The new book – “Torment”- in the “Fallen series by Lauren Kate, took me by surprise. I read “Fallen” (the first in the series) quite a while back and as much as I enjoyed the story, it felt as though it ended just as it began.

To say that the wait for the next in the series was a long one, would be an understatement. But now that I have read it, however, I can say that it was worth every minute.

The series follows the story of Luce, a young girl who has found herself in the midst of the battle between Good and Evil – Angels and Demons – and Daniel, the Fallen Angel who has been through a lot to keep her safe.

In “Fallen”, Luce discovers that she is a big part of an ongoing fight and that Daniel, the mysterious boy that she feels somehow connected to, is more than just an Fallen Angel, but that he is the love of her life. Although Luce cannot remember it, Daniel and Luce go far back and have been through the phenomenon of ‘Love at First Sight’ over and over again. But this time it is very  different.

In “Torment”, we learn more about the world of the Fallen Angels and Demons, about the ‘shadows’ that follow Luce and of the lives that Luce and Daniel have had to endure.

The story is heart-wrenching, with moments where you want to pull your hair out in frustration and ones where you are filled with the warmth that only a well written supernatural love story can bring.

If you haven’t read the series yet, now is a good time to start. This is one of those stories that you can share with your friends and you can all wait in anticipation for the next book in the series together.

To find out more about Lauren Kate and the ‘Fallen’ series, you can go to the official website here.

“Linger” is the long awaited second book in the ‘Wolves of Mercy Falls’ Trilogy.

As with “Shiver”(the first n the trilogy), the love story between Sam and Grace is beautifully written – It is one of those love stories that have you swooning from the power of it.

Maggie Stiefvater has a way with her words that seem to penetrate right into your soul, leaving you feeling as though you are living the story right along with them. With this series, she puts a completely new spin on the term ‘werewolf’ and creates a world so real that you find yourself wondering about all the things out there that you may not know about.

In “Shiver”, Grace and Sam overcome the odds by fighting to be together.  In “Linger” however, they discover that not everything is as it seems and they find themselves trying to find a way to secure their future.

Sam will have to delve into his past, into his memories of being a wolf, in order to help Grace, who is slowly but surely battling her own inner wolf. But they are not alone; Cole, a new wolf, has entered into this life willingly; the question is, why would anyone make that choice?

Maggie Stiefvater brings a whole new dynamic to the story with this book, leaving you dying for the last in the series – “Forever”.

If you thought “Shiver” was heart-wrenching, intriguing and filled with equal amounts of despair and hope, you will absolutely ADORE “Linger”.

If you want more information about the Author or the ‘Wolves of Mercy Falls’ Trilogy, you can find it on her website here.

Yes, I know. I am pretty late on the uptake with this one but what can I say? I never was much of a fantasy reader before “Twilight” came along and changed my views on Vampires and the fantasy world as a whole.

What can I say about this series? Well let me start with this: If you can ever picture a world where every fantasy, legend or myth turned out to be true – you would be smack bam! in the middle of the world in which Charlaine Harris has created.

The story follows a small town girl named Sookie Stackhouse, who is not exactly your average human. She is a telepath and as you can imagine, life has been tough for Sookie. It is hard to live a ‘normal’ human life when you can read everyone around you’s thoughts – knowing all their secrets and their opinions. Obviously, this has had the biggest effect on her social life – particularly her love life.

This all changes, when Bill Compton, the new resident Vampire of Bon Temps, Louisiana, walks into Merlotte’s (the bar she works at) one evening. Vampire Bill’s thoughts are a complete blank to her, which leaves her feeling relieved, interested and happy at the prospect of not having to work so hard to stay out of people’s heads. But every pro has its own set of cons!

Being a part of Bill’s life comes with a whole trail of things that will turn everything she thinks she knows, inside out!

This series will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, but the biggest thing that makes it so different from any other fantasy series I have read, is that no matter what the situation, no matter how dire Sookie’s circumstances turn out to be, you will be laughing through it. Sookie’s thoughts are so dry and straight to the point that you cannot help but laugh out loud in situations that are not exactly all that funny.

