The Future Of Us By Jay Asher And Carolyn Mackler

Thursday, 30 August 2012

The Future of Us
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. 
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

The moment I saw Jay Asher's name on the cover of the book I had to get it. I loved his first book Thirteen Reasons Why and I loved this one almost as much. The premise is amazing and perfectly executed, it's the kind of thing you just know will make an awesome film. I've never read a book like this one before but I'm very glad that I picked it up. There was never a dull moment and the main characters were so real and normal. It was a very quick, very fun read. When I started this I was positive that I would love for this to happen to me but as the book went on I began to reconsider that choice. It shows that being able to see the future through Facebook may not be as good as I originally thought. I wasn't expecting a happy book from Jay Asher but it proved that he has the talent of writing both happy and sad novels. I've never heard of Carolyn Mackler before but this made me want to check out her other books.

Both main characters were exactly how you'd expect teenagers to be. Josh and Emma went so well together but they had their share of awkward moments which was refreshing compared to to some other young adult novels in which the characters all have perfect relationships. Emma was very focused on changing her future, she found little things changed it so anytime she seemed unhappy in the future she'd try to change it. Although this got kind of annoying it also showed how real her character was as that is exactly what most people would do. Josh on the other hand was more careful about what he did and was very skeptical, which was also a very normal reaction. Out of the two I most prefered Josh but I also did like Emma's part's too. The book is split between their points of view and it was great to be in each of their heads. I liked the more minor characters like Kellan and Tyson nearly as much as the main characters and enjoyed seeing how their stories interlinked.

Overall this book was a fun, quirky read. Something I found very amusing was Emma and Josh's disbelief on why people would share so much personal information online which is something that baffles me everyday yet doesn't seem to concern most other people. I would recommend this to people who want a quick enjoyable read that will keep them thinking about whether they would really want to know what was going to happen in the future.

My Favorite Quotes:
“How can you call it love when it hurt you so badly?"
"It was love because it was worth it.”

“What the hell happened to Pluto?!”

“Josh turns to me. “I can’t believe she’s writing these things.” 
“Not she,” I say. “Me.” 
“Why would anyone say this stuff about themselves on the Internet? It’s crazy!” 
“Exactly,” I say. “I’m going to be mentally ill in fifteen years, and that’s why my husband doesn’t want to be around me.”

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The Hunt By Andrew Fukuda

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Hunt  (The Hunt, #1)Cover Rating: 2/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis: Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity? 

This book was one of the most unique books about Vampires that I have ever read. I didn't even know it was going to be about them. I figured it was going to be like The Hunger Games, all in an arena hunting the humans, or Herpers as they call them. It wasn't though, although called The Hunt, the book focused more on what happened before The Hunt. The actual hunt was not given much page space. Although unusual the book got very slow in the middle which decreased my rating slightly. The world that Fukuda created was so creative. We learnt about it through Gene as he tried to keep up his vampire act. Unlike previous books about Vampires the ones in this book seemed like savages but at the same time very human like when around others of their kind. 

I didn't get all that attached to any of the characters in this book. Gene was alright I suppose but he just seemed a bit flat. As if his act was taking away his personality. He was so focused on blending in that we didn't really get to know him all that well. I didn't like any of his classmates with the exception of one. Ashley June, I didn't love her but she displayed some personality at least. We get to meet some humans during the book and I actually liked a few of them but we don't see them very long so I'm hoping to see more of them in the next book. One thing I didn't understand was how the other vamp's didn't realize Gene was human, at times it was painfully obvious but they never caught on. They must have been very stupid.

Overall I enjoyed this book and loved the creativity. It could have been much better though, if it hadn't got so slow in the middle. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping for a faster pace and more chance to get to know the characters a bit better. I would recommend this book to those people who are bored of the way that vampires are traditionally portrayed and want a change or even those who don't like vamps. When the vampires are the bad guys you don't have to like them.

My Favorite Quote: 
“I remember the Hunt from ten years ago. How for months afterward I didn’t dare fall asleep because of the nightmares that would invade my mind: hideous images of an imagines Hunt, wet and violent and full of blood. Horrific cries of fear and panic, the sound of flesh ripped and bones crushed puncturing the night stillness.”

