Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best of the Bunch - May 2012

Best of the Bunch is an awesome end-of-month meme created at Lyrical Reviews and now hosted by Sally at Always Lost in Stories. All you have to do is pick your favourite book of all the books you've read that month and post it.

Books that I have read this month are:

The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski;
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld;
A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid;
Have Book, Will Travel by Kfir and Yonatan Luzzatto;
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson;
Hell's Game by Theresa Lo;
The Underdog by Marcus Zusak;
Openside: My Journey to the World Cup by David Pocock;
Swordhand Omnibus by Markus Sedgwick;
Vampire Underground by Brian Rowe;
The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger;
The Knife of Never Letting Go;
One Moment by Kristina McBride;
Wings by Aprilynne Pike;
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles;
I'm Here to Help by S.F. Chapman;
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton;
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield;
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey;
Hourglass by Myra McEntire; and
Timepiece by Myra McEntire.

This was hard because I gave 7 5 star ratings to books this month, but my favourite book of the month would have to be...............


My review of this book will be posted very soon.

Booking Through Thursday #1

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If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why?

I would probably write what I like to read. So probably something either paranormal or dystopian.

Book Review #140 - Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton

The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith -- and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing -- not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack -- could come between her and the waves?

That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii -- a glorious part of the world, where it's hard to deny the divine -- Bethany responded to the shark's stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: "Get to the beach...." Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It's the kind of coincidence that isn't mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be "the family that surfs and prays together stays together." To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they'd been working on themselves -- which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was "When can I surf again?" it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story -- a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

"Soul Surfer" is a moving account of Bethany's life as a young surfer, her recovery in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she's made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing -- perhaps even less so -- than the soul.

My Rating: 4/5

I was familiar with Bethany's story because she was featured in a Australian teenage magazine when the attack first happened 8 years ago and for some reason her story has always stuck with me.

I watched the movie Soul Surfer before I read the book. The book just adds a little more depth to her story. I also watched the movie again after reading the book and I enjoyed it more having read the book.

This book is very inspiring and even though it is probably geared towards younger readers there is a message it teaches that can be appreciated by all ages.

There is very little written about the actual attack because she didn't even see the shark coming instead it focuses on the strength she had to continue surfing.

I read alot of reviews saying that there was too much religious aspects involved. Whilst that is true, it isn't as in your face and as large an aspect that I was expecting based on those reviews.

Her mother also wrote a book which was published last year. The Goodreads link is here.

My review of the movie adaptation I hope will be posted soon on my movie review blog.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TBR Tuesday #2

TBR Tuesday is hosted by The Book Rat where you show one book from your TBR pile.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters--one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Book Review #139 - I'm Here to Help by S.F. Chapman

I'm here to help
Seventeen-year-old Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in her birth certificate that put her mother, Sharon’s long held account that she was adopted into doubt. Sharon decides that it is finally time to tell Renita about both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation. Using a series of old framed photos that have hung for years in the living room, Sharon slowly reveals the complex set of events involving a star-crossed trip to Mexico, a very young stowaway Hispanic baby sitter named Juliana, the untimely death of Sharon’s husband, the unexpected pregnancy of Juliana, the eventual birth of Renita to Juliana and finally Juliana’s struggle with clinical depression that leads to her suicide. Through some sketchy paperwork filled at the county recorder’s office, Sharon was listed as Renita’s mom.

 The first in several short-novels to follow, I'm here to help involves the characters (and generally society's) misperceptions about illegal immigration, suicide, the marginalisation of undocumented residents, clinical depression, teen pregnancy, home childbirth and adoption.

My Rating: 4/5

I got this book for review from Netgalley and will be published on 1 July 2012.

This was an unexpected enjoyable read. I didn't know anything about it prior to reading.

It is an interesting and captivating story about Renita's birth mother and the parents that raised her.

It was very fast paced and had alot of depth for the amount of pages it contained.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick read full of emotion.

Teaser Tuesday #3

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Timepiece (Hourglass, #2)

Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire

"One second he was there, the next he was gone. I rushed to the front door, slinging it open so hard the hinges squeaked in protest. There was a veil beside the table where he'd been sitting. He'd left a message on a white napkin, written in black ink. Now you see him, now you don't."

Book Review #138 - Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise #1) by Simone Elkeles

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares — has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

My Rating: 5/5

This is the fourth Simone Elkeles book that I have read and she has failed to disappoint me yet.

