Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Wrap-Up

Yet another month has ended/ is just ending as this is the last day of the month.  It's hard to believe that it's the third month of the year already.  Anyway, here it this months wrap-up.
1. Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding
2. The World in Your Lunch Box by Claire Eamer
3. The Firelight of Maalda by Melissa Douthit
4. Lost by Vivi Anna
5. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
6. Now You See Her by Linda Howard
7. Neon by Yaritza Garcia
8. Wilted by Dianna Hardy
9. At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
10. Supervillain: The Concise Guide by Ras Ashcroft
11. 101 Tips and Techniques for Cooking Like a Chef by Theresa Newell
12. Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
13. The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers
14. Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp
15. A Safe Harbour by Moira Rogers
16. An Iron Fey Valentine by Julie Kagawa
17. Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
18. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
19. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
20. Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
21. First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
22. Scary School by Derek the Ghost
23. Kept by Zoe Winters
24. Death's Avatar by SM Reine
25. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
26. Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman
27. The End of the World Playlist by Dan O'Brien

Debut Author Challenge: 4/12
Goodreads Challenge: 61/200

The winner of last months contest is:
Karen S
congrats to you I have emailed you to get your choice of book :)

This month's giveaway is a book of your choice of book from The Book Depository of up to $15 NZD (New Zealand Dollars).  I'm trialling the use of rafflecopter for this contest so you get an extra entry if you vote on the poll.  The rules:
Open to anywhere the Book Depository ships
Entries close 30 March midnight GMT +12
Must be 13 or older to enter
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Through her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Title: Through Her Eyes


Author: Jennifer Archer


Published: HarperTeen, October 2011


Pages: 384


Summary: Every ghost has a story to tell.
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it's the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar--a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal--that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality--before she loses touch with her own life forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: The premise of Through her Eyes sounded incredibly amazing and I was really looking forward to reading it.  Unfortunately, Through her eyes wasn’t exactly what I had expected it to be so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would have.
When I started reading Through her Eyes I found it quite hard to get into, and then there were patches of interesting parts.  Overall, it was quite an up and down shift in the interest levels for me.  I did find some parts of the book to be a bit spooky and I thought that was really awesome.

I’m not really sure how I feel about the characters, they all had their strengths and weaknesses but Tansy’s were a bit overbearing at times.  I found it a little hard to relate to her but I think that is because I’ve never really been a new kid at school.  Tate and Beth were really interesting people though.

I felt that parts of the story were touched on and then ignored for a long time within the book that I sort of lost interest in the story a little bit.  I did find the whole idea really interesting and I enjoyed following it through and seeing what had actually happened and what was happening to Tansy.

Overall, I thought that Through her Eyes was an alright read.  It just wasn’t really my type of book and while there were parts that I enjoyed there were also a lot of parts that weren’t so interesting.  I would say if you’re a fan of paranormal reads then you might just enjoy this one.

Source: Library

Monday, February 27, 2012

Interview with Anthea Sharp

Today I am very excited to have an interview with Anthea Sharp, author of Feyland: The Dark Realm.  Without further ado I give you Anthea.





Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an oldest child, so I always have opinions about what people should do. J I live in the rainy Pacific NW, with my husband and daughter. The weather makes it easy to get a lot of writing done. I am also published in historical romance (as Anthea Lawson) and I play the Irish fiddle. I’ve always loved the fantasy genre, and am delighted to be writing YA fantasy!

What inspired you to write Feyland?
Since I’m a computer gamer as well as a longtime reader of fantasy, the two worlds began to mix around in my head. What if… there was a game that was actually a portal to the Realm of Faery? How would technology and magic collide, or work together? Once I had that part imagined, I knew I needed a couple bold adventurers. Jennet and Tam are inspired by the ancient Ballad of Tam Lin, which was first collected in written form in 1549, in Scotland.

Feyland has a lot of gamers/ references to gaming. Are you yourself a gamer? If so, what do you play on/ what games do you play?
I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a few years now—that’s really my game of choice. I can beat the pants off of most people in Boggle (that would be oldschool gaming), and I play Just Dance with my daughter (Kinect). We also have fun with the wii. First Person shooters spike my adrenaline too much, and I always go off the track in Kart racing, so I tend to stick more with the fantasy-based MMOs.

Did you do any research before writing Feyland? If so, what sort of research was it?
I pulled out all my collections of Faery lore: the Faeries book by Brian Fround and Alan Lee, my old copies of Andrew Lang’s fairy books, and one of my favorite resources – the Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine Briggs. I also used online resources, especially tamlin.org, which is dedicated to the study of the ballad.