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Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).
The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for thing to turn deadly...

I am really beginning to regret buying most of the series in advance now. The first book was quite good but in this one the little things began to get to me. The fact that nearly every character in the book is sexist, racist, homophobic and not very clever is just one of them. It seems the only people who sound slightly intelligent are the vampires so technically it's species-ist too. All the discrimination may be normal for that part of the world but I hate it. The co-worker of Sookie's that is murdered is a black, gay man and automatically that causes people not to care all that much but then when Sookie, a blond white women is nearly killed in the previous book everyone is all stressed out. It is fluffy but at the same time very crude. All that aside the book does have a few redeeming qualities. It is fairly entertaining and quite short so is good for a quick read.

I do not like many of the characters. Sookie is so stereotypical; blond, ditsy, waitress, relies on her boyfriend for everything. She is literally a feminists nightmare. Her stubbornness may make her a little more of a strong character except from the fact every time the author lets her do something that involves standing on her own two feet she is then captured, attacked or something along those lines. It's as if the author is saying that every time our heroine does something that her possessive boyfriend doesn't want her to do she is punished one way or another. Speaking of her possessive boyfriend, Bill is a pathetic excuse for a vampire. If Sookie was a smart girl then the moment Bill referred to her as his property she would have got as far away as possible but no, she thinks he's sweet. The only two characters I like are Sam, Sookie's boss who is sweet and loyal but also seems a little too obsessed with Sookie, and Eric, who is a way more badass vamp than Bill and I really want to see more of. It was Eric's scenes that kept me reading. The only funny parts of the book belonged to him and I love funny.

Overall this is an average book in an average series but has a couple of entertaining elements. I'm going to carry on the series just because I already have the other books and it would be a waste not too. I would recomend this series to someone who want's a quick read and doesn't mind some offensive language and downright annoying characters. This is a very popular series but at this point I am at a loss to see why.

My Favorite Quote:
“You've reached Fantasia, where the undead live again every night, for bar hours, press one. To make a party reservation, press two. To talk to alive person or a dead vampire, press three. Or, if you were intending to leave a humorous prank message on our answering machine, know this: we will find you.”

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The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin

Friday, 17 August 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.

I had been hearing all kinds of things about this book both good and bad. I left it on my shelf for a while but after a friend read and loved it I decided to put it to the top of the list. I'm glad I did. The synopsis doesn't tell you much about the story which is why I was surprised when I began reading it. Though I understand why the synopsis is so vague because if it was more specific then the book would be ruined. the mystery aspect is vital. The premise of the book is genius and the execution of it is just as good.

I loved nearly all the characters. Mara was so... human. She reacted like most people would to stressing, impossible situations. Proper human reactions whereas characters like Bella Swan react like soulless dolls. I also loved how she didn't fall for the hot bad boy straight away. She was actually suspicious of him until she saw how good a guy he was. Speaking of hot bad boy I loved Noah! He was witty, British and he reads! The moment I find out a guy reads they go right up in my expectations - yes Will is right up there. I really liked Mara's brother Daniel, he was the whole 'I'm your big brother so I will do what's best for you while making you work for it' kinda guy. It really made me want a brother. Although he wasn't in it all that much Mara's only friend Jamie was a huge favorite of mine. He was weird but hugely loyal.

Overall The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer was a stunning, haunting and somewhat creepy first book in a very promising series. I can't wait for the second book! I would recommend this to people who like supernatural, psychological  'make you think till your brain explodes' type of books. By the end of the book I was beyond confused so I am really hoping that's cleared up in the next book. This is a new favorite of mine.

My Favorite Quote:
“Wait," I said as Noah slipped a book from a shelf and headed toward the door. "Where are you going?"
"To read."
But I don't want you to.
"But I need to go home," I said, my eyes meeting his. "My parents are going to kill me."
"Taken care of. You're at Sophie's house."
I loved Sophie.
"So I'm...staying here?"
"Daniel's covering for you."
I loved Daniel.
"Where's Katie?" I asked, trying to sound casual.
"Eliza's house."
I loved Eliza.
"And your parents?" I asked.
"Some charity thing."
I loved charity.
"So why are you going to read when I'm right here?”

