Monday, 27 February 2012

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja

Author: Luisa Plaja
Publisher/Source: Random House
Release Date: 2nd February 2012
Pages: 278
Rating: 4/5

What if you could change your friends' lives and loves through the settings of a computer game...?
Lex Murphy's group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama! Then Lex's friend George is given a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few 'wishful thinking' adjustments to the settings - and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue?


A lovely, light, girly read from Luisa Plaja, what more do I need to say? I definetly recommend this to tween/teen girls who are looking for a unique and enjoyable read.

Lex Murphy has a strange group of friends. Not only have they all had their fair share of fall outs and break ups but her "supposed" best friend is too involved in her studies to pay attention to her, her other best friend stole her boyfriend and George, her clueless boy buddy is obsessing over a girl who won't even give him a second glance. Then when she finds out that an online game actually affects what happens to them all in real life how can she resist seeing what would happen if she altered a little thing here or there...

I've always admired how Luisa's stories have a normal teenage set up with a little bit of magic incorporated into them and this one was no exception. A game that changes people in real life. Genius, or what?! I really enjoyed the original plot line. I need to admit that when I first heard that part of the story would focus on film making I was sceptical because I thought it would be quite boring, but it turned out not to play a big part in it so it was fine. I'm also not the biggest fan of chick-lit novels so the rating 4/5 is a pretty good one! :)

I also quite liked the characters and all the twists some had. My favourite character was probably Lex or Drew. Lex was a great main character but I probably couldn't have done what she done, I wouldn't have the guts to change people's personalities! I liked her on a whole, she fit well for the book. She had a fiery, stubborn side to her which I couldn't help but like and, at some points, find comical. At the start with the little love triangle of Matt and Drew I really wanted her to get back with Matt. Then when I found out about the little... twist, I started warming up to Drew. I really liked Drew's bad boy personality with a softer side and I just started thinking how great they would be together. However, I am not giving anything away!

Overall I found Kiss, Date, Love, Hate a light, girly, enjoyable read that tween/teen girls should definetly check out! It has a really original storyline, great and relatable characters and unsuspecting twists! If you haven't already picked this up I suggest you do so now!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Sunday, 26 February 2012

In My Mailbox #7

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where readers can share what books they received throughout the week.


Borrowed:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare - I absolutely loved the first in The Mortal Instruments books so I jumped at the chance to read this when I found it in the library. I've just started reading it and I'm hoping it is going to live up to my expectations!

Given:
Seizure by Kathy Reichs - I read Virals a while ago and never really had the chance to buy the sequel so I was really glad to spot it in Beth's swap list! Thank you so much Beth, you are amazing!

What did you all get in your mailboxes? If you leave a link I promise to stop by! :)

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

A fragile peace has been achieved in the realm of Goredd, and dragons and humans live together in harmony.
But the truce is shattered when a royal prince is brutally murdered - could dragons be to blame?
Seraphina, a talented court musician harbouring secrets of her own, is drawn into the investigation and uncovers a darker plot, one that threatems the very existence of the kingdom. And soon her own life is in terrible danger as she fights to hide the secret behind her amazing gift...


Author: Rachel Hartman
Publication Details: 10th July 2012
Publishers: Random House
Main Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1/5

First Line: I remember being born.

I really wanted to like this book... but as hard as I tried, I just couldn't. When I first read the back of this book and found out that it involved dragons I wasn't too sure about it straight away.

Let me just say that I'm not going to bash this book. I have nothing against the author herself, it's just that these sort-of books, as I have now discovered, aren't my type of thing! However, I am going to list some of the features found in this novel so you will all have a clearer perspective of it!

1) First, the characters. Even though I couldn't really relate to the main character, Seraphina, I didn't mind Prince Lucian Kiggs. I just wish he had been more involved!

2) Parts of this novel were really eccentric! Me? I found it a little too eccentric at times but I definetly know other readers like that sort of thing!

3) The writing is very detailed and descriptive! As for myself, I found it a little boring and got confused at parts - there are loads of characters and places mentioned and I just couldn't keep up, I suppose.

