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Monday, 28 November 2011

Review: Enchantment by Charlotte Abel


SPOILERS NOTED AT END.
Enchantment (Channie, #1)

On the Other Side:

Channie Kearns is a sixteen-year old girl bound by a chastity spell.
Josh Abrim is a BMX racer with Olympic dreams.

Desperate to break the curse keeping them apart, they turn to dark and forbidden magic, releasing a malevolent force with the power to destroy everything they love... including each other








First Impressions Last:


Well I originally won this novel on GR to write a spell and the best spell each day wins the novel. After I won a copy, the next week an email came through to me for the R2R on the PNR/UF group page for this novel! I had some queries when I first read the blurb of the novel. I think I misunderstood it a bit because most of the things in this novel I didn't already know about from the blurb, that I thought were there (if that makes sense). Oh and don't Channie and Josh look so cute and adorable and innocent in the cover!


Behind the 373 Pages:






First of all I would love to thank the amazing Charlotte Abel for providing me with this eBook, after winning the write-a-spell-for-a-day contest (I wrote a prophecy but when taking a look to this novel, the kind of prophecy it is does suit the whole context of the spells used). You did a marvellous job at writing this novel that I can't wait for the next novel in the Channie series.

Ironically, this book truly is enchanting. We are drawn into Channie's world from the very beginning and we learn with her as well as through Josh. What really needed to be done was to give more of a 'face' to the characters, we need to be able to picture each and every character. However, this really is the only lacking thing in this novel. Even the Goodreads synopsis had proved me wrong as I thought it would be a completely different novel than to what the synopsis had percieved it to be.

I love how we are completely taken into the story and get straight to the point, not waiting expectantly for something to happen, which would quickly make us tired of the story when we have only just gotten us into it. No, this novel takes on a ride and makes us wonder if a spell has been put on us to keep reading and not to put the book down. Although this novel had it's bits of predictability* it wasn't overbearingly predictable and did have some shockers**

Honestly, I didn't expect to know if the novel would last***. Why I ever thought this I have no idea. The story was not lacking in any way and I can't think of much (much else to the very minor things stated above) that would have made this novel into anything but lustworthy.

The spark between Channie and Josh, brought us back to the times when youthful teenage lust was enveloping the air and the talks with our parents and lectures on the 'birds and the bees' as many subtley call it. Hormones raging, cramps playing in the background, as well as dirty minds fill our youth, but also through the remembrance of firsts. First kisses, loves and fights are also part of it and we look back and connect our youthful teenage selves within this story that we don't nedd to be given explanations to explain because we already know the feeling and were there once before.

Channie and her families innocence on some matters of everyday life (like mobile phones and BMX Racing) is cute and makes us laugh at how unaware and naive at some of our lifes everyday occurrences. It just brings on a side to her charactervand to her world of magic that we wonder what else they don't know or are unaware of.        



What's Next:


Taken (Channie, #2)
Taken (Channie #2)
Behind 266 Pages
At The Other End: Bound by love and magic. Betrayed by those they trust. Not everyone survives.

Gasp-out-loud action, heart-pounding romance and an OMG ending that leaves you hungry for the next book.























SPOILER ALERT:

* Josh is a mage

** Josh is a Vaj... (aka. Part of the enemy clan yet dumped by them). It was also shocking that we didn't think of that possibility before when he told Channie that he had been adopted. Like Channie the information bypassed us as we didn't get any further recognition in it by Channie or Josh, so this came as a big surprise for us)

*** after learning about the first prophecy then to find out there was another on the way, made me wonder about if these prophecies would be enough to develop and continue through the story without it feeling as if there is nothing going on and it wouldn't keep our attention and interest

I love the somewhat fairy-tale-Disney ending to the novel, where they are just in bliss together and are so full and raw with their emotions that are sweling to the surface. In the next book I hope we are reaquainted with her family and her sister, as well as to see if Joshua/Valor can uphold his challenge and prophecy in order to save Channie from her impending doom or injuries. This is just all the more that we should hope to expect in the next novel

Friday, 25 November 2011

Coverday Friday! (5)

Behind a Million and One Pages


Another Coverday Friday! is here! As I am posting this late Friday night it calls for a dark cover and do I have one ready for tonight!




Finding the Time:
December 27th 2011



Why Hello There:

Oh how I adore most of the dresses on Paranormal/Fantasy novel covers! They are all so beautiful that I want my own, even though I know I have no where to wear them all too haha. This cover is, from the black and blue hues very dark. When we thin of Demons we generally consider them as dark creatures so this cover matches with the title in that retrospect. I love the birds that are flying around, I think it just makes the cover and without it, the cover would seem like it would be missing something.



At the Other End:


I gasped . . . or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. . . . His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked in my breath and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
The Consideration Game:
Well with my request sent for the ARC and it currenly residing in my waiting-in-agony shelf on GR I think it's a pretty clear indication that I want to read this book. I have a few friends on GR that have read it as well as most of them wanting to read this as well, which has given me some insight into the novel. Even though many of the reviews on GR have rated it 3 stars I am still going to read it, so I can judge the novel for myself. Hurry up ARC request!
So... What do YOU THINK of this cover? Would YOU READ the novel?

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review x2: Firelight and Vanish by Sophie Jordan

I think you're very lucky today. Well with two reviews I know you are. So without further adeu here's the reviews from Sophie Jordan's Firelight series:

Review 1: Firelight (#1) by Sophie Jordan


At the Other End:

My heart pounds in my chest as he draws closer. I know the precise moment he sees me. He freezes, stills in the water, sinking low, his lips brushing the waterline.
We stare at each other.
It will happen now. He will call the others. They will swarm on me like hungry predators.
Then he moves, swims closer in an easy glide. A muscle feathers the flesh of his jaw, and something flutters in my belly. He doesn't look hard, as I'd imagined. He doesn't look evil. He looks...curious.
A hidden truth. Mortal enemies. Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki - a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Althouhg she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away - if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.





First Impressions Last:


I read this book back in August but I've got to say that I had my eye on it for some time. Knowing I probably not be able to find a hard copy of the novel, I settled for the eBook, yet only now, I had found the hardback copy of it in my favourite cheapy bookstore! (yes, I brought it :P). The cover was beautiful, the colours bright out Jacinda's personality as well as the kind of Draki she is is a magnification of that as well. I love the scales that we can see on her temple. At first it I thought it was just eye-shadow but then looking at it for a few more seconds made me realise that it's scales from her Draki. When reading the blurb I didn't realise that all the books secrets were spilt out on the back cover. Luckily I only read the cover once when I decided to read the novel when I put it on my to-read list and then didn't read the blurb before I started otherwise we would've known what was going to happen the whole way through the book. Check out my post for all my Raving Random Rantings, such as the blurb cover ones.




Behind the 323 Pages:





I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the second. I just hope that there is no love triangle in the second and she realises that Cassian is an *insert "creative" word here* and only wants her because of what she is.

Yes, she does think as though she is a wild animal, but in fact she is. This kind of thinking makes us able to communicate with Jacinda all the more because we are let inside her thoughts and feelings as well as the way that she sees the outside world and the threats and dangers that pull at her, making her want to be let free.

I like how Will broke away from his family and when realises what Jacinda really is, still pursues her, no matter what she is or what he is. He stabilises her and makes her see that there is often a choice in life and she doesn't have to reside only by the Pride's rules and regulations. Sometimes thought, I get the feeling as though she is only using Will in order to keep her Draki alive. You can see a big comparison from when she was out on the course trying to turn, taking away all of her energy to when she was with Will or thinking of him.

What I don't like is how she and her sister went with Cassian straight after the small battle that they had, even though they weren't safe, the shouldn't have gone with him, no matter how encouraging he was. Especially after Jacinda trusted him -numerous times- and he failed every time says that she is easy to forgive someone but doesn't think of the outcomes afterwards. Did she think of what will happen to her, her mother or her sister by going off with Cassian? No, she didn't. And then she would regret the decision when she turns up and something happens to either of them and she frantically tries to mend the situation when she created it in the first place. Just like trusting Cassian multiple times, it never turned out for the better, just the worse. Let's hope she learns come time for the next novel.        

Buy Me

Firelight




Review 2: Vanish (#2) by Sophie Jordan



At the Other End:

Dozing, half-asleep, I remember Will's promise to me:
It's not over. I'll find you. We'll be together again.
Then something dawns on me. A truth that has been there all along, edging at my conciousness.
He won't have those memories. He won't remember what happened that night, why I had to go. He will just think I left Chaparral. Left him. Vanished.


An impossible romance. Bitter rivalries. Deadly choices.
To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again - and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will's memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyality for both her sake and her family's. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride's heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on - that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?



First Impressions Last:


After reading Firelight, of course I had to read this one! And how can you not with the pretty, pretty cover. From the moment we see it, we wonder who it is, but then as we look at the previous cover, we see that the girls are the same, meaning that this is her sister Tamra. The cover is a giveaway though for the novel because of the scales on her temple as Firelight had with Jacinda to show her Draki. Along with Firelight, this novel's blurb is also as revealing to the story as Firelight.



Behind the 294 Pages:








Ok, this book straight away reminds me back to English and our topic of Belonging. Yes it's sad I straight away thought this book would relate and started deconstructing it before I told myself to stop.

As the sequel to Firelight this book talks about Jacinda's struggles to get back into the pride and to become who she once was. In this book, however, I noticed that from the last book she seems as though to be thinking without her draki as a sense than how she did talk like an animal in the previous book. From here we can see her changes as a person, from draki to someone who thinks and cares, and overall, just wants to be free.

What I don'e like in this book is her constant battle between trying to forget Will as well as trying to forget Cassian and overcome her innocent and unrecognisable-to-herself jealousy that she feels when her sister starts talking to Cassian. This is what the book is about. Jacinda's struggles to come back to the pride but then this sense is undermined when the real issue of Will and Cassian turn up in every presence of the novel.

Although we can clearly see Jacinda's struggle she does need to make up her mind on either Will or Cassian. I believe (and hope) that the third book will be the decider. I also wish that there would be more on her sister and her mother. They have become big (yet aloof) characters in this novel and it would've been an added bonus to be able to see them more instead of knowing of Jacinda's constant "boy battle"

However, this is still a great book and leaves a very big cliffhanger for the next novel. So far, from each novel, it seems as though if you put the pages together from all the books to come with the ones already published, then the series will turn out to be just one big book because it straight away continues into the new challenges and continuing plot line.

I love that idea because from other series' in the second or third book there is always a few chapters that get the reader reacquainted with the world, when really you only need a prologue chapter for that and then to get straight into the story. Or to have none at all, because as the reader we should know what's going on and by doing what Jordan has done and continued straight but added old material as flash-backs, makes whoever picks up this novel, a sure thing to start reading from the first novel and not in a way that they can go straight to the sequel because they basically know everything that happens in the first book from the few chapters at the start of the novel.        

Buy Me

Vanish




What's Next:

Hidden (Firelight, #3)Hidden (Firelight #3)
Finding the time: September 2012


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Raving Random Rantings

You can already probably tell that this post is about the rants that go on from after reading novels. Everyone has their rainting points that they can't help talking about, and going over after they've read a novel and their main ranting theme is used religiously throughout. Yet, even though we know that there's going to be something in there that we know we will rant about, the story line is still there and the other themes within it that makes us want to read the novel, despite what rantings we will have.

OK, I’m one of these people who, after reads a book and goes for the review, starts ranting about something that happened in the book or about something that the author has used that I dislike seeing in novels (that’s just one example of my rants but the image is there). But who doesn't love a good rant every once in a while!


R.R.R.1.
LOVE TRIANGLES. I see so many other reader+reviewers out there, like myself, who comment on Goodreads about a novel and say that we hate love triangles yet the story was brilliant. I usually go on and on and on about how much I want to shake the female/male protagonist in the “triangle” situation. Like many things, Facebook pages basically tell us our life story and we “like” what we do and what we believe and agree on. One page that I found was a quote by the oh-so-wise Johnny Depp:

“If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.”

Yes, this is THE quote that comes into my head every time I read about a love triangle. It is brilliant and so utterly and entirely true that makes my grunge against the infamous “triangle” even more loathsome. To think that people in the “triangle” situation would be that stupid as to play with others feelings and then they wonder why everyone is so hateful towards them. They don’t realise what they’re doing when they should as it is a very obvious thing to notice!
Series/Novels include:

Destined
Awakened
Marked
Betrayed
Chosen: House of Night: Book 3
Untamed
Hunted
Tempted
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Burned
Blue Is For Nightmares
Firelight
City of Fallen Angels
City of Bones
City of Glass
City of Ashes
White Is for Magic



Gina's favorite books »



R.R.R.2
BLURB REVEAL. The blurb is NOT, I repeat NOT, a very small chapter in the novel. It is simply there do that when a reader looks at your book, the blurb is there to tell the reader what the novel is about overall. We should not get information in the blurb that will ruin the story or disregard us as the reader and the character. We should be able to learn with the character and not be left with knowing everything that is going to happen in the blurb except for the knowledge that the protagonist will have to make a life-altering decision or challenge that we are made to read until the very end of the novel, when reading the blurb first we are basically given the whole story and everything in the novel is just useless words that make what the blurb said flow and lead up to the climatic ending. This gets rid of the suspense factor and makes the novel predictable, which in turn, makes the book less interesting to read because we already know what is going to happen. No new information that will make the 300+ page story turn into one that is only a paragraph long short story, novellas are longer than that! Heck, poems are longer than that! Basics are needed as well as the information that is said in the blurb should be said again in the novel when the characters find out because we don’t keep referring back to the blurb every time we want to figure out something. We don’t want to stop in the middle of reading the novel and have to think about what this means when we get the feeling it was mentioned in the blurb and we turn to it, read it, then go back to the novel to just completely lose focus in the novel and drop the interest factor in reading as we are given a lack of information within the novel as it is already mentioned in the blurb, when it should be the other way around. The novel should have more detail and explain what something or someone is and the blurb just saying that the person is abnormal or something that generalises what that person or thing is without giving the information away as well as not leaving out any important information. However, if the blurb as well as the novel say what something/someone is the novel should go for the basic information, even though it is said in the blurb, we do not go back and look at the blurb after every chapter to make sure we know what is going on. It is the role in the novel to educate us as the reader on what is happening as well as what has just been discovered.
Series/Novels include:

R.R.R.3
PREDICTABILITY. When you can guess at EVERYTHING that is going to happen in a novel, it loses the whole “book crack” essence that a novel should have in order to keep us going with the novel and to want to devour every page, every word because the novel is just pulling you through, and you don’t realise that it is 300+ pages because it only feels like a chapter. Predictability is one way that loses the whole “book crack” feeling because we stop and think about what is going to happen, but when suffering from “book crack” we don’t stop to think, we just keep reading and reading until the last page because we are not expecting what is going to happen and that is what pulls us further and further along. When you can guess what happens in the whole novel really just ruins the story. You know exactly what is going to happen and you really only continue the novel to see if you were right about your suspicions. Most novels I have read now have been predictable, yet some authors play the predictability card very well. They make one element in the novel predictable, yet when it comes time to find out if you were right about your suspicions, you end up being right, however, something happens that shocks you and makes you forget about how predictable one thing was, because it led up to another thing that you weren’t expecting that will pull you further into the novel. It’s good predictability.

We really are not to read a novel in order to put it down every five seconds to think about what is going to happen next, some scenes in predictable novels make us do that because we can already see as we finish reading the sentence/paragraph that something along the lines of this is going to happen, and we can’t help but stop reading because of how predictable to situation is and our minds just keep running with what could happen after this occurrence and so on until the climax, that we completely forget about the actual novel and focus on our own fan-fiction version of the novel within our minds. Then we try and get back into the novel but we can’t help but think about our own version of the story and after every new sentence/chapter, we start to add to our version without consciously doing it.
Series/Novels include (there are more but they aren't on this list yet):





I’m not saying that the novels mentioned here that fall under my R.R.R are bad novels (most of them are 4 and 5 star rated) and that you shouldn’t read them. They usually are very good novels but this is just one factor that makes me rant and rave about them.

What are your R.R.R topics? What novels have you found that are 4+ rating yet are still in this category, or the worst novels from this?