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Pretty Little Liars #1 Book Review


pllHey Guys,
(NB. this was meant to be posted last Sunday. I’ve been really busy so apologies for the lateness)

So today I will be reviewing the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. As many people, I have seen the TV show and have been loving it (review on my reaction and thoughts on the season 6a finale up soon) so I thought it would be great to read the book and see if it’s different and what they changed. So on with the review!

Book Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Date Published: October 1st 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

My Review:

This book is the first in a series following four teenage girls as they go through high school receiving anonymous texts by a complete stranger, reminding them of all the bad they have done before. This brings their group closer as they are constantly reminded about the night when their best friend Ali disappeared.

I did like a lot about this book. I found that the characters were very realistic and relatable for people who have gone through a lot in their life. It shows how all of us have secrets and how much we try to keep the things that hurt us locked down. As I watched the TV show before I read the books, I did already know what would happen. However I really liked the different timeline in the book and how it was in a more first person description in the book. I felt that it really allowed me to get more connected to the characters and allowed me to form more of an understanding. One thing, however, that really shocked me about the TV show is that they changed Emily’s whole family. Her Dad stays at home, she has 2 siblings and she isn’t coloured. It brought about a whole new diameter between Maya and Emily’s Mum in the book that isn’t able to be conveyed in the TV show.

Some of the things I didn’t like were the fact that it was quite slow paced. The space of the entire book was only about an episode and a bit of the TV show. This kind of disappointed me as I wished that we got more going on than there actually was. But other than that, it was a really good and interesting way to see the story from a different media.

Overall, anyone who loves the PLL TV show should read this as it provides a really interesting retelling of the story. There is some language in it so probably if you’re 13+. I gave this a 4.0 stars as I really liked the depth of the characters yet I found it rather slow at point.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

~Spike

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All the Bright Places


ATBP coverHey Guys,

So today I will be reviewing All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This book was one that I saw on the shelves at Waterstones and thought that it looked like a fun read! Also, according to Goodreads and numerous news sites, it is set to become a film in 2017! Such an amazing book so let’s hope the movie reflects that. Now let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Date Published: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review:

All The Bright Places is a captivating novel written by an up-and-coming author and describes how a simple rally of events can drastically alter the future of anyone. This story in particular follows the tale of Theodore (Theo) Finch and Violet Markey. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they meet at the top of the school bell tower. Both helping to save the lives of the other, they form an unlikely friendship and eventually love. Their bond only growing stronger with a school project, this relationship is… well… complicated…

There is so much that I loved about this story. I loved the diversity of the characters and how some who you thought had perfect lives, were actually rather complex and abstract. Finch was an amazing character to witness. The diversity in his personality and how rapidly it changed made you realize that he was scared of who he could be and what he could do. In his life, it is clear to see how the factors and decisions of his family and friends made him the person he was. Violet also was a unique character. Her life being changed after the untimely death of her older sister, pulling out of clubs and isolating herself from her friends, her character and Finch really merge well together and create an almost perfect pair. The other character I would like to mention is Amanda Monk. She plays the classic “popular high school queen” role with her own posy and her crude nicknames for anyone not inline with the status quo. However underneath all that status and popularity is an uncertain, insecure girl with no idea how to save herself. We find this out when she and Finch meet in an unusual situation which shall remain unnamed in the view of no spoilers.

As well as the depth of the characters, the plot line was also extraordinary. I felt that everything Finch did throughout the story (all the wondering and visiting unique places) told us a lot more about his personality than just meeting the character. Towards the end of the book, Finch leaves a trail for Violet to follow. This leads her to all the places he wanted her to visit and each with a little memento left by him to show he was there. Each place he led her to was somewhere that few kids their age would have been interested in visiting. Yet throughout the story of the wandering and arriving in unexpected places, Finch told the deepest parts of his personality to Violet on that final wandering through every gift he left her. This made us realize just how in-depth his character was and how much he had grown to trust Violet in the short time he knew her.

