Thursday, 27 September 2012

Review: The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby







Title: The Icarus Project
Author: Laura Quimby
Series: n/a
Publication Date:1st October 2012












My Synopsis:
When Maya goes on a dig with her father, they find something instead of the mammoth they were expecting.

Why I picked this book up:
It was on Netgalley and the title is what drew me in.

Did it live up to my expectations?
It was pretty much what I expected, so yes.

What I thought:
This book was a bit slow going to start with, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it. This book is actually aimed at younger readers, I would say between 10 and 12, so I was quite surprised to find it entertained me as well. There were a few too many characters for my liking and at times I found it hard to keep up with who was who, but I really liked Maya’s character. I don’t want to say too much about the story so I don’t give anything away, but there is quite a bit of mystery going on which was interesting and certainly kept the story going.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and am glad I read it, although I do feel certain parts could have been explained better, and less characters.

My favourite quote/s from the book:
“even the moonlight felt damp on her skin, as if she had been bathing in moonlight.”

Read if:
Having not read anything really like this, I can’t make any recommendations.

Up next for review:
Boy Who Made It Rain by Brian Conaghan

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Review: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala







Title: Tell Me a Secret
Author: Holly Cupala
Series: n/a
Publication Date: 20th September 2011










My Synopsis:
Miranda, (or Rand or Mandy) has been having trouble coping with her sister’s death. She had always looked up to her sister and even told her she wanted to be just like her. The problem was her sister had been the trouble maker while she had been the good sister. Her parents will not talk about Xanda and have taken away any pictures of her, this makes it hard for Mandy to really know who her sister was, so she tries to find out for herself, be more like her in the hope of getting some answers. So she ditches her best friend in favour of the new bad girl, gets a boyfriend and starts partying. Then she misses 2 periods.


Why I picked this book up:
I originally had it as a free audio book, but found I just can’t get along with audio, so got the book instead as it sounded really interesting.

Did it live up to my expectations?
I actually didn’t realise before I read it that this was a book about teen pregnancy as well as death, so that was a really good surprise. I guess it did live up to my expectations.

What I thought:
When I think back about this book, I remember it as more of a story about a girl dealing with grief over her sister, not so much about teenage pregnancy. This for me is a good thing, it means I wasn’t preached against the horrors of teen pregnancy, but at the same time we were shown how hard this was for Mandy. There were times when I wanted to yell at Mandy to grow up, for example, the first time she sees Kamram with Delaney she freaks out, at the time they were doing nothing wrong and had done nothing up to that point, so why was her reaction so strong? I also thought at times she was a bit of a spoilt brat, she thinks it was unfair that her parents wouldn’t support her and the baby and look after it while she goes to college, that’s her job not theirs. I loved the girls’ dad, he really loved his daughters and tried so hard for the family, but the mother I just wanted to shoot, she has some serious issues. Kamran was an ok character, there are times when you can see that he cares for Mandy and just got caught up in all the shock, but I would have thought he’d have been able to see through Delaney sooner. I thought Shelly was a great character and would love to hear more of her story.
The storyline is what really captured me with this book, there is so much to it, you have lies, secrets, teen pregnancy, death, family issues, friendship, the list just goes on and on, but it’s not in your face either.
Overall I liked this book and would read another by Holly Cupala

My favourite quote/s from the book:
“Keep your eyes on the future, because that's where the answers are. It's where the hope is.”

Read if:  
You liked “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler, both deal with grief and secrets.

Up next for review:
The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin







Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: #1, Mara Dyer
Publication Date: 27th September 2011











My Synopsis:
Mara Dyer wakes up to find out a building has collapsed on her and 3 others. She is the only survivor. She doesn’t remember much about what happened in the building, but constantly suffers from hallucinations and is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. Her family decide to move to Florida to help her recover; on her first day there she meets Noah, the local bad boy. She has hears of his reputation, but cannot stay away, and the hallucinations start to get worse, can she stop her parents from putting her in a mental asylum?

Why I picked this book up:
I originally fell in love with the cover, it looked mysterious and intriguing, and the synopsis just made it even more so.

Did it live up to my expectations?
It blew my expectations away.

