31 May 2013

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
Series: No
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Publication Date: June 6th 2013
Source: Publisher [Netgalley]

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force - to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. 

When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel - a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories - memories that could only belong to Rhea - he realises he hasn't been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he's really fighting for.

I absolutely adore Malorie Blackman's novels. I read a lot of her books when I was in high school and the second I knew about this book I got so excited! I couldn't wait for it to come out and when I saw it on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to get a copy and I'm so glad that I got approved for it!

This was such a fantastic dystopian novel. Brilliant characters, amazing plot and fantastic twists!

I really liked Kaspar. He was so motivated and determined to do something great with his life and protect the people in his city from the rebels. He was extremely smart and observant.

Mac was such a friendly character. She was very smart and funny and she knew how to make Kaspar blush and feel uncomfortable and I really enjoyed those parts.

Rhea was an interesting character. I knew I should have hated her because she was a rebel, but there was just something about her. She just seemed different and nothing like how the rebels were described that she intrigued me. I wanted to know more about her.

The insurgents are so hated in this book. It's constantly mentioned how evil and stupid they are and how much they are hated. The amount of times it was said kind of started to make me doubt it.

There was some romance in this book, but really not a lot. There was something going on between Kas and Mac, but Kas also had an attraction to Rhea. It wasn't a major part of the book, more like a very very minor part. There wasn't much emphasis on it which I really enjoyed. I did, however, enjoy the development of Kas and Mac's relationship. They were friends for the whole book and you could just tell something was going to happen.
I'd had my fingers crossed for Rhea. But that never happened.

There was a MASSIVE twist at the end. One that I never saw coming at all. It was such a surprise. It was exciting and thrilling and I really enjoyed it!

The ending was alright. I expected a bit more from it and I was hoping that maybe something else would happen. But all in all, I really enjoyed this book. It's such a fantastic novel and I definitely recommend giving it a read when it comes out!

May Wrap Up

So May was a fantastic reading month for me. I managed to read 20 books! I have no idea how I managed to read that many! But I'm really happy :)

On to the books I read this month:
Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush
Ten by Gretchen McNeil

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Let the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall) by Shannon Messenger
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter
ACID by Emma Pass
Mila 2.0 (Mila 2.0 #1) by Debra Driza

Unremembered (Unremembered #1) by Jessica Brody
Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore

Until I Die (The Revenants #2) by Amy Plum
If I Should Die (The Revenants #2) by Amy Plum
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

Die For Her (The Revenants #2.5) by Amy Plum
Origins: The Fire (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #1) by Richelle Mead
Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

What books did you finish this month? Let me know in the comments! :)
My June TBR will be up tomorrow!

Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

Adapted by: Leigh Dragoon
Illustrated by: Emma Vieceli

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

So this is my first time reading/writing a review for a graphic novel. To be perfectly honest, the only reason I picked this up is because the south Lanarkshire libraries seem to have every book in the Vampire Academy series apart from the first one (which is pretty stupid). So when I saw the graphic novel in the library today I thought – Well, since I can’t get a hold of the book I may as well just read the graphic novel so that I know what happens and then I can read the rest of the series. I didn’t expect to love the graphic novel as much as I did. The pictures helped my imagination and I loved how some of the scenes were portrayed. The illustrations were beautiful and I enjoyed them.

So Vampire Academy is about this girl called Rose who is a Dhampir and she’s best friends with Lissa who is a Moroi. Rose is also Lissa’s guardian and she has to protect her from the evil Strigoi vampires. 

Rose is such a fantastic protagonist. She’s feisty, stubborn and kick ass. She’s got a brilliant attitude. She had me laughing quite a lot with the things she was thinking. She's so protective of Lissa and would do anything for her.

I loved Lissa’s character too. She was dependant on Rose at the start because of the situation they were in and also because of their bond. I just think she needs to learn to stick up for herself and not let every insult someone hurls at her tear her apart.

And then we have the guys. Dimitri and Christian.
So I loved both of them. They were both just fantastic characters.

