Monday, 30 April 2012

Random Reads May 2012

Its the beginning of the month and you know what that means! Not only are there some books that are coming out his month that I am sure are going to be awesome (ahem...City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare) but it also means another Random Reads!




Random Reads is a lovely meme created my imlovingbooks.com (click link to go to her Random Reads main page), the creator of the lovely series banner and team badges that are seen on my homepage.



For the month of May 2012 Random.org chose:



Virals by Kathy Reichs
(Virals #1)
#34 on my To-Reads list. Added since Nov. 9th 2011


Summary taken from Goodreads.com:


Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They areVirals.



I have been wanting to read this one for quite some time. Thank you Random Reads! Check out my last months Random Read: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade.


I love this theme so much I'm thinking of expanding to two a month. Anyone thing that might be a good idea or too much?


Done my Random Read! Check out the review here
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April-2012

The month of April is coming to a close. Even though I had exams this month I think I still did pretty good with regards to the amount of books that I read this month. Here they are:



1. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell


Loved it: 





Click for review



2. The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade
(Ghost and the Goth #1)


First book was very very interesting:



Click for review



3. Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
(Ghost and the Goth #2)


Really enjoyed this series. Can't wait for book #3




Click for review



4. Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig


This book was decent but it definitely needs a second to make it awesome




Click here for review



5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


I read this one for my Children's Lit. class and surprisingly I loved it. Can't wait for the movie





No review was done and/or posted. Sorry, but you can view the goodreads info by clicking here





6. The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
(Mockingbirds #2)


I loved the first one in this series The Mockingbirds, and I loved this one





Click here for review



7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
(Hex Hall #1)


Great start to a series. I love Sophie and her sarcasm





Click here of review



8. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
(Hex Hall #2)


Shockingly this one was even better than the first and I caught myself laughing out loud to it countless times





Click here for review





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Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins


Demonglass
Series:  Hex Hall #2
Author:  Rachel Hawkins
Publisher:  Hyperion Books
Pages:  368
Format:  ebook
Source:  Purchased

Rating: 

Reason chosen:

Well of course I read the first one and loved it. Then I thought I would read something else, but naturally I couldn’t take my mind off the series and seeing as I already had the second and third in the series I decided to power on through it. Thankfully

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie's a demon, one of only two in the world the other being her father. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They're demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Review:

I wanted to hug this novel while I spun around like they do in all those lovely tampon commercials. I was so immensely wrapped up in this novel that I even read it while at work. Shhhh…don’t tell my boss. The first novel Hex Hall was great! But this one was even better. This one is the one where I fell in love with Archer. And now I am completely torn between him and Cal. Its like Twilight all over again. The story was filled with more adventure, more romance, more information on EVERYTHING. I found in the first novel that I couldn’t fall in love with Archer. Although, yes I could see Sophie loved him, I just didn’t fall for him. But in this novel there is more of Archer, more history and more sarcasm. I loved it. I love a boy with attitude. Yet, I still love Cal. I think he still holds a large part in the upcoming novel. Not to mention he talks more in the novel, he and Sophie get to know each other more, he cracks jokes, and you finally see some emotions form him—Jealously, anger….all the sexy stuff. However, I thought Cal would have a bigger set of cahonies and try and flirt or talk more with Sophie. Oh God! I hope I’m not losing my love for Cal.
I found Rachel Hawkins truly developed not only her characters in the novel but the overall story and the world of Prodigium. There were more stories, more secrets, more revealed and we finally leave Hecate Hall to see Prodigium outside of the school and the island, and it’s a whole other world.

