Friday, 31 January 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #1

Hey Everyone :)
So I've decided to start doing the meme created by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.

Question of the Week: Time for Book Spine Poetry again! Take a picture of your book spines spelling out something epic.

So this makes sense in my head, not sure if anyone else will get it but oh well :)

                                                         City of Glass Teardrop,
                                                             Lies Unbreakable

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Next Week's Question:
If you could read a book for the “first time” again, which book would it be? Why?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Free Book Friday #1

Okay so today is Free Book Friday! This meme is weekly hosted by A Novel Idea  and every week you post a free e-book . The idea is to review and/or present a free e-book that will include the following: A picture of the cover, Basic information (e.g. title, author, publication date, publisher, synopsis and a link to where you can find the book for download. Do keep in mind that I have no clue how long the e-book will be available for free.

Title: Saving Wishes (The Wishes Series #1) [Kindle Edition]
Author: G. J. Walker-Smith
Date released: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Gemma Walker-Smith
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.
When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.
Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn't quite fit the life she's living, and the boy who helps her realise why.
Where can you get this:

I definitely want to read this so I have downloaded and when I do get around to reading it (hopefully some time in February) look out for a review :)

Happy reading everyone :)

Review coming soon...
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Highly Anticipated 2014 New Releases

Ok so this year there are many new release's that I want to get my hands on but I have narrowed it down to 10 :) I just have to say that these are in no particular order, they are just random.

Title: The One (The Selection #3)

Author: Kiera Cass

Release Date: 6th May

Publisher: Harper teen

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.  (source: Goodreads synopsis)

Ok so I am quite excited for this one (as I will probably say about all of these haha), we will finally get to see who America chooses and this is the final installment in the trilogy so something big is going to go down. I really like the cover of this and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Title: The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)

Author: Rick Yancey

Release Date: 15th May

Publisher: Putnam juvenile

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone.
As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate. (Source: Goodreads synopsis)
So I read The fifth wave about halfway through last year and I absolutely loved it, if you have not read The fifth wave then please go and read it, I am not going to spoil what happened for those who have not read the book but something big happened and it left quite a cliff hanger so I am looking forward to finding out what's going to happen.

Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Release date: 4th November 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. (Source: Goodreads synopsis)

Like with The Fifth Wave, The Evolution of Mara Dyer had a big cliff hanger so I am curious as to how this will turn out and whether or not Mara just see's things or if what she see's is real.

Title: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)

Author: Richelle Mead

Release Date: 29th July

Publisher: Razorbill

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off. (Source: Goodreads synopsis)

If any of you have not read the Vampire Academy series then I recommend you go pick that up then pick up the bloodlines series. In saying that though you do not have to read Vampire Academy to read this series, I just really enjoy both and I think you would understand some of the story a bit better. At the end of The Fiery Heart we are left with a shocking cliff hanger (yet again) and I honestly do not know how Sydney is going to get herself out of this one, only 5 months to wait and see.

Title: Isla and the Happily ever after

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: 14th August 2014

Publisher: Dutton

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heart-breaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skilfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
(source: Goodreads synopsis)

I've really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins novels Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door so I am highly looking forward to this release.

Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release date: 2nd September

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien's only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan's Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn.

Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King's Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan's biggest threat - and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

This third novel in the Throne of Glass sequence, from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, is packed with more heart-stopping action, devastating drama and swoonsome romance, and introduces some fierce new heroines to love and hate (Source: Goodreads synopsis )

I am definitely looking forward to this novel, I read the first  two books in early December and I love them, I must buy physical copies. If you are looking for a fast paced suspenseful  YA Fantasy then I suggest that you go and pick this up :)

Disclaimer: yes I am aware that this is not the cover, the cover has not been released yet so I decided to just use the pic of the first novel in the series, I will update this when there is more info.

Title: In the afterlight (book #3 in the Darkest Minds series)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release date: October 28th 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion


Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers--someone so dangerous that Ruby alone has any power over him. (Source: goodreads synopsis )

I cannot wait to see what happens in this final installment, if you have not picked up this series I suggest that you go and do it now, Alexandra is an amazing world builder and I fell in love with this from the first page and I cannot explain how excited I am for this one.