What are you currently working on?
I’m polishing up the sequel, titled Feyland: The Bright Court, in preparation for a late April release. It looks like there will ultimately be a trilogy featuring Jennet and Tam. More adventures await!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write. A lot. Study the craft of writing, too, but the best thing you can possibly do is get to know your own voice and writing style. Also, turn off that beastly internal editor looking over your shoulder, and just write. You can edit later.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Play music, drink hot chocolate, and spend time with my family.

Any final thoughts/words?
Just a big thank you to you, Rebecca, for having me here at Everything to do with Books! I love to answer questions, so if folks want to ask something in the comments, feel free.

Thanks a bunch Anthea, be sure to visit Anthea and Feyland at:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Enthralled by K. Drollinger

Title: Enthralled


Author: K Drollinger


Published: 7 October 2011


Pages: 223


Series: Book 1, Annette Brown


Purchase Links:
Smashwords
Amazon
Kobo
Diesel


Summary: Annette has had nightmares for as long as she can remember. However, it was not until a strange encounter that Annette realizes her dreams have a deeper meaning than she could have imagined. In her search for answers, Annette is drawn into a world of dangerous creatures that human kind forgot exists. Once drawn in, Annette can never return to the life she knew.   (Taken from Smashwords)


Thoughts: I enjoy reading the odd supernatural story and after seeing the cover of Enthralled I fell in love with it and just knew I had to read it.


I know that people say don’t judge a book by its cover but with Enthralled it was a good thing because I absolutely adored Enthralled.

It was incredibly well-written and I loved every minute of it.  Kim is an excellent writer and I’m totally looking forward to reading more from her.

Not wanting to spoil the plot too much, I just have to say that Enthralled is unique and quite individual which these days is hard to come by in a supernatural/paranormal novel.  There was a mysterious element to Enthralled which kept me reading through.  There were quite a lot of twists within the book too which was so amazing.

I loved Annette and thought she was such a great main character.  I felt that I could really connect with her and that just made the book all the more awesome.

I really loved Enthralled and thought it was excellent.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp

Title: Feyland: The Dark Realm


Author: Anthea Sharp


Published: December 2011


Pages: 320


Summary: WHEN A GAME… 

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries. 

TURNS REAL… 

Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her. 

WINNING IS EVERYTHING… 
Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: When I read the description for Feyland it sounded so amazing.  Little did I know that Feyland would have an addictive quality that would keep me reading.

Anthea Sharp is an extremely talented writer and I was floored by how well written Feyland was.  Not to mention it was incredibly enjoyable as the whole premise sounds like my kind of book.  I loved the fairy world and how it was incorporated into a video game.  It is quite unique and really good.

I liked both Jennet and Tam.  I found them both to be really cool characters.  I liked Tam in that he was tough but also really sweet under his hard exterior.  Then there was Jennet, I liked her just because she seemed like one of those characters that I would like.  I thought that Marny was an awesome character too I would have loved to learn even more about her.

The world building is amazing.  I loved how it was set in the future and the technologies they had was really interesting to read about.  I thought it was quite intriguing and I do wonder how things got the way they were.
Overall, I absolutely loved Feyland: The Dark Realm.  It’s unique, extremely well-written and has a great storyline.  I strongly recommend this one as it is amazing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Free Download Friday (4)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week I have something that I should have had last week, but I found out about it late.  This week I have a link to an Iron Fey Valentine.  A short story by Julie Kagawa about Ash and Meghan on Valentine's day.


This weeks download is


An Iron Fey Valentine by Julie Kagawa




It's a story of pure, unfiltered fluff that Julie Kagawa wrote just for fun, but also a thank you to her readers and fans for all their support and encouragement over the years.  (Taken from goodreads)




While you're there you can visit this page, to download some awesome Iron Fey backgrounds for your computer.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Eden's Root by Rachel Fisher

Title: Eden's Root 


Author: Rachel Fisher


Published: 2011


Pages: 322


Summary: It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.   (Taken from Goodreads)


Thoughts: As a huge science fiction fan I was super super excited to read Eden’s Root.  Not to mention I’m a total sucker for apocalyptic novels.  I’m really happy to say that Eden’s Root is simply brilliant!


From the very first page I was hooked into Fi’s world and everything that happened with in it.  I really admired Fi for her courage and how much she did for her sister.  I loved how Fi just got right into things and was prepared for what was to come.

Rachel is a fantastic author.  The writing style is simple yet it flows in a brilliant manner and I found it difficult to put this one down at times.  I’m definitely interested in reading more from Rachel.

