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Review: Switched

In Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking

Published 2012 (first published 2010) by Macmillan Publishers Ltd,
Paperback, 238 pages
Source: Received from PanMacmillanSA for a honest review.

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

– From Goodreads
 

7/10

From the beginning of this novel I was hooked! It starts out with a bang that carries right through. The storyline was unique as well as the paranormal element.
Wendy gets thrown into this very interesting world of “Trylle” with their fascinating mythology and ways of life. Wendy is temperamental, entertaining, unpredictable and real. With a whole host of diverse and remarkable characters to complete this fascinating world.
The novel reads very quickly and you can easily read it in one sitting, forgetting about the world around you. The writing flows and the story includes everything you need in a YA novel – fun, excitement, romance, intrigue and action.
I can’t point at anything I disliked about this novel, I just wanted something more.
But I can’t wait to read the sequel to see where Ms. Hocking takes us!

“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I’m a troll with magical powers, and I’d just be like, yeah, that sounds right.”
Amanda Hocking, Switched

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Review: Twilight Audiobook

In Audiobook, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Young Adult on January 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer – read by Ilyana Kadushin

Published January 5th 2009 by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Audio CD
Source: Library

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerising voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn’t realise is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back… Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight will have readers riveted right until the very last page is turned.

– From Goodreads
 

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I have read the Twilight series several times and I’m sure my readers know that I enjoy the series. But wow the audio book was just bad. For one the voices wasn’t my own so I had a very different Bella and Edward in my head suddenly.

Now I know that their relationship isn’t the best and that it is creepy at times. I know most twilight fans ignore all these facts and just enjoy the story. But this Audio Book made it impossible!

It makes Bella sound even more desperate and Edward even more depraved.

Please if you haven’t read Twilight, don’t listen to the audio book first, and if you haven’t listened to the Audio Book yet, but have read the book, stay away if you want to stay in the twilight bubble 🙂

 

Review: A Wrinkle in Time

In Classic, Review, Sci-Fi, Young Adult on December 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

A Wrinkle in Time (Time #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

Published March 15th 1973 by Yearling (first published January 1st 1962)
Paperback, 211 pages
Source: Library

It is a dark and stormy night. Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are in the kitchen for a midnight snack when a most disturbing visitor arrives.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger tells them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesserac.”

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?“

– From Goodreads
 

1/10

Well obviously I didn’t like this book if you look at my rating. Now let me tell you why:
What was going on? Is it just me or was it very confusing? Jumping from one thing to another? I guess it’s supposed to be like that. That the author was trying something new or trying to be different. But it didn’t work for me.
Meg was annoying and bratty, understandable though as she has to go rescue her father while traveling with her little brother that is a 40 year old in my opinion. And with Calvin the heartthrob… shoot me now.
Ah yes then the three witches? Can I call them witches? Who knows I lost interest in them the moment they arrived.
What was wrong with this book? It’s supposed to be a children’s book? Is this a joke? Did I miss it?
I felt the author was forcing details and events into places where they shouldn’t be. I honestly can’t name one thing I liked about this book.
It is easily the most overrated book I have every read. I wanted to gauge my eyes out by the end.

“If you aren’t unhappy sometimes you don’t know how to be happy.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 

Best YA Novel Character – Final

In Character-Off, Young Adult on December 13, 2011 at 5:54 am
Final Results!

And the winner is… 

Hermione!

This was a very very close vote. Hermione won by 54% so Katniss came a very close second!

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Want to be invited to the next one?

Thanks to everyone who voted!

Best YA Novel Character – Round 5

In Character-Off, Young Adult on December 9, 2011 at 6:29 am
Round 5!

The Results are in:
The character being voted off in Bold:

Harry – 44%
Hermione – 28%
Katniss – 28%
So let the last round of voting begin!

Katniss  VS   Hermione

Who do you think should win?
Some video’s to help refresh your memories about the characters:
So who is your favorite?
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And Remember:

* 9th – 12th – Votes on which of the 2 top YA characters should win will be cast!
* 13th – The winner will be revealed!

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

In Review, Romance, Young Adult on December 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Published December 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
Paperback, 372 pages
Source: Won from Danya @ http://atapestryofwords.blogspot.com/

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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?”

– From Goodreads
 

7/10

Anna and the French Kiss was a delight to read. It was an emotionally charged novel with a great set of characters, places and events.

It is a sweet story about true love and friendship, which you won’t be able to put down! The story will draw you in and make you feel part of it. The characters are easily relatable and they will make you smile.
St. Clair is well written, swoon worthy and not one of those “cookie cutter male leads” you find in so many YA novel’s these days.

I never really wanted to go to Paris before, maybe just to see the Louvre, but the Author made me fall in love with Paris and now I’m yearning to go!

Overall a must read and a book that will stay on my shelf forever!

“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.”

“Girl scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.” 

Best YA Novel Character – Round 4

In Character-Off, Young Adult on December 6, 2011 at 4:54 am
Round 4!

The Results are in:
Winners in Bold:

Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games – 74%
Prince Ash – Iron Fey series – 26%
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter – 62%
Jace Wayland – The Mortal Instruments – 38%
Harry Potter – Harry Potter  – 66%
Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games – 34%
So let the voting begin!

Katniss  VS   Hermione  VS  Harry Potter

Which character are you VOTING OFF?

Remember you are voting someone off so we can be left with the top 2!

Tweeting:
If you Tweet in support of your favorite character, or just a general tweet about this post, please use #bestyacharacter

Want to be invited to the next one?

And Remember:

* 6th – 8th December – You will vote for 1 of the top 3 characters to be voted off. – The top 2 will then be revealed.
* 9th – 12th – Votes on which of the 2 top YA characters should win will be cast!
* 13th – The winner will be revealed!

