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Monday, 31 October 2011

Review: Elemental: the First by Alexandra May

WARNING. SPOILERS NOTED AT END.

At the Other End:


"I was running through a forest, above me the wind fiercly crashed branch, twig and leaf. My body moved fluidly as I ran. Jumping over fallen boughs and ducking under low branches.

My candescent white glow shone under the thin clothes I wore, my urgency was sparking the intense light from within. The white light bounced off the forest floor and guided the way. I was my own illuminated beacon, and I had no use for torches or flashlights.

I had to hurry, there was no time left. They needed me and I could hear them, frightened and scared."

There's more to 16 year old Rose Frost, than just fitting in with the crowd, girly friendships and dating boys.
When Rose's parents go away on business overseas, she is left in the care of her grandmother in Warminster, Southern England.
As Rose rekindles childhood friendships, she soon find out that strange things have been happening that the townspeople won't speak of.
What is the connection between the missing people, the old monk priory and some strange looking crystals?
Rose and her friends try to uncover the truth. But for Rose, the truth may be harder to accept than she thinks.




First Impressions Last:

When I first saw this book I was fascinated by what the truth was going to be as well as from her sudden relocation to her grandmother's. The preview in Italics also got me interested the most as it made me want to read the story and made it not seem too "cliche  YA chick-lit" (I have nothing against Chick-lit). The cover is pretty too, but how can you not resist a pretty cover?




Behind the 280 Pages:


This was a great book but there were a few if-y's there that brought it down to 4 stars. And there was that cliffhanger at the end that was a cliffhanger but wasn't as much as it should've been. I didn't really get the ARGH feeling when there's a really good cliffhanger that makes me cry because the next one isn't out yet (I'm exaggerating....a bit). Because we knew more than Rose, it was kind of annoying to see that she couldn't pick anything up and to see her struggles as she tries to figure everything out. Because of this, the news at the end when she is told the truth just breezes past us because we already knew somewhat of the story but that was just the history behind it all that we didn't know. The prologue I thought should have not included Rose's perspective and just stayed on Deverill in the circle with the other guys. With the inclusion of Rose in the prologue it made me think that the prologue should have been cut short to only the talk with the men about their plans.
What is it really that we know about Aiden?



What's Next:

Finding the Time: January 2012
About: Rose Frost discovers from Aiden Deverill, the bad boy around town, that she’s a Primord Elemental in hiding and just like him, sort of. Rose always knew there was something off when he was around. She can never get a reading or feel his essence like she can other people. Her sensory abilities just won’t work.
Instead she has to use her female intuition which isn't always a good thing. He may be dazzlingly gorgeous with his sapphire blue eyes and black hair, and he may be from the same group of ancient races that her ancestors come from.
But it doesn't mean she has to like him. Until he tells her that he never wants to see her again.
Rose realises she’s on her own once more, she must find her missing grandmother, and some strange crystals to prevent the worst from happening - an apocalypse, the end of mankind. But a tragedy immediately happens for which Rose fears she may never recover from fully, and emotionally she plunges to the depths.
Her weird dreams of Nerído Xipilé make her second-guess Aiden once more. Is he really as evil as his grandfather? Does Rose have the ability to cure the black hatred that lies in his heart?
On this non-stop and fast paced journey, Rose comes into her own, discovers new abilities and the reason why she's considered The First. She faces new enemies and must deal with unexpected obstacles particularly when her gift is caught on camera exposing her to the world media.
But the only person who can truly rescue her in the end plays with fire.
Her time for the Unburdening and Integration into Halika Dacomé draws near, she only has seven days to find out the truth, once and for all, before it’s too late.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)










SPOILER ALERT:

About Aiden (I have my doubts about him): Will we know when he turns on her? Do we know what his power is? How do we know that his power is not creating illusions? He could have created the boy on the street and purposely led Rose to the car and the fire, hoping to get her away from her friends as she started walking towards the fire. Did he put an illusion on the wounds to make him seem like the only trustworthy person? example:

"As Aiden sat down his pain was obvious. How he mad masked it before I could only put down to an adrenaline rush, his body would naturally have numbed any discomfort."
We know certainly that not every Royal Alien has the gift of healing because if they did, then Aiden would have been able to heal himself. AND, because he is a Royal Alien he would have a power as well. Now all I'm waiting for is for him to turn on her... which we should hopefully find out in the second book.


