Wednesday, August 17, 2011

EXCERPT- Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

okey doke.
I've gotta do this thing for English at school, and after spending over an hour debating over which of my many, and by many i mean many, favourite books i should choose. I decided it would be far easier to just read a new book and base it on that. so.... dun dun dun dun dun! I chose Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. woohoo I've gotta write an engaging speech on why my book is so awesome. The funny thing: I've already got half my speech and i've barely even started hahaha!
Anyway, i've read 3 chapters and its absolutely amazing. Thought i'd get you guys into it too! hahaa... read and be amazed! The greatest love story ever told is a lie!

I'll post my completed speech when i'm done :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Forbidden Sea by Sheila A Nielson

A tale of love, loss and mermaids...

Yes, it seems it's all the rage: beautiful creatures with majestic tails, Mermaids.
In this adorable story, Adrianne encounters the mesmerising mermaid of Windwraithe, whilst trying to save her sister Cecily, and finds herself marked.
Desperate to forget her encounter, Adrianne tries to just blow it all off. But the beautiful voice of the mermaid tries to lure her away to the ocean, and to her death...

This story is just so cute! It's just one of those stories that are meant for a younger audience but anyone can read it. It's just so fluffy! You want to just squish it all up...yeah I’m going overboard now :) hahahaha

So, Adrianne, she's so selfless, she tries to help everyone and keep them happy. She leaves everything and gives up everything for her family's happiness. Always covered in dirt and grime, she sees herself as unworthy and even ugly compared to the beauty of Cora Lynn, the beauty of Windwraithe. You've just gotta feel her pain when she's always treated second best, everyone always overlooks her, thinks, wait, KNOWS, that she'll let it blow over if it means someone else will be happy and that it won't cause any disruption. She blames herself for the condition of her family, poor, so poor that they can barely afford to eat, and she won't let it go. She's taken over all the jobs of her father, who'd passed away due to a riding accident, and you just know how hard working and strong she is. Adrianne, in my opinion is the ideal heroine for this story. She's perfect in her own way, dirt and all...


Monday, August 15, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Oooooooo! Not just your typical boy loves girl, girl loves boy but they can't be together la-di-da story. No, it's all this and MORE.
Starcrossed is an amazing story of love and tragedy complete with a twist of Greek Mythology.
The Fates repeat history, warping the threads in their quilt of destiny. So, along comes Helen, beautiful, smart and deadly strong...
She's shy, never had a boyfriend and can't stand attention, so why, why is she overcome by the feeling of rage and the unbearable urge to strangle the new boy at school, Lucas, when she meets him for the first time? An urge, i might add, that she caved into.
Helen is plagued with horrid dreams of 3 women, dripping blood and whispering through her head. Unable to understand why the 3 women are in her head, urging her to kill the new family and strangle Lucas, Helen confronts him and he reveals that the 3 women are indeed the Furies. **type into google and research :) **
So, the 2 fight against the urge to kill each other and live happily ever after. NOT!
no, of course that would be much too easy :)

Helen, on her search for answers, which may be linked to why her mother abandoned her when she was little, stumbles upon a vital part of information: she's a demigod. A descendent of Zeus no less.
She's strong but of course she's in danger. There are many forces out to capture her, and if that fails, they can always just kill her.

Together with Lucas, Helen fights against all odds to be together with him, but it can never be easy and there are things that the 2 just don't know about each other, things that could completely ruin them.
The two, unable to be with each other, but unable to be without... Starcrossed and destined to forever repeat the cycle...

hahaha... that was a VERY detailed summary that may contain quite a few spoilers... I apologize, it's always accidental... anyhoo,
When i first started this book i was annoyed by the fact that Helen was this perfect little thing who was just there. She didn't do anything.. grrr.

Then along comes Lucas, and personally my favourite part: she tries to strangle him hahahahah yay!