I would highly recommend Eden’s Root and I just know I’m going to be gushing about this one for weeks to come.  If you love science fiction and apocalyptic novels then I strongly suggest you read this one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On My Wishlist (11)

So I am incredibly obsessed with Goodreads and I will surf the books on Goodreads for hours and I have found some really awesome looking books on there of late and I have added a truckload to my wishlist of books to buy so I figured why not share my findings because I am all for showing other people books that look simply amazing.

This week on my wishlist is:

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


An escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe discovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's road. 
All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived. Under her tutelage, Kvothe learns much about true magic and the ways of women.   (Taken from Goodreads)

The Wise Man's Fear is currently out now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Lost by Vivi Anna

Title: Lost


Author: Vivi Anna


Published: Bandit Creek Books, 2011


Pages: 66


Summary: Kirsten Morgan can hear the dead. And now they are calling to her, to come home to Bandit Creek. 
A girl has gone missing, and the law don’t have any leads. But the last thing Sheriff Samuel Morgan wants to see is his famous psychic daughter in his office telling him how to do his job. At odds for years, Kirsten doesn’t know how to talk to her father but she knows she has to push him to a place he doesn’t want to go. Because the dead are talking, and she has to answer, or lose her mind forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I always love mysteries, especially mysteries involving psychics so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed reading Lost.

As far as characterisation goes, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kirsten but seeing her faults made her more real so I could forgive her for her faults.  I liked that she was stubborn and didn’t want to give up on helping to find the missing girl even though her own father wants to put a stop to it.

The biggest part of the plot was the mystery and the more the mystery deepened the more I found myself interested in what was going on.  I had a fair idea about who it was but I wasn’t 100% sure.  The book had a little bit of a twist so that was pretty cool.

Not only is Lost a mystery but it has a smaller plot line about Kirsten and the relationships she had with people in the town of Bandit Creek.  I found these parts to be quite good as well.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Lost.  It was a fun little novella and a good mystery to read in a couple of hours out in the sun.

Source:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Interview with Rachel Fisher

Today I am very lucky to have an interview with author Rachel Fisher, who just recently released her book Eden's Root.





What inspired you to write Eden's Root?
Honestly it is a weird thing. I haven't done much creative writing besides poetry and even that was back in college.  So I am not certain.  I know that my battle (and I am getting tired of characterizing it that way but I can't think of another) with ovarian cancer played a major role.  I know that my research and subsequent beliefs regarding food played a major role.  And I have been a science fiction fan since I was a kid.  Somehow it all came together.  I sat down and started thinking of this young girl, Fi and what would happen if she had to face the impossible.  I sat down and I wrote three scenes as they played themselves in my mind.  Fi and her companions began to introduce themselves to me and I found that I was hooked...on my own story.

How did you get into writing?
I always read and read and read when I was a kid.  I ripped through books like they were food and I loved science fiction, young adult, and great stories of all kinds.  My faves included Madeleine L'Engle, Kipling, Tolkein, and Asimov, a foursome that would make rather auspicious company in that special heaven where you get to talk to your favorite author for hours...

Do you have any must-haves while writing?
I feel like you have to let go and lose yourself in the story the same way that you do when you read.   Love your characters, even your villains, and let yourself live in their world.   I also tend to listen to music to help myself to tune out the world and get lost.  Another option is to go for a run on the treadmill.  When I run, I tend to disappear into my own mind and now I find stories and scenes playing for me while I run.  Once I finish a run I sometimes sit and write for an hour to get it all out, even if I am still a sweaty mess.

When you’re not writing what do you enjoy doing?
I love being outdoors but tennis is my real obsession besides writing.  I play and  I watch and since my husband shares this love, we spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and playing tennis.  It's one of the draws of living in Florida...there is a ton of tennis all the time.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
That is a tough one because I am not professionally published yet and I may never be or never try to be.  We'll see.  I chose the self-publishing route because I wanted to get my story out there and I didn't know anything about how to get representation or a publisher.  I have learned a lot more about it now and it's interesting.  It seems like there is a real shift going on in the publishing world.  Self-published or indie (small publishing houses) work is on the rise and while I recognize that professional publishers will clean up your work and supposedly help you to make it more commercial, some folks are doing ok on their own.  A lucky handful are making millions...

