Friday, 18 December 2015

Cover Reveal: Miranda's Rights by Lily Luchesi

So merry Christmas to all! With only Christmas Day finally on the horizon! I hope you all remember Lily Luchesi from earlier this year! Where I did a cover reveal and review. You would be glad to know now, that once again I have the priveledge to reveal the cover of the sequel to Stake Out and will be able to review in the new year!


 Miranda’s Rights (Paranormal Detectives Book Two)
by Lily Luchesi



The dead don’t always rest easy...
Retired detective Danny Mancini is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them…especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up trying to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years.

My own view of the book itself is refreshing. Not only is it a sequel book to the story, Stake-out, but also that by the look of the cover this is definitely this time, is going to take a completely different turn. But we also see a new character on the cover, which is displayed to be quite chilling, which may be due to whether the character comes from special circumstances.


Coming on January 8th, 2016 from Vamptasy Publishing
Cover art by Rue Volley
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Catch up on the first book in the Paranormal Detectives Series, Stake-Out.


In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...

Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!
The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective
Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.

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About Lily:

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.
Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, will be released on January 8th, 2016.
She has a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthologyNaughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which will be released in February of 2016.


Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Blood Of Olympus: The Heroes Of Olympus by Rick Riordan


Yes. I have finally made it. When receiving the book last year on the day that it was published, I was very excited, not only because it had more about my favourite demigods, but also it was signed by the author himself. But then I thought, do I really want to finish what I started so many years ago? The book universe which literally made me the person I am today - writing to you. That is why it took over a year to gain the courage to tell myself that it is ok to move on. To not be stuck in the past. Cherish the moments that you have now, and see how much of a person you have become in these last few years.

So, with my heart in my throat, I have decided to record and review the last Percy Jackson story that we will ever know there to be (except of course for the books which talk about Greek God's and Heroes). Right, just gathering my thoughts to tell you the final chapter. I guess you never know how difficult it is to give up your favourite characters, until the very end, where there is nothing left.

Even though this was meant to be the final book in the series, it didn't leave without a big story, in more ways than one. Including as to how, the plot line was huge, but also the number of pages that consist within the book.

I must admit, I wasn't crazily amazed by this book. I found it quite dull. Boring. To be honest, I can't believe that I am actually saying this, let alone admitting it. From being one of the biggest Percy Jackson fans, to slating one of it's final books, feels quite wrong. Although, I am glad about what ending Leo got in the end, it seemed like he always got the short end of the stick. He seemed like the under dog compared to everyone else, not as valued. Even though he may have put the most effort into the deadly quest in so many various ways.

Besides, even if I wasn't a huge fan of the book, the book cover is literally incredible. I love the colours, it seems like the perfect contrast between the antagonist and the protagonists. When first seeing as to what it looked like in a cover reveal, I thought this is truly a beauty, one of the most beautiful covers I've seen, let alone read in my life.

Overall Rating: **







Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass


Sorry for the whole, leaving it for a month sort of thing. I've had a lot happening this past month, some more life-changing compared to some. So writing on this blog was put on a back burner for a while. This is also probably going to become a little bit of a thing though, now having so much more to cope with in my own life. Therefore i have been debating as to whether i should only post every fortnight. Because then not only will i be a bit more reliable but also, on some occassions there may be a bit more content compared to the weekly posts. I may even be able to talk about more than one book - if you are really lucky!

Anyway, let's get onto the review that you have been waiting patiently for!

This time i have been going back to my high piled TBR list and i picked a favourite as to which i have been wanting to read, since it was first published in May.

I love the cover itself. It is so individual to the protagonist of the story. Especially when this is the second protagonist in the Selection series. It shows Eadlyn's unique character, compared to her mother's, America, whose story was covered within the first three books. I also love the blend of colours that have been used, with the grey, blue and purple. It really sets off the difference between the first three books compared to now. Also, with having the model on the cover hold a tiara, it shows the progession as to what type of lives the main family in the story has.

My overall fondness for Eadlyn took a while. The fact that she was not willing to co-operate at all with the selection, got me a little up tight. Especially, as she has the spirit like her mother from the first book. But we all love the selection and what types of romance may come out of it. So as she would not co-operate in this event, the plot dragged along for quite a while. But it only felt like once things were really turning pear-shaped she finally started to understand as to what the selection is all about. Although, it does seem like she is a bit selfish to take that long to put her duty before her dignity first.

