Book Review: Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

I know this book has been about for a while, and I do remember seeing it, but not picking it up. Well a librarian friend of mine recommended it, so I had to read it. For anyone who hasn’t read or heard of ‘Blood Red Road‘ by Moira Young, be aware that the grammar and spelling isn’t good, as it’s written in the style of a teenager who cannot read or write (as far as I’m aware). So it does take some getting used to, and might put people of entirely. After about 50 pages of so, I kind of didn’t really notice it, which shows just how good the writing is.

When Saba’s brother Lugh is captured by the Tonton (baddies), it’s up to her to find him and bring him back. So along with her younger sister Emmi, she goes on a journey to find him, discovering more about herself in the process.

I love this book! To be honest I hadn’t really heard much about this book on the blogosphere, but I thought I’d give it a try. As a forewarning, it is very addictive! The book is split up into geographical areas. I think the character development is exceptional, as we go from seeing Seba as a lost girl, with only one girl; to get Lugh back home. She is forced into a world that she didn’t know existed, and experiences its’ cruelties. She has to grow up quickly; learning that not everyone can be trusted, but equally, that she can rely on others. We see friendships formed, arguments and loss.

There is quite a lot of action in this book, but it is also quite emotional. I would definately recommend it! So much that I have started the sequel straight away 🙂

 Have you read it? What did you think? Can you recommend anything similar? Or just want to share your excitement for the 3rd book? Let me know!

                   Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)                Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Letterbox Love #7

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

Two books to collect from the library this week; James Cracknell’s autobiography ‘Touching Distance‘. Everyone who knows me will know that I love James Cracknell. I think he is an absolute inspiration, and I always read his books or watch his dvds if I am feeling self-pity.  I look forward to this, except it is hardback 😦 so bad for the commute! 

Dark Parties‘ by Sara Grant is a book I have been dithering over for a while now. The cover looks good, but there just didn’t seem to be anything special about it. But I indulged and have taken it home, and it is a nice paperback! Smiles for the computer earrings =)

All She Ever Wanted

A quiet week for ebooks. I haven’t started any yet, but I am hoping to this week as my collection is building. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington books for allowing me to have ‘All She Ever Wanted‘ by Rosalind Noonan. This isn’t a book or an author I’ve heard a lot about, but the blurb sounded very intriguing! 

So that’s it from me this week. I managed to read 3.5 books this week (yay commute) but have been very bad in writing reviews. I’m hoping to be caught up by next weekend, but I apologise for the lack of posts this week. Anybody who manages to fit in a working day, commute and reviews, please share your tips with me! 

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile? I’d love to hear from you! 

Book Review: Unravelling

Unravelling (Unravelling, #1)

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.
And killed.
Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…
Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time. 
That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

Unravelling‘ by Elizabeth Norris has been sitting on my tbr read shelf for a couple of months, I picked it up from the library for the intriguing cover, but it is quite a thick paperback (for a YA novel) and other books have been too tempting. 

But I have been missing out! I absolutely loved this book, and devoured it in a day. Even on the tube I couldn’t put it down! Some of the chapters are very short (about a page) and I think this really helps in the pacing because I fell into the trap of ‘just one more chapter’. 

Basically the story is about Janelle, who gets hit by a truck and dies, but is brought back to life by Ben. Obviously no one believes her, but she has to find out more about Ben, and how/why he saved her. 

Meanwhile, her dad (an FBI agent) is working on a new case where radioactively burned bodies are turning up everywhere. Then a bomb-like device is discovered, with a countdown. Janelle decides to do her own investigation as to what the device means, and how they can stop it. 

I think this book had great character development. Obviously the book surrounds Janelle, but Ben is such an intriguing person (and also good looking). We follow Janelle as she finds out more and more about him, and pieces the information together. I think the book contains enough action to create suspense, but enough background to really invest in the characters. 

One think I will say is that Ben did seem a little perfect, but you gotta have good characters I suppose! It was nice that Janelle was the daughter of an FBI agent, as it made her a strong character, and she definitely showed it! I think it’s good not to have wimpy girl characters. 

The ending was good, but I’ve just discovered there is a sequel planned for next year! And god I can’t wait. Though I really hope they change the cover again, as I think the US one is just awful. For once the UK have done much better. Roll on next year! 

I would definately reccommend this books for people who like strong character development, and scifi action. Have you read it, and can you suggest anything similar? Do you agree or disagree with my review? 

Book Review: Eternal War (Timeriders #4)

The Eternal War (TimeRiders, #4)

Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history…

A time wave has struck that alters the entire history of the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has followed Liam into the present from 1831 and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo…Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man’s land to cease fire long enough to save the future?