Dimitri is the hot older guy that Rose has a crush on. He’s assigned to help her get her training back on track and you can just tell that there is chemistry between them. And then some stuff happened that led to this scene!
And I almost died. I JUST WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER! They have to be together!

And Christian was just amazing. At first I just thought of him as the weird loner guy, but as the book went on and there were more interactions with him, I started to really like him. You could tell he really cared about Lissa. Christian was such a badass with his fire power! And he and Lissa were just so cute together! 

I absolutely loved the storyline. From the start when Lissa and Rose were on their own to when they were brought back to the Academy and dealing with all of the people there. It was just fantastic.
I loved the storyline with Victor too. I never saw it coming! But it was brilliant. I feel bad about Natalie though. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someone will punch that bitch Mia in the face. She deserves it.

All in all, this was a fantastic story. I’ll still be trying to get my hands on the actual book though because I still really want to read it! But I will definitely be reading the rest of the graphic novels for the series too. I really enjoyed it!

30 May 2013

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Third book in the Iron Fey series
In less than twenty-four hours I'll be seventeen.

Although technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, age wise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in.

In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognise myself.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

I have no idea why I put this book down in April. It was brilliant, amazing, fantastic and I just loved it!

So this book picks up after what happened at the end of The Iron Daughter and Ash, Meghan and Puck are dealing with what happened. The Nevernever is in trouble because of the Iron Fey and the False King and it's up to Ash, Puck and Meghan to save the day.

Meghan is so powerful in this book. She has control over Summer and Iron glamour, but she just can't find out how to use them without getting ill. The two different glamours are rejecting each other. She became more kick ass than usual in this one after her sword training with Ash. She's got such an amazing attitude and I just love her so much!

Ash was his usual moody self in this book. But he's also such a sweet, loving, caring and protective character and he cares for Megan so much. She means the world to him and he's so scared of losing her.

I just really wished Puck would get lost in this one. I hate his stupid smirk and his flirty attitude. I just wanted him to go away and leave Ash and Meghan alone!

There was a hell of a lot going on in this book. The fight against the Iron Fey and the False King to save the Nevernever; Ash and Meghan's relationship; Megan's dad and the Winter and Summer courts.
I seriously don't know why I put this down. There was so exciting and jam packed full of action!

But the ending </3. Oh the ending! My heart was in pieces. I can't take it! I need to read The Iron King next month because I just HAVE to know what's going to happen!!

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Third book in the Revenants series

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

This is the 3rd and final book in the Revenants trilogy.
So this one picks up after that MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER at the end of Until I Die. Everyone is trying to come to terms with what has happened and find a way that can fix it.

Kate was so strong in this one. She never gave up hope, she went to any lengths to find a solution and she was so determined that she was going to find a solution. She never let herself believe that it wasn't possible. 

Vincents is such a fantastic character. He's willing to do anything and everything to protect and save the people that he loves. He's such a sweetheart and I just loved him to bits.

Violette is such a bitch! I was keeping my fingers crossed throughout the book that Kate would rip her head off or stab her because she deserved it.

I loved the storyline in this one. The main storyline was [spoiler] saving Vincent of course. They just HAD to find a way to do that or I would have died. Taking down the Numa & Violette was also another major part of this book because the Numa were getting out of hand under Violette's control.
Also, they were trying to work out who the hell the champion actually was since it definitely wasn't Vincent.

Now, I had my suspicions about who The Champion was in Until I Die mainly because of what Violette said about The Champion, but I had been thinking it through most of the book. It just made sense. I never believed it was Vincent. My guess for The Champion was right - WOO! Even though I'd guessed who it was, I loved seeing the process of how it was revealed and everything that went down after it. 

Jules also revealed his feelings for Kate in this one, even though he knew that Kate didn't feel the same way. I was kind of sad when he decided to stay behind so that he could get over Kate. I love Jules. He was also making jokes and making people feel good.

Charlotte and Ambrose! I had my fingers crossed for those two the second that I found out about Charlotte's feelings. They were so close and had such an amazing relationship that I just really wanted them to get together!

