Monday, March 28

Review: Living Dead In Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

Living Dead In Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
Charlaine Harris

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Genre: March 28, 2011
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304

From Goodreads:
Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for thing sto turn deadly...

I really liked this book, however i didn't find it as good as the first.

It follows Sookie, a telepath, who along with her vampire boyfriend Bill is taken to Dallas to use her talents to find a missing vampire. The Fellowship of the Sun, the vampire-hating church comes into play and a lot of action goes down.

I really loved Sookie so much more in this book. She is definitely not your typical heroine just waiting around for the male characters to save her. She totally takes control of ever sticky situation she finds herself in, and you can clearly see her individual personality not just an accessory of the guy like so many other books have.
Bill really started to annoy me in this book, he is so possessive and treats Sookie as a possession he has rather than his girlfriend who he is in love with.

I really didn't like this one as much as the first, i think because i saw the second series of the TV show first and i really couldn't help comparing the two, and that kind of took my focus away from the book a little bit and made me enjoy it a little less.
However, i still find that this book was absolutely amazing and i can't wait to find out where this series will lead to.

Sunday, March 27

Review: Across The Veil

Across The Veil
Lisa Kessler

Publication Date: March 14, 2011
Date Read: March 27, 2011
Genre: Adult - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Princess Talia from Summerland has been hiding across the veil in the human world for the past five years.

Starring in a hit television show as human actress, Natalie Thurmont, her charmed new life is shattered when the past comes knocking on her door.

"Across the Veil" won Romance in the Backseat book review's Paranormal Fight Club short story contest.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a very short story, about 25 pages, but it was really good.
It follows Talia, a Fey princess from summerland, who escaped across the veil from her life and being betrothes to her lover's brother who loves inflicting pain on others. As her past catches up with her shw has to choose between the life she has grown to love in the human world or going back to save the love of her life.

With this book being so short I didn't expect myself to become as involved with the characters as much as I did. I was gasping and praying that things worked out okay for them.
A very short story that I will read again and again.

Thursday, March 24

Review: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
Charlaine Harris

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: June 11, 2009
Date Read: February 2010
Genre: Adult - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 326

From Goodreads:
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next.

I absolutely loved this book.
I decided to read it after hearing that True Blood had been based off these books and i have to say I was not disappointed.

The story follows Sookie, a waitress in small town Bon Temps who isn't what she seems. Sookie is telepathic, she can hear others thoughts and life is hard for her as most people in town think she is crazy. Love is not easy for Sookie when she can hear everything the guy is thinking. But then Bill comes into town, a vampire and she can't hear a word he is thinking. This is perfect for Sookie, and life becomes better. But then someone starts killing women in town, including one of her friends. The book follows Sookie's relationship with Bill blossoming and how they go about trying to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

I love Sookie. She is one of my favourite heroines in a book ever. She doesn't sit around waiting for men to help her but she does it for herself.
I cannot wait to continue with this series.

Review: Stargazer (Evernight #2)

Stargazer (Evernight #2)
Claudia Grey

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: March 24, 2009
Date Read: March 24, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 329
From Goodreads:
The vampire in me was closer to the surface...

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning...

I was really pleasantly surprised with this book, i was really sceptical about it because of the first one but i really enjoyed reading this one.

It follows Bianca, after she has returned to Evernight Academy after the drama at the end of the last book. She has to deal with living there without Lucas, and put up with everyone around her hating Lucas. She strikes a bargain with Balthazar, who is also in love with her who helps her sneak out to see Lucas if they help her with finding his sister. However, there is a lot of drama at Evernight Academy this year as we are introduced to the Wraiths. Wraiths are the spirits who hate vampires just as vampires hate them.
I really felt for Bianca in this book as she had to deal with so much, trying to keep her relationship alive with Lucas when they could only have moments together every so often, her confusing feelings for Balthazar, and finding out about the Wraiths and all the secrets her parents have been keeping from her.

I really fell for Balthazar in this book, he is just so sweet and lovely and i just really wanted to give him a hug.
I really love that Bianca doesn't lead him on as so many female characters in other books do. She was completely straight with him while she works out her feelings and once she does tells him the complete truth. That really doesn't happen in books very often so i really loved that.
I love the aspect of the Wraiths coming into it, as i find that it makes the story so much more exciting.

This was a big improvement from the first book, however i gave it 3 stars as i think that something bigger will happen and that the excitement could have happened earlier in the book to keep it more exciting.
Can't wait to see how the story develops in the next book.

Sunday, March 20

Review: Evernight (Evernight #1)

Evernight (Evernight #1)
Claudia Grey

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June, 1 2008
Date Read: March 20, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 327
From Goodreads:
Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

I was really torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars but in the end settled for 4 coz i really did enjoy it.

Evernight follows Bianca, a girl who is sent to Evernight Academy with her parents when they get jobs there. She doesn't fit in at all, you have the in-group who are posh, snobby and bitchy who Bianca really doesn't fit in with and then you have the out-casts who she doesn't feel like she fits in with at all. She feels like the only one who doesn't belong there and the only one who doesn't have a choice to be there or not. Then she meets Lucas, he is dreamy and drop-dead gorgeous. They bond immediately and start falling for each other really quickly. However, it turns out that they are both keeping secrets from each other, deadly ones that could put the other in immediate danger.

I really didn't think that i would like this book as much as i did as the beginning was very slow and kinda boring. After you find out the secrets that Lucas and Bianca have been keeping from each other the pace picks up and becomes very exciting and action-packed.
It is a great twist on a vampire romance which i haven't really seen in any other PNR books.
I really loved that Bianca isn't one of the girls in PNR books you see so often who are really whiny and can't believe that they are going out with their boyfriend. I love how she takes control of the situation and realises that he likes her and fight to get what she wants.
However, as always you have the love triangle and i do love both guys. Balthazar, is just adorable and really just wants Bianca to be happy whether that is with him or with Lucas. My opinions changed so much while reading this book. At first i was so Team Lucas but then as you found out his secrets i turned to Team Balthazar, but then as the storyline played out i turned back to Team Lucas. So who knows which team i will be on by the end of the next book.

Saturday, March 12

Review: Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Published By: ATOM
Publication Date: February, 24 2011
Date Read: March 10, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392

From Goodreads:
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her? As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart? This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

I really enjoyed this book. I decided to read this book after I saw the trailer for the movie.
I loved this new twist on the classic fairytale.
It follows Valerie, a girl who lives in a small town which is threatened by a wolf. As Valerie has to come to terms with being in love with Peter but being betrothed to Henry. As she is ready to run away with her love, the wolf strikes the village with tragedy as her sister's body is found. Having to cope with her sisters death and trying to find out who the wolf is, she is tormented by the fact that the wolf is drawn to her and she can hear it when no-one else can.
I felt so much along with Valerie in this book. I felt her heartbreak as she had to come to terms with being betrothed to someone other than the person she loved.
I really felt that this book would have been so much better written in the first person as it would have made it more personal to the main characters. The book reads more like a movie as you see the perspective of all of the characters in a scene rather than the main characters.

The thing I really hated about this book is that there isn't an ending. As the book came out alongside the movie and producers did not want to ruin the end of the movie and so the last chapter will be released online after the movie has been released. I really didn't see the point in that and really just want to find out what will happen next.

Friday, March 4

Review: Girl In The Mirror

Girl In The Mirror
Cecelia Ahern

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March, 3 2011
Date Read: March 4, 2011
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 89

From Goodreads:
Two powerful and unforgettable stories from the Number One bestselling author

Girl in the Mirror

Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family's past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways…

The Memory Maker

They say you never forget your first love. But what happens when those cherished memories start to fade? Some people would do anything to hold on to the past and, for one heartbroken man, that means finding a way to relive those precious moments.

I was really expecting more from this book.
It was very short, only 89 pages and had two stories in.

The first, The Girl in the Mirror, followed Lila who lived with her grandmother as a child who was blind and afraid of mirrors. She kept all the mirrors covered with black cloth even though she couldn't see. Years later on the morning of Lila's wedding she uncovers one of the mirrors and touches it, afterwards she finds herself dragged into the mirror with no return.

In the second, The Memory Maker, the story followed a man who had very bad memories that he wanted to forget them so he created a machine that could make new memories of things that never happened to take over from the painful memories.

I didn't really like the stories in this book as they were so short that there kinda wasn't enough time for anything to start. There is really not much I can say as nothing really did happen in either of the stories, as you came close to something that could potentially turn into a story it was finished. You couldn't feel emotion with the characters as it didn't go into detail with it.

I was very disappointed especially as I love cecelia ahern, she is my favourite author and her books made me fall in love with reading so I was expecting something great from her next book. I will definitely read her next novel as they are always great but maybe next time a short story of hers gets released I will give it a miss.

Review: Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1)

Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1)
LA Weatherly

Published By: Usbourne Publishing
Publication Date: May, 24 2011
Date Read: March 4, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow that Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends listeners on a thrill ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

Oh. My. God.
When thinking about this book those are the first words that come to mind. i absolutely loved it and found it so difficult to put down.
This is a fresh new twist on the story of angels with the angels being the evil beings and not holy beings that want to help people.
The story follows willow a psychic who discovers she is half-angel, and alex a angel assassin as they go on the run together from the angels.
Alex intends to hate Willow as she is part of something he despises but both cannot hide their feelings for one another.

While reading this book i felt everything willow was feeling. the confusion as she discovered her past and who she really is, her fighting her growing feelings for alex, who seems to hate her, and her fear as she discovers her destiny.
Angel is a fast-paced addictive book that keeps you yearning for more. i cannot wait to see where the story goes from here in the next books.
an amazing start to what is looking to be an amazing series.