Charlaine Harris’ writing is sublime and the series will leave you wondering whether there is any reality to her stories.

So, if you are like me, and you haven’t already been sucked into “True Blood’s” world of the Supernatural, go out right now and get yourself a copy of the first in the series – “Dead Until Dark”. You definitely won’t be sorry. Oh and if, like me, you still can’t get enough after the 10th book – there is still the hit TV series “True Blood” to watch!

If you want to find more information on the books, you can visit Charlaine Harris’ Official Website here.

If you are an adult reader who loves fantasy books, vampires and romance… these books are for you!

In “The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series” JR Ward creates a new and exciting twist on vampire rush that is currently taking the world by storm.

There are 8 books in total, so far:

The titles and book covers may give you the ‘Mills & Boon’ feeling but before that thought worms its way in too far into your head let me tell you – they are much, much more than that.

Yes, there is sex. Yes, there are really hot men who will take your imagination on a really wild ride. But there is also a very intricate and exciting story line that takes you places that are so well created that the books roll like blockbuster movies within the confines of your mind.

The series follows the lives of ‘The Brotherhood’ which is made up of ‘Vampire Warriors’ who are destined to protect their race from the evil slayers that make up “The Lessening Society”. Each book is focused around a different Brother although they are all a part of a bigger story line that follows through all 8 books. There is action, romance, adventure and depth to each and every book in the series.

You will fall in love with every single one of the Brothers (although everyone seems to have a favourite) and their stories will take you places that make you want to scream, laugh and cry. These books are 100% “unputdownable”!

*WARNING* These books are not for younger readers as there are dark themes and sexual contexts throughout the series.

If you want any more info on the series or JR Ward herself, you can visit her website here.

I don’t usually break up a series into separate reviews but seeing as it took me a little while to get ‘Eldest’, from the ‘Inheritance Cycle’ by Christopher Paolini, and because they are just that fantastic, I have decided to do separate ones while still trying not to give too much of the story a way.

Like I mentioned in my ‘Eragon’ review, the movie does not do the books justice so if you think that since you watched the movie you can start from ‘Eldest’, you are sorely mistaken. You really need to actually read ‘Eragon’ to understand everything that happens in ‘Eldest’ (and I imagine ‘Brisingr’ will be the same).

‘Eldest’ is the story of Eragon’s journey to becoming the Rider he needs to be, in order to overcome all the struggles that await him and Saphira. In ‘Eldset’, Eragon and Saphira travel to Ellesméra to complete their training with the Elves. While there, Eragon learns what it means to be a Rider and undergoes the necessary transformation in becoming the force that will save Alagaesia from King Galbatorix’s rule.

In addition to Eragon, ‘Eldest’ also follows Roran (Eragon’s cousin). Eragon had left Carvahall to prevent Galbatorix from hurting his people, but Galbatorix needs Roran for information and as bait to draw Eragon to him. Carvahall and all it’s people are in danger, will Roran surrender to save the town or will the town fight the king’s rule?

This book is filled with all kinds of twists, turns and adventures. The details and descriptions of the surroundings and the different characters leave you wishing that Alagaesia existed, even though times in Alagaesia are so tough.

The book is filled with life lessons which get you pondering ‘real’ life and where these things can be applied. I think that the ‘Inheritance Cycle’ is something that everyone who loves a good adventure, should read and own.

Now today I am definitely going to buy myself ‘Brisingr’ because there is no way that I’ll be able to wait until the next ‘Book Club’!

I know that it has taken me a while to read this, but can you blame me after the movie? It wasn’t exactly the most amazing film ever made. Actually, it was pretty boring. The only reason I did decide to read it was because, firstly, I love dragons and, secondly, my book club happened to have them :smile:

“Eragon” was the last book out of the three I chose from book club this month and I’m glad I did save it for last because it would have been an excruciating wait until the next meeting, had I read it first!