Best YA Novel Character – Round 3

In Character-Off, Young Adult on December 3, 2011 at 5:54 am
Round 3!

The Results are in:
Winners in Bold:

Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games – 74%
Four a.k.a. Tobias – Divergent – 26%
Rose Hathaway – Vampire Academy – 41%
Prince Ash – Iron Fey series – 59%
Jace Wayland – The Mortal Instruments – 65%
Adrian Ivashkov – Vampire Academy & Bloodlines – 35%
Harry Potter – Harry Potter  – 57%
Tris Prior – Divergent – 43%
Edward Cullen – Twilight Saga  – 38%
Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games – 62%
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter  – 70%
Meghan Chase – Iron Fey series – 30%
So let the voting begin!

Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games  VS   Prince Ash – Iron Fey series

Jace Wayland – The Mortal Instruments  VS  Hermione Granger – Harry Potter

Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games  VS   Harry Potter – Harry Potter

Tweeting:
If you Tweet in support of your favorite character, or just a general tweet about this post, please use #bestyacharacter

And Remember:

* 3nd – 5th December the top 6 will then go into 3 1 vs.1 character-offs where you have to vote for your favorite in each 1 vs.1  – The top 3 will then be revealed.
* 6th – 8th December – You will vote for 1 of the top 3 characters to be voted off. – The top 2 will then be revealed.
* 9th – 12th – Votes on which of the 2 top YA characters should win will be cast!
* 13th – The winner will be revealed!

Review: Egypt: The Uprising

In Ebook, Egypt, Young Adult on December 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Egypt: The Uprising (The Battle for Maat, #1) by Amira Aly
 
Published June 1st 2011 (first published May 31st 2011) 
Ebook, 125 pages (178 Paperback)
Source: Received from the Author for a honest review

A debut novel like no other– touches on the apocalyptic flavors of the times and tells of a history that transcends the past.

Why is the Arab world in turmoil? What instigated the Spring of Freedom?
There is more to the story than meets the eye…
The very fabric of the world is at stake.

And , believe it or not, your fate lies in the hands of one book-loving Egyptian teen with an extraordinary heritage .

Aya is an Egyptian teenage girl trying to mind her own business and take care of her brother. As their country is swept by the tides of a revolution against a tyrant nicknamed the vile pharaoh, Aya tries to stay adrift. But her blood has something different in store for her.

Learning what the Ancients have always known, She joins a battle for truth and freedom– a battle for Ma’at.


– From Goodreads
 

4/10

This novella started out with the uprising in Egypt like we saw in the beginning of the year. I thought this was very interesting, as the Author took these events and gave them mythological meaning. The Egyptian mythology used in this novella was very intriguing and I can see that the author did extensive research. Having done my degree in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Culture (Egypt) a lot of the topics discussed were fascinating.

Here and there I found I disagreed with an interpretation of a myth, but nothing too serious. But by saying this I have to mention that sometimes the “fantasy” of this novella went too far. At quite a lot of times I thought the novella was jumping the metaphorical shark. Some things were just too out there and I couldn’t wrap my head around these things actually happening.

One other complaint I had was that it felt like the Author recently received a thesaurus and was using it on every single word that was too mundane (I can do it too). Sure there was lots of science and intricate mythology involved, but it was too high brow (once again).

Also the novel was too short and felt rushed. So much information is thrown at the reader, and I’m sure that someone that doesn’t know about Egypt and its culture would feel lost.
At some point the main character goes under the Sphinx into a “chamber” of sorts. I think this was fascinating! But I fear here is where the novella went off track.

The character clearly likes a young man she meets under the Sphinx, but she doesn’t understand why he doesn’t like her, when she is mean, bossy and thinks she is better than him. I thought she hated him, until it suddenly became clear that she liked him, it was all very confusing.

I think Amira Aly has talent and clearly has a great vocabulary and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

This elegant novella is an introduction to a multi-volume series… The Battle for Maat” – Goodreads

 

 

Best YA Novel Character – Round 2

In Character-Off, Young Adult on November 29, 2011 at 4:34 am
Round 2!

88 Voters
171 Votes (Best and second best)
77 Characters Nominated
12 Most voted

The Results are in:

In random order:

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games
Harry Potter – Harry Potter
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games
Rose Hathaway – Vampire Academy
Jace Wayland – The Mortal Instruments
Edward Cullen – Twilight Saga
Tris Prior – Divergent
Meghan Chase – Iron Fey series
Prince Ash – Iron Fey series
Adrian Ivashkov – Vampire Academy & Bloodlines
Four a.k.a. Tobias – Divergent

So let the voting begin!

Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games  VS   Four a.k.a. Tobias – Divergent

Rose Hathaway – Vampire Academy  VS  Prince Ash – Iron Fey series

Jace Wayland – The Mortal Instruments  VS   Adrian Ivashkov – Vampire Academy & Bloodlines

 Harry Potter – Harry Potter  VS  Tris Prior – Divergent

 Edward Cullen – Twilight Saga  VS  Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter  VS  Meghan Chase – Iron Fey series

Tweeting:
If you Tweet in support of your favorite character, or just a general tweet about this post, please use #bestyacharacter

And Remember:

* 29th – 2nd December the top 12 will randomly be matched to make six 1 vs.1 character-offs of which you will then choose a winner for each 1 vs.1. – The top 6 will then be revealed
* 3nd – 5th December the top 6 will then go into 3 1 vs.1 character-offs where you have to vote for your favorite in each 1 vs.1  – The top 3 will then be revealed.
* 6th – 8th December – You will vote for 1 of the top 3 characters to be voted off. – The top 2 will then be revealed.
* 9th – 12th – Votes on which of the 2 top YA characters should win will be cast!
* 13th – The winner will be revealed!