Title: Unmarked (The legion #2)

Author: Kami Garcia

Release Date: October 7th 2014

Publisher: little brown books for young readers

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?(
  (source: goodreads synopsis )

I picked up Unbreakable with a gift card I got for my birthday for my birthday (which is today but I got the gift card like a week ago) and I had not heard anything about it but I saw it was by Kami Garcia who is  a co-author for the Beautiful Creatures series and I read the description and it sounded pretty good so I got it and I absolutely loved it, It was soooooooo much better than Beautiful Creatures and I am glad that I picked it up and I cannot wait until the next installment.

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han

Release date: 22nd April

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. (source: Goodreads synopsis )

I found this on goodreads and I have read her summer series, which is one of my favourite trilogy's and if you have not read them yet I suggest that you go and pick them up :) I thought the plot line sounds interesting and I am excited to read it.

Note: So I found this cover online and I think it looks legit, but until goodreads releases the cover I will keep this one up :)
Title: Waterfall (Teardrop #2)

Lauren Kate

Release Date: 14th October

Publisher: Delacorte

Synopsis: There is currently none available. (source: Goodreads )

Teardrop was another one of the books that I got with my gift card and I have had my eye on it for a while and I am so glad that it gave it a shot. I enjoyed Lauren Kate's Fallen series but there were a few things that I didn't like about the books but in saying that they were not bad at all, it was just minor details. When I read Teardrop it grabbed my attention from the start and I think it was so much better written that the fallen series and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next installment. :)

I hope that you all enjoyed this post and I wish you all Happy Reading!
Feel free to comment what your most anticipated new releases are, I would love to know :D

Reviews coming soon...
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Friday, 24 January 2014

The Maze Runner Review

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Pages: 371

Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Chicken House

Date Released: January 1st 2009

Format: paperback

Synopsis: The novel is about a boy called Thomas, he wakes up without his memory, only knowing his first name. Thomas is not alone, there are kids who are also in the same situation and have been in the lift.
They all welcome him to the Glade. Nobody knows how or why they were sent here the only thing they know is that they are surrounded by a maze which the doors open to every morning and close at night.
Every month a new boy is sent into the Glade through the lift. They knew that Thomas was coming but what they didn't know was that the next day a girl (the first girl ever) would enter the glade, not only that but she would deliver a message. Thomas struggles to find the answers that his mind will not seek. ( Goodreads synopsis )

I really enjoyed this a lot. First of all I like how it just plunges straight into the story, it didn't take up the first chapter to explain what was going on, you kind of figured it out along the way.
It starts of with Thomas being totally clueless as to what is going on. He is constantly demanding answers only to get a vague sentence and shut down. The way that Dashner explains their environment is very vivid and I can see everything so clearly in my head. I really enjoyed the world building and the character development. I am very much looking forward to the next instalment and I can't wait to see what happens next.

*Now for the spoiler part of the review, if you do not want to be spoiled please stop reading *
Thomas was constantly saying how he wanted to become a runner so I thought it was quite obvious there would be some way that he would get what he wanted. What I was not expecting was that he would go into that maze after Minho and Alby, he was a pretty brave shuck to do that (haha get it ).
One thing that I found strange was the fact that there were no girls and you don't really realise until the girl (Teresa) comes through the lift with the note but the boys all act as though its not strange?!
honestly you would think they would be wondering why there are only boys in the glade?

I had this theory that the grievers took their victims bodies into the griever hole and got revived but they were not themselves. I then get to the near end of the novel,  the gladers escape and there is Gally (who was dead!) standing there, it made me wonder if my crackpot theory was right.

Gally was almost like a puppet for the scientist,  in that moment I felt sorry for him because even though he was a bit crazy, he did not have the choice in pulling the trigger or not.
When Chuck dodged the bullet for Thomas it shows how much courage and compassion he had. I could feel Thomas's pain for the loss of Chuck, even though he was annoying to him at times, he was still one of his first friends he made at the Glade and he had made him a promise which he could not keep now that he was dead.

*end of spoilers*


I recommend this to anyone who loves a good dystopian, Young adult or anyone just looking for a good read because honestly you will not be disappointed it is so good.
 If you have not read this yet, seriously go pick it up you will not regret it!