There was honestly very little that I disliked in this novel. The one thing would probably be that I felt we didn’t get to know the real reason for decisions that Finch made and I found that to be almost unfinished in a way. I knew how it was going to end after Finch sent the emails to his close friends and family, however I found them to be very abstract and without a clear reason (however this did perfectly fit his character). I feel like right at the end of the book, there should have been a way to clearly understand what happened as I found it to be confusing.

Other than that one thing though, this book was perfect. Complex, interesting characters coupled with a perfectly deep and twisting plot line made this an enticing and gripping read all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 13 and likes romance, occasional serious issues and hidden humour. It is a great addition to the world of YA and perfect for fans of John Green (TFIOS, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska etc.), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl etc.), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why etc.) and Gayle Foreman (If I Stay, Where She Went etc.). I look forward to seeing what else this new writer has up her sleeve.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon!

~Spike

Anna and the French Kiss Review


Anna and the French KissHey Guys,
So today I will be reviewing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I read this book last week and it just was so much more than I expected! Let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Published: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My Review:

This book follows the tale of Anna Oliphant, a privileged senior sent away to a boarding school in Paris where, kind of ironically, most of the kids speak in English and there isn’t much French said throughout the whole novel. Add in some not so loyal friends and a guy with looks to die for and this basically becomes the perfect teen novel. I’ve heard mixed things about this book. Some of my favourite authors such as (John Green or Cassandra Clare) have had nothing but praise for this book, though many members of online communities (like Goodreads for example) have been rather different.
***
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. I have always been an honest romantic and love reading about romances because, let’s face it, we all know how it’s going to end. For me, it’s more reading their story. In this book, the story follows a strange twisting pathway that brings us close and then far continuously until you almost hope the ending is different. Stephanie Perkins also has the amazing ability to bring humour to her writing. By around page 6 I was already laughing and the way she described many tragic novels and seeing the humour within them. This book is also extremely quotable. For example: “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home”.
***
The characters also developed, some more than others. I feel at times, Anna became very rebellious and quite emotional. At the age they are, you would expect them to have extreme emotion and this is perfectly captured by Stephanie. St. Clair also developed. He became a lot more aware of how his actions affected others around him. Meredith became more absorbed into herself part way through the novel before becoming closer to Anna than ever. Even though there were some slight character developments, none were really very dramatic.
***
However much I loved this novel, I found the thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that right at the beginning, Anna hated the opportunity to go to Paris. Don’t get me wrong, if my parents forced me to attend a school over 4000 miles away, I would be pretty annoyed. But the fact still remains, it’s a brilliant opportunity and, what does Anna spend her first days doing? Lying in her room watching TV and acting like she lost everything. In my opinion, I felt like she should’ve been a bit more courageous and asked her new friends if they could show her Paris as she’s never been before. However, as the book progresses, she does start to enjoy it more and started taking advantage of the opportunity she had been given.
***
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classic romance novels, humour and some drama as well. I feel like the ideal age for this would be 13+ as there are occasional conversations of more serious matters that, to avoid spoilers, I will not get into now. Overall, I loved this book and hope anyone else who reads it will love it too.

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Review


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So today I will be reviewing the second book in the Percy Jackson series and my Book with Non-Human characters for the 2015 reading challenge. I finished this book on the bus yesterday so couldn’t wait to get the review up for you. Before you read this book, please note that I watched the movie before reading the book. *gasp* how could I?! Well, it was out in the cinema and I saw the first one and thought, why not. Apologies in advance but lets get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

5.0 star

Blurb:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

My Review:

In this book, we join Percy as Camp Half-Blood has become invaded with monsters… again. This time, the magical shield of Thalia’s tree has been broken as the tree has been poisoned. Grover has been sent off in a search for Pan but uses an empathy connection to tell Percy that he is in danger. Clarisse is chosen to go on a quest to search for the Golden Fleece when Percy and his gang go along as well. I think that is the basic plot line of the story.

