Mercedes Thompson, or “Mercy” as I know her, is not a vampire or a werewolf, she doesn’t belong to the fae nor is she human. But, she is something. Something extraordinary ― she is a Walker.

“Moon Called” is another story that reminds me just why I love Young Adult (YA) Fantasy books so much. You’d think that after so many, I would be tired of the genre but that is not the case. I have read a few ‘doozies’ but this, ladies (and gentlemen?), is not one of them. Somehow Patricia Briggs gives a new spin to a world similar to the likes of our wonderful Miss Sookie Stackhouse’s. A world in which every myth and legend is beginning to become truth in the eyes of the human race.

The biggest difference with this series though, is our Heroin. Mercy is a character that is not only believable but easy to be around (which is kind of essential when you will be in her head for a while). She is strong, kind, caring and a little strange. But it’s her weaknesses and insecurities that make her so believable, and relatable.

I am one of the people that love a happy ending and a bit of romance, but what I do find is that often stories (especially in the YA genre) lose their ‘real life’ edge. The love stories tend to be all Romeo and Juliet styled, except they have the happy ending that Romeo and Juliet never did.

That was what I loved about the Sookie Stackhouse series. No matter how crazy the world gets, the relationships, the reactions, they remain almost…‘real’.

The Mercedes Thompson series of books seems to be very similar in that respect. The story line and characters are, of course, entirely different but the feel of the book (without the drugs and sex… so far at least) is very similar and I think that is one of the main reasons I love it so much.

I can’t wait to get started on “Blood Bound”, book 2 of the series, as it promises to be just as brilliant as the first!

 

Inheritance is the long awaited final book in the Inheritance Cycle written by Christopher Paolini.If you are unfamiliar with the books I am pretty sure you will at least have heard of the movie – “Eragon” – which was the first book in the series.

Since its release, Inheritance has received a broad range of reviews – I’ve read reviews where people have out right said that they hated it… and then I have read reviews where people have written about how much they enjoyed it.

My rating? I would give Inheritance 4 stars. And I’m always very lenient with the stars. I don’t think I’ve ever given below a three star rating. (This is a weakness I need to work on!).

The conclusion did feel a little drawn out in times, and I found myself day dreaming a little more than I would usually (although this could also be attributed to the fact that it has been so long since Brisingr). But other than the few bits where I felt like they were giving too much detail (this is why I couldn’t finish Lord of the Rings!) I thought the book was brilliantly thought out.

Yes, there are some unanswered questions, but only the minor things which keeps Paolini’s options open for when he wants to return to the series (as he mentions in his Acknowledgements.)

The book started right where Brisngr left off and the battle to remove King Galbatorix from his throne in Uru’bean is at it’s final stages as the Varden move closer and closer to the city, claiming other territories, strategically, as they go. There are a lot of twists and turns and different adventures going on all at the same time and with you will get to follow Roran, Nasuada and Eragon in different parts of the final part of the epic tale.

I thought that the book rounded off nicely and gave us an ending that was true to the characters, regardless of whether it was theending that everyone wanted.

I do hope that there is some kind of spin-off series or any kind of return in the near future as I would love to know more about some of the mysterious characters (Angela? Solembum?) but until then, I am content with how this part of Eragon and Saphira’s journey concluded.

 

 

Wow… it has been ages since my last post. I think I have become almost a ghost online these days.

My excuse? I suppose I don’t really have a good one other than bad time management and prioritisation… is that good enough?

I don’t know.

But what I do know is that I want to change that.

New Years resolution numero uno: Blog more.

I see a list coming on.

2) Eat less.

3) Read more (Much easier now that I have a Kindle… birthdays are the best!).

4) Smoke even less (I’m at the social smoking level now).

5) Laugh more.

6) Frown less.

I could keep going I suppose but I think I’ll just stop and rather post a cool funny picture and move onto the next post which will be a book review. I have four to come.

“Inheritance” by Christopher Poalini

“Crossed” by Ally Condie

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

“Moon Called” by Patricia Briggs (which I am almost finished!)

Ok, now for the funny, as promised….

 

 

I first saw these books on the shelf of my local bookstore. I am not ashamed to admit that I picked up the first one because it had a recommendation from Stephenie Meyer on it. I remember thinking “Wow, you know you’re gonna be a bestseller with Stephenie Meyers name on your book.” I didn’t buy it though, but I did file it away in my mind as a potential ‘next’ for my growing library. Not long after that though, I heard my book club friend(@FelicityBall) talking about the books and how good they are and then there was that word… that one that always gets me… ‘un-put-downable’. And are they ever?

I can honestly say that ‘The Hunger Games’ was nothing like what I expected. It’s nowhere near the teenage fantasy romance books that I have been reading of late, but rather a story filled with human truths and the reality of how cruel the human population can be.

The story is set in the future, where modern day humans have had to build a new world out of the destruction left behind by us. Every year the Capitol (the ruling city of the country Panem) picks two children (a girl and a boy) between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 Districts to participate in what they call ‘The Hunger Games’, in order to remind the citizens of the Districts that the Capitol is in charge. The games are a reality TV fight to the death, where only one victor will return to their family after having outlived the rest.

The story follows 16 year old Katniss, who lives in District 12 and has had to resort to illegal hunting in the nearby woods to keep her family from starvation. On reaping day, her sister, Prim, is picked as a tribute for District 12 and Katniss volunteers to take her place.

The story is filled with suspense as Katniss navigates her way through the games, making unexpected allies and many enemies along the way. The story highlights the cruelty of humans and how a craving for power, control or survival can turn anyone into a monster.

The games are not what was initially expected however, and once certain things are put in motion, there is no going back. This trilogy is absolutely amazing and should definitely come with a warning – “Once you start, you can’t stop.” The first of the books will be coming to the big screen in 2012 so make sure you get your hands on a copy of the books before hand because we all know that the books are always better!

If you want more info on the books, you can visit Suzanne Collins’ site here.

Two words – Sheer Genius!

If you haven’t read ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’, do yourself a favour and go out and get it! Especially if you like dry humour (think of something akin to “My Family” on BBC) and you enjoy the supernatural (Werewolves, Fairies, Fire Elementals…).

Martin Millar is an amazing writer, who not only knows how to create an entire world filled with all kinds of characters that you would never have imagined, but he has the wittiest dialog I have ever come across in a story.  The world he has created in “Lonely Were Wolf Girl” and “Curse of the Wolf Girl” is satire at its finest!

It had me in complete hysterics from beginning to end. I’d often find myself thinking, “This is utterly ridiculous!” but that is what the story is, it is RIDICULOUS, in the absolute best way imaginable!

The tale follows the depressed young werewolf girl, Kalix, as she tries to get her life in order. She has been banned from the MacRinnalch Castle, her home in Scotland, and is now living with her two human friends, Moonglow and Daniel, and one young Fire Elemental, Agrivex. These four characters alone are an interesting mix. But when you bring in the Fire Queen, Thrix the Enchantress, Dominil, the white-haired werewolf, Beautix and Delix, the twin werewolf musicians, and Markus, the cross-dressing Thane, you can really only imagine what kind of craziness will ensue!

It is absolutely BRILLIANT!

If you want, you can find out more about the books and Martin Millar here.

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.

Okay, so, I had every intention of writing a review on “Step Up 3D”, seeing as we went to watch it last night and I haven’t done a review in a while, but in all honestly it was a load of shite and my mom always told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then you should say nothing at all!

So, all I will say is that if you are a youngster who is really keen on dance and 3D together in a movie and have no particular interest in acting skills or story lines, or if you are someone who loves their eye candy and can take all the other crap to just see 5 seconds of Rick Malambri without his shirt, then this movie is for you!

So instead of that I have decided to post something different – A dedication post to all the awesome people in my life, as I am feeling so incredibly grateful for all of them, while I am getting through this really weird patch in my life.

So using the wonderful Phuza Thursday that it is ass an excuse, I want to do a toast.

*pours out glasses of champagne and passes them around*

This is to all of you – to all the laughs, to all the tears and to all of the really weird conversations that cover all topics from religion, to sex, to politics.

*Raises glass*

You are all AWESOME, and A-MA-ZING and INCREDIBLE! Without you all – each with your differences and ample great advice – I would be completely – to put it simply –  screwed!

So CHEERS to YOU!!

*clinking glasses and big sips all around*

I love you all!

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.