Monday, 10 March 2014

Endless Knight Review

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)
Title: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2)
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster for Youhg Readers
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Source: Finshed Copy for Review
Rating: 5/5

 Shocking SecretsEvie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected Allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can't remember—but Death can't forget.


Poison Princess was the type of book I enjoyed much more when I thought about it in the days following reading it. Endless Knight, in comparison, was just as amazing when I thought about it after as when I was reading. I loved Poison Princess, but I LOVED Endless Knight. I read it quite awhile ago and I am still thinking about it while at the same time anxiously awaiting the third book.

The concept of The Arcana Chronicle is absolutely amazing and 100% unique, Kresley Cole has quite the imagination to bring to life tarot cards personified as teen who are fighting to the death in a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with zombies and cannibals. 

The story was phenomenal and I know how a new book boyfriend, Death. I loved getting to see the real Death, from his name, his power, and the visions that Evie has you get the impression that he is evil. I will just say that there is more to him that meets the eye. As for Jackson I... do not like him anymore, for those of you who have read the book I'm sure you know why and can understand.

I f you are looking for an amazing addition to an amazing series I cannot recommend Endless Knight enough, I was just as good if not better than Poison Princess and leaves you on a cliffhanger that keep you intrigued. The plot and character development were well developed, the writing flawless, and to top it off it takes place in an amazing world.

Friday, 1 November 2013

The f-It List Review

The F- It List
Title: The F-It List
Author: Julie Halpern
Release Date: November 12th 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC for Review
Rating: 5/5

Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family.

But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again--Becca has cancer.

So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend--you do it.

What intrigued me the most about The F-It List was its title, the title alone is what made me initially pick up the book immediately after I had received it in the mail. I definitely wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did since I rarely ever read contemporary books because usually I'm not interested in them.

The F-It List follows the story of two bestfriends, Alex and Becca, Becca has come down with cancer and Alex is given the task of completing Becca's bucket list, known as "the f-it list". As you can probably imagine Th F-It List is an emotional read with heart. There are happy moments and sad that will surely bring a fear tears.

I really enjoyed Halpern's writing ; it was very well done, it draws the reader in, and it feels very real adding to the realness that a contemporary novel is supposed to have. I enjoyed the friendship between Alex and Becca, it's a friendship that many wish they could have. My favourite aspect of the novel would have to be the romantic relationships that both Alex and Becca acquire throughout the novel, it just shows that even in times of life or death love can occur.

Overall The F-It List was an amazing book, and that's saying something coming from me who doesn't typically like contemporary novels. But the book is very sexual so keep that it mind when reading, it's not for the younger audiences.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Blackout Review

Title: Blackout ( Blackout #1)
Author: Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5

Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

There was no reason for them to ever meet.

But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

Usually I'm put off my a book that seems like it's geared towards to male audience, but in the case of Blackout I was so intrigued by a virus giving teens powers and terrorists I just had to pick it up. I am SO glad I did because I ended up really enjoying this book and can't wait to read the next one ASAP.
I have never read a book told partly in the third person perspective of a terrorist, it was very refreshing to read from a perspective of a "villain". I put villain in quotation marks because I am not quite sure if these teen terrorists are in fact bad, the motive behind their destruction may be justified. The overall story reminded me of Gone by Michael Grant which is a book I really enjoyed, with the twist of a virus spreading around powers.
While most of the powers acquired by some of the characters are not the best, I give Robison Wells bonus points for being creative. In most books the same basic powers are recycled over and over again, in Blackout you are in for some unique ones.
I ended up really enjoying Blackout; it was fast paced, very unique and it's sure to be a pick hit because it does appeal to both sexes and I event think it would appeal to all sorts of age groups as well. It's a very well rounded novel! Do not fear die hard romance fans there is some romance tied into the action paced teen terrorist novel.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Cold Blooded Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain, #3)

Title: Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain #3)
Author: Amanda Carlson
Release Date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Orbit
Source: eARC for Review
Rating: 4/5

Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen's doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn't realise is just how soon she'll have to cash it in...


After the brutal cliffhanger that Amanda Carlson left readers with in Hot Blooded I was more than eager to continue the series with Cold Blooded. I did really enjoy the third instalment of the Jessica McClain series, but I still stand on Full Blooded being my favourite of the series to date.

Where the other books in the series focus more on werewolves, demons, and goddess's etc. I really enjoy the change of focus to the witches and sorcerers and the politics of vampires. It adds a nice variety and creates a more fantastical world. And withall the super hot guys, I mean seriously I have never seen a book with as many as this, the world that Jessica McClain lived in is an enticing one that girls and guys alike would want to inhabit. With all the twists and turns the plot has you will be kept on the edge of your seat for the duration of the book.

The world, characters, and the way that Carlson writes puts her at the top of my favourite adult urban fantasy authors among Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs.This series is a great transition from read YA to adult books, its not too sexual but it does have those oh so savoury steamy moments.

The only complaints I can really draw upon for Cold Blooded is that now that Jessica has embraced her powers she seem a little too over confident and because of this she takes on so many challenges that seem a little to much for one person to take on nevermind survive time and time again. Nevertheless I wholeheartedly recommend this series if hot men, a new take on urban fantasy, and action packed plots are your kind of thing definitely make sure you check out the Jessica McClain series and its next instalment, Cold Blooded.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

3:59 Review

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source:ARC for Review
Rating: 4/5

Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

Being a previous fan of Gretchen McNeil's work and the horror/suspense genre I had high hopes when starting 3:59 and let me tell you I was not at all disappointed. I wouldn't classify 3:59 in the horror genre, it's more of a suspenseful sci-fi novel. It does feel horrific at times for completely different reason which I will touch upon in a bit.
I absolutely loved the concept of 3:59; an alternate universe that appears to be an exact replica of the one Josie is living in that she can see for 60 seconds every 12 hours makes for a great plot and a unique story. I have to say my favourite aspect is the fact that 3:59 is a very scientific book, I personally love science I find it fascinating and one its used in a book to explain/prove what it happening makes the events seem all the more real, even though in the world we live in it couldn't possible happen. It makes me almost believe is could though!
The reason the book is a bit creepy it because of it being a scientific driven plot giving it the aspect of realism. The realism also enables you to put yourself in Josie`s shoes also adding the creep factor. For those not desensitised by creepy things may not want to read this after dark.

When you actually read 3:59 you will see that the actual plot of the book is not even mentioned in the synopsis, which I think is a great thing because I was surprised in a good way. I should also say that the synopsis does not to the book justice.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of 3:59, it`s more of a plot driven story than a character one that is packed full of suspense, action, and romance. I definitely suggest this book to anyone and everyone, once you start you wont want to stop until you`re done and it will keep you thinking about it days after you have finished reading.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Through the Zombie Glass Review

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)

Title: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 24th 2013
Source: ARC for Review
Rating: 4/5

Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

Yet again I thoroughly enjoyed Gena Showalters unique twisted on zombies in the sequel the Alice in Zombieland, Through the Zombie Glass. Zombies are over used in movies and film these days so it's refreshing to see a creative mind make it something new so reader can gain a renewed interest in Zombies. I will be the first to admit Zombies are probably my least favourite paranormal creature, I normally don't read books about them or watch movies. That being said it really means something when I say I really enjoyed Through the Zombie Glass.
On a whole this series is on the darker side, but I did find that this sequel was a bit darker which I really enjoyed. On top of Ali having to battle against the Zombies she also has to battle with the darkness that is inside of here, which makes for a gripping story.
Through the Zombie Glass is sure to get your heart pumping with the drama that goes down; relationship problems, cat fights, spies, and of course a whole bunch of zombie action are a few things to look forward to in this instalment. I love the characters that Gena Showalter has created, they are all very loyal and if they were real I would love to be friends will a lot of them and more than friends with Cole.
With a darker plot, introduction to new characters, drama, and raising the stakes from Alice in Zombieland, Through the Zombie Glass is sure to be adored by fans of the first book. I would definitely recommend this book just for the emotions you will feel from the tension between Ali and Cole. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

The Chaos of Stars Review

The Chaos of Stars
Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC for Review
Rating: 3/5

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

I've been a fan of Kiersten White for years, ever since Paranormalcy came out. So when I heard that see had an Egyptian mythology book coming out I was really happy since Egyptian mythology is my favourite type and I had yet to read a good book on the topic. While I did enjoy alot of things about The Chaos of Stars, somethings just didn't work for me.
My favourite thing about the novel is the concept, a mortal girl with immortal Egyptian Gods as parents. While that is very interesting White failed to explain how immortals could give birth to mortal children. The main character, Isodora, Kiersten's classic witty humour which I really enjoyed. I also really enjoyed how at the beginning of each chapter there was excerpts of Egyptian myths that related to the story told in The Chaos of Stars.
While The Chaos of Stars is a mythology book, I would say it's more of a contemporary book. The book follows Isodora who feels she was only born to worship her parents so that they wouldn't disappear because they were forgotten. Because of this she has trouble to the concept of love, she feels that humans are disposable and love only causes pain and heartache. The plot pretty much consists of Isodora dealing with these issues with Egyptian mythology tied into it. Just a heads up there is also some greek mythology.
Overall The Chaos of Stars is not my favourite Kiersten book to date, but I did enjoy it for the most part. I wish it wasn't a standalone, I would like to see what happens to Isodora and her friends next.