Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Genres: Young Adult  
Pages: 592 Pages 
Publisher: Penguin 
Published Date: 4 February 2010
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Is falling in love the beginning . . . Or the end?

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets.
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.

Ethan never even saw it coming...
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Review 

The first book in the series and unfortunately I have to say I didn’t really like it. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be at all. I did want to like it because normally these are my kind of books, but I just couldn’t get into it at all.    

I thought I would have liked the story being told from Ethan’s point of view because he is an unexpected person. Your first thought would be, it would be told from Lena’s point of view however, the book being told from Ethan’s point doesn’t work for me. 

If it was told from Lena’s point of view I feel we would of learned and understood more about caster’s and their lives. This is why I feel I was so confused a lot of the time because I didn’t understand what was happening or why. We had to wait until Ethan understood and then I feel a massive part happened and past before you get the full epic feeling of it, which is such a shame. I think this series would of have had great potential and done so much better if a little more thought had gone into it.

There was many occasions throughout the book when I thought, “Yes, this when the book is going to take whole of me, this is when am not going to be able to set the book down and feel lost without it”.  But, it done what the book is famous for and confused me.    
I found myself having to re-read parts over and over again and it wasn’t because I loved it, it was because I just couldn’t understand what was happening.

The chapters to me were very long winded, a quarter of the book could have been cut away and the story would still have made sense. Another suggestion would be more chapters could have been added to spread out the crammed information which might have made it less confusing. I would have had breathing time to properly digest the information. 

What I did love about the book was how they choose such a unique setting compared to a more modern cities or towns in the south of North America, the southern accent is brilliant, I love it. But that is where the love for this book ends. I feel we never got to know any of the characters very well or their personalities. The book is way TOO LONG and just all jumbled up. At different stages throughout the book it kept referring to situations which occurred earlier in the book and you are expected to remember it. COME ON, the book is too long and goes at a snail’s pace how to do expect people to remember such boring events.  

Silver Shadows

Title: Silver Shadows 
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5
GenresYoung Adult 
               Urban Fantasy 
               Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400 Pages
Publisher: Penguin 
Published Date: 29 July 2014
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TWO LOVERS, TORN APART...

Their world has been destroyed. Now Sydney and Adrian are struggling to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But, first, they must survive. 

Sydney is trapped and surrounded by enemies. Every day is a struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian is told to forget Sydney, but he won't give up hope - though old demons and temptations are beginning to taunt him.  

Their worst fears have become a chilling reality. Sydney and Adrian are facing their darkest hour yet...  
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Review 

This book brought me through a mixture of emotions. It made me shout, because you know they were going to listen to me, it made me angry, cry A LOT and smile from ear to ear with pure happiness.

Silver Shadows was hard to read NOT because it was a terrible book, quite the opposite actually. It was fantastic but reading about the pain people were being put through, the sorrow and the fear they had for their lives, was very difficult to read. I felt myself screaming at the book.  Sydney is such a beautiful person in mind and spirit and for people to do what they done to her, is just awful.

Adrian acted completely different compared to what I thought he was going to. For half of this book he just annoyed me, he gave up trying to find Sydney and allowed himself to get dragged further and further into spirits dark side. He had made such good progress and then just threw it all away because he wasn’t getting anywhere. If only he knew the pain and terror Sydney was being put through, he would have fought with everything he had and he never would of gave up to begin with.

Sheridan is a nasty piece of works. She is like all the villains I have known rolled into one. I just don’t understand how someone can hurt, torture and violate another human being like she does.

Richelle Mead has done an outstanding job with Sheridan’s character. Sheridan got under my skin, I seriously hate her. I don’t think any punishment would be enough for her. Sheridan is an evil heartless human who deserves nothing but the worse.

She is a border line physio path, if not already one. The question I had in my head throughout Silver Shadows is; how can people actually work in a place where they do this sort of torture to people? Even if they think it is for the greater good, there are limits. I know they think they are getting rid of the evil in them but come on the things they are doing is just sick in the head. It creep’s me out.

I just wanted to shout at Sydney throughout the first half of the book and tell her to just play the game so you can get out!!!! I hated her being in re-education but I admire her courage. She is one of the best characters I have read about and she will be hard to beat. Anyone in her situation would off given up, even I would. But she kept kicking and fitting and that’s what makes Sydney’s so special.

Sydney doing everything possible in her power to get herself in trouble was really annoying me. I just wanted her to stop so she doesn’t get punished anymore. But I know Sydney is doing this for a good reason to save everyone else, so in a way I want her to keep doing it. I just keep having mixed emotions all the time.

The events that happened between Adrian and Sydney had me on the edge of my seat. I found myself reading so fast and holding my breath. Richelle Mead was just teasing us, allowing us to think Adrian and Sydney would be allowed to be together but then, BAM, she would through in yet another twist. I nearly had numerous heart attacks.   