Friday, 28 October 2011

Coverday Friday (1)

Behind a Million and One Pages welcomes you all to the very first:

COVERDAY FRIDAY!

Behind a Million and One Pages

Let's get started and straight to the point!
This Friday's cover is......


I can't remember how I came across this cover but when I first saw it I absolutely loved it and I couldn't get it out of my head. I tried and tried to remember what it was called and where I saw it but then by a miracle I found it! So here is the first Coverday Friday novel: Touched by Cyn Balog.

Why Hello There:

The guy on the front got my attention first with all the energy waves (well that's what I call them) radiating from him. Also there's the explosion in the background (just behind the H) and the bright white light that plays with the colours of the energy waves that makes the picture look that much more amazing than it already is. What I thought was a force-field-y thing around him I just realised now that it is a ferris wheel and that he is running along a dock to some sort of theme park (I think).

At The Other End:

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn’t? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script to save a life, dooming another one in the process. Trying to change the future can have disastrous consequences..

But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something’s about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets Taryn, a girl with a dark family secret that may be the key to understanding his past. But will she also destroy his future? . Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there’s no way to stop it. Or is there?

In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he’s about to discover—or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

The Consideration Game:

Yes, I will definitely have to read this book. From the synopsis it is very intriguing and I want to start reading it so then I will be able to find out about his life path and what happens in the future when meeting Taryn.

What do YOU think of the cover? Would you read this book?

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Starting Off Small.

GRAB MY BUTTON


 
Hello everyone! I've decided to start my own "meme" thingy called, Coverday Friday.
 
YAY!! CHEERING! HAPPY FACES!
 
 
So basically this is a guidelines page on how Coverday Friday works. Above you can see my awesome Coverday Friday banner :) (more info on the covers used are later in the post)
 
 
 
Who Am I:
 
Coverday Friday is my very own "meme" the happens every Friday (if the name didn't give that much away), that showcases your favourite covers that are clouding your thought, or have recently seen that left you stunned, shocked, laughed, cried (haven't seen one of those yet), or are just truly beautiful and you can't stop looking or thinking about them.
 
 
 
 
If You Must Know:
 
Novels used in the Coverday Friday Button/Banner is...
 
C     Captivate by Carrie Jones
O     Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
V     Across the Universe by Beth Revis
E     Graceling by Kristen Cashore
R     Spellcaster by Cara Lyn Shultz
D     Wildefire by Karsten Knight
A     Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Y     Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
 
F     Firelight by Sophie Jordan
R     Divergent by Veronica Roth
I     Delirium by Lauren Oliver
D     Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
A     Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Y     Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hop To It!

Book Blogger Hop



First ever Book Blog Hop!
   and it was from Jen's Crazy For Books Blog Hop!
(Follow the link for how-to's to join the Hop)

This week's question is:

What is your favourite type of Candy?
(being very Australian and saying lolly)

My answer:

I have to say, Oh-so-very Halloween-esque theme :)
Hmm, I'm not much of a sweets person to be honest, but...


 I love a good bar of Nougat (you know, the white ones with almonds/nuts inside them).





This is a no brainer but Lindt Chocolate. How can you go wrong?

Ok yes, you can go a tiny bit wrong with this because you wouldn't exactly want to sit down.




Oh and how can I forget the little Cheapy 20c Lolly Pops. I don't even know if they have a name but they were always 20c and at Primary school we would all bring in money just to buy these :) The blue and pink lolly's are my favourite!



