Thursday, 26 July 2012

Review: Party Disaster by Sue Limb

Bookish Details:
Series: Jess Jordan Series #7
Pages: 275
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: June 7th 2012

Synopsis:
Fred and Jodie are now an item. Disaster! But Jess soon has other things to worry about when she invites a few friends over for a quiet night in and word accidentally gets out that she's having a huge party. More and more people arrive, many of whom Jess doesn't even know! The evening spins out of control, Jess's house is devastated and her mum's beloved daffodils are trampled. Double disaster! Jess is seriously going to need her friends' help to get out of this dilemma ...

My Review:

I always love reading this series because Jess is quite a legend! I love all of the hilariously embarrassing situations she ends up getting herself into and Party Disaster is no exception.

I never thought I’d see myself feeling sorry for Jodie but I sure did in this book. I loved how there’s a bit more insight into her life and the things she’s going through. I appreciated her more as a character after finding out more about her.

I also loved the little moments between Jess and Fred that showed that they both clearly still had feelings for each other. They’re both just so adorable!

I truly adore this series and if you haven’t discovered them yet then I suggest you get reading!

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Feature: But What About The Cover? #5


'But What About The Cover?' is going to be a weekly feature hosted by The Queen of Teen Fiction. I will be pitching two book covers from various countries up against each other to decide which one is best.

This weeks cover spotlight is on A Million Suns by Beth Revis and i'll be looking at the US cover and the Australian/UK cover for the book.

                                               US                                                 AUS/UK


For me, personally, the US cover is a hands down winner. The colours are so pretty and eye catching. I also think it matches the story better. Although I do love the fact that we get to see the faces of the cover models on the AUS/UK cover, the US still tops it for me.

What about you? Which cover catches your eye more? Let me know!



Book Trailer: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

Hey Everyone!

Check out the awesome book trailer for The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. The book is already out in the US but it is due to be released here in the UK very soon! It looks super awesome!








A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Feature: But What About The Cover? #4


'But What About The Cover?' is going to be a weekly feature hosted by The Queen of Teen Fiction. I will be pitching two book covers from various countries up against each other to decide which one is best.

This week's cover spotlight is on 'The Name of The Star' by Maureen Johnson and i'm going to be looking at the US and UK covers for the book.

                                              US                                                        UK


Now, let me start off by saying that I think BOTH covers are completely gorgeous. I think the US cover captures the mystery within the book perfectly... But i've got to admit that I like the UK cover a tiny bit more! The font and the cover model on the UK cover look stunning and it certainly caught my eye a little bit more than the US cover.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the UK or the US version? Let me know!




Friday, 13 July 2012

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Bookish Details:
Series: The Selection #1
Pages: 327
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24th 2012 (US) June 7th 2012 (UK)

Synopsis:
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret — one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

My Review:

It was ages ago when I first added The Selection to my To-Read list on Goodreads. The synopsis completely intrigued me and I couldn’t wait to read it! It’s safe to say that The Selection did not disappoint.

The Selection is a dystopian novel but not in the way most people think. I’d like to call is a sort of ‘Disney Dystopian’ if you catch my drift. It’s not all battles to the death, more like battles to the crown and the hot Prince. I think it's great to read a slightly lighter novel sometimes to have a break from all the serious and more murderous stories!

America is a really sweet character and you can't help but root for her throughout the book. I can't wait to see how her character develops.

The love triangle in The Selection is fabulous! At the start of the book I was like:

“You need to be with Aspen. I love Aspen.”

Then halfway through the book I was like:

“Forget Aspen, you need to be with Maxon. I love Maxon.”

Then at the end of the book like:

“Oh I just don’t know anymore!”

The plot is genius. It really is like a royal version of The Bachelor – I’ve never read anything like it!

This is a fun read with hints of something darker being about to take place. I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the sequel, The Elite, due out next year.
  
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Monday, 2 July 2012

Feature: But What About The Cover? #3


'But What About The Cover?' is going to be a weekly feature hosted by The Queen of Teen Fiction. I will be pitching two book covers from various countries up against each other to decide which one is best.

This week's cover spotlight is on Dreamless by Josephine Angelini and i'm looking at the US and UK covers for the book.

                                             US                                                         UK


I love the colors on both covers but I have to say that the cover art on the US version totally wins me over. It looks more intriguing than the UK cover and I love the flowing dress and the sky behind the model. 

Do you agree or do you prefer the UK cover? Let me know!


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Bookish Details:
Series: The Mortal Instruments Book #5
Pages: 534
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: 8th May 2012

Goodreads Summary:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. 

Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My Review:


 








Okay, now that’s out of my system, let me review the book. 

Nothing comes close to the awesomeness of The Mortal Instruments. I loved having the gang back in my life again and I almost cried my leg of when I had to leave them at the end of it. I can’t really put into words a review of City of Lost Soul because I just can’t stress enough how fantastic it is. So let’s just say that this is going to be more of a fan-girlish love-fest than an actual review!

City of Lost Souls picks up just after the ending of CoFA, in which Jace was taken by Sebastian. Clary and the others are determined to find him so they all go to some pretty extreme methods that even include Demons and Angels. 

The plot of this book does not disappoint. It’s full of epic moments which will keep you reading until well into the night. There is never a dull moment in the world of the Shadowhunters.

The characters are as awesome as ever. I’ve got to admit, I love what Sebastian has brought to the story! He makes everything more exciting and creates a lot of tension filled moments. I felt so sad for Clary throughout the books in the moments when it hit home that the Jace she was with wasn’t really her Jace. I also loved the building of the relationship between Simon and Isabelle. I adore them together and it was great to read more scenes with the two of them.

I can’t gush enough about how much I love Magnus. He has to be one of the best book characters of all time – he’s just fabulous! The moments between him and Alec in City of Lost Souls were totally heart wrenching. I’m rooting for them all the way!

Then, of course, we get to Jace and Clary. Their story in this book completely broke my heart at times. There were so many emotional moments!

One of the many great things about City of Lost Souls is all the different perspectives we get to see the story from. There is more about the other characters like Jordan and Maia and it’s great to follow their side of the story for a bit.

I loved every page of this book and didn’t want it to end! It was even worse for me when I found out that book 6 won’t be released until 2014! Really? 2014??



I’m so excited to see how this series ends in City of Heavenly Fire but I also don’t want it to end! It will be a very bittersweet time when I finally get to read that book. 

I just need to say how thrilled I was recently to meet Cassie at one of her book signings. She's super nice and I will be forever thankful to her for creating such an amazing series!


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