The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles #1) by Krystle Jones

Monday 28 November 2011.

Published 23rd October 2011

My rating: 4 out of 5

Three years ago the Eclipse occurred. Humans were attacked by vampires. The remaining humans now live in the white sector while the vampires remain in what is known as the red sector. 

Seventeen year old Sloane McAllister lost her twin brother Orion to the vampires that night. If there is any chance he is alive, she must try to find him. And that's why she heads to the red sector armed with a scarlet steel dagger, which is deadly to vampires. Here she meets Aden, a vampire who seems just like a human to her. She had been led to believe that vampires were bloodthirsty monsters with no self control. They fight and he changes her. She wakes up in an underground city and tries to come to terms with being a vampire, her natural enemy. She fears that if she goes home, she will be killed by her friends and family because she is a vampire. But she feels that she has to try to escape and plays along to gain the trust of the vampires. 

But unexpectedly, she finds herself making friends among the vampires and falling in love. 

This is a dystopian, urban fantasy full of action, friendship and romance. It was a unique take on vampires and completely unpredictable. The characters were well written and the protagonist was a very likeable character. As was her love interest. I love books about vampires and this one didn't let me down. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to fans of this genre. 


The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

Friday 25 November 2011.

I am going to review this series altogether rather than book by book. 

The Mediator series is about Susannah Simon (Suze as she likes to be called), a sixteen year old girl who is a mediator, which means she can see and speak to the dead. She helps them with any unfinished business they have on earth so that they can pass on, and sometimes she has to kick ghost butt.

The story starts with Suze moving from New York to California to live with her mother's new husband Andy and his three sons, David, Brad and Jake or as Suze  calls them, Doc, Dopey and Sleepy. On arrival at her new house, she discovers that her bedroom is occupied by the ghost of Jesse, a hot guy who died about 150 years previous, around the age of 20. When she starts at her new school, she meets another mediator, the first one she's ever met, and they, with the help of Jesse, kick some ghost butt throughout the series.

These books were a fantastic read. I really liked Meg's writing style. Suze was a great character, witty and sarcastic and she was accompanied here by many great characters, I liked them all, even the ones that weren't supposed to be liked lol. The first three books were enjoyable but I felt the series really took off from book 4. A new character is introduced and a kind of weird love triangle begins.

The ending to this book was just perfect. It really finished up the series very well.

I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone interested in paranormal romance. I LOVED it.


Bloodlines Richelle Mead

Friday 18 November 2011.
Date Published: August 23rd 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 1595143173 (ISBN13: 9781595143174)

Bloodlines is the first in a spin off series from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Lissa has become Queen of the moroi after discovering she had an illegitimate sister, Jill. Now, Jill's life is in danger from moroi who don't want Lissa to be Queen. By killing Jill, Lissa will have no living family and therefore must abdicate her thrown. While Lissa is trying to change this law, Jill is sent to hide out at boarding school in Palm Springs. Alchemist, Sydney Sage, is sent to protect her, along with Eddie, her guardian and Adrian Ivashkov.

Personally, I found this to be a bit of a let down or maybe I was just looking forward to it too much and was expecting more. However, Jill and Sydney were not two of the most exciting characters in Vampire Academy. I did feel that Sydney's character grew a lot here and I look forward to seeing what is in store for her in the second book. Maybe some romance which this book had none of and I love a little romance in my books. Jill's character remained dull and boring leaving me to wonder at all the male attention she receives. 

I absolutely LOVED Adrian in Vampire Academy and was looking forward to seeing what became of him in Bloodlines  but he just didn't have the same charm and appeal here. 

I would still recommend reading this book and the second in the series looks to be promising as there were a few questions left unanswered here. I am looking forward to finding out the answers. 


The Reckoning (Darkest Powers#3) Kelley Armstrong

Monday 14 November 2011.