There is no guarantee that you'll make money writing no matter what route you take, so I'd say that what I've taken away from this experience is write first and figure out what to do with your writing second.  If you feel compelled to write, it will come out of you.  Once you've written something you can share it with others and get the feedback and responses you need.  You may go the pro route and send out query letters to agents, you may go the self-publishing route like I did.  Either way, if you enjoy the writing, that is the important part.

Who is your favourite author and what is it that you love about their work?
Just one author huh?  Wow, that is tough.  If I have to pick just one I think the one who influenced me most both to read and now eventually to write, is Madeleine L'Engle.  I read A Wrinkle in Time when I was in fourth grade and it absolutely changed me.  I was always a voracious reader, even then, but I'd never read anything that spoke to me individually with the force that her work did and still does.   I think that I've read A Ring of Endless Light about a billion times.  Her stories bring together a mix of adolescent confusion, well-researched science-fiction, and social and religious themes and questions and blends them into something which is at once magical and yet utterly believable at the same time.

Thanks a bunch Rachel, be on the lookout for my review of Eden's Root on Thursday.  in the mean time you can check out any of these links:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi, The Story Siren.  It is a weekly feature where book enthusiasts showcase the books they got in the mail, from bookstores, from the library or anywhere else for the week.  This week I have another vlog I'm trying to slowly get into making videos :)




Books Received:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Now You See Her by Linda Howard

Title: Now You See Her


Author: Linda Howard


Published: Pocket Books, 2003


Pages: 362


Summary: Up-and-coming painter Paris Sweeney finds herself painting a vivid murder--based on a series of disturbing dreams. But when her friend Chandra is killed in a similar fashion, Paris and her lover become the prime suspects.  (Taken from Goodreads)


Thoughts: When I read the premise for Now You See Her I thought it sounded really good.  I really enjoyed the story and the mystery element but I did not particularly enjoy the main character.


I just had so many issues with Sweeney.  She’s so meek and childish in some ways that I don’t really like her.  It seemed like for most of the book she was either keeping to herself and avoiding people or hiding behind Richard.  Not to mention she just kept doing so many stupid things that I felt like pulling my hair out in frustration.

I can see why everyone wanted to kill Chandra.  It made Chandra a really awful person but at the same time the fact that so many people wanted her dead made the mystery a bit harder to figure out.

Overall, I thought that Now You See Her was an entertaining read but to me it was nothing amazing.  I felt like everything came so easily.  If you’re looking for a mystery with a paranormal twist, there are a lot that I would suggest before this one but I wouldn’t completely write this off as unreadable.

Source: Library

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free Download Friday (3)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  This week I have an author spotlight on Yaritza Garcia whose work I found on Smashwords.  These downloads aren't novellas but more short stories however, I very strongly encourage you to check them out.






A geek is in search of the mysterious girl that kissed him on Halloween, but his only clues are her blonde hair...and her pink Converse shoes.


My thoughts:
This one is really fun and super cute.  It has a little twist at the end that makes you appreciate the story even more than you already do.










A sophomore girl daringly dates a guy who is rumored to be a vampire. What will happen to her?


My thoughts:
So good! It's so short but so good. The ending took me completely by surprise.








Bold and proud to be a freak, funky-haired Neon sets out to get her crush's attention the best way she knows how: through skateboarding! 


My Thoughts:
Fun little read. Just as awesome as the other short stories by Yaritza that I've read. This one had the little twist ending that I have come to love as well.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

Title: The Vanishing Game


Author: Kate Kae Myers


Published: Bloomsbury Children's, 14 February 2012


Pages: 353


Summary: Jocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House. 
But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  As soon as I read the description for The Vanishing Game I just knew it would be a book I would have to read.  Needless to say I did enjoy the book.


The Vanishing Game surprised me a little.  I'm not sure why but I didn't think this book would be a dark mystery, I thought it would be lighter.  I was definitely wrong in that sense.  


As I read deeper into the mystery I found myself wondering what was going on and being drawn into the story so much so that I felt like I couldn't put the book down.  I also started to question some of the things that were happening.  Certain events made me wonder just exactly what was really going on.


The characters were interesting.  I thought that Jocelyn was really intriguing but I also didn't feel as though I could relate to her so much.  However, for me characters never really make the story, I was far more interested in the mystery.  On a totally unrelated note, her and Jack get a little bit more love from me in that we share the same birthday.  Yeah, incredibly biased I know, but we share the same birthday and their birthday has a tiny bit of significance in the book so that's pretty awesome too.


I liked that within The Vanishing Game there were clues leading up to the final event.   I'm not going to lie, the deeper the mystery went the more I got sucked into the story and just didn't want to stop reading.  I got to the big reveal and was like, ummmm?  What?  Really?  The summaries all say that there is a twist at the end and me being me was like, yeah well I always guess these things.  Ummm yeah, not in this case.  Yeah, not going to lie, I was pretty thrown by the ending.

