Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Athena Effect (TAE #1) - by Derrolyn Anderson
NB can I just say I LOVE the name Derrolyn? Just....SWOON! Don't be surprised if it comes up in my writing or something ;)

Official Blurb:  

Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content to live as one with the nature that surrounds her, finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

My Review:

ahhh <3

This book is lovely!! Cal and Cal could perhaps be my OTP, and their ship name (Cal!) is, like, SO cool!!

I really like the way that it's not so supernatural that the main character can't share her powers - and that she's not another being! It just makes it.

The sign of a good book in the YA genre is that they can take the same ideas and plot line as everyone else (because, let's face it, there's only about 3 plot lines used in all these books) and make it special. I like to talk about the 'wow' factor - what makes me want to read one book over any other. The wow factor in this would probably be the genre swap thingy.

What genre swap thingy, you may ask. Well, that's kind of simple. It's the way that the heroine is kick-ass, and a heroine at that. She's not helpless by any means and I love the way that she see's everything. It's refreshing to see her view because of her background and really makes me question the world around me.

What did I learn from Cal (boy): From Cal, I learned that you don't have to be who society wants you to be, and that you're always changing. I learned that nothing is concrete and you can truly do whatever you set your mind to.

What did I learn from Cal (girl): From Cal, I learned that it doesn't mean your weak if you need someone else. You can be one of the strongest people in the world and relying on someone or trusting them does not make you weak. And I learned that sometimes self control is necessary.

This book is amazing and inspiring. The whole third person thing annoyed me a little bit , especially for small sections it would sometimes jump perspectives but it didn't really annoy me, it was more of a pet peeve. The Cal and Cal thing also annoyed me at the beginning, but it was fine after a while!

Now while you go and buy and read this book, I'm gonna go buy and read the second!!

Queen of Reading,
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness #3) by P.T Michelle

Destiny (BKoD #3) - by P.T Michelle

Official Blurb:

When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head. Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together. As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?

Note: DESTINY is the 3rd book in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series. It isn't the last book. There will be one more book

My Review:


Immediate Reaction Post-Read: HOLY SMOKES I'M NOT SURE WHETHER TO HUG P.T OR CHOKE HER! THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH I WAS LIKE: oh yeah, this could be the last book despite what she says. It's drawing to a close and stuff AND THEN BAM! BLOODY CLIFFHANGER URGHHH *slowly dies painful death*

This book continues with Ethan and Nara's journey (nuh DUH) in a way that has me lying on my knees and begging for more. This is one of those amnesia books, but one of the better ones. Even though it's one of the best amnesia books i've read, it's still an amnesia book that has me on my toes just screaming at the author: JUST TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE I DIE, DAMNIT! (what I mean by an amnesia book is that it's a book where someone has amnesia and therefore parts - if not all - of the book are surrounding the things that the character with amnesia has forgotten)

There's a lot of tension in this book, all surrounding Ethan's amnesia and the things he didn't tell Nara. To be honest, I think that P.T went a little overboard with the whole tension thing. At first I understood Nara's reasoning for not trusting Ethan and stuff but after a while I was yelling at Nara to get her head in gear and man up. She seemed a little bit more wimpy in this book than in the others but hopefully that won't carry into the next book!

There are a shitload of discoveries that are made in this book on the whole supernatural creatures front. One of the things that I like best about these books is that no one holds the answers. No one character knows everything and is telling the rest post their journey, rather it's little discoveries by many characters that are put together to create the whole big thing.

This book is well-written just like the other books. There are a couple sentences that don't make sense or words missing but she's only human and there are always mistakes. I have to say, I still remain neutral on the whole writing front - her writing doesn't do anything for me; it doesn't drag me in or connect me. Some books you read for the writing, some for the stories. This is a story kind of book.


Sorry, just still so beat up about that last LINE, P.T!!!

Grr, I can't wait for the next one to be out! GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME! I look forward to sharing more about Nara and Ethan's journey with you when the next book comes out. All it says about the release is that its 2014 so I'm looking for it to come out in 2 months time, ya here? *snicker snicker*

Well, that's really all I have to say, but let me know what you think!!

Queen of Reading,
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) - by Tahereh Mafi

Official Blurb:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review:

To be honest, I'm not sure what I think of this book. I read this on recommendation from a friend, and I think I'm glad I read it. To be honest, I'm still recovering. She said this amazing thing - 'Shatter Me shattered me.' and if I had to pick one statement to describe how I feel about the book that's probably it. 

This book took me a while to read, but that could be because I kept getting distracted by my friend who kept asking me stuff. I felt kind of pressured to read it, and so I may not have soaked up everything about it.

The thing that gripped me about this was the writing. It's unconventional and, to be honest, I don't totally understand it. The way it is written is very personal - there are personal touches such as strikeouts which really confused me because they were what she wasn't supposed to think but did anyway...I think which were a very effective technique and there was repetition about important important important points.

Now, you may think I'm mocking her writing style (is it a her) by what I did above, but that was and is not my intent - my intent is just to demonstrate. It's a very effective writing style, and it's pretty much all personal reflection on the world, which makes me think about how I see the world in relation to how the main character sees it.

As to the story, it didn't grip me that much. But I do have to tell you that everyone in this entire book is smokin' hot. Can I get a HALA? Like, seriously. WHY ARE THEY ALLL SO DAMN GORGEOUS AND I'M JUST HERE IN MY SWEATS WITH MY CATS DRINKING A MILKSHAKE?? It was really easy to find myself distracted from the book, or procrastinating with something else.

