As I have mentioned before, I am a complete crazy person when it comes to books, so obviously I can’t go through a weekend without reading one. This weekend it was “hush, hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have wanted to read it for a while – well since my friend, Sprucey, recommended it on the forum. I thought it wasn’t out in South Africa yet, but while searching for the newest addition to ‘The House of Night Series, “Burned”, I came across it at CNA.

I started reading it almost immediately once I got home from shopping and battled to put it down for the rest of the weekend. If you enjoy the young adult fiction (such as Twilight, Vampire Academy, House of Night series, etc.), as I do, you will love “hush, hush”.

It is also a story of the supernatural variety, but rather than vampires, we find ourselves inside a world where angels are not just spiritual or religious figures, but are real, and they are not just the good kind either. There are fallen angels, the ones that get stripped of their wings and sent to earth, as well as, the Nephilim, which are the immortal half-angel, half-human race.

The story is about a girl named Nora Grey whose father has died recently and whose mother is struggling to make ends meet. One day, in Biology class, everything changes. The class seating is reshuffled and she ends up seated next to Patch, instead of her best friend, Vee. From their first encounter, you can already tell that there is something completely off about Patch but until the end, you are never entirely sure what that is. Obviously this love story is not simple, but it is definitely intriguing. You will fall in love with Patch – he is the ultimate bad boy and we know that most women cannot resist a bad boy – but there is more to him than that and as we slowly discover what, the story and reasons for his presence in Nora’s life, unfold.

The story is filled with a rich ground work, great characters, and an interesting look into the idea of angels – of the fallen and the guardian variety.

The next book in the series is called “Crescendo” and is due out in October this year :)

If you want any further information about Becca Fitzpatrick or her books, you can visit her website here.

There is really only two rules in our book club. One, if you damage any of the books you borrow, then you have to replace them and two, you have to buy at least one new book to add to your booklist every three months. My crazy best friend is not such a crazy book reader, well not like me anyway, and she hadn’t yet bought her book so I suggested that we go any find her something new and interesting.

Have I mentioned that I am a complete book-a-holic?? I’m serious. I cannot walk into a book store without buying something. And it’s not just a normal kind of healthy addiction where I want a certain book so I buy it. No,  no matter what, my mind will just convince itself that I need a new book. I have no worries about crazy clothes shopping sprees with my credit card, but rather, that I really need to avoid all book stores when the end of the month draws near!

I am not even over exaggerating. There is even a key word that gets me every time. If I read a blurb or any reviews of a certain book and it has the word “unputdownable” written anywhere, then I simply cannot resist. It becomes pertinent to my health that I read that book.

So that is what happened with “Lonely Werewolf Girl”. I was helping my friend pick a book and came across the key word that has become my downfall, and then had to purchase it.

I won’t lie, it took me a while to actually start reading it because it wasn’t the kind of book I would usually pick. It was a complete impulse buy.

I am so glad I did, though. Martin Millar is an amazing author who managed to create an interesting and completely new fantasy world. He tells a pretty serious story in a way that is filled with humour in every corner – his writing style alone fills the pages with all kinds of humour, while the dialog is FANTASTIC and filled with sarcasm and irony. Each situation that the main character, Kalix the Werewolf Princess, puts us in has a completely humorous tone.

The story follows Kalix, who has run away from the MacRinnalch castle to escape the sentencing for attacking her father (who happens to be Thane – or King – of the Werewolves). There are a wide and hilarious array of characters that march in, out and all around her life, as she learns that she does not in fact have to be so ‘lonely’.

Each character is so well defined and so filled with twists and turns. This book is brilliantly plotted and I will definitely recommend it to everyone who is looking for something different and can appreciate the dry humour that fills the pages.

“Lonely Werewolf Girl” is truly ‘unputdownable’!

PS. If you want more information on the book or the author, you can visit his site here.

I admit that since ‘Twilight’, I have developed a fascination with Vampire stories. And not just any type of Vampire stories but rather, the ‘girly’ kind – you know, the ones that somehow revolve around a love story? And both of the above mentioned book series’ by LJ Smith are those kind of stories.