Date Published: April 6th 2010
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 978-1-84149-712-9

Reckoning is the third book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy. Chloe, Tori, Derek, and Simon are at the safe house with Andrew. The house belongs to a group of supernaturals who broke away from the Edison group. There's a meeting held with the supernaturals and Chloe and the others try to convince them to go back to the Edison group headquarters to rescue Rae and Lauren and then to help them find Derek and Simons dad. The group seem unsure of the young supernaturals and think maybe the experimentation has made their powers too strong and they are a danger. With the many things that are going against them throughout, Chloe, Tori, Derek and Simon, begin to feel that they cannot trust the adults and come up with a plan to escape again.

This book was completely action packed and fast moving with the romance finally taking off in this one. Chloe and Tori are becoming more familiar with their powers and Derek makes the full change to werewolf. I read this in one sitting and was totally captivated by this book. I was very sorry to be saying goodbye to Chloe and Derek who I had really gotten to like. They were both great characters and I loved the way there relationship blossomed.

This is the last in the series but I didn't really feel like the story was finished.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA paranormal romance/science fiction.


The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) Kelley Armstrong

Date Published: 4th May 2009
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 0061662763

This is the second in the series of the Dark Powers Trilogy. At the beginning, we see Chloe held prisoner at the headquarters of the Edison Group, having been betrayed by Rae and returning to her aunt Lauren who is part of the group. A group who experiment on Supernaturals. 

While there, Chloe discovers that herself and her friends from Lyle House have been experimented on by them and are now being monitored to see if they are a success or a failure and that three of them have already been murdered for being failures, including Liz, her room mate from Lyle House. 

With the help of Tori and Liz's ghost, Chloe manages to escape, with a little help also given by her aunt Lauren who has realised what she was doing was wrong. She gives Chloe a letter explaining everything and telling her about her mother. Chloe and Tori head to the rendezvous point and meet up with Derek and Simon who have had no luck in finding any information about their dad. They decide to go to their dads friend Andrew who they hope will be able to help them. 

This book was riveting and fast paced. I read it in one day. There was lots of action and adventure and a hint of what might become a romance. Derek's character really grew and for me, he became a really likeable character. All of the characters are well defined and believable. Chloe's character also grew here and she became a lot stronger as she worked to learn how to control her necromancy. This was a really great read.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the YA paranormal/science fiction genre.


The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) Kelley Armstrong

Sunday 13 November 2011.

Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061662763

The Summoning is the first in a trilogy called Darkest Powers. Chloe can see ghosts. She hasnt seen anything for many years, and then suddenly, the day she gets her period, she can seen them again. She is chased through school by a ghostly custodian and freaks out. She is subdued and sent to a group home where she is put on medication and told she is a schizophrenic. She meets Liz, Derek, Simon, Rae and Tori at the home. Derek tells her she is a necromancer, someone who can control the dead. Liz believes she has a poltergeist and after she is sent to the mental home when her bedroom is destroyed, Chloe believes she may be next. It becomes apparent that they all have supernatural powers and they cant help but wonder if it is a coincidence that they all ended up in the same group home. Derek and Simons dad is missing and Simon wants to go looking for him. Chloe, Derek, Simon and Rae escape from the home and are chased by the staff. They split up and Chloe and Rae, not knowing what has happened to the boys, head back to get help from Chloes Aunt Lauren.

This is an interesting story which I quite enjoyed but I felt that it took a long time to take off. The first half was very slow moving but I am glad I persevered with it because I totally enjoyed the second half. 

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes YA paranormal/science fiction books.


Demonglass (Hex Hall Series #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Friday 11 November 2011.

