Apologies

It’s been a long time between visits… and it’s not as if I haven’t been reading!!!

So this post is going to be quite long. I’m not going to go into as much detail as usual, but I am going to use this as an opportunity to share my readings (briefly)!

The Battle of the Sun

The Battle of the Sun

The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson.

Took a little bit of reading to get into – a very different style of writing. Not a lot of description and tends to be abrupt (in my opinion), but once I got the hang of it, thoroughly enjoyable.

Very different characters, with one character, Silver, crossing over from a previous book. I liked Jack’s never give up attitude, and of course… the dragon!

Twilight the graphic novel - volume 1

Twilight the graphic novel - volume 1

Twilight the graphic novel, volume 1 by Stephanie Meyer, Art and Adaptation by Young Kim.

Loved this – especially since the characters are closer to my imaginings than the actors!

Of course it is shorter than the original novel (being volume 1)and leaves out some things, however the emotion and underlying themes of the novel are beautifully captured.

Looking forward to volume 2!

Worm in the blood

Worm in the blood

Worm in the Blood by Thomas Bloor

An unusual book. I was sucked in from the beginning, but took a while to be able to predict the course of events. I was mystified and intrigued.

Sam is fantastic! His curse is an unusual take on dragons – love it!

ghostgirl

ghostgirl

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

I found this book very hard to get into – the main character, Charlotte Usher, is not likable nor sympathetic. Not a character I could relate to, or wanted to relate to. I had many other books screaming for my attention that I would rather have been reading…

I was a bit naughty and kept putting Ghostgirl down to read other books, but eventually I found something in there to relate to! I’m not saying it’s not a good book – it is, but not my cup of tea!

Wolven

Wolven

Wolven by Di Toft

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wolves have always been a favourite of mine, along with dragons (and more recently vampires and fallen angels). Wolven are different again!

A cross between family dog and werewolf, Nat Carver’s new dog, Woody, turns out to be more than anyone bargained for.

The characters are well drawn and enjoyable and the villain is deliciously revolting – very easy to dislike intensely!

I recommend this for boys!

When you reach me

When you reach me

When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

Newbery Medal winner for 2010, this book is delightful, bringing back memories of my own adventures with Madeleine L’Engle and a wrinkle in time (as well as all her other books).

Time travel is alive and well and just as confusing and abstract as it ever was.

Miranda is the main character and totally likable. Her struggles with friendships and understanding the world around her, her mother’s obsession with a TV game show and the crazy homeless guy who lives uner the postbox on the corner are believable and entertaining. I loved this book!

Tantalize

Tantalize

Tantalize – predator or prey? by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I got this book to read after thoroughly enjoying Eternal by the same author.

This book involves werewolves, vampires, cooking and evil.

I didn’t get the same kick out of this book as Eternal, but still an enjoyable read.

Need

Need

Need by Carrie Jones

Pixies are alive and well in Maine. Zara White is shipped off to live with her Grandmother in Maine, when she doesn’t cope with her fathers death. Things do not go smoothly. Boys are disappearing, blizzards keep blowing up out of nowhere and her new best friends are werewolves…

My kind of book!

Peeps

Peeps

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I loved this book – couldn’t put it down!

A very unusual take on vampires, with great characters and plenty of action!

The story follows Cal, who has been infected by the parasite, but is only a carrier… this means he has infected all his girlfriends, who he now must track down and neutralise.  Full of informative and totally gross facts about parasites, the book is highly enjoyable!

Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods

Masquerade

Masquerade

Blue Bloods and Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Gossip girl just went vamp!

Schuyler Van Allen attends an exclusive Manhattan school. She never quite fit in, but wasn’t too fazed, until one of her schoolmates dies and the most popular boy in school starts to show a sudden interest in her.

Of course there is much more to the story – the vampires are actually angels fallen from heaven…. two of my new favourite themes in one!

Grave Sight

Grave Sight

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

Harper Connolly can see dead people.  She was struck by lightening when she was young and ever since has been able to locate dead bodies by following their ghosts.

Not as enjoyable as the Sookie Stackhouse books, but still not a bad read.

A Kiss of Shadows

A Kiss of Shadows

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton

Faeries are real and living amongst us. Meredith Gentry (Merry for short) is not what she seems. Working for a detective agency in LA, she deals with the abnormal – until she is outed for what she really is… a faerie princess.

Now her identity is revealed, she has to go home and deal with her Aunt – the Queen of the Dark Sithe, with a thirst for pain and an appetite for the erotic…

Moon Called

Moon Called

Blood Bound

Blood Bound

Iron Kissed

Iron Kissed

Bone Crossed

Bone Crossed

Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed and Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

I enjoyed these books so much, I read the whole set!!!

Werewolves, vampires and the Fey – what more could you ask for? Mercedes Thompson (Mercy) is actually a shifter – changing at will into a coyote. Called a Walker, her special talent protects her form some magic and her gumption, loyalty and caring nature make her a very likable character. Being pursued by two gorgeous werewolves is just an added bonus!