There are a lot of things I like about the book. For one thing, I like the detail and the funny comparisons made throughout the novel. Definitely had me laughing for a while! I also liked the character development. For example, Annabeth becomes so much more open to Percy during this book and you start to see the person she is underneath rather than the person she wants to be seen as. Percy also has some development as he grows up a lot. He becomes generous and understanding towards the end of the books. However you can see that there is a lot more development to come.

There isn’t much that I didn’t like about the book. I felt that the timing was just right and there was enough detail for you to imagine the scene, but not to much that it becomes boring.

I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first one and it is suitable for all ages. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Thanks for reading and I’ll write again next week!

Spike

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif Review


Hey Guys,

lightningthief1So sorry this is a little (or a lot) late. I have been kind of obsessed with the show Pretty Little Liars and I haven’t been reading as much as I normally would have. This is extremely bad of me and I deeply apologize for this. Anyway, the whole purpose of today’s post was a review. This book is one of the few I’ve read so far this year and let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: March 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My Review:

This book is the first in the Percy Jackson series. The hype that has surrounded this series since it was first published in 2006 has been enormous. In all fairness, a lot of that hype was also based on the Hero’s of Olympus series however I felt that I couldn’t just jump into the Hero’s of Olympus series if I haven’t read the original series. It is one of the classic books that you have to read when you are a child. I am a little late to reading it but better late than never! This book is about a young boy called Percy Jackson who finds out he is a demi-god and that his father is part of the ‘big three’ Greek gods.

I loved a lot about this book. The hidden humor and ironic, snarky comments that are made frequently throughout the book adds a lot of humor and enjoyment to read. The characters are so in-depth that they seem real. There is a lot of character development as well over the course of the book. This development can also last into the rest of the series until we end up with one that everyone can understand. My person favorite character is Annabeth. She is a perfect role model for young girls everywhere as she is smart and clever but also has her faults. For example, she can be very proud and not listen to other ideas when she herself has one. Percy was also a great character because, for such a young age, he has gone through a lot yet still has the childish tone to the writing.

The one thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that I found it hard to keep reading. There weren’t really a lot of plot twists and therefore I found it quite hard to keep reading once I had started. However I did work through it and eventually finished.

Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars as the character development and main plot are very interesting and entertaining to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books really. I think it’s perfect for all ages and as long as you don’t mind the childish phrases, it’s great!

***

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!

Spike

Top Books I’ve read in 2014


Hey Guys,
Sorry for the disappearance, I had a busy December at school then I was on holiday over Christmas. Anyway I am now back and my New Years resolutions are:
1) be more organised
2) do more writing
3) post more frequently
so that shall be a wonderful challenge for me. Anyway I am here today with the top ten books that I read last year. To begin, I will list the books that I have read throughout 2014. I won’t go into much detail, just name the title and author but feel free to skip that part if you want. 🙂
Books Read in 2014
Lorien Legacies
I Am Number Four ~ Pittcus Lore
The Power of Six ~ Pittacus Lore
The Rise of Nine ~Pittacus Lore

The Immortals
Evermore ~ Alyson Noel
Blue Moon ~ Alyson Noel
Shadowland ~ Alyson Noel
Dark Flame ~ Alyson Noel
Night Star ~ Alyson Noel
Everlasting ~ Alyson Noel

The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Glass ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire ~ Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess ~ Cassandra Clare

John Green Novels
Looking for Alaska ~ John Green
Paper Towns ~ John Green
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
An Abundance of Katherines ~ John Green

The Selection Series
The Elite ~ Kiera Cass
The One ~ Kiera Cass

Delerium Series
Delirium ~ Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium ~ Lauren Oliver

Girl, Missing Trilogy
Girl, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Sister, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Missing Me ~ Sophie McKenzie