The suitors that entered into the selection all seemed to have very interesting personalities. When i say this, it means that many of the suitors were very strong. So if i was in the position of chosing like her, i would never know who to chose. Because i believe they all had their admirable qualities in their own special ways. Hopefully things will start to narrow down in the final and fifth book of the series!

Overall Rating: *** and 3/4


Kiki

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Landline by Rainbow Rowell


In the spirit of Doctor Who coming back today for series 9, I thought it would be a good idea to read a book on the theme of time travel - in some sort of form I guess!

So, I decided out of the many books that I have provided for me, why not go back to an author whose writing just rocks?!

Landline, is set in the Christmas period of 2013 and focuses on a married woman, who has a job of writing comedy for a living, with her best friend, Seth. But problems arise from her marriage with Neal and it becomes a holiday where she tries to understand where everything went wrong. This is where the "landline" comes into play, which is able to ring Neal up in the past and talk to his 17 year prior self, just before he proposed to her.

I liked the whole idea of trying to resurrect a relationship, as it shows you cannot stop working for it, it is a constant battle of staying together, even if you do love your partner very much. Also it is a fresh change from the usual vulnerable and naïve new relationship, set in almost always a romantic setting.

Although, it would have been a good idea if there was a before and after the phone calls itseld , to show both of the different potential endings. So in a way you can kind of chose your own way of ending the story in your head, or the most suited.

Overall Rating: ***


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ivy Lane and Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

Both of these two books are set within the same type of universe as each other. Where each of the main protagonists of the stories, have had an encounter, but also become very good friends. Tilly Parker is the first protagonist within Ivy Lane, set in the outskirts of Derbyshire, England. Which the main setting of the story is focused on the scenery of an allotment and the tight community that goes with it.

Ivy Lane is set out into four individual parts, which is each season of the year. Spring; Summer; Autumn and Winter. It follows the outsider, Tilly Parker, who has only just recently moved to Kingsfield through the one year and how she develops in confidence and her new found friendships.
The thing that i love out of both of these two books is that once you finish the book, you think that it is all over. But truly it is absolutely not! With recipes filled up to your eyeballs, you can relive the greatest moments of the book - food!

Appleby Farm is focused on the person called Freya, who was also introduced towards the end of the first book Ivy Lane. She discovers the farm that she grew up on, is facing financial difficultly. So she takes it in her stride to make sure that she can get it afloat again - she loves the challenge!

I believe though that Cathy Bramley has been able to improve her storytelling skills - as I found the second book, Appleby Farm much more enticing to read compared to the latter.

Overall Rating: **** 1/2 stars



Monday, 10 August 2015

A Dragon's Guide to Slaying Virgins Tour




 Review:

Within the first few chapters of this book, I found that the main character, also known as Morgan is very strong and stands on her own two feet. The first chapter displays this very well when you can almost witness a side of sarcasm and fire. It can be seen as something ultimately different when looking at certain formulas that an author may use for their main. A refreshing change to the usual "wishy-washy" type of protagonists that we usually encounter within some popular books. Not going to mention any at this moment in time!

Other characters such as Heather are very likeable too, in their own individual ways. I found that as the story progressed I began to enjoy her character more.

The great part about this though was that even though it is in a middle of the Otherworld Realms series, you can easily be able to pick this book up and read it, without having to go back to the other books prior. Not only do I find this a good quality that this author does have, but also it has made me want to try out her other books within this universe.

Also with the fast-pacing of the book, we are also able to get to the real heart of the book, rather than what some other authors do. Where they would probably be messing around with filling up the book so that then they can prepare for the next installment.

Overall Rating: ****







Synopsis:

Morgan had resigned to death. She had been ready to follow her true love into the afterlife, if only a certain Dragon hadn't "rescued" her. She wasn't grateful - after all, she was a full-fledged Lady Knight and perfectly capable of making her own decisions, without the help of arrogant Dragon Lords, no matter how good-looking everyone seemed to think they were...

After dragging Lady Morgan from a Troll's lair and dropping her off in another realm, Vallen thought he'd never see her again. But then an old member of his Knight Order betrays her oaths and begins amassing an army of thugs and highwaymen - in the same realm he'd left Morgan.

