Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can't wait till Friday COVER!!!!

Okay, I was very excited for the release of Torment by Lauren Kate yesterday! Well today the cover for Passion which has a Summer 2011 release date was reveled!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Wishlist

My wishlist is hosted weekly by book chick city. I simply love the idea and wanted to participate this week!

There are way too many books on my wish list to display them all, so for now, I will tell you all my top one.



Torment by Lauren Kate which will come out on Sep 28!

Speak Up!

I have seen on a few blogs that the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has come under fire by a person(s) that feel the book is pornographic.
It is NOT pornographic! The book is about a high school student who was raped! As a female who personally knows a rape victim I was sickened to see the book compared to pornography. Rape is NEVER pornographic, it is NEVER okay and it is NEVER the victims fault!
By trying to ban this book, it is trying to keep the silent victims of rape, molestation,  attempeted rape and sexual harresmet. This has got to stop! By not saying anything it is telling the victims that no one cares about thier pain. But by speaking up it is telling the victims that someone cares and that people are trying to get the word out about this book and trying to stop sexual violance.
If you feel the same way, PLEASE speak up!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen review by Moirae (the fates) book reviews. In Fallen by Lauren Kate we meet Luce Price and Daniel Grigori a pair of star-cross lovers…with a twist. Daniel is a fallen angel. Luce meets him when she is sent to a reform school for “problem” teens. She was sent there due to a fire at her old school, when Luce was in the room and the other student that was with her didn’t make it out of the fire.
When she sees him, she feels an immediate pull to him; however, she can’t understand why he is so rude to her.
Luce makes fast friends with Penn, her and Penn talk about Daniel like all girls do with their friends. Luce and Daniel are first able to interact a bit more when both of them have to do detention in the school cemetery.
The relationship that blooms between Luce and Daniel felt very organic and true. Kate never made it feel forced or like it was fake. The character development was amazing in this story.
I did see the book marketed as another Twilight, calling this book Twilight is an insult to Fallen. It was nothing like anything I have ever read before and saying it is like any other book, is calling it unoriginal. It is a very original book.
Daniel truly loves Luce and Luce truly loves Daniel. The pair make a wonderful couple.
The whole book is action-packed and Kate gives the reader a little snippet of information throughout the book and the reader can put it together like a jigsaw puzzle. The ending and the chapters just before the ending where jam packed with information and action. The twists and turns that Kate gives to the story is amazing and I never saw a few of them coming. This is going to be a four book series, the second of which Torment will be available on 28- September-2010 I would recommend this book to readers of all types.
Kate is an author to watch!

What parents need to know:
The book has some language, but not much, there is no sexual content so to speak in the book besides kissing, if one can call that sexual content.

Cover art:
The cover art is beautiful and the reason I first picked up the book, it reminded me of Amy Lee.

Over all rating:
My overall rating for Fallen is a ***** 5 out of 5 stars

Obtained
My personal book shelf.

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate


The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove review by Moirae (the Fates) book reviews. In Lauren Kate’s debut novel: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate, with the tag line there is nothing more twisted then fate We meet a high school senior who is the crème de la crème of the school. Natalie is a tree-time prom queen and is obsessed with becoming her school’s Palmetto Princess, an annual popularity contest that is reserved for the senior class. Natalie’s story is very very dishy and very juicy.
Natalie and her boyfriend Mike are the power couple of their high school. Natalie is the embodiment of the typical bitchy teenager that half the school hates, the other half are only friends with her to feel powerful. I simply loved this story.
Natalie is determined to win no matter what. She and Mike play a trick on another one of the students, this one is in the running for Palmetto King, and Mike is also up for King. The problem is, the trick goes horribly wrong.
The rest of the story is Natalie and Mike trying to cover up what they had done.
The character development in this story, I thought was very good. The interactions between Natalie and the other characters felt very real to me. Kate did an amazing job drawing her readers in. I really felt as if I was there with Natalie, watching everything unfold. Through out the story, we begin to learn more and more about Natalie and her past, which helps the reader, understand Natalie more. Natalie is also very manipulative. Kate did a great job in creating a character like Natalie that is bitchy and manipulative, but one that the reader also still likes and can get behind.
The storyline was very original and very well thought out and wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

What Parents need to know:
The sexual content in this book is very small. There is one scene that is suggestive in fairly early on in the book.

The cover art:
I simply loved the cover art, I thought it really captured the emotions of the book and of Natalie herself.

Over all rating:
My over all rating for this book is **** 4 out of 5 stars.

Obtained:
My personal bookshelf

Cover Friday

So I am starting a new thing, cover Friday, on Fridays, when there is a cover for a new book I find, I will post the picture of the cover right here for y'all to see! The first one will be the cover of the upcoming Fins are forever by Tera Lynn Childs available June 28 2011.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Up next week

Next week, there will be a special treat! In celebration of Lauren Kate's third novel Torment, I will post a review of her two previous books!