Throughout the first half of this book I kept having mixed emotions of whether to read on or not. It was hard to read with all the pain everyone was going through from Sydney and whole way down the line to Adrian, all alone in his drunken miserable state, wondering through life not known what to do.

But the last quarter of Silver Shadows OH MY DAYSSS!!!! It was back to the action I love. The first half of the ending had me smiling, like big grin smiling from ear to ear.  It was beautiful, I couldn’t be happier. Richelle Mead done Adrian and Sydney proud with the actions he took and the words they spoke. I think maybe a little tear fell from my eye. Silver Shadows has given me my favourite quote in a book of all time and it will be extremely hard to beat.

I don’t want to say it because it will give a huge spoiler away but I just can’t keep it to myself; (if use don’t want to read skip past)

“Until now, you have always lived your life alone. Every decision you’ve made has been for you and you alone. Now, and for the rest of your days, your life will be tied to another’s. Every decision you make will be for both of you. What one does affects the other. You are a family, a team … inseparable and unbreakable.”

This book from beginning to end of action packed. It was like a never ending roller coaster of emotions and sinking stomach moments when you drop all of a sudden.

When I found out the BIG cliff hanger at the end of the Silver Shadows, I was completely shocked I knew there would be some consequences of the actions taken but I never though this!! But I will admit I have a feeling of who it could be. I can’t wait to read The Ruby Circle to see if I am correct. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Fiery Heart


Title: The Fiery Heart 
Author: Richelle Mead 
Series: Bloodlines #4
GenresYoung Adult 
               Urban Fantasy 
               Paranormal Romance 
Pages: 448 Pages
PublisherPenguin
Published Date: 19 November 2013 
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WHEN PULSES QUICKEN NO SECRET IS SAFE. 

Sydney always believed that Alchemists were born to protect vampire secrets and human lives - until she met Marcus and turned her back on everything she once knew.  

But she's not free yet. When her sister Zoe arrives, Sydney can only tell her half-truths about her past. And with every word she risks exposure - and the fatal consequences.  

Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney must choose her path once and for all. Even if that means harnessing her magical powers to destroy the way of life she was raised to defend...

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Review

Well I had a feeling Sydney was flying to close to the sun and was going to get burnt and boy did she!! We can well and truly say that Sydney’s life has changed and I am really scared to find out what is going to happen her in Silver Shadows.

The Fiery Heart is the fourth instalment in the Bloodlines series and may I say it has to be my favourite book so far. Sydney really has changed her ways. She has now turned her back on the Alchemist after finding out what they have been keeping from her. All her life she has been lead to believe she can trust them, that they had her and all off man kinds best interests at heart. But have they really?

Sydney’s Sister Zoe is now a major part of the story and becomes an even bigger role in how Sydney’s life will plan out. Richelle Mead has really written her character well and makes you actually hate her. I cannot stand her and I wonder sometimes, even though they are sister’s, how Sydney can really accept her behaviour and awful attitude.  She is an awful, awful person and I just want rid of her, she is getting the way between Adrian and Sydney. I don’t know who I hate more, Father Sage or Sister Zoe Sage. Anyways, I will move on from Zoe because I think use have got the picture that I do not like her.

I love, love, love the fact that we hear from Adrian. I was excited to get stuck into this book to finally hear from Mr Adrian Ivashkov. We have known Adrian from Forstbite, the second book in the Vampire Academy series, but up until now I don’t think we fully understood him. Having his POV allowed us to understand him better, the real effects of what spirit does to a person and the love he has for Sydney. Being able to get the POV from both Adrian and Sydney allows us to dwell deeper into their relationship, which is so romantic.

The relationship between Adrian and Sydney is just getting more and more beautiful and cute. It has captivated me, I feel myself being more involved and feeling the love they have for one another compared to Dimitri and Rose. Don’t get me wrong I loved their relationship, I couldn’t get enough of it. But I feel they spent a lot of their time fighting their love for one another rather than embracing it, like Adrian and Sydney does. Richelle Mead had more time and experience after writing the Vampire Academy series to develop this love between Adrian and Sydney though.

The ending, OH MY GOD!! I think I was actually sitting with my mouth open in so much shock. I actually cannot believe how it ended, talk about a massive terrible bombshell. I am excited, nervous and scared all rolled into one to start reading Silver Shadows. But we are finally going to get an insight into the Alchemist.

People if you haven’t started to read this series yet, “WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING??” It is such a compelling series; I just cannot get enough off it. It just seems to be one massive bombshell after another. It’s edgy and makes you keep your eyes clued to it, you just keep wanting more and more off it. I am seriously addicted. Thank you Richelle Mead for such a fantastic, compelling series. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey


Title: Fifty Shades of Grey 
Author: E L James
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Genres: Erotic Romance 
Pages: 528 Pages
Publisher: Arrow
Published Date: 12 April 2012
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Romantic and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden way from public view...
 
