Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Book: Fathomless
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Hodder Childrens
ISBN: 9781444915556
Rating: A

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant - until Celia meets Lo. Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea - a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid - all terms too pretty for the soul-less monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality. When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her...and steal his soul.

She's done it again and I didn't doubt she would. Pearce has delivered a killer novel to add to the fairy tale retellings saga and it was everything I hoped for in every way possible. In fact this review won't be too big only because as this is book three there's only a limited amount to talk about. I've already spoken about the theme, her writing and characters before so lets get going.

So this book followed the story of the little mermaid and I definitely liked the plot in this. At first I was a little confused because the book seemed to just throw out the main concept of werewolves but as we found out later that hadn't been completely scrapped which leads me to believe this world within ours includes more than just werewolves, almost like a night world sort of thing. Anyway the plot was perfect. I love the layered POV's of both Naida and Rho both as one persona and the way the triplets were involved and the little clever twists.

The locations in this were killer places to describe and Pearce's voice nailed everything. I had vivid beautiful imagery in my mind from page one and the description just blew me away. I've always loved Pearce's voice in fiction. It's so sharp and strong and it has that edge to it which I really like.
The characters in this were perfect as well. I fell in love with them all. All of them had good solid foundations and what I like about this series is we don't get stuck we the same people and same story with each book. With each book brings a new story and new people who readers can learn to love.

Overall this was gorgeous novel. I guess this is pretty short 1. because I've covered most things about Pearce in previous reviews. 2. It left me speechless and I don't know what more to say. This was beautiful.

Friday, 12 July 2013


So I read and reviewed this a while back and whilst I loved the American cover the UK cover didn't do it for me so I made my own.


So I am a massive fan of this series and the old creative artistic covers and I was devastated when they red did them so I decided to create a cover for fathomless that matches the old style covers.


Book: Ocean of Secrets
Author: Aimee Friedman
Publisher: scholastic
ISBN: 9781407134598
Rating: B

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science ...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterios Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate. There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship ...and reality

Ocean of Secrets. What Can I say? The book was perfect. We really don't see much mermaid myth and folklore amongst the YA section and this really was a gorgeous read. The intricate tale followed Miranda to Selkie island where she meets a boy on the beach and they fall in love. Of course he's hiding a secret and he is of course a merman. It might sound like not a lot happens and thats no true! It's a good filled novel but it's an incredibly light read and definitely a breath of needed fresh air. In fact what I loved about this was that the novel was shrouded in mystery, with the fact that it was never actually revealed whether Leo is a merman on not.

The plot as a mentioned is very easy going and nothing to heavy whilst still being interesting and captivating and weaving in those tendrils of mythology and folklore that I love so much in a novel of this sort. The story was snappy, fast paced and there was always something happening, however small or large it may be. I also loved the way many subplots were masterfully stitched together like that underlying plot of the folklore book that Miranda finds.

The writing style in this was nice. The descriptions in this were exquisite. The way Friedman builds up visions and images in you minds transports to the place she is describing. I love descriptive books and for me this hit the nail on the head. It was an absolute dream to read and I loved every minute of it. The way she expressed and showed thoughts was done well and the simple narrative somehow managed to show you exactly what was happening but yet still follow the rule of show don't tell.

The characters were built up extremely well. Fair enough there were only two that mattered, literally no one else meant anything in this series. But for these characters you really got an insight into them and their life and what made them who they were and why.

Overall I did like this. At the moment, although the story hasn't lingered, I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending and if there is a sequel I definitely think that Leo's identity should be revealed but overall it was a pleasant read.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Sypnosis: After experiencing terrifying visions, Daire Santos goes to live with her grandmother in the dusty New Mexico town of Enchantment. There she discovers that she's a Soul Seeker - a person who can navigate between the living and the dead. Guided by her grandmother, Daire has learned how to harness her powers - just in time. Enchantment is controlled by the evil Richter family, who are determined to rule over the Lowerworld, Middleworld and Upperworld - upsetting the natural balance and causing chaos. Daire is the only person who can stop the Richters, but there's one problem: she's in love with Dace, whose twin brother Cade is a shape-shifter, out to steal Daire's powers. And both boys belong to the Richter clan. Can Daire fulfil her destiny without destroying her one true love?

Okay so this series and I share a rocky relationship. I honest to god loved Noel's Evermore series and I couldn't wait for Fated and then I read fated and it didn't do it for me. Then I read echo and although the first half of the novel, yet again failed me, the second half picked and I did enjoy reading the ending. I'm just really hoping this book is going to impress and change my opinion and as much as I have trouble with this series, yes I am looking forward to book 3 and finding out what happens next.

Sypnosis: Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family - and the battle for the fate of the world.