Changeless

Changeless

Changeless by Gail Carriger

A novel of vampires, werewolves and dirigibles!

The sequel to Souless follows the adventures of Alexia Maccon, the Lady of Woolsey and her husband as they investigate and upend exorcised ghosts, vampire politics and werewolf pack dynamics.

I loved this book as much as the first in the series, and given the shock ending – can’t wait for the next installment!!

My pile is now down to just 3 book – and I’m starving! I’ll try to make sure I don’t leave things as long this time!!!

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith


Eternal

Eternal

I originally picked up this book because the cover image of an angel intrigued me… didn’t I read somewhere that fallen angels were the new vampires? Then this book must have it all… fallen angels, vampires and the occasional werewolf to top it all off. Who knew that vampires could have their own guardian angel…

Zachary was Miranda’s guardian angel, who made the major mistake of interfering in her death, thereby leaving her vulnerable to vampire attack and undeath. Miranda is your average left of center, not quite fitting in and prone to obsess about it teenager. She loves Shakespeare and musical theatre and has a major crush on the school hunk, who ignores her in favour of the cheerleader bitch queen. She follows her best friend into a cemetery in search of a boy and winds up undead, the new vampire princess, turned by the King of the vampires.

Zachary is cast down and given a mysterious task to complete is he wants to win back his wings. He thinks he is there to protect / save Miranda… or is he?

Miranda goes through a stage of being a bit painful as she struggles to fit into her new life as Vampire princess, but overall I really like this character, and forgave her the brief foray into blood drinking. I loved Zachary. His humanity and just plain goodness in the face of evil is refreshing and oddly cheering. In the end you cheer for him and Miranda.

The ending is not necessarily happy, but it is right. I’ll say no more.

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen

Fallen

I think I have mentioned in an earlier post about reading in several blogs that ‘Fallen Angels’ would be the new vampires. Fallen was even advertised in the cinemas when I went to see The Twilight Saga : New Moon. Couldn’t wait and managed to snag a copy the day it hit the shelves!

Luce knows that she is not quite right. She sees shadows that no one else sees. These same shadows don’t just haunt her, they actively try to harm her. She has few friends. Her family are petrified of her and strange things tend to happen wherever she goes.

After a boy is burnt to death, the court and her family send her to Sword & Cross School, a last chance boarding school for misfits, miscreants and weirdos. Even here Luce finds trouble. One look is all she needs. She sees Daniel for the first time and feels an instant connection. He gives her the bird. The relationship goes down hill from there. Luce does manage to make friends. Arriane, a is certifiably insane and tends to run hot and cold. Penn (Pennyweather Van Syckle-Lockwood) who can find her way into anyone’s files is honestly friendly and then there is Cam. Cam is a repeat offender who has returned to the school who takes an intense interest in Luce and actively courts her from the first, unlike Daniel. Daniel is just as intensely drawn to her, but fights the attraction with only the occasional moment of kindness…

What does all this have to do with Fallen Angels? Everything is not as it seems. Half the pupils in the school are fallen angels, including Cam and Daniel, who are locked in an ongoing battle for supremacy. Somehow, Luce is at the centre of the battle and has been, repeatedly for centuries. Usually Luce and Daniel manage a single kiss before she dies and he, being immortal must go on without her. This time, something is different. She sees the shadows. She is different. Can their love survive? Where does Cam fit into her ongoing story?

As far as fallen angels go, this book is very enjoyable. I loved Luce’s character. Even though she can be a bit pathetic and often does incredibly stupid things, she is basically empathetic. Daniel is harder to like, especially since he spends most of his time brooding or giving Luce the brush off, having stopped to talk to her in the first place. I’ll be interested to see how the series unfolds…

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I eagerly awaited the arrival of Hush, Hush. I read several reviews that I found through Twitter, calling ‘fallen angels’ the new vampire. As far as this is concerned, the jury is still out.

Nora Grey is not quite your average teenager, but she is pretty close. Very focused and surprisingly trustworthy (in the beginning), she is instantly attracted to and resents the new bad boy in class, Patch. As the story unfolds, Nora bends more and more rules and takes a walk on the wild side, getting in trouble with the police, her school counselor (who is not what she seems) and her friends, all while her mother remains safely in the dark and often conveniently away from home.

Nora’s friend, Vee is definitely left of centre, but Nora is only vaguely left – almost more by association than design, until she starts to get involved with Patch. New to the school, he instantly fascinates and scares Nora, who can’t seem to help following him around and asking strange questions of all the wrong people and getting very confused in the process. Vee’s new friends, Elliot and James are not all they seem to be, but no one except Nora seems to notice or care.

I did enjoy this book, but found myself questioning the characters and especially Nora. Patch makes an interesting bad boy. He glowers and avoids answering personal questions. He hangs out at questionable bars and seems determined to follow, protect and terrify Nora all at the same time!

Becca Fitzpatrick’s website is:

http://beccafitzpatrick.com/

Book Trailers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UsDkZ1Ej5I

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3217801/hush_hush_becca_fitzpatrick_book_trailer/