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Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: City of Glass (#3 The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

My Rating:
Book: City of Glass (#3 The Mortal Instruments)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication date: September 1st, 2009
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Review: Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford

My Rating:
Book: Beyond the Eyes (Beyond the Eyes  #1)
Author: Rebekkah Ford
Publication date: June 3rd, 2012
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell.
Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.

Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Book Review: Delirium (Delirium Book #1) by Lauren Oliver

My Rating 
Book: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication date: February 1st, 2011

Description from Goodreads: They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

My Review:

Wow... How a book can drastically change your mind from doubting and almost disliking it to irrevocably falling in love with it! I read Delirium right after finishing Matched, which from my review one may notice that it was not one of my all time favorite. I was unsure if it would be a smart move to read Delirium straight after Matched, due to the similarities other bloggers spoke of... but in the end I am happy that I did!

The characters really spoke out to me. I want to prevent referring and comparing this book back and forth with Matched, however I must say that the characters in Delirium was a refreshing change opposed to the characters in Matched. Lena, the protagonist, started off to be a shy, soft spoken and introverted character. Her best friend Hana had all the 'shine' and beauty which Lena envied and didn't believe she had herself. This portrayed her to be self doubting and self conscious. The two characters lived as and in contradictory life: Hana was tall blond and beautiful; outgoing, daring, confident and brave; rich, educated and had (almost) everything to her disposal -- whereas Lena was living in a poorer neighborhood, was an orphan, doubtful and believed herself to be not ugly but neither beautiful; and she was cursed for a damaged reputation which was put on her by her mother who was a Sympathizer and a former victim of the Love desease.

In the society they live in, they believe Love is a disease and if one 'catches' this disease, they will experience several symptoms which in turn will lead to hysteria and then death. It is therefore mandatory that every member of the society undergoes a special treatment after they reach the age of 18, to eliminate the "Love disease", also known as Amor Deliria Nervosa.

What I found so magnificent of this book is how Lauren Oliver described Love and its 'symptoms' which in Lena's world is portrayed to be very negative. From my own personal experience, I know how it feels like to be in love; but also how it feels like to be neglected by love, to experience heart sickness and unfortunately as well a broken heart. The manner in which Lauren describes the feelings of someone being in love, or having lost love, is so realistic and believable. What I also found so interesting was how Lauren successfully referred to the past as the present we live in now, and how things used to be and how they have changed in Lena's society. It made it that much more dramatic and intriguing and I found myself genuinely believing and feeling for the characters and what they were go through.

At first, I was afraid that Delirium was going to be another slow paced book, which honestly in the beginning it was, but it wasn't unpleasant and it did not make me want to give up on it. I enjoyed the relationships and the connections between the characters and how they evolved to be something genuine. The developments of the characters was not rushed and the emotions felt by the characters were intensely real. The relationship between Lena and Alex was so heartfelt, I always felt excited when they were together off to doing no good, risking their lives to be together, nurturing their love and slowly, and initially indirectly, rebelling against the society.

The rising action and climax of the plot was incredible, and it had me totally consumed and gripping on the pages of the book lusting to find out what would happen next. I was completely perplexed on how this book came to an end, and I almost feel embarrassed to admit this, but the ending was so frightening, exceptional, moving, and heart shredding, that I was sobbing before I could read the last few words of the final paragraph.

I did not give this book a complete 5/5 stars rating due to the fact that it had a slight slow paced start and due to the delayed rising action in the book which only at that point made the book more interesting to me; but it is definitely a must read for those readers out there who enjoy a beautiful, hopeless romantic, and thrilling book set in a dystopian society so well depicted by the author!

If you would like to purchase this book please click the Amazon Button below!

You can also get it in Kindle Edition by clicking here Delirium

Sunday, November 25, 2012

City of Bones: Movie Trailer

Movie: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments
From the Author: Cassandra Clare
Movie Director: Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid)
Mentioned Release date: August 23rd, 2013

Unless you have been living under a rock in the past few weeks, you must know now that the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book #1 of the series by Cassandra Clare) is going to be made in a movie and will be out in cinemas by August 23rd, 2013 (I can't wait this long!!).