Racing back with only his brother for a squire, Vallen finds Lady Morgan, accompanied by a teenage Werewolf, ready to take on this Dragon all by herself. But it will take all of them to defeat her, and little do they know that in this battle, the secrets of their broken hearts will rise up from the past and walk again...

 
PURCHASE

 
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The Author:

Isabelle Saint-Michael currently lives abroad in Seoul, South Korea with a transition in process to the UK. Writing is now her full-time gig, but she spent a number of years working in the online media industry. (That's when she upgraded her personality software from socialite to geek.) Her hobbies include reading, shopping, travel, and medieval shenanigans with her closest friends. She has earned such coveted nicknames as The Fighting Smurf, The Iz and Wiffle Ball Monkey Slayer.
From the author: "The Elven Life is a blog connecting a series of books and characters that I have created. So many times we buy books but then must wait a year at least to get another fix. In a world of immediate gratification I wanted to build an interactive way of storytelling for my readers. Each book, along with the blog, is a free-standing story, but they will occasionally have connecting themes, characters, and messages for our fans to catch. Check us out and keep watching! Books will be available through Amazon, Kindle, and a retailer near you."
Isabelle's Website / Twitter Facebook Goodreads / YouTube

 
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Crossing Pixies!!

Yep, it has rolled to that time of the year where everything first began. A concept, rather than a figment in reality.

So how did this all start? Well, to put it simply, I wanted something better; something more innovative (well, I'm slowly getting to that point) and I wanted to prove myself that I could stick at something. As well as including my passion for the love of books!

But what is Crossing Pixies' story? It all began in the second week of the 2014 summer holidays, on a Tuesday, which was the basis for most of my post history.

Weirdly enough, if you were here reading this blog from the start, Crossing Pixies itself has had a lot of faces. In more ways than one. It had a lot of different names within the first few months. Some that even I can't exactly remember! But the name that I do remember was the first -- The Big Book Marathon. Which now looking back I realise that it's not the easiest to find a name.

The main concept was to review books for a single year. But the more as time progressed, I found it relief from everyday life -as well as exciting. So, obviously, I chucked the original idea and my main focus for the next how many years is to carry on.

I know that the blog will face some hard times, like this next year will be the hardest for me yet. So all I can say for the time being...

Thank you for reading my posts - or even this individual entry , here is to another year for Crossing Pixies!

Happy First Birthday!
XxX

Kiki

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I know guys. It has taken a hell of a long time to actually be able to present a review for this book. But finally it is actually happening, after buying back in October last year.
 
 
 When I first bought this book back in the October for a really good price, I didn't realise that the target market was for children. But obviously, looking back at it now, how could it have been any different? When in the motion of choosing this book at the time, I must be honest, the only thing back then that I cared about was the illustrative cover. Although, this taught me a well-deserved lesson; don't always judge a book by it's cover - cliché.
 
Apart from the simplistic lexical choices that both of these authors have used, the story itself is very easy to understand. There was even some illustrations at every chapter, which if you read my type of books on a daily basis, it can, in some ways be quite refreshing. Not always having to rely on the smallest imagination that I probably do actually have.
 
I liked how towards the end you really see twists and turns that in my eyes, were quite baffling. I guess that is what makes this book so great. Usually I can easily predict as to what is going to happen at some part in the book. But the twists that they have incorporated within this book, well, it is very shocking (a WTF moment - sorry for the bad language, but it is the only as to how I would be able to explain it!).
 
The only real major problems for me though is that some of the characters names became a little confusing. And if you are a reader like me who likes to read more than one book at a time, can be very difficult to plunge yourself back into the story. But once having a long reading session, it all came back to me in some way or another!
 
They have already announced that there will be a sequel to this book in September, which I am glad to tell you that, without a doubt I will be participating in buying and reading book 2.
 
 

Rating: ****

 

Kiki

 

 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

The sequel to Frostfire in the Kanin Chronicles trilogy...
 
 
 
So it finally came out in May, after the very disappointing ending of the first book - Frostfire. But this time it came back with a slightly big bang. Not only do we get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of Queen Linnea. But also that there is something much more going on, which corruption fills the air with a metal taste.
 
The plot itself is largely more focused compared to the latter first book, which really only took us in the direction in terms of background and context. There is a lot more heated passion between a few characters, as well as some expected deaths towards the end.
 