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Review 

I don’t think there is much more I can say about this book which hasn't already been said. So I will keep this short, sweet and to the point.

I decided to give Fifty Shades of Grey another read after watching the film and being reminded how brilliant it was. Can I just say, before I get into the Nitty Gritty, that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were how I pictured Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel, they played them perfectly. I was very impressed with the film, I thought it was brilliant. The only real issue I had with the film was, they jumped to quickly from Christian giving Ana his card in Claytons to then the photo shoot. I think they needed to play the part in between when she phones him, I thought it would off ran move smoothly. I am really sad to have to wait until 2017 for the next instalment of Christian and Ana but I know its going to bigger, better and worth the long wait.

Nearly every review I have read have been all negative and against Fifty Shades of Grey. I am beginning to wonder if I am the only person who loves it..
  
I found myself mesmerised and smiling quite a lot to myself because of the relationship between Christian and Ana. I haven't had much of a life since I started reading Fifty Shades because I just could not put it down. Every chance I got I was picking up my Kobo and reading about Christian and Ana even if it was just a sneaky five minutes at work. 

Once you look beyond the BDSM, you can see how cute their relationship is.  Ana is changing Christian by the second and he doesn't understand or like it. But he just can’t stay away from Ana and you can see that they love each. The chemistry between them is, HOT. You can just see the electric sparks flying between them and the explicated scenes had me blushing and looking around frankly to see if anyone knew what I was reading.

I would recommend this book but you have to have an open mind about sex. I couldn’t set the book down it had me hypnotised from the very beginning and if memory serves me right it just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to re-read fifty Shades Darker and Freed.


Selina x

Monday, 6 July 2015

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Young Adult - Romance  
Pages: 416 Pages 
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Published Date: 1 January 2014
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Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theatre, who is just starting to return her attention. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken - and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?  
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Wow, what an amazing book. This book is so cute and adorable you just can’t help but fall in love with it. I was searching for a new book to read and this one popped up. It’s always a hard decision whether or not to read a book after a previous one letting you down. There are always a million and one questions in my head. But I don’t know I just got this feeling, this pull to read it and I was not let down. 

Anna is an American teenager who has been packed up and moved to Paris; all thanks to her father and to say she isn't happy is an understatement. Her dad has not only taken her away from her home and family but, her friends, best friend and could-be-boyfriend. But what’s to come for Anna is something she couldn't even foresee in the city of love or at home in America.    

Anna is not your typical girly girl which I love. She is different and she doesn't try to be anyone she isn't. To me, too many girls and especially young girls today try to do anything to fit in with the popular crowd. This is what especially draws me to Anna. I was someone who always was different and not in the popular gang and I didn't try to be.    

Eitenne St Clair, French name, English accent studying in an American school in Paris. You would say this is confusing but once you read the book you understand it all. Let’s just say his family is multi-national. This does give it a sense of being unique, but not all is well in St Clair’s family. His simply life at the School of America in Pair or SOAP is going to become confusing and complicated. To top it if for St Clair his family life is going to go from bad to worse. I do feel sorry for him but he has good supportive friends. 

Before reading this book I had a love for Paris and wanted to go. But this book and the descriptions of the different landmarks in Paris just make me want to go even more. Stephanie Perks has really put a lot of effort and time into this book, especially describing Pairs in detail.        

It is one of those books you can’t help but smile at throughout.  I highly recommend this book to everyone actually. It is a book, whether you’re a male or female, that will bring you back to your first love as a young adult. But I would probably say just mostly females as it is about kissing cute boys and falling in love, most males don’t like to admit that. It will remind you of all the ups and downs and the big questions which surround you during this time. 

I can’t describe the aspect of this book I did not like without giving away spoilers. So I will keep it short and hopefully I won’t spoil it for anyone. I didn't like how much secrets people kept from one another in this book.  I don’t like people keeping secrets, even in books it’s one of my pet hates. I understood the situation in which they were in. I feel if they were more open with one another, the situation would have been a lot better. I also thought that I wasn’t going to like the story of Anna ending just after one book. But I think it was just the right amount because any more and I think it would of just ruined it. 

couldn't put the book down. I just wanted to know what happened next. I always said to myself, “Just one more chapter then sleep”. But I always ended up reading more and not getting to sleep.


I will definitely be re-reading this book again. It has become one of my favourite young adult books. It is a part of a series and I feel that even though the books are about different girls, parts of their stories links with one another.  Reading them in order will help you understand certain parts better and you will connect more to each story.