Tuesday 25 December 2012

Friday 30 November 2012

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Finale
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Page Count:  454
Publication Date: 23rd October 2012


Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

What I thought:

After four long years the Hush, hush series has finally come to a conclusion. You might have seen my previous post when I saw the cover art for the final book, well now I’ve read it. I’ve loved this series from the start; the way it captures your imagination with Nora’s supernatural life in the eerie town of Coldwater. We’ve seen Patch and Nora through ups and downs, good times and bad times and now maybe we’ll find out if they’ll get their happy ending.

To start, the writing was good as usual, there wasn’t a lot of over description but I didn’t always need to know what Nora was wearing that day. Also, Nora didn’t seem as likeable as she did in the previous books, she was always quite confident but she seemed to be a different person in this book, maybe it was just to complement her new Nephilim body and her position in the Nephilim army. Vee was her usual, fun and pushy self which helped lift the sombre mood at times.

Patch was the same brooding fallen angel, but I’m not complaining. He was loyal to Nora and decent to Scott although another person might have been suspicious of the relationship he had with Nora. There were a few twists and turns in the book, especially in the end and I’ll admit I feel a little sad now that I’ve read it. Not just because it’s over but because the end can be bitter-sweet depending on which characters you liked.

If you enjoyed the rest of the series definitely read this and if this is the first you’ve heard of these books but you like fallen angels, give it a try.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday 31 October 2012

It's Halloween!

It’s Halloween! One of the spookiest and personally strangest holidays around, but when it’s Halloween and I’ve decided I want to do something other than watch an old repeat of a film in my home-made witches’ hat and broom, I look no further than my bookshelf. One of my particular Halloween favourites:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- 

Okay so it isn’t really YA, and it might be nearly 200 years old but this has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve read. We've all heard of Frankenstein and the books existance is so iconic to the modern Halloween holiday that when we see all the variations of the story its characters, it's easy to forget where it all came from. The tale of Dr Frankenstein and his monster that he refuses to accept isn’t one for the faint hearted so be warned. The scenery along with the emotional story makes this book hard to read at times. Especially when you’re sat in the dark by yourself…

How are you spending your Halloween? Trick or treating, eating a crazy amount of sweets or maybe going to a party? Whatever you’re doing have fun and Happy Halloween!

Monday 29 October 2012

The I'm Booked! Rating System

Since this blogs been around for a few months now, I thinks it's about time I'm Booked! got a real rating system. So here it is:

An example to books everywhere.

Very good. I’d recommend it.

Decent. It had a few enjoyable parts.

Didn’t enjoy. Read at your own risk.

Could barely finish it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

I took longer to think of what write than it looks. From now on it will be on display on the right of the blog, so if you're ever wondering whether a 2/5 on here is really bad or if it's mediocre, now you'll know. Also, I will occasionally do half points when I can't decide on a rating.

Sunday 14 October 2012

Dark Angel by Eden Maguire

Title: Dark Angel
Author: Eden Maguire
Publisher: Hodder
Page Count:  398
Publication Date: August 4th 2011


Tania's heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation?

What I thought:

I actually read this book a year ago but I thought I might as well review it when I got I was quite excited to read because I have a soft spot for angels but I was a little disappointed and I felt that this book was really hard to get into. I was about a third of the way through before anything particularly interesting happened.

Eden Maguire is also the author of the Beautiful Dead series, but as I hadn’t read those books I didn’t know what to expect in terms of writing style. The main problem was that when the plot was finally revealed it was actually quite boring. Our main character Tania doesn’t seem to have any of the usual teen problems and even attends a celebrity’s party where eerie events occur leading up to a supernatural force disturbing their memories. I suppose that it was somewhat unrealistic that Tania’s biggest problem was whether a rock star named Zoran could be trusted. It would have been okay if she was more interesting to read about but she kept worrying about things that I just wasn’t that interested in.

I was also a disappointed by the lack of angels in the story. The story certainly is ‘dark’ at times but if you’re looking for angels specifically I would look elsewhere.

Not terrible, but not great either.

Rating: 2/5