RANDOM LOLLY FACT ALERT

I can only eat red/pink lolly's (pink snakes only)... like, gummy lolly's or jelly beans, starburst etc. The other colours make me sick.


SO. What's you're favourite lolly? Can you eat any colour? What colour do you prefer?

Monday, 24 October 2011

Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

WARNING. SPOILERS NOTED AT END.

At the Other End:

Elder: It's her hair that pulls me forward. It's so red.
I reach out to touch the glass that traps her inside, and only then do I realize how cold it is. My breath is rising in little clouds of white. My fingertips stick to the glass. I lay my hand over the top of her glass box, above her heart. My skin is a dark shadow over the luminescence of hers.
Amy: I run and run and run.
Past the hospital, through the garden, past a pond. And to the cold metal wall. I stop, gulping at the air, my heart racing in my ears. I reach up with one hand and touch the wall. My fingertips curl into a fist, but it falls weakly to my side. And that's when I realize there is nowhere to run.
But, my heart whispers, there is Elder.





First Impressions Last:

Yes I must admit that I wasn't sure about reading this book. Mostly because it was the whole set on a space ship and why I thought of some weird things that would happen because it was on a space ship and years into the future. Now after I've read the book I seriously want to shake myself because this was a truly amazing book and I can't believe that I ever doubted reading it. Like most Young Adult books this one was predictable but I was very surprised in the ending! SHOCK-HORROR!





Behind the 398 Pages:






No matter how predictable some parts of the story was, it had surprising twists that shocked me and made it a great because of the amouts of surprises that we didn't see coming. It was a perfect amount of suspense and shock that left us fulfilled and we weren't left annoyed because of how many occurences in the book that we could or couldn't guess. But this is made brilliant by adding both sorts into the mix that in some ways distract us from some parts, and make us fill the role of both characters because they are both lost and confused and are trying to learn even when they're so different.

When I look at the cover of this book I thought straight away that there would be a romance between the two main characters, even the blurb (above @ At The Other End) suggests this, but there was not much of a relationship between Amy and Elder, and I would have liked more of them (perhaps there developing relationship is for the next book in the series) but there is more of a connection to Harley as well even though we do not see from his side of view in the novel, we have enough from him through Elder and Amy that he is also one of the main characters, and we can even see his relationship to Amy and her struggle to adjust as well as to Elder and his need to find out the truth on the Godspeed. We do get hints of their emotions towards each other but other than that it is a story of discovery of the truth and somewhat of a dictatorship, so I thought the cover should have been different from after reading this book. Don't get me wrong, I adore the cover but it's not relevant towards the main storyline. If I really wanted to I could see the cover as Amy in her glass box frozen and Elder looking at her but there is no glass box. There is only space, and there would be more room between them as well as ICE because she is FROZEN.

ANYHOW, I love the fact of how Elder broke apart from the values and rules of the community and found a way to be himself. (There was a lot more to this paragraph but it was half spoilers. Read below if you dare)*

I wish Amy did something about the truth she found out about Jason before she left, by her not doing anything it just makes her seem weak. I know that she knew that there was going to be no more after that because she was going to be gone and never to see him again but even though she didn't do anything that doesn't matter really but what does matter is how she keeps remembering about Jason. And then, comparing him to Elder and everything that they did and her life and memories from before about him shouldn't really be as important now, especially about Jason. From this it makes her seem as more of a child than she really is. Yes, she is going through an ordeal that we won't be able to relate to but you would think that she would want to try and get over what happened before she woke up in remembering what happened in the past and with trying to compare every thing and every one to that of her past life.

I love my good occasional ranting session but I truly did love this book and cannot wait for the next installment.


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Across the Universe





What's Next:

Finding the Time: January 2012
Behind: 400 Pages
At the Other End: Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)










SPOILER ALERT:

I was in shock (of what Elder did) and the predictable thing was who Elder-died-Elder was, the scar was the most obvious thing to me as well as the way he said things and what he knew as well.