This book is extremely popular and I can see why, but for me it just didn't do anything. I've been sitting on this review for a few days now, but my perspective remains the same. I hope to re-read this book without someone sitting on me (sorry, friends) and see if that makes a difference, but at the moment my TBR list is full to bursting and being added to everyday. and RELEASES SOON *grins* so I'm getting my re-read on.

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any suggestions/comments there's a 'Message Me' tab above as well as a space for comments below!!

Queen of Reading,
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1) by P.T Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness (BKoD #1) - by P.T Michelle

Official Blurb:

Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

My Review:

This is the second time I've read this book, and it's even better the first time (that may be because I'm older and more experienced, but ehh whatever!). This book is ah-mazing, with just the perfect mix of romance, mystery, paranormal activity, danger, excitement and adventure. And, oh yeah, boy oh boy does it include all of those things!

To be honest, there's nothing about this book that really stands out to me about this book other than the overall amazingness of it. I mean normally, theres' something that just grips me and keeps me reading and once I finish I can say - "the writing was so good, it had me gripped from page one!" "LOVED the story, it was such a page turner!" "The character - OHEMGEE - they had me up until 3 am just DYING!" - but with this book there is no such line.

The writing is pretty flawless - it's refreshing to occasionally find a book with little to no spelling and grammatical errors *eye roll* - but yet not sophisticated enough that it takes 90% of your brain to understand! The writing is simple and suits the story well, having quite a lot of 'flow' (i'm finally starting to work out what 'flow' is) and yet it's still kind of raw and rough.

The characters are well developed, yet not shown totally. There's more than one side (YAY!) and there's mystery shrouding the characters. I love it when you watch discoveries that the characters share about themselves as opposed to just discoveries they make about their situations and 'supernatural abilities' and the like. It's nice!

So an all-round good report! Nothing that really stood out, and to be honest this was one of those book I kind of forgot about, but it's a nice read that's gorgeous and I love! It's perfect for when you're in a curious mood and ready to go on an adventure without having to make too many discoveries ;)

So, that's it! Let me know if you enjoy :P

Queen of Reading!
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Comfort Books


So, don't know if you understand what I mean by comfort books, so I'm going to explain! Comfort books are the books you pick up on a sick or lazy day, they're books you've read before and you read over and over again, they are those dog-eared, spine-bent books that you always go to. They're the books you read to feel at home, to feel comfortable. So I thought I'd list my comfort books/series. ***NOTE: THESE ARE NOT NECESSARILY MY FAVOURITE BOOKS!!***

1. Significance by Shelly Crane
So, the version I have of this book is definitely not the best version. It's like first edition and has MAJOR mistakes, but I can never get over this story. The first book is just so cute and uncomplicated and kind of fast-paced and I just love love love love LOVE it!! It's one of the first books I go to on those lazy/sick days and it's one of my favourite re-reads!!

2. The Witch-Fairy Series by Bonnie Lamer

As mentioned before, this is a great series! Starting with True of Blood, this series is always going to give you a laugh and a good time. You literally can not go wrong with any of these books - they will never leave you astray or lull you into a false sense of security before smacking you in the face with
something. No, these books will always be your friend!

3. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
This book doesn't meet my normal quote - it's not fantasy and it's sad, but something about it always manages to hit me right in the spot. You know that spot where everything just feels like it's 10 times stronger? Yeah, it hits me there. Which means that there are a couple tear-stained pages but it also just makes me grateful for life, and that's a good feeling.

That's all I can think of at the moment!!

Let me know, what's your comfort book(s)??

Queen of Readin'
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!

Friday, 4 October 2013

An Old Review...

Hey guys,

So I found an old blog of mine *eep* and it had a couple reviews up there so I thought I'd post one. It's a review on one of my favourite series and although this review doesn't say much I'm planning on re-reading the series (new release soon!) and posting an even better review!! So, here you go...

Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2) - by P.T Michelle

So, I've been a bit slow with my reading lately, which is SO unusual for me it's not even funny!
I just finished Lucid, which is the second book in the Brightest Kind of Darkness series by P.T. Michelle, and may I just say, I HATE CLIFFHANGERS!!

So this book continues on with Ethan and Nara, but Ethan's absent due to the fact that he's trying to patch up his relationship with his family. Nara's all alone and deathly misses Ethan and so to keep him in her thought's she's made him a journal with information about raven's, to try and help him with his tattoo.

I really really want to write more but I'm scared I'll give away the story, and I don't want to do that! I loved this book and was SO devastated when it ended at 3 am that I went and joined P.T Michelle's newsletter so I wouldn't miss out on anything! I have to say it was a little bit of a slow read and, literally, just when I get hooked it ends. I don't know if that was the intent, but the technique works if she wants people to continue reading her series!

I can't really expand except to say that I would definitely recommend this read, but read the first book first if you haven't already. There's nothing that stood out to me a particularly amazing, just an overall sense of wonderness (is that a word? Oh, who cares!) that eclipses the series. Some books get you hooked through the writing, other's the story. I think this is a bit of both!!

So, overall, I have one more comment, that has nothing to do with the book (and yes, I do like italics). Just to let anyone know that if they want to suggest a book for me to read then I'm open to suggestions and I'll post my review :)

Have fun reading!!


So, there you have it! One of my first reviews, ladies and gentlemen!!

Queen of Reading,
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!