The book is 100 x better than the movie (as they tend to be) and is filled with magic and adventure. Eragon is a 15 year- old farm boy from a town called Carvahall and when he stumbles upon a sapphire, blue stone while out hunting in the Spine, his life is changed forever. Eragon becomes the first of a New Generation of Dragon Riders.

There are a lot of twists and turns in the story as Eragon is forced to go on a journey in search of revenge and purpose. During his travels he meets an interesting array of characters, good and bad, while he begins to learn about his heritage and what it means to be a Rider.

The story is one of those that captivate you from beginning to end! I mean, who is not enthralled by magical creatures and races, such as Dragons, Dwarves, Elves and even a Werecat?

As you should know by now, for me, a book does not end when I turn the last page – I have to go and find out more – So that led me to Christopher Paolini’s website.

It is there that I found something that completely shocked me. Did you know that Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when he was 15 years old? If you’ve read the book, or once you’ve read it, you will understand why that is such a shock. It is a book you would have expected to be written by a gentle old man, the kind that likes to tell stories – someone like Brom, in fact – definitely not a 15 year-old child! I mean, to be completely honest, I used a dictionary for some of the words in that book!! Words like ‘conflagration’ (a destructive fire), ‘nigh’ (lit. near) and ‘whinnying’ (a soft neighing sounds made by the horses) to name a few. I know that a lot of that is added in the editing process but I mean, come on! This kid created an entirely new world! It’s just amazing!

So if you love myths and magic, or you’re hungry for something adventurous, this book is definitely for you! Oh and I almost forgot to mention the best part – there are another two books, Eldest and Brisingr, as well as a fourth on the way!!

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I took my friend out book shopping so that she could fulfill her role in book club :smile: Well I will definitely say that she made a good choice. That day she bought the first of the “Blue Bloods” Series by Melissa de la Cruz. It took me a while to start reading them (I was waiting for her to be finished with all four before I began because I have, like, zero patience), but on Saturday afternoon I finally decided to start.
I didn’t stop reading until Monday night. I know that is pretty normal for me, because I can get caught up into almost any fictional book, but these were special – different. One of my favourite things about the series is that each book is so well thought out and researched.


So much research goes into building a new world, we see it in all fiction books, but when you are building a world that fits into history and myth, and is so well thought out that it could almost be real… that’s where, for me, it just takes that extra step and becomes memorable within all the other enjoyable, fictional stories.


It’s hard to give a summary because it won’t come out in a way that will sound nearly as appealing and exciting as it is, so I decided that instead of a summary I would just post the awesome anime trailer that is on Melissa’s official website. Just a warning though, the video does have some spoilers but I don’t think it’s too bad, especially if you don’t know what you are looking at, but if you don’t like being spoiled then rather just buy the book and you can watch it after you’ve read all 4 books. Oh and another warning, the 5th one is only expected some time in October :mrgreen:

Marian Keyes has done it again with this absolutely charming book about life, love, heart break and happy endings! If you have read any other Marian Keyes book you will understand when I say that she has a way with words that leave you feeling every emotion under the sun. This book is no different,except of course, for the story line – which is very different indeed.

While reading “The Brightest Star in the Sky” you will find yourself laughing out loud, many times. You will find yourself feeling like throwing the book – or some other object nearby – against a wall out of anger or frustration with the characters. You will find yourself crying, and wiping your eyes in an attempt to continue reading, and most of all you’ll find yourself feeling so good, deep down, that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face.

“The Brightest Star in the Sky” follows the story of the people living at number 66 Star Street. In one flat you’ll find Jemima and her dog Grudge, awaiting the arrival of her golden boy Fionn. In another you’ll find Katie, the witty, sweet and feisty girl who is turning forty and afraid of what that may mean. IN another you’ll find Matt and Maeve, a couple who seem perfect even though there are secrets and things that are unsaid lurking in every corner. And last but not least, there is Lydia, the crazy and feisty taxi driver, and her two flatmates, Jan and Andrei.

As with ‘real life’, nothing is ever the way it seems and with the arrival of a special “guest” at 66 Star Street, everything begins to unravel. In 61 days, anything can happen!

If you’d like to know more about Marian Keyes, you can visit her website here.

