Beyond: The Academy by T. P. Boje

Posted on 22 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Author: T. P. Boje
Published: September 9th 2011
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: Kindle Edition (unknown)
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Summary: (Goodreads)
Have you ever wondered where you go when you die?
Meghan is 16 when it happens to her.
She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
It is a school everybody has to go to before they are let into Heaven.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world.
One day some of Meghan’s roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them – well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan know something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS ****
Beyond: The Academy is one book that I simply enjoyed thoroughly. It was a nice, easy read where I was fully able to just forget about everything and simply read a story that really interested me and kept me wanting to turn page after page. While there were some issues that I had with the story, all in all, this was a novel that I would happily read again, one that I would recommend to others, and one that has me sitting on abated breath for the next instalment. Therefore, it simply makes sense that this novel deserves four stars from me because it is just such a good read.
I loved the concept behind this story. It should be known now that ghost stories always touch a soft spot in my heart. I absolutely adore them and I am so glad that this book was no exception. I love the idea of a ghost academy where one goes to learn about how to be a spirit properly, learn how to control yourself and how to fend yourself against the evil spirits that lurk around the corner just waiting to enter your mind. I also implore the idea that the spirits can affect the humans thoughts and actions, I found this to be such an intriguing and though provoking part of the story.
Another aspect of the story that I adored was the love story. I am always usually a bit iffy when it comes to love in a novel, or rather, I’m picky. However, I liked the way that it played out in this novel. I really liked Jason, especially the way he acts the first time that he is introduced. From then on, I knew that this was a character I was going to enjoy reading about. I like that the love wasn’t too pushed or forward and I like how she didn’t think it was a good idea to fall for him and yet just couldn’t help it. It felt more natural than the other relationship that tried to happen in the book but failed. That is probably why I am more excited to see how it will turn out for Jason and Meghan.
It is this lack of unnatural friendships with in the book that is one of the problems I found with it. Unfortunately, the characters, for me at least, just weren’t fleshed out enough and it was impossible to see how the relationships therefore worked between them. I found myself asking too many questions as I read, such as why was Meghan suddenly friends with so-and-so? When did they become so close, did I skip something? While this did detract from the story slightly, it did not stop me from reading and it was easy to just push it aside to see the other relationship with Jason develop and to witness how everything else went down. It is unfortunate but for me, it is only a small issue that is easily resolved by just continuing to read and enjoying everything else the book has to offer.
The only other problem I felt with the book was the lack of description in some places and sometimes it would feel a little inconsistent. It was often difficult to really see how they got from place to place, and it was told that they couldn’t hold things but they would sit and eat, and open doors, etc, but it was never really explained how this was possible if they hadn’t learnt how to fully feel objects fully. It was slightly distracting but once you realised that it was never going to be explained, it was easier to just sort of go with it. This was the main reason this story didn’t get five stars and it very nearly made me change it to a three star review before I realised that, actually, I really liked the story and while there were inconsistencies, the plot helped to just push these things aside.
I really liked how this story ended, and the message that it was getting across that everything we do has consequences, even the things we think we’re doing out of kindness. I loved the little twist at the end and can honestly say that I cannot wait to read and find out how that is going to turn out! This ending was another reason this story was rated so highly with me, it was just so rich and full of emotion and something that I just wasn’t expecting at all.
All in all, this was a novel that I just really enjoyed. It had some issues but these never fully detracted from the great story that was unfolding before my eyes. It is a book that I am extremely happy to have read and one that I would happily read again as well. I received this book as part of the read 2 review scheme on the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics goodreads group and boy am I glad that I did!
Faye

Posted on 22 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


In My Mailbox #12

Posted on 22 January, 2012 by Faye - 17 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Let us know what books you’ve bought, borrowed or recieved! :)
So this week I am slightly upset because I recorded my first video for this and I can’t seem to get it to upload. I left my laptop on all night to try it out but it just failed :-( So, instead, I’m just going to have to show you in text what I got! Bit lame in comparison but maybe I’ll get it sorted by next week!


So, here’s what I got:


Books Bought
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke 

I am really excited to read both of these. And, if I’m being honest, I really like my cover of Switched. But yeah, both of these books just look really interesting and I cannot wait to get stuck into them.