Luckily with this trilogy, all of the three books take place of being published within 2015. Therefore, it is not a long wait until we all find out how Bryn would end up.
 
Towards the end of the book, I must admit that I found it to become very addictive. As there was a lot of tension and action which took place. This is probably what I look forward mostly towards the third instalment which is due to be published in August, next month.
 
It was a good dramatic improvement from the first book, looking more into the backgrounds of certain characters and whether they would have any involvement with the ongoing mystery between certain troll tribes.
 
The protagonist, Bryn Aven I still find to be very much a replacement for Wendy Everly, of the Switched Trilogy, which if I was to be honest, I couldn't really seem to relate to. As the only big differences were that she is a tracker and not a part of the royal family, as well has blonde hair.
 
 

Overall Rating: ***

 

Kiki

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I know that this has been a review which has been a long time in the making. Especially when I received the books back in August last year. So I guess, that is quite a long time. But as some of you may already know, they all pack a punch as to how big they all are in pages! So, to put you all out of your misery, here is the long-awaited review for 'The Lost Symbol'. YAY!


The main plotline is based around the organisation called the Freemasons, which throughout the years have had quite a bit of controversy. Not because they may have done something immoral, but rather that no one really knows what they actually do - except for Freemasons of course. People say that they are a secret organisation. But, that is completely and utterly incorrect. They are simply an organisation with secrets. Otherwise if they are a secret organisation, why do people know that Freemasonry actually exists, rather than a conspiracy?

Anyway, onto the review I go!

 
The omniscient narrator had a monotone voice, which sort of spewed out facts and figures. But we all know that facts are not always completely true with Dan Brown. In this way there was many occasions where it lacked excitement and focus. The actual scenery was in some places confusing and if you have never ventured there, utterly hard to imagine. Especially as he has based all of his stories around "real" places and organisations. The beginning of the book began with trying to actually work out what was happening and where the characters were heading off and doing. This can be a real pain as when first reading the first chapter, this is the chapter which you want to jump out at you, the decider as to whether you want to carry on reading the story.

Although, I must admit the ending was pretty sweet. In more ways that one. It was more of a journey of self discovery as well as the origins that may have come to play for the sake of the human race. It looks at how we have all lost what is really  meaningful in life. But instead we are only caring about things such as greed and money. Towards the end there was also some meaningful twists and turns that set the ending off pretty well. I just don't know how Mr Brown is going to come from here with his next book 'Inferno' - we'll just have to wait and see.

 

Rating: ***

 

Kiki

 



Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Ridealong by Michaelbrent Collings

Sorry for such a long wait. I have been quite busy. But I am now delighted to inform you that I am now finished with exams for another year at least! So you know what this means... I can now dedicate much more time once again to my blog. This is my first review in a long line of them for now!
 
I'm trying something a little bit different to what I would normally review for books. But,  this has proven to become a refreshing change, as this book has really made me want to look more into this genre - beware! 

The antagonist is very creepy and sinister, something that I may experience in an nightmare, or even worst, from the corner of your eye or over your shoulder. Or even the pale figure that may jump at you, in the dark of the night.

I found in some parts of the story, it was very difficult to keep track of points which had significant changes. For instance, when there was all of a sudden the characters story changes unexpectedly. This has taken me a long time in which I was able to pick up what actually happened, and where and what they are planning to do next. But I carried on, and soon I was able to make sense of what scenario is playing out.

Although, I guess that I can be a softie, watching both father and daughter together as a team. I like the whole idea of Mel's relationship with her Dad. Maybe it is because I live with my Dad and my sisters myself, that I am really able to relate. This is always a good idea. As I think that you tend to see quite a lot of mother-daughter relationships, which can be quite boring sometimes as well. It is a time for a change!
 
I like the idea of a police officer and his daughter actually being chased. As it is something that you don't really see. It keeps you always on your toes, to see what is about to happen next. In this way, it is a good example of a Thriller. It is a stuff of nightmares, that I guess that everyone would never want to experience in reality.
 

Rating: *** 1/2 stars

 

See you next week when I will be looking at the new pile of books I have hardly touched yet - but soon to be, so that I can then review them for you all!
 

Kiki

 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Birthday Talk!

Hello. I'm finally back! As some people may already know, I was unable to post last week. To be straight up and honest, it was because of the fact that I had a lot of exams to revise for this week. Which I am now glad to officially announce that I have to only face one left.