I loved Charles in this one. Even though we don't get to see him until the end, he's changed so much. Now that he's been with a group of Revenants that have been through the same things as him, he's became more like himself and he's feeling happier now.

The ending was happy and sad. Happy because the Revenants won and Kate & Vincent can be together forever, but sad because of the Revenants they lost during the fight.
I'm so glad that Kate and Vincent are getting their happy ending because they definitely deserve it.

This book was such a fantastic end to the series, and even though I guessed what was going to happen with the main storyline I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly suggest The Revenants series if you haven't read it yet. It's fantastic and full of action!

29 May 2013

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Second book in the Revenants series
I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever.

It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. And if I pretend, I can almost believe that my life is normal and everyone I care about is safe.

But as long as I’m with Vincent, “normal” doesn’t exist. Gorgeous, charming, and witty, he’s everything you could ask for in a boyfriend—but his destiny is so much more.

Even more terrifying than his destiny are his dangerous enemies, enemies who will kill for immortality. How are Vincent and I supposed to be together forever if we’re always in danger?

I know I’ll do whatever it takes—even if it means lying to the people I love—to fight against a fate that is trying to tear us apart.

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy

Until I Die picks up not long after Die For Me with Vincent trying to find a way to be with Kate and the Revenants dealing with the constant Numa threat.

The storyline in this one was fantastic. I was hooked right from the first chapter when Vincent is teaching Kate how to fight. I love them so much when they're together. They're just perfect for each other!

I love Kate. She's such a bad ass! She's a human who fights alongside Revenants and doesn't seem to find it weird. She's such strong, intelligent character.

I love love love Vincent so much more in the book! He's just such a cutie and he's willing to do anything to be with Kate which makes my heart melt.

Jules is such a sweetheart too. He's very protective of Kate and he's just hilarious and extremely flirty.

I basically love all of the Revenants. Although I'm not too sure what I think of Charles because he hasn't been very warm or friendly, but I love Charlotte, Ambrose, JB and Gaspard.

There were two new Revenants introduced in this book: Arthur and Violette.
Arthur was kind of a mystery at the start. He didn't seem very open to being friendly with humans and I just didn't get a good vibe from him. But by the end, I loved him.
Violette was an interesting character. Her and Kate became friends instantly and Kate was helping Violette get in touch with the 21st century. I really liked Violette at the start. She seemed like a friendly, helpful character. By the end, I hated her guts.

So there was a new numa leader in this book - because of what happened to the old one in Die For Me - and the Revenants were trying to find out what they were planning because all had gone quiet on the numa end.
Vincent was also trying to find a way to resist the urge to kill himself in someone elses place so that he and Kate could have a normal relationship. The Revenants were also talking about 'The Champion' and JB was determined that Vincent is The Champion.
Kate was also working behind Vincents back and trying to find a safer way for Vincent to resist his urges.

And then THAT ENDING! Holy crap! I didn't see that coming! It was so unexpected! It was a massive cliffhanger! I'm so glad that I had the last book in the trilogy because I don't think I could have waited to find out what happened. I feel bad for everyone who did have to wait though, because that ending was a killer!

This was such a fantastic follow up to Die For Me. I didn't expect it to be better than the first one, but it definitely was!

28 May 2013

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

I'd seen a lot of amazing reviews for this book, plus one of my friends kept going on and on at me to get this book and read it. So when I got it for my birthday, I knew that I had to read it this month. I was actually expecting to really enjoy this book. The synopsis sounded really interesting and I was looking forward to reading it. However, I actually didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There were too many things I got annoyed with. It was still enjoyable, but it's definitely not one of my favourite books.

I liked the main character Aislinn. She could see faeries but had to pretend that she couldn't. I really admired how she could do that even when they were right in her face or were talking about her. It's definitely not something I could have done. She was just a nice, genuine, intelligent character and I really liked her.

I loved Seth! He was so sweet, thoughtful and caring. You could tell that he had feelings for Aislinn, but she just couldn't see it. I felt really bad for him because it kind of seemed like she was leading him on a bit and he was such a nice character.