What I thought:
This book had me hooked from the very start with the letter from “Mara”; I NEEDED to keep reading to find out who Mara was, what really happened to her friends, and why she would need a lawyer.
In my opinion Mara was a great character, despite everything that happened to her, she had a certain strength that kept her going and she was constantly worrying what affect her illness had on her family. I loved her sarcasm, and the fact she actually sounds like a teenager when she talks, without all the teenage clich├ęs.
Noah I also loved, he is mysterious and sexy, what more could you want? The interaction between the two of them was spot on, and I really believed in the romance part.
Michelle Hodkin wrote this in such a way that you were really pulled into Mara’s world, the imagery and atmosphere was so real, that at times I was laughing, others I was completely creeped out. Although I wouldn’t say this book was out and out scary, there are definitely parts that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Overall I loved this book, the writing was brilliant, characters were real and believable, the romance delicious and the plot mysterious.

My favourite quote/s from the book:
‘In my rush, I hadn't tied my shoelaces. Noah was now tying them for me.
He looked up at me through his dark fringe of lashes and smiled. The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plastered on my lips, and didn't care.
“There,” he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. “Now you won't fall.”
Too late.’

How it stood as part of a series:
Well, being the first in the series it was a really good start, definitely had me wanting to read the next one, I was really gutted to find out I’d have to wait. It certainly left off with plenty more to go; it ended on quite a cliff hanger too.

Read if:
You liked “Hourglass” by Myra McEntire, or “Forgotten” by Cat Patrick.

Up next for review:
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala









Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington







Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Series: n/a
Publication Date: 1st May 2011










My Synopsis:
When Harper’s sister, June, commits suicide, no one can understand why, least of all Harper. When her divorced parents decide to split the ashes, Harper decides to take them to California, the one place June wanted to go after graduation. Before she can work out a way to get there she meets Jake. He won’t tell her how he knew June, but insists on coming along, Harper realises she won’t get anywhere without him and reluctantly lets him come.

Why I picked this book up:
I had read so many raving reviews I decided to give it a try.

Did it live up to my expectations?
Yes.

What I thought:
I really enjoyed this book, the characters felt so real, and although I have never been through what Harper had, I could sympathise and understood why she felt how she did.
The romance part was exactly the way I like it, a nice slow build, it really felt as though they got to know each other and feel in love naturally. I felt so many emotions during this book that it left me a little exhausted! The writing is brilliant, and all the dialogue felt so real. Everything about this book felt real.
Overall I loved this book and would recommend it to others.

My favourite quote/s from the book:
“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.”

Read if:
You like contemporary YA, you read and enjoyed Crash into Me by Albert Borris

Up next for review:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
















Friday, 7 September 2012

Review: Interrupted by Rachel Coker






Title: Interrupted: Life Beyond Words
Author: Rachel Coker
Series: n/a
Publication Date: 1st March 2012











My Synopsis:  
Allie’s lived with her Mum in almost seclusion until one day her mother dies and she is sent away to live with a stranger. Years later Sam Carroll her childhood friend shows up in her town, she blames him for her mother’s death and hasn’t seen him since, can she get over it and learn to love him?


Why I picked this book up: 
I saw it on Netgalley and the synopsis appealed to me.

Did it live up to my expectations? 
I didn’t really have any expectations of this book, it was better than I thought it would be though.

What I thought: 
I don’t normally read historical romance books as I find the time difference to me distracting, but with this book I didn’t really notice it was set in another time, especially in the beginning. Allie annoyed me as a person, it was as though she never grew up and refused to change, I loved Sam though. The romance part was quite good and kept me reading, but at times I found it hard to keep up with the time changes, especially when her mother was dying. I also felt like I had missed out, reading about her as a child, then suddenly she was a woman, and again when Sam went to war, I thought those parts would have made interesting reading.
Overall I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it and wouldn’t read it again.

My favourite quote/s from the book: 
“I did, and the first thing I saw was heaven, the way it was meant to look from earth. Millions of dazzling stars were strung across the sky above us. Tinkling and dancing and singing.

Read if: 
You like romance books , especially ones set in wartime.

Up next for review: 
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
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