DVDs Bought 
Shark Tale
Over The Hedge

So both of these were on sale and I simply couldn’t resist! I have seen them both before but they weren’t apart of my collection but they are now! :D

 

Book Won
Night School by C. J. Daugherty


This I recieved from Brodie over at Eleusianian Mysteries. I was extremely happy when it finally arrived and is actually my first paperback win! I cannot wait to get stuck into this one, especially as she really liked it herself!

 

For Review (Netgalley)
Emerald City by Alicia J Lepper

This I requested and got a few days ago and I really can’t wait to get round to reading it. It sounds so very interesting! I am definitely intrigued as to how it will play out and whether or not it will be any good! Only time will tell! :D

what did you get? :)

oh! and don’t forget to enter my giveaway 

Posted on 22 January, 2012 by Faye - 17 Comments


Paradox: The Angels are Here by Patti Roberts

Posted on 20 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Author: Patti Roberts
Published: October 18th 2010
Publisher: Patti Roberts
Pages: 122
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Summary: (Goodreads)
My name is Juliette. Nine hundred years ago, I died. Now my soul lives on in the body of a young girl…

Grace’s world is turned upside down by a visitor, the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away.

A journey crossing Two Worlds. One Ancient – One New.

How do the heartbreaking visions experienced by a little girl fit into this Ancient World of Angels, Myth & Legend?

Where lives are bound by blood – and nothing is as it seems. In a World where there are more questions than answers. This journey will leave you wanting and have you asking… Who, When, Where?

Is your Guardian Angel From Heaven or Hell…?
This is not a story about Vampires. However, we are talking about a predatory being that existed long before the word Vampire was ever whispered… the real monsters behind the legendary Vampire myths that reigned in Ancient times. They were a race of Fallen Angels called Grigorians. With their black feathered wings and their unyielding taste for human flesh and blood, it is easy to see how the myths about Vampires first began. And so today, while mankind continues to be enthralled by tales about Vampires and such, the real identity of the true villain, the Grigorian, remains hidden and free to walk among us at will…

There are those that know the truth. The Bulguardians. An Imperial race of Angels who continue to hunt and fight to the death in a bid to save humanity from extinction.

TWO OUT OF FIVE STARS **
The premise and the concept of this novel was one that I was really intrigued by and one that I was actually really looking forward to reading, therefore it is with sadness that I write this review. While others have loved, and I expect will love, this novel, it simply was not the right read for me. Personally I found it just too difficult to fully become attached to the story and just could not get myself invested in the story that was being told to me. This was unfortunate as I really did want to like this book.
That being said, this book did have its good moments. I deliberated between giving it a two or three stars before eventually deciding that two better suits my personal feelings towards the book. However, it was an interesting read and one that I was able to get through in just a couple of days. It wasn’t too long and was fairly easy to read, although it was quite difficult to get my head around some of the parts and I was left utterly confused as the novel continued its journey until, by the end, I simply felt at a loss. There are thoughts in my head on what could be happening which is quite interesting and is definitely a good way to lead into a sequel but I personally prefer to have most of the details in front of me. A first book, to me, should set up the story for the upcoming novels.
I did like seeing the world through Grace’s eyes. It was certainly a refreshing scene to view the world as though I was a twelve year old girl instead of the usual sixteen-eighteen year olds that I’ve been reading lately! I also loved how the middle section of the book worked, but I think that this is possibly because there was little angel interaction that was confusing or unexplained. I really liked Officer Wade and would read the next book just to see how that turns out because I think that is an especially interesting part of the storyline!
I did also enjoy seeing the angels from the evil side interacting with each other, but I also felt that they just didn’t seem evil enough to me. I know that it could have been a bit hard to get that dark feeling across but I just felt that they didn’t seem like they were dark enough for my tastes. But this is just a personal preference and others could feel that they’re perfectly evil for their likings. I believe the problem I had was just how little I connected with these characters, I didn’t despise them or love them, they were just there and it was a struggle to really see their purpose in the story. Of course, it is possible that this will come to light in the next novels of the series but for this one, it just didn’t work for me.
All put together this was an okay read. It wasn’t anything that really captivated my attention and it wasn’t a story that made me want to read the next instalment straight away but it was one that I am glad I read and one that I will probably try and continue, just to see if it ties everything together for me. If you’ve read to hear and are still wondering about my two stars, I feel I should justify once more that I just did not connect to this story at all. Perhaps the problem was the hype surrounding it and so I was expecting more, but either way, I just found it difficult to really get attached to story so while there are elements of the story that I enjoyed and liked, there were large quantities that I found disinteresting and just hard to like.
I received this book for review from the Goodreads group ‘Shut up and Read’s Read it & Reap and am glad that I was given the opportunity. I would recommend this book to people that like angel stories but perhaps have a wider knowledge of them then this reviewer!
Faye