4) The plot is definetly unique... but I would have liked a little more action!

5) There is some romance nearing the end of the book!

Overall this wasn't for me but that definetly doesn't mean it isn't for you! All we readers have different preferences, remember! Plus, it has had some fantastic ratings on goodreads! If you loved the Eragon books then I bet you'd love this too, but, if like me, you didn't then I wouldn't really recommend it.

However, let me just say, I really love that cover! :)

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Details: 31st August 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Main Genre: Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+
Rating: 5/5

I was quite excited to start this book as soon as I got it because I have read a book by this author before and absolutely loved it! It did not disappoint, not one itty little bit! I loved it all, the plot, the characters, the set up, the situations... everything!

I love how it ties in with The Mortal Instruments series - it's really cool that way! I don't want to say too much but... we get to know where Church the cat came from in this book! I was a little scared at first that because it was set back in the 19th century that the language used in this book would be so old-fashioned I wouldn't be able to understand it but, luckily, it wasn't! Well you could tell that it was in the past but it was easy to understand. While on the writing side of things, Clare has a great writing style!

All the characters are very well-developed and instantly distinctive - in a good way! Tessa is loyal, kind, determined and a strong heroine, she's perfect for the role. Now, ahhh, a love triangle! I hate and love them at the same time! I like both Will and Jem but... I am more in favour of Will! Since this is the first book, the love triangle didn't really occur that much but I can tell it's going to be a big part in the second book. Jem is so kind, unbelievably lovely and so incredibly nice to Tessa that I feel bad but I just love characters like Will. Will's brave, strong and secretive. He's putting on an act and I really want Tessa to see through it and to the real him in the next book. I am so annoyed at him for what he did at the end though!

Expect some twists in this novel! Oh and the ending... Such a cliffhanger! I need Clockwork Prince right now! So yeah, how much did I love this book? Just buy and experience this book for yourself and you'll see where I'm coming from!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Monday, 20 February 2012

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Worlds kept them apart. Destiny brought them together.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its door. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive...

Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication Details: 7th February 2012 by Atom
Main Genre: Dystopian
Recommended Age: 13+
Rating: 4.5/5

When I read the back of this book I immediately thought this would be a great read, my expectations instantly scored high and... luckily, this book really did live up!

The basic plot line for this book was refreshing and enjoyable. I loved the set up of the dystopian world. I mean, domes?! I must be honest and say I didn't like the start. I was confused and thought the writing style was a little strange at first but, I assure you, everything clears up very quickly and you settle into the writing style after a few pages!

The main characters, Aria and Perry (alternative chapters taken by each of their perspectivers) are both quite likeable. Aria is determined and more cautious while Perry is head-strong and courageous. It's turning out that I like the sort-of bad boy with a softer side to him stereotype! The romance between them develops perfectly. The sort of hate-to-love side to romance, my favourite because it usually holds some comical moments!

Overall, Under The Never Sky was a brilliant read with likeable characters, a refreshing storyline and a well-developed romance. I will definetly be looking out for this author again!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Sunday, 19 February 2012

In My Mailbox #6

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren where readers can share what books they received throughout the week.


Bought:
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi {review this week}
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare {so far... great!}

Given:
Seraphina (ARC) by Rachel Hartman {thanking Random House!}

What have you all got in your mailboxes? Feel free to leave a link - if you do, I promise to come and stop by!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: I've caught up with all my reviews now so I probably won't be posting every day, hehe. Oh yeah... and did I mention that I will be holding a 100 followers GIVEAWAY when I reach the big three digit number? ;) 

Interview with Book Blogger, Beth

Do we all know Beth from Page-turner? Well you should! She has an amazing blog and right now she is even holding a very generous giveaway! Go take a look at her blog, you'll love it instantly!

**Hi, Beth!**
**Hi!**

What got you into book blogging?
I got in contact with Zoe Crook from teenage book blog Bookhi a while ago and she mentioned her blog. I didn't really know what blogging was but when I saw Bookhi and loads of other amazing book blogs, I thought to myself; "What have I been missing out on?!" And I started Page-turner in 2011 :) (after designing it and re-designing it many times!)

