Sunday, 17 November 2013

Altered by Jennifer Rush Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

This book was such a quick fun read for me. The concept and plot was interesting and before i knew it i had finished the book. There were so many twists and revelations that i really did not expect. 
I really loved the boys. I mean 4 hot boys; what more could you ask for? They had such  a great bond. My favorite boy was Cas! He was the cutest funniest one and the best out of all of them.

I did, however, have some problems. I needed more character development. The book was so quick and that's probably why we didn't get as much. Also, i didn't really like the main character, Anna. She didn't really seem like a real person, her whole life revolved around Sam and she never had a fun quirky or kick-ass personality. She was just there. 
Speaking of Sam, i didn't really find him that hot. He didn't show any interest in Anna until suddenly out of the blue. He didn't really have any personality either. 

Even though the ending was quite anti-climate for me, i'm still interested enough to carry on with the series.

-Tess xxx

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Percy Jackson & the lightning thief by Rick Riordan Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

I've heard so many good things about this series for such a long time but never had the time to pick it up. Then i made the mistake of watching the movie before i read the book but it didn't really make a difference because the book was so different to the movie. The book so SO much better(obviously).

Percy is such a lovable character. He's so funny and brave for a 12 year old. I loved the Annabeth-Grover-Percy trio and it was so much fun to see them go on their adventures. The plot was action-packed and fast-paced. There was always something interesting going on. It never had a dull moment and never made me feel bored or want to put it down. I fly threw it.  Even though i was a children's book and from the POV of a 12 year old it didn't make me love it any less. I really think people of all ages can read it.

The Greek Mythology aspect was done so well. Everything fit together and it was so interesting to learn about Greek mythology which has always fascinated me.
I can't think of any negatives or things i didn't like and i hope it stays that way for the rest of the series which i will definitely be picking up. Then hopefully, i'll get to read the spin-off series which apparently is even better than this one!

My Favorite Quote:
Braccas meas vescimini!"
I wasn't sure where the Latin came from. I think it meant 'Eat my pants!” 
-Tess xxx

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Emerald Green (Ruby Red #3) by Kerstin Gier Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.
This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

OK, so i have to admit i didn't expect everything to be tied up. In such a short book i thought we wouldn't get closure on everything but luckily, i was wrong. All the loose ends were tied up and all the questions i had were answered; it all started to make sense. My only criticism is that the book could have been longer since the ending felt a bit rushed and tightly packed in.

Plot-wise, i was always interested as there was always something going on and the pacing kept it quick and fun to read. There were some shocking and surprising moments, most of which i did not see coming and one which i did expect. The ending was sweet and satisfying too.

Gwen is easily one of the best female protagonists I've read in a long time. She is even more fantastic in the book. Lesley, Raphael, Aunt Maddy, Mr Bernard and Gwen's siblings are some of the most cute and likable secondary characters who you can't help but love (especially in this book). I loved their parts in the story. Xemerius is my favorite character ( apart from Gwen) by far. He made the most hilarious comments ever. Lucas was brilliant and seeing his and Gwen's interactions made me really miss my grandpa too.
As for Gideon, i feel like he did make up for being a knob in the end. yay!

What a shame that it's the end of a great trilogy. If you haven't picked up this trilogy i really urge you to do so!

-Tess xxx

Legend by Marie Lu Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. 

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Woah. I can honestly say i didn't expect to love this book as much as i did. This book was written in 2 POVS. I found Day and June such interesting and unique characters. They were so different from the typical YA characters and it was a relief to read about them. They were so clever and kiss-ass which most YA character aren't. I even loved the secondary characters like Tess, Metias who you couldn't help but love. The romance was very well layed out where it slowly developed and wasn't insta-love. 

This book has no shortage of action, twists and turns. There were moments that shocked me and had me glued to the book. The pacing of the book was well done too. There was character development and the world-building made it so much more easier to imagine the scenes. I can see why this book would make such an excellent film (i think they're planning on it). The ending was such a rush of emotions and it definitely had me immersed.  

The 2nd book Prodigy is out already and i hear it's even better than the first! Definitely going to continue with the series. 

My Favorite Quote:
“The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his

-Tess xxx

Friday, 1 November 2013

Eve by Anna Carey Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. 

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Lets start of with positives. I love fast-paced books and this was definitely one of them. It took me only one day to finish reading it. Also, i liked the concept of the book because it reminded me of Lauren Oliver's Delirium series which i adored. 
 However, this one didn't quite compare. 

Firstly, i didn't like the main protagonist, Eve. She had no character development throughout the book and left a mess wherever she went. I found it hard to connect with her and her personality just fell flat. Same goes for the love interest, Caleb. I had no reason to love him as he didn't have any special quirks. The romance was too quick and sort of insta-lovey. 

Plot-wise, i was interested to see what happened but it didn't really blow me away. Also, there was no real world building which made it hard for me to imagine a clear image. I don't know, maybe the character development and world building problem will be fixed in the sequel. 

Although, i'm curious enough to pick up the next book, i won't be reading it anytime soon. If the ending was a bit better and more of a cliffhanger then maybe i would have been more interested.

My Favorite Quote:
“I didn't know which was worse: to be killed by some brute animal or be taken off with a wild Neanderthal on horseback.”
-Tess xxx