Posted on 20 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


A Demon Made Me Do It – Penelope King

Posted on 19 January, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Author: Penelope King
Published: July 14th 2011
Publisher: Ascendence Press (Self-Published)
Pages: 294
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Summary: (Goodreads)
Some girls share clothes, a bathroom, or a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body–with a demon.

Liora just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can’t let him know she transforms into a demon named “Lucky” at nightfall—a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.

Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he’s public enemy number one. And having a demon with a vendetta show up during a romantic date puts a serious crimp in any relationship.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is quite another.

Being bad has never been so good...

FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS ****
This book had me captivated from the very first page. Well, actually, it had my attention from the synopsis but upon reading the first page, I almost instantly knew that this was going to be a good read, and boy was I not disappointed! The concept of a girl with “multiple” personalities is such a unique story and the way that it is then executed in the book is just so interesting. I really enjoyed getting to know both Lucky and Liora and loved reading what they got up to and how their lives were going. It was a really well written novel that manages to grab the reader’s attention and really keep them hooked on the page just wanting more.
The demons in this book were so interesting to read about. They were unique and different and it was a really nice change to really see things from a demons perspective. It was intriguing to hear about the different types of demons and the way that they played along with each other. It was all so captivating and page-turning and just left the reader wanting more. I especially enjoyed Bones, who was such a complex and interesting character and one that I was rooting for throughout the novel.
What I really found compelling in this novel was the romance and the way that this was executed. Both Lucky and Liora were certain that they would never be able to lead a normal life the way they wanted to live it and they certainly wouldn’t have been able to fall in love easily when they only live half lives. In steps Kieron. I have to say that I absolutely love him. I don’t usually get too swoon worthy over boys in books but Kieron took my heart and ran away with it. He is such an adorable character who is strong and powerful and sensitive and just… everything you’d ever want in a guy. Of course, he has his many flaws which help to make him grounded and real but he is just so brilliant. I love how natural the romance in this novel was. Liora may have been pulled to Kieron for reasons she didn’t understand but those reasons came to light quickly when they spent time together and just got on so well together. It was so refreshing to actually see the falling in love part.
The overall story was truly captivating and interesting. I loved how many things were thrown at the reader and how it all didn’t seem like it was connected at all and yet, it is likely it was. There were some lose ends that weren’t tied together nicely but as this is only the first book in the series, it is very likely that these ends will be sorted together as the series continues. I especially like where this novel ends and leaves the reading quite clearly wanting more. I was actually a little sad when the novel ended, simply because I wasn’t able to continue reading anymore but it is needless to say that I will be purchasing the next book very soon!
One final reason that I adored this book was because of the writing style. Penelope King really managed to write in a way that gets the reader hooked. It’s written in first person and it is done so well that you can really get the emotions of every character on the page. It is so nice to get that as it is often difficult to fully see how others feel through a first person narrative but Penelope hits it on the head. She also has a powerful way of finishing chapters while making you just want to continue reading. This novel was one that I truly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who wants something different, easy and compelling to read.
I received this book from the goodreads group, Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy as part of their read 2 review section.
Faye

Posted on 19 January, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


100-Follower Giveaway + Four Month Blogoversary!

Posted on 15 January, 2012 by Faye - 44 Comments

Hey Guys! So, not only did I just recently hit 100 followers, today is my 4 months Blogoversary! I honestly never thought I would be around this long (being honest here) and I certainly did not expect to get so many followers or to enjoy blogging as much as I have. So, I wanted to thank all of you so much for making this blog be so much more than what I thought it would be.
I also want to send out a personal THANK YOU to Brodie from Eleusinian Mysteries. She is the reason that I started this blog and is possibly my most loyal follower and I simply love her to pieces. So yes, she gets a personal recommendation. Go follow her blog, NOW. 