Cover Art: 3.5
Level Of Interest:4
Total Rating:4.5
Where can you get this:
physical copies
Happy Reading Everyone :)

Reviews coming soon...
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Books to movies coming out this year

 Okay so today I am making this post to share all the book to film adaptations that are coming out this year that I am looking forward to. Comment below and tell me which film you are most looking forward to :)

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Release Date:  Thursday 13th March (NZ)

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Director: Mark Waters

Screenwriter: Daniel Waters

Staring: Zoey deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kovlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sammi Gayle, Claire Foy, Ashley  Charles

Genre: Action, Romance Thriller

Adapted From: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Synopsis: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.  (source: IMDb)

Oh my goodness! I can not describe how excited I am for this film. The novel Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead was what got me into my obsession with reading so its only right that I be excited for this.
I have watched this trailer a dozen times and I really do like it. It kind of gives off a mean girls vibe, but not to the extent that it's too much.

 A lot of people when they first saw the poster there was a lot of mixed opinions. Some fans thought it looked a bit childish or that they picked out really bad colours etc. Others loved it because it had a mean girls effect. In all honesty I don't mind it, I think its good that they didn't use a colour like red because you see that in most vampire films and it gives Vampire Academy a different look to other films which makes it unique.


Release Date: Thursday 20th March

Studio: Summit Entertainment (lionsgate)

Director: Neil Burger

Screenwriter: Vanessa Taylor, Evan Daugherty

Staring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb , Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn

Genre: Drama, Dystopian

Adapted From: Divergent By Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. (source:

I own this complete trilogy and it is one of my favourite dystopia's. I think I read Divergent at the start of 2013 and once I found out that it was being made into a movie I was even more excited.
From what I have seen in the trailer it's almost as if the images have been pulled from my head.
Shailene Woodley who plays Tris is not quite how I imagined her to be but I am getting used to the idea of her playing Tris.

 March 20th cannot come soon enough!

The Maze Runner
Release Date: Friday 19th September

20th Century Fox

Director: Wes Ball

Screenwriter: James Dashner, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin and Noah Oppenheim

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Adapted From: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Synopsis: The film is about a boy called Thomas (played by Dylan O'Brien, he wakes up without his memory, only knowing his first name. Thomas is not alone, there are kids who are also in the same situation and have been in the "lift". They all welcome him to the Glade. Nobody knows how or why they were sent here the only thing they know is that they are surrounded by a maze which the doors open to every morning and close at night.
Every month a new boy is sent into the Glade through the lift. They knew that Thomas was coming but what they didn't know was that the next day a girl (the first girl ever) would enter the glade, not only that but she would deliver a message. Thomas struggles to find the answers that his mind will not seek.

I have only just started to read the novel but I am enjoying it and I am looking forward to this. My sister actually recommended me this books so I'm glad that she did. I don't know if any of you guys watch Teen Wolf but Dylan O'Brien is in it and I love him haha which makes this film so much better. There is no trailer yet but I cannot wait until it comes out. Also I am not quite sure if that is the movie poster or not so sorry about that.

The Fault In Our Stars

 Release Date: Friday 6th June

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Josh Boone

Screenwriter: Scott Neustardter

Staring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammel, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey

Genre: Drama

Adapted From: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. (Source: Wikipedia)

I have yet to read the novel but I have  heard such great things about it. I will definitely read it next month. There is no trailer yet so I'm not sure how it is going to look yet but from people's reaction I take that it is going to be a good one.

Mockingjay Part 1

Release Date: Friday 21st November

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Francis Lawrence

Danny Strong

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Robert Knepper

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Adapted From: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: In Mockingjay part 1 we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen's journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance. (source:

 So if you don't know what even The Hunger Games is, where have you been? Go and pick that book up haha. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games, obviously and I cannot wait to see this instalment. The reason I have out that picture of a fan made movie poster is because there is no poster at the moment. I can't wait to see the trailer, catching fire was so good, I think even better than the first film so I can't wait to see what they do with this one.

Hope you enjoyed this post. What film are you most looking forwards to?
 Happy reading everyone :) x

Review Coming Soon...
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Reading Habits Book Tag #1

Ok so I was a bit bored today and decided to do a tag, I have not been tagged in this but I thought it would be fun to do. Feel free to do this as well and put a link in the comments for me to check out :)
This tag was created by Thebookjazz and if you want to check out her video you can see that here: and this is where I found the tag:

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I mostly read in my room, on my bed. I just find it most comfortable, but I don't mind reading anywhere as long as it is quiet & cosy :)
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?Hmmm, I think it really depends what I have on me, if I have a bookmark or a piece of paper lying around I will use that, otherwise I just leave the book open on my bookshelf :)