Overall, I would definitely recommend The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers for those fans of mysteries.  Also, for anyone wanting to be knocked backwards by the twist ending.  I'm still reeling over how things ended.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to Get Free Books

This is just a random fun post on how to get ‘free’ books if you’re not a blogger/ can’t be bothered reviewing books.  Not to mention, one of my goals from now on is to try and post at least one thing up every week.  So here is a fun little post. 

Enter Contests: These days there are so many bloggers and authors giving away books and now that there is The Book Depository has free shipping to a large number of countries, more international giveaways have opened up.  Bloggers such as Kathy from I am a Reader, not a Writer hosts giveaway hops on a regular basis so definitely check those out.

Goodreads First Reads:  If you have a goodreads account then you can go to the Goodreads first reads page and enter contests there.  If you do win you aren’t obligated to review the book but it is a common courtesy If you do review the book on Goodreads once you review it.  You can check out Goodreads First Reads program here.

Smashwords:  This one is for ebooks.  Most are published by self-published or indie authors and yes most you have to pay for, however, you can also find free books in any category that you like.  I find that the free books are really good for giving you a taste of an authors work before deciding to purchase them.  Plus, you can quite often find a few freebie gems on there.

Library:  Most libraries offer membership for free and have a vast collection of books.  I know that I like to use my library to get some good books out.  Not only that, but it is a meeting place for other bookish people and you can peruse shelves for hours at a time if you want.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Title: The Butterfly Clues


Author: Kate Ellison


Published: Egmont USA, 14 February 2012


Pages: 336


Summary: Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.
But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.
As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I’m always a fan of mysteries and so I was really intrigued with The Butterfly Clues especially when I found out that the main character Lo, has OCD and well my favourite television programme just so happens to be about a detective with OCD.  However, they’re not the same but I still really enjoyed The Butterfly Clues.  Not to mention that I love the cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
I sat down and started reading The Butterfly Clues and I got swept up in all the mystery.  Lo becomes obsessed with a girl who got murdered and she feels that if she can solve this mystery it might give her some closure about her brother’s death.  Not only do you not know who killed Sapphire and why but you also don’t know what happened to Lo’s brother Oren for a really long time.

While I have to say that I absolutely loved the mystery surrounding these two events I found that towards the end I was getting swept up in all of the emotions too.  It was so well done and I just couldn’t help myself but feel Lo’s pain with her.

One thing I really loved was that there’s things that are hinted at throughout the whole novel and so you get this vague idea of what’s going on in Lo’s life and in the whole murder and everything and then you get to see the whole picture and it is just so emotionally wrenching that I couldn’t help but tear up.

I had guessed the whole whodunit part of the story but that wasn’t really the main part of the story.  The main part was Lo and how she was so emotionally broken after her brother’s death, how her whole family is broken after Oren’s death.  There were so many scenes that I felt were quite heart-wrenching to be honest.

Overall, I absolutely adored The Butterfly Clues, I thought it was really touching and so emotional, not to mention a great mystery.  I don’t really know what else to say about it other than it’s a truly amazing book, and I look forward to reading more by Kate Ellison.

Source: NetGalley

Monday, February 13, 2012

Twisted by Sara Shepard

Title: Twisted


Author: Sara Shepard


Published:  HarperTeen, 2011


Pages: 305


Series: Book 9, Pretty Little Liars


Summary: May contain spoilers! It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The Pretty Little Liars have more secrets than ever - twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild. 

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship. 

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore … eventually.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thought: The girls are back in the ninth book in the Pretty Little Liars series.  I was a little apprehensive about reading this one because as much as I’d loved the PLL series I was hoping it was finished after the eighth book.  However, there are now going to be four more books.

I had a part of the book spoiled for me and so the whole time I read it I could blatantly see all the little hints being dropped about that aspect.  However, all the rest of the events were all interesting and I was very curious as to the outcome of everything.

I thought that Twisted was pretty good.  It’s the same sort of thing as the rest of the Pretty Little Liars series except with a new A and new secrets to come out from the woodwork.  I’m definitely interested in finding out who this A is and what they want from the girls.

Overall, I enjoy reading the Pretty Little Liars books.  They’re light, and a guilty pleasure for me.  I like that the story is entertaining and mysterious and I can fly through the books in a day.  I’m definitely curious about the next book.

Source: Library