And then we had Keenan. The Summer King. Oh, how I hated him. He was such an arrogant ass! He was controlling and pushing and he was always following Aislinn around and stalking her. I really couldn't stand him. He was trying to push Aislinn into something she didn't want, push himself on to her and I really just wanted to slap him. And I hated him for what happened to Donia.

Donia was a brilliant character as well. I really felt bad for her because of her situation. She was so in love with Keenan, but she couldn't have him because of what she was. She was nice and friendly and I just loved her. 

I absolutely HATED the romance in this book. I liked Aislinn/Seth, but that was about the only one. I hated that Keenan and Aislinn had an attraction, Donia kind of liked Seth, and then there was Keenan and Donia. Seriously, there was too much. It was driving me insane by the end. 

The storyline was alright. Nothing fantastic. Just Keenan trying to persuade Aislinn into becoming his queen so he could overthrow his mother. It was just an average storyline.

I'll probably be reading the second book eventually. I have it sitting on my shelf, so I'll get around to it at some point.

27 May 2013

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Second book in the Lorian Legacies series
I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.
And I'm ready to fight.

This one picks up just after the events in I Am Number Four. Four, Six and Sam are on the run and are recovering in a motel room.

This is split into two different stories. We hear from Sam, Six and Four, but we also hear from Number Seven who is living in Spain.

There was a lot going on in this story.
In America - Sam, Six and Four are on the run from the police because they are wanted fugitives. They're training, discovering what's in Four's chest, fighting the Mogadorians and trying to figure out their next move.
Meanwhile, in Spain - Seven is living in a convent with her guardian. She's constantly searching for news of her fellow Lorians but her guardian has lost all faith in Lorian. Seven is doing everything she possibly can to restore faith in her guardian.

I didn't feel as much of a connection with Four in this was as I did in the first one. Maybe it was because this book wasn't fully about him. I still really liked his character though. He was funny, cocky, sweet, but I also felt sorry for him because he was dealing with Henry's death. Four was having to learn everything by himself now.

Six is probably my favourite character. She's such a badass! She's funny, powerful and just really amazing!

I love Sam too. He's such a sweet, intelligent character. He's just a normal guy who has been thrown into the middle of an alien war, and he's taking it surprisingly well.

I really liked Seven as well. She was just trying to fit in like a normal girl, but she didn't feel like she fit in at the convent. She's a determined character. She wants to find the other Lorians and help fight.

There was a lot of action and fighting in this book. The fight scenes were amazing and I loved seeing the Lorians use their powers. 

The romance in this book was kind of weird. There was something going on with John and Six, but there was also something going on with Sam and Six. And then there was the whole John and Sarah thing so the romance kind of annoyed me. I don't understand why John should get both girls. It's not fair to Sam. 

The ending was amazing! The twist with the Lorians was fantastic! I kind of expected it though because of what they kept saying in the book, but it was still great to see it revealed. But SAM! AHH! I need the next book because I need to find out about Sam!

I really enjoyed this book! I didn't like it as much as the first one, but it was still a really great book!

Forbidden by Jana Oliver

Second book in the Demon Trappers series

Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them… 

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.
But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…

So this one picks up right after the first book with the Trappers dealing with the demon attack on The Guild.

I really liked Riley in this book. She was still the badass from the first book, but she had a hell of a lot to deal with in this one. With her boyfriend acting all weird, being accused of helping the demons enter the ward and dealing with Beck, she sure had a lot on her plate. I just love her attitude! She doesn't care what people think of her and she's so determined to prove herself. She was slightly naive in this book and I feel bad for her because of what her naivety led to. 

Beck was being an even bigger ass in this book, but I still love him. I find it hard not to love Backwoods Boy. He's so protective of Riley and he'd do anything for her. I just wish he would tell Riley how he feels about her! He's the best guy for her, and he just doesn't see that! He's such a sweetheart.

