Friday 10 August 2012

Book Review - Palace of the Damned

Palace of the Damned
Author: Darren Shan
Series: The Saga of Larten Crepsley #3
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires| Young Adult
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 256
Source: Borrowed
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In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love… but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose?

Lost in the arctic waste, carrying a baby whose love he could never deserve, Larten faces the darkest time he has ever known. But hope has a way of shining through even the smallest of cracks, and just as Larten reaches the end, a new beginning presents itself. The trouble is, for Larten, the violence of his youth is never far from the surface… and those he loves are the ones he hurts the most. As Larten experiences heaven and hell, and tries to save the soul of a child, the question is: can he save his own?

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Book Review - Ocean of Blood

Ocean of Blood
Author: Darren Shan
Series: The Saga of Larten Crepsley #2
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires | Young Adult
Release Date: April 28th 2011
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 232
Source: Borrowed
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Free from their mentor Seba Nile, Larten Crepsley and Wester Flack join the Cubs – wild young vampires with little respect for human life, and a taste for mindless enjoyment

For the Cubs, everything is easy. But nothing has ever been easy for Larten, and soon fate throws his life into another spin. With dark paths to travel, Larten finds himself far from the Vampire Mountain and its rules. A long way from home, sick and alone, he must decide what kind of vampire he will be. Whether he will stand firm, be true to his master and his princples – or whether he will lose himself in blood…

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Book Review - The Fault in Our Stars by

The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Publishers:  Dutton Books
No. Pages: 313
Source: Purchased
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Sunday 5 August 2012

Book Review - Birth of a Killer

Birth of a Killer
Author: Darren Shan
Series: The Saga of Larten Crepsley #1
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires | Young Adult
Release Date:  September 30th 2010
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 253
Source: Purchased
When terrible events force young Larten Crepsley to flee his home he finds himself alone in the world. Then he meets the mysterious Seba Nile, who introduces him to the ways of the vampire clan. Travelling with Seba, Larten experiences the adventures he has always dreamed about. But will he turn his back on humanity?

Friday 3 August 2012

Book Review - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Genres: Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 5th June 2012
Publishers: Hodder
No. Pages: 418
Source: Borrowed
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Firstly let me just start of by saying that if I could have given this more stars I would have. This book was just perfection, there wasn't one thing I didn't like about it. I started it a few days ago but when I really had time to read I couldn't put it down!! I only heard about this book about a month ago. I was attracted to the cover at first and the fact that the average rating on goodreads was so high. I'll be honest though, that also put me off. Before I picked this masterpiece up I had just finished reading the Trylle Trilogy. That had also got a lot of great reviews and I heard nothing but good things. So I bought the whole trilogy only to be massively disappointed.

Thursday 2 August 2012

Book Review - Switched

Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylee #1
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 12th July 2010
Publishers: CreateSpace
No. Pages: 304
Source: Purchased
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

I'm going to be honest , this book didn't wow me or move me. I know that there are a lot of people out there who love this book and will probably disagree with me but I didn't like it. The only reason I'm given it a two is because it was refreshing to read a YA that wasn't centered around vampires or werewolves, angels or magic. Yet even though it was refreshing it still lacked anything.