Good:

Sophie: This girl has more sarcasim than might be able to handle. But she is funny
Archer: I fell in love with him the novel. More bad boy…more nice guy
Cal: Still love him and his outdoorness, his muscles, his good and empressive powers, his kindness, his plaid.
Sophie’s Dad: I would love to have a Dad like him. He knows a good joke when he hears one and is actually trying to do what is best for his daughter as well as spend time with her even after not seeing her for 16 years. Made me want to cry several times

Bad:

Only thing would have been more Cal and Sophie to make this a real epic love triangle, but I could be speaking basely.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I found an extremely positive change in Rachel Hawkins’ writing and world that she created. Not that there was anything wrong with her old one this on just surprisingly surpassed the first one. Which in many series is quiet a shocker. I could picture Archer and Sophie stumbling around in the middle of the forest. I loved picturing Cal offering to throw Sophie off the cliff and into the pond and carrying her up to the peak. I love the way that Hawkins can easily create a fantastic image in my mind with only a few worlds never leading you away from what she actually means or intends to covey across to her audience but still allowing them to create some of the world and the pictures themselves.  Overall this book was a joy that I will permanently keep on my shelf. On to the next one!

Quotes:

Click here for some of my favourite quotes from Demonglass

Previously in the Series:

Hex Hall <-Click for my review

Next In the Series:

Spell Bound -> Click for my Review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

A paranormal and/or young adult lover would love this.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Demon Trapper’s Daughter (aka Forsaken ) by Jana Oliver, The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade,  Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, Dead is Series by Marlene Perez, The Immortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot.

Read Completely:
Oh yes.

Now for people out there who have only read this book of the series, or hey even those who have read the entire series, what team are you on?


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
Hex Hall by Rachel HawkinsArcher



Or Cal?


Click on the lovely team button to be taken to the website of the wonderful creator who made them!

I was on team Cal last book. But now I'm confused. So I guess I'm cheering for both teams.

Make sure to add this one to your shelves!


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Quotes! Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read: 
 #2: Demonglass.

Please note that some of these quotes may lead your mind to wander and come across some spoilers!

1. “It just seems like overkill when you already have a dagger and I have superpowerful magic at my disposal.”
“‘Superpowerful?’”He stood up, a gold chain dangling from his fingers. “Let me remind you of two words, Mercer: Bad. Dog.”

2. “She was my assignment."
"From The Eye?"
"No, from the Boy Scouts. That Witch Dating badge just kept eluding me."
"Well, you must have at least three Total Douchebag badges by now, so that has to count for something.”

3. “So did The Eye come here looking for me?"
"Actually, we came because we heard it was free corn dog night. Imagine our disappointment.”

4. “Must be weird for you, having your mom here."
"Weird for me, weird for her, probably weird for you since you had to give up your swinging bachelor pad."
"Mrs. Casnoff let me install my heart-shaped Jacuzzi in my new dorm room."
"Cal," I said with mock astonishment, "did you just make a joke?"
"Maybe.”

5. “How is it that you can go from decent human being to complete jackass in zero-point-two seconds? Did they teach you that in The Eye?"
He stopped, and his eyes glided over my lips.
"Actually, I'm just trying to see if I can make you mad enough to kiss me again.”

6. “I didn't actually think you were hanging out at Hex Hall because of your burning love for me. But that's what I'm telling all the girls back at school," I said, stabbing a forkful of eggs. "I'm thinking 'heartbreaker' might be a nice addition to my 'avenging witch' reputation.”

7. “Cal had been waiting for us at the pond. When he’d seen me, he’d given me a barely perceptible nod, which was the Cal version of waving his hands over his head and yelling, “Hey, Sophie!”

8. “What are those people doing?" Jenna whispered to me.
"I don't know," I replied through a frozen grin, "but I'm afraid a musical number might be involved.”


9. “Oh, come on, Sophie. Don't you get it? He's L'Occhio di Dio's ultimate weapon. They used him as a spy at Hecate for years, so what makes you think that's stopped now? This is probably just his new assignment, getting close to you so he can use you for information about the Council."
"Actually, I was just going to use her for her body, but that's a good idea, too.”

10. “Jenna perked up. “Really? What kind? Can we download music and—“ She broke off and shook herself. “No. Do not try to distract me with shiny, sexy technology, Sophie Mercer.”


Click here for my review of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins


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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Hex Hall
Series:  Hex Hall #1
Author:  Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages:  323
Format:  Paperback
Source:  Ordered!

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  

Probably because its called Hex Hall. Also I saw it on someone else’s shelf and fell in love with it the cover. Then when I started seeing review for the third book in the series I knew it must be good.

