Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh

When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh
Release Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: TriGate Press
Source: Ecopy sent by author
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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

From Goodreads: "In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.

Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?

With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into an intriguing new world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure."

Thank you to Kasonndra Leigh for sending me a copy for review, this in no way influences my review.

When Copper Suns Fall is so far unique to the other YA books I have been reading. First of all think dystopian, then think dystopian but with Angels. I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasently surprised!

I finished When Copper Suns Fall in two sittings, which hasn't been happening often lately. I have been in a bit of a reading slump.

The characters have great depth and the plot was well thought through. I would not give the plot justice, if I tried to explain it, it would be confusing. Though it wasn't confusing while reading it.

Chela, the female lead is part of a very small group of rare descendants. Chela has great power, that she must keep a secret, as she discovers along her journey. Magic is forbiden. What is more forbiden? No one can know her secret. No one can know she has power. WHen it comes down to the 'man in charge' she winds up being penalised for using magic. She jsut can't risk word of her power getting out.

Faris *sigh*. Faris keeps showing up in Chela's life at the most convenient times and she doesn't understand why. But oh lordy, who could complain! Faris is a loveable character, who is not perfect. He is flawed in more ways than one. The only other thing about Faris I will say is, expect a few great twists involving him!

Seth is the character out to 'get' Chela. He wants to use her and her power and will stop at nothing. He kidnaps her best friend and threatens to kill her. He has been posing as a SOC (authorative figures) but is far far from it.

With very unexpective twists and turns, captivating characters and an enthralling story line, When Copper Suns Fall  is a story about a journey, love and friendship.

Happy reading!
- Amy

Monday, February 20, 2012

Blogspiration #5

Blogspiration is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristin @ Growing Up YA and Sarah @ Saz101. This meme was created to share with our fellow readers a quote/picture/video to do with bookish things.

If it weren't for Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl I wouldn't have found this picture. How amazing is it. Very true, as soon as you open a book your stepping into another place, another time, another world.

What is your blogspiration?

Happy reading!
- Amy

Winner's Announced!

Now that my 300 follower giveaway winners have been contacted I will announce them!

The first winner was Lexie @ Book Bug who chose:

The second winner was Teressa who chose:

Congratulations! Both books have now been ordered and should arrive soon! Thank you to everyone who entered :)

Happy reading!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

From Goodreads: "Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong."
 There has been a lot of hype over The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, that is why I found myself putting this book off and off. I just couldn't bring myself to read it in case after all the hype, I didn't like it. I wish I had of read it sooner! This book was actually amazing. 
Michelle Hodkin has created a very unique story that has captivated the Young Adult crowd. There was a great deal of mystery with this book, most of the reviews I have seen didn't go into much detail because they 'couldn't' as it would spoil it. So now it's my turn to try and praise this book without spoilers...

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer... Where to start. Mara has lived an ordinary life, up until her friends die in an accident, of which she is the only survivor. The accident was in a place she was not meant to be, no one is meant to be, and even worse? She can't remember anything about the accident. 

Mara wakes up in hospital with her family around and some nervous looking nurses. Turns out Mara has a killer right hook. How is Mara supposed to go on without her very best and pretty much only friend? She doesn't know. 

Her family moves towns and Mara has to start in a new school, where she surprises herself and makes a new friend, Jamie. She also comes one of the popular boys, Noah, a total 'asscrown.' He just won't leave her alone and she doesn't know why. 

That's all that I will say about the plot, I don't want to give any of the good bits away! I will say a bit about the characters though.

Mara has been in a slump since the accident. She is very confused about the accident and has become pretty depressed. There is just so much going on in her head sometimes it's hard to concentrate. There are times when we as the reader are confused as Mara herself is confused. Mara is a great female lead to this story and Michelle Hodkin has portrayed her very well. 

Noah, dreamy dreamy Noah. He comes off as a bit of an 'asscrown' at the start, he won't leave Mara alone. As the story progresses though, Noah becomes so much more than an 'asscrown,' he becomes Mara's salvation. He cares for Mara, more than he has cared for other girls. He is just an all round amazing love interest. 

With many twists and turns, Michelle Hodkin has created a remarkably unique story that is both intriguing and thrilling. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will have you guessing right up to the last page. 

What did you think of this one? 

Happy reading!
- Amy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Extended Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA this past week! I had no internet and was unable to get on. Of course this had to happen over the time my giveaway was supposed to be ending, tsssk! The giveaway will now be open till tomorrow the 16th of February (Thanks Taneika hehe). Click below to check it out. Make sure to check your email to see if you will be a lucky winner!