I really liked the premise of this book as it sounded unique and interesting which is pretty rare thesedays.

I really like how in all Simone Elkeles's books (that I've read so far anyway) she switches the POV after each chapter so the chapters alternate between the two protagonists. It helps to keep the story fresh and also incorporates a wider range of perspective.

It took me a while to like Maggie and Caleb and I didn't like any of the secondary characters at all.

I am looking forward to reading the sequel Return to Paradise as this book leaves you with a pretty big cliffhanger.


I predicted from the first few of Caleb's chapters that he didn't do it, but I thought it would have been his friend not his sister.

Top Ten Tuesday #10

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week features a different topic, and you make a top ten list about it.

This weeks top ten list is the Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years.

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling;

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins;

3. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead;

4. The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden;

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon;

6. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness;

7. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan;

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson;

9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire;

10. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Monday, May 28, 2012

Musing Mondays #1

Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading.

This week’s musing asks…

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

I normally just ask whoever is around me at the time and if they don't know then I don't worry about it. Most of the time I can just assume what the word means based on the context in which it is used.

Book Review #137 - Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike

Wings (Wings,  #1)

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pal things. They were terrifyingly beautiful - too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

Laurel's life is the very definition of normal...until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel's life is what it seems. Now, with the help of an alluring faerie sentry who holds the key to her true past, Laurel must race to save her human family from the centuries-old faerie enemies who walk among them.

My Rating: 4/5

I was a little hesitant to read this book because I had read alot of negative reviews about it. I had also read a few positive reviews as well. My opinion on this book probably falls somewhere in between.

I will probably form a better opinion about this when I read the whole series. At this stage I think it has alot of potential.

Laurel was the same really. I am not sure if I like her yet. I feel like she has alot more character development to come.

I didn't really like David he was always trying too hard to impress Laurel.

I am intrigued by Tamani as he is probably the most under-developed character. I can tell he is going to be a main character in the forthcoming books.

I'm still not completely sold on the faerie/fairy genre although books like this are slowly winning me over.

It's Monday! What are you Reading? #1

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a fun meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. This is where we share the books we have read last week and our reading plans for this week

The books that I reviewed last week are:

Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1) by Brian Rowe;

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

I am currently reading:


One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

The book that I am planning on reading next is the sequel to Hourglass called Timepiece which I received from Netgalley.

I am behind on my reviews so books I will be reviewing this week are in the sidebar on the right under Upcoming Reviews.

Book Review #136 - One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

My Rating: 3/5

I got this book for review from Netgalley and will be published on 26 June 2012.

I liked the writing style in this book as it was free-flowing and easy to read, although it was rather slow paced at times.

What made it hard for me to fully appreciate this book were the characters. I didn't like any of them except Adam.

I failed to connect with the protagonist Maggie as I felt like she was under developed.

I really enjoyed the plot although I predicted the ending straight away which wasn't ideal as I would have liked to have been surprised.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Haul (27 May 2012) (18 books)

These are the books that I got yesterday. All but 2 of them were second-hand.

The first lot are books that I have read but now have my own copy of:

1. Shiver  (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
I already owned the paperback version, but it annoyed me that my other two books in the series were in hardcover and so now they all match.

2. Peeps (Peeps #1) by Scott Westerfeld
I borrowed this from the Library and read and reviewed it not that long ago. Now I have my own copy.

3. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Borrowed this from the Library when I read it and now own my own copy.

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
I reviewed this book a few days ago and am glad I now have my own copy because I loved this book.

5. The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning #1) by John Stephens

These are the books that I bought that I have not read:

6. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

7. Eon (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman

8. Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan #1) by Darren Shan

9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

11. Genesis (The Rosie Black Chronicles #1) by Lara Morgan

12. Angel (Angel #1) by L.A. Weatherly

13. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

14. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
This is one of the books that isn't second-hand

15. Lament (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

16. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

17. Deadly Little Lies (Touch #2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

18. Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price
This is the other book that wasn't second-hand

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Review #135 - The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

My Rating: 5/5

As soon as I started reading this book I knew I had a problem, because I couldn't put it down.

I really liked how innocent and vulnerable the protagonist Todd was.

The writing style was really unique and I have never read anything even remotely like it.

I liked how Todd's language was misspelled as it gave him further character. It did take a while to get used to but after a while I didn't even notice it.