 That being said, I also want to send you guys a THANK YOU for following me as well (and for sticking around!) and so I am hosting my second giveaway! As this is sort of a double celebration, I have decided that there would be two winners and two lists of books for you to choose a prize from! As before, this contest is open internationally (wherever the book depository ships free).


PRIZE LIST #1
(These are books I read over the last four months and loved!)
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
 My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Firefly by Sophie Jordan
The Scarlett Dagger by Krystle Jones
Bridger by Megan Curd
One Day by  David Nichols

PRIZE LIST #2
(These are books that I am waiting to read with abaited breath in 2012)
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Everneath by Brodi Aston
iBoy by Kevin Brooks
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The two winners will be able to choose a book from EITHER list.  

1) Winners will be e-mailed and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
2) You don’t have to be a follower but if you DO follow me, you’ll have a chance for extra entries.
3) Giveaway will run for four weeks and ends on 12th February.
4) All books can be requested as paperbacks or e-books (if the option is available)
5) GOOD LUCK! 

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Posted on 15 January, 2012 by Faye - 44 Comments


In My Mailbox #11

Posted on 15 January, 2012 by Faye - 26 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Let us know what books you’ve bought, borrowed or recieved!
So, I tried not to get too many books this week as my list is continually growing and my time to read them all is diminishing! That being said, I still, somehow, ended up with a fairly large quantity of books! oops!
bought
 
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Technically this wasn’t the only book I bought this week, as I also bought two other books but as they were pre-orders that I don’t technically have yet, I figure I’ll feature them when I get them. I have had my eye on Cinder for a while now and actually cannot wait to start reading it!

 

Up In The Air
The Losers
Sunshine Cleaning
These are three DVDs that I bought in the post-Christmas sale this week! There were a few more DVDs that I really wanted to buy but I knew I couldn’t spend too much, so instead I just got these ones! Three films I have seen and love a lot! 
library 
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
I got an e-mail this week to tell me that my requested book had been returned and was ready for me to collect! And it was the second book in the Soul Screamers series and I honestly cannot wait to get my head stuck into this one as the first one was just brilliant!
 
for review 

 

 
 
A Greyhound of A Girl by Roddy Doyle
Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers
Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
Beyond by T. P. Boje
The Missing by M. A. Leslie
Underneath the Palms of Rio by Brandon Collier
Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott 
Paradox: The Angels are Here by Patti Roberts
No Rules of Engagement by Thomas D. Wilson 
The first three of these books are netgalley titles, the others are books recieved from authors via goodreads in return for honest reviews. I am looking forward to reading all of these books as they just look so interesting! I am offically disallowing myself to accept any more requests until I’ve gotten through a large chunk of the review books I already have to do first! I feel bad when I take a long time to get around to reading and reviewing the books I’ve recieved!
Anyway, that’s all the books I’ve recieved this week! I will soon have a giveaway running on my site, it will be up at 9am today! So watch out for that and check it out!! :D CLICK HERE
what did you get? :)
    
  

Posted on 15 January, 2012 by Faye - 26 Comments


Friday’s Film Favourite #10

Posted on 13 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

It’s Friday! And that means it is time for my weekly feature; Friday’s Film Favourite. This means that I feature all of the new films that are being released at the cinema, or have been released this week, and then let you all know which one I am most looking forward to (or rather, which one is my favourite)
Here’s what has been released this week;
The Darkest Hour 3D (Release Date: 13/01/2012)
Sci-fi action-thriller ‘The Darkest Hour’ is the story of five young Russians’ battle for survival following an alien invasion.
The invisible extraterrestrials are intent on absorbing Earth’s energy and destroying its lifeforms, a plan which puts the five fugitive friends directly in their path. Forced to fight or die, they make a last stand using Moscow as their arena.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUznviXV-U8
Margin Call (Release Date: 13/01/2012)
Inspired by the catastrophic world financial collapse in 2008, thriller ‘Margin Call’ takes us behind the scenes of a Wall Street investment bank as their executives face the worst day in the organisation’s history. As the money markets plummet, the film follows the unscrupulous bosses as they desperately attempt to salvage their own money with no regard for their clients’ investments.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jQoScJFNj0
Shame (Release Date: 13/01/2012)
‘Shame’ follows Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a New York loner with a secret; though he avoids becoming intimately involved with women, he cannot control his desires and is compulsively addicted to sex.

