Saturday, 30 April 2011

Firelight by Sophie jordan review-annmarie

May include spoilers
i recommened this book
5 stars.

A hidden truth. 

Mortal enemies. 
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

To say i liked this book would be an understatement i was up half the night reading it unable to put the book down now morning after i feel half asleep but happy that i finished the book.
The story was different and flowed well i eat the words off the page like i was half starved. The characters were original and really likeable Jacinda was a strong and bright character that made the book so good she put everything she felt aside to make everyone else happy and to keep them safe. There was a good mix of feelings in the book and by the end i was nearly crying and swearing at some characters for being nasty evil pigs but i wont get into that and spoil the surprises in the book :)
so to sum this book up it was well written and a excellent read.
i give the book ***** five stars.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Scary school by Derek the ghost review-annmarie

i recommend this book
5 stars 
SCARY SCHOOL by Harper Collins is a three-book middle grade series, narrated by recently deceased eleven-year-old Derek the Ghost. Derek takes readers on a spine-tingling and outrageous adventure into SCARY SCHOOL - a school where monsters and normal kids tread the halls together and just making it to lunch with all your limbs intact is considered a good day. Teachers include Ms. Fang, a 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess, and Principal Headcrusher, who, well, the name says it all. 

Things get extra scary this year when SCARY SCHOOL is chosen to host the annual Ghoul Games – a junior-olympic event between all the “scary” schools in the world. The winners get to eat the losers! Faced with their formidable monster opponents and certain defeat, it’s do or die for the normal kids at SCARY SCHOOL. Together they hatch a plan that will change the future of SCARY SCHOOL forever. 


i was lucky enough to get a free downloadable copy for my computer.
As the book was for younger readers i was excited to see what i thought of the book and i must say i was really surprised. 
the book was down right funny to the point of me wetting myself with laughter. The story was fun and exciting and unlike any other book i have read. what made it all the better was the pictures that went along with the story i felt like i was in the book with the charters and i dont want to say to much ((hate spoilers)) but no matter your age you'll love this book its one of a kind and most of all the book will keep you smiling for days. happy reading. 

Interview with Renata Urbionate.

Interview with Renata Urbionate.
I want to say a big thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I would also like to say that while you’re not the author of the book you still very much a part of the book. 
Renata Urbionate would really love you to take the time and read A Brave New World by CONNOR FITZGERALD

1. Could you tell us 5 fun facts about yourself?

facts about me not sure they would be fun, I'm From Lithuania, I trained as a gymnast for the London Oylimpics, I'm a Group Captain in The B-Squad, I'm a Judo Instructor and I like Indian food

2.whats your connection to the book?

I'm not connected to the book other than my story is told in it. The book is about The B Squad a group of individuals selected from their facebook profiles to work with the G8 world leaders and help prevent terrorism, I was one of those selected and well not to give too much away all is not what it seems did you feel when you found out the author was going to write this story? 
My Squad Commander informed us that the book would be written to tell the world our story and how we saved London from a terrorist attack as well as preventing an assasination attempt on The President of USA and tackling Human Trafficking and Piracy

4.did you have any involvement while the book was being written ? 

I was asked to tell my story which at times was heart wrenching because it involves my sister who was taken from us when she was just 16 with the promise of a better life but was instead sold into the sex trade alike is the book to the true events and how much is fiction? 
Obviously details have been changed and with all good books a certain amount of fiction has been added for entertainment value so I'll not spoil it an leave this one up to the reader to decide for themselves

6.what effect has the book had on yours and you familys life?

 The book has had a profound effect on my life and my family's because before the book was written they did not know the full facts about what happenned to my sister and we thought long and hard before telling them but in the end it brought us closer together and meant we had no more secrets so I guess in a way it was a kind of therapy

7.could you tell us abit about the book?

The book is the story of a group of people selected from facebook to take part in something dangerous but profound trying to stop terrorism by cutting off supplies of money and weapons to terrorist groups but the book also explores the back stories of those selected and explains why they were chosen. The book is in two parts and in the second after the revelation the book takes a turn telling how revenge was sought for those who lost their lives in part one. It is a great story and it is amazing how the author had shown how the lives of the individuals changed and how thier relationships were formed. The story is one tat had to be told but the author has done this in an exhilerating way so informing the reader whilst making it highly entertaining as a novel

8.also do you read other books and what other books would you recommend? 

 I'm afraid the books I read myself are very different indeed and like all women I like a bit of sexy romance I guess so my favourite book of all time is My Story Confessions of a Swinger by Nicci Greene in it she tells her own story one of lust and love ad it gives you a facinating insight into the world of swinging which I would never be a part of but was interested in finding out about. I like all of Nicci Greene's books but this one is my fav

Thank you so much again for doing the interview and thanks for sharing so much about yourself and the book.