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father an elusive European warlock only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Review:

Everything about this book was good. Even down to the feel of the pages. Crazy right? But, even the paper on this book felt nice so lets just say I was happy to turn the pages and run my hand over the fresh new one on the other side. Rachel Hawkins takes you into a beautiful world full of the mystical where even the things we see as monsters are hunted.  In a world hungry for power and different races/species at each other throats and everyone believing their race is better than the others we meet Sophie whom, being raised by humans, doesn’t see their species or race but who they actually are and judges them from there like everyone really should. So Sophie befriend the hated Vampire, get detention, and do the typical thing of falling for the hot boy on campus who happens to have a girlfriend all on her first day.  And of course she is the worst witch having never been taught anything other than what she found in books her mother read to prepare them for what was coming on her 12th birthday. Lets add in a little pinch of an absent father and you have someone trying to go well but making a lot of mistakes, and someone who has no clue about herself. I loved it. I loved all the teen angst and emotions, and the princesses that Sophie manages to put in their places with a few well placed words. Then there is Archer the guy that Sophie falls in love with. And I don’t blame her. He’s the kind of guy you love to fight with and someone who has a sense of humour, which doesn’t seem to come along a lot in Hecate Hall. Hawkins knows how to create a world that makes you smile, makes you wonder, surprises you and in general makes you wish you were a part of it. Bad decorations and all.

Good:

Sophie: Although a little slow on picking some stuff up at times she’s still pretty awesome
Archer: Hot. Funny. And very very sexy. Also a bad boy. Love the combination
Cal: I know Cal plays a bigger part in the series. Many I just fell it, but its probably because I’ve also seen some team Archer and Team Cal buttons out there. Not to mention he’s completely hot, handy, and an all around good guy.
Sophie’s Dad: I can’t wait to meet him. He is going to be an awesome character and probably throw in some good twists.

Bad:

Not really much to say here other than I wanted more to happen! Not that I was ever left bored. Oh no. I loved it all I just want more

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I had no issues with Rachel Hawkins’ writing skills. I never got confused, jumbled or had to look back a couple of pages to refresh my mind. On the contrary I went ahead at blazing speeds and loved it all. I could picture Sophie and Archer in the cellar a smile on their faces as he catches the pen she threw at him in mock dislike. I could feel the sexy tension. I could feel the way she described power rushing up from her feet like water. I think best of all is that I loved the twist that Hawkins put on the tale of fallen angels. I loved the idea of the three angels turned away from Heaven each fled to different parts of the world and helped create Vampires, Fairies, and Witches. Very very cool.

Quotes:

Click here for my favourite quotes from Hex Hall

Next In the Series:

Demonglass <-Click to bring you to my review
Spell Bound -> Click to view my review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

A paranormal and/or young adult lover would love this.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Demon Trapper’s Daughter (aka Forsaken ) by Jana Oliver, The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade,  Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, Dead is Series by Marlene Perez, The Immortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot.

Read Completely:
Oh yes

Now for people out there who have only read this book of the series, or hey even those who have read the entire series, what team are you on?


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
Hex Hall by Rachel HawkinsArcher



Or Cal?


Click on the lovely team button to be taken to the website of the wonderful creator who made them!

I’m on team Cal and there is a couple of reasons for it. 1. He’s a powerful white witch which means in my opinion he is going to end up helping Sophie concern any deep evil emotions or tendencies that she has. 2. He is extremely hot and built like a jock. What can I say I have a type. 3. Even better is that he first my type perfectly…he dresses like a farmer boy, with all his plaid and whatnot. Very very sexy in my opinion. 4. And obviously very intimidating with his muscles and axe. Love him. I hope I’m right but no one ruin it for me!


Maks sure to add this one to your shelf!


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Quotes! Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read: 
 By Rachel Hawkins



1. “Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings.”
Mom gave a startled laugh. “Sophie!”
“What? You did. I hope you like hot weather, Mom, that’s all I’m saying.”

2. “But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy lovechild of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake.”