Eternal War‘ by Alex Scarrow is the third in the TimeRider series. The basic storyline is three teenagers who have been saved from death are transported to a hub where time replays itself every 2/3 (i cant remember!) days, before and after 9/11.

A bit like the tv show ‘Primeval’, each book takes place in a different timeline. If something changes history, then a time wave occurs and changes the present. The three then have to figure out how to change it back, by going back in time.

I really enjoyed the first three books in the series; however I did read them all in one go so by the 3rd it was a bit too much. The books do jump around a lot; from the present to the past/future and sometimes different places too. I think it takes some time to be immersed in the book because of this. However, each chapter is clearly defined in time and place so it’s easy to double check you know where/when you are!

I think these books are great for YAs who like a bit of action, but aren’t afraid of the sci-fi aspect of the timechanging. There is great character development throughout the books, and I think these books are underrated.

The reason I’ve jumped back on the TimeRider ship is because I received the 5th book as a present, so had to read the fourth. And I can’t wait! But what do you think? Have you read any of the Timerider series? Should I keep reading? Please share your thoughts/comments below 🙂

Letterbox Love #6

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

A big book haul for me this week! I went a bit mad on NetGalley so have lots of ebooks awaiting me now! But first, the library litter:

I absolutely love Robert Muchamore, so I am very pleased to have got my hands on ‘One Shot Kill‘, which is the sixth book in the Henderson’s Boys series. The series is set in WWII and acts as a prequel to his popular Cherub series. 

Also ‘Perks of a Wallflower‘ by Stephen Chbosky. I have been wanting to read this ever since I fell in love with the film (see my review here). However, there was (understandably) a long waiting list at the library, but it has finally arrived! And in good condition too, which is always pleasing. Most of the library books I get are new, but I hate when other people mistreat them!

Note the pencil earrings, in celebration of my new publishing job 🙂

Now onto my ebook haul. Many thanks to NetGalley for all the titles below. 

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)                 What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

Another book all the bloggers seem to have got their hands on is ‘Dance of Shadows‘ by Yelena Black. Ditto with Kat Zhang’s ‘What’s Left of Me‘. I have only heard good things so far so I am looking forward to starting these! Thanks to Bloomsbury and Harper Collins for these.

Hysteria What I Didn't Say

Two books I requested for their covers are ‘Hysteria‘ by Megan Miranda and ‘What I Didn’t Say‘ by Keary Taylor. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but these are both so enticing, for very different reasons! Thanks to Bloomsbury and Keary Taylor for the approval of these.

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit, #2)

Exposure‘ by Kim Askew and Amy Helms is a modern day twist on Macbeth. I thought this would be interesting, as it is so hard nowadays to get a lot of children interested in Shakespeare, so I hope this turns out well (thanks to FSB Associates). 

A Sea of Stars

And finally, some news; I was autoapproved for Harper Collins UK Children’s titles on Netgalley. So as a celebration to myself I downloaded ‘The Sea of Stars‘ by Kate Maryon.

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile? I’d love to hear from you! 

Feature & Follow #2

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #121

If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

trans Feature & Follow #121The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

 How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?

A: Great question! I think the TV series of ‘Friends’ could work quite well as a series of books, or ‘Closer’, starring Jude Law and Clive Owen.

Happy Follow Friday, please say hi and link me back to your blog 🙂

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012:SemiFinals

The Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 are the only major book awards decided by readers. I thought I would share my semifinal votes with you.

Best Fiction

I voted for Matthew Dick’s ‘Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend‘. Mainly because this is the only book I have read fully out of the whole selection! However I did really enjoy this book. The concept was quite interesting, and I enjoyed the perspective. There was also some mystery and suspense which I wasn’t expecting.

Goodreads Author

I have read a couple of books from this selection, but I chose Lauren Oliver’s ‘Pandemonium‘. Just because her novels were one of the first dystopian series I read, so I thank her for introducing me to the genre.

Young Adult Fiction

I chose ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green for this category. I have to confess that I actually haven’t read many of this selection, though lots of them are on my to-read list. I felt I couldn’t really chose a book I hadn’t read, so my choice was limited. I did really enjoy this book, though all teenagers-with-cancer characters do seem to merge together.

Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

I think this was the hardest category for me, as there are so many good books here! I eventually went for ‘The Rise of Nine‘ by Pittacus Lore. The third book in the series (check out my review here) and I still can’t wait for the next one! Hence my reason for picking this above the others.

The Goodreads Semi Finals close today, and hopefully the readers have made the right choices! I’ll probably do another post for the finalists.