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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Coverday Friday! (10)

Behind a Million and One Pages



A very New Year Coverday! Seeing as it's New Years very soon this one is dedicated to new years. To 2012! What better way then to celebrate a cover from a book released in 2012. Let's get to it shall we...





Finding the Time:
15th February 2012




Why Hello There:

This book seems special to me, why? well it's because I voted on the poll created by J.D to see what the title of this novel will be. But, even the title of the book seems to match the cover image! The Goddess like image and the glowing gold around bits of her, make it seem like it is her soul. Her expression make it all as well seem like she is actually "awakened". The colours on this cover are gorgeous and all that shiny-shiny is very pretty....oooohh shinny cover!




At the Other End:


Imagine being born at the first breath of mankind. What would it be like to live as a witch among men? Would life be less cherished if you were destined to become an old soul; one who must succumb to death only to be reborn repeatedly?

Faye is a mortal with an immortal soul. She is destined to die at the hands of another immortal during the peak of her life, only to be reborn again. In each life she has a new name, face, and destiny. However, her soul remains the same.

Faye has no memories of her past lives,
but that is about to change...

After a horrifying accident, she loses everything dear to her, moves halfway across the world, and begins having visions of a man with no face; a man who kills her, over and over again. Each life is ended before it truly begins.

Memories of her past lives have been unlocked and along with them, she discovers an affinity for magic. Can she master her abilities quick enough to face her demon head on? Will the memories of her past lives reveal weapons to change her fate? Will she be aware of her faceless death, when he comes for her? Or could her executioner be closer than she thought?
(Synopsis from Goodreads)




The Consideration Game:

I will definitely have to read this one. Not only does the cover draw you in, the blurb makes it feel like, not matter the cover, this book will be brilliant on it's own. Cannot wait to read this one and see if the cover and story lives up to my expectation.




So.... What do YOU THINK of the cover? Will YOU READ this novel?


Friday, 30 December 2011

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

SPOILERS NOTED AT END



Before I FallAt the Other End:

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.




First Impressions Last:

I have always heard a lot of good things about Lauren Olivers works. Especially after reading Delirium, I had high hopes for the rest of her works. So, with this, I immediately went out and brought Before I Fall. The plot was intrigiuing and there were so many good things said about this book that I had to read it.




Behind the 470 Pages:





Wow. Lauren Oliver has done it again with another heart-wrenching, emotional tale.

When we first meet Samantha "Sam" Kingston, I thought that she was one of those girls who got what she wanted, and had the perfect life. Not even seeing those around her and what she has in her life. That is, until she dies, she realizes everything that she has and how she has treated those around her. People like this, who don't see the consequences until it's too late.

We start to grow on Sam as the book goes on. We start to feel her pain in the repetition of each day over and over and over again. Her frustration with all the lies and the secrets behind her death and a mysterious other. We learn about others and we accept how she was before and then to now and her change. We develop that connection with her from the very start of the book, as we sympathise with her as she loses her life. Yet we still think that it is her fault and her friends, until we come to realise the whole story throughout the book. We get shocked at what we find out and with what we find out about some of the characters in the book that we liked or found interesting. Sam's anger in one of the chapters becomes explainable, and we find that we would be doing the same if we were in that situation. Tear-jerking towards the end of the book in one of the mini-chapters within days, as well as the very last chapter. We realize how precious life is, and that we should live every day like our last. Because we don't know when our last day is going to be, and we don't want it to be spent like Sam's and trying to change all that has happened and use that time to find out more about the people in our lives and the world around us in general. We should be able to realize the delacacy of life itself and the accidents that do happen. If you're not happy, change it.

Sometimes Sam's attitude in the book annoyed me. It says that she does "this" or does "something" out of habbit from being a b***h beforehand. But wouldn't you realize that from what you've found out that you would try and avoid doing and saying those kinds of things. With her new emotional ties to everyone at the end makes this story all the more tear-jerking at it's final pages. For her to finally see everything that she has lost and everything that she had, made her death all the more worse because everything that she did on that last day with everyone never really happened. It was that first day that left everyone with their opinion of her. Not how she changed, but how she was and what she was trying to be to fit in.