Legend Trilogy
Legend ~ Marie Lu
Prodigy ~ Marie Lu
Champion ~ Marie Lu

Other
Gallagher Girls #1, #2, #3 ~ Ally Carter
Uncommon Criminals ~ Ally Carter
Perfect Scoundrels ~ Ally Carter
Geek Girl: Model Misfit ~ Holly Smale
The Bunker Diary ~ Kevin Brooks
Earthbound ~ Aprilynne Pike
All the Truth that’s in Me ~ Julie Berry
Thirteen Reasons Why ~ Jay Asher
Thirteen ~ Tom Hoyle
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies ~ Katy Cannon
Naturals ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Killer Instinct ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It All Started With An Apple ~ Ashley Winters
Hey, Beautiful ~ Ashley Winters (I read this on Wattpad so I don’t know if it counts but it was really good if anyone wants to read it)
If I Stay ~ Gayle Foreman
Since You’ve Been Gone ~ Morgan Matson
Eleanor & Park ~ Rainbow Rowel

Right so those are all the books I have read during the past year. That is a total of 52 books – or there about. My top 10 books out of them are:

10. Looking For Alaska by John Green
Looking For Alaska

Blurb:
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

9. The Selection Series Books #2 & #3 by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series 1

Blurbs:
The Elite: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
My review: The Elite
The One: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
My review: The One

8. Girl, Missing Trilogy by Sophie McKenzie
Girl, Missing trilogy
Blurb:
Girl, Missing: Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?
My review: Girl, Missing
Sister, Missing: Fighting back my rising panic, I stopped and took a deep breath. Think. Where could she have gone? I turned right around, looking in every direction, trying to spot the familiar silhouette of my sister. But there was no sign of her…
It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?

Missing Me: Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to her older sister Lauren, Madison learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger. A tense and thrilling end to the bestselling series, not to be missed!

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why
Blurb:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

6. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend Trilogy
Blurbs:
Legend: 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.

Prodigy: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Champion: He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.
But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in our Stars
Blurb:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

4. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
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Blurb:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
My review: All The Truth That’s In Me

3. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
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Blurbs:
City of Bones: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
(My Review: City of Bones )
City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

City of Lost Souls: What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

City of Heavenly Fire: Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
TID covers
Blurb:
Clockword Angel: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

Clockwork Prince: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Clockwork Princess: Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
And finally… my top read of 2014 is…
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockheart
We Were Liars
Blurb:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a great year and I shall be doing a review of We Were Liars Next week!
Cheerio!
Spike

Girl, Missing Book Review


Girl, MissingHello everyone,

Today I am going to be doing another favourite book review. This week I am going to be reviewing Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie. Let’s get started!

Book Title: Girl, Missing
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Date Published: December 1st 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?

My Review:

So this book starts with a sixteen year old Lauren doing her English project. It’s kind of that classic first day back at school project titles something along the lines of Who am I? Considering as Lauren was adopted when she was about three months old, there isn’t really anything interesting that she could write. So during her research, she looks up different things which lead her onto a missing child website. Scrolling down the pictures, she reaches one that has similar sort of personal information to her own, leading to the conclusion: was she kidnapped as a baby?
This book was a lot of fun. I liked the depth of the characters and how strong the bonds of friendship between Lauren and Jam were. each individual character had an amazing personality and they all slotted together perfectly. I liked how the story flowed as a reasonable pace and that Lauren and Jam took the reader through every process that they went through. I liked this book because, as it was short, it didn’t take very long to get to the main point of the story. It kept the reader hooked on every word and I just loved it.
There were however some things that I didn’t liked. Such as when Lauren and Jam run away in America to start their mission, she doesn’t seem to be too worried about how her Mum is reacting to her disappearing in a completely different continent let alone country! I found that when they both *SPOILER WARNING* get kidnapped by the same person who kidnapped her earlier, I found this really unrealistic that a couple of teenagers would get into a car with a random stranger. I mean sure she was wearing a police outfit but it isn’t that hard to just buy one from a party shop, is it? I do agree however that without this point in the story, it could very well not have turned out the same. *SPOILERS OVER*
I did really enjoy this book overall. I’m very upset though because I had this book on my shelves and I either lent it to one of my friends and they haven’t given it back (unlikely as I asked all of them about it afterwards) or I’ve just lost it because, as with a lot of things that I lend to friends (or attempt to lend to friends) it went missing. Just like the title huh? So yeah I’m a bit miffed because I really wanted to reread it but oh well. I gave this book a 4.0 out of 5 stars because, well, it was fun! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery books but I do think that it may be a bit of a teen read as well so if you are a teenager who loves mystery novels then this is the book for you!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next week!
Spike

