Friday, June 29, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin Teen, April 2012

Pages: 485

Series: Blood of Eden, Book 1

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Summary: "In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As someone who has loved all of Julie’s books so far I was really excited to read The Immortal Rules.  I don’t usually care for books that have a dystopian like feel to them but when you add vampires and Julie Kagawa then you can’t really go wrong.

This book reminded me so much of the movie I am Legend at parts.  It was more of an observation than anything that added or detracted from the story however.

As far as the story itself goes I thought it was a little slow to get into at the start but once the ball got rolling I was really intrigued by the story and couldn’t stop reading.

My favourite character would have to be Kanin.  I just found Kanin to be a very interesting character and I loved reading the parts that included him.  I’m really hoping we get to know more about him and his history.  I did like Allie and Zeke but really it was Kanin that stood out so much to me.

These days I find the whole romance in YA to be so overpowering and it becomes the main focus of the story whereas I prefer it as a side thing and there being a better main story line.  Thankfully, The Immortal Rules has a drop of romance and the rest is the story of Allie and vampires and the end of the world.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I am really looking forward to reading the next one.  I love Julie Kagawa’s books and this one is so different from the Iron Fey Series but still as good.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden

Title: Toonopolis: Gemini

Author: Jeremy Rodden

Published: Portmanteau Press LLC, 2011

Pages: 314

Series: Toonopolis Files, Book 1

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Summary: Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.
Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father's scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini's mission is changed, and he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction. 
Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’ve had this for a while and have been meaning to read it for such a long time and then the other day I just decided to read it because I was looking for something funny.  Needless to say there were quite a few funny parts in the book.

There are so many funny references in this book that it was so awesome.  If you watch older cartoons then you will notice a lot of these.  I thought it was really fun going through and spotting the different references.

The story line was really interesting and it was nice and simple which is good because I wasn’t really in the mood for something with a heavy story line.  I just found it really entertaining which was great.

The main character Gemini, was interesting.  It’s always interesting to read a book from a male point of view.  He was also funny which I really liked.  As were his companions, such as Jimbob the eggplant.

I really whizzed through Toonopolis: Gemini as it’s a whole lot of fun and has a really entertaining story line.  If you’re looking for something funny and different then definitely check out Toonopolis: Gemini.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Title: Hereafter

Author: Tara Hudson

Published: HarperCollins, 2011

Pages: 404

Series: Hereafter, Book 1

Summary: Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life--or her actual death--she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but "will" him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: It took me a really long time to read Hereafter because I just wasn’t in the mood for reading.  That being said, I thought that Hereafter wasn’t too bad of a read.
I’m at a point where my reading tastes are changing and a lot of the YA paranormal romance hasn’t been as interesting to me lately and so for that reason along with the fact that I didn’t really feel like reading too much, I thought this book was just alright.

I found the mystery of who Amelia was and how she died to be quite interesting and I would’ve loved to know more about that side of Amelia.  Just little things like what she liked and just who she was.  I’d actually like to know a bit more about Joshua too.  I felt like we didn’t really get to know them personality wise.

I thought the story was interesting but I didn’t think it was anything overly unique or anything like that.  I think I’m at the point where I have read too many YA paranormal romances to be in love with any more of them.

There was the insta-love thing happening and to be honest, the whole time I was reading the book I thought it was weird that Joshua would make out with a ghost in public when nobody else can see and I just have to wonder, what would someone seeing that think?  It would be pretty weird I reckon.

Either way, I thought that Hereafter was entertaining but nothing special.  If you’re a fan of paranormal romances then you might enjoy this one.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Unseen by Heather Graham

Title: The Unseen

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira, March 2012

Pages: 352

Series: Book 5, Krewe of Hunters

Summary: 1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere…but her body was never recovered.

Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies.

All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city's most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.

Among Logan's new team is Kelsey O'Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to "see" the past unfolding in the present. Now she has her chance.

Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why.
And if something more earthly is menacing the city's oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it—before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio's restless ghosts…  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As a lover of the Krewe of Hunters series I was super excited to see this spin-off series featuring a new Krewe of Hunters.

I enjoyed the book it had everything that I love about Heather Graham’s writing.  It had the murder mystery, the ghosts, and the psychics and then it had the romance but I usually just think of the romance as being a part of the story that was just there.

