Monthly Archives: December 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

Every week Alison Can Read and Parajunkee host a blog hop, to gain new followers and friends!

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #129

This week the question is:

 WHAT BOOK DO YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ? IF YOU COULD GIFT THE ENTIRE POPULATION WITH ONE BOOK?


This is a tough question, but I’d have to say Anne of Green Gables as a child’s book and Pride and Prejudice, because they’re both classics  that I really enjoyed. I’m not sure how the male part of the population would feel about that though!

Graphic Novels

I recently read the Vampire Academy and Frostbite graphic novels and posted a review. I realised how much I liked them, which surprised me, because I usually like to use my imagination, not pictures. Yet, I enjoyed looking at the amazing art just as much as reading familiar stories. And was really surprised and delighted, when I found out a lot of authors are now making their books into graphic novels with illustrators.
Richelle Mead has made three of her Dark Swan books into graphic novels, illustrated by Grant Alter and Dave Hamann.

The Mercy Thompson, Moon Called and Homecoming (novella) have also been made into a graphic novel, Illustrators Francis Tsai and Amelia Woo.

Along with that, Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, Blood Work by Kim Harrison, the Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton, The Dresden Files, Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight parts 1 and 2, Anne Rice The Vampire Lestat, Fever Moon (The Fear Dorcha) by Karen Marie Moning and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr are just a few. Can you think of anymore?


Are there any books you’d like to see be made into graphic novels?

Favourite Five Friday

1.  Bloodline Facebook Page are once again doing a teaser trailer for The Indigo Spell. They’re doing this until the release.
Photo: Are you ready for The Indigo Spell Book Teaser Trailer 2?! Hello Marcus Finch!




















2. Vampire Academy is going to be a film! There have been rumours going around since 2010, but finally, it has been confirmed that the script has been written. I just hope it’s going to be half decent. Who do you think should be cast?

3. The second snippet of Frost Burned is up by Patricia Briggs! Go take a look. 

4. This basically explains Les Mis.










































5. Morgan Rhodes is the author of Falling Kingdoms, like her Facebook page and give her some support.

Feature and Follow Friday

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #128

Every week Alison Can Read and Parajunkee host a blog hop, to gain new followers and friends!
This week the question is:
What have you learned from book blogging that you didn’t know before about the publishing industry?

I learnt about ARCs and galleys, before I thought book bloggers were just reviewing and discussing books they’d read already, but you can actually request them and get given them as well.

Favourite Five Friday

1. For those of us who are English or Australian, Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series is now available on ebooks here!


2. The Vampire Academy Official Movie Facebook page are doing a countdown but…for what? No one knows, rumours are going around that they’ve picked a place to film, but as of yet, nothing is conclusive, check their Facebook page out and take a look. Who do you think should be cast?

3. I found this on Twitter the other day. It’s a comic by The Oatmeal, and it’s hilarious, it’s about the reality of being a writer.

4. Rachel Vincent, author of Soul Screamers and Shifter series is visiting Australia and has done an Author Spotlight with Australian Romance Readers, go here. Next time come to Britain, Rachel!

5. It’s Freebie Friday by Kelley Armstrong, quick she’s clearing her shelves!

The Great Gatsby

I’ve recently read The Great Gatsby because a friend recommended it, and I really liked it! I know the film is coming out in 2013, and as it’s an old classic, I’m interested to see people’s reactions to it. The film is an adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald and was supposed to be releasing this December. Due to money problems, it’s now releasing in May 2013.
Leonardo DiCaprio is playing Jay Gatsby, but I haven’t seen him wearing the pink suit mentioned in the book!
He looks just as dashing, although I’m not sure the gelled hair is his style…
Carey Mulligan is playing Daisy Buchanan, below, and the dress looks beautiful. 

Above is the trailer, enjoy!


Desperately Desiring…

Magic Bites: Special Edition



 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition ofMagic Bites
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…
This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.
This book was released a while ago, because Ilona Andrews has done 5 books so far, in the Kate Daniel series and Magic Bites is the first. Except this is a special edition and has Curran’s point of view. Curran’s point to of view? I’m sold. I’ve never read ‘A Questionable Client’ either, and knowing the Ilona Andrews duo, it’ll be hilarious. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must-read! Such an amazing series and so entertaining, Magic Bites will be released on the 31st December.

Review: Morrigan: trials of a teenage witch by Amanda McKeon

Morrigan: trials of a teenage witch by Amanda McKeon
Published by Self-Published on November 27th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Given From Author
three-stars

Morrigan: trials of a teenage witch

Blurb: 
Morrigan Reilly, or Mo, is a lucky girl and she knows it, but something’s bugging her and she can’t pinpoint what it is. Disconnected from her friends since returning to school, and all but invisible to the guy she likes, things just go from bad to worse when she accidentally puts a hex on someone she loves. What Mo doesn’t know is that she’s a witch, descended from the great Celtic goddess, The Morrigan, queen of battle and strife. Mo’s life is about to get a lot more complicated, and she’ll learn the true meaning of that old adage, ‘Be careful what you wish for’…


Amanda emailed me last week and asked me to review her YA book, and having previously heard about the Morrigan before, I was curious so I accepted. It’s about a normal 17-18 year-old girl who lives in Ireland, called Morrigan. She discovers her powers as a witch descended from the Celtic goddess- The Morrigan queen of battle and strife. Morrigan has never before taken ‘be careful what you wish for’ so close to heart until now.
Morrigan seemed to go through a lot in this book and I really empathised for her, but felt her character wasn’t complex enough. This book is written in the third person yet I never really connected with her for some reason. She didn’t have enough of a individual character for me and I never rooted for her as much as I wanted to. I agreed with most of the decisions she made, I just didn’t have enough to relate to. I enjoyed her character, especially in the end chapters, because she seemed like a realistic teenager and I’d really like to see her powers and her character develop in the next book.
I felt the same about most of the characters, as they are something I really analyse when reading. They’re just missing that spark needed to make a really good bunch of main characters. Other than that, I found myself liking all of them, just not loving them.