Simon was such an assbutt in this one! Seriously! I couldn't believe how much of a dick he was compared to the first one. In the first book he was this goody two shoes boy and now he's just such a dick. I actually can't believe how he treated Riley in this one. If I was her, I would have punched him for what he did.

So we learnt a lot more about Ori in this one. We found out who he really is. When he revealed it I knew that Riley had made the wrong assumption and that Ori wasn't the good guy he was pretending to be. I was actually pretty broken up about that. If it couldn't be Beck, I was hoping for Ori. But now I really hate him for what he did to Riley. I hope he's gone for good.

I loved that Peter was a bigger part of this book. He's such an amazing friend. He had a lot going on in this book as well. I really liked the change in Peter in this one. He became more fun and was able to do a lot of things now that he was living with his dad. He was much happier in this book as well and I love how close he and Riley are.

There was a hell of a lot going on in this book with the Demon Hunters showing up, the whole thing with Ori, Riley and Beck's relationship, Riley's abusive ex, the Demons & Hell, Riley's dad and of course the corruption that's going on with the holy water supply.

I'm really intrigued by the holy water supply storyline and I'm interested to know who's been tampering with it and why. I'm also interested in seeing what's going to happen now that the Demon Hunters are here. They're already after Riley and they're probably gonna cause a hell of a lot of trouble. I'm also wondering why Riley's ex has been brought back into the story - personally, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he has a run in with Beck.

The ending was amazing! I can't wait to find out what's going to happen! I'm definitely going to be reading the next book ASAP!

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens
Publication Date: February 28th 2013
Source: Bought

A catastrophic plan crash leaves one survivor: a girl with no memory.

Who is she?

Where does she come from?

Nobody knows and no one comes forward to claim her.

Haunted by a looming threat she can't remember and plagued by abilities she doesn't understand, she struggles to recall who she is. But every clue leads to more questions. And she's running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a boy who claims they were once in love.

Alone and on the run, who should she trust? And what if she discovers that she is safer with a past that stays unremembered?

I'd seen this book around a lot before I bought it and I was dying to get my hands on it because the synopsis just sounds awesome. I really enjoyed this book! It was packed full of action and questions I was dying to find out the answers to!

So our main character 'Violet' (Not her real name, but I'm not going to use her real name in the review) is found in the middle of a plane crash in the ocean and she's the only survivor. 'Violet' has no idea who she is or how the hell she survived the plane crash. But there is a mystery surrounding her. No one can find any traces of her or any evidence that she was actually on the plane.

I loved 'Violet'. I found her hilarious even though most of the time she wasn't meaning to be funny. She had no memories and was pretty much clueless when it came to most stuff but give her a maths problem and she'd be able to solve it no problem, no matter how hard it is. She was extremely intelligent - like super smart! - and incredibly strong.

Zen - or Lyzender - is our main male character and also 'Violets' love interest (even though she doesn't remember him). I liked Zen from the first time he appears in the book even though he's only there very briefly. But from that point I knew that he was definitely going to be one of the good guys and I was hoping to see more of him. He's so in love with 'Violet' that it's actually heartbreaking because she has no idea who he is. He's so desperate and determined to get her back.

So like I said, there were a hell of a lot of questions that needed to be answered in this book, like: Who is 'Violet'?; Where did she come from?; Why does she have no memories?; Why are there people after her?
And all of these questions are answered towards the end of the book. I liked the suspense and the discovery of the answers. I really enjoyed the way that was all done.

There was a bit of action in this book with the people who were after 'Violet'. The romance wasn't a major part of this book mainly because 'Violet' didn't remember Zen but there were a few scenes of them together and you could see their relationship developing and I really enjoyed it.

The ending was amazing and it's just made me more excited to get my hands on the next book when it comes out!

20 May 2013

Bout of Books: Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Hello everyone!

So the Bout of Books readathon is over! I'm so happy that I decided to take part in this readathon. It's the first one I've ever done and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed pushing myself to read more books than I usually would, visiting new blogs and finding new blogs to follow and talking to people on twitter about the readathon.

