22 May 2011
Number of Pages : 416
My Review: 10 out of 10
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Once again, I have picked a book that took me straight out of my reading comfort zone and I am glad I did. I had heard a lot about this book before I decided to pick it up. I was instantly hooked from the very first page and loved the way the characters interacted and the way the 'world' was developed.
I did not realise that this was going to be part of a series when I picked it up so I am very interested to know what happens next.....
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Number of Pages : 576
Publisher: Harper Collins
My Review: 10 out of 10
A brilliant supernatural thriller with a modern twist, and a triumphant return from one of Britain's best-loved writers. At the end of a track, on the outskirts of an ordinary coastal town, lies a dilapidated house. Once, a group of amateur ghost hunters spent the night there. Two of them don't like to speak about the experience. The third can't speak about it. He went into the basement, you see, and afterwards he screamed so hard and so long he tore his vocal cords. Now, a group of teenagers have decided to hang out in the old haunted house.
Dismissing the fears of the others, their leader Jezza goes down into the basement! and comes back up with a children's book, full of strange and colourful tales of a playing-card world, a fairytale world, full of Jacks, Queens and Kings, unicorns and wolves. But the book is no fairytale. Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it just might be the gateway to something terrifying!and awfully final. As the children and teenagers of the town are swept up by its terrible power, swept into its seductive world, something has begun that could usher in hell on earth.
Soon, the only people standing in its way are a young boy with a sci-fi obsession, and his dad -- an unassuming maths teacher called Martin!
I enjoyed this book so much more than I was expecting. I went into reading this book with an open mind because it sounded so very different from what I would usually read but it was fantastic. The writing was well done and the plot was brilliant. Such an amazing book, I really did not want to put it down.
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21 May 2011
18 May 2011
Number of Pages - 257
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
My Review - 10 out of 10
Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
I always have to wonder how Sarah Addison Allen makes her books so magical. Sometimes, its not actual magic that you are reading about but you could almost smell it in the air. Everytime I sit down to read one of her books, I always feel like I have been swept away on a wave of mystical beauty and never actually released until the very last word.
I adore this book. Firstly, I absolutely love the cover. The copy that I have is hard back and does not have a dust jacket. The illustrations are right on the cover and looks to incredably pretty. The illustrations on the chapter headings and also on the back (to see these please see the video below) are so beautiful it draws you in immediately.
This story had just the right dash of mystery and romance that I love to read all about. I loved to read about the relationship between Emily and the grandfather she never knew she had but I do have to say that the most interesting for me was Julia, her 'bakery' and her past...
This was a truly magical story that I just could not put down.... If you would prefer to see my video review, please see below...
Publisher - Hodder &; Stoughton
My Review - 8 out of 10
Straight from the bestseller lists in the UK comes a novel "full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations" (The Independent on Sunday), an excursion into the world of a modern male that "delivers its punch lines directly to the heart" (Birmingham Evening Mail). Like Helen Fielding's smash success Bridget Jones and Nick Hornby's classic High Fidelity , Mr. Commitment promises to make a big splash this side of the Atlantic as well.
Benjamin Duffy is a stand-up comic/temp who, like many men in their late twenties, is forced to face the eternal question: "To commit or not to commit?" After four years of biding her time, Benjamin's girlfriend has proposed, issuing an ultimatum that sets Benjamin's head spinning. He knows that Mel's the one for him, but should he swap his stellar record collection and fridge full of beer for dinner parties and trips to IKEA? Maybe if Benjamin could swap "till death do us part" with "renewable on a four-year basis" he'd be happy, but the choice-as far as Mel sees it-is all or nothing. Now or never. Mel or no Mel.
First off, I have to say that I absolutely love Mike Gayle's style of writing and the way he brings his characters together in a serious but funny way. His chapter headings, for example, are not the normal Chapter One, Chapter Two etc but instead headed up with headings such as ''Anyone See That Lassie Film Last Night?' and 'Because if you are I will be forced to kill you while you're asleep and plead diminished responsibility', which I find so funny but also appropriate to the chapter I am about to read.
At the beginning when we see Mel and Duffy coming to the crossroads of will they won't they, I could really feel the frustration in Mel but also the hesitance of commitment from Duffy. The way that the story progresses and follows mainly the character of Duffy as he struggles to come to terms with what he should do.
I have to be honest and say that there were a few chapters in the middle where I felt that there could have been more to the story but it soon picked back up again when we come to the far side of the story where we see what Duffy decides to do.
A great read for all of you who love reading stories like Bridget Jones Diary... If you would like to see the video review, please see below.
15 May 2011
10 May 2011
Well, this is a very easy question or me to answer. Since as far back as I can remember, I have been a huge romantic fiction fan. My favourite author is Nicholas Sparks although I do read other authors as well. I especially like romantic chick lit fiction as well. You know the ones, the ones that make you laugh out load with how funny the romantic drama is in the story is.
As for the one book that I would recommend to all you romantic fiction fans, that would have to be The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. This was one of the first books that I bought written by Nicholas Sparks and it absolutely blew me away. The way the story built up and the way we see the relationships between the different characters was spellbinding.
I promise that I will not spoil the ending for you but with The Wedding, the ending definitely did not disappoint me and it was definitely one of those endings that I completely did not expect and it was absolutely 100% the perfect ending for a romantic drama fiction.
If you have not give this book a go and you love reading romance, I would strongly recommend this one....
9 May 2011
4 May 2011
Number of Pages - 304
Publisher - Simon Pulse
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.
Number of Pages - 272
Publisher - Vanguard Press
My Review - 8 out of 10
When two grown daughters discover their mother's diary in her attic, they are stunned to learn her true love was not their father. But is all as it seems? That's the mystery they must unravel as their mother lies near death in a nursing home.
Only the pages of her diary can provide the clues. In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see the young Elizabeth Marshall lose her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another.
The Diary is a love story. It's also the story of a family and the question that all adult children must ask themselves at some point: how well do you really know your parents? The answer just might surprise you.
2 May 2011
Its that time again when I go to choose the next set of books to read for the following month.... I wasn't sure what kind of genre mood I would be in so I picked a mixture of this and that.... No doubt there will be a few books that I will add to the pile during the month!