Thursday, 27 December 2012

Book Review! Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
Authors: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 503 Pages
Format: Paperback

So after I finished Insurgent, I was in a reading slump. I couldn't get out of it until I realized that I was trying to read books that I didn't really want to read. I wanted to finish the Divergent series but a lack of third book made that impossible. So I wanted to read this book, but I promised myself that I wouldn't read it because I didn't own it, and therefore wasn't going to buy it this close to Christmas. But for Christmas, my neighbor bought me all of the books so I've been on a spree! So here is my rave review about Beautiful Darkness!

Goodreads Summary

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

While I was reading this book, nothing else mattered. And that was what I am really in love with when it comes to these books. I was drawn in by the world and the imagery, and I couldn't put it down. All I wanted to do was inhale these characters, and know all about them. I love the relationship that Lena and Ethan have and it left me heartbroken at times, and smiling like an idiot other times. And I love Ridley. She makes me smile a lot :D

Not only are the characters fantastic but the plot give you a run for your money. Seriously, how Kami and Margaret are able to come up with such intense, crazy good story lines blows me away, you think you see a plot twist and you think you know what it is, but there it is, a million miles away from the expected (Seriously, you'd think these ladies were taking lessons from Stephen Moffat himself.... Anyone?).

These ladies write so effortlessly well together you'd think that this was written by one person, and that these characters were people, standing over their shoulders, making sure that everything they write down is true to who they are. The use of metaphors and imagery is haunting and beautiful at the same time, making me smile at the beauty and get goosebumps all at once.

A definite 5/5 stars. This deserved it. Now onto Beautiful Chaos!!


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Book Review! Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 525 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library Book

WARNING: This review contains excessive flailing. Approach with caution.

When I read Divergent earlier this year, I knew I would be coming back for more. I was so in love with it, and when Insurgent came out, I kept pushing it off, mostly because I didn't have the time, or I had other books I had to read. And I FINALLY got around to reading it the other day and oh my god. Guys. Guys. *Guys*. You probably already know this, because I am the last person on earth to read this book, but it was sooooooooo good.

Goodreads Summary

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

What I loved about this book was how, after not read Divergent for a few months, I was instantly pulled back in. One of my favorite parts about this series is the world that it's set in, and rest assured, I was so pleased that it was just as good as I remembered it, if not better.

This book had me flailing over Tris and Four's relationship. It was so perfect, and everything that happened left me key-smashing and squealing because of the romance, the angst, and everything in between. Veronica Roth did an amazing job keeping their relationship real, and believable and heartbreaking enough to make me cry. Nice going, Roth.

I find myself a lot of the time reading character driven novels, where the plot merely helps the character grow. But I was impressed by how well of a balanced mix this book was. It wasn't all about the characters and it wasn't all about the plot. It made for a great page turner, that gave me all the feels!

I loved this book. I devoured it in a matter of days and after that, all I wanted was another! 5/5 Stars :D

But what do you guys think? Leave a comment below telling me what you thought of Insurgent, or the Divergent series in general! See you next time!


Saturday, 1 December 2012

HARKEN by Kaleb Nation

GUYS! It's finally here! The name of the #SecretKalebBook has finally been revealed! After a few long years of waiting, the author of the Bran Hambric series, Kaleb Nation has announced the title for his new book, Harken!

I have been a huge Nationeer (Kaleb's fans) for a few years now and I remember when he started writing this, posting about it on twitter and reading small snippets on late night BlogTV shows. I have been patiently waiting for the book, and now that the title has come out, I am so excited and I'm even more anxious for the cover art, and the actual book!

Goodreads Summary

After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn't know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?

Kaleb did a 2 hour live stream on YouTube, answering questions about the book and also read aloud the first chapter of the novel! You can listen to that by clicking here.

Congratulations to Kaleb for finally being able to reveal his title! And to Harken; We'll see you on January 13th!