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Cover Clash (2)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

We all know how obsessed I am with covers and you must know the horrible moment when you realize the stunning cover you've been admiring for months is in fact another countries cover. I know I've been shocked when I receive my Amazon order and the book is ugly when I was expecting pretty. This feature will compare book covers from different countries as well as remakes and you can vote for your favorites. I just finished The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, he has an unfortunate name but I enjoyed the book. Here are the covers:

The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)The Hunt
Unknown                      UK    
The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)La Caza (The Hunt, #1)
  US                           Spain
Personally I'm not a huge fan of any of the covers but I like some much better than others. I own the UK cover so it's the one I'm used too. I like how the words are made to look like they're painted in blood but the guy is a bit of a turn off. He's supposed to look like a teenager but really he looks way older than that. Also it has the vampires in the background who I originally mistook for zombies. They look so savage and lifeless when really the vamps are smart and apart from their eating habits and a couple of other things act very similar to humans. The cover is misleading in that sense. I like the whole ripped effect of the US cover but look they have the monsters on the bottom again. I do like the people stood on the cliff though. The Spanish cover is just very boring. It has a guy staring at you. I don't see what that's supposed to show except that he's creepy. My favorite has to be the first one. I haven't seen it around nor do I know where it comes from but I do like it. I don't normally like orange but I love that colour. Also the guy looks teenagerish and he has the hair falling in his face like he's described to have. The cover is very fiery and seems to fit the story a lot better.

Which do you like best? Tell me why!

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City Of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

Saturday, 11 August 2012

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war.When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever...

Alright I think I can safely say that Cassandra Clare is one of the most amazing authors ever to have walked this Earth - and no I'm not exaggerating. Every one of her books is sheer perfection. Okay I didn't love the last one all that much but I think that has more to do with the fact I was in a slump than anything else. My only problem is with the synopsis "the stakes are higher than ever", the saying is so overused. Someone has to be original one day and just say "the stakes are as high as they're going to get" or "the stakes are as high as in the previous book". I suppose they're not as catchy. City Of Fallen Angels I think was so much better than City Of Glass. It is set after the events of the war and everything is slowly going back to normalcy. Until a chain of murders begin to arouse suspicion and Jace begins to separate himself from Clary for no reason. Simon is also having problems of his own, I mean having two girlfriends can be SO annoying sometimes.

Clary isn't a particularly exciting character but I don't hate her. She's normal, which I like even if she can be irritating at times. Jace, I do love him but his self-loathing complex is getting on my nerves. He doesn't believe he deserves anything including Clary even when he can be with her. I liked Jace originally because he was funny and totally arrogant but he seems to have lost it. I started off hating Simon. He seeing two girls at the same time! But later he did grow on me and about time too! I loved Alec and Magnus as normal though they weren't in the book all that much. Alec showed his jealous side too which seemed strangely sweet to me. I was very disappointed we didn't see much of those two; I just love them both.

Overall Cassandra Clare hasn't tarnished her flawless reputation with this book. It was fast paced and left me yearning for the next book. As always I recommend this book for everyone who has the ability to read. You'd be mad not to try it. The City Of Bones movie is coming out soon so I hope more people will read these books in anticipation for it. I am excited for it but I think they've made some questionable casting choices. My hope is that they will grow on me during the film but at the present time I'm not really glad about any of them.

My Favorite Quotes:
“You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."Jace's eyebrows went up. 
"Hotter than me?"
"It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically."
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”

“So what was that all about?"
"I think," Jace said, "that she asked if she could touch my mango."
"She said that?"
Jace shrugged. "Yeah, then she gave me her number.”

“Hey," said Jace. who was sitting on an overturned speaker, looking at his cellphone, "do you want to see a photo of Alec and Magnus in Berlin?"
"Not really," said Simon.
"Magnus is wearing lederhosen."
"And yet, still no.”