I got this copy from the Library but I do own the next book The Ask and the Answer and I will be reading it as soon as possible.


The only thing I didn't like about this book was the killing of the dog. I almost stopped reading when that happened.

TGIF #16

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads

This weeks question is:

Show Me Your Cover: What are some of the worst book covers, but hold some of the best stories inside? Don't be embarrassed, show us your cover!

My worst cover is Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper. From the cover it looks immature when it is really a great book. My review of this book is here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #9

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week features a different topic, and you make a top ten list about it.

This would normally be posted on Tuesday, but I've been sick although it's better late than never.

This weeks top ten list will be the top ten non-book blogs/websites that I frequent:

1. Fremantle Dockers website
This is the website of my favourite football team and it is also my homepage so I visit quite alot.

2. YouTube
Probably my favourite website.

3. Google
I use this site countless times each day.

4. eBay
I am always selling stuff and so I am on this site daily.

This is a great website to find cricket scores and fixtures.

6. Twitter
Mainly use the app on my phone but still visit the website daily.

7. Wikipedia
Great reference for all kinds of information

8. imdb
Mainly use the app on my phone but still visit the website daily.

That is all. This was quite hard for me because 90% of the time I am on book related websites.

Follow Friday #33

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read.

This weeks question is:

Activity! Dreamcast your current read.

I am not actually reading anything right now, but I am about to start Hourglass by Myra McEntire.

Blog Hop #14

Book Blogger Hop is a bookish meme hosted by the blog Crazy For Books.

This weeks question:
How do you handle the writing of a negative review?
I haven't had to write a negative review yet. I know what books I won't like and so I don't read them.

Book Haul (25 May 2012)

These are the books that I got this week:

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Goodreads)
This is actually an adult dystopian book. I got it from the library and am reading it because I am trying to read more books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.

2. Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire (Goodreads)
I bought this book from The Book Depository because I got the second book in the series from Netgalley and didn't realise it was the sequel to this.

3. The Journey by John Marsden (Goodreads)
I got this book really cheap from eBay and I think it is a children's book. I don't know too much about it.

4. Skinny Dipping (The Au Pairs #2) by Melissa De La Cruz (Goodreads)
I again got this book really cheaply on eBay. Will now have to buy the first book in this series.

5. Sun Kissed (The Au Pairs #3) by Melissa De La Cruz (Goodreads)
I once again got this book really cheaply on eBay. Will now have to buy the first book in this series.

Sorry for the quality of the picture. I had to take it using my webcam as my iphone and my laptop don't get along.

Book Review #134 - The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "the Duff," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. And eventually, through this realization, Bianca begins to see how harmful her unhealthy way of dealing with her problems has been, and finds a way to confront them head on.

My Rating: 5/5

This is not the kind of book that I would normally like, but decided to read it anyway because of all the positive reviews that I had read. Also this book has been sitting on my bookshelf since October.

This book was really easy to read and very easy to get into.

It took me a while to like Bianca, but once I did I found her really likable and interesting. I liked how she didn't whinge she just accepted herself for what she was.

Bianca's friends at first I thought were one-dimensional and flaky but they redeemed themselves completely at the conclusion.

I'm not sure whether I liked Wesley or not. He was a jerk to Bianca throughout the book and I wasn't able to see past that.

I liked how Bianca preferred to say she had feelings for Wesley rather than saying that she loved him because it made it more realistic.

I didn't believe it when I read that the author was only 17 years old when she wrote this book, it is also very good for a debut novel. Her next book Shut Out is now near the top of my wishlist.

Book Review #133 - Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1) by Brian Rowe

The Vampire Underground (Grisly High, No. 1)

16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.

My Rating: 5/5

This book was given to me for review from the author. The author's goodreads page is here.

I read this book in one sitting. I loved it from the very first page.

I really liked the inclusion of the movie class as I found that really interesting.

The Vampires in this book were really cool. I liked the fact that they had red glowing eyes as it was creepy and you could picture it being part of a movie.

I liked all the characters especially Brin and Ash. The other kids that go on the trip with Brin all had huge personalities especially Anaya. I'm not sure if I liked Paul or not. He wasn't developed enough for me to make an opinion about yet.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review #132 - The Swordhand Omnibus (My Swordhand is Singing #1-2) by Marcus Sedgwick

The Swordhand Omnibus
In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in the inhospitable village of Chust and settle there as woodcutters. When a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest. For these travellers are Vampire Slayers and Chust is a dying community - where the dead come back to wreak revenge on the living.