So my goals for the readathon were:
1. Read 7 books
2. Visit some new blogs

And I'm happy to say that I managed to complete my goals! I finished my 7th book with just under 10 minutes to spare and I've followed a lot of new blogs this week and I can't wait to check them out!

The 7 books I managed to read this week were:
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (finish)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (finish)
 Unremembered by Jessica Brody
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
ACID by Emma Pass
Forbidden by Jana Oliver
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

And my final page count for the readathon is: 2514

So how did everyone get on with readathon? Did you manage to complete all of your goals?
Let me know in the comments, I'd love to know how you guys did!

18 May 2013

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza's debut novel. I received a copy of this from netgalley and I'd seen a lot of people getting really excited about it and then when I read the synopsis I knew I just HAD to read this book. It's taken me forever to get around to it but I finally did!

This is a sci/fi novel about a girl called Mila who finds out she's really an android. I was hooked the second I found out that part and I knew I was going to love it.

I really liked Mila's character. She was just this normal girl who had her life turned upside down when she was told she wasn't normal - she was an android. I really felt for Mila. She didn't know what to believe. She had all these memories that were false and she had to come to terms with what was real and what wasn't. I loved seeing Mila's development throughout the book where she was discovering who she really is and learning about herself. 

I enjoyed Mila's relationship with her 'mum'. Although Nicole isn't Mila's biological mother, she cares so much about her. Mila may be angry with her mum for lying to her, but she was just trying to protect her like any loving mother would. 

I'm still kind of iffy on Hunter. Since we never actually got to learn about him I'm not too sure if he's good or bad. He seems kind of sketchy. Super hot guy moves to the middle of nowhere and instantly befriends the android girl? Seems a bit too good to be true. I have my suspicions about him actually being a Vita Obscura agent. Anyone else feel that way?

Lucas on the other hand is a character I can see myself really liking once I learn more about him. He was an interesting character in this book. He seemed to care a lot about Mila and connected with her in this book. I'm looking forward to seeing what happened to him and hopefully seeing a development in Mila and Lucas' relationship.

Holland was such a disgusting character. I hated him instantly. What he made Mila do was awful and the fact he got pleasure out of it and was smiling made me sick. I want to punch him in the face and see him die (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone will kill him).

Three was an interesting character. She was just Mila without real human emotion, which was kinda creepy. I'm definitely positive we haven't seen the last of her.

This book was full of action and I enjoyed reading it. I got sucked into the storyline and I was desperate to find out what was going to happen. I'm really excited for the next book because I want to know more about Vita Obscura and find out if my suspicions are correct! And also find out if Lucas is alright.

17 May 2013

ACID by Emma Pass

2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

This was such a fantastic debut novel! I was hooked from the very first chapter. I was packed with action and I loved the storyline.

So this book is set in the year 2113 and the UK is now the IRB and is run by ACID - police force. Jenna is in prison for murdering her parents when she was 15 years old. And then a lot of stuff happens that I can't tell you because it was spoil the book!

Jenna was a character I was unsure of to start with. I didn't know whether I should like her or not because she killed her parents - I was really confused. But either way, I couldn't deny that Jenna was such a kick ass character. She was strong, tough and never let prison take away her spirit. 
But then as the book went on and I started to learn more about Jenna, I grew to like her character. She's just the young girl who's extremely confused and doesn't know what's happened. I really felt for her. She was still kick ass though.

Max was a character that I instantly liked. I was shocked when it came into it though because of some circumstances that involved his dad earlier on in the book. I just didn't expect to see his character. Max was just a sweet, kind, naive character who had been dragged into something he didn't understand. I felt really bad for him because of the things he's been through and what happened to his family.

ACID are the ruling government of the IRB - I can't remember what that stands for - and they're extremely brutal. They go to extreme lengths to cover up their actions and a lot is uncovered about them in this book. You find out just how corrupt they actually are.

FREE are a group working against ACID and are trying to find evidence to overthrow them. They've infiltrated ACID and have helped a lot of people that ACID have wrongfully imprisoned/punished.