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SPOILER ALERT
I love Kent. I'm so glad that she saw how much of a great guy he is. But she found out too late. Just like how it was too late to find out how much of a self-obsessed d**k Rob was. I think she only even went out with him for the social status as well as to be the one getting jealous over from the rest of the school. Her best friends secrets revealed gets the story moving as well, and makes us come to terms with the reason behind Sam's and Juliet's deaths. Something that could seem so innocent and so little, turned out to be the destrustion of lives.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Review: The Guardian Duke (ARC) by Jamie Carie

At the Other End:

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.





First Impressions Last:

This book sounded very intriguing from the blurb. Also the cover is gorgeous. I wanted to read something that was Historicral and settled for this book. I had a mood for historical as I haven't read many in a while. This is what a good blurb should be like, it intrigues you to read the book. But it does give the story away, it was just basically the general idea of a theme and not the actual occurences.




Behind the 320 Pages:








Essentially I like this book. The story line was good and it was interesting to see what she would find to her parents dissapearance. The language used in the book changed at times. Sometimes the language was very proper (for both Gabriel and Alex) but then at times it lacked the propriety that it should have had for the time frame it is set in. Some of the language used as well (like telling people to call her Alex) didn't suit the time frame as well.

The novel sped along well. At the ending as Gabriel and Alex caught up to each other and then mixed with their tellings each new chapter seemed to be like repeats but from a different persona. Which basically all the end was. It got boring at this time because we already know what happens and we feel like skipping through it as we have lived and seen it all already and know the end result

However, the book lacks information. Like on Gabriel's mysterious illness etc. We need to know why and how to these questions, hoping now that they will be answered in the next book.

With the next book, it seems as though it is going to be a series where, each book in the series is going to connect straight to the previous and combined they would all be like one big book.

It's hard to say the pace of reading this book. We don't hurrily go through each page, wanting new information. But we don't find it boring either. It's inbetween. Casual.




What's Next:



The Forgiven Duke (Forgotten Castles #2)
Finding the Time: 1 July 2012
At the Other End:
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Coverday Friday! (9)

Behind a Million and One Pages

Ahh I know that you've been waiting for it. Are you hanging for another Coverday Friday? I know I am. So let's stop the chit chat and get straight into today(/tonights) Cover!





Why Hello There:


Wow. Just wow.  This cover is beautiful. The colours just pop and the eye. Is there any words that do this cover justice? It is truly beautiful. However, the title seems very Photoshopped and although it does stand out as it's supposed to. It just draws too much attention as to how it doesn't really suit the photo of the cover.


At the Other End:

Ice Queen. That's what everyone calls Dafne at school. The girl with the striking looks of a Raven Princess but whose cold-steeled touch freezes everyone in her way. Her reputation works for her and she even likes it. People don't mess with her—except for her sister's infuriatingly handsome boyfriend, Ian, who loves pushing her subzero temper to its limits.

Life in Berryford is flowing exactly as she wants it—no drama, no boy trying to get into her pants—until she starts noticing odd, glazed-eyed students everywhere. Something weird is happening and, unusual enough for her, she needs to find out why. But when people start falling into a coma with no reason, among them Dafne's sister, she decides to take the matter in her hands, because if her intuition is right, this isn't something doctors or virologists can fight. This is something…more.

With frustration and guilt leading her way, and Ian forcing himself to her side, Dafne will step onto a road that'll open her eyes to why ignorance is bliss, why hate is so close to love, and why our imagination might be the most dangerous weapon ever known.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
The Consideration Game:
There's something very intriguing about this book. It makes me want to read it by reading the blurb. It seems though that the blurb tells us half the story, but then it doesn't tell us the ending. I will read it. It is on my to-read shelf. I am currently reading one of Tatiana's novels (the Ylem) and it is good, her style is good so it is reassuring for this book about the style.
Soo..... What do YOU THINK of this cover? Would YOU READ this book?