Tomorrow when the war began by John marsden-annmarie

may include spoilers
When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight high school teenagers band together to fight.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Linton wants one final adventure with her friends before the school holidays are over. Packed in Ellie's parents' land rover they drive to the famously isolated rock pool Eden dubbed 'Hell' by the locals.

Returning to their home town of Wirrawee, the seven teenagers realize that something is seriously wrong. Power to the houses has been cut, pets and livestock have been left dead or dying, and most alarmingly of all, everyone's family has vanished.

When the hostile armed forces discover that the teenagers are lying low in the vicinity, Ellie and her friends must band together to escape, outwit and strike back against the mysterious enemy that has seized control of their town and imprisoned their friends and loved ones...

my review.
I had watched the film before reading the book after watching the film and loving it i decided to buy the book.

The book was well written and interesting. The storyline was exciting and heart felt at times but even with all this i had a hard time reading it. The book itself was great but me personal i cant read anything that's about was and fighting. I have always read fiction, fantasy and stuff like that. Even though the book was really good my mind could not get into the book.

I will say that just because i did not get into it does not mean that you will be the same the was good but just not for me.

** stars.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The emerald atlas by John stephens review- annmarie

spoilers maybe included!

a enjoyable book 
**** 4 stars

They were snatched from their beds in the dead of night, when the world was covered in snow.
Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded. Arriving in the eerily silent Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something strange going on...
With the discovery of an old leather book, an ancient magical prophecy is set in motion which will take them on the the adventure of several lifetimes, to worlds outside their own. Only they have the power to save the town - and their own future.

I was lucky enough to get this while out shopping and im super glad i did.
The story starts at once you throw right into the action of the kids life and from there it a roller-coaster of action and time travel fighting and love and more. the writing style was a little different but i really liked it. there was so much i loved about the book and the author described it so well that you could almost be there yourself  the only thing i did find that confused me was the book i understood what it did but i felt like one minute the bad guys had the book next the good and it all happened in the blink of an eye that you start to think you most have read it wrong but apart from that it was really good. i would say that the book might not be for everyone but im shore most of you well loved it. i really cant wait to see what happens in the next book.
**** four stars

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Spartan heart part 2 review-alice

Sent away to college in America, Evangeline swore she would never return to England. Anger loses its value when tragedy forces her home to assume ownership of the family's beloved Greco-Roman museum.

Placing a foolish, drunken kiss on a Greek statue in the museum's basement, Evangeline unknowingly frees a Spartan prince from an evil oracle's curse. Suddenly, her lonely life is invaded by the rakish man with knowing emerald green eyes who never eats or sleeps, and seems to know her every thought and feeling.

Falling in love is dangerous, especially when it's with a man who has already been claimed by the bitter oracle, Demona. From the moment of her kiss, Evangeline is swept into Dorien's world of mystery, danger, and passion. The oracle's fury only mounts as they unravel Demona's darkest secrets, but not before Demona finds out about their unborn half-breed immortal twins.

Demona uses her knowledge of the future to manipulate and destroy, but sometimes love has a will, and a heart, of its own.

may contain spoilers

omg kristine did it again, i thought part one was good, with the drunken night kissing a statue which turns out to be a spartan warrior thats trapped,  they fall in love, etc

in part two they free doriens spartan brothers and man are they hot, i want a spartan for me :)  im not going to give anything away except that this book is magical, it draws you in from page one, you feel every emotion and every fear, joy and sorrow, this is a must read,  the series isnt over yet so for us ladies who are already missing the spartan boys dont worry they will be back :)
ok rant over, this story is a must have, please go and download part one and part two.

i give this book 5 stars

Saturday, 23 April 2011

The ruins of gorlan book1 of rangers apprentice by John flanagan review-annmarie

spoilers maybe included 
i recommend this book.

He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't realize yet is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied . 

book recommend by adeeb from best book.
The book was marked 10+ as im 22 i was a little worried that the book would be lets say fast with no content in it. i was wrong the book was a easy read yes but not in a bad way it was written so well it seemed the flow right into my mind. there was a lot going on in the book action conflict and for a kids book well its hard to call it a kids book at all really because it was such a good all rounder there was fun and parts that make you laugh but there was also a solid story. the book kept me happy and i really did enjoy it the charters were strong and likeable and the book for it size was jam packed. i really cant wait to buy the next book.

***** five stars

Thursday, 21 April 2011

across the universe by beth revis review-annmarie.

spoilers may be included be warned!
i recommend this book.

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


ok i heard about this book on love fantasy novels and thought it sounded good. im so glad i got it while im not normal into sci fi books i found that i liked this one.

the start of this book went straight into the story and by the time you understand how Godspeed runs your hooked. there is so much to like about it and i felt like i was on a emotional roller-coaster. there was pain, happiness, love and hate and so much more and ever time Amy or elder felt it i did to it was breath taking that so much love and detail went into this novel. ill confess that i stayed up nearly all night reading it because i could not sleep with not knowing how it would end. 

im guessing you want to know if there was any faults in the novel. there was one point that really upset me but i don't want to say and spoil it for anyone that has not read it but im shore once you have you well know the point im taking about. 

i give the book 4 stars

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong review-annmarie

i recommend this book
may include spoilers be warned!

