Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review of Alice in Zombieland

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles (book 1)
Blurb:
I wish I could back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mum and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish...
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. It's supposedly a spin off of the original Alice in Wonderland series by Lewis Carroll. 
The story follows Alice Bell, a teenager. Her father has always been a bit crazy. He sees 'monsters' - he is not entirely sure what they and only he sees them. However, after a horrific car accident that kills her mum, dad and beloved little sister, Alice starts to see the 'monsters' too.
Alice survives the crash and has to move in her hew grandparents. She starts a new school and becomes friends with Kat, who has a big secret that we found out about later in the book. Whilst at her new school, Alice eyes up bad boy Cole Holland. He's moody, brooding and darn right delicious! Everybody is scared of him and they have a right to be - he's the top zombie slayer. When Cole and Alice lock eyes they share visions; neither are sure of what they are or what they represent.
When Cole and Alice eventually talk they discover a connection between them (and not just the romantic kind)....
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the kind of zombie book I was expecting but nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed it. Certain parts could be ever so slightly confusing but still understandable. 
I would recommend this book if you're looking for a zombie book with a bit of a difference. It's not like the original Alice in Wonderland story so don't expect many similarities or a story that ties in with that.  
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Review of Flashes

Title: Flashes
Author: Tim O'Rourke
Blurb:
Charley has visions: flashes of things she can't explain. She feels certain they're clues to a crime someone's committed against a girl, but not will believe her. Until she meets Tom, a young detective on his first case - a death on railway tracks, not far from where Charley lives. Was it an accident, a suicide... or murder?
The attraction between Charley and Tom is instant, but can they discover what's happened... before it happens again?
My Review:
I was impressed by this book! Right from the start I was hooked. It was gripping from start to finish.
Charley is like any normal 17 year old except for the fact that she has flashes. Visions of murders she believes to have happened. 
When Charley's best friend Natalie dies on railway tracks her flashes start to become more vivid. She can see through the eyes of victims and experience their final moments. Her father however, doesn't believe in her flashes. She tries desperately to convince him that she is not mad. 
Then another girl, Kerry, dies on the railway tracks. Determined to show her father that she's not mad she tries to solve the case with the help of new detective Tom. He too wants to prove himself and get to the bottom of what happened on the railway tracks. 
Charley is a very relatable character and easy to like. I felt sorry for her at the start when nobody believed her about her flashes. I really wanted her to prove her flashes. 
Tom was a great character, he was easy to like and added a bit of humour to the novel. You understand why he wants to solve this mystery and I loved the attraction between him and Charley.
The story alternates between characters and by doing this you got a really good feel for the characters thoughts and feelings. 
I was kept guessing throughout the whole book, when I thought I knew what was going to happen I was surprised. I didn't expect the ending I got...
Overall, a really great YA crime novel. I'd highly recommend as I loved every minute of it!  5 stars!
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review of The Iron King

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (1)

Blurb:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny -  one she could never have imagined...
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school... or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
She could never have guessed the truth. Meghan is the daughter of a faery king and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will have to choose between a normal life and her magical destiny - and between her best friend and a darkly dangerous prince.
It's time for Meghan to enter the faery world... 
My Review:
absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed it right from page 1 up until page 363. It's been a while since I enjoyed a book this much!
I haven't found many 'faery' books that I have enjoyed. Meghan Chase is normal teenager. She doesn't fit in at school. She has lived a pretty normal life. However on her 16th birthday, things change. She starts to see things that shouldn't be there and soon she realises why she's never felt like she belonged; it's because she doesn't. She's sure she is being watched and on her birthday things come to light. Her little brother, Ethan, is replaced by a violent changeling. 
Meghan soon discovers that her brother has been taken to the land of Fey and that she must enter Faeryland to rescue him. She also discovers that her best friend Robbie is Fey and that he has been sent to look after her by order of King Oberon of the the Unseelie Court.
Meghan enters Nevernever and encounters many monsters and strange creatures. She is also hunted by the Winter Prince, Ash! She travels through forests and along the way she picks up lots of enemies! However, she never tires in her quest to find her brother. Her journey is one of peril and danger. 
The Iron King is hard to review as I don't want to give too much away. There were many twists and turns along the way and I can't wait to get my teeth into the next book (The Iron Daughter). 
I liked Meghan as a character, she was strong and likeable. I loved Ash, he seemed like such a dark and devious Prince which I loved! (I always like the bad guys in books). Robbie was comical and Grimalkin was sarcastic (like me).
You grow to love the characters when reading the book. I loved the plot line and I raced to finish the book. Cannot wait to get the second book (it's on its way as I type). I'd highly recommend; it has become one of my favourite books!
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Monday, 4 August 2014

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Hey guys! 

There will be no posts this week (Monday to Monday) as I am away on holiday! Sorry! As you read this I will be on my way (probably)!

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