There was also a big momentous occasion that took place this Thursday. It was my 18th birthday at last. So to celebrate this, I want to show you all the relevant cake that I had received from my Auntie, which she actually made herself. All the credit goes to her!

     
 
I know that you cannot really read the text from the picture, but from what I have analysed (yes, using those fancy words!) it is a diary of Annie, Darren Shan's younger sister in the Saga of Darren Shan. Which, for those people who know me very well, I love this series and have read it over five times. The best story to contribute in celebrating me turning an adult! The smell of the cake is absolutely amazing, which I haven't decided to bite into it just yet - but I am sure that by the time that this posts, there would be at least one slice gone. I would save you all a slice if I could!
 
My birthday was great, except for the fact that I had to get up early in the morning to attend a two and a half hour English exam. But hey, it is only a part of life! I also got to try out another kind of food as well. Caribbean at a place called Turtle Bay. I had a Jerk Salmon with Sweet Potato Fries (I absolutely love sweet potato)
 
I still have loads planned to celebrate my birthday, although it is going to be in the next coming week, which isn't a bad thing as my final exam is next week. So I guess it would be more for relief and relaxation. I just wish I had friends who didn't keep on forgetting my birthday every year.
 

Your now adult,

Kiki

Monday, 1 June 2015

June TBR

As it is the first of the month, I realised that I haven't actually given you any updates on the latest and greatest new books that I have recently bought. And trust me there is quite a few!

I'll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson:

 
I love the colour of the book jacket. When first discovering this treasure I was probably more interested in how all of the pages have been spray-painted in my favourite colour, yellow. But when looking at the blurb on the reverse, I became very intrigued. As by many people, I prefer a blurb that tells me quite a bit about what is the story, although, with this book it is very vague and is summed up in as few as two to three sentences. The mystery of what might happen is very exciting!
 
 
The Heir by Kiera Cass:
 
                                            
 
This book I guess is very special to this blog. Not only is it the fourth chapter in the selection series, that from many fans, never thought they would be able to see the light of day for this instalment, but also, the first three books of the selection series was reviewed on the first ever post of this blog. That is how my blog and I have never really looked back, with such a strong saga. So, in effect this will be a privilege to review once more.
 
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking:
 
                                            
 
I know that it has only been since last week when I finally reviewed the first instalment of the series, but I find it no better time than to announce that I have the second instalment. So, don't think that you will have to wait for long, to once again enter the world of the Trylle!


Kiki

 

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking



It is back to Amanda Hocking this week, with her new book that I have recently been talking about, when reviewing her other series, the Trylle Trilogy. Although, this book is now in a new series, but set in the same universe. It is called the Kanin Chronicles...

I must admit, when actually owning the book, the cover is very enchanting and beautiful. How for instance, the main character and protagonist, Bryn Aven, is at the centre of attention, with her coat covered in red. Whereas in the background, it is very muted colours, with the whites and blacks, but also having a sort of wonderland type of presence. Red to me also makes me feel quite uncomfortable and moreover is a colour for danger.

So, onto the criticisms then! First of all, I don't know why but I felt a little bit out of place with this new world. Maybe it is because I read the other series in the same universe, I may have gotten used to them far too much. So when there are old characters appearing and being mentioned in places, I kind of felt like I wanted to know what happened and what was happening at that moment in time, for people like Wendy and Loki.

Also, maybe Hocking has already overused the idea of forbidden romance. While it is very nice, it kind of feels repeated when that was the main plot line in the Trylle Trilogy. So in some ways, it kind of feels like she is selling the same book all over again, but instead with a different and more attractive cover.

 Luckily we do although get to hear a little bit more about Finn's sister, Ember and what she is doing at this moment in time. Which is kind of a refreshing change, when there was little mentioned in the other trilogy. Also, this time it focuses more upon the lower level of the hierarchy, which is always nice to see when, for example you see the royal family getting a lot of the air time.

At the end of the day, there wasn't much action than I would have hoped. So when it eventually got a bit heated, the book ended. The annoyance!

Overall Rating: **
 
This week, I met Sarah J. Maas. To find out more about my time with her, like my facebook page for more updates and photos!
 

Kiki

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Hello everybody. I have found the book this week to be very abstract in many ways. Here is my reasons why in the review below.
 
