Monday, January 24, 2011

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #1)

Released: October 3rd, 2006
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 348
Overall: 4/5


It's a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections - to the undead who run the town.


When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...


What I loved most about this book was the refreshingly new, yet more traditional take on vampires.  In this book vampires are the evil, deadly, dangerous creatures they used to be before Twilight came along and turned them all into ridiculously good-looking gentlemen.  The vampires of Morganville used blood and violence to run the town and its residents.


Claire Denver is the protagonist and Caine does a great job of creating a down to earth, easily relatable character in Claire.  The three other main characters; Shane, Micheal and Eve; are all very different yet equally amazing and lovable.  The relationships formed between these four has been created in such a way that just seems so real and unforced.  I love the way they are, in a way, a family and would do anything to protect each other.


I loved the plot of this book.  Again, I loved the evil vampires and I also loved the fact that that love interest was not between a human and a paranormal, but two humans; something we don't see too often in YA fiction these days.  There were some concepts of this world that were introduced but probably need to be explained in a bit more detail, but I'm sure that comes in later books.


Overall a great story told so well through amazing writing.  I can't wait to pick up the next in the series.


rating: 4 stars

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren - go check it out!

This week I got some awesome books :)


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Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater








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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand



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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Olver


Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 480
Overall: 5/5
Summary:


What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.



I had high expectations when I picked up this book, having heard nothing but raving reviews for it, and let me say, it does not disappoint.  This is one of those books that will change your perspective on life and really makes you realise how your actions affect others.  A stunning debut by Lauren Oliver.


The story is told from the perspective of the main character Samantha Kingston and wow, she is a bitch.  In the beginning of the book Sam is popular, self-absorbed, and just plain mean to pretty much everyone bar her three best friends Lindsay, Ally and Elody.  The interesting this about Sam is that although I could not relate to her at all, something which usually puts me off a book, Oliver's writes her as such a realistic character that I could still empathise with her and actually grew to like her.  The way not just Sam, but her friends as well, are portrayed so realistically with their flaws and insecurities, makes fall in love with each and every one of the characters.


The story itself is magnificent.  Oliver takes you through the same day 7 times and somehow manages to keep the reader interested.  I loved watching the chain of events unfold after Sam changed small details of her day each time and how each day, she, herself, changed a little bit more.  I loved Sam's relationship with each of the characters and how they also changed throughout the week; I especially loved the interaction with her little sister and also her scene with Anna in the bathroom.


The end was heartbreaking and took me completely by surprise.  I love books that inspire such an emotional reaction that they actually cause you to reflect on your own life, and this is definetly one of those books.


An amazing story, one I would recommend to everybody.  Please go pick up a copy if you haven't already done so.


rating: 5 stars

Monday, January 10, 2011

Delirium Giveaway

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know of the AWESOME giveaway over at Lauren Oliver's Blog.  Shes giving away 5 signed copies of Delirium.  What are you waiting for, go check it out!

Stylish Blogger Award!


Oh my gosh you guys, I have won my very first blogger award after just a couple of weeks of blogging, I want to thank Traci over at Read Hot Reviews (awesome name btw) for picking my blog for this award and for being my very first follower.  So thanks Traci! :)

Here are the rules :)
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know that they have won.



7 Random Things About Me:
1. My name is Kacie, but if I was a boy, my dad wanted to call me Ace.... O__o
2. My favourite movie is Dirty Dancing..... 'nobody puts baby in a corner' - patrick swazye *sigh*
3. I make fanvideos about TV shows and movies - http://www.youtube.com/kaciexox
4. I finished school last year and hope to study Medical Science this year
5. My favourite book in the world is On The Jellicoe Road (or Jellicoe Road as it is known in the US) by Melina Marchetta
6. I have 2 younger brothers who are twins - they annoy most of the time
7. When I was younger my favourite books were the Pony Pals series - embarrassing, I know - I had every book and reread them all about 20 times


Bloggers I'm awarding:
1. Faybays Books
2. Read-A-Holic
3. Beas Book Blog
4. Jenni Elyse
5. I Live In A Fictional World
6. Best Of YA
7. Hooked To Book Blogs
8. Books By Their Story
9. I Swim For Oceans
10. Books, Sweets and Other Treats

I'll do some more searching and post the remaining 5 winners later :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Blogger Hop

Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.  This week's question is "What book influenced/changed your life, and how so?"


My answer would have to be The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  This book is amazing.  I love historical fiction and this one really changed my perspective about WWII and how children were affected by it.  It really made me think about my childhood and how lucky I am.  Needless to say, I cried like a baby at the end :(

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cresendo - Becca Fiztpatrick

Cresendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fiztpatrick

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?


I tried to make this review as un-spoilery as possible but there are a few spoilers that couldn't be helped. You have been warned.

Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster this one was. There were times during this book that I just couldn't put it down, other times I wanted to throw it against a wall.  Either way it got a reaction out of me.

Lets start with the plot.  I lovedddd the direction the plot took in this one.  Unfortunately, I was spoiled by a review I read as to who was the villain, but still throughout the book I could not put all pieces together and I was still left guessing right up until the very end. The story twists and turns all over the place and many times during the book I literally had to put it down and try and put all the clues together.  This book is veryyy fast paced, there is never a dull moment which is why I could never put it down.

Now, the reason I wanted to throw it against a wall - Nora.  What the hell happened to the strong, smart, independent girl of Hush, Hush?  This Nora is insecure, questioning and emotionally all over the place; her constant mood swings kinda gave me whiplash.  Throughout the whole book she complains that Patch never tells her the whole truth and yet when he finally is ready to open up she doesn't want to listen *head desk*  I really hope we see the Nora we all know and love make a reappearance in Tempest, otherwise I may actually have to throw the book against a wall.  Patch, as usual, was his hot brooding self, but he did annoy me with all his secret-keeping and kissing people who are not Nora.

What saved this book character-wise for me was Vee. How awesome is this girl?  Vee in Hush Hush was more annoying than lovable but Vee in Crescendo really comes out of her shell and provides moments of comedy relief among the emo-Nora angst-athon.

Scott.  I still do not know where I stand with his character. Was he evil or good? I still can't figure it out.  Towards the end of the novel, he wanted something very badly - if you've read Crescendo you'll know what I'm talking about - enough that he would kill for it, then he just forgets about it and buys Nora a car?   This got another *head desk* reaction out of me.

As you can tell I have mixed opinions about Crescendo, but despite all the *head desk* moments, it kept me guessing right up until the very end and I just could not put it down.  Its been a while since I read Hush, Hush and I'm not sure it quite beats that book in my opinion, but it does not disappoint as a second book in the series - and the cover it oh so pretty

rating: 4 stars