Saturday, 24 September 2011

Review: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Pages: 282
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: March 25th 2008
Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.

Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...
"Vitamins had ruined my life." The opening line says it all really.

This book is full of hilarious moments and is hugely relatable for teenagers who think that life as a teen is the hardest thing in the world. There were plenty of Kate's thoughts that reminded me of what I used to think at her age.

I adored the Love/Hate relationship between Will and Kate. They had sizzling chemistry and every scene between them was exciting to read. I found myself anticipating every moment Will was around. 

Will is a brilliant character. I cannot describe how much I loved the tension between him and Kate. Their moments together are fabulous and I found their story quite unique.
Kate's narration is extremely enjoyable to read and some of her witty comments are genius. Her Grandma also provided many laughs throughout the story.

This is the first Elizabeth Scott novel that I've read and I'm definitely going to be reading more of them. I would recommend Perfect You to fans of Sarah Dessen as the writing style is quite similar to a lot of her novels. This is a must-read for YA contemporary lovers!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Review: Between by Cyndi Tefft

Goodreads Summary:
It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete
with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's sire
n song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

My Review:

I felt like I was thrown into this story rather quickly at the start. Lindsey's death happens so suddenly and then she's off with the Scottish highlander, Aiden, who is there to transport her to Heaven. It was all a bit surreal at first. I really wanted to get to know more about the characters so I loved the parts of the story that went back in time to view Adien's memories and to see what Lindsey's life was like before she died.

I really liked the relationship between Lindsey and Aiden.I found it rather tragic that there was the possibility of separation throughout their time together with the looming fact that Lindsey will have to move on at some point.

About halfway through the book, I started to wonder if there would be more than just the two characters when BAM, huge twist that I didn't see coming. I won't give it away but that twist totally made me glad I'd stuck with the book. The second half of the story was a real page turner (even though I was reading it on Kindle, so you can't really turn the pages =P) and left me excited for the sequel, Hell Transporter.

There is quite a physical side to Lindsey and Aiden's relationship that may be a little too much for younger teens. I'd recommend this one to the more mature teens out there.

This is a wonderful debut novel by Cyndi and I'm excited to see what's next in store for Lindsey and Aiden. Between is only 86p or 99 Cents (depending on where you live) on Kindle so it's a real bargain!

You can also follow Cyndi on Twitter:!/cynditefft

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Pages: 489
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: January 2011  
Society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a 'perfect society'. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice Prior renames herself Tris, rejects her family's Abnegation group, and chooses another faction.
My Review:
Divergent in a word? EPIC! This amazing
dystopian novel is full of action, adventure, bravery, and even romance.

Divergent is set in a twisted future, in which people are sorted into various factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless. Each faction lives by certain rules, for example: Abnegation have to be selfless and Amity believe in keeping the peace. A person is sorted into a faction when they are 16. In order to be sorted, the subject must go through a test to determine two factions that he/she would be fitted to. The subject must then choose between those two factions on the day of the choosing ceremony.

On the day of her simulation test, Beatrice finds out that her test results are inconclusive. She is told that she is Divergent. Divergent is the name for people who show the traits of three or more factions. Beatrice is told not to tell anyone and she begins to understand why: Being Divergent is dangerous.

Beatrice must choose to stay in her faction of Abnegation or to move on to another faction and leave everything behind. The choice she makes changes her life forever.

This book is a total Jaw-Dropper from the first page to the last and is truly un-put-downable! There are some really amazing action scenes throughout and, of course, the relationship between Beatrice and Four is fabulous. Divergent is a completely thrilling read and I would definitely recommend it to fans of dystopian novels. I can not wait for the sequel, Insurgent, due out in May next year.

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Friday, 16 September 2011

Reviews Coming Soon!

These are the books that I will be reviewing soon on the blog. Keep checking back for the posts!

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready
The Queen Must Die by K. A. S. Quinn
The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Stella Lennon

Insurgent Cover Is Here!

Check out the book cover for Insurgent by Veronica Roth! The sequel to Divergent will be on shelves next year, I can't wait! My review of Divergent will be posted soon.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Pages: 528
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: October 1st 2009
When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey has never felt so desperately alone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best
friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
This book is set in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, which is famous for author Washington Irving and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The story follows Abbey as she struggles to cope with the death of her best friend, Kristen. Abbey has always felt a huge connection to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and when she meets the mysterious Caspian, she finds herself spending more and more time there.

As she spend more time with Caspian, she starts to pick up on certain things. When they meet up, its never in public places and he seems to really like her but is reluctant to touch her. When Abbey eventually finds out the secret Caspian holds, she refuses to believe that it is real.

I loved the connection with 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and I thought that the book was an interesting read, but I did find myself getting a little bored at times and the characters annoyed me slightly at certain parts. 

The story moved along quite slowly and there was unnecessary details about things that weren't really that relevant. I did, however, love the ending. I think that the last couple of chapters totally made the book worth reading, and I will be picking up the sequel to find out what happens next.

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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith Ready

Bookish Details:
Series: Shade Trilogy #1
Pages: 309
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 4th 2010

Goodreads Summary:
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. "Almost."

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

My Review: 
The story is set sixteen years after the 'Shift' has taken place. Every child who was born after the 'Shift' has the ability to see and speak to ghosts. This divides people into Pre-Shifts and Post-Shifts. Aura was born just after the 'Shift' occurred.

With ghosts everywhere, Aura deeply wishes that she was born before the Shift. That is until tragedy strikes on the night of her boyfriend's seventeenth birthday.

Aura's life becomes increasingly complicated when she ends up torn between the living and the dead. She is still in love with her dead boyfriend, Logan but finds herself becoming closer to the Scottish exchange student Zachary, who is very much alive, and provides Aura with comfort and understanding.

As Aura struggles to maintain a relationship with Logan, even though she can't touch him, she begins to realise that she can't move on in life until Logan has moved on in death.

Shade has everything that makes up a good read: Humour, supernatural elements, great characters, oh and a super attractive Scottish guy thrown in for good measure. I totally loved Shade and couldn't put it down, I will definitely be picking up the sequel, Shift.

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