300 Follower Giveaway

Good luck!
- Amy

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #13

*Don't forget to check out my 300 follower giveaway for your chance to win!*

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading to give a little taste test of the book we are currently reading!

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Release Date: September 14th 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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"You like me," he said.
"No I don't."
"That's a fib. You think I'm hot."
"That's not mind reading," I told him. "That's wishful thinking."

What are you currently reading?

Happy reading!
- Amy

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blogspiration #4

*Don't forget to check out my 300 follower giveaway for your chance to win!*

Blogspiration is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristin @ Growing Up YA and Sarah @ Saz101. This meme was created to share with our fellow readers a quote/picture/video to do with bookish things.

This picture sums up my love for reading perfectly.

Especially heels, they just aren't my thing. They murder my feet every time I wear them, so I have pretty much given up. That does mean I have more money to spend on books though!

What is your blogspiration?

Happy reading!
- Amy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Releas date: December 27th 2011
Publisher: Zebra
Series: Dark Swan #4
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My rating: 4/5 stars

From Goodreads: "Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld...

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't--or won't--reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon--and risk the ultimate sacrifice... "

  Let me start by saying that I have loved every book of Richelle Mead's so far. The Vampire Academy and the Dark Swan series are the only two I have read though I would like to read the Succubus series soon. Shadow Heir is the fourth book in the Dark Swan series and I have to say that it wasn't my favourite, but it was still really good.

If you haven't read the first 3 books in this series please do not read this review as there will be spoilers. If your one of those people who likes spoilers, then feel free to continue reading!

Like the other Dark Swan books, Shadow Heir follows the story of Eugenie, the main character. I have to say Richelle Mead has a knack for creating strong female lead characters, and I like it! Eugenie is a kick your otherwordly ass kind of woman. She was brought up to be a Shaman. She banishes ghosts and deals with other supernatural creatures. She is a tough cookie (though calling her a tough 'cookie' doesn't sound very tough) and I love that about her. However in this book, she does show some weakens, which really made me connect to her even more (I will go into more detail later).

So we found out at the end of book 3 that Eugenie is pregnant. Now for any normal woman that wouldn't be so bad. But for Eugenie? Let's just say that her dad 'Storm King' (a macho macho man) who before he was killed wanted to take control of the human world as well as the otherworld. Storm King had great great power, and if you didn't catch it by his name he can control the weather, in a grave way. He passed this trait down to Eugenie and along the way she has learnt to control it. HOWEVER, she finds out that there is a prophecy that goes a little something like this: "Storm Kings first born nephew will be the destroyer of worlds." So you can imagine that there are many people who don't want to see Eugenie mother a boy. Eugenie goes to find out whether she will be having a boy or a girl. Deciding that if she has a boy she will abort the pregnancy and if she has a girl, she won't. So when she finds out she is having twins, a boy AND a girl, she can't bring herself to abort them. Nor can she let anyone hurt her or her unborn children, and boy do they try!

That is pretty much where  book 3 ends and book 4 is a couple months down the track. Eugenie is now a couple months further along in her pregnancy and all is going fairly well, she has managed to hide from those who wish her and her children dead. Eugenie delivers her twins early and though they need to be hooked up to many machines in the first couple months of their lives they are healthy little babies. As much as it pains Eugenie, there is trouble in the otherworld and she has to leave her twins to help save her kingdoms.

Now for the characters. Eugenie, now that she is a mother and has to think of more than just herself when it comes to saving the day, she has started to show weakness, but in a good way. She finds it hard to leave her twins to save the otherworld. She is more emotional throughout the book because of this, but she is still the toughest woman out, she just has a new side to her!

Dorian. Oh Dorian... What can I say about him? In the first couple of books I despised him. I couldn't understand at all why Eugenie even went there. But as their story continued, I grew to LOVE Dorian. He is just so.. so.. *sigh* there really aren't any words to describe him. He is arrogant and selfish but when it comes to Eugenie he will do anything for her.

Then there is Kiyo. Dislike dislike dislike! I liked Kiyo int he first couple of books but now I'm a Dorian fan all the way. Especially with the events that occur as a result of her pregnancy.

If you're still reading this and haven't read this series, I HIGHLY recommend it. If you want a lead character who can seriously kick some otherworldy behind, and some pretty intense shall we say 'romance' scenes, who am I kidding, romance? Sex scenes, intense sex scenes. Then this series is for you!

Update: Just found out that this is the last book in the series. Though it was still really good I felt there was one major thing left a bit to open for my liking. Really want to know what happened! I hope this isn't the last one and what I heard is wrong!If you have read this series, what did you think?

Happy reading!
- Amy

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