His insular existence is invaded when his younger sister Cissy (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment. Her unwelcome arrival stirs up negative emotions from the past, and his already chaotic life begins to spin out of control.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arD1Hmjlqag

War Horse (Release Date: 13/01/2012)

From director Steven Spielberg comes ‘War Horse’, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages, set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

‘War Horse’ begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets – British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter – before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse – an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.’War Horse’ is one of the great stories of friendship and war.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhueHIXbTF4
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THE FAVOURITE: Shame
I was tempted to choose The Darkest Hour, which actually looks really interesting but I finally decided against it and went with Shame which is a citically acclaimed film for one but for two, it just looks extremely good, doesn’t it?
 what’s your favourite?

Posted on 13 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Waiting on Wednesday #6

Posted on 11 January, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book that you’re giddy with excitment to read so that other people can be giddy with excitement too :)

As I run a book and film blog, I do this meme including books and films that I am waiting on. This week I have two books for your viewing pleasure and one film. Hope that you like them too! :D


Author: R. J. Anderson
Release Date: (Expected) March 1st 2012
Publisher: Orchard Books
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Summary: (Goodreads)
Ivy sensed the stone hurtling towards her and rolled – too late. Heat scored across her back in a blaze of dazzling pain. The ground spiralled to meet her, and she knew it would only be seconds before she hit…

Ivy is a determined young faery, living in an abandoned tin mine with her clan. In a cruel twist of fate she was born without wings, and she longs to fly like the others. When she meets an enigmatic stranger, he seems to offer an answer. But there is more to him than meets the eye…

A compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Knife, Rebel and Arrow.


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: (Expected) September 18th 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Summary: (Goodreads)

Dying sucks–and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time. 

  

Why?: Swift looks really interesting, does it not? I’m still knew to the faerie genre but the books that I have read or heard about are all about mortals encountering the faerie world or realising that they’re a faerie but didn’t know, etc, and so the idea of reading one that is from a Faerie perspective caught my attention straight away and that, as the synopsis goes on… well, it just sounds so interesting!
Cursed reminds me of that television show that was on a while back that name slips my mind because I only watched the first episode and then forgot about it BUT it sounds better if nothing else! And I am just really intrigued by it and only slightly upset that I have to wait until September for it but I’m sure I can sit tight, really. hehe.

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Title: J Edgar
Release Date: (UK) 20th Janurary 2012
Director: Clint Eastwood






Why?: I hadn’t really heard much about this film, if I’m being honest, but when I did and then sat down and watched the trailer I was just attracted to it straight away. I can not wait for it to be released so that I can watch it! It is also rumoured that it’s a shoe in for the oscars so it should be a must-view film, right? 

what are you waiting on?

 