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

BLOG TOUR! On A Dark Wing (ARC) by Jordan Dane + INTERVIEW


The time has come for On a Dark Wing. Today we will be having a review and an interview with Jordan herself (below)! How exciting!. Plus she has included a surprise just for us so stay tuned! This is the second day on the tour hosted by none other than the fabulous group at YA Bound. There will be monster giveaways and others during the tour (giveaway info below). The rest of the tour will be posted here as well so you can continue on your merry way (below).


SPOILERS NOTED AT END


At the Other End:

The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she's the target of Death's ravens and an innocent boy's life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey's secret crush—starts to climb Alaska's Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.

And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.



First Impressions Last:

To be honest I wasn't too sure on this novel when I first read the blurb. I didn't know how much of the story it revealed yet it also left out some important things within the book. Yes, the blurb is a giveaway in itself, but then it doesn't give away the entire book, just some things that you wish would never have been put in the blurb that would have made the story all the more better. I love the cover. Many of you will come to understand the cover in time. At first I didn't understand it much myself, but in the Interview, you will find out how to understand.




Behind the 384 Pages:






3.5 stars. It seems hard to review this book. It was good, but it’s just hard to explain. I will try though.
Wow. Talk about a prologue. It is the way that we weren't given too much information, yet given enough for satisfaction that carried us quickly through the prologue. There wasn't much that this prologue as missing and as a brilliant lead up to the rest if the novel. we really need to know about what abbey looks like, we associate her trouble and her looks and need them to fully understand her situation and early dilemmas
Even though this novel’s blurb does tell us basically about the book, it’s not that overwhelmingly so.  Yes, we are already told that Death is following her, and we should be the ones to figure it out as soon as Abbey does and not through the Blurb.
Abbey. Well, she seems (up to 150pages into the book) like she is very delusional. She is has an obsessive nature over Nate, yet she doesn’t know him and has never spoken to him before. She thinks that she knows exactly what he is going to do, what he is going to say and what his attitude is. She doesn’t know.  When she claims that it was just a crush on him, our perceptions from the novel don’t let us make it seem so. With her fantasies and what seems like mind games, I might question if she is sane.
Nate. As he is on his trip, we get the feeling that he knows too much. He completely diagnoses himself as well as his friend. We get the feeling that this is not a teenage boy here, but a doctor. Is this the impressions we must have on him?
The story moved pretty fast throughout the novel, and during the novel, I was wondering what would happen at the end when we could basically guess at what would happen (yet the predictability didn’t turn us off the book, it just kept us going to see where it all would lead).
I didn’t see it at first, but Jordan Dane is right (see interview) about the Cover, it does have an impact on the end of the novel and I’m glad, because it gets people more intrigued as to what the cover art is about and how it relates to the story.
Despite all this, the story kept me intrigued the whole time and I just wanted to keep on reading. Even from the blurb telling us all and the predictability, the book help our interest and keeps you going through it. (Not feverishly, but you do get a pull through the novel). It is a great story, yet as I said earlier, it is hard to review.

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Let's get a bit of an inside look at Jordan Dane for a moment before we kick start the interview:

Author Bio:


 I make up stuff for a living. Who knew I could get paid for that? Voices come to me, from deep inside my head and I consider that to be a good thing...for now. (No, I'm not on meds. That would really screw me up.) I'm an observer, a listener and a scribe. And I'm cynical by nature—and by choice—and frequently indulge my inner smart-ass. I'm perfectly content in the solitude of my head, poking and prodding the three pounds of gray matter taking up that space. Guess if my brain ever takes a real vay-kay, I can lease out my skull to a much more deserving occupant.


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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1.      Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
No matter what anyone tells you, that wasn’t me on “Girls Gone Wild.” Just sayin.’ I know better than to cannonball into a swimming pool off a rooftop just for some cheap plastic necklaces. If they’d have been gold-plated, well...a girl has to have standards.
I’ve written 7 adult thrillers for HarperCollins. My latest book is Reckoning for the Dead –Book #4 in my Sweet Justice series about some kicka$$ women, my version of Charlie’s Angels on steroids. In the Arms of Stone Angels (Harlequin Teen, Apr 2011) was my first YA. I’ve been an avid reader of all books, but YAs have completely taken over my life, in a good way. 

2.      What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I used to obsess over this and want to see my books on bookshelves, but now I’m usually working on the next project. I know, boring, right? It’s seriously cool to see your books on a bookstore shelf though. While I’m confessing, I also love it when readers send me pics of book sightings in the wild. Those usually get cross-posted. During that first week, I might also be on tour or doing signings, depending on what my publisher has set up. I love talking to readers face to face and online.

3.      What inspired you to write this novel?
ON A DARK WING unfolds from layers of inspiration. Most of my stories do. An author’s brain is wired differently. Anything can be a story, trust me. On the surface of this book is the story of a girl’s grief over losing her mother, the guilt she feels for the part she played in her death, and how the girl’s first crush links her to Death for a second time.

Yet another inspiration, not so easily identified, comes wrapped in a furry package. An aspect of the book was inspired by the paradox of Schrödinger's cat, a thought experiment dealing with quantum mechanics. (Yes, quantum mechanics inspired my YA book. Don’t worry. Your head won’t explode.) There’s more to this paradox argument, but here’s a quick explanation. (I assure you no cats were harmed in the writing of my novel.)
In theory, if a cat is locked away in a sealed steel box and exposed to radiation—and no one actually sees what happened inside that box—can the cat be alive and dead at the same time? You can choose to believe the cat is still alive, but once you open that box, you’ll know what happened one way or the other. I get a brain cramp just thinking about this. (Yes, I’ve overdosed on the Science channel—and no, a litter box is not required for this discussion.)

My heroine, Abbey Chandler, comes face to face with Death for a second time in her short life and Death has never forgotten her. She’s pulled into a race to save an innocent boy’s life (her secret crush) before anyone finds him dead on an Alaskan mountain battered by a treacherous storm. As long as no one finds him, is Nate Holden alive or dead? Can Abbey save his soul before rescuers witness the fate of his body? Read the book or ask a cat. Apparently, they know everything.
4.      What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
For those who haven’t read the book—and PLEASE NO SPOILERS in your comments—the cover reminded me of the end of the book. I could totally see that ending on the big screen. It would make me cry. You know, those embarrassing tears that happen right before the lights go on and everyone knows you’re a sucker with a soft heart ‘cuz your nose turns red? My dark angel of Death is such a player in this book and that cover reminds me of him. I loved the colors and the back of the book with his legs is killer.

5.      Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I sold a new series to Harlequin Teen – my CRYSTAL CHILD series – and I’m writing book #1 now—INDIGO WARRIOR. Here’s a sneak peek just for you, Gina.
Conspiracy theorists have linked the CIA, the UN, and the Pentagon to the phenomenon known as “Indigo or Crystal Children,” a concept heavily queried on the Internet with thousands of websites and resources to research the topic. Query “Crystal Child” online and you will get 166,000,000+ hits. Indigo kids have been featured on mainstream TV (including CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2007) and in dozens of newspapers and movies.
Indigo kids are generally described as highly intelligent, gifted teen psychics with a bright ‘indigo’ aura and a mission to save the world. They have high IQs, have been known to see angels and commune with the dead. And because they are frequently misunderstood, they are diagnosed by therapists and doctors as having attention deficit or behavioral disorders and are often medicated.
Are Indigo children real or are they manipulated by adults to believe their sensitivities are special? Are they dysfunctional misfits or saviors who must be respected as the next evolution of mankind?
Earlier versions of Indigo kids pave the way and protect the next evolution and are called “Indigo Warriors” or human angels. Their angry temperament separates them from the evolving Crystal Child, making their combative nature suitable to protect the next generation.
What if one such teen boy—unknowingly born with the psychic abilities of an Indigo—dies and is brought back to life to become an Indigo Warrior, marked by Death’s brand that awakens and magnifies his dormant powers?
This trilogy will be about a teen boy’s dark journey to reclaim his soul and his humanity by saving the innocent lives of the special children he’s destined to protect.
Thanks for hosting an OADW tour stop, Gina. And I appreciate all you do to support literacy through your great blog. You’re AWESOME!
Want more of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour? Check out the other stops at YA Bound.


