Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Teaser Tuesday #4


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can take part! All you have to do is:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us (2) teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12 (but don't give any spoilers!)
  • Share the title of the book that the teaser is from...that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
You can find out more here!

My current read is: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Random Page: #370

Two Sentences:
Luce's jaw dropped.
'No big deal, we just made a little wager to keep things interesting.'  

Friday, 27 August 2010

On My Wishlist (#5)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick Cityand runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I want but haven't haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

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I think this one speaks for itself!


When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck
Bantam

Summary (Goodreads):

Sara Constantine is one of the country’s most tenacious prosecuting attorneys—and she’s just secured a well-earned promotion. At first she’s thrilled. Then she finds out her new job involves prosecuting vampires and werewolves. And nothing prepares Sara for the shock she receives when she meets the first defendant she’ll be trying to put away: Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius Dragos kisses the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s only hoping to blend into the crowd and avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s following…and planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss to secure his cover ignites into a fierce hunger that leads to an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows Sara will do whatever it takes to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks he is. And that might mean making the greatest sacrifice a vampire can make.

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Firespell by Chloe Neill
Signet

Summary (Goodreads):

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…

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Meridian by Amber Kizer
Delacorte Books

Summary (Goodreads):

My name is Meridian Sozu. I am a Fenestra. I have always shared my world with the dead and the dying. But I really didn't understand what that meant until I turned sixteen and glimpsed my own mortality... 

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has always been surrounded by death. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders burrowed into her bedclothes to die. As she grew, the animals got bigger, and soon they were finding her at school to die in her presence. Meridian became an outcast, labeled by her classmates as Reaper, Gravedigger, and Witch. Each death she witnesses weakens her body, and loneliness weakens her spirit. On her sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a deadly car crash. Though she’s untouched, Meridian's body explodes with the victims’ pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she's a danger to her family and rushed to her great-aunt's house in Revelation, Colorado. It's there that she learns the secret her mother has been hiding her entire life: that she is a Fenestra, the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. It's crucial that she learn how to transition human souls to the afterlife and preserve the balance between good and evil on earth. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos. Dark, lovely, and lushly romantic, MERIDIAN introduces a powerful heroine who will entrance readers.

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
HarperVoyager

Summary (Goodreads):

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari.  Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell.  For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.   After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them.  Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago.  With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight.  She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets.  Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for. 

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Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan
HarperVoyager

Summary (Goodreads):

What had I done before coming to the city? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before. 

Young, quick-witted and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests that no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

The Cardinal is the City, and The City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without the Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute.

When Capac discovers the extent of The Cardinal's influence on his own life, he is faced with hard choices and his own soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can't remember your past?

So that's what's on my wishlist this week; what's on yours?


Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (Review)


Summary:

Controlling the Past.
Controlling the Future.

With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Not the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges - and Yelena catches his eye.

Suddenly she is embroiled in battle against good and evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life...or be her downfall.

Magic Study starts where Poison Study left off; Yelena returns to her homeland, Sitia, to meet her family and to study the art of magic with the Fourth Magician Irys.

I think this series just keeps getting better and better. A whole new culture is introduced with different ways of living and different customs. We find out more about where Yelena really came from as she tries to discover her own identity.

Magic Study introduces new characters such as Leif. Yelena's brother who is somewhat unhappy about Yelena's return to Sitia.

I loved the introduction of all the new characters especially Yelena's parents who's relationship had me giggling at times with their playful banter.

Old characters also return, though sometimes not in the way you'd expect. Ari and Janco provide a lot of comic relief in dire situations and Valek, as always, plays an amazing supporting character to Yelena.

The plot line is very intriguing. Yelena has to deal with being a student of a high-ranking magician, petty gossip and her love-life....oh and also a serial killer preying on young girls such as herself. 

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, the second book in the Study series really does have it all!


My Rating: 10/10

Publisher: Mira Books

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Teaser Tuesday #3


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can take part! All you have to do is:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us (2) teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12 (but don't give any spoilers!)
  • Share the title of the book that the teaser is from...that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
You can find out more here!

My current read is: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Random Page: #67

Two Sentences:
"We need to dry off and get some rest."
"You need to die," a loud voice said  from the jungle.


Saturday, 21 August 2010

One Lovely Blog Award!

Okay, so I'm very happy to announce that I was given an award!!!
I want to thank Steph at The Thoughts of a Books Junky for  the award (I'm ecstatic!).

Here's how it works:


  1. Accept the award, post in on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
  2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
  3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know that they have been chosen for this award. 
Here's who I chose for the award!

