dull moment.  I thought it was interesting how some things were introduced and resolved sooner than others.

The ending sort of surprised me a lot and I now have a lot more questions that I'm hoping will get answered in the third book.  I felt that the ending sort of made things more complicated and while most things were resolved in this book the ending kind of opened up a new can of worms.

Overall, I thought that The Bronze and the Brimstone was quite an interesting book but I wasn't completely in love with it.  I will however, be on the lookout for the next book in the series as I am intrigued.

Source: Pump up Your Book

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On My Wishlist (13)

So I am incredibly obsessed with Goodreads and I will surf the books on Goodreads for hours and I have found some really awesome looking books on there of late and I have added a truckload to my wishlist of books to buy so I figured why not share my findings because I am all for showing other people books that look simply amazing.  This week on my wishlist is: 

This is the sequel to Violet Wings.

Discover a world of fey magic and dark secrets ...Zaria Tourmaline, a young fairy with exceptional magical strength, is on the run after escaping from the evil Lily Morganite, who will stop at nothing to gain control of Feyland and its people. Since discovering that her parents might still be alive, Zaria, along with her friends, sets out on a quest to find them and free them from the dark enchantment that Lily has cast. Zaria is also in possession of a rare substance - an indigo bottle that contains a malevolent powder capable of destroying magic ...But will she be able to keep it from falling into the hands of Lily Morganite? 

Indigo Magic releases 29 March 2012 by Corgi Children's Books

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eve Eden vs The Zombie Horde by Suz Korb

Title: Eve Eden vs The Zombie Horde

Author: Suz Korb

Published: 20 November 2011

Pages: 189

Series: Book 1, Bedeviled

Summary: Kidnapped by a vampire, epically farted on by a pug and dragged through the pits of Hell. Welcome to Eve Eden’s world in the small and strange town of Twin Forest. 

Eve has goals. She has dreams and ambitions that don’t involve staying in this weird, podunk town. When supernatural forces collide and drop her into the heart of England, she’s not exactly pleased. When Eve said she wanted to get the heck out of dodge, she didn’t mean getting transported into a torture chamber inside the dungeon of an actual castle. 

Damned souls rising from the depths of Hell. Her body’s sudden ability to heal quickly from wounds. Resisting her inexplicable attraction to a vampire who’s been sent to kill her. Can life get any worse for Eve? Apparently it can, because just around the corner at Twin Forest’s cemetery… 
waits the zombie horde.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading the description for Eve Eden vs the Zombie Horde I thought it sounded like a really funny zombie book.  There were zombies and there were a few times that I laughed out loud but I feel like the book was more of a paranormal adventure story.

The pacing in this book is quite fast so at times it leaves you feeling confused but I think that’s part of the point so that you feel what the main character, Eve is feeling and you do end up piecing things together in the end so that’s pretty awesome.

For such a short book there’s quite a lot going on and there is never a dull moment.  If you love books that are pretty much all action then you will really like this one.

I quite enjoyed the story and I got quite a few laughs here and there but I feel like I didn’t mesh with the characters on a deeper level.  I feel like I didn’t really get to know Eve all that well.  There are a couple of things I’m curious about but there is a sequel coming so I’ll be on the lookout for that.

Overall, I think that Eve Eden vs the Zombie Horde is a very unique book and it has a really entertaining read.  If it sounds like your kind of book then go ahead and read it.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spotlight on Thoughtless by Jacqueline Gardner

Today I am lucky to feature Thoughtless by Jacqueline Gardner.  A huge thanks to Jacqueline for providing the excerpt, blurb and images also :)

When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet, she becomes the killer’s next target.  High school just got worse.  It’s bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmate’s heads.  Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can’t read - her boyfriend Terrence.  Someone is taunting her, threatening to expose her secret.   And when Bridget tries to single out her blackmailer, she’s nearly beaten to death by a mind controlled minion with fiery eyes.    
But when Bridget finally comes face-to-face with the killer, suddenly a horde of brainwashed students programmed to destroy her life doesn’t seem so bad. 