GIVEAWAY!



The ON A DARK WING by Jordan Dane sponsored by HarlequinTeen Blog Tour kicks off December 19 and ends January 2, followed by a live chat with Jordan Dane on January 5 at 7:00 PM EDT.

GRAND PRIZE: Jordan Dane is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person!!! Contest rules are posted using the Rafflecopter entry form. Go HERE to enter the form.


PRIZES: Ten blog stops along the tour will be hosting giveaways for signed copies of ON A DARK WING with a secret gift from Abbey Chandler. Rules for each giveaway will be posted on the blogger's site using Rafflecopter.


WINNERS will be announced at the live chat with Jordan Dane on January 5, so make sure you're there!








 Thanks for stopping! Make sure to enter the Giveaway and to READ THE BOOK! Also be mindful to keep a look out for upcoming updates on the CRYSTAL CHILD Series, with INDIGO WARRIOR (#1).












SPOILER ALERT:

I am really glad that Abbey ends up with Tanner. He deserves a happy ending and she needs to forget her obsessive nature over Nate. This should help them both. I don’t know what I’d do if Abby ended up being with Josh. What I want to know is that why Josh never spoke to her about Death, or why she never brought it up when she went to visit him in hospital at the end. It would have made a connection to them and that the next time they see each other it won’t be strange or abnormal, because they both went through the same experience, whereas, now it would be strange for them because he is reminded every day of what happened and the answers that he never got from her and from everything that happened.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Review: The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

SPOILERS NOTED AT END

At The Other End:

In Mary's world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated with never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the villiage. The fence that protects the villiage from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their poer. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now she must choose between her villiage and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?




First Impressions Last:

I've been wanting to read this book for a while (like a lot of my other books, I know). Finally, I saw this on a Book Swap on Goodreads and signed up for it. A lot of people have said different things about this book and that there are mixed reviews, yet they all generally point in the same direction with this book.




Behind the 308 Pages:







This book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.

The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the story.
The negatives of this book were the characters. Yet the inclusion of these characters made us want to read more, despite our constant need to want to slap them (Mary especially).

In regards to the positives. I loved this book for the originality of the story and the idea of everthing, as well as everything that happened. This only added to the drama of the story and it pulled me constantly through the book. (Started late/early at night on tuesday and finished afternoon on wednesday). The original yet new light we see the Unconsecrated (i.e Zombies) is refreshing, yet original through their looks and characteristics. This book has a lot of moments that are heart-wrenching. That tear-jerking moment/chapter end threw us home to the end of the novel and towards the final obstacle. Questions still remain from this book, but hopefully they will be answered within the next novel. These questions are the real cliffhanger that his book holds at it's final pages. We want to find answers and we want to be able to then think back to this novel and understand why most of the things happened the way that they did. Everything that happens in the plot-line was intriguing and I loved it. It kept me hooked.

Negatives. The characters. Yes, something this small affected practically the whole book. Ok, let's go through a basic run-down of them and why they completely brought this novel down:

Mary
Where do I start with Mary. She's our protagonist, which means there's more to hate about her in this book. She has trust issues, especially with her brother.* She is innocent, despite her constant curiosity to know more about life and about this new world and the secrets it holds. She doesn't realise what and who she has** She takes people for granted and oozes selfishness. She has courage in a sense but she doesn't have it when she needs it*** She cannot make up her mind. She doesn't know what/who she wants, leaving everyone suffering**** Basically summing Mary up is that she acts like a complete and total CHILD. She needs to grow up and face her problems and not try and stick to a fantasy or to something that she has just found out about in a life-altering moment. She is supposed to be of marrying age (16, 17 18-ish!)*****

The Sisterhood
More like the Society of Secretive B***hes (<-- language cover-up, not spoiler). Wow, do these ladies like to keep things to themselves. They also love to live by the word of God~ They basically are the God's of the village, they are superior through knowledge and power. They know about the outside world. They know that they are strong enough to basically "brainwash" the people~~ They tell everything how it is straight. They are mean to Mary, yet their emotions and moods swing when someone else is there.

Cass
This girl has some serious mental issues. You. Are. Insane. She doesn't get the reality of what is happening as well as what she is hearing when it is something different from what she has been told by the Sisterhood. Also her confliced emotions are very raw and make her seem psychotic*

Jed
Oh how I loathe him. He is the type of person who needs to have someone with him**

Brothers:Travis&Harry
These two really need to sort out their priorities. Even they are only a year or so apart their mind set is similar in what they attract.***



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What's Next:

Hare Moon (Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.5)

At the Other End:
Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.
(P.S. AKA Sister Tabitha from Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)



The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth #2)

At the Other End:
lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)

At the Other End:
are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?













SPOILER ALERT:

*seriously, why would you trust someone after they completely shut you out, especially if it's your own brother because he is the one who was supposed to be protecting you, not throwing you at, especially when you're both hurting. I don't care if that's the way that he deals with his grief, by taking it out on others. But you don't go running back into his arms the minute you see him again and he starts acknowledging you. Especially without an apology beforehand at least

**in the beginning she questions everyones love for her, and to why she hasn't been "proposed" to yet, making her feel like she is unloved which, also causes her lack to recognise and act against these feelings

***she needs to have the courage to ask for answers instead of thinking that they will just be handed to her, like with Travis etc

****Between Travis and Harry she really needs to make up her mind, it is not some game and she doesn't realize what she has with these two until it's gone. Sometimes she wants Travis because she doesn't give up on him when he never even came/spoke for her, yet she doesn't realise until this that she should give Harry a chance. Sometimes she relates back to her "marriage" to Harry, but then she talks about her 'undying love' for Travis. When she nearly loses Travis as he crosses the rope, her actions now, doesn't make up for her neglecting him and ditching him half the time when they were alone in the house. But because something bad starts to happen and he might not make it out alive, she starts realizing what matters and doesn't let go(metaphorically speaking with the whole rope scenario)

*****Tells Travis about the ocean when he tells her the reality of it from someone who has been there. Her trying to show Travis the papers while he was busy trying to secure the rope to the other side so they can get out of the house saftely.etc

~yet their experiments do the people more harm than good

~~There is nothing outside of the villiage

*telling Mary, that she loves Harry, yet even though Mary loves Travis she still won't let her have him, then Harry will get her. Really the decision is simple. If you love Harry, then 'switch' with Mary

**After he lost his father, he had his sister. After he lost his mother, he had Beth. After he lost Beth, he has no one so he has no other choice but to go to his sister whom he kicked out. Is it the fact that he needs someone who is his own flesh and blood beside him that keeps him going? You would think that after his mothers death, he would be with Mary. Yet he kicks her out and gives her to the sisters. THEN, after the whole town is being ravaged he falls back to his sister because he knows that his wife is going to die. Ok you do start to warm up to him but then after he falls you do get a little sad because things were starting to lighten up between them.

***they are both in love with the same girl, yet one has a claim on her and doesn't even show these feelings in her time of need. Doesn't come to visit her while with the Sisters. Doesn't try and speak for her after her brother threw her out. Harry only comes by her again because his brother is in the infirmary. By then Travis starts to let his feelings for Mary show because of all the time they spend together. But then he doesn't come for her and lets her marry his brother. But then Harry starts to fall for Cass, then he ends up marrying Mary. Then after they wed Travis becomes interested in Mary again. It is all too much to handle between them two.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Coverday Friday! (8)

Behind a Million and One Pages


Another Friday. And you know what that means! Start jumping for joy because it's Coverday Friday! YAY *pops party popper*



Finding the Time:
June 5th 2012


Why Hello There:

OMFG!!!! I don't think I can put into words how much I loved Hereafter. It's been my favourite book of 2011 and is one of those amazing novels where just thinking about it, makes you want to read it(Damn I want to read it now). I thought Hereafter's cover was gorgeous, but WOW look at this one! Absolutely love love love it! Why can't it be next year already? I NEED this book. Soon.




At the Other End:

Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.
The Consideration Game:
Really? Why do I even need to consider this book? Of course I'm going to read it. I am that dedicated that I have this book on my calendar already. I will be at the shops, first thing in the morning for when it comes. I don't care how much it is. I will be reading it then and there. Enough said as you all probably get the picture pretty loud and clear.
So... Would you READ THIS book? What do YOU THINK of the cover?

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Review: Forbidden by Megan Curd


SPOILERS NOTED AT END.
On the Other Side:

Levi's job is to protect his human until it's their time to go. That's what a Guard does. He's done it for years on end, and he'll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.

...Watch from afar.
...Never share your name.
...And above all, never touch a human.

What Levi doesn't know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?

And, when you're already condemned, what's there to lose by breaking the rules?




First Impressions Last:

It must be Megan Curd week, because here is another of her books on review and in the spotlight. This was also given to me through the R2R on the PNR/UF page on Goodreads, with Megan generously allowing us to have both of her novels (Forbidden and Bridger). Although I didn't hear of this one until I was told I would recieve both, I am thankful that I have read this because it was brilliant.




Behind the 270 Pages:







Another brilliant book by Megan Curd,I also ant to thank her personally for providing me with this eBook!

We were engaged in the story the whole time, and devoured every page. The only query I have about this book is to know who actually becomes Angel (either Fallen or Guard or Guardian) when they pass from their human life? Levi keeps on saying that he is dead, and we are told when he died and how, but why was he and the others chosen to be -let's put it as- "divine"? Yes, he died, but what happens to those who do die. Do they become part of them as well? Is it just a select few that move onto "divine" status? This was the only thing that was unclear within the novel. Everything else was astounding. The plot has a good twist to it with the whole Fallen Angel and Guardian Angel baseline. Ok, it was a little predictable that the whole conclusion and big battle we knew was going to happen from the start at the end of the novel happened to fall on one particular day that something big-ish happened in their life *

I would have liked a bit more of a drama in the end and a bit more fighting against the bad guys, but it was only a small part (ok, it probably seemed small because of the feverish turning of pages as we quicken our reading pace at the drama). But anyways, it seemed to be too small as everything was basically leading up to that point. I did have some hopes within the novel** but then some of these hopes led to shocks on what then happened within the novel.

In the end, I ultimately loved the story and sometimes laughed because we knew the human thing to do in the situation,and then it was done by Hannah. The comments that revolve around "because she's human..." makes it all the more funnier (not bursting into laughing funny, but laughing under your breath funny). We quickly know and connect with Levi, and his status, but we also connect with Hannah as well, because we are human so we understand both sides and come to understand the situation, the ultimately drives us through the book. Sometimes we want to shake some sense into Hannah ***

Cannot wait for the next installment of the Guardian Series!










SPOILER ALERT

*homecoming

**Ethan changing etc, but this end with him shocked me when he became human for Angie, we just wonder what is going on between them two and it leaves us on a sort of cliffhanger in that sense to get a better grasp and understanding of their new situation and relationship. As well as the understanding about the other characters as well that would face concequences or challenges that would be faced in the next book

***about Justin and her convictions against Levi, by being too quick to judge and put other things in motion to try forget him before really finding out about the situation

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Review: Bridger by Megan Curd

On the Other Side:

Ashlyn McVean doesn't believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn't enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what's most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms




First Impressions Last:

This book originally came from the PNR&UF group on GR for their Read2Review. As I read the email I revieved about it, I was immediately hooked and wanted to read it, so I went straight to the sign-up page. This is where time-zones start to really annoy me, because there was only a certain amount of people who could sign up, I got in just as I woke up (I woke up early that day too) yet I still missed out. However, thanks to the wonderful and amazing Megan Curd, she allowed me and two others to be able to read this book, she ALSO, gave everyone on the sign-ups her other book AS WELL as Bridger, Forbidden (Forbidden review coming soon).