On My Wishlist (#4)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick Cityand runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I want but haven't haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Little Brown Books


Summary (Goodreads)

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. 

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. 

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. 




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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Dial

Summary (Goodreads)                                                                                              Incarceron -- a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons. 

A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. 

But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device -- a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born ...

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My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
Harlequin

Summary (Goodreads)

She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…





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Immortal by Gillian Shields
HarperTeen

Summary (Goodreads)                                                                                                                    Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.
Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.
Gillian Shields's electrifying tale will dazzle readers with suspense, mysticism, and romance.

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Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Bloomsbury

Summary (Goodreads)


Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents--and the fact that she can't remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She's struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn't like any guy she's ever met before.

It turns out there's a reason why, and Ben's secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents...

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about--and feels for--Ben?


So that's what's On My Wishlist this week; what's on yours?


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine (review)


Summary:
Morganville's such a nice place to live...
And die, If you don't mind
that sort of thing.

When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer's no longer an option but the garlic may come in handy.

Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire's past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

Midnight Alley starts of where Dead Girl's Dance ends; Claire had pledged herself to Amelie to save her friends, however, she soon realises it's not what she expected it to be. As always Claire Danvers finds herself in more danger than ever before.

Amelie introduces Claire to an ancient vampire called Myrnin and instructs her to study alchemy with him. The frenzied Myrnin soon reveals to Claire a secret that could change the future of vampires and humans alike.

I'm delighted with how Claire and the rest of the gang are developing throughout the series so far. Claire is growing up in more ways that one, Michael is more responsible than ever and yet has loosened up a bit. Also, Eve has  become a tad more serious and answerable (probably because of Michael).

The one problem I have with this book, however, is Shane. I feel Shane has gone backwards in his development rather than forwards. Shane is easily provoked and now he has a 'thing' against Michael for reasons I'm not going to give away (just in case you haven't read the last book in the series). I still love Shane though; he's most girl's dream guy.

Once again, I have to mention the pace of these books. They really do engage you completely with the plot, action and all sorts of problems between each character that have to be overcome.

All in all, Midnight Alley is  a huge improvement to the last book and is full of creative, captivating plot-lines that leave you breathless in anticipation. Yet again, the book ends with a HUGE cliffhanger that kind of comes out of nowhere and would leave any reader shocked.



My Rating: 8/10

Author: Rachel Caine

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Challenge: September Spectacular

I thought it would be fun to take part in this challenge (September Spectacular). It's a pretty easy one that anyone can join in with over at The Thoughts of a Book Junky.

The rules are as follows:


  • It will start September 1st and go on through September 30th.

  • There will be a 5 book reading challenge, (one book a week) that you will have to read. Which books? Any 5 you want. It's your choice...easy huh? At the end of that week you will post your review on your blog and add your link to the Mr. Linky at the bottom. (If you don't have a blog you can either post a comment. letting everyone know what you think about the book or send an email at The Thoughts of a Book Junky with your review).*Sep the first starts on a Wednesday so you can start your first book on Sunday 29th if you want.

  • At the end of each week a giveaway will be posted. That's 5 giveaways! The only thing you have to do to enter is, link your reviews on that weeks Mr.Linky. Plus get an extra entry if you add the September Spectacular button to your post or sidebar! (Open internationally).
My 5 Books for the Challenge:



                                                                                       

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Teaser Tuesday #2


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can take part! All you have to do is:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us (2) teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12 (but don't give any spoilers!)
  • Share the title of the book that the teaser is from...that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
You can find out more here!

My current read is: Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara West

Random page: #176

Two Sentences:
Her hand was already out before the words had died into stillness. Something about his voice demanded obedience - and she obeyed.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

On My Wishlist (#3)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I want but haven't haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

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Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy
Omnific Publishing

Summary (Goodreads):                                                                                     Lilian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things - disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures - cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lilian is ripped from the only existence she's ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her and the two men who would die to protect her.                              

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Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
New American Library
Summary (Goodreads):

In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.

Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

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The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Random House

Summary (Goodreads):

Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness? 





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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Harcourt Children's Books

Summary (Goodreads):                                                                                                                    Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.   

So that's what's 'On My Wishlist' this week; what's on yours?
                                    

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Poison Study Review


Summary:

Choose:
A quick death
or slow poison...

Yelena has a choice - to be executed for murder, or become food taster to the commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can't. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?

When Yelena realises she has extraordinary magical powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...

Poison study starts off introducing Yelena. Yelena has admitted to murdering the General Brazell's son Reyad and was sentenced to death by hanging.

When the time comes to face the hangman's noose, however, she instead finds herself in Valek's office. Valek (the Commander's personal security chief) then offers Yelena a choice; to be hanged, or to become the Commander's food taster.