Nil Book Review ~ possible Spoilers


Hey Guys,
So today I will be reviewing Nil by Lynne Matson so let’s get straight to it:
Nil Cover
Book title: Nil
Authors name: Lynne Matson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date Published: March 4th 2014
Number of pages: 384 pages
Overall rating:
3.5 star
Blurb:
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

My Review:
This book is written for two character’s POV’s. First you have Charley. A seventeen year old girl from Southern America. Then you have Thad, a seventeen year old boy from Canada. They both are stranded on the deserted non-existent island Nil. When Charley arrives, she finds Thad. He explains the rules. You have 365 days to escape or you die. Thad has been on Nil for over 250 days at the start of this book. Charley however has only just arrived.
I liked the character descriptions with this book. I loved the vivid imagination of Lynne as she creates and unfurls the magnificent world of Nil. She captures the island and all it’s inhabitants perfectly. The hidden dangers of Nil are as distinct yet hidden as any camouflage animal. That is about as far as my love for this book goes.
Sorry for any Nil fans out there but I didn’t buy it. There was this insta-love between Thad and Charley that was as cheesy as any story could possibly get. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole feel good type books but when I first read the blurb, I had already assumed that this book was going to be more about adventure and action then romance. The story plot was good as well where Charley helps to figure out how to get off of the island but here’s the thing. At the end with the whole Thad’s last day and saving her instead of himself, I don’t think that should’ve worked. I think the there should’ve been some time to get to know the knew people who have arrived on Nil and for Charley to finalise her perfect plans for a fool-proof system in finding gates. I understand that Thad wanted to save Charley from all of Nil’s mysteries and dangers so he saves her instead of him but I think there should’ve been a whole scene wee after Charley figures it out, Nil kind of opens up. Leading to a big finale where someone had to just find out the mystery and solve the maze or where Nil itself carves onto the back of the Naming Wall the purpose of finding yourself in the labyrinth. Either way there are lots of ways that this book could’ve ended and still kept with the same happily ever after.
Overall a 3.5 star rating. I think that overall the mystery of Nil is still hidden from readers and that maybe there could be a sequel where something goes wrong on Nil and all previous survivors are brought back. It doesn’t have to be long. Maybe like a blog post or something just to sum up the whole ideas of the mysterious Nil island. I’d recommend this book to teen readers who love happy endings.

Thanks for reading
~Spike

Schedule


Hey Everyone,
I know I haven’t posted in a while and I am very sorry. I have been reading new books and fixing up the Spikes Books facebook page. We now have 2 admins. Me (~Spike) and ~The Crazy Fangirl. Be sure to check it out! So much better than just posting links 😛 Anyway here is my new schedule. I will be sure to stick with this one so, as you will see, I have changed it up a bit but it is a lot less packed in meaning that I can definantly do this one 🙂

SCHEDULE
Monday ~ Reading / any quote to get you through the week
Wednesday ~ Book Review
Friday ~Word of the week
Any day during the week ~Any news updates

As you can see, my break days are Tuesday and Thursday. This doesn’t mean I wont be posting on those days. Just that they don’t have any specific ‘activity’. The Facebook page will be updated regularly on any date. Quizzes will pop up at random times as well, just to keep things fresh.
Thanks for reading!
Spike