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?Yeah I would say I usually do unless something is really intense or I am really enjoying it I will finish the chapter, or just pull an all nighter haha.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?Depends, sometimes I will drink tea or have some chocolate or candy of some sort. Obviously I do not do this all the time because that would not be good for my health eating sugar every time I read which is a lot. haha.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?To be honest I usually prefer it to be quiet, if there is noise I find that I end up re-reading parts over and over and cannot concentrate properly.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I prefer to read one book at a time, anymore and I usually just abandon one book for the other and forget about it :/

7. Reading at home or everywhere?I don't have to be at home to read, so I don't mind going somewhere like a library to read because it is quiet. I do have to say the I prefer reading at home because there's just something about it that makes it the best place to read.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?Definitely in my head :)

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?Not usually, if the book is not holding my interest very much I might skim read a little bit or if there is a books where I really want it to get to the point.
e.g. I just recently read Just One Year by Gayle Forman, It's supposed to be the "sequel" to Just One Day instead it is a companion novel. It kind of annoyed me, I'm not saying that it was bad though, If I knew it was a companion novel I probably would have taken my time and enjoyed it more instead of wondering when I would get to where the left off (which was not until the very last 5 pages!!!!). Ok rant over haha.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?I usually try to keep it like new, obviously you can't help if your books start to age but I try to keep them in the best condition possible.

11. Do you write in your books?The only book I have ever written is my book that I bought for school (The Road by Cormac McCarthy which was really good by the way) . This was because it is so much easier to find notes and quotes for exams. Other than that I do not write in my books, I have a notebook for any notes that I want to make :)

12. Who do you tag?Ok so I don't actually have anyone to tag so anyone who wants to do it go for it :)

Happy Reading Everyone :) x

Review coming soon...
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sunday, 19 January 2014

January TBR

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all have a fabulous day. So today I have decided to share with you all the 2 books I am going to be reading this month (well what is left of it haha).

 The books I am going to be reading include:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Synopsis:When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. (source: )

I am quite excited to start this, I bought it a few days ago because I have  heard such great things about it and all the reviews on goodreads seem to be pretty positive so I thought I'd pick it up and give it a try. There is also the movie coming out in September, so I wanted to read this before that came out. I love the cover art, and the synopsis seems very interesting. I really enjoy dystopian novels so I hope that this is just as good as books like The Hunger Games and Divergent series.
 Stay tuned for my review.

Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards

Synopsis:Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.

But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.

I read Black city about a two months ago, I thought it was pretty good so I've decided to download Phoenix and pick up where the story left off.
I would recommend Black City to those of you who like vampire novels, its nothing like Twilight or Vampire Academy so it has a very different vibe to it. I'm not one to read a lot of vampire novels but there are a few that I like, and Black City was one I didn't mind.
There were some parts of it that I didn't like too much but I've decided to give it a second chance. Review to come soon.

So those are the books I will be reading for the rest of the month.  Stay tuned for my reviews and happy reading :) x

Review coming soon...
 The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Touch Of Power Book Review

Title: Touch of Power (Healers #1)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Pages: 390

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Mira

Format: paperback

Date Released: December 20th 2011

20 year old Avry is a healer and she is the last one. After being on the run she is captured and put in a cell to be executed. Healers have a bounty on their head because the people have been led to believe that they caused the plague, refusing to heal them. She then is abducted that night by kerrick and his friends. They then journey to get Avry to the nine mountains to heal prince Ryne from the plague though things do not everything goes to plan. (
“I remembered my little brother, Allyn, had appeared so innocent and angelic when he slept--similar to Kerrick. It must be a survival tactic. If Allyn hadn't looked so sweet, we would have killed him while he slept. He had been pure evil when he was awake--similar to Kerrick.”  
“No," I said. "I'm not safe, Belen. Who is going to tear Kerrick's arm off if he hits me again? Come on," I urged. "Stay with us".”  
“Flea stared at us, "I can't decide what's worse. Losing family members or not having a family member to lose.”  
“My cheek stung and throbbed. I remained on the floor of the cave. Belen stood between me and Kerrick.
"...temper in check. She's a sweet girl," Belen said.
"She's a healer, Belen. And no longer a girl. Healing Ryne is all I care about. All you should care about, as well. You know-"
"Yes, I know what's at stake." Belen spat the words. "But if you raise your hand to her again, I'll rip your arm from its socket.”
I really enjoyed this novel and it wasn't what I was expecting, Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors (I have her study series also) the way that she creates her worlds is very realistic and she makes it feel as though you are there with the characters.
I really enjoyed this and I recommend it to Maria v. Snyder fans or anyone who enjoys a fast paced fantasy. I found Kerrick to be a great leader, Belen was very sweet and he was likeable from the start, Flea was very sweet and innocent but was also an old soul which I liked and then there was the monkey's with their witty banter which I enjoyed. They made the difficult and hard situations more bearable for the charters to endure which I loved.
Oh and how could I forget Tohon, something about him I just didn't like from the start. He was way to cocky, thinking that he could have who and what he wants when it pleases him. I also enjoyed that fact that Avry could defend her self and didn't need someone to fight her battles for her.