Now I know, from my book review on City of Bones I did not seem overly excited about it. But the further I got through the series, the more I fell in love with the stories and the characters! Especially after seeing this trailer I can't wait to see the first book as a movie! Now I know from experience that movies originating from books are not always as good as the book itself, but this will definitely not stop me from seeing City of Bones! The director is also known from the movies The Karate Kid, Pink Panther 2, and Agent Cody Banks. AND, he is Dutch (as I am), so there's a proud moment for me ^^

See the trailer below:


Now I wasn't too fond of the castings (as I imagined Jace much more built and Handsome!) but after seeing the trailer I am slightly more convinced.

The cast list is as following:

Clary Fray ....................... Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White)
Jace Wayland .................. Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot ; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 & 2)
Simon Lewis ................... Robert Sheehan (Season of the Witch)
Alec Lightwood ............... Kevin Zegers (It's a Boy Girl Thing)
Isabelle Lightwood .......... Jemima West
Valentine Morgenstern ..... Jonathan Rhys Meyers (From Paris with Love; The Tudors)
Jocelyn Fray ................... Lena Headey (300)
Luke Garroway ............... Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Magnus Bane .................. Godfrey Gao

Check for more information of the characters here.

Not too bad I would say, especially Alec Lightwood and Valentine Morgenstern (hubba hubba!). And they better dye Jonathan (Valentine's) hair bleach blond or else they'll completely fail to portray his icey cold character...

So are you readers who have read the City of Bones looking forward to the movie?? I know I am!!

Review on City of Glass (Book #3) will follow very soon!

Please see my book review on City of Bones (Book #1) here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Peachy Feature: Feature and Follow # 2 Thankful

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can ReadCheck out their blogs to learn more about the rules and to eventually join in!

I really love this Meme, it is a perfect way to put yourself out there as a blogger and meet new bloggers as yourself! If you would like to follow me, you can do this through GFC (Google Friend Connect) or via email!
Make sure to notify me once you have followed me (by posting a comment below the blog post) so I can check out your FF and follow you back :) Also let me know if you have taken my button, I would love you grab your button as well and place it on my blog!

So let's start! The question for this Friday is:

Q: Are you thankful for a fellow blogger? Tell us about him or her.

Throughout my blogging times, I have been privileged to know many other fellow bloggers who share the same passion and values for books which have led to very interesting book conversations and diverse insights. Up to this very moment I have enjoyed this immensely so I would say that I am thankful to all my fellow followers who not only take their time to stop by but also leave a genuine comment on one of my reviews or random blog posts. They take the time to express their beliefs and opinions. Aside from reading books and writing reviews, I love going into book discussions and sharing different perceptions with other readers.
Thank you to all my followers who care to take a moment to express their opinions and perceptions, as this is one of the main things which keeps me going as a book blogger!

Of course I have fellow bloggers who inspire me, not only with their thoughtful insights, but also how they write their reviews, portray their blogs, and the way they maintain their followers. Among these mainly has been Linny's Literature. She was one of the first book bloggers I followed, and therefore I always checked back on her reviews. Unfortunately lately she hasn't been as active, but we all have our moments of spending time on other things in life. I look forward to her return!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

My Rating:
Book: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Publication date: November 30th, 2010
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

My Rating: 
Book: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication date: May 1st, 2012

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feature: Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday will be a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases which I'm eagerly anticipating!


Title: Rebel Hearts (Dust Lands #2)
Author: Moira Young
Pages: 432
Expected publication date: October 30th 2012
Description from Goodreads: Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.”

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

Why I can't wait to read... Okay, I know I have mentioned this book before, but since it is October and this book is coming out at the end of this month, I simply CAN'T wait for it to be released finally!! However, I have kind of begun to doubt the sequel as from many people’s reviews, or actually their first impressions (since I did not DARE to read the entire review for any spoilers), seem to be kind of negative and some readers were not as enthusiastic about the 2nd book as with the first. But I don’t want or like my perception to be influenced by others, so I will keep an open mind and buy and read the book with an abundance of excitement!  

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm Baaack....!

It has been TOO long since my last post and I must say that I have missed book-blogging immensely!

It has not been since my birthday, Septemeber 23rd, when I received new YA books from my brother and his girlfriend that I realized how much I missed reading like an obsessive book worm and blogging all about those peachy books!

So... I AM BACK! There are many new book reviews and updates to come so please, please stay tuned!! I know that 'Immortal Rules' by Julie Kagawa has been on my 'current read' since forever, but I have actually given up on that book a long time ago, not because I did not like it (far from that!), but because it was impossible for me to read as it was a digital version on my computer, which I personally find the most irritating way to read a 'book'. In the meantime I have read several other books, and am currently in the midst of one. Hence, I have decided to put the digital books which I have received from authors on hold until I have purchased myself a Kindle, which will make life way easier for me when I want to read while on the go in busy London! So for now, I will stick to the 'old fashioned' way of reading (which I secretely enjoy more!).

 I have missed it all so I hope I will be welcomed (back) into the book blogging world as I was when I first started!

I look forward to sharing all the books and reading everyone else's reviews and posts ;) See you soon!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Peachy went MIA??

Hi Dear Peachy Readers!

I have a lot of explaining to do, but to start, I would first like to explain why I have basically been MIA (Missing In Action) for the last few weeks! Well... I finally moved to London and started my internship as a HR (Human Resources)Trainee at a hotel. It's been a wild and exciting trip so far, but also very busy and hectic! That is actually one of the main reasons why I haven't been active on my blog... Another reason is that I had to study for a very important exam... finance...and the amount of love I have for reading is equal to the amount how hatred I have for studying, and especially finance! But unfortunately that is still a part of my bachelor degree and I must complete it in order to graduate! So my exam is this upcoming Monday and after that I will fly straight back to London!
Finally after this hectic moment in my life I will have more time to read more peachy books and post more reviews, vlogs, updates and more! Just bare with me for these upcoming days and keep checking back!

Again I would like to apologize to my readers and the authors who have sent me their books, but please have a little more patience with me and soon I will get straight back into the blogging action ;) I look forward to it and I hope you do too!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My Rating

Book: Catching Fire (#2 The Hunger Games)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication date: September 1st, 2009
Description from Goodreads: Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn..

My review: 
As you probably have read in my review of the first book of this wonderful series, The Hunger Games, I was completely sold! Luckily I bought the trilogy in one go, so I had the luxury to continue reading the next book as soon as I finished the first one! The first  book did not exactly end on a great suspense moment, however my fingers were still itching to turn the pages of the next book and find out what would happen next.

I gave this book a righteous 5 star rating! The beginning of the book was slower than the first book, however the twists were prominently present and just as unexpected and intense (if not more) as in the first book! The book picks up almost exactly where we left off, where Katniss Everdeen is coping with her victory of the hunger games, living in an exact opposite life she was living prior to her (forced) participation in the hunger games. She deals with the dreadful aftermath of the games, experiencing horrific nightmares which she can only share with Peeta. and Haymitch, as they are the only ones who can truly understand. Not only is she threatened by her continuous nightmares, she soon finds out that her actions at the end of the hunger games have serious consequences, and that these will not be ignored by the all-mighty President Snow. Peeta, as usual, is a very supportive character for Katniss, keeping her grounded and keeping her from going insane from her drastic thoughts, paranoia and nightmares. You can't help but falling in love with his character even more.

The characters and their relationship between each other really surprised me, as they all changed so immensely. Among these drastic changed relationships are Katniss as Gale. This was primarily a shocker as I  expected that after Katniss being away from her home so long,  that their secret admiration for each other would continue to grow. As a matter of fact, this was quite the contrary, and one can already guess that this change in their relationship has sooomething to with Peeta ;) They grew distant, only meeting on rare occasions when they hunted together. Another relationship development which really surprised me (and I secretly also enjoyed) was Katniss and Haymitch. After going through all their differences, they actually grew closer to each other due to their pain they shared during the games, which formulates quite a serious, dramatic, but also humorous bond.

The twists in this book were really unexpected! I don't want to give anything away to those who have not read this book yet, but there is one major twists which surprisingly doesn't happen until approximately towards the middle of the book. It changes the entire setting which puts the main characters, once again, in jeopardy and sets you on the edge of your seat!

The beginning might have been slower than what I was used to, but once the story picked up again I was once again thrown into the crazy, hectic, horrific, thrilling, dramatic and fast paced plot that keeps your attention at its peak and makes you want to read on and on and on (and on...)!

For those that have read the first book, all I can say is: what are you waiting for?? Get the next book right now, as I can guarantee you that you haven't read it all! Katniss & co have many more horrific and amazing 'surprises' ahead of them that will keep you ohh-ing and aww-ing throughout the entire book!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My blog is Carbon Neutral!

Honestly I had know idea about my blog leaving a carbon footprint behind on our planet. I am all about being green and using the most environmentally friendly products to prevent any (more) harm to our planet. So when I ran into this, I knew that I immediately needed to take part of it! 

About Carbon Neautral:
“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it Green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!

According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems.

As demonstrated in the above calculation, the atmosphere can be relieved by an average of 5kg (11lb.) carbon dioxide every year by planting one tree. An average blog causes 3.6kg (8lb.) of carbon dioxide emissions. Consequently, a tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of a blog. Since a tree lives for an average of 50 years, carbon dioxide emissions of your blog can be completely neutralised for this time period.

How great is this, right? You can go on blogging without worrying your leaving a nasty carbon footprint behind!

Want to make your blog carbon neutral? Click here to find out how!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #1

Stacking the Shelves is a brand new weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. " Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! "

For this week I have 2 e-books which I would like to share with you which I received from the authors via NetGalley! I am planning on going to the bookstores soon to purchase once again beautiful and great paperback/hardcover books!!

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Pages: 320
Expected publication date: August 7th, 2012

Description from Goodreads: In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Title: Shadowfell
Author: Juliet Marillier
Pages: 416
Expected publication date: September 11th, 2012

Description from Goodreads: Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their land from the grip of the tyrannical king is so shrouded in mystery that most believe it to be a myth.

But for Neryn, Shadowfell's existence is her only hope. She is penniless, orphaned, and utterly alone - and concealing a treacherous magical power that will warrant her immediate enslavement should it be revealed. She finds hope of allies in the Good Folk, fey beings whom she must pretend she cannot see and who taunt her with chatter of prophecies and tests, and in a striking, mysterious stranger, who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear. She knows she should not trust anyone with her plans, but something within her longs to confide in him.

Will Neryn be forced to make the dangerous journey alone? She must reach Shadowfell, not only to avenge her family and salvage her own life, but to rescue Alban itself.

This first novel in a new trilogy from enchanting fantasy author Juliet Marillier is a captivating tale of peril, courage, romance, and survival

Title: The Lifeguard
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Pages: 277
Publication date: March 1st, 2012

Description from Goodreads: It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with Pilot, the lifeguard with shamanic skills. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts.

Which books have you guys & gals been stacking up?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Feature: From the Review Pile #1

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

~This is a new feature I am taking part of and I thought it was quite applicable as I have a HUGE pile of books which I have received to make reviews on!! I am very excited about this! With my busy schedule I am trying to get through most of them as quick as possible, but also at a pace that I can pleasantly enjoy the book!

So for this week I would like to showcase: Shadowfell

Title: Shadowfell
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Shadowfell #1
Pages: 416
Expected publication date: September 11th, 2012

Description from Goodreads: Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their land from the grip of the tyrannical king is so shrouded in mystery that most believe it to be a myth.

But for Neryn, Shadowfell's existence is her only hope. She is penniless, orphaned, and utterly alone - and concealing a treacherous magical power that will warrant her immediate enslavement should it be revealed. She finds hope of allies in the Good Folk, fey beings whom she must pretend she cannot see and who taunt her with chatter of prophecies and tests, and in a striking, mysterious stranger, who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear. She knows she should not trust anyone with her plans, but something within her longs to confide in him.

Will Neryn be forced to make the dangerous journey alone? She must reach Shadowfell, not only to avenge her family and salvage her own life, but to rescue Alban itself.

This first novel in a new trilogy from enchanting fantasy author Juliet Marillier is a captivating tale of peril, courage, romance, and survival

What do you guys think?? Sounds pretty exciting, eh? This will definitely be my next book to read after The Immortal Rules!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday will be a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases which I'm eagerly anticipating!

Title: The Glimpse
Author: Claire Merle
Pages: 432
Expected publication date: June 7th, 2012

Description from Goodreads: In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Why I can't wait to read... Divergent much? This book really has some simliar aspects as that of Divergent by Veronica Roth! The story is set in a dystopian segregated (screwed up) society, the protagonist is once again sticking out like a sore thumb and seems to be attracting trouble and drama, and she seems very feisty, strong and devoted! As many familiar readers of my blog would know, I LOVE that in protagonists! I am hoping to get an advanced copy via Net Galley, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!

What are you waiting for?

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

My Rating: 
Book: City of Ashes (#2 The Mortal Instruments)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 25, 2008
 Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

My Rating
Book: Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)
Author: Moira Young
Publication date: June 7th 2011
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

My Review:

I received a copy from the author to read and review in return.

After I finished reading Divergent, a wonderful, hectic and adventurous dystopian novel of a tough girl surviving in a distorted society, I was once again searching for that book which had the dystopian similarity, however this time I was also looking for something completely different plot wise... And then I found Blood Red Road. I actually stumbled upon this book when I was browsing through some reviewers on YouTube. I soon found out that at that time there weren't a lot of reviews on this book, but the ones which were out were all extremely positive. So you can expect at what level my expectations were.. and I can tell you from  the bottom of my heart that these expectations are definitely met!

This book had so much to offer: romance, thrill, drama, chaos, deception, fighting and more! What I liked most from this book was the amazing and distinctive plot, the protagonist (Saba), the accompanied characters, the romance and more! I will touch upon the pros which I felt were the strongest in this book...

  • The writing style: I found the writing style genius! At first it seemed that almost every word was misspelled, the structure of most of the sentences were formulated incorrectly, when a dialogue took place there were no quotation marks, and so on! But knowing obviously that Moira Young, the author, did this on purpose, it portrayed a solid and covincing atmosphere for the reader. The characters living in this dystopian, unstructured world are not educated as you and I are. They speak in slang and the words are truly written in the way in which they are pronounced. Some reviewers found this very tricky to get used to and it took them a couple of chapters to get into the story... but personally for me, after 2 pages, it was as if this writing style was natural and most normal! It really helped me engage more in the ambiance of the book and helped me get an idea of the nature of the characters and the deviant world they live in.
  • The Protagonist Saba: Saba is the protagonist of this book. She is an amazing bad ass character! Her spirit mildly reminded me of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. She is very stubborn, but strong (emotionally and physically), extremely devoted, and mainly a very spunky kick-ass chick! She is completely blind-sided by what she is capable of and how strong she truly is. She is very independent which shows throughout the book as she always wants to solve problems without any help... this also quite portrays her as sometimes selfish and irresponsible. I recognize these traits of hers and they are very believable seeing her circumstances. Moira Young describes her feelings and emotions so vividly that I felt them as if they were my own. When her brother, Lugh, is kidnapped and she is compelled to find him to what ever extent, her true colors genuinely shine through. In the beginning of the book you can hardly sympathize for her, but once the ruthless and unpredictable plot develops, you cannot but help feel for Saba, and root for her all the way through.
  • The Plot: Kidnappings, mysterious villains, corrupt horrid cities, cage fighting, rebellions, giant lethal worms... what more can you ask for?? The plot had a consistent thrill which made the book extremely fast paced.

    From one mysterious and unpredictable happening to another, you were not able to go through the book without a chill going down your spine or shouting "WHAT?! REALLY?!" at the end of each page/chapter.  The characters Saba meets on the way of her dangerous journey are so well thought out by Moira Young, to each which you either totally hate or love! The book made me laugh, shout out in disbelief, cry (okay, silent tears :3), and hoot every time a hint of romance appeared.
The cons which I am going to elaborate on have no influence on the 5 stars I have given this book. I believe Moira Young has done an exceptional job, so not in any means did these cons hinder my positive perception over this book.
  • The cage fighting: Even though I really enjoyed the cage fighting experiences Saba had to go through, I found that it was a little unbelievable how everything seemed to continuously work out for her in the fights. The 'hot red' which Saba describes as her inner fury, would always come out which made her perform at such strength and cage-fighting-expertise, that I found it was a little unbelievable how such a girl all of a sudden had such fighting talent.
  • The final stage: the second to last action-packed stage of the plot was a little confusing for me. I found it somewhat hard to picture the setting they were in and how they managed to get away with (almost) everything. I am not sure if this has to do with the fact that Moira Young did not describe it as vivid as the other setting she depicted, or that I simply did not read well enough to grasp the idea of the circumstances (I still believe the latter...). However, I cannot stress enough on how this book was an amazing thrilling ride from the very beginning until the very end!

All in all, this book deserves a 5/5 star rating. It is definitely a quick read, action-packed, and an phenomenal book out of the ordinary! Pick it up at the bookstores now! I am sure you'll love it!