This book had me hooked from the first page; the descriptive writing, originality and the pace of the story enveloped me completely.

I particularly loved the rate at which Yelena's past was revealed. It's not the typical book where the protagonist brings to light the events that brought her/him to where he/she is towards the end of the book, all at once, in a fit of anger or passion. Poison Study, rather, exposes Yelena's reasons for being in the dungeon, for murder, and for what happened to her family gradually throughout the book, keeping the reader enthralled. It also helps that Yelena's past is a past like no other I have read before.

All of the characters in Poison Study captured my attention with their mystery, wit and unique relationship with Yelena. Because I have to tell you; most of them had some form of relationship with Yelena some way or another; be it an enemy for murdering their son, protecting them from poisons or working undercover for them to expose the person(s) trying to overthrow the government! Yep, this book sure has it all!

On the whole, Poison Study was a captivating read and has to be one of the best books I  have read this year!

My Rating: 10/10

Publisher: Mira Books







Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Teaser Tuesday #1


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can take part! All you have to do is:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us (2) teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12 (but don't give any spoilers!)
  • Share the title of the book that the teaser is from...that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
You can find out more here!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Dead Witch Walking Review


Summary:

The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves - creatures of dreams and nightmares - has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the 'Inderlanders' reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner...and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assasins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight - to the death...not to mention her own roommate.

I have to start off by saying that I felt this book took forever to read. I really couldn't get into it until the final stages. That's why this review will probably seem more like a rant than anything; I'm trying not to focus on what I didn't like but rather what I did. Clearly, I'm finding it somewhat difficult.

I liked the idea behind the story; the world the characters were set in. Supernatural creatures such as witches, pixies, vampires and shape-shifters lived among the humans (with the human's knowledge that they exist) after a deadly virus genetically engineered by the humans wiped out most of their population. The virus didn't have any effect on the Supernatural, leaving them able to reveal their existence to the humans. A relatively cool idea right?

The big problem was; I didn't like the protagonist set in this wonderful world; I thought she was stupid at times and that she didn't think things through.

I actually loved reading about Ivy (the vampire roommate) and Jenks (the pixy) more than Rachel. Ivy's history was intriguing, original and very well thought out while Jenks was absolutely hilarious and refreshing to read about.

Also, the main villain in the story, Trent Kalamack, was a genius. I was half-expecting him to repent for his ways and for Rachel to eagerly fall into his open arms. But, alas, that did not happen. Maybe if it did, I would have liked Rachel just a tad more!

All in all, Dead Witch Walking was a slow read that I almost didn't finish. It had it's moments but they were certainly not due to Rachel Morgan and her quick wits (notice the sarcasm?).



My Rating: 4/10

Publisher: HarperTorch

Author: Kim Harrison

Saturday, 7 August 2010

On My Wishlist (#2)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here


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I actually found this one on another wishlist post; it caught my attention straight away.


Angel by L.A.  Weatherly
Usborne Publishing



In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the "Twilight" series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.




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I love the idea of this book; it seems like it would be a very refreshing read.


The Clearing by Heather Davis
Graphia                                    


Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.








So that's what's on my Wishlist this week. What's on yours?

Monday, 2 August 2010

Dead Girls' Dance Review

Summary:
Good news, girls: your dates are here!

Claire Danvers has had her fair share of challenges - like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm and, above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with blood-sucking fiends. 

On the plus side, so far Claire and her friends have managed to survive getting on the wrong side of some Morganville VIPs...Vampire Important Persons. But their temporary peace is in danger of collapsing, thanks to the arrival of her new boyfriend's scary father and his vampire-fighting supporters.

Bad news, girls: they're dead.

Dead Girls' Dance is the second book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The book starts off right where Glass Houses ended; delving, head-first straight into some fast-paced action.

There were a few moments in this books that got me a little frustrated with how unrealistic they were. For example, at one point Claire gets drugged and is nearly raped by some college boys. After being rescued the boys explain to Claire that Monica (an enemy of Claire's) put them up to it. Claire decides she won't press charges because apparently, Monica told the boys Claire would be willing. Erm, okay? Since when was attempted rape ever acceptable? I would have liked to have read on to either Shane or a big-bad vampire beating them up afterwards or something of the like.

Apart from moments like this, Dead Girls' Dance was an action-packed book with drama, romance, and teenage more teenage issues by the bucket load.

I didn't love the book as much as Glass Houses but I didn't hate it either. It's still a must read in my opinion as it seems to set the scene for the next book in the series which I'm really looking forward to reading.



Rating: 7/10


Author: Rachel Caine