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Silence By Becca Fitzpatrick

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)
Cover Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
SynopsisNora Grey can't remember the past five month of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

I have really enjoyed the Hush Hush series so far and I think this one was just as good as the rest. Silence is set five months after Crescendo. Nora was kidnapped and she doesn't remember a thing. She doesn't remember a month before she went missing either. Everyone is giving her the version of the past that they want her to believe. Then Nora meets a gorgeous 'stranger' who of course is not a stranger but Nora doesn't know that. At times I got annoyed at the amount Nora didn't remember. She didn't know who kidnapped her - we did - she didn't know who Jev was - we did. It just got very frustrating.

I found Nora annoying, as always. The way she act's is just so... ugh. I don't know how everyone puts up with her. She is even more irritating without memory. Patch wasn't as awesome as I remember him and he had times when I was just wanting him to tell her everything but aparently he wanted to keep her in the dark 'for her own good'. I hear those words in litrally every book I read and it annoys me every time. Why did you lie to me? For your own good. Why wont you let me go? For your own good! Ugh. It really gets on my nerves. I liked Scott a lot more than in the other book and he was the only one who would actually be honest with Nora so for that he gets a big thumbs up!

Overall the book was okay. Not one of my favorites but at the same time I did enjoy it. The pace was slower than I would have liked but it wasn't too bad. I would recomend this book to people who have enjoyed the rest and like a good angel book. To be fair this series was my first GOOD angel book with the others failing miserably beside it. A good read.

My Favorite Quote: 
“He inclined his head at my dress. "What's the occasion?"
"Homecoming," I said, twirling. "Like?"
"Last I heard, Homecoming requires a date."
"About that," I hedged. "I'm sort of...going with Scott. We both figure a high-school dance is the last place Hank will be patrolling."
Patch smiled, but it was tight. "I take that back. If Hank wants to shoot Scott, he has my blessing.”

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Fever By Lauren DeStefano

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

I really enjoyed Wither so I was very much looking forward to Fever. It took me a while to get hold of it but I'm glad I did. Fever was not as good as Wither, in my opinion, but I still loved it. The thing I love about this series is how far fetched it is but at the same time the author makes it totally realistic, as if it could happen. Fever is completely unique. The story is based around a world in which women live till the age of 20 and men to 25. Young women are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages and then made to have children just to keep families going. Gabriel and Rhine have managed to escape the mansion and are on a quest to find Rhine's brother and their freedom. They find themselves in a sick carnival in which girls are captured and their only purpose is to have men 'visit' them.

The same characters are present in Fever as well as some new ones. Rhine, I found, a lot more annoying than in Wither but I still don't hate her. Her character seemed a lot more lifeless than in the first which was a shame. In Wither Rhine seemed hopeful and happier even in her confined environment but in book two all of that drained out of her though you would think it would be more prominent since they were technically free. Gabriel, I think, went through the same change Rhine did. He seemed to regret going with her. Although I think they are good together they have never really shown much chemistry between them and that is what I look for. Linden on the other hand seems to have a lot of chemistry with Rhine and I also love how sweet and trusting he is. We didn't see much of him in this book sadly. Before I was team Gabriel but right now I'm not totally sure.

Overall this book was very good and as always it keeps you guessing. The ending I feel was totally unexpected and I actually have hope of seeing Rowan in the next - and final - book. This is one of my favorite dystopian series' and I would recommend it to people who don't mind a gritty and  realistic view of the future. I have the third book sat on my shelf courtesy of the awesome Miss DeStefano herself so I am excited to delve into that. 

My Favorite Quote:
“Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying.”

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Starcrossed By Josephine Angelini

Friday, 3 August 2012

Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis: Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is--now it's getting harder. She's having nightmares of a desperate desert journey, visions of three women weeping tears of blood. And why is she possessed by the sudden, unstoppable urge to kill the handsome new boy in school, Lucas Delos?
A love written in the stars . . .
A feud started in ancient Greece . . .
A curse not even the gods can break.

I really wanted to love this book. I picked it up after a shining recommendation from a friend but I can't say I felt the same way she did. The book fell flat a little for me to the point I put it down and read another book which I found much better. Starcrossed has an interesting premise and the Greek mythology aspect  intrigued me. I mean who doesn't want to read about a girl who instead of falling for the gorgeous boy, she want's to kill him. It annoys me because the story could have been so good! I didn't hate it though, I just didn't love it either.

The characters, I felt, were all quite one dimensional. Helen, the heroine of the book, was just very annoying. She's portrayed as painfully shy to the point she is in physical pain when she talks to someone which would make an interesting character. The problem is that her shyness doesn't seem consistent, it appears when it fits the story but otherwise it just disappears. I also hated the way she treated her dad, like he was the child. I never would have gotten away with anything that he did but she never got punished. Lucas was good to start with, nice, handsome demigod but as the book went on he got annoyingly protective and just reminded me of Daniel from fallen who I despise. At points there conversation would go very weird and awkward, some of the things he said were downright creepy but Helen thought nothing of it. At one point I just had to put the book down and compose myself after something he said. Characters I did like were Lucas's cousins and sister. They were better characters than the main ones. Her best friend, I think, would have made a much better heroine. Hector and Jason, his cousins could replace Lucas any day.

Overall this book was average, my rating might have been lowered by the fact that I had originally had such high hopes for this one. It wasn't horrible but I wouldn't recommend it either. I will probably read the next in the series but I don't think I will buy it. The ending for me was very frustrating so I might have to read the next just to see how it is resolved - and a bit more of Hector and Jason.

My Favorite quote:
“How do you know all this about me?" Helen sputtered. 
Claire sighed."After I pushed you off the roof..." she began.
"After you WHAT?" Lucas yelled.”

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Stacking The Shelves (5)

Stacking the shelves is hosted over at Tynga's Reviews. Okay I need to stop buying books! I'm buying them much faster than I'm actually reading them. I didn't get that many this time though...

I also have a delivery on the way but you'll hear more about that when it comes :)
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Paranormalcy By Kiersten White

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars - It's Gorgeous!
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal. Only now Paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

I really wasn't expecting to love this book so much! I didn't buy it because I really wanted to read it. I was in my book shop and it was 3 for 2 on all books - great right? - and I had two books I wanted but couldn't find a third. I loved Paranormalcy's cover and I vaguely remembered hearing about it is I grabbed it. I had no idea what it was about but the cover really is stunning. The book initially seems like quite a fluffy read but it's really not. The moment I read the first page I was hooked. Need more convincing?

“Wait- did you-- You just yawned!” The vampire’s arms , raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides. He pulled his exaggerated white fangs back behind his lips. “What, imminent death isn’t exciting enough for you?”
“Oh, stop pouting. But, really, the widow’s peak? The pale skin? The black cape? Where did you even get that thing, a costume store?” 

If that doesn't make you race to your closest book shop I don't know what will!

Okay I'm only going to say this once so listen up - I loved Evie! Yes my favorite character in a book was actually the female lead. She was clever and frankly hilarious. I loved some of her reactions to the most simple things. It shows just how normal she is, she wanted all the things that she hadn't been able to have while working for the IPCA. Evie was very lonely and sad some of the time but those human emotions are what a lot of Young Adult books miss. Lend was also a really good character. He was a normal teenager like Evie except he actually has had all the thing's Evie missed. He was an awesome contrast to Evie and their characters fit together so well. Other characters like Lish and Raquel  were so well developed you began to get to know them individually even though they weren't in the book that often. One character I despised was Reth, the ex. He was a repulsive creature but at the same time he was intriguing so I suppose I can't fault the author on that.

Overall this book was fast paced with twists and turns that are so unexpected that they leave you thinking about them long after they've been and gone. It has a badass female lead so no disappointments there. This is a new favorite of mine and I'm about to log onto Amazon as we speak to get myself the second one. I would recommend this book to people who love a fast paced plot and a kickass heroine. Don't take my word for it? Just look at the amount of well known authors who love it, I was surprised there were so many!

My Favorite Quote (and trust me this is one of many!):
“Yes, I have a driver's license."
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."
"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.” 
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