While I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story and the ghost part, I feel there was something missing in the character side of things.  This is sort of unusual for me to notice as I don’t pay too much attention to the characters usually.  However, this is a Heather Graham novel and I find myself interested in her characters more so than others and I feel like we didn’t get to know Kelsey or Logan all that much.  I liked what I got from them but I just felt like there was something missing.

It was really good to see a couple of members from the other Krewe of Hunters series, I’m also curious to find out more about the other members of the new team.  You do meet some of the others but very barely, they’re a team but the book focuses more on Kelsey and Logan more than anything.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Unseen.  It had a twist that was really awesome and while I guessed some of the whodunit I wasn’t completely sure about it until it was confirmed.  The book opens up for an awesome new series and whether you’ve read the original Krewe of Hunters series or not this is definitely enjoyable.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In Which I Answer some of your Questions

So the other day I asked for some questions and then said I'd answer them so here I am to answer the questions.

What are you studying for?
Well, I am at university studying statistics and philosophy.  I just recently had my exams and final assignments for the semester and this semester the classes I took were Early Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Generalised Linear Models and Sampling Methods.  Next semester I'm going for something a little different and studying Antarctica, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Accounting and Recent and Contemporary Philosophy so it should be fun.  Especially considering I've never done a biology paper before and I didn't take it as a class in high school :s

Anonymous people asked:
Why do you have purchase links on some of your reviews but not others?
I put purchase links with the books that I received for review and that I actually liked.  I don't put purchase links on books that I bought myself and then decided to write a review of.

You made a post about how you were feeling pretty lethargic about blogging, how is that going for you now?
Every day I still sit here and think, do I really want to be doing this?  I'm at the point where I'm still loving writing reviews for books so what I'm doing right now is going through the books I have for review now and reading those.  I'm not accepting any books for reviews and I am going to be posting things on the blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  From there I will see how I feel about blogging at a later date.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
Definitely when people dog ear books, man does that drive me nuts.
People who read my hardcover books with the jacket on the books, they then get the jacket flap all messed up and that drives me nuts.  I could not read a book with the jacket on in the first place as that annoys me so much.
When I buy the first book in the series and love the cover but the publishers go and change it on me and so the rest of the series doesn't match or has an uglier cover to the original ones :(
That's all I can think of really.

And those are my questions, I had a lot of fun answering them.  If you have any more then leave them in the question box below hehe.  You may even find a link to a giveaway if you ask me a question ;)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Masquerade by Kayden McLeod

Title: Masquerade

Author: Kayden McLeod

Published: Silver Publishing, 2010

Pages: 110

Summary: What lies behind the facade isn't always what it seems Abigail claimed the land of North Vancouver as her own, sharing it only with a clan of vampires, the Jericho Coven, who accepted the werewolf into their territory without qualm. Within their numbers is one, Cyrus Jericho; a suave, brooding vampire who isn't quite as he appeared. He declares Abigail for his own the moment they meet, despite the fact that another werewolf pack is in British Columbia looking to claim Abigail into their midst, no matter what they must do to see that goal complete.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The beginning of Masquerade sets the scene for the rest of the story really well.  It starts off really mysterious and it got me really hooked into the rest of the book.

The characters were intriguing.  I liked Abigail because she had this mysterious air about her for a while and then it is revealed that she is a werewolf which I would've known if I had fully read the synopsis but I really never do.  If you know me, then you'd know I'm not the biggest fan of werewolves but to be honest I really liked this book.

While there are vampires, this really doesn't have much to do with the story, like there is no mention of anything vampiric as the main focus is on Abigail, the werewolf and a couple of other characters who are mysterious.

I really enjoyed that there was this whole mysterious atmosphere to the story as it kept me wanting more.

Overall, I thought that Masquerade was a really well-written light read that can easily be devoured in one sitting.  Kayden McLeod has a great writing style that just adds to the story and makes it a good read.


Jezebel's Article by Kayden McLeod

Title: Jezebel's Article

Author: Kayden McLeod

Published: Eternal Press/Damnation Books LLC, 2010

Pages: 47

Summary: Jezebel has a new job writing a sex column for a small specialty interest paper in Vancouver, British Columbia, and attends a very specialized party--a sex party, in fact, where she meets two of the most tempting men she could've ever imagined. And to make it that much more tempting, they are vampires, one curiosity Jezebel can't shed. Adrian and Doros watch her with growing desire, craving to take a knowing human, from who they didn't have to cut their true selves off from. One they could play with to their heart's content. The moment they meet Jezebel, it's already over. There's no contest, and now only one question remains: Will she want them, as much as they want her?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I wanted something a little different to read and I got something a lot different.  Jezebel’s Article has a tiny little storyline but the ideas behind the story sound really intriguing.