Have you got a favourite genre, how is this your favourite?
I have loads of favourite genres! I love Dystopian books (books set in the future) and I've been reading a lot of them recently, I love them! I also love adventure novels and thrillers like Virals and Sister, Missing, with a bit of romance too! I also love YA! :)

If you could only have the books of one author, who would it be and why?
THERE ARE SO MANY!! :-) But probably Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series. I LOVE LOVE LOVED the Hunger Games and they are also quite long and I love re-reading parts! I also love authors like Luisa Plaja, Gemma Malley, Kathy Reichs, and so many more! ;)

Who is your favourite fictional character and why?
....RUE FROM THE HUNGER GAMES!! (yes, I am very obsessed!) whenever I think of her...I nearly start crying! I also love Tori from Virals and Seizure, Delaney from Fracture, Kat from Uncommon Criminals and loads more! :)

Which fictional character do you think most resembles yourself?
I think I could be a mixture of a few rather than just one. Alice from Torn and Cassie from Finding Cassie Crazy. :)

If you could go to any fictional place out of a book, where would you go?
Awesome question! :) Probably the world Cassia lives in from Matched. I wouldn't want to live there, but I really want to see what the "perfect Society" would look like....

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Reading people's mind! :) Or maybe invisibility! I don't know which..... ;-)

What books are you most excited about being released this year?
SO SO many!! I can't wait for The Look by Sophie Bennett, the third book in the Virals series (Code) and Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter! :-)

Quick Fire Questions:

Blue or Pink? Blue
Outside or Inside? Both! (a.k.a: You can read inside and out!)
Faeries or Mermaids? Faeries
Ebook or Print? Print :)
Ron or Hermione? Hermione

Great answers, Beth! Now that everyone has met the lovely reader behind Page-turner, what's stopping you from scooting on over to her blog?

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Warning: Synopsis and review may contain SPOILERS! When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when she faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
Now the danger follows her everywhere and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.


Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 29th June 2010
Recommended Age: 12+
Notes: Reviews for Book 1 & Book 2 & Book 3
Rating: 5/5

The fourth installment in the Gallagher Girls series and the best one yet! Finally one that has received a top mark! I can not praise these books enough, you seriously have to read them! How can you resist?

Two very important words to sum up this book: MORE ACTION! I am so glad that this book notched up the action part of things - since that was pratically my only criticism for the previous three novels. The only thing that was so annoying in this book though was that hardly any of the questions left unanswered in the last book got answered! Luckily though, some of Zach's secrets came out and... woah. Oh yeah, and there's a couple twists in between these pages too!

Yes, we all know by now that Zach is my favourite character... but another character who shone through in this book was Macey. She's gone from a spoilt and reclusive character since we first met her to a kick-ass, courageous and great Gallagher Girl! She's got such an enjoyable personality and I'm glad she's over that little bad spell of her's... Again, poor Cammie! I can only imagining how annoying it would be to be shut out and not get told anything... especially since she's in the middle of it all and everyone's talking about her!

In conclusion Only The Good Spy Young is the best book so far following the adventures of, spy-in-training, Cammie Morgan and it deserves the high mark of 5/5. The next book, Out of Sight, Out of Time is coming out this year and I just have to read it since this novel ended in a cliffhanger!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: Comments please, I'm missing you all! :)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

Here's the thing about covert operations: bad things happen when you least expect them. The enemies don't give you a head's up. And they never let you stop to put on comfortable shoes.
A spy-in-training, Cammie Morgan has a cover for every occasion. But what happens when she is forced to break it to save her best friend, Macey? Cammie and her friends are determined to hunt down the group that threatens to tear their secret sisterhood apart. This time it's personal.


Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 9th June 2009
Recommended Age: 12+
Notes: Review for Book 1 & Book 2
Rating: 4/5

This is the third book in the Gallagher Girls series and, yet again, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Another exciting semester, making for another great read.

The Gallagher Academy's new term brings a mystery. Someone is after Macey and to protect their best friend, Cammie, Liz and Bex take it on themselves to do some digging, but wherever they go things never seem to add up. Someone knows a lot more than they're letting on, but who? And why does mysterious spy-guy, Zach, keep showing up?

My favourite character remained the same. Zach. He's just such an intriguing character - you just want to find out who he really is. He has a tendency just to disappear and whenever he did, it was so frustrating! He wouldn't let anyone in on anything! Of course, Cammie the Chameleon (quite a fitting name for this novel since a big part of it is the art of disguise) was still a very enjoyable character. I also felt sorry toward her because nobody would tell her anything, if I were in her situation, I'd be annoyed and upset too!

The only criticism I have is the action... again. Did everyone get what I meant when I said action action in the last post? Well I'm meaning the type of action in the Alex Rider novels (if you are a fan of them, you should try the Gallagher Girls series). The scene near the start of this novel was quite action-like, so if there was just a little more like that then it would be one mark better! Also, the twist near the end I thought was quite predictable... but that didn't change my opinion on the book at all, if anything, it added to the book! It let us into what the next book would focus on!

Overall, this was another very pleasurable read by Ally Carter and I definetly recommend reading this series! Great characters, another good story-line and generally... just great!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter

Warning: Synopsis and review may contain SPOILERS!
Cammie Morgan may have a genius IQ and attend the best school in the country, but as she starts the spring semester of her sophomore year there are a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble did she really get in last semester? And, most of all, exactly why is her mother acting so strangely?
All Cammie wants is a nice, normal semester, but she’s about to learn her greatest lesson yet—that when you go to a school for spies, nothing is ever as it seems.


Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2007
Recommended Age: 12+
Notes: Review for Book #1, here.
Rating: 4/5

This book is the second installment in the Gallagher Girls series and, I must say, I enjoyed it a little better than the first. It's kind of hard to review a series because you can't really say anything different from what you've already said about the previous book, so I'm going to try and focus on a different feature for every review.

The Gallagher Academy has always been an all girls school but this semester the spy school is playing host to a class of boys. But these boys are different... not only are they very highly trained, they're secretive and mysterious and Cammie and her friends know they're all hiding something. Determined to find out what it, the girls plan a mission. But one boy in particular has caught Cammie's eye... Zach. The last thing she needs is another boy problem but he's a puzzle to her that she needs to solve.

Something I didn't mention in the last post was the writing style of these books. It switched every now and then to a Summary of Surveillance where The Operatives (Cammie and co.) logged in the events. It was a refreshing quality to the book. Also, it's written from a future perspective (everything has already happened) so at certain points in the books in brackets would state something like: later Macey said that...

Zach was probably my favourite character in this book. I loved the fact he was a sort-of bad boy but with secrets. I found it comical that every time he put on a cocky act, Cammie would get annoyed. I much prefer Zach over her ex-boyfriend, Josh. I was hoping that they would become a couple but... well... I don't want to say too much. I guess you just have to read this series yourself ;)

Overall this was a really good read and it only lost the one mark because the action quality again. Don't get me wrong, there was more action in this book than the first one but when I say action, I mean action action. Come back tomorrow for a review of the third book, Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover.

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: Wierd question. Would you rather have my comments bit embedded below post, as a pop up window, or as it is now - in a new window? :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it’s a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn’t have a code name?
Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she’s doing something riskier than ever—she’s falling in love.


Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 1st April, 2006
Recommended Age: 12+
Main Genre: Romance
Rating: 4/5

I can't believe it had taken me this long to read this series! I always had liked the sound of these books but never really got around to reading them but now I'm glad I did. What really drew me in was the fact that they were like the femal version of the Alex Rider novels, and in away they are similar, but not completely as I had hoped...

I had thought that there would be quite a lot of action in this book but unfortunetly not as much as I had hoped. The main storyline, I know, said that Cammie fell in love, but I expected some action because she went to a spy school. I still loved it all, the plot included, but just felt a little more action would make it a tad better.