And then we have the NRA. The rebel group working against ACID who don't care about the consequences of their actions. The NRA group we met in this book is run by this guy called Jacob who is a complete ass. I had my suspicions about him right away and I just really didn't like him.

There was some romance in this book but it wasn't the main focus. It was interlaced throughout and there definitely wasn't any insta love (which I enjoyed). The romance kind of became a main focus towards the end, but I could deal with that because of the situation and the reason it became the main focus.

There was so much going on in this book that I started to get confused sometimes. Mainly with the amount of different names Jenna had. First she was Jenna, then Mia, then Sarah, then Jessica and then she pretended to be Holly. So, you can see why I got confused. There were so many different names that I had no idea what to call her.

The ending was nice (for a dystopian) and it had a slight hint that could lead to there maybe being a second book, but it also wraps things up nicely that it'd be fine if it was just a standalone.

I really did enjoy this book. It was action packed and I just didn't want to put it down. This is definitely a book that I recommend reading.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...

When I first picked up this book and started reading, I hated it. I didn't like the characters, I found everything they did extremely hard to believe and I didn't want to continue reading. But then I decided to finish it for the Bout of Books readathon and I'm glad I gave it another chance because I ended up enjoying it.

So this book is about a girl called Kate who moves back to this place called Eden with her mother because her mother is dying of cancer and it's what she wanted. And then strange things start happening and Kate meets the mysterious Henry.

I did find this book to ridiculous at the start. Kate becomes friends right away with the most popular girl in school, and then the popular girl tricks her and then dies whilst trying to get away. Kate meets Henry, and Henry brings said girl back to life. And then the next day at school, Kate, Ava - said girl - and James start having a completely normal discussion about the fact the Henry is probably Hades and he wants Kate to come and live with him for 6 months of the year like Persephone. What I couldn't grasp is WHY THEY WERE SO GODDAMN CALM ABOUT IT!? If I'd saw someone being brought back to live (after they were clearly dead) or I was the one that was brought back to life, I wouldn't be sitting having a calm conversation about how Greek Gods are real! And how you met Hades and agreed to go and live with him! I'd be freaking out! Like, seriously freaking out like any NORMAL person would. That was what really annoyed me about the first 50 or so pages of this book and it was why I really didn't want to continue.

But I pushed through eventually and I started to see some normal reactions from Kate and I had hope for this book from then on.

Kate was an alright character. I didn't like her, but I didn't hate her. She was just... meh. There wasn't anything special that stuck out about her.

It was actually Henry that started to grow on me. At first, I was hesitant about him - well he is the ruler of the underworld - but he turned out to be such a kind character. Henry's gone through a lot and I really felt for him. He was such a loving character but was afraid to show it in case anything happened to Kate. I really enjoyed the twist on the Persephone story that they had in this book.

I enjoyed seeing Kate going through all her tests - even if I didn't know what half of the test were - and I was surprised when I found out what they were actually testing her on. They only thing I have to say about this is I was actually expecting the test to last longer than this book. In my head I actually can't think of what could possibly be in the next 3 books. I just felt like everything moved a little too fast for my liking.

Henry and Kate's relationship was another thing that went too fast. Yeah, sure they were getting to know each other over months. But because the test only lasted the first book and we knew that when the tests were over, Kate and Henry were going to be married I was expecting their relationship to be more developed before that time came. But unfortunately it wasn't. Everything just moved a little too fast in this book for me.

I loved Kate and her mother's relationship. I enjoyed seeing them spend time together and seeing Kate coming to terms with her mother's condition and getting ready to say goodbye. They were so close and I enjoyed reading about them.

I didn't expect the twist when it came to who was trying to kill Kate/killed the previous girls. That shocked me. I was completely taken aback when it was revealed.

I'd kind of already spoiled who all the Gods were because I looked at the back of the book where the list is, so that wasn't really a surprise. I found myself constantly flipping back and forth because I couldn't remember who everyone was.

Overall, I thought this book was enjoyable. I might continue on with the rest of the series, but I'm in no rush. It was an enjoyable read and I enjoyed this take on the Greek Gods.