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. 

Until now. 

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet. 

My review.

I love Kelley Armstrong she is one of my favourite authors so i was super excited about this series which carries on from the darkest powers series while the people are in it are different it’s still based in the same world which worked really well for me.

I thought the story was well thought out and while it was not a fast into the action story it was put together well in a way that kept me engrossed in the book. I liked that it was all based in a small town and that everyone knew one and other but what i liked best was how the characters worked so well together. There was so much to like about the start of this new series and i feel that the next book is going to be even better. I do hope that maybe the characters from the darkest power series and this series might cross paths somewhere in the series but if not im just happy to be in the same world.

I will say that i did really like the book and i zoomed through the pages like a mad person i would love to give the book the whole five stars but i don’t think i can but i will give the book four and half stars. The reason i want give it the fall mark is that i felt more could have happened in some parts of the book but that’s just me being picking.

4half stars out of 5

Monday, 18 April 2011

city of fallen angels review. -annmarie

spoiler may be included be warned!

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 – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And 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. 

2 stars 
I really could not wait for this book i had loved the last three books and i hated that the series might come to an end so when i finally got city of fallen angels in my hand i was well excited. I read the first half of the book in one day and found that while the story was different we were still going over a look of stuff from the old books. i had also thought that clary and jace would be happy together i had waited so long for their happy ending and it was short lived i felt like i was being ripped off. While the first three books were all about us hoping clary and jace would be together and then it happens and then its messed up again i felt well really ticked off i had hoped the series would be different challenges rather than repeating the same stuff.  

I would like to add there was a lot more going on than just clary and jace you heard more about simon and his life but it all really just ended the same. I think the book would have been better if there had been more new and exciting giving the characters different challenges i was just really disappointed and i hope that others want feel the same.

Sorry it such a downer review but i wanted to be honest.  

Saturday, 16 April 2011

I have an addiction and need help :)

ok i know we are all book lovers and everything so buying books is a good thing right? wrong.
I cant go a week without buying atleast one book and i seriously need to get someone to change my password to the book depository so i cant buy. im super glad that my credit card is a debit card or i would be in some major trouble lol

anyway this week i got in the mail

wonderous strange by lesley livingston (brought)
Darklight by lesley livingston (brought)
too wicked to tame by sophie jordan (brought)
desert heat by jamie debree (won)
vamps by nancy collins (brought)
nightshade by andrea cremer (won)

I want to thank Love Fantasy Novels and Thoughts Of A Mad Hatter for this idea :)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Entwined by Heather Dixon review -alice

Blurb from the book:
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

My Review

I give this book 5 stars out of 5

From page one of this book i was hooked, the author has such a way with words and the way she describes something makes you feel as tho you are there. i felt like i was the one dancing not the characters
The characters mix so well together and there are some really funny bits expecially with the sister bramble.  now in my reviews i dont give too much away since i dont like spoilers but if you havent already brought this book i have to say what are you waiting for, this book is the best standalone i have read in a long long time

Plague By Michael grant. review -annmarie

plague is the forth book in the gone series by Michael grant.

This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi thriller of epic proportions. The FAYZ goes from bad to worse...The darkness has been foiled once again and the resurrected Drake has been contained. But the streets of Perdido Beach are far from safe, with a growing army of mutants fighting against the humans for power in the town. In a small room of a house near the edge of town, Little Pete lies ill on a bed. In his fevered dreams, he continues his battle with the hidden evil that seeks to use his power to bring about anarchy and destruction.

i have followed this series from the start loving everything about the books and this book was no different.
Plague throws in more problems for the kids of the fayz with more evil around ever corner you are gripped to your seats hoping for the best. the characters are all well thought out and strong in there own ways but with such a strong story you really see that some characters shine more then others. i was not disappointed by the ending but it did make me wish i had the next book. im not shore how much more the author can make of these series with out covering old ground so im starting to think maybe the end of the series might not be to far off and the faced this is such an amazing series i really dont want the author to over do it and the storyline become boring like some series out there. for now the book and the series are one of my favourites and i think most book lover well love the series. 

WARNING: there are parts in the book (and series) that are very horrific parts scenes of cruelty and violence in the book that could be distressing for some readers 

i give the book five stars 

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

our first post


its Alice and Annmarie from best books facebook. we thought it was high time we started a blog. on here we will be doing reviews, and maybe even some giveaways :) so please tell you friends and get them to follow us. you never know what the future will hold.

Happy Reading everyone :)

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