12 Feb 2013

The Immortal Rules


The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)


TITLE: The Immortal Rules



AUTHOR: Julie Kagawa


SERIES: Blood of Eden #1


PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen


FORMAT: ARC


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Note: This ARC was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Immortal Rules is the first book in a compelling new series from bestselling author Julie Kagawa. I must admit, when I first heard about this book I was sceptical, mainly due to the tonne of vampire books already out there and Kagawa’s previous statement saying that she’d never do one. However for the most part I’m glad she did, and she’s certainly introduced some fresh ideas to this abused genre.

Allison Sekemoto is a wonderful new heroine to get behind, and her daily struggle to survive has shaped her character into something truly unique. She’s brave, snarky, and also has a streak of selflessness that is truly rare in the world she lives in. It’s not exactly a spoiler to say that she becomes a vampire (the synopsis will tell you in the first paragraph), but the reasons behind her choice and the way she feels only make her more endearing and admirable. One of the highlights of this story is how vivid this world and the characters are, and that only seems to draw you in even further.

The plot is a real winner – vampire and dystopian? Now, don’t get me wrong, I am seriously not a fan of the former. It has been done to death in every author’s search to be the next Stephenie Meyer. Boring. But, give me bloodthirsty, vengeful, non-sparkly monsters that are actually scary? Now that’s a story. Kagawa hasn’t shied away from the more distasteful parts of vampire life; she gives you the violence and the blood and every reason possible to hate vampires…yet you still keep coming back. I felt like I was right with Allie through every scramble and atrocity she experienced, and that was definitely enough to get my heart pounding and my brain screaming ‘Whoot go Allie!’.

As you can probably tell, I liked this book. But it just wasn’t The Iron Fey. One disadvantage Kagawa seems to have is that any book she writes just cannot live up to the masterpiece that was that series. The Immortal Rules didn’t quite capture my imagination in the same way, it didn’t spark all my emotions and have my grabby grabby hands itching pick it up at the most obscene hours. So, slight warning to all Iron Fey obsessors: Don’t expect the pure genius that was in those books. Sure, go ahead and enjoy this one, but I think I speak for all when I say that it didn’t quite get there. Not yet.

Another thing that let it down was the romance. Now, I liked Zeke, I really did. He was cute and mature and caring and…kinda boring. To be honest, I thought Kanin was the love interest for the first 20% of the book, I was expecting someone dark and tortured and incredible brave…someone a lot like Ash (I know, please don’t judge me!). I loved how Zeke came to accept Allie, vampireness and all, and defended her against the group when they would have killed her rather than trusted her. But I just didn’t feel that ‘pizazz’ that I’ve come to crave, more like a lukewarm awkwardness not dissimilar to middle school romance. I just didn’t feel it, and that’s spoilt the rest of the series slightly for me.

Overall The Immortal Rules is an enthralling new novel that I would recommend to Kagawa fans and to those who want to get away from mainstream vampire books. A great mix of adrenalin, paranormal, and a darker plot that’ll keep you turning the pages; I can’t wait to see what happens next.

6 Feb 2013





Waiting on a Wednesday is a meme where blogs can share the upcoming releases that they're dying to read. This week, i'm going to share one of this my most anticipated debuts for this year.






Poison

Posion - Bridget Zinn  (Publication March 12th)

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.


So, what are you dying to read?

Have a great day,
Imo xx

4 Feb 2013

Beautifully Broken


Beautifully Broken (Spellbound series, #1) YA Urban Fantasy



TITLE: Beautifully Broken

AUTHOR: Sherry Soule

SERIES: Spellbound #1

PUBLISHER: Moonlight Publishing

PAGES: 305 (Paperback)

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Note: A copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Eerie, humorous and romantic, Beautifully Broken is a potent story about young witch Shiloh and the curse that threatens her town. Highly entertaining, I would definitely recommend this to any fan of YA paranormal romance!

The plot was definitely one of my favourite things about this novel, I almost always find that most YA books have strayed away from the creepy stuff; but not Soule. She added just the right amount of eeriness to accentuate the supernatural aspects of the book and get your heart pumping, though not so much as to subtract from the other light-hearted themes. The concept of the curse was one in particular that fascinated me, and as Shiloh navigated her way through the secrets and lies about her heritage I found myself just as captivated as she was.

Shiloh surprised me at every turn; her powers, her personality, her relationship with other characters – everything was well written and believably conveyed. She was so strong and determined that I really felt sympathetic towards her when it came to her lack of support in this scary new world of magic and demons, and the distance between her and her mother was something that can hopefully be mended in future books. However, Shiloh certainly doesn’t lack closeness in her relationship with her friends, and their interactions were one of many things that kept the book realistic and identifiable.

To touch up quickly on the romance; it was sweet, swoon-worthy and unhurried. Though there was the cliché insta-attraction at the beginning this was quickly forgotten as they actually attempted to establish a bond, rather than immediately being overwhelmed by crazy animal lust. True, Trent had the some of the stereotypical bad boy traits, but other facets of his personality thankfully set him apart from other YA alpha males. Together they definitely seemed to bring out the best of each other, and I’m sure that in future books they will be a force to be reckoned with.

The writing was another positive in favour of this book, and overall I found it to be highly descriptive and polished. I always had a clear image in my head of what was going on at that particular moment, and there was minimal ‘purple prose’ (I think that’s what it’s called), meaning that the writer uses lots of pretty, complicated words but it comes across as complete gibberish. That is a real pet peeve of mine, and I’m so glad that Soule has managed to stay away from that annoyingly common practice.
Beautifully Broken is an intriguing new YA release with a unique twist of the theme of witches and curses. Great for reading when you have a few hours of spare time, I look forward to seeing how the story continues in the next book of the Spellbound series.

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30 Jan 2013

The Lost Prince



The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)


TITLE: The Lost Prince

AUTHOR: Julie Kagawa

SERIES: Call of the Forgotten #1

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen

PAGES: 379 (Hardcover)

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Note: An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

With all the magic, romance and adventure I’ve come to expect from Julie Kagawa’s books, The Lost Prince is the start of a fantastic new series set into the enchanting Nevernever. This time the central focus of the novel in Ethan, Meghan’s younger brother, and I can honestly say I’ve come to love him just as much as I did his sister.

Ethan Chase has been trying to avoid his Fey Seer identity ever since his sister disappeared into the Nevernever, yet trouble seems to follow him everywhere and he soon finds himself starting at yet another new school where this time he hopes to just fade into the background. His dreams, however, are soon crushed with the rising of a new type of fey who call themselves the ‘Forgotten’, a race who slowly slipped out of human legend and are forced to drain the glamour out of other magical beings.  After a dangerous run in with the Forgotten Ethan and school journalist Kenzie are dragged into the Nevernever and become entangled with characters old and new as they try to prevent an all-out war between the realms.

Ethan – he’s changed a lot from the four-year-old boy who needed to be rescued from the clutches of the Iron king. Now a young man, he’s slipped into the typical bad boy stereotype and pushes everyone away in an attempt to keep them out of his world. Whilst he did come across as a bit sullen and angsty at times I found myself warming to him, especially when he allowed his defences to cave a little in his interactions with Kenzie. 

Speaking of our main love interest, I absolutely adored her.  She is witty, persistent and brave, and she met every challenge head on. Then there’s Keirran. As soon as I saw the name I couldn’t stop myself from squealing, and although it’s a bit…weird, his character was certainly interesting and I can see some of the similarity between him and Ethan and a certain other pair. And, of course, we get a healthy dose of Grimalkin every once in a while, and I hope we get to see him even more throughout the rest of the series.

The Forgotten were the thing that really caught my interest. We got a sneak peek of them in The Iron Knight, yet here they are much more prominent and I certainly learned a lot about their identity and history. Although I can see some similarities between this series and the last: new faerie court coming into power, tension between the rest, blah blah blah, I can honestly say that I’m really curious as to how this will pan out and what it might mean for the rest of the Nevernever.

If you’re a fan of the original Iron Fey series, then I would definitely recommend reading this book and looking into the series. It is new, yes, yet it is still connected to the old plot and characters and that gives it a greater diversity that I think it couldn’t have achieved on its own. For me, this series it a definite must read in the future. 

27 Jan 2013

In My Mailbox #21





In My Mailbox is a a meme started by Kristi over at The Story Siren, if you haven't heard of her (you must have been living in a blogging cave!) go rectify your mistake NOW!

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FOR REVIEW
None

BOUGHT
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky#2) - Veronica Rossi
Defiance - C.J. Redwine

LIBRARY
Finale (H, H #4) - Becca Fitzpatrick
Touched - Corinne Jackson


So what's in your mailbox?
Imo xx

23 Jan 2013

Waiting On A Wednesday








Waiting on a Wednesday is a meme where blogs can share the upcoming releases that they're dying to read. This week, i'm going to share one of this my most anticipated debuts for this year.







The Nightmare Affair
The Nightmare Affair - Mindee Arnett
Publication - March 5th 2013 by Tor Teen

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target


Looks amazing doesn't it?
So, what are you dying to read?

Have a great day,
Imo xx

22 Jan 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Today i'm posting my first contribution to the weekly meme Teaser Tuesday, where all of us book bloggers get together to try and encourage you guys to read some fantastic books. Basically, to participate all you have to do is grab a copy of your latest book, open a random page and pick any quote you like. You can post two of these 'teasers', although of course please try to avoid massive spoilers!

So, i am currently rereading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, something i'm sure the vast majority of people have already read and adored. For my two teasers i've picked:

'We shall see, we shall see!' he said, 'and I think I have earned already some of your dragon-gold - when you have got it.' (Page 106)

'Thief, thief, thief! Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it for ever!' (Page 81)

The Hobbit

This is the cover of the book i was given, it's a copy of an illustration done by Tolkien himself of Smaug.

So what are you reading this fine tuesday? Leave a comment and let me know!

Imo x