I thought the beginning of this book was going to be eye-roll worthy, as in the second scene Robbie asks Mo out and she’s left excited about this dream date. However, Amanda surprised me in that aspect, and as I realised what was actually going on in the romance department, I rejoiced. I really liked the guy she picked, and he came across really nicely for the first book, I just thought it was incredibly rushed. As soon as they’d had their first date, they were talking seriously about a relationship. I think the build-up could have been much more intense, and give us chance to see if the reader actually likes him! I hadn’t even decided if I liked the main heroine and if I wanted her to have the best possible guy yet. It happened too rapidly, and if we’d found out more about him, we could have fallen in love with him easier. It was a shame, because I really liked him.
The main storyline was nicely done for a first book. I think the first book is always setting up the series by showing the rules and whatnot.  It had a nice balance between romance and actual plot, and  we find out Morrigan’s powers along with her. What Morrigan can specifically do is unknown by just about everyone, and I liked the mystery, I just wonder if random powers are going to crop up all over the place at convenient times. She can scry, and animals seem attached to her which was amusing. I found myself laughing at the antics Morrigan used her powers for when she’d first discovered them, and was glad that she didn’t use them too recklessly and immaturely. I was genuinely surprised by the ending, I wonder where in the storyline that’s going to be used and hope it will give another layer. I thought that Morrigan was a realistic teenager when she didn’t do much self-defence in this book, and I can see her powers growing interestingly.
The worst problem for me, had to be the editing. This is a self-published book and the typos were pretty bad. There were too many and this had an effect on the overall rating.

 I enjoyed the mythology used and the overall book was interesting and a nice read.
I give this 3 Stars


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three-stars

Feature and Follow #1

I’m participating in Feature and Follow, a weekly meme by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to gain book blog followers and make new friends!


This weeks activity is…
Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common?

I easily choose Rose Hathaway, she’s feisty, loyal and is not afraid to punch someone in the face when they deserve it! Whilst I certainly wouldn’t punch someone in the face, I really like her determination and think we have that in common. There was no contest, Rose Hathaway is entraining and hilarious. I think Rose’s appearance has long hair, brown hair and actually quite muscular because of all the training she does with Dimitri. I’d also like to be her just to be with Dimitri actually!
This series is by Richelle Mead and my favourite YA of all time.


Who do you choose?

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Favourite Five Friday


1. Chloe Neil is the author of the Chicagoland Vampires series, if you haven’t read them before, you should check them out. If she gets to 8,000 likes on Facebook and 5,000 on Twitter, she will give away one more autographed copy of House Rules ( Chicagoland Vampires #7) in her givaway! Go here for more.

2. The Atlantic Wire has given awards for this year’s best YA, they’ve chosen Best Prose, Most Worthy Of Our Tears etc. See here




3. I’ve heard so many people rave about Jennifer L’Armentrout’s Lux series and I have yet to read them but Vampire Book Club has done a review on the first novel Obsidian here. The third novel, Opal releases on the 11th December. If you haven’t read the first one either, this is the blub:

Starting over sucks. 
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, outhouses, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring. Until I spotted my hot neighbor with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth. 
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marked me. 
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and the mark he left on me has me lit up like Las Vegas strip to the bad guys. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is. 



Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout // VBC Review
Wait a minute…who’s that on the front there?

Well hellooo Pepe Toth.

4. Rachel Caine’s Morganville book 14 is called Fall Of Night and 15 is called Daylighters! Fall Of Night is being released in May 7th.

5. Frost burned by Patricia Briggs is #7 in the Mercy Thompson series and Patricia Briggs has released a snipped here! Out 5th March 2013.


Have a great weekend everybody!







Desperately Desiring…

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)
Blurb:
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.


This is the first in it’s series of The Hunted by Jordan Dane, I’ve only read a few series about psychic’s before, and they seemed more upbeat. This one is YA and I’m interested to see if the really nice wolf cover has anything to do with this mysterious Gabe.

It comes out on the 18th December.

Review: Frostbite Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon and Emma Vieceli

Frostbite Graphic Novel by Emma Vieceli, Leigh Dragoon, Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy Graphic Novels #1
Published by Razorbill on August 23rd 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
four-half-stars



Blurb:

The drama and romance continue in this 144-page full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second Vampire Academy novel, Frostbite, which was overseen by Richelle Mead and features beautiful art by acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli.

As you might know, Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series is one of my favourite series, and I was delighted to find out that a graphic novel was being released. It was illustrated by Emma Vieceli and adapted by Leigh Dragoon.

I really liked it, and thought it got the whole gist of Vampire Academy. However, with the graphic novel, you miss certain funny back and forth, or entire conversations that simply make the book. It’s harder to empathize with Rose, because you don’t fully get immersed into her thoughts.Yet, I think that’s simply because it’s a graphic novel and you can’t cram it full, it just needs the important bits.  Leigh Dragoon adapted it very well, and the witty thoughts are still there, making me laugh. It’s a really quick, easy read for someone who wants to catch up with the books but doesn’t have a lot of time.
The drawings are amazing, Dimitri is drawn well…ahem, and the characters are how they are described in the book, Emma Vieceli has clearly worked hard at trying to get everything correct. I found myself getting enraptured with the story again and flying through the pages, I haven’t read the books in a while and this reminded me how much I desperately need to re-visit them.
Overall an 4.5 Stars

four-half-stars