Friday, 14 December 2012

Review: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine


For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. 

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

So I just finished Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine which is the 13th book in the Morganville Vampires Series.

Now, I adore this series, I really do. But idk by the thirteenth book the plot seems a bit samey? I love the characters and the relationships etc and I think the Claire/Myrnin/Shane front is something that can really be explored and I'm glad it was developed in this book.

But even though the ghost thing is kind of new, I felt like Caine needs to bring some refreshing twist to this series, cause I really don't want it to end but I don't want the same plot with a different element to it.

I also felt that some parts of the book were pointless? Like what was the point of Oliver being shot, I just couldn't understand.

However, I liked Hannah and Jason's involvement in this and I think they (and Myrnin as always) need a bigger involvement.

So yeah, great book but definitely not my favourite of them all.

3 and a half stars.

What were your thoughts on this book and the series as a whole?

Molly


Quick Note

I'm back.

okay that was rather dramatic but yeah

I won't be on as much as before, I won't be posting the reviews as neatly as I did before, I won't be participating in bloghops and things for a while. I think this is just going to be a blog where, when I finish a book, I'll just post what I liked about it.

So yeah

Sorry for messing you all around and blaaaaahhh

Molly

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Hey guys!

Some people from my school have collaborated with an author to create a collection of short stories!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seaside-Stories-Emerging-Series-ebook/dp/B008EYT04Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340807788&sr=8-1

Available at the link above for only £1.54 :)

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.


"A Study in Scarlet" is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In "A Study in Scarlet" Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities. 

Hi guys! I'm back!

Right. I started reading this because I've recently gained a new obsession. BBC Sherlock. It's funny, witty, extraordinarily clever and with only 6 episodes through 2 series, it's really something you can get emotionally invested. Also, it's modern. A MODERN DAY SHERLOCK HOLMES!

Also Benedict Cumberbatch dewidxbeidbehxswiudxisxdbe

*ahem* ANYWAY

So I started reading this and I really enjoyed it! The writing, I had been told, was quite archaic and therefore difficult for some people to understand. But I understood it quite well! The BBC Sherlock has aired an episode called A Study in Pink which was their take on this. It was interesting to see what original plot features had been put in!

Sherlock's powers of deduction were thrilling and very interesting. I also enjoyed his relationship with Gregson and Lestrade at Scotland Yard. I thought it was very funny!

A short read. I recommend for fans of the Sherlock films and BBC Sherlock! And for people who I looking for a short interesting read in between novels :) 


Sorry for the short review guys, but I have so many exams this is all I can do at the mo. I really hope you understand and thank you if you're still reading this!

Monday, 6 February 2012

I'm back! And have a brilliant offer!

Hi! I know I know. I haven't been on in a while. But hey, don't blame me, blame the surprise German exam to revise for :/
But I'm back! And I've brought a surprise!




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 As the modern world establishes itself and pushes the supernatural into the shadows, the supernatural fights back.

The Darkening Dream is a chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, that has received rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and is FREE for two days only on Amazon Kindle (February 7th to 8th)! Download your FREE copy here: http://amzn.to/yTvZPG

Long-time readers of dark historical fantasy (Tim Powers, Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz) will appreciate the weaving together of mythology, occult, and religion, while younger readers and fans of HBO dramas (True Blood, Carnivàle) or urban fantasy (Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher) will be drawn to the twisted imagination, graphic action, and romantic tension.

About The Darkening Dream

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.

With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?

No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be her very soul.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I'm in the newspaper!

Hey guys!

I realise that I haven't posted in a while, but that's because I have been OVERLOADED with school work :(

However, I will try my best to post more often now because...

I'M IN THE NEWSPAPER!!

My local newspaper found about my blog from the librarians and did a whole page on me! WOW! So happy about that!

Will post a review tomorrow but for now I'll just sit and be really happy :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

An actual meaningful post that lovers of my blog may not want to hear.

Right. I'll start off with the meaningful so I can end this post on a cheery note.


As is true with most of you fellow bloggers, my blog goes into a decline when I'm at school and booms when I'm on holiday.


Today I went back to school after 2 weeks holiday. As you can tell my blog has been a little lax recently.


Now, before, I made a post about how busy I was but this time I am not apologising.


This is the year I take my GCSE's which, for those who don't know, means that they determine my A-Levels and from that my university.


So, yeah, in the future I am going to be behind on my blog. I may even be away fro several weeks at a time.


This is because I am putting my exams and therefore my future, before blogging.


I hope you can all understand this.


Finally.


Merlin is over.


New obsession needed.


New obsession gained.






I'M IN LOVE

Sunday, 1 January 2012

In my Letterbox (9)


**In My Mailbox is a weekly meme where bloggers can show off books they've won, bought or got for review in the past week :) It is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren! I have only renamed it In My Letterbox as that's what we Brits call it!**




What did you get in your Letterbox this week?

ARC Review: The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor




The RepossessionTitle: The Repossession
Author: Sam Hawksmoor
Genre: Young adult-fantasy, mystery
Published: March 1st 
2012 
Publisher: Hodders Children Books
Source: ARC for review from Laure at Hodders books!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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Description from Goodreads.com
34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace. Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby? Genie meets Denis. Missing two years now, but hasn't grown an inch. Rian is haunted by Renée, who insists she's not actually dead. Soon they discover the terrible truth about Reverend Schneider and worse, Genie is next ... and Rian can't do a thing to prevent it. The Repossession is just the beginning.
Hi! 

On the back of my proof copy, The Repossession is described as: An intense, edgy thriller for readers who love suspense, action and romance. 



It certainly is that. 

This is a slight dystopian, I think, as it's set in the future, but not along the scales of The Hunger Games or Divergent; they still have only cars and phones and everything is as we know it now. 



Except for a mysterious research facility known as The Fortress. Children go missing all the time in Spurlake. And as you read this book you start to connect the dots and understand why and how. 


Our protagonist, Genie Magee, is going out with Rian Tulane. They do everything normal teenage couples do, but they haven't been on a date. This is because Genie's mother forbids Genie too. 


At the end of school, Genie tells her mother that her Grandmother has just died, she just knows. Her mother (who, by the way, is very cruel to Genie) tells her to be quiet.


 A few hours later they find out that Genie's Grandmother has died. Genie's mother yells and curses at Genie and says that she's been possessed by the Devil. 


She locks her in her room and treats her like a prisoner. 

That is the beginning of the book and I was really gripped. The storyline is great and Sam Hawksmoor really piles on the non-stop action. You discover things as the characters do and fear the evil as they do. There isn't one main villain in this book, but Genie and Rian find themselves surrounded by them. I also like how the blurb gives away nothing about the plot of this book. It was a big surprise when I found out what this was about.

All in all a very powerful book with superb action and mystery. Surprisingly, I would not shelve it as dystopian, but rather mystery, fantasy and even a little sci-fi. 


4 out of chocolate
What did you think of this book if you've read it? How does it sound if you haven't?


Thanks for reading!