Honestly when I bought this book on a whim, I genuinely did not have any high expectations. But I must say that with the concept of how Mr Westerfield had created two very different stories, but so alike in so many ways, I was impressed.
 
The characters were strong with their own unique problems to their lives. I liked  the idea in which the book started with a bang, which from then on forth, I became intrigued to how the next chapter would plan out.
 
The chapters itself are very unique in how it has been constructed. With each chapter alternating between fictional reality, with the young author, Darcy Patel and changing to the character from the universe that Darcy had created, Lizzie.
 
The problems that I found difficult was though, as because it had a continuation of alternating chapters all of the time, I found it sometimes hard to keep up with what one character may be doing in their plot line. This was because as I guess I was trying to focus more on the single character, which halfway through chapters I had finally settled with their individual stories. Then only a few pages later, the chapter changed, then having to remember the latter characters story and what they were doing at that moment in time.
 
But my final thoughts is that it is a thoroughly enjoyable piece, and if you like thrillers and being transported into mysterious realms of discovery.
 
Overall Rating: ***
 

Kiki

 
 
 
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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Hi guys. This week its all about fairy tales. Everyone who was younger loved the concept of being read a good fairy-tale. This one is slightly different. With the original Grimm fairy-tale as the starting point, Cinderella is taken into a dystopian future. Where both the plague and discrimination run rife. But also with the consequences after a deadly post-war world.

 
When I first bought this book, I guess that I was hypocritical. The concept of using our favourite princess tale, has not indeed had only one makeover. It is in a constant state to be adapted to something else, in many media forms. I think that I just had about enough with it.
 
But, when I first read the starting chapter, my anxieties and annoyance flushed away in an instant. This is not a normal fairy-tale. It appeals to an older audience, which can sometimes be so vexing in situations like, Disney. It is a perfect Young Adult book, and I am thankful that it has been interpreted for a wider audience, rather than little girls that want to be princesses. It's nothing like that; I am glad.

I like the idea that Meyer has also incorporated other fairy-tale characters, which will progressively become regular, with each book that goes along. This is then that you get to see different sides of the story and the other characters from within it. From what I believe, each book focuses upon a separate fairy-tale character. Cinder for Cinderella; Scarlett for Red Riding Hood; Cress for Rapunzel and finally the upcoming Winter for Snow White.

There is also concepts such as having Sci-fi elements within it. Like for instance, how there are royal families on the moon as well as the Earth itself, including some very well known royal families but in the future. This is how we can then relate to how it is  now in the present, but also what might happen in the future.
 
Genuinely I think that this is a book which really makes you focus upon what matters in life. The problems that other people may have to face, as well as really going deep down into issues which no matter what era it is, never changes.
 
This book has now made me very excited for the next book ,Scarlet. I'm also hoping to find out a bit more about Cinder in the next few books in the series. How I do love a good dystopian!
 
Rating: *****
 

Kiki

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Sunburn by Darren Dash



This is the cover of the recently published book "Sunburn" by Darren Dash (yes, it actually does feature a character getting burnt), which was published earlier than expected on the 1st May.

This truly seems like a momentous event. This author has probably influenced my reading patterns the most, since I first picked up a book just for leisure. He is truly an inspirational guy.


The cover itself is very sinister. The mix of reds and oranges as well as the sun connotes that the sun plays an antagonising role in the story. Maybe even a factor to all of the characters downfall. The simplicity makes it very intriguing as well as making it feel very uncomforting. Simple but well executed.


This demonic masterpiece does not fail to disappoint even the most biggest of horror fans. Set in a perfect setting, the characters are strong, that even the smallest mistake they make can be very vexing.

It focuses on three characters: Dominic; Curran and Martini. Who despite it all, have flaws, which influences the way how the plot is driven.

It features the idea of all three of them going to Bulgaria for a holiday, which Martini has picked this time. As she believes that they should go on a holiday which they don't always need to go drinking every time. Also as she thinks that they are getting older for those type of holidays.

The antagonist figure itself is very sickly and upsetting. Almost the perfect figure to terrorise in a nightmarish dream. You're worst nightmare. Nothing that I would ever like to come across in the light of day.

My final thought is that now after reading this, it makes me deeply intrigued as to his other book "The Evil and the Pure" and how Darren Dash has tackled this work. Now, don't be surprised if I'll be reviewing it in the near future!

Rating: *****

Kiki

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