Saturday, May 21, 2011

Desires Of The Dead by Kimberly Derting...

Series: The Body Finder (Book #2)
Published: March 17th 2011 by Headline Book Publishing   
Pages: 358
Rating: 3 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
I thought that this book was really good overall but there were a few things that stopped me from liking it as much as I did "The Body Finder". I thought that the plot was still really good and there was a lot of suspense in the plot and a whole lot of things happen that you arn't expecting but I also found the plot to be very confusing I thought that it jumped quite a bit, but that could also have to do with the fact that I had long periods in between reading the book. I thought that the characters were really well written just like "The Body Finder" and I really did like the character of Mike, but his sister I found really creepy but I think that was the vibe that Kimberly Derting was going for.

Overall I thought that this book was really good and was a pretty good follow-up to "The Body Finder" and is definitley worth reading.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh...

Series: Nevermore (Book #1)
Published:  August 31st 2010 by Atheneum
Pages: 543
Rating: 2 stars
Age Recommendation: -
And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted - nevermore!

--from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game.

Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind.

Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.
I was really excited to read this book after seeing so many great reviews on it, so naturally I had pretty high expectations for this book and sadly I was let down big time. I thought that there were too many characters and I found myself not even being able to remember which of the characters were her original friends from the start of the book. And I didn't really see why she was frinds with them in the first place, they seemed tp have nothin in common apart from the girls being Cheerleaders and they all seemed so shallow, where as Isobelle was nothing like that. But in saying that I really found myself likeing the charcter of Gwen. I found her the most funny and likeable character throughout the book. Another thing I found myself not liking was the plot I found that it kept jumping and I also found it really unrealistic even for a fanatasy/paranormal book.

Overall I found this book to be really dissapointing. And for me the book just seemed to fall flat.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead...

Series: Vampire Academy (Book #3)
Published:  November 13th 2008 by Razorbill
Pages: 444
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa-the last Dragomir princess-must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most..but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
This book is definitley my favourite in the series along with Last Sacrifice. This series continues to amaze me no matter how many times I read it and I find myself loving the characters and the series even more. I love Richelle Mead's writting style and the way that she has found just the right balance between reality and supernatural in this series. I also love how we get to see more of Christian in this book and we get to see another side of him when he is around Rose. I also liked how we got to see the Royal Court and how we got introduced to Ambrose. I also thought that the plot in this book was really good, how we got to see Rose and all of her other class mates go through their feild experience at school and also how we got to see how Rose and Dimirti's relationship develops even more throughout the book.

Overall I thought this was an amazing edition to what has to be my favourite series

Frostbite by Richelle Mead...

Series: Vampire Academy (Book #2)
Published:  April 10th 2008 by Razorbill
Pages: 327
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians-including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose's formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks. This year, St. Vladmir's holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose-and her heat-are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
From reading this series countless times, I have found that each time I read a book from this series for another time, I have a new appreciation for the book and just how great this series really is and for how talented Richelle Mead is as an author. The plot and the characters are written flawlessly and there is a great balance between the supernatural and reality which Richelle Mead does so well and what I love about her writting. I thought that the plot was amazing in this book and it had a lot of suspense and adventure in it. I also loved how in the book we get to see more of the Strigoi and how they actually react and interact with each other. I also love how we get to see the relationship between Rose and Dimitri develop. Another thing that I really like about this book is the character of Adrian, I really liked his attitude and I thought he was a great charcter to have added into the series.

Overall I thought that this book was really good and is a great edition to the series.

Quick Update...

Hey Guys,

Sorry I haven't made a review in a while but the truth is is that I haven't been reading at all latley. I'm taking a few minutes break to put up the 2 reviews that I haven't posted all ready for you guys. I have a lot of school work due that goes towards my final overall mark for the year in December which will determine if I get into University or not, so at the moment im just focusing on my school work. But with me saying this it doesn't mean that I won't be reading books for months I'm just letting you know that there will probably be quite a lot of time where I am reading one book, but I will try and read the books as quickly as possible for you guys.

But I hope everyone is well and you will be hearing from me soon.

Sophie. x