I loved all the characters! The main character, Cammie, is so cool and I loved her personality on a whole. I also really liked her friends Bex, the butt-kicking one, and Liz, the super genuis! Perfect spy group, right? Enter Macey McHenry. A spoilt, rich and fiery addition to the Gallagher Academy. As the story progressed and you got to know Macey, I couldn't help but warm to her!

In conclusion, this book was quite a good read, with a great setting (I mean, a spy school?!) and great characters. If only a little more action were involved then this would be a perfect read, but I still recommend it!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is seeing thing: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York - and the dangers of forbidden love.

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publishing Company: Walker Books Ltd.
Publication Date: 27th March 2007
Main Genre: Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+
Rating: 5/5

Want a book that's full of action, fantasy and thrilling adventures? Then this is the book for you! You won't be able to tear your eyes away. The first chapter instantly drew me in, no scratch that, the first page! So it's safe to say, boy this book is good!

Clary Fray has a geeky friend and an overprotective mum - sound normal? But after an evening in a night club attracts a trio of demon hunters and a mysterious demon, she suddenly finds herself whisked up into a dangerous world which throws her whole life upside down. Vampires, werewolves and warlocks aren't the only things that have been hidden from Clary, everywhere she goes secrets aren't far behind, and mysterious shadowhunter, Jace is just another piece to her puzzle.

All my reviews are probably sounding like the same, but really, this plot line is awesome too! It's not the usual vampires and werewolves, this book contains a lot of supernatural beings which makes for an epic read. Plus, the writing style is amazing!

Clary is a great main character, she's courageous and I love the fact that she doesn't let anybody push her around - or do anythings she's told! Another character I liked was Isabelle. She was fiery and, of course, helped fight off the demons. But overall, my favourite character was probably Jace. When he acted cocky to annoy Clary, I couldn't help but find it comical. I really enjoyed all of the characters, well developed and relatable - well as relatable as you can get to a shadowhunter anyway...

I give this book a 5/5 (wow, that's all I seem to be giving, these days) because, let's face it, this book sounds amazing and is amazing. I'm definetly going to take out the second installment City of Ashes next time I'm in the library. If you've not read this book, you are seriously missing out!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: I also posted this morning with ten of my most anticipated 2012 books, see below :)

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2012

I thought I'd give myself a little break from all the reviews I'm doing and so I decided why not show other book lovers my most anticipated reads of 2012? These won't be in a particular order (picking ten is already hard enough, thank you very much!) so bare with me. Also these blurbs may contain spoilers because some of them are sequels. So without further-a-do, here are some of my most can't-wait-to-tear-open books of 2012.

The Selection by Kiera Cass (April 24th):
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Insurgent by Vernoica Roth (May 1st):
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.


Dark Companion by Marca Acosta (July 3rd):
When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.
Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.
The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member. Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (August 7th):
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. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. 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.

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter (March 13th):
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing to stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (March 27th):
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate
mu
st enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
(February 21st):
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 mansion...by any means necessary.


Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson (June 5th):
Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet - especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the plague that is ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the plague, but that doesn't mean she's safe. Government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cass and her family, they flee to the Island, a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors, and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken Cass under her wing, and the tribal leader's son into his heart, the spirit world is angry, and it has chosen Cass to be its voice and instrument...


Illuminate by Aimee Agresti (March 6th):
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.
As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?


Destined by Aprilynne Pike (May 1st):
"Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching. She hated how much it felt like good-bye."
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Are any of you eagerly awaiting these books? I think all of these books sound AMAZING and I really can't wait until they're out in the shops! My Most Anticipated Books of 2012 page contains a few more books which I haven't mentioned here so go take a looksy if you want even more!
What books are you waiting on? Why don't you write a Top Ten post? :)

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: A review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare will probably be up tonight, so check back later ;) Oh, and sorry this was such a long post!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it.
16-year-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage - and Linden's cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.


Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publishing Company: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Main Genre: Romance
Recommended Age: 13+
Rating: 5/5

When this book was at it's height of popularity in the book blogging world and getting all these amazing reviews, I never really thought twice about buying it myself. But now, I am so glad I did. I had been up in the big city and of course dragged my family into Waterstones (a bookaholic's heaven!) and when I noticed it, I suddenly remembered all the fabulous reviews it got, so I suppose I just had to get it, if you think about it, I was pressured really... It is such a unique, compelling and well-written novel which I couldn't help but get caught into, I literally didn't resurface for hours on end!

Dystopian is really in right now and before recently I hadn't really read that much novels set in the future. This plotline, however, is really original and refreshing and if every dystopian book is like this then I'm sure to love them all! Rhine Ellery was trying so hard not to get caught by the Gatherers but when she falls for one of their traps, disguised to be somewhere to work, she ends up finding herself the property of rich and naive, Linden. Though he treats her with respect, Rhine knows she can never be who he wants her to be. She needs to escape, and find her way back home. But to escape she must win over Linden's favour, but that proves difficult as she starts falling for the servant, Gabriel...

The main character, Rhine is very kind, cunning and loyal. We witness everything in the book through her. The writing style is very emotive and well-written. I admired her courage and just her whole character really. I also quite liked Cecily. Whenever she was around, there was never a dull moment. Even though she is stubborn and persistent, I couldn't help but pity her. She was so young compared to the other wives and was going through so much. At times she did show her nice, sweet side though, so I suppose she can be forgiven.

Lauren DeStefano sure has written a masterpiece! I recommend this book to 13+ who like a good dystopian novel, with a little splash of romance. I'm sure if you read this book you'll find it a great read so go on, you know you want to! I rated this 5/5 because it is well-written, has a good storyline and easily relatable and likeable characters, isn't that enough to tempt you?

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalties... forever. When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance. One choice can transform you.

Author: Veronica Roth
Publishing Company: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 3rd May 2011
Main Genre: Action/Adventure
Recommended Age: 13+
Rating: 5/5

Divergent is a thrilling, compelling and amazing read which has everything from a unique plot to enjoyable characters. It is a gripping page turner that you won't be able to resist!

Beatrice's dystopian Chicago is split into five factions. Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). On her sixteenth birthday Beatrice must decide what path she will choose. Will she trust her head, or her heart? Her family are Abnegation, but staying with them means lying to herself and sacrificing who she really is. Is she ready to take the easy choice in life or will she plunge into the unknown?

I am glad to tell you that I was absolutely delighted at the faction Tris chose! I really hoped she would choose that one right from the start and she didn't let me down! This plot is so unique and different from any other books I've read and by plot standards is probably my favourite, it kept me hooked and made the book an overall pleasurable read.

The main character, Beatrice (or known as Tris after her decision of factions) is a fiery, butt-kicking heroine who made for a very likeable character. She was courageous and determined - she didn't like to back down. Four was also very intriguing. At the start I thought he was just the elusive, admired stereotype but as the story progressed so did Four, and you began to see a little of the true him. Of course, when comes the goodies, the baddies aren't far behind. You will probably start sizzling when you meet them! Also worth a mention is the romance. It is light and sweet, nothing to over the top.

I give this book a high rating of 5/5 because overall it has an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G plot line, well-developed characters, a cute romance and I found everything just very enjoyable. I really hope that you buy this book because you will not regret it. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second instalment, Insurgent which comes out sometime this year!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

I'm BACK!!!

Here's the deal. I am missing book blogging so much! Since I quit all I've been thinking about is starting it up again and now, I really think I want too! I stopped this blog back in... wow, October because I was taking on too much books from publishers and authors and pressuring myself into reviewing them as fast as I could, which resulted in me not enjoying reading as much and falling behind on homework and studying. Now that I am enjoying read once again (yay!) I think I could just start this blog up once more and review books I buy - and possibly accepting books for review during holidays ;) - so the same thing doesn't repeat. I would just like to thank all the followers that stuck by this blog while I was away!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo