Tuesday, August 30

Review: Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1)

Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1)
Yvonne Woon

Published By: Usborne
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Date Read: August 30, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512

From Goodreads:
At Gottfried Academy, just one kiss will take your breath away. After Renee discovers her parents dead in what appears to be a strange double murder, she is sent to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, 'crude sciences', and Latin: the Language of the Dead. Here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student who harbors a deadly secret, but to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. Despite himself, Dante cannot control his attraction to Renee either and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. But Dante's not the only one with secrets...Gottfried Academy has a few of its own. When Renee begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a former student, she begins to realize just how deadly these secrets are...Dark romance meets haunting murder mystery in this captivating tale of love, death and destiny.

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Usbourne Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to think at first, the beginning is really sad and it's quite a strange storyline but once I got into it I ended up really starting to love the characters and the storyline.

Renee finds the bodies of her parents on her sixteenth birthday and doesn't believe that they died of natural causes despite the authorities confirming they had a heart attack. Left to the care of her grandfather Renee is enrolled into boarding school Gottfried Academy. However Gottfried is not a normal boarding school and Renee suddenly starts discovering secrets that have been buried for a long time. Then she meets Dante the beautiful mysterious boy who she seems drawn to. Neither one of them understand their attraction to each other and everything seems to come between them, but can they fight together to discover the truth and find a way to be together?

I really enjoyed this book, I think it's very different to other paranormal romance books and I loved that. The book is mainly about The Undead who I see as Zombies but much better.
I really love Renee's character, she is so strong and no matter what happens to her she doesn't let it get her down and she just carries out. I felt so much for her right from the beginning of the book when she discovered her parents dead and has to leave all of her friends to start a new life at Gottfried. I really admire how she just carries on with life, lots of bad things happen to her but not once does she decide to sit down and be depressed and let other people take care of everything, she does it herself and I love that.
I really loved Dante, I mean what's not to love. He's the handsome, mysterious bad boy of the book and who doesn't love a bad boy. I really loved the mystery of him and you went on the journey with Renee as she was figuring him out. He's a great character and one that every girl will fall head over heels for.

The main thing I love about this book is the Zombie-ish storyline. I love how it's all explained and it's explained through myths throughout history. This is a very unique storyline and I loved it. You definitely won't be reading it and thinking yeah, this is familiar as sometimes you do with YA paranormal books, it's a completely new and fresh storyline and I can't wait to read the second book in the series and see what happens.

An absolutely amazing start to a new series that I will definitely be seeing through till the end.

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt

As soon as I heard about Sweet Venom I couldn't wait to read it. I absolutely loved Tera Lynn Childs Fins series and know this is going to be just as amazing.
Sweet Venom is due for release next week.....

From Goodreads:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Sweet Venom Tera Lynn Childs is hosting a Title Hunt for the second book in the Sweet Venom series.
To join in grab my letter and head over to TERA'S BLOG for all the contest information and links to all the other blogs participating.

For people correctly getting the name of Sweet Venom 2 Tera is giving away 5 SIGNED copies of Sweet Venom and a $50 bookstore giftcard.

Hint: My letter is:

So what are you waiting for???????????????????

Monday, August 29

RAK - August Round Up

August was the first month I participated in R.A.K

I recieved:

Forbidden from Donna @ Book Passion for Life

I sent:

Ash to Sarah @ Whispering Words
Mortal Kiss to Emma @ Belle Books

Lucy in the Sky, Johnny Be Good, Chasing Daisy, Pictures of Lily and Baby Be Mine to Jen @ At Random

I loved taking part this month and can't wait to do it again next month

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#3)

It's Monday... What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Currently Reading!

Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1) by Yvonne Woon
Buzz by Steve Chicoine


Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot
Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols
Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Up Next!

Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead

Sunday, August 28

Cover Reveal: Fateful (UK Edition)

I can't wait to read this book and the UK cover it beautfiul, I prefer this much more than the US cover and it makes me even more excited to read it.

From Goodreads:
It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you?

But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic...

this book sounds like something I would love so I can't wait to read it.

What do you guys think?

In My Mailbox (#13)

This weeks In My Mailbox

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Saturday, August 27

Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Richelle Mead

Published By: Penguin
Publication Date: August 25, 2011
Date Read: August 27, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 421

From Goodreads:
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

I was so excited when this got delivered I had to start it immediately. I had really high hopes for this book as it's the spin off to Vampire Academy which is my favourite series ever and Richelle Mead is my favourite paranormal/urban fantasy author. I fell in love with her writing style which reading VA and I love her adult series just as much.
I was in no way disappointed with Bloodlines, it's easily the best book I have read this year, with Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent coming in second.

Sydney is an alchemist who is currently in trouble for helping vampires. She is assigned to protect vampires while being under the watchful eye of other alchemists. Queen Vasalisa's half-sister Jill is in danger, people are trying to kill her in order to get to the queen so she is relocated with other Moroi and Dhampirs with Sydney there to watch over them. Sydney is very careful not to get too close to the vampires and keep as much distance as possible to show her superiors she can be trusted? But as she grows closer to Jill and the ever-charming Adrian she wonders are her superiors correct and are all vampires really evil?

I genuinely loved this book so much and I can't stop gushing about it. It's all I can think about or talk about and I know that whatever I end up reading next it will in no way compare to this. Before reading Bloodlines I did think that I wouldn't like it quite as much as VA because of the different characters. In VA I completely fell in love with Rose and Dimitri and wondered how much I would love a story in the same world but without them as leads but the storyline of Bloodlines is so strong that I didn't ever think about what those characters would be getting up to.
I also had doubts of how much I would like Sydney as a narrator. She was a very small part in VA and I wasn't sure how much I would be able to relate to her. In VA I fell in love with Rose's hard quality and how strong she always was whether it was to defend her or her friends. Sydney is very different from Rose but I loved that, she's a much softer character who always thinks everything through and you really feel for her throughout the book. I really love the conflict in emotions she goes through all the time. Especially considering she has always been brought up to think one thing but then she starts to feel that maybe they are wrong and that the Moroi are not evil and that there is nothing wrong with being friend with them.

Adrian, oh, my, god Adrian. In VA at first I wasn't such a big Adrian fan because I loved Rose and Dimitri's love and relationship and I didn't want anything to come between them though at the end of the last VA book I really felt for Adrian and couldn't wait to see him without Rose in this book. I fell head over heels for him so much. He had me in stitches all the way through and every scene he was in I couldn't stop laughing. Adrian is one of those characters whose personalities are so amazing you can't help but love them.
There wasn't a lot of romance in this book so I really hope that we get some more romance in the next instalment but there was so much action keeping you on the edge of your seat and I loved every single moment of this book. I can't say a bad word about it and the last line was so amazing. I'm so impatient for the next book and the wait is going to kill me.

My favourite book of the year, I loved it!

Friday, August 26

Review: Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2)

Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2)
Lee Nichols

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Date Read: August 26, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288

From Goodreads:
Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive-one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar-Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good. As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

Firstly, I wanna say a big thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a review copy of this book. I received this along with the first book in the series Deception and as soon as I finished Deception I couldn't wait to start this one.

I really liked this book more than the first one, there's a lot more action than the first one and I loved that.
Betrayal starts right where Deception finished. Emma is the most powerful Ghostkeeper and is put with a team of other ghostkeepers where they must train to fight Neos. Distraught by Bennett's sudden departure she throws herself into training, little does she know there is a traitor in her midst and Neos knows every move she and the team are making. With her guards up until the traitor is found, Emma becomes more and more determined to defeat Neos but will she be able to when some ghosts are messing with her mind making her believe her closest allies may be her closest enemies.

I really loved this instalment of the Haunting Emma series and I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I love action in books so I really loved that this book was filled with action and the reader was constantly left in suspense wondering who the traitor was and what was going to happen. I really loved Emma in this book, in Deception you saw her vulnerable as she discovered what she was while in this one you saw her grow stronger, both emotionally and physically as she embraced her heritage and became determined to fight and save those she loves. She really grew up a lot in this book and I really loved that. I loved how she wouldn't sit around moping when Bennett left as some heroine's in books do but took it all in her stride as she trained.

I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the third book and find out how it all ends, I prey they'll finally be able to defeat Neos and that her and Bennett will find a way to be together. A great instalment to a great series, I'm really excited to find out how the series will end.

Thursday, August 25

New Look Blog

I decided to change the look of my blog (again)
I thought I would change the look and make it look more light and girly. When I created my blog I made it very dark as I planned on mainly reviewing Paranormal books only and I designed the blog to coincide with that theme.
Lately I've been reading a lot more chic lit books and so I wanted to change the look of the blog that showed that I read more than one particular genre and it nice and light and doesn't fit with any particular genre.
I really love how it looks now, it's nice and girly, kinda like me and it also doesn't fit into any one this, just like I like so many different things.

Let me know what you think.

Do you like the new look blog or do you prefer it how it was?

The Time Will Come (#8)

The Time Will Come is a weekly meme hosted by Books for Company
Want to join in?

The Time Will Come - 
Every Thursday l am going to list a book which l really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! 
Want to join in?
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post telling us about the book 
- Link the post up in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!

I bought this book a while ago and still haven't read it. I have heard great things and also have the second and third in the series. Really hope I get to it soon.

From Goodreads:
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family. Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.

Tuesday, August 23

Review: Deception (Haunting Emma #1)

Deception (Haunting Emma #1)
Lee Nichols

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Date Read: August 23, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336

From Goodreads:
When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can’t explain—it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer.

A rich New England setting filled with mystery, tradition, and prep-school intrigue make Deception the perfect choice for fans of series like Kate Brian’s Private, as well as all those paranormal fans. The shocking ending will leave readers desperate for book two.

First of all I just want to say a big thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a review copy of this book. I was really excited to receive this as I thought it sounded amazing and couldn't wait to get started.

There's only been one series about ghosts that I have read about this so I couldn't wait to start this one and find another ghost story I could get obsessed about. I loved this book, I think it was absolutely amazing.

Emma's parents mysteriously disappear so she it suddenly moved to New England and forced to start a new life at a new school. Suddenly she starts seeing people no one else can and she doesn't know who to turn to. Then she confides in her new guardian, who she has the serious hots for, Bennett and discovers she's not the only one who sees them. Emma suddenly discovers she has been lied to by her whole family, she is a ghostkeeper, someone who can see the dead and also have a power, but Emma is different, she's more powerful than any other ghostkeeper. Can she find a way to control her powers before putting people in danger?

I really loved this book, I thought the storyline was incredible and exciting and I was really hooked right from the beginning. There wasn't a lot of romance in this book which I was a little disappointed about but I think the storyline was so strong that the romance wasn't really needed in order for the story to be enjoyed. I was completely engaged by the storyline and I was on the edge of my seat all the way through wondering what was going to happen next. This book introduced you to the characters and the writing style really sucks you in and makes you feel so much for the characters so now I can't wait to find out what's going to happen with the characters and the storyline. I liked that romance started to come into the book at the end so I can't wait to read book 2 in this series. There is a lot of promise for this storyline and I'm really excited to have another ghost series that I am addicted to. I am so happy and grateful that Bloomsbury also sent me book 2 in the Haunting Emma series as I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next.

A great start to an addictive new series.

Monday, August 22

Review: Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)
Meg Cabot

Published By: Macmillan
Publication Date: September 2, 2011
Date Read: August 22, 2011
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: ARC For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304

From Goodreads:
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

As soon as I heard of this book I really wanted to read it. I really like Meg Cabot's mediator series and really enjoy her stories and writing style. Before reading this I heard that it has a mythology twist, I was so excited about this because I really love mythology and have always enjoyed novels that have mythology aspects in them. I was not disappointed with this as all. I thought it was amazing. I was completely hooked right from the beginning.

Pierce has met John twice, both under unusual circumstances. First at her grandfather's funeral and again when she died and ended up in the Underworld.
John is a death deity, one who overlooks one of the Underworlds. When he meets Pierce he instantly falls for her and wants her as his partner, just like Hades wanted Persephone. Pierce runs and somehow finds herself back in the real world alive. Then she meets John again and can't resist her feelings towards him. Enter the furies, beings who will stop at nothing to make John miserable forever, even if it means killing Pierce.

I really enjoyed this book, the story was amazing and I loved every moment of it. My favourite Greek God was Hades and to find another novel that is related to that myth is great for me. I loved how this didn't centre exactly around Hades as other books I have read namely The Goddess Test. I think if a lot of books started to centre completely on that particular myth then it would be very easy to get bored with it so I really loved how it was loosely about the Hades myth but not directly. John wasn't Hades but he was one of many around the world who does his job. I think this was a great new twist on that and I loved it.

The book had me completely hooked from the first chapter. By page 2 I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I was left on the edge of my seat dying to know how everything was going to play out and what would happen. Throughout the beginning of the book a lot of questions are arised and I couldn't wait to find out the answers to the questions. I really liked that all of those were answered in this book instead of leaving us in suspense and having to wait for book 2 in the series before finding answers for early questions arised. I loved the ending of the book, I really loved that there was closure for the beginning of Pierce and John's story where you really can't wait to find out what is next for them but where you are also happy with the ending as it closes the first part of the story ready for questions to arise in book 2.
Really loved the book and can't wait to read the second one.

Project Ten (#1)

Emma over at BelleBooks had this idea and mentioned it on her IMM video yesterday. This is where you read 10 of the books you already own before you can buy any more. I think this is an amazing idea as I have so many books I've bought and not read yet.

The ten books I plan to read are:

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot
Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols
Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols
Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles
Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead
Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee #1) by Stacey Jay
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead
My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#2)

It's Monday... What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Currently Reading!

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot


Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1) by Simone Elkeles
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles
Deadline (Newsflesh #2) by Mira Grant

Up Next!

Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols
Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols

What are you reading?