Yes I did think that the relationship between Amy and Elder needed to be more than just a kiss in the rain, and that this should have been incorporated in this novel and not to see if it does in the next one or not. There was more of a relationship going on between the Feeders! Yes, I understand that Amy needs to come to terms that she is not on Earth anymore and that what has been in the past is nothing much relevant now (hello! Jason!) but even if she doesn't know what Elder feels because of the Season, there should have been more of a connection betwee them and more on finding the truth about this as well as the truth about the Godspeed and the "Plague". There were hints, however, of Elder's feelings at the start of the book when he finds her and at the end as he tells her the truth

*(Continuation of paragraph mentioned above) But then I can see how he was always questioning his individual thoughts or 'the third reason' because of all he has known and grown up to believe, or maybe it could be because of the drug even though it doesn't have affect on him it could a little because would that other drug really get rid of the original clearly? There might still be very small traces left in it even though it is dioluted. I'm surprised also when Amy becomes "empty" that Elder wouldn't think straight to the water as the solution, and finding the link to every other person as well as Amy that time. I figured this one out straight away then the "ice-killings" link, probably because I kept on including Amy in this equation and I might have seen it if I left her out like how Elder said they should see it.



Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

WARNING. SPOILERS NOTED AT END.

At the Other End:
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalties...forever
When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot forsee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about the unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.
ONE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU






First Impressions Last:

Way back when I first brought this book I - like every other book I own - put it lovingly on my shelf and wait for the day to read it from my long pile. From hearing so many good things about this book I couldn't wait to read it and now after I have I can't believe that I waited this long to. It is a brilliant book that I loved for first page to the last - ok maybe not the last only because the book was about finished -


Behind the 487 Pages:




First and foremost, pick up this book now! Loved it completely.

We are first introduced to Tris as someone who is uncomfortable with herself and tries to hold back who she is while trying to find the girl that needs to be Abnegation. We are given little but enough for now insight onto her lifestyle and it's reflections upon her fraction. Even though we know little, this keeps pushing us forward so that we will be able to get insight into these questions. From this we know little of the other Fractions and are willing to know more after we see Tris' encounter with others at her school. Even though throughout the book we are given basic information about the other Fractions, we are at the same knowledge as Tris. This develops our connection with her and are reasoned to think like she does and feel what she feels.

After reading (and during as well) we start to wonder which Fraction we would fit into. We get sucked into the world that we start familiarising with their values and roles that we know what to question and what not to. Some of this shocks us from what we know and now believe shouldn't happen, as well as trying to find the courage in Tris to overcome it. We see her true self show through her time in Dauntless from one to hold back her feelings, curiosities and natural sense from living in Abnegation to it's release while in Dauntless.


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Divergent


What's Next:

Finding the Time: May 2012
Behind: 496 Pages
About:  One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)















SPOILER ALERT:

 We come across Divergent the first time and we learn with Tris about what it really means. (book within a book - reminds me of the mind control... kinda)
With Tris' development from Abnegation to Divergent, we are led on a journey throughout the book through her struggles to finding out who she is and where she really belongs (urgh the dreaded word Belonging). I also thought that seeing as they're travelling to Amity that there would be more information about this Fraction for us. Through the book we forget that there are 5 Fractions and think that it's only Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, (maybe we remember) Candor, and(we don't remember until towards the end) Amity.
I am waiting to see what happens to Peter. Will be be a spy for Dauntless/Erudite in the hopes that he will become one of the leaders? And with Marcus as well. I wonder if Tris, Tobias and Caleb decide to leave them on the train while they get off. Hmm so many questions come to mind about the second book




First Time's the Charm

First blog post for this page and I am very excited. I've been wanting and contemplating at making a blog for a while now and have finally done so and made one! Just a quick hello out there to get the ball rolling and the pages turning!