Call me me mental but believe or not I haven't read this yet! Well actually that's not entirely true, about two years back I read it during summer however I feel like my mind wandered and I didn't quite understand/take it in, so I am hoping that when this arrives I can take it as a fresh start and begin this series with an empty mind. After all I've heard nothing but great things and from what I do remember of reading this I really did enjoy it and with the movie coming this summer it seemed like a perfect summer read. I have no doubts about enjoying this and I know that I will so raring for this one!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


So this week for Waiting on Wednesday I have two books actually, that I am crazy excited to read and I'll show you them below!

Sypnosis: Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

Okay, so this is one of those book I've heard so much about in the book blogging community and there is no way I can not read it. So from the description is sounds amazing! Definitely different to my usual reads but definitely something that I'd like to give a go and I have no doubt that it will wow me. I've just heard such grate things. I'm also really interested to see the time period play out with the boy and girl just growing together and I just can't really contain my excitement for this one. Not only does the book sound amazing though but I also love the cover art! In fact once I've read this I'll be doing a UK vs US cover feature for this because I actually have a secret undying love for the US cover so yes, everything about this book is screaming 'yes' to me and I can not wait to read it!

Sypnosis: Willow and Alex are mankind's only hope. The world is devastated, and the angels are slowly enslaving all humanity, moving survivors into camps where they can devour their energy, causing slow but certain death. With their love stronger than ever, Alex and Willow are training a team of Angel Killers, determined to stop the destruction once and for all. But when Willow senses a terrifying shift in the angels' powers, Alex is forced to embark on a deadly solo mission. Now Willow is left to defeat the angels with Seb, and she has no idea if Alex is ever coming back...The final captivating book in the bestselling trilogy, Angel Fever is a powerful story of heartbreak, revenge and love.

This is the second book that I'm desperate for that should be popping through my mailbox soon. This is actually the third and final book in the Angel trilogy and I love this trilogy. It takes Angels to a whole new level and there is no Angel book quite like it out there. So reasons I want this: It's the epic finale and I am crazy ready to see what Weatherly has planned. It's a cracker series with a killer story and the cliffhanger we were left on in this last book was just plain evil. I'm fairly confident someone predominant will die; they always do in the last book. This series has pretty covers. It's just a series I really do adore and I'm always ready for the next book! In fact you can go check out my review for Angel Fire or my interview with the author! Just use the links above! (At the top of the page)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Book: Slated
Author: Teri Terry
Publisher: Hodder Children's
ISBN: 9781408319468
Rating: A

Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She's been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla's mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for just over a year and with a little gap with nothing that had to be read by a deadline I thought I'd pick up Slated. Recently I'm really feeling the dystopian vibe and this just seemed really fitting. Also I heard nothing but good about this and it was just something I knew I was going to enjoy.

The story follows Kyla, a girl in a future world in which young criminals are 'Slated' This means their minds are wiped and they get a fresh start. However Kyle is pretty different, she starts having memories come back to her and she starts to discover who she was. So there's actually a lot more packed into this book but I don't want to give anything away. One thing I love about this book, well actually something I love when any book does it, is that this idea was so unique and hasn't been done in any way before. Sure it's dystopian, but that's just a genre. the overall idea is so brilliant and so well crafted you are gripped for page one. As well as a pounding story it has a good solid backstory and all the science and theories behind make sense and this gives it the realism that makes the book work for me. I feel like Terry has explained this in such a way it seems as thought it could almost happen and the overall storyline and plot is amazing.

The story is set int the future, which always provides for an interesting backdrop but setting was full of surprises. Firstly it was set in England which was a lovely bonus and secondly the future world wasn't actually too different from our current one. I really loved the way that Terry played on the role of terrorism and economical parts of out current society and weaved into this brilliant novel. It definitely left me both satisfied and hungry for more.

The writing was good but nothing about it stood out. I really did like it, I just don't feel like Terry has a distinctive style that would pinpoint her out. The words flowed well and the scenes built us well in my mind but I definitely felt the advantage and bast part of this novel was the idea and story, however the writing did what it was meant to do and I did still enjoy reading it.

The characters. The characters were all really strong and what struck me about Kyla is that whilst she was strong and a good protagonist she still had this kind of weakness and innocence about her witch really brought her humanness, which was nice to see. In fact I loved Terry's character building because I felt like all of her characters balanced each other out with personalties and a few even had hidden agendas/ surprises. I liked how all the couples were almost opposites and yet fitted so well together and Kyla and Ben were just perfect. A characters I feel I still don't much about (and that I feel there is a lot to know about) is Kyla's Dad. With his shed and secrets I want to know what he's really up to.

Overall, yes I loved this. It's that perfect unique dystopian you need to quench your thirst; filled with action, suspense and cliffhangers I'm ready for Fractured. It has a unique story and it ended on such a massive cliffhanger I genuinely think I'm going to enjoy this series which is nice because most series's I follow are drawing to end now so this will be on my list of fresh new series's to start. A killer novel.