Excerpt from Chapter 1 - The Body
The only sound around was the noise my sneakers made as they hit the floor.  The girl’s locker room wasn’t far from thefootball field but I took my time digging through Emma’s stuff.  Her pom-poms had fallen on the floor.  I grabbed them and closed my eyes, engulfed in silence.  It made me feel normal.  I sat on the cold locker room floor and let myself relax.  Each breath washed away another foreign thought until the only person in my head was me.
A distant bang made me jump.  I jerked backwards, nearly hitting my head on a locker.  “What the .. . ?  Hello?  Is there someone in here?”  My voice was quiet and shaky.  There were heavy footsteps somewhere close and another crash.  I concentrated, but my mind stayed blank.  Whoever was making noise wasn’t thinking.  I couldn’t hear any thoughts in their head.  Strange.

My chest started pounding.  My face got hotter and hotter.  A bead of sweat dripped down my back.  To hear noises with no accompanying thoughts never happened. Internal self talk was part of everyday living, even when meditating.  I still heard nothing, not even someone counting their steps. “Hello?”  My voice filled the locker room.  I took a step towards the bathroom stalls.  They all appeared to be empty.  All I saw was tile that needed a good cleaning and rusty toilet seats.  My breathing got heavier.  Something wasn’t right.  The noises had to have come from somewhere.  The sound of footsteps and crashing objects didn’t just happen on their own.  There had to be a source.

My own reflection in a streaked mirror made me jump again.  I clutched my chest.  “You’re just being paranoid,” I whispered reassuringly.  “And you’re talking to yourself.”  With a sigh, I slowly opened the locker room door.  The hallway was dark.  No one was in sight.  Light from the locker room flooded into in the hall.

The janitor’s closet was cracked open.  I studied the hall, but I was alone.  The janitor’s closet was usually locked and for a good reason.  There were enough chemical cleaners in thereto run a meth lab.  Someone must’ve broken in and knocked over a shelf.  My feet inched towards the closet, careful to stay quiet in case the culprit was still around.

I kept turning around.  No one was there.  The only thoughts in my head were mine.  This is stupid, I thought to myself.  I pulled the knob and the closet door swung wide open on its own.  I staggered back.  

Complete terror filled my chest.  I rubbed my eyes.  Great!  Now I’m seeing things too.  The image in front of me couldn’t be real.  I tried to swallow but my throat was swelling up.  

 “Stacy?” A raspy whisper managed to escape my lips.  Stacy was lying motionless on the floor, her cheerleading uniform slightly ripped to reveal a strange bruise just under hercollar bone.  Maybe she fainted?  Maybe she fell asleep . . . and someone shoved her into a closet!  Her eyes were wide open and staring at the ceiling. 

Wow, I don't know about anyone else but I'm excited to continue reading :)  Be sure to check back later for my review of Thoughtless but in the meantime you can check out these websites:
Jacqueline's Website (I highly recommend checking this one out because Jacqueline makes the most amazing looking cupcakes and posts pictures of them on her blog!)
Thoughtless on Goodreads
Thoughtless on Amazon

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: A Study in Scarlet

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Published: Penguin Books, 2001

Series: Book 1, Sherlock Holmes

Pages: 143

Summary: Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In "A Study in Scarlet" Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As a fan of mysteries novels I’m surprised that I haven’t read A Study in Scarlet yet.  I’m glad that I did read it in the end because it was really good and just a really fun read.

I loved all three mystery stories within the book and I had actually come across the third one, The Adventures of the Speckled Band somewhere before.

I had already known how Sherlock Holmes operates yet I still found it fascinating reading about all the deductions he’d ever made.  It was just really fun reading about all the connections and how they were made.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Study in Scarlet and look forward to reading more in the series.

Source: Own Book

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Halfway to the Grave

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Published: Avon, 2007

Series: Book 1, Night Huntress

Pages: 358

Summary: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. 

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good
 vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side... and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’ve been reading a lot more urban fantasy lately and I’m really enjoying it.  When I found Halfway to the Grave I thought it sounded really good.  I’m happy to say that not only did Halfway to the Grave sound good but it actually was good.

I really liked the story line of Halfway to the Grave.  It was really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through to find out who was behind certain events and whether or not Cat would ever come across her father.