3. “Jenna’s bed was covered in what appeared to be deep pink Muppet fur.”

4. “From the two interactions I had with him I assumed Cal was sort of Neanderthal joke type. For one thing, he was super buff, and his hair was dark blond, making him look exactly like your average high school quarterback. Plus I’d barely ever heard him speak more than three words at a time. But maybe there was more than met the eye.”

5. “I heard the man and woman cry a warning as I frantically racked my brain for some sort of throat-repairing spell, which I was clearly about to need. Of course the only words that I actually managed to yell at the werewolf as he ran at me were, 'BAD DOG!'

6. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a flash of blue light on my left. Suddenly, the werewolf seemed to smack into an invisible wall just inches in front of me....

7. "You know," someone said off to my left, "I usually find a blocking spell to be a lot more effective than yelling 'Bad dog,' but maybe that's just me.”

8. “Let's just say you may regret that second piece of cake.'
Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.”

9. “Well, apparently he didn't go through the Removal. He's still got powers."
"Yeah, powers over your pants,”

Check out the review here


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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Review: The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

The Rivals
Series: The Mockingbirds #2
Author:  Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Pages:  344
Format: Hardcover
Source:  Purchased!

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  

I read the first book in the series and loved it so I had to grab the second one when it came out

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

Review:

Well…this one had me on one rollercoaster of a ride. I was bouncing up and down from hating it to loving it and from hating Alex to appreciating her. It’s the year that Alex needs to discover the new her: The leader of the Mockingbirds and lets just say she tends to have some trouble doing this. She’s went from being the girl who went unnoticed to the one that everyone talks about and she’s having some issues dealing with the spotlight and all the pressure. So would I. Imaging holding someone’s dreams in your hands. Because at Themis people come for their dreams and if someone files charges against you with the Mockingbird you risk loosing those dreams. Even though the system was made by the students and for the students this novel demonstrates that all forms of societies/governments have flaws and those flaws are the people and the emotions that run them. Daisy Whitney takes you from the perspective of a girl that was raped and trying to find justice to one that is trying to figure out what is just and how much say someone really should have in your life. Like Alex I was confused about the morals and the lines that should and should not be crossed. Would you snoop and try your best friend? Or should you just trust them and know that they did the right thing, because they are after all your best friends. And then this novel had me questioning how far I would go for something I really loved. If I loved piano the way she did would I do anything to protect my hands or gain a better edge? Ou this novel raised many questions and emotions and had me confused about government, morals, and society right along with her.  Another emotionally compelling novel by Daisy Whitney.

Good:

Martin: as all ways the superhero was awesome. Even his flaws are awesome. Even his nerdyness and talking about animals is sexy.
Jones: I like Jones. I wonder what role he will have in the next book.
Alex: Overall, she’s trying to do her best and has a lot on her plate

Bad:

Alex:  I know, I know. I just said she was a part of the good and she is but she contributes to the part in the middle of the book where I was just overall mad. Alex is confused…but confused or not I don’t accept some of her reactions or thinking. And too be honest I thought at some points she was being a little childish. You would think that going through something like rape would make you act more mature and think about things before you say them.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I love Whitney’s writing style. There were no flaws that I noticed and I had no issues keeping pace with her writing. And I love the subjects that she takes on. They’re not some small petty issue like boyfriend or best friend issues (although all of those do happen within the book) she writes about true life altering events like Rape, abuse, cheating, and drug use, and setting firm morals identifying the importance of people above self wants. This was a good read. One that I am happy I purchased so it can now sit proudly on my shelf.

Quotes:

“Yes. He’s freaking out and crying,” he says.
“He’s crying?”
Martin nods. “Makes me sick. Dudes shouldn’t cry unless it involves dead pets or dead people.”

“As you see, context is everything and nothing at the same time. Words stand alone and with each other.”

Previously in the Series:

Next In the Series:
Unannounced as of right now

Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love something that does play off and go off the morals of Harper Lee’s To Kill and Mockingbird than this is for you

If you liked this you'll probably love:
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig, Sarah Dessen Novels, The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, maybe even some Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…just maybe.

Read Completely:
Yes


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