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date Published: March 14th 2011
Isbn:  1423121317 (ISBN13: 9781423121312)

This is the second book in the Hex Hall Series. Hecate Hall, which the students call Hex Hall, is a reform school for prodigium, that is witches, shapeshifters, faeries etc. In the first book, titled Hex Hall, we see the main character, Sophie Mercer, sent to Hex Hall for having performed magic at her high school. During her time there, some devastating events take place leading her to want to have her powers removed as she discovers she is a demon, not a witch as she thought, and that herself and her father are the only two demons in the world. Her father is head of the Council of Prodigium, a role which she herself will one day take on. She befriends a vampire and discovers that her crush, Archer Cross is a member of the "Eye", a group who want to wipe out prodigium.

In Demonglass, Sophie goes to spend the summer with her dad at the council headquarters in England. He hopes to change her mind about going through the removal. He works with her to help her to control her magic and thereby improve it so as not to demon out someday and kill someone, as she fears will happen. She meets Nick and Daisy, two demons who have been "created with a purpose", but why and by whom and are there more of them. This is what her dad is working to find out and Sophie tries to help. She meets up with Archer again but understands that this will be frowned upon by her dad and the council and tries not to act on the feelings she still has for him. We do finally get to hear Archer's back story having been wondering how a warlock comes to be working with the Eye.

Demonglass ends on a major cliffhanger which leaves the reader begging for more. It is fast paced and you will not want to put it down. Sophie is great fun with a sarcastic answer for everything, which will have you laughing throughout. 

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes YA paranormal romance.


Creatura Nely Cab

Wednesday 9 November 2011.

I have just finished reading this book and I loved it! I am exhausted today having been up half the night reading because I couldn't put it down. It did have some similarities to Twilight/Edward but I love Twilight and Edward so this didn't bother me in the slightest. It had a strong main character in Isis and I enjoyed all the sub characters also. I did wonder where the story with Gabriel was going as it seemed to drag on a bit but I liked where it went in the end. The ending of this book was very good as a whole and what a cliffhanger. Please tell me there is a second in the series. 

Beg for Mercy Shannon Dermott

Tuesday 8 November 2011.

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I did enjoy this book a lot but there was just a couple of things that kind of bothered me. For the first half of the book I could not put it down, it was fantastic. Mercy had great guys who were interested in her and I loved them all haha. Couldn't decide which I preferred. But from then, Mercy seemed to just keep doing the same kind of stupid things with other guys, just a in a different place, and Luke kept forgiving her?? There was a secret that everyone else seemed to be in on besides Mercy and the reader and when it did come out, it didn't seem to be that big a deal, I couldn't understand why she hadn't been told, if even just for her safety. I found the ending to be a bit disappointing and a bit rushed.  Despite the negativity here, I did enjoy it, as I said, and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the YA paranormal romance genre. 

Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2)

Fantastic. This is the second book in the Hunters of the Dark series. It had another great storyline. Some new characters were introduced in this one as were some new paranormals to take on. We got to know Rachel more in this and I started to really like her. Cannot wait for the next one.

Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1) by Dave Ferraro

I really really like this book, I just couldn't put it down. I found it to be totally unpredictable and was shocked at times when things went a certain way. The author gave good descriptions of the characters and I felt like I got to know them all. The story was also told from other characters POV too at times which I liked. The main character Shanna was very likeable but my favourites were Jordan and Damien. I loved the romances in this and I was definitely in favour of the bad boy vampires. Team Damien all the way. I was left with a few unanswered questions but Im hoping they will be answered throughout the series. I liked it so much that I am going to buy the next in the series now as I cant wait to see what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book.


Immortal by Gillian Shields

Monday 7 November 2011.

This book was a very slow read.  Throughout the whole book nothing exciting happened and the end was a complete anit-climax. The Characters didnt stand out, most of the students were unfriendly as were the teachers. In my opinion, the school seemed too strict to be believeable. The main character, Evie was very boring and just obsessed over Sebastian all the time. I couldnt see where the attraction to him was coming from except that he was good looking, as he was very shallow and uninteresting. I did like the fact that you got to read Agnes's diaries to get the back story. I really struggled to finish this book. I will not be reading the next in the series.

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