As far as the characters go I really liked Cat, she was tough but at the same time her stubbornness drove me a little crazy.  I did however, absolutely love Bones.  I loved how he was mysterious but also a really nice guy for a vampire.

Overall, I really enjoyed Halfway to the Grave and I look forward to continuing on with the rest of the series.

Source: Library

Friday, March 16, 2012

Free Download Friday (6)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week I have for you two titles that are available as Read Now books on NetGalley!  So to read these you must have a NetGalley account!

Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Can true love survive the end of the world?
Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. And now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones of a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all the while attempting to save what's left of the human race?

 Previously published in paperback as RAZOR GIRL.

Artemis Fowl and The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

You get both books in one with this.  Here is the synopsis for the first book:
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Title: 50 Underwear Questions

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Published: Annick Press, 2011

Pages: 116

Summary: "You are what you wear (underneath) "
Most of us take our underwear for granted, but throughout history our undies have revealed a lot about who we are (king or peasant), how we work (in fields or factories) or the shapes we value (manly calves or tiny waists).
The third book in Annick's 50 Questions series tackles questions such as "What's that smell?" (Medieval Europeans thought bathing made you sick) and "Did boxers arrive in the Nick of time?" (When blue jean model Nick Kamen stepped out of his denims to reveal his boxers, sales of the underwear soared.)
Underwear has played a role in ancient crusades, city sieges and even modern economic predictions. Obviously, it's time to uncover the facts about everything from loincloths and T-shirts to bloomers and lingerie.   (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Ever wondered about underwear and its history?  Well now you don’t have to with this book.  50 Underwear Questions gives the history of underwear and has some very interesting facts.
One thing I really loved was that there were some neat little fact boxes in great illustrations.  I was always entertained by them.  The facts were really interesting too.

The whole book has illustrations that I really enjoyed.  A lot of the time I am pretty good at ignoring illustrations in books but these ones stood out to me.

50 Underwear Questions is quite short but it is full of information.  I feel as though I’m going to tell everyone I know a lot of the things I’ve learnt from this book.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi delivers the history of underwear in a fascinating and often humorous way.  If you’ve ever been curious about the history of underwear then I definitely recommend this one.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bookshelf Tour

So I made a bookshelf tour two part video and I would just like to warn you that it started out serious and then just regressed into me being odd and laughing at random things.  Anyway, here is my bookshelf tour videos and I hope you enjoy seeing my shelves :)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

Title: Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator

Author: Josh Berk

Published: Random House Children's Books, 13 March 2012

Pages: 240

Summary: Guy Langman can't be bothered with much. But when his friend Anoop wants Guy to join the forensics club with him in the (possibly misguided) hopes of impressing some girls, Guy thinks why not.They certainly aren't expecting to find a real dead body on the simulated crime scene they're assigned to collect evidence from. But after some girlish, undignified screaming, the two realize it is indeed a body. Which means they have stumbled across a real, dead murder victim.Meanwhile, Guy has been looking into the past of his father—a larger-than-life character who recently passed away. He was much older than Guy's mom, and had a whole past Guy never even knew about. Could his father's past and the dead body be linked? Does Guy want to know? He's going to need all his newfound forensics skills to find out . . .  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: A murder mystery with humour thrown in.  Sign me up!  With a title like Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator I was definitely intrigued by this one.  Needless to say after laughing through some of the very beginning pages I knew this would be one I really enjoyed.

One thing I do have to warn however, is that the description is quite misleading.  It mentions a dead body and well you don't actually come across that part of the story until over halfway through.  I have to say though, that isn't the main issue at hand in this book.

What I had originally thought would be a funny murder mystery actually ended up being a funny story about a boy coming to terms with the loss of his father.  While it is sad that his dad passed away, it is also an incredibly funny book.  I was laughing so hard at most parts of the book, it was so funny.

Then there's the mystery.  It was definitely not what I had expected and I really enjoyed it because it was very unique and quite original.  I did guess the culprit though so that was pretty cool.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator.  It's fun, quirky and a nice change of pace.  It's definitely worth checking out.

Source: NetGalley