31 October 2012

REVIEW: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
Paperback, 384 pages
Published: July 5th 2012

Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy - he hunts dead people.
People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled in curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who's ever dared to enter her spooky home.
Everyone, that is, except Cas...

[From Amazon]

October Wrap Up/November TBR

Books read in October:
Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

November TBR:
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Bzrk by Michael Grant
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Underworld by Meg Cabot
Gone by Michael Grant
The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

28 October 2012

REVIEW: The Declaration by Gemma Malley

The Declaration (The Declaration #1) by Gemma Malley
Hardback, 320 pages
Published: October 2nd 2007

Anna Covey is a 'Surplus'. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination. Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a new inmate arrives. Anna's life is thrown into chaos. But is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy? A tense and utterly compelling story about a society behind a wall, and the way in which two young people seize the chance to break free.

16 October 2012

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

For those people who haven't read/heard of The Mortal Instrument Series the books are as follows:
1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
3. City of Glass
4. City of Fallen Angels
5. City of Lost Souls
and the 6th book is City of Heavenly Fire and it will be released in March 2014

The Mortal Instruments series is a story about a girl called Clary Fray who thinks she's "normal". She meets a boy at a club she's at with her best friend Simon, and he seems to be invisible to everyone else. He introduces himself as Jace Lightwood after Clary witnessed him and two other people killing a boy. Jace explains that the boy was a demon and then disappears. Clary thinks nothing of it until she spots Jace again, and of course, he's invisible to everyone else, again. Clary gets a distressing phone call from her mother telling her not to come home, and of course, Clary does. Clary arrives home to find the house trashed and her mother missing. She is then attacked by a demon and Clary uses a weapon that Jace gave her to kill the demon. Jace finds Clary and takes her to The Institute. When Clary wakes up she finds out that the world isn't what she thought. She finds out that Jace and the two other people from the club (Alec and Isabelle Lightwood) are Shadowhunters that protect humans or 'mundies' as they call the from demons. She also finds out that there are other supernatural beings like Werewolves and Vampires living in the city. Clary has to do her best to fit into this new world that was thrust upon her, and she finds out she more than fits in, she belongs in this world.

I absolutely love this series! I was kept on my toes with this series wondering what they could possibly do next, what would make the next book more amazing, how the story was going to play out, and every time I got a huge shock at the plot. There is no way that you can guess exactly how this story is going to work out because the minute you think you do, something comes along and completely destroys the happiness and then everything is in chaos again. Clary is definitely my favourite character in the book. She's impulsive, a fighter and never lets anyone decided what she can and can't do. She's absolutely hilarious most of the time and she's such a lovely person. She's the perfect main character. 

Jace, Isabelle and Alec are amazing characters as well: Jace with his sarcastic humour, smug attitude and sexy smiles; Isabelle with her strong nature and her beauty; and Alec with his parental attitude (because he's the oldest) and his down to earth personality. You couldn't ask for better characters in a book.
The plot of City of Bones had me hooked from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down until I finished it, and then I just really wanted to read the next one. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job writing these books because every time I finished one I desperately wanted the next one so I could find out what happened.  Not a lot of books have made me run up to library to order in the next one (because I'm a student and have no money to buy books!) but this series did. Each book brought a brand new story and lots of action that kept me hooked the whole way through the series. Now I don't know what I'm gonna do since City of Heavenly Fire ended on a huge cliffhanger and the next book isn't out until 2014! Cassandra, why are you torturing me?!

INSIST that you go and get a copy of this series RIGHT NOW and spend the next 2-3 weeks doing nothing but reading this series because it's just that AWESOME!

REVIEW: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White
Paperback, 352 pages
Published: January 6th 2011

Sixteen-year-old Evie has always taken comfort in the fact that she is normal, even though her best friend is a mermaid and her ex-boyfriend is a lunatic – and a faery.
In a world where paranormals are monitored and controlled, Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency because of her unique ability to see through glamours. But someone – or something – starts killing vampires, werewolves and other paranormals, and Evie must figure out what’s happening before they all disappear.
Then a shapeshifter named Lend breaks into the agency, and Evie is irresistibly drawn to him, even though he makes her aware that the IPCA is not as noble as she once thought. With everything Evie believes suddenly called into question, the IPCA is attacked and she must choose who she can really trust.
And when Evie discovers she’s part of a faerie prophecy of death and destruction… so much for normal.