I found that the action finally started. I found that Helen was a little repetitive with the whole: "I’m a monster, a witch and scary scary thing" woopdidoo! Then she finally let herself be, and I just thought to myself: You would be so much cooler if this is what you’re always like 
Helen is this really, really shy girl right? But she’s perfect, tall, absolutely gorgeous and super smart. Not to mention extremely strong. I just feel like she’s wasting half her talents, always hiding behind a fringe of hair, never standing up for herself. If she were more like her best friend Claire, I reckon the book would be so much more interesting. Anyway, she gets better as the book progresses but I don’t know. I think she’s given up on things way too easily and she trusts waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too easily as well, her mum just shows up out of the blue one day and then WOPAM she’s ready to traipse across the ocean with her? Not cool... Okay, so she loves Lucas and all, but I’m not sure if she loves him as much as he loves her. Of course all these things lead up to her very complicated character. You’ve kinda gotta feel sorry for the poor child, she repetitively attacked by about 50 different people (VERY slight exaggeration :D hahaha) and yet she still manages to hold on. That at least is an admirable trait.

Now Lucas, **swoon** put simply he’s adorable. His description is absolutely pass-out-worthy... Blue eyes...eeeeeee...He’s just so cute! He’s always there for Helen and he helps her so many times, I’ve simply lost count. It just pisses me off how Helen drops him about 100 times on a whim but he still loves her enough to care. She is really not worthy. Maybe that’s my very slight jealousy speaking... what am I saying?!?! I’m jealous of a book character, wow I really have way too much time on my hands :) hahahaha

I have to say there were so many cute smile-to-yourself moments in this book! That’s what I like about this book, it’s cute, though not all teenagers may act in such a cute and courtly (haha) manner, this book really brings that out. It’s got a successful amount of everything, action, drama, romance, and let’s not forget the Greek Mythology!

Starcrossed is a HUGE success and as weird and wacky as my review is, I really do like it. :D
I can’t wait for the next book... I want it NOW.... I’m gonna go crazy by the time it comes out!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

O how my heart burns with pain...
I can't believe that this was really the end of such a radiant series.
How, o how am I ever going to survive?

Let me start. The final instalment of the Iron Fey series finishes with a BANG!
Brief recap of what happened at the end of Iron Queen: Meghan becomes the Iron Queen (na-duh?) and forces Ash to leave the Iron realm that was poisoning him. Yep. And then of course, we all swoon at the part where he still vows to do whatever it takes to return to her side.

Told from Ash's perspective, Iron Knight picks off where Iron Queen left off, an impossible search for a soul. Accompanied by his rival Puck, who he has sworn to kill, Ash treks across the Wyldwood in search of his only thread of hope. Yep. He's grey, he's fluffy, and of course: He is a cat. The unlikely trio set off in what will be the toughest journey of their lives, battling trolls and creepy newts. With the appearance of several unlikely characters, one of which could change Ash's mind altogether, the makeshift band traipse off to the rumoured End Of the World.

Ash is faced with many difficult decisions, some that he may not be able to make. All whilst questions plague his days and nightmares plague his sleep.

Now comes my review:
Wow, I was so happy when I received the ARC for this!
As soon as I turned the page I was already engrossed, nothing, and i mean NOTHING could pull me away. Ash as always was the most determined and cutest thing! But of course the appearance of a VERY unlikely character set things all off balance. Ugh, the Outrage! It seems Julie Kagawa was leaving it all for this one eh?

The story was written so well, in one part I was completely fooled by Julie Kagawa, at first I was suspicious but then Kierran appeared and I actually dared to hope. Of course I just assumed that with about 80 or so pages left it would be an easy happy ending, then was shot down with burning arrows!
O the pain!

Just to sum it up: Iron Knight was the ideal ending to the series (sniff so sad), though I wish it wouldn't end. It was brilliantly composed in such a way that all readers of any age can completely leave the outside world and immerse themselves in the world of imagination.
Hopefully the rumours of a spin off series are true, if so I’ll be counting down the days!