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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-11-21 18:41
Book Review - Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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'Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It's an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day - gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave'

 

When I first picked up this book I had no idea what it was about. Initially I thought it was a prison (a bit like Death Race, but with no cars) but I have to say I was rather surprised when vampires popped up.

I am not a lover of Vampire or dark romance novels (I feel they are over played and a bit boring) so I hesitated in opening this one up. But after reading the first chapter I couldn't put it down until it was finished, a weekend well spent.

Tana as a main character is a great choice, she is strong and independent and doesn't let anything faze her, never letting her true feelings show in front of those she is leading. We see her battle with her own conscience, should she save her bitten ex, should she help this clearly dangerous Vampire who's eyes look so sad, will she become the monster. Holly Black gives us action from page one and doesn't let it stumble, there is action and always something happening but it doesn't feel like its bogged down in action. There are lots of elements to this novel and Black explores them all not leaving any questions unanswered. There is a romantic side to the story as well, but its not like all those other soppy vampire love stories *cough* twilight *cough*.

Synopsis with spoilers

The book is set over 3 or 4 days and follows the character Tana, a young girl who wakes up after a party to find all her school friends brutally murdered by vampires. After rescuing her ex Aiden and a vampire Gavriel they set out to Cold Town, a walled in city were vampires and wanna be vampires live. Along the way they meet twins Midnight and Winter who want nothing more then to be vampires and live it large in Cold town. The 5 of them drive to the gates and give their lives up to enter the city, once inside thing don't go exactly to plan, Gavriel disappears, Midnight and Winter drug and kidnap Tana and Aiden (who having been bitten by a vamp is now on the brink of turning)and lock them up waiting for Aiden to snap and kill his friend. Tana manages to escape her crazed ex boyfriend only to be left alone to navigate the undead city, she meet some allies and plans to get out of the city. And her plan would have worked if her baby sister hadn't have shown up forcing Tana to give up her freedom to save her family. With her sister safe at home Tana is left in Cold town, but she's not along, she has Aiden and many allies as well as Gavriel who has promised to stay by Tana's side forever and to always love her.

This was a excellent buy for me, I loved every moment, every sentence, every comma. And I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves the fantasy/horror/romance/supernatural genre (I have recommended it to all my friends and a few random people I have seen in book stores, your welcome!)

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review 2014-11-17 19:48
Book Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Book Review

 

If you are searching for a tale that will forever have a hold on your heart, this is the story for you. It is not just that this novel is beautifully written, or that the story is incredibly magical and enticing that you find yourself reading it for days without a break. No, it is that this story of a circus isn’t like anything you will have ever read before. And will probably never read again.

The Night Circus is an enriching tale of mystery, romance and magic. You will lose yourself in this world, in the very imagination of Morgenstern. The creativity behind this one is skilfully mixed with a writer who is an expert in their craft. It will have you on the edge of your seat as you try and decipher the true nature of all involved in the fierce competition where the rules aren’t well defined.

 

I have read this book five or six times and fall in love with it over and over again. I found this book in 2011 and brought it because of the cover (yes I'm a cover judger) but am so glad I got it. It had to be my favourite book to date and I have either recommender it or brought it for both friends and family.

I have so much to say about thins book that I cant fit it all in one review so I will keep it short. The Night Circus will change the way you see the world and all its magic, it will warm your heart and soul and will make you want to run away and join the circus.

 

Rating - 5/5

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review 2014-11-17 19:42
Book Review - The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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She's trained to survive. He's programmed to kill. This is The Murder Complex. Meadow Woodson will do anything to survive, anything to keep her family safe, anything to get home at night. Even if that means killing. Zephyr James is a ward, a forgot soul left to clear the streets of the killing of the death. In a world where the murder rate is higher then the birth rate what would you do to get through the day.

I have been looking forward to this book for so long that when it arrived I couldn't put it down, as soon as it left the box it was stuck in my hands. It's such and incredible story, told from both Meadow and Zephyr's point of view. This gave it a great flow and let the reader get the story form different angles. I absolutely love the characters, all of them work so well together, playing off each other's strengths and weaknesses to make an ass kicking super team. I also really liked that no one really trusts each other, even though they are all in the same boat, all want the same things.

Lindsay Cummings has brought this broken world to life, given it characters who are perfectly flawed and a story that I want to read more of. I can't wait for the next in the series and see what will become of tow of my new favourite characters
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Rating - 5/5

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review 2014-11-17 19:39
Book Review - Tales from the Kingdoms by Sarah Pinborough
Poison - Sarah Pinborough,Les Edwards
Charm - Sarah Pinborough
Beauty - Sarah Pinborough

Book Review

 

Poison

 

Poison contains all the elements of the classic Snow White fairy tale but has a lot of unexpected twists and turns, turning this tale into a dark, sexy and brutal Snow White that is not to be forgotten. The story is told from the evil stepmother’s point of view, it becomes apparent that her actions are motivated by something more than pure evil. She is jealous of Snow, not of her beauty but of her freedom and her carefree attitude.

Snow White is dark and sexy and brutal. There’s a wicked Queen, a handsome prince, a beautiful and spirited princess, a kind hearted huntsman, dwarves and a poisoned apple. The mixture of modern sensibilities blends seamlessly with the timeless fantasy world of castles, kingdoms and magic.