Posted on 11 January, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments


Amaranth – Rachel Wade

Posted on 10 January, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Rachel Wade 
Published: 27th July 2011
Publisher: Rabbit Hole Press (Self-Published)
Pages: Kindle Edition
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Summary: (from goodreads)
An Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance.
Knowledge changes everything…
Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to escape her abusive past and dysfunctional family. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the handsome Gavin Devereaux and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.
Wrestling to escape a deadly ex-boyfriend while giving Gavin a chance, Camille is confronted with decisions that threaten not only her life, but the lives of her inhuman friends she has come to love. Entangled in her friends’ quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of Amaranth’s ruler—the mother of all vampires—and her own inner demons.
Now Camille must decide whether she will derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity—what she still wants so desperately—or escape with Gavin before it’s too late for both of them
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THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS ***
When I first started this book, I was immediately in love with it. I found the main character relatable (through her personality, not her history) and I liked the way that the two main protagonists met. As I continued through the book, my love continued to grow. I adored the character and the way that she was around her best friend and even when she was first introduced to the vampires. Then, out of nowhere, the POV changed and my whole view of the book just shifted. I don’t know why, but I just lost interest. I continued reading, and noted when it went back to Camille’s POV again but unfortunately, by this point I had already lost interest and trying to hold onto it again was just impossible for me. Which, naturally, is a shame as I loved it so much at the beginning and then second half should have been lovable too as that was when the story and plot really moved forward and started to get good but I was just too at a distance from the words to really enjoy it.
The vampires in this novel were interesting and unique and I actually really enjoyed reading about them and their world. I especially loved Joel. We didn’t get a lot of him but what we did get was enough for me to know that he was a great character and I liked the relationship he held with Camille. I liked the way that they were able to walk around in the sunlight without being detected and that there was another world just for them. It was all really interesting to read. It was very detailed and you did get a lot of the history of it but there were still some open-ended questions at the end of the book but these seem as though they are more likely to be answered in the next book in the Trilogy.
Another aspect of this book that I didn’t really connect with was the romance. As a paranormal romance, it was natural for it to be a main part of the storyline but I just didn’t feel that it was right. At the beginning it was nice, a sort of natural meeting when you leave someone thinking only of them and wondering about them but when they met up again, it was all just too rushed. Maybe not for them because they did spend a lot of time together, supposedly, but the reader saw none of it. They heard of dates and a witnessed a few talks but nothing that really grabbed me and made me think ‘romance’. I felt secluded from it and it made it hard for me to understand why they loved each other so much. Maybe that is just a personal problem for me, but I just don’t like books that have instant love without a full explanation. Why does she love him? Why can’t she live without him?
With that said, I do think that Rachel did an excellent job with characters. These can often be the hardest part of a story to get right but I think she really managed to get a good grasp on them. I instantly connected with Camille, one of my favourite quotes being “I’m an introvert, not anti-social.”, which I totally bonded with and understand. As it went on, I saw bits of myself in her and her relationship with those around her. This got harder after the second part of the book, she became stronger and went off on her own to do what she needed to do which was relatable but by this point I was already distanced so that was more my own problem then Camille’s. I loved Audrey, she was fun to have around and she really had Camille’s best interests at heart. I just wish we could have seen more of her but I think this is more likely to happen in the next book. Gavin, on the other hand, was someone I had trouble liking. He was a bit of a closed book really, kept things to himself, didn’t explain anything and was just really hard to get a hold on. Maybe that was why I couldn’t get to grips with the romance either because I could connect with Camille but not Gavin.
All in all, the plot of the novel was well thought out and it was a definitely an interesting read. I’m on the edge as to whether I will bother reading the next book when it comes out, only time will tell on that front. I think, if others are able to oversee the change in POV, or in fact like the POV as I have read some reviewers liked, then they are more likely to enjoy this book through to the end. It does have a strong story behind it and it ends in a good way with a huge “bomb-dropping” piece of information that leaves the reader craving more. I think that this has the potential to be loved by many but unfortunately, it simply wasn’t the story for me, which was unfortunate but bound to happen eventually!
I received this book for review as a Read it & Reap on the Shut Up and Read group on Goodreads and I want to thank them, and Rachel, for the opportunity to read the book.
Faye

Posted on 10 January, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


Well, look at all of you!

Posted on 9 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Wow. Just wow. I finished my studying for today and thought I would jump online and check on my blog, as I always do whenever I have a spare minute, and that was when I saw straightaway that my follower count now sits at 100 followers. I then hobbled over to FeedBurner where I find I have 10 e-mail subscribers and 74 other anonymous subscribers. That to me sent chills of happiness through my spine.
It may not seem much to the bloggers who have 1000′s of followers but when I started my blog in the middle of September, I honestly did not think that only four months later I would have so many wonderful people following my posts. I thought that this would just be something to do during my last year at university and may just be a stepping stone into the ‘real world’ when I graduate but it quickly flourished into something much more and I could not be happier. If nothing else, this blog is what keeps me sane a lot of the time!
This, basically, is a post to say THANK YOU to you all because you all mean the world to me and always manage to bring a smile to my face!

As an addition, I will soon be announcing my next giveaway, it may not be anything too spectacular as I am still only a student with limited funds but little things are still better than nothing at all, aren’t they? =D You should deserve something for being such loyal followers and for managing to put a smile on my face!
If you’ve read to here, I appreciate it. I know I rambled a lot up there, but it’s all about you and how you make me feel! I have lots of new up and coming updates and posts soon to be releasing (in the few upcoming months) and I hope that you will like everything that my blog has to offer!

If you ever have any comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, please feel free to send me an e-mail! (it’s in the ‘Contact Me’ tab guys!) And, if you have a facebook, feel free to go right ahead and click that ‘like’ button and make my smile turn into a grin!
Thanks again guys, I LOVE YOU ALL.

Faye

Posted on 9 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments