Aug 15, 2012

Hmmm... Update

SO, I know I haven't posted a review in FOREVER, but I actually have been reading crap-loads. Why no reviews then? Mainly because I hardly have time with assesments due AND exams coming up at school, but also because I've been reading an incredible, amaaazing book series: The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Just a note, I'd label it an M [mature] or R15...)
And I have already reviewed about two of the books in the series, and there are more than 7 books, so I figured if you aren't hooked by the first two reviews then...well, you can put it together.
Anyway, I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading something else or posting a review...
Another factor is that my keyboard's space-bar is half broken, so most of the time I have to push it at least twice before it works. Majorly slows down typing...

But I'm open for guest reviews!

Jul 6, 2012

Black Heart Blue, by Louisa Reid

Title: Black Heart Blue
Author: Louisa Reid
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 274
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Person: first
Tense: Present
Rating: 10 / 10

‘They tried to make me go to my sister’s funeral today. In the end I had to give in... I’d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness. It was a good place to hide.’
Rebecca’s twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful and daring. She was the one who always wanted more. The one who wouldn’t listen. Now she’s gone, Rebecca is alone.
While there were two of them, they stayed silent about their home life. But Rebecca, who knows the truth about how her twin died, suddenly finds herself keeping too many secrets. Hephzibah dreamt of escape, but failed. Could Rebecca be the one to find freedom?

Original and unforgettable, Black Heart Blue is not just Rebecca and Hephzibah’s story. It’s a story about all of us: a story about the lies we want to believe, the truth we sometimes can’t accept, and having the courage to discover the difference.”

This novel hooked me almost instantly. It’s a review copy, so I didn’t have much choice about reading it - and to be honest, that is the only reason I picked it up, because this is not the sort of novel I normally read. Though I have to say, I’m incredibly glad of it. Black Heart Blue is a thrilling novel about family abuse; it forces you to think (when you aren’t tied up reading it) about the rest of the world and what could be happening somewhere at this moment. The descriptions and storyline are realistic - I actually had to remind myself it wasn’t a autobiography.
The characters emotions become your own, and you feel their urgency, their fear, their need. The book switches point of view, from one twin to another, which I found to be highly effective - even if a little confusing when it switched from present to past and such. I found myself hating along with the twins, I found myself holding my breath as they struggled to survive.
There were two characters I struggled to understand for a good portion of the book, one being the mother. I found it hard to get a sense of the role she played and where she stood in the story; nevertheless, the characters were incredibly lifelike, and could have been people I knew.
This was an unforgettable, amazing read. I highly recommend it, even if it isn’t your preference.           


Ooooookay, sooo.....My laptop is officially broken. What does that mean? Extremely limited computer access. It's been broken for about half a week now, and it doesn't seem like I'm going to have it back (you know, when it's fixed) for a fair while...
This means, guess what? I'm going to be even more absent than normal! Which is frustrating, because I was just getting motivated in my writing.
Anyway, good luck to you all and I hope to be up and running again soon. Fingers crossed!

Jun 16, 2012

Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Lament
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: Paperback - 356
Chapters: 22
Genre: Romance / fantasy
Person: First
Tense: Past
Rating: 10/10

Blurb (quoted):
“Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand – someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee senses that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance.
But Dee doesn’t realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world.
And she is his next target.”

Okay, so perhaps this is a common sort of storyline – killer and victim fall in love, etcetera, but this is a whole new spin on ‘romance’. Having always been a dreamer, this book has certainly spoken to that inner child of mine that says ‘maybe they do exist…’
This novel was another page-turner, and is yet another of my favourites. This author – my god can she write romance! If you loved her novel Shiver, you’re going to adore this.
Maggie weaves magic into her writing so well, and her descriptions are oh-so-believable. This is a story you won’t want to take your nose out of – I was so disappointed at finishing it!
Highly recommended, especially for faerie-heads.

Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton

Title: Guilty Pleasures
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Reading Level: Adult
Pages: Paperback - 265
Chapters: 47
Genre: thriller / fantasy
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter:
1-Guilty Pleasures, 2-The Laughing Corpse, 3-Circus of the Damned
Person: First
Tense: Past
Rating: 9/10

Blurb (quoted):
“’I don’t date vampires. I kill them.’
My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me the Executioner. What I call them isn’t repeatable.
Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars…
But now a serial killer is murdering vampires – and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer…”

To be honest, I was quite worried picking this book up. I haven’t had much success finding adult books on vampires that aren’t all sex, and I am aware that this particular author has another book series that isn’t exactly suitable for a younger audience, so typically I didn’t have high hopes for this one.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! There is the barest of hints at such content, but it’s certainly suitable for a mature audience – 13+? (Though I can’t vouch for sequels just yet). There is a touch of romance but it doesn't run wild through the story.
I was almost immediately drawn into the book. It has my favourite kind of vampires – the dark, dangerous and sexy kind – with some Shapeshifters and zombies thrown in. Best of all would have to be the snarky, sarcastic protagonist.
Definitely a favourite book and I recommend to anyone who is mature and looking for a bit more than the sappy teen romances hogging the shelves of teen-fic.