Let’s start with ‘Vampire Diaries’ – if you have watched any episodes of the TV Series, don’t be fooled. It is nothing like it. The entire story, and even some characters, are completely different. When you read the books you’ll realize just how much they’ve changed it to make the series fit into the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon. Although, I will not at all complain about this because without it, there would be no Ian Somerhalder to picture as Damon.

Do you see why this would be a tragedy?

Anyway, this series is different in that, instead of focusing on the average girl (or the really pretty yet geeky girl) in high school, the story focuses on the most popular girl in high school, Elena. She has her usual group of friends (Caroline, Bonnie & Meredith) and their lives consist of boys, school and shopping – yes, they are the incredibly shallow type. That is, until Stephan moves to Fell’s Church.

Elena sees Stephan in the halls and immediately makes it her mission to have him. Stephan, on the other hand, only wants to avoid her because she looks so much like Katherine, his former love and the girl who changed him into , yip,  you guessed it – a Vampire!

The story goes on and eventually we are introduced to Damon (Now, I do suggest watching the TV series first so that you can have the pleasure of Ian Somerhalder as Damon throughout all 7 books!).

Just incase you need another reason ;)

The series is intricate and full of surprises – some weird, some terrible and some pleasant. I won’t give anything away, but I will say that these vampires (and other supernatural creatures) are not ‘fluffy’ (like those of the Twilight world) and the story does have it’s fair share of thriller and horror, but all-in-all, it is still a love story :)

Okay, *sniff* I shall move away from Damon/Ian, and all his deliciousness, and move on to the second series of books by LJ Smith – “Night World”.

“Night Word” is another series that focuses on the supernatural but it is entirely different to what we are expecting. Each book contains 3 stories which all intertwine, but are very different. The stories are all centralized around ‘The Soulmate Principle’ and although that may sound cheesy, there is a bigger picture.

These books are about ‘The Night World’ which is a world amoung our own, in which only ‘Night People’ (Vampires -made & born, witches, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc.) know about. There are two basic rules that each Night Person must follow – they cannot tell any humans about the Night World and they cannot fall in love with a human. Breaking any of these rules is a death sentence.

But there is a new generation of ‘Night People’ emerging and they no longer want to be entrapped by these rules… they do not agree with the predjudices of their world.

I have only read the first 3 books and I am hooked. LJ Smith definitely has a talent of completely engulfing you into any supernatural world she sees fit.

I definitely recommend both of these series’ to anyone who has a soft spot for love stories of the supernatural variety!

If you want to find out more about LJ Smith, you can visit her website here.

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This is helping me beat the Monday Blues :mrgreen:

I haven’t done a book review in a while but these books definitely deserve one. If you haven’t read them yet, I suggest you get to your nearest bookstore (they are actually cheapest at CNA) and get reading.

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is the first book in the series and you may find that when you start the book that it is a bit difficult to read, or even a bit boring, but give it a few chapters. Once you meet Lisbeth Salander you will realize why it is a best seller.

The first book introduces you to Salander. She is by far the most unique heroine I have ever come across. Not only is she utterly fascinating, but she is funny, insane and completely lovable. She is a complete mystery and she’ll hook you from the moment you meet her.

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” follows the story of Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who has been persecuted for Libel, who finds himself in the middle of a crazy family mystery. Blomkvist is ‘hired’ by Mr Vanger to solve the mystery of his missing niece, with the promise of the truth to help Blomkvist clear his name. In comes mastermind and super hacker, Lisbeth Salander. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here, but trust me. The book is absolutely enthralling.

The second book of the series, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, was definitely my favourite of the series. In this book you learn more about who Salander is and why she is the way she is. The story only becomes more intriguing and it completely sucks you into a whirlwind of mystery.

The third and final book, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest”, is a much more complex book. It definitely pulls everything we know together and gives you all the answers you have been dying to know since the beginning, but the amount of detail can leave you feeling completely overwhelmed. It is definitely a book that requires your full attention when reading.

All-in-all, “The Millennium Trilogy” is a brilliantly written tale with tremendous detail that will leave you feeling as though you are a part of the story – helping each character solve the case.

For more info about Stieg Larsson (the man behind Lisbeth Salander), visit his website – http://www.stieglarsson.com