Years on from My Swordhand is Singing and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation. Hers is the Kiss of Death.

My Rating: 5/5

This book contains two books both of which make up the My Swordhand is Singing series.

The first book is called My Swordhand is Singing. What I liked most about this book was the setting, it was dark and creepy and definitely set the tone for the novel.

I really liked Peter, he was a great protagonist. I didn't really care for the other characters.

The second book is called The Kiss of Death. What I loved most about this book was the plot, which was really interesting.

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I discovered that Peter was not the protagonist in this book like he was in the first. However, I found that I liked both Marko and Sorrel from the very first page.

I really liked how the story was set in Venice because it was unique and definitely added something to the story.

I probably liked the second book a little more than the first book and am looking forward to reading more of the author's works.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review #131 - The Underdog (Wolfe Brothers #1) by Markus Zusak

The Underdog

"I vowed that if I ever got a girl I would treat her right and never be bad or dirty to her or hurt her, ever."

Cameron Wolfe is a dirty boy. He knows it. His brother Rube knows it, because he's one too. They could change- but would it take?

My Rating: 3/5

I loved the Australian suburbs feel this book had. It helped me relate to the story immensely.

The characters were okay, I wouldn't say that I loved them. I am hoping they will develop over the series.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that there was no real plot.

There are two further books in this series which are Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl.

Book Review #130 - Hell's Game by Teresa Lo

Hell's Game

On Halloween night in Deer Creek, Kansas, Jake Victor, Ashley and Ashton Gemini, and Kristin Grace convince Ronnie Smalls to meet them at the town cemetery, which local folklore has always rumored to be the Gateway to Hell. Their intention was only to scare him, but soon the wicked prank becomes actual horror as the group learns the Gateway is all too real. After demons snatch Ronnie and drag him to Hell, the terrified foursome vow to keep what they had seen a secret.

Two years later, the group receives a mysterious letter, an invite to play a high-stakes game in Hell. If they win, they release Ronnie’s soul as well as their own from eternal damnation. If they lose, they are stuck in Hell forever. Choosing to play, they face nightmare after nightmare as each level escalates in intensity and forces them to face the seven deadly sins.

Inspired by the legends of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas, Hell’s Game explores the cruelty that teenagers can inflict upon each other as well as the horrors that exist amongst mankind. It is a dark, action-packed young adult novel that will both scare its readers and make them question the true meaning of evil.

My Rating: 4/5

I was given this book for review from the author. The author's goodreads page is here.

I found this book to be really fast paced. The plot takes off immediately and you feel like you already know the characters from the first page.

The best way I would describe this book would be the Hunger Games crossed with a video game with a Percy Jackson style adventure thrown in.

I liked how the characters backgrounds were incorporated into the challenges they faced in hell.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Hop #13

Book Blogger Hop is a bookish meme hosted by the blog Crazy For Books.

This weeks question:
How many books do you own? This can include books in your to-be-read (TBR) pile(s) and books you have already read that are on your keeper shelf.
I have no idea how many books I have and it would take me forever to count them because they are everywhere at the moment.

Follow Friday #32

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read.

This weeks question is:

Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

It's not summer here until December, but the perfect vacation spot for me would be England preferably London because every summer I say I am going to move there because it gets way too hot here.

TGIF #15

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads

This weeks question is:

A Book Blogger is Born: What made you decide to
start your very own book blog?

I started this blog to share my love of books and also to keep track of the books that I have read. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review #129 - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge To Terabithia

Jess Aarons is eager to start fifth grade. He's been practicing his sprints all summer, determined to become the fastest runner at school. All seems to be on track, until the new girl in class (who also happens to be Jess's new next-door neighbor), Leslie Burke, leaves all the boys in the dust, including Jess. After this rather frustrating introduction, Jess and Leslie soon become inseparable. Together, they create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope. But one morning a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever.

My Rating: 4/5

I saw the movie based on this book back when it was out in cinemas in 2007. That probably ruined the book for me somewhat.

When I was reading the book I was surprised by how much I remembered from the movie and so I always knew what was happening.

The book on its own is brilliant. It is so much better than the movie, and I remember really liking the movie.

The characters especially Jesse are the very heart of this book. He is very innocent at the beginning of the book and then is forced to grow up towards the end.