Pinborough drops lots of hints as to various characters back-stories. There are glimpses at a much more complex psychological and emotional development, but the author never reveals more than a snippet. Poison is the first book of a trilogy, Charm and Beauty follow new and old characters revealing more about their pasts and linking together the Pinborough’s fairy tale world.

To be honest I only picked this book up because of its beautiful cover (yes I judge books by their covers) its just so pretty and sparkly :D And then I started reading and before I had even finished the first chapter I had order the rest in the series. I absolutely loved this book and its squeals and have been recommending it to everyone I know.

 

 

Charm

 

Charm is the second book in Sarah Pinborough's series of dark, sexy fairy retellings and is the story of Cinderella.

This series quickly became one of my favourites after reading the first book, Poison, and Charm has further deepened my love for them.They're dark, twisted and a little bit naughty - not at all what you'd imagine these fairy tales to be like. They're five-star reads all round.

Charm has everything you know about the Cinderella fairy tale: two ugly stepsisters, a Prince, a fairy godmother and a glass slipper. Charm's pages are filled with delightful characters and wicked imagery that leaves an unsettling feeling in its wake. It's well-written, addictive, sharp, everything I could possibly want from a book
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Beauty

 

A sleeping princess, woken by a princess kiss, a troubled city under a curse, the start of a great story. The third instalment of Pinborugh's Tale of the Kingdoms series was just as amazing as the others.

This time we see sleeping beauty and how the story began. Set before the event in Poison (the first in the series) we see a young prince and a young huntsman go off on an adventure. We get to see how these two characters that we have come to love began and how they got to where they ended.

I loved this series and am sad to see it end. The links between the three book and multiple fairy tales has created a new and magical realm. I can not express how much I love these book or how much I would recommend them. Just go buy them them!!!

 

Rating - 5/5

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review 2014-11-17 19:04
Book Review – Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

Book Review

 

Shadow and Bone

 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

 

This first book defiantly focuses on Alina trying to figure out who she is and what is the right path for her. She has a gift, a power that could save a war stricken county and bring peace, but at what cost, she loses the only home she has known, the only family she has known and taken to a royal palace an school to be taught. She feels so alone. Although she meets new people she can’t help but think of who she left behind. Mal. The boy she grew up with and fell in love with. He has no idea that her heart belongs to him and now she may never see him again.

 

And The Darkling, the dark power that rules the Grisha armies, a handsome stranger who is tempting and seems to have a connection with Alina. She doesn’t know what to think or do but the promises he makes makes her feel safe, like she has a home. But with a name like The Darkling he wasn’t going to be the good guy. When his true intentions become clear Alina runs, scared of him and who she almost became. And when Mal turns up and takes her to safety she thinks they have got away, but The Darkling isn’t far behind.

 

I had seen this book about for a while but was unsure whether or not to read it. I had researched it, read some reviews and couldn’t decided if I liked the story idea. But finally I caved and got it and I am so glad I did. The story is insanely awesome, full of twists and turns I wasn’t expecting and character that I could sink my teeth into. I loved it and can not wait to see what happens next.

 

Siege and Storm

 

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

 

So we already have the two love interests, The Darkling and Mal. Enter Nikolai, a runaway prince turned privateer who will always be honest about his plans and always tells you when he is lying to you. The interactions between him and Alina are so sweet and sometimes laugh out loud funny. They are perfect together and I feel that he is the only one who really want Alina to be happy. I love Nikolai!!

 

The Darkling is crazy! Yes he’s the bad boy (and don’t get me wrong I love a good bad boy) but he is super cray cray! Wanting to control everything and everyone, destroying whole countries just to get what he wants, chasing a poor girl all over the place, hurting his mother and all those who have stood by him. This man is a little too bad boy for me.

Mal is the best friend turned love interest, I get why Alina loves him, he has always been there for her, they grew up together and she feels safe around him. But he is a bit of a ladies man and at the first sign of trouble he disappears. He always seems to want thing to go his way without having to work for them. I did think that Mal and Alina’s relationship was complicated and maybe too good to be true, she loves him or at least the idea of him but he always seems like the big brother/family aspect to the story.

 

A plan is in motion to stop The Darkling. With the help of Nikolai and a growing army Alina hopes they can put a stop to his power. This was a fantastic sequel to Shadow and Bone, bring back well loved character and a few new one, the story continues at the same fast pace, with action, humour, love and sadness throughout. The third instalment is already in my hands and about to be cracked open, I can’t wait to see how this story ends.

 

Ruin and Rising

 

The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

 

One of my favourite scenes in this book was in chapter eight, when Alina bring all the girls to her room so they can take some of the clothes that have been left for her. Throughout all the fighting and death we remembered that these are still young women who like to gossip about boys and try on pretty clothes. It was the first time that I truly felt that they were a family, sisters. I teared up.

 

And this book defiantly focuses on the family aspect, after the big battle at the end of the first book only eight were left, so many died. All they had were each other and they became close, they became family and made me cry lots. Nadia and Tamar’s relationship is adorable! Their cheeky flirting and showing off made me chuckle. This is the first book I have read where there was a same sex couple and I think Bardugo has done it so we’ll, the pair are so alike but totally different at the same time, they work so well together. And I take back all the bad things I said about Mal and The Darkling I saw a complete change in them in this book.

 

Just ripped my heart out and had me crying like a baby! I admit that I do get emotional at most books but this whole series really had the tears going. Full of incredible characters you can’t help but love and a story with twists and turns you don’t see coming. The Grisha Trilogy is defiantly one of my favourite series!!!

 

Rating- 5/5

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