Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' by Kimi Garcia and Margaret Stohl

**Ben if you're reading this, I hope we can still be friends after this review ;)**

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kimi Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Penguin, re-issue edition
Publish Date: 3rd Jan 2013 (re-issue edition).
Brought from: Amazon UK

Oh god. I really really really wanted to like this. And I mean I REALLY wanted to like this, Ben had raved so much about it and I had seen so much hype about it, I was just so excited when it came to opening the first page. But...I don't know maybe my expectations were too high?

Okay let's kick start this review with a bit more of a positive. First the blurb:



In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .There is a girl.Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.There is a curse.On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.In the end, there is a grave.Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.Ethan never even saw it coming.
 Have I ever told you guys how much I LOVE blurbs? Because I LOVE blurbs. And this one did not disappoint. I love the intrigue and I think I could actually write an essay about it.

Another positive, I loved the relationship between Lena and Ethan, it's quite a cute one, and they look out for each other and it's nice. Ethan is such a gentleman and offers Lena comfort and support where needed, but he is also willing to not listen to her, to fight for her when she thinks all hope is lost. Which is just adorable and yes! I loved that.

The plot, I did love as well. The places where the action actually happened was amazing and linked everything together so I enjoyed it.

Now, to what I didn't enjoy. The long-windedness. And I normally don't like complaining about style but I really didn't like it. It was so long-winded that I lost interest a couple of times and forced myself to carry on. I felt there were some unnecessary scenes, and some scenes that could've easily been summarized in an after thought.

Also, some of the other characters. I didn't think ALL the scenes were necessary with the Aunts, I get that they're old and gave Ethan lots of vital clues to who he and Lena actually are, and their destiny and so on and so forth, but I didn't get the need to have such a long chapter with them in.

My favourite character was actually Marian, I loved her and thought she was such a babe! Which only enrages me more that they left her out in the film!!! GRRRRRR! But you've already had my rant at that.

Looking back, there wasn't that much I hated about it, but the things that did irritate me were quite big. It wasn't a quick, easy read, and I think maybe that's just down to personal style. But who knows? Hopefully after I've read a few more books I'll find out.

3 out of 5 coconuts given. (all I kept thinking whilst writing this is, don't hate me Ben :L) .

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Review: 'Angelfall' by Susan Ee

**LIMITED SPOILERS - obviously**

Hello and welcome to my FIRST EVER review on this blog. YAY. About time I know. As stated in the 'update' page, I'm finally getting my arse into gear. So here it is:


Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Publish Date: 23rd May 2013
Bought From: Amazon UK
So Angelfall was a book that I was really excited to sink my teeth into. And that was just after reading this:

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
I'm sorry but short and small summaries like that are always ones that just make me hug the book tighter and whisper softly 'I can't wait to read you'.

This book is based in apocalyptic times where the angels have taken over after the Angel Gabriel came down and basically got killed, then the angels got pissed and sprung a whole apocalypse.

YAY!

The main plot is about Penryn trying to find her younger paralysed sister who was kidnapped after her and her family witnessed a super hot angel getting de-winged. This wingless angel helps Penryn, in exchange she said she would help him find a surgeon who can sew back on his wings. I won't go into too much detail because I'm going to try and limit spoilers.

Overall I found the characters were original and interesting. Penryn is literally this badass chick who likes to think she's tougher than the average bean, and she is, but there's the downside of the angel thinking she's just a puny monkey...which she also is, but only in comparison to him. Their relationship and journey is funny and entertaining, but also dark and dramatic.

One thing that did honestly surprise me is the amount of gore in the book. There was quite a lot of it. And I didn't think it would be that sort of book, and when it came to the gore it did make me feel a little sick. A lot sick. Mainly because the gore involved kids. This isn't a negative point, I thought it helped make Penryn's fear for her sisters life a lot more believable and it also brought a sense of intrigue, and the big question 'why do they want the kids?' was raised.

This was such a smooth read, easy, and an amazing story line. I envy the author for being so talented. Susan is definitely added to my 'idol' page. (page soon-to-come).

Score: 5 out of 5 stars.


Friday, 6 September 2013

Update.


So this is my new new moto. Recently I've been dealing with some anxiety and other issues that have made me feel incredibly stressed and overall bleurgh. Now this isn't the kind of thing that over night it just gets better, but I'm intending to jump out the water and I've just made the first step the other week. So YAY! 

The main thing to say is...sorry for the absence, but life does make a crappy habit of getting in the way. Now moving swiftly on, I can happily say that I'm finally getting my arse into gear. So, what can you expect in the upcoming weeks? The answer is:  
- Final Reviews for: Shadow and Bone, AngelFall, Siege and Storm, Silence, and Beautiful Creatures (it has just hit me how many books I have read in such a short time). 
- New project reveal (as I'm gonna need all of your help on this one...it's gonna be difficult). 
- Weekly blog post - (personal life, YAY). 
- My 'to-reads' list. - It will be a better update than my good-reads account. 

So there you have it. Fun fun fun. I'm hoping to find some more read-a-thons and get a more interesting life in general ;) So stay tuned.