Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Hey guys!  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating! :) Okay, so I know this book is already released but it sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it! :) 

Mine is....

Half-Blood by Jennifer L.Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

I can seriously not wait to read this! :)

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Pages: 384
Publisher: Puffin
Date released: January 5th 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. 

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

My Review:
I really really really enjoyed Cinder! I loved the whole concept of Cinderella as a Cyborg in Beijing! It was a very unique idea and I can’t wait to read the rest of series. 

Cinder was a very interesting character. She was just a normal girl who was faced with the enormous task of saving the world. Most of the original characters from Cinderella were thrown in, the evil stepmother, mean stepsister, handsome prince and faithful friends. There were some characters who I just wanted to strangle! - Yes, I’m talking about the stepmother! Prince Kai was also a great character to read, he was friendly, loyal, brave and romantic. The Luna were very strange characters, Queen Levana especially. 

The Luetomosis disease was described in great detail throughout the story and it really increased the tension as more and more people died. There is definitely a lot of action in Cinder and you will be turning the pages all night. A lot of sci-fi elements pop up throughout which make the whole environment feel very real. 

I loved the twist at the end, although I did guess beforehand. The ending is definitely left on a cliff hanger and leaves unanswered questions! What? Why? Who?… 

All in all, a fantastic read to be added to your read it now shelf! A very interesting twist on a classic fairy tale that will leave you gasping for more long after the last page has been turned. 

5 out of 5 stars overall.

*Thank you to Puffin for sending me a copy of 'Cinder' for review.

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone! :) I hope you all had a great Christmas!

My Bookworm Santa was hosted by Bree from The Magic Attic and Michelle from Book Briefs and it was really fun! I'm going to reveal what I sent and what I received! ....

I was Secret Santa to... I Write, I Read, I Review! :)  So I sent 'Cracked Up To Be' which was on her wishlist:
Cracked Up to Be

I received:
Halo (Halo, #1)
and I'm sooo happy! I can't wait to read it! :) Thank you! I don't know who my Secret Santa was, so if it was you then let me know! :D

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Top 5 Young Adult Books of 2011

Top 5 Young Adult’s Books of 2011

With Christmas only around the corner (tomorrow!)  it’s time to start deciding what to buy as presents.
One staple gift to suit people of all ages is of course a good book. There is nothing better than settling down after devouring a huge Christmas dinner and getting stuck into a good read so WHSmith have come up with the ‘Top 5 Young Adult Books of 2011’ that will keep your sons, daughters, nieces and nephews reading all through Christmas and New Year.
From authors Becca Fitzpatrick to Louis Sachar, WHSmith have the perfect books for everyone to enjoy this Christmas.

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace and Sam found each other in SHIVER. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than ever before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened and love is becoming harder to hold on to as death closes in.

Passion (Fallen, #3)
Passion by Lauren Kate
Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and before they fought the Immortals, they had already lived many lives. And so Luce, desperate to unlock the curse that condemns their love, must revisit her past incarnations in order to understand her fate. Each century and each life holds a different clue but Daniel is chasing her throughout the centuries before she has a chance to rewrite history. How many deaths can one true love endure? Can Luce and Daniel unlock their past in order to change their future? This is the third book in the brilliant "Fallen" series.

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Patch and Nora have overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Patch and Nora armed with only their absolute faith in one another enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for and their love, forever.

Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back through generations, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre he is not too surprised. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in it. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both funny and serious, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.

Inheritance (Inheritance, #4)
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest but now the fate of a whole civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, will they be strong enough to defeat him? If they can’t do it, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? If so, at what cost? Featuring beautiful artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar, this stunning book brings the bestselling "Inheritance" cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Teaser Tuesday (6)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 

Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"A scream filled Cinder's ears. She flinched, the sound peeking in her audio interface, and turned towards it. The market silenced." Page 14

"Cinder opened her mouth, about to announce that any human touch felt unusual, but her breath hiccuped. Fire and pain ruptured her spine, flooding her veins." Page 113

I love this book, it's so good!

Cover Reveal: Sleepers by Megg Jenson

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?
You can buy it from any of the stores HERE
Megg on the web:

So what do you think? I absolutely LOVE the new cover! :D

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Pages: 304 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Release Date: August 9th 2011 Source: Book Tour

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

My Review: 

Wow. Wow. Wow. ‘Juliet Immortal’ is one of those books that make you go wow!  :) It has a very unique twist on the classic love story of Juliet and Romeo and boy is it good!!

The characters were all really fresh and had flaws and good qualities. Juliet takes on the role of Ariel in the story and I liked her, she was just a normal down to earth girl. Romeo takes on Dylan, he was one weirdo! Seriously! In this story anyway :) He is so messed up and it is conveyed perfectly from his mad scenes, although in some respects you can’t help but find him somewhat appealing. Gross, I know. I loved Ben! He was a great character and I really enjoyed how they all developed as the story progressed!

There were MAJOR twists and turns! Some I didn’t expect, others I could guess –especially nearer the end. I couldn’t stop reading it! It is such a fantastic idea and Stacey Jay delivers it with ease. There are definitely moments of action in most chapters and packed with tons of suspense. 

I thought the Ambassadors of Light was an interesting concept, although it didn’t pop up as much at the beginning, you definitely learn a lot near the end of the book. The horror elements were pretty scary and definitely added that dark edge to it. I enjoyed how it goes back in time to the old Romeo and Juliet that we know as the perfect love couple, it really emphasises the juxtaposition that the characters are now faced with.

 ‘Juliet Immortal’ is a book that needs to be on your To-Be-Read-Immediately-Shelf! Buy it right now! You won’t regret it. 

5 out of 5 stars overall.

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