Fallen and The betrayal of Natalie Hargrove.

 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, was a very enjoyable read. The book centers around Sophie Mercer a young girl with magical powers, when a spell she casts goes wrong, she is sentenced to a reform school by “the Council”. The school has witches, warlocks, weres, shifters, fairies and one vampire student.
The book is a mash of Harry Potter, Fallen and Hawkins own twists and turns. I simply loved this book!
There are some ‘dark’ elements to the book, but its not overly dark. While Sophie is at the school, there are a number of attacks on other students resulting in the death of one of them while Sophie is there and we hear of a death that happened the year before she arrived.
Sophie has one very good friend in the book, Jenna who is blamed for the attacks due to the fact that the attacks seem vampire inflicted and Jenna is the only vampire student at the school. The book has some things that are very predictable, but there were a lot of things that I never would have thought would have happened. Hawkins did an amazing job with her surprise ending. Sophie was a very believable character and her sarcasm was a great edition to the tone and humor of the story. Some people may feel Sophie is annoying or complains too much, but I felt she was a true teenager. Sophie has a very believable relationship with the other characters in the book. I really enjoy the relationship she has with her roommate Jenna, the pair compliment one another in a wonderful way that really added a lot to the story.
What I liked the most about the book, is that Sophie is far from being Mary-Sue, do all the other characters like her? No. Is the smartest or prettiest girl in the school? No. I really liked that, its getting harder to find a book that has characters that are as believable as the ones Hawkins created. This book is the first in a series with the second one due out March of 2011.

What parents need to know:
The book talks about sex a little bit, but not in depth, there is kissing in it, but nothing graphic. The book is very PG-13, due to the content, I would say its good for ages 14 and up.

The cover art:
The cover art was really neat, I simply love the mirror image with Sophie and the ghost .

Over all rating
**** 4 out of 5 starts


Obtained:


My local Library

Monday, September 13, 2010

Up next week



Up next week will by my review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins so stay tuned!!

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade



The Ghost and the Goth Review.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade was an interesting read. The book is written in a dual narration, the narrators are Alona Dare (the ghost) and William Killian (the goth).
Alona is the popular blond three-time prom queen and head-cheerleader.  Alona has never really noticed Will before, she has an idea about him that is deeply rooted in stereotypes and her own prejudices.
Will, is a loner and has secrets of his own, for example, he can see and speak to the dead. From the start, he is the only one that can see and speak with Alona, however it is not always easy. Like Alona, Will has his own ideas about her that are also rooted in stereotypes and his own prejudice.
The book opens with Alona telling us about her demise, when she was hit and killed by a bus. She wonders around the school and soon finds that her so-called friends and school mates never liked her very much.  She discovers that her boyfriend and best friend have been a pair on the sly before her death, and that the whole school knew the entire time. She soon finds that Will is the only one who can see her. The pair must work together to meet their individual goals.
Through out the book, Will learns that the perfect life that Alona portrays is far from perfect, just as Alona soon finds that Will is carrying around a lot of pain from his past, the death of his father and a mystery about a girl named Lily.
The way that Kade wrote the relationship between Alona and Will is very believable. The obstacles they have to over come and the revelations they come to about one another are truly remarkable and realistic, the relationship never felt as if Kade was trying to force something that wasn't there, it was very refreshing. Her characters are not Mary-Sue and have wonderful strengths and weaknesses the reader is able to feel as if they are watching it all unfold in front of them with Kade's beautifully written descriptions.
Though this is an YA (young adult) book, I feel that people of all ages can enjoy it. This book does touch very lightly on heavy subjects such as death, suicide, homosexuality, teen sexuality and alcohol abuse.
This is a well thought out well written book with twists I never saw coming. The ending was a huge shock I am looking forward to Kade's next book.

What parents need to know:
The book has some language, not a lot and the sexual content consists of talk about sex but nothing graphic, the first chapter contains some sexual activity, but again nothing graphic this is a very PG-13 book.

The cover art:
 At first the cover art worried me that the book would be too middle-schoolish, but I was very wrong it was amazing and not at all campy like one may expect from the cover.

Over all rating:

**** 4 out of 5 stars. 

Obtained:
My personal bookshelf.

Hello

Hello book lovers! I'm Lily and this is my book blog!
I decided to create a book review blog to take up some spare time. I read a lot and love to share my thoughts on  the books I read.  For each book I review, I will tell y'all how I acquired it, ie my personal bookshelf, borrowed from a friend, my local library or won in a contest.
I will also be following other wonderful ladies that review books as well so that you can see other titles. Hope you enjoy your visit.