Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Destiny's Fire (Kythan Guardians, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Goodreads description:
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s new-found power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.
Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

I've tried to keep the spoilers out of my review but it's hard. Yet I've done everything I can and you should be fine.
This is a series I would definitely love to continue reading. I enjoyed the first book quite a lot. It different and fresh and I loved it!
I am learning something new about myself and that is that I actually really like book for the future.
This book gives us a glimpse of a future where the human population is surrounded by two more races. Those races are the Narcolym( a.k.a Narcos) and the Shythe, are shape-sifters, are both depending on humans to survive and for the Narcos that is not an option anymore... They want a life free of the humans and they know how to get it.
Raised by the Shythe, Dez is lying to all her friends for a who she really is, but that's the only way for her. She had to go through a lot and it wasn't easy because she can't trust anyone with her secret. Her life and the life of her mother depends on it.
What I loved about Dez is how fierce she is. She is fighting more than one battle and keeping a secret like hers from her best friends(triplets!!-- how cool is that btw.. -- two boys and a girl) is not easy.
Her biggest fear at the time is that her first change is due the end of the week and she has no idea what to expect. She is not a normal Shythe or a Narco... she is different and that might not be a good thing.
Dez a very interesting character and she brings life to the book. I loved reading about her life and I want more! She faces her challenges with her head held high even thought she is scared out of her mind.
Reese's arrival in her life is not helping with her current problems but he just wouldn't give up and what's more strange since he's a Narco, he actually acts like he likes her.
His arrival is the beginning of the real action in the book. From there everything changes(literally).
There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns but nothing is as it seems.

The book is so easy to read. I started it late at night on the 24th and I finished it last night. It was AMAZING.
I can't wait to see the next book in the series, which will take some time since this book came out last month! :D

I give it:

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This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 2.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)
Until the next time,

Friday, February 24, 2012

New blog design

Hey guys,
Yesterday I found myself with some free time and I decided to change something about my blog. I ended up changing everything! I'm still not completely happy with how it turned out but it's new and it's bright and it's mine so I love it.
I hope you like it too.
I want to welcome my new followers on GFC and Linky. Thank you all for following! To thank you next week I will be hosting a giveaway! There is a catch there because it will NOT be open to everyone but I will do my research and I will open it to as many people possible. I will be shipping the book so it will most likely be EU only. I think I'll post it on March 2nd and it will close on March 9th which is ... my Birthday!!!  Yey... :D
So more information about the giveaway will come on March 2nd.

Thanks again for following and I really hope you like my new blog design. Please leave a comment to tell me if you have any ideas or if there's something you hate!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1) by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Goodreds summary: 
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One good...
One evil...
Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My thoughts:
I don't really know what to say about this book. It interesting! It was, and then it got kind of slow! I usually read a book from cover to cover but I was drifting towards the dialog in this one.. I couldn't keep my focus on the sentence I was at and I skipped a passage or two.. It got kind of boring at the end but it was still and interesting story. I guess I didn't connect with the characters and it was kind of strange.

I also didn't like the ending... It felt incomplete. I was disappointed it this one. I had very big expectations but I guess the setting didn't help either! The story was set in late 1800, I am not sure the exact year.. but its in the past and I like my stories in the present/future.

I am sure that the book was amazing for some people but it wasn't for me.

The only reason I'm not giving it just one star is because at the beginning I had a feeling that it was going somewhere but then it fell apart for me! So, two stars it is...

Edit: I just saw that it's a series and not just one book which explains the ending.
I hate leaving a series unread so I would see if I could find one of the next books in the library because even though it lost my interest towards the end, I still want to know what happens...
This is the Bulgarian book cover:

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 5.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt

The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)The Devouring by Simon Holt
Part of the Goodreas description:
When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.
To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?
The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My thoughts:

I don't know how to start this one. It's definitely something new for me and it was interesting but I start to realize that I am too obsessed by Vampires and I don't appreciate enough other creatures.

The story is about two friends that love horror movies and books and everything remotely scary but then they have to face the fact that not all scary stories are fiction. The literally have to face their fears and to fight them because if they don't the will be devoured by them.

It's interesting to follow Reggie actions as she struggles with her teen problems and her mom leaving, and the dad who's almost always somewhere on a job. It's hard for her to keep the house together and to take care of her brother. But it gets harder when a Vour possessed Henry's body and lock's the little boy in his worst nightmares. It was up to Reggie and her best friend Aaron to help the Henry and they did a pretty good job of it considering the situation they were in.

There were some twists and turns along the way but the book is fairly short and everything happened very fast.

I liked it and I would read the next book because I have it and I hope I like the next one better!

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 3.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sizzling Reads 350 followers giveaway

Hello guys,
I just saw the email that Sizzling Reads is having a 350 followers giveaway! All you have to do to enter is to fill the rafflecopter form with two mandatory and seven extra entries. There will be ONE winner and he/she will WIN a book of their choice from The Book Depository for 10$ or under to celebrate! The giveaway is international and it ends on March 7th, so make sure you enter before that.
The picture below is a direct link to the giveaway post:

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Goodreads summary:  
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the "Twilight" series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thoughts:
Ohh I've been avoiding writing this review because I don't want to face the fact that I'll have to wait until July for the next book of the trilogy to come out.

At first the book was kind of slow. I pretty much had no idea where things were going but every next chapter was more and more interesting. I don't know which part of it was the best, the new type of vampires, the witches, the daemons, all the history or the characters themselves...

Okay first things first.. the vampires.

So this is not your typical goes crazy with hunger with the first drop of blood kind of vampires. They are more complex and what I loved about Matthew Clairmont the most is the fact that he was so old fashioned and he tries to be organized but his whole world is turned upside down by the passionate historian Diana Bishop, who despite her efforts to be normal, is anything but ordinary.

Matthew Clairmont as every other vampire has is incredible good looking and has a seductive charm but that's just the first thing you see of him. He is over protective and possessive and that gives him the perfect opportunity to get into a lot of trouble.

Next Diana Bishop. The witch! Well not if she could help it but none the less a very powerful one. She is very stubborn and she fights for everything in her life. Tries to live like a human and escape her legacy but you see how that is not possible when both her parents had very powerful magic that goes back to the witch hunts! She is a really strong character and I really liked her.

The daemons were not as active in the book because the main action was between the witches and the vampires but they have a strong presence and I have a feeling that we are going to see a lot of them in the next book. There are a few daemons we get to know a little better but not enough and they were described as the artistic species. I don't really know what else to say about them. The once we get to meet were nice and on the good side but there are always bad guys!

And then there is all the history in the story. I have no idea if the historical facts in the book were correct because I'm not really good with remembering dates and wars or anything important really but I loved reading about them. There was of course a lot of fiction regarding the people's personality from the past like what was Queen Elizabeth like or Newton and so many others but it was really interesting to read about it. To get that feeling like Matthew was really there and know all this stuff. I loved it.

As I said the beginning was a little weak but it got stronger and stronger with every next chapter and I was compelled to read the book in the middle of the night.

There were a few other important characters and it was pretty cool to hear their stories and their points of view of the situation at hand.

The book was more about discovering how you are and how you're meant to be and how you can't escape your destiny no matter how hard you try. I really liked the concept and the way the book was written and now the only thing I hate is the withdraw I have to go trough because I've been going to bed with the story the whole week.

For a while there I thought that it was just one book and not a trilogy and as I was nearing the end I got panicked that this would be the end but I was happily surprised when I saw that there would be two more books! I can't wait for July to come because the end was quite the cliff hanger.

This is one of those books that got me hooked and I would give it six stars if I could!

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 6.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Project Tell Taylor Giveaway

Hello guys, as you can see this post is about Project Tell Taylor.

Let me tell you a little bit more about that. The project is organized from author Michelle Madow and she wants to tell Taylor Swift about her book Remembrance is inspired by Taylor's song "Love Story". If you choose to participate in the giveaway you get a chance to win a lot of cool stuff including signed paperbacks of Remembrance and Vengeance, two masks resembling those on the book covers, a few bookmarks, stickers, a bracelet and Taylor Swift's debut album plus her Fearless album. The giveaway is international. Here is the full prize pack:

The goal is to get Taylor to tweet about Remembrance.
For more information on the giveaway and the project please visit one of the host.
Project Tell Taylor is hosted by Michelle Madow and For Those About to Read. It is co-hosted by Book BriefsXpresso ReadsBook Love 101, and My Cute Bookshelf.