Jezebel’s Article is only 51 pages and while yes I understand the whole point of the story is for the sex the back story surrounding Jezebel and her family intrigued me too.  I’m quite curious about that.

So the book is classed as an erotic novella and the scenes are quite steamy however, they are in no way crass.

Overall, I felt that Jezebel’s Article was well written and my only wish was that it was longer as I would be interested in more of the backstory of the characters.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ask Me Anything

So I'm super busy for the next week or so studying for my exams and I've been busy with assignments which is why I've been neglecting the blog for a few months, that being said, in between assignments I've been thinking about the blog and what I want to do with it and well I absolutely love writing so I am adding a new feature to the blog where you can ask me a question and I will be answering them.

So here is a little box and ask me ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING and I will answer it in the next few weeks.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Title: The Arctic Incident

Author: Eoin Colfer

Published: Disney Book Group, 2009

Pages: 128

Series: Book 2, Artemis Fowl

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Summary: In the first book of the series, Artemis battled both the underground inhabitants and Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police force. He also lost his beloved father, who is assumed to be dead. Now, after receiving a mysterious video email, Artemis finds himself in need of help from his recent enemies. The video shows a man bearing a striking resemblance to Artemis's father, sitting in the wasteland of arctic Russia. Artemis sets off to rescue the man, but first he must enlist some magical assistance. 

Down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Clues lead Captain Holly Short straight to Artemis, and she exacts a small bit of revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn't behind the chaos, and if she's to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help. As a result, these onetime adversaries must now join forces -- a mix that proves to be both charming and volatile.
 (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: It had been a while since I last read the first Artemis Fowl book and seeing as how it took me about 3 attempts to actually read the first one the first time around, I decided to just jump into the second one.  I had a lot of fun reading The Arctic Incident.
The Artemis Fowl books are really easy to read and they’re good for reading through if you’re looking for something that isn’t too heavy on content.

I found myself reading this one when I was having a relaxing day and it definitely was a relaxing read.
I was quite surprised by the change in character for Artemis as well.  I had suspected that throughout the series Artemis would develop more as a character but he changed quite a lot in this book.

Curious now as to how the rest of the series will pan out.  It’s an interesting series and if I have time I’ll definitely be checking out the rest.

Source: NetGalley

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Title: Seeds of Discovery

Author: Breeana Puttroff

Published: Musefush Independent Press, 2011

Series: Dusk Gate Chronicles, Book 1

Pages: 191

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Summary: Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.
Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’ve been in a mood where I don’t really feel like reading much lately, like I just don’t want to sit down and actually read a book.  However, I knew I had this coming up for a blog tour so I sat down and forced myself to read a chapter.  Funnily enough, I took a break from the book and noticed that I was on page 50 already.  It was so easy to just fly through this book that I finished it in one sitting no troubles.

The story itself is really entertaining.  It’s slightly different to your run of the mill story and I really enjoyed it even though it wasn’t what I had expected.

The characters are all really awesome.  I loved Quinn and I could understand why she was acting weirdly after almost hitting someone with her car.  I know I would feel weird about that and probably act strangely for a few days.

The writing is really simplistic but effective.  It allowed me to just fly through the pages and I was having a lot of fun reading through it.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Seeds of Discover and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the story.  It was so good and I had a lot of fun reading it.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

In Contemplation of blogging

For the most part, I enjoy writing just to throw down my thoughts.  That being said, I've been thinking about blogging a lot lately.  I love writing my thoughts about books on the blog and on goodreads.  Every time I finish a book I have just as much fun writing down my thoughts about it in a word document to later share online.  Every now and again I start to feel lethargic about blogging.  It's not the writing my thoughts down, it's blogging and finding a schedule that I like.

I try writing all these different features and things as well but it just gets tiresome because the only thing I really want to do is write down what I thought about different books.

So while I feel like this I will only be posting reviews up on the blog and sporadically too.  I'll still be around, just not as much as I usually am.