And if you’d like to purchase any of her books you can click on the Kalahari.net link at the top right of the page :mrgreen:

So I finally found the soft cover version of “Burned” by PC and Kristin Cast. I have been dying to read it but seeing as my entire collection are soft covers I couldn’t get myself to buy the hardcover version. If you’ve read the ‘House of Night Series’ you’ll understand why I was dying to read it.

Anyhoo… so while we were at Irene Mall of Sunday to watch ‘Eclipse’, I decided to see what their Exclusive Books is like (okay, maybe I didn’t actually decide, per say, it was more like I as drawn in by outside forces…) and I was so happy I did because lying on the ‘Latest Books’ table was one single copy of “Burned” in soft cover J

So I took it home and finished it yesterday evening. It has been a long wait and I definitely think it was worth it. In this newest book in the series, Zoey has to find the strength to put her shattered soul back together before time runs out, otherwise the entire world is in danger. Zoey needs help though, and the only one who can help her is Stark, her Warrior. The only problem is that Stark is still in the real world and the road to the Otherworld is not an easy one!

But this book is not just about Zoey, Stark, or Heath. It’s about Stevie Rae (the first Red Fledgling High Priestess) and her strange imprint with Rephaim, the Raven Mocker, as well as her own battle with Darkness. The Red Fledglings are still wreaking havoc and it’s her responsibility as ‘The Red One’ to help them.

PC and Kristin also take this story to new heights with all the underlying messages about good and evil and how things are not always so clear cut. We are often told that love is what gives us purpose, you know, “Love makes the world go round”, but there are some little messages in this book that elude to the fact that love is not always ‘good’ as we are so often made to believe. Love also does not bring peace and happiness… those are things we find within ourselves, things that are not reliant on anyone else. But anyway… I’m sure everyone get’s their own messages out of the books they read!

This book is filled with all the gooey, fluffy stuff we love as well as enough drama to keep us at the edge of our seats so if you haven’t read it yet – go out and get it! It will definitely be worth it. And if you don’t know what ‘The House of Night Series’ is, go get “Marked”, the first in the series, and find out J

Yeah, I know. It’s another Young Adult Fiction but I can’t help it. It has become a kind of ‘dirty little secret’ addiction for me.

Although, it isn’t really much of a secret nor is it really something I am ashamed of or anything, but still… it’s not something I tell everyone  meet. Anyhoo… this month at book club I decided to borrow this book (along with “Eragon” and “Brightst Star in the Sky” so their reviews are still to come!).

Now, in case you are thinking that this is “just another ‘vampire’ book”, let me start off by telling you that it actually isn’t. Well not in the way you think, in any case.

“Dark Visions” is about psychic powers. The story follows 5 teenagers who are asked to join a “psychic Institute” which would teach them  how to control each of  their individual powers. The main character Kaitlyn, is a lonely girl who is desperate to belong. She has the gift of premonition, but does not know how to use it, as most of the time her drawings don’t make sense to even herself.

Each of the characters has something to offer to the story but one of the most interesting ones, is Gabriel. Gabriel has a dark side and an interesting story which you learn as the book goes along. Obviously, there is a love triangle of sorts (there always has to be a love triangle of sorts…lol) and there is also a bad guy – one that you will hate with a passion. I don’t want to give to much away about where the story goes but it is definitely something a little different from the burst of vampire stuff.

The book cover is a little deceiving – it says, “Not all vampires are out for blood…” And it’s true… but what she is talking about here are psychic vampires. Ones that need life energy… it’s all telepathy and transfer points. It’s a pretty interesting take on things and in my opinion, it is much more believable than actual vampires with their fangs and bloodlust.

One thing that is very much a theme through LJ Smith’s books, that is also present in this book, is this whole fairytale soulmate stuff. If you’ve read “Vampire Diaries” or “Night World” you’ll know what I mean when I say – there are also stars and sparkles in this one. I LJ Smith is definitely one of those serious romantics.

Anyway, if you are into the young adult fiction (dirty little secret or not), this is definitely something you would enjoy! :)