* Spoilers, Please do not read this part of the review if you have not read the book*
Every time Avry healed someone and took on their wounds/pain, I could almost imagine the pain she must go through every time that she heals someone. Avry and Kerrick's relationship was interesting to read and I was happy that the finally admitted their feelings for one another even if I was towards the end.  The only thing I found not so great in the plot was the constant mentioning of Avry having to die in order so save prince Ryne, I think it was pretty obvious there would be a loophole and Avry would live.
*end of spoilers*
All in all I highly enjoyed this and I recommend it to everyone because I think that Maria v. Snyder is an amazing author and if you haven't read her books then you are definitely missing out. So pick up your copy today!!
Cover Art: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Level of Interest: 5
Total Rating: 5/5 stars
Where can you get this:
Physical Copies
Happy Reading :) x
Review coming soon...
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Beautiful Malice Book Review

Title: Beautiful Malice

Author: Rebecca James

Pages: 272

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Romance/Mystery/Thriller/Contemporary

Publisher: Bantam            

Format: Paperback (library copy)

Date Released: January 1st 2010

The story follows a girl named Katherine who is struggling with the death of her sister Rachel. Katherine and Rachel went to a party where they got drunk. Katherine went off with her boyfriend but later finds Rachel in a car with four men completely of her face and not aware of her surroundings, she accepts a ride with them and they get kidnapped and taken to a shed and Rachel gets raped. Katherine manages to escape to find help but when she returns Rachel is dead on the ground. Katherine feels that if she had stayed it would have been different, that she could of saved her so she blames herself for the death.

This was incredibly well written and is one of my favourite novels.
It captivated me from the start and the story will make you cry.
 All in all I really enjoyed this and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good book. You will not be disappointed. This was very entertaining and I really need to pick up my own copy. Seriously go pick it up.

*Contains Spoilers Please do not continue reading if you have not read the book*

Katherine was someone who was popular but after Rachel's death she excluded herself from everything and kept to herself. After a couple of years she goes to live with her aunt and enrols in a new school which is where she becomes friends with Alice. Slowly you start to see the changes in Alice and what she is really like. (spoiler alert:) Robbie (who is in love with Alice) after much conflict leaves, and eventually so does Katherine. Katherine falls in love with a guy called mick and it looks as though things are finally turning around in her life. She becomes pregnant with his baby.

Alice was obsessed and scary which is why Katherine left and avoided her afterwards at all costs but Alice somehow found Katherine and wanted to ruin everything.
(spoiler alert:) Alice (the bloody idiot) jumped into the ocean in some stupid reason and mick went in to save her. The waves were to strong and they both drowned.
Never I have I been so mad before. Honestly I really wanted to give Alice a good punch in the face. Not only did she ruin the one thing that had made Katherine so happy she deprived the baby of its father.
Like what kind of person does that! Things were finally looking up in Katherine's life only to have Alice take everything away from her.
ugh Alice made me so mad haha. 

When we found out that it was Alice's brother who murdered Rachel well that just really made me angry. Alice knew all along, she was manipulative and ughhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
And when we find out that Alice slept with Robbie's father well that was a surprise! She knew that Robbie was in love with her yet she did something so horrible to him. I hated how she played with his feelings and that was just the biggest low she played.
I was glad that in the end after she has had her daughter Sarah (Katherine's daughter), She surprisingly runs into Robbie and things start to look up again for her with the hint of a relationship in the future between Katherine and Robbie.

Cover Art: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Level of Interest: 4

Total Rating: 5/5 stars

Happy reading :) x

Review coming soon...
Touch of power by Maria V. Snyder


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