Behind the 258 Pages:







WARNING. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK, DO NOT READ THE BLURB, IF YOU HAVE READ THE BLURB, READ THIS BOOK AFTER YOU'VE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT SAYS! IT WILL SPOIL THE BEAUTY OF THIS BOOK! (I don't even know why I posted the blurb, but still, just forget it before reading this book)

This book would have been all the more better (including 5 stars) if the blurb wasn't what it was. It explains basically the whole story of the novel and leaves no room for surprise bevause we already know what happens. It also stops us from making the all important connection with our protagonist as we are thrust into this new world with her, but from the blurb, this doesn't happen as it should have if the blurb wasn't as it was. We already knew that she was a Bridger as well as Tess (we only just got a name to the face), and we already knew that there was going to be something between Ashlyn and Liam. If you take out the blurb for this book, it would be 5 stars, but when something so small, brings down most of the book because you already know what's going to happen, does spoil the book and you don't enjoy it as you know you should. Ultimately the blurb is one of the most important parts of a novel, because it entices you to want to read the story and pick it up, other than the cover (and author) it is what brings people to read it and to stop for a moment to look at it. Yes, this is a rant about the blurb, because the rest of the book was brilliant and I loved it, but there's no point in saying how much I loved this book when the blurb was the only arising issue.

The only thing the blurb doesn't do, is tell us the background information that does help us to connect with Ashlyn. The fact that this book is one of those brilliant ones that continuously pull you through the whole story, devouring every page gets you through the novel, because we already know everything, this is the most key factor in this novel as we're reading. There is no element of surprise. Although I try not to read blurbs because some have the whole story written in the blurb, but of course you have to read the blurb to find out if the story appeals to you.

I shall stop my blurb ranting, because otherwise I could go on for a good 20minutes. It is only the blurb that has brought this book down to 4 stars, nothing else. If it wasn't for the blurb, I completely would have loved this book.        

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Bridger



What's Next:

Traitor (Bridger #2)
Traitor (Bridger, #2)Finding the Time: 17 March 2012
At The Other End: Ashlyn never believed in fairy tales until she was in one.

They say ignorance is bliss, but not when you're on a centuries old hit list...and there's a traitor in your midst.

Ashlyn must decide what's most important: trusting the allies she has, or siding with those she thought were enemies. Ashlyn knows old friends can turn on her, and unlikely allies may be the best chance she has to piece her family back together. No matter what her choice, she could lose someone she loves.

And when you don't know who to trust, believe one thing: You can never trust a faerie.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Coverday Friday! (7)

Behind a Million and One Pages




GOOD MORNING! This Coverday Friday is a book that I have read, yet did not review (yes, strange for me to not do a review but I swore I did, yet there's nothing on GR...anyways)....




Why Hello There:

This cover really is self explanatory. Really, if you don't see it, you must  be blind. This cover truly is gorgeous! In person, the cover is even more so because the flowers along the edge (silver ones from the sides) are metallic and stand out, making it even more beautiful. The castle in the background reminds me of a fairy tale element (which I love, it makes the cover). AHH the dress! seriously, where can I get one? too bad that these days if you wear that dress you'd stand out quite a lot. Dammit, I want to go to balls :(




At the Other End:

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.




Behind the 480 Pages:

Even though I don't have a review for this novel (when I read it again as soon as I have time I will post a review), I did rate the novel:

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So... What do YOU THINK of this cover? Would YOU READ this novel?