Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Character Guest Post from Charity Delafield

The Haunting of Charity Delafield

Today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Ian Beck's The Haunting of Charity Delafield.
I have a special guest post from miss Delafield herself to share with you all:

From the secret jottings of Miss Charity Delafield

Stone Green Hall



(An incomplete fragment found written in the wide margins of an old book of
mathematical problems)


I live here at Stone Green Hall which is a house set on a rise and surrounded by a garden full of trees cut in square shapes and white stone statues. Rose told me it is a very big and important house. I wouldn’t know because I have never been to any other house. Rose said that she grew up in a very small house which itself was not much bigger than the nursery where my rocking horse lives.


I am trying to make sense of all the odd things that have happened to me recently. It seems now that even just a very short while ago, a few days at the most, everything was so straightforward. My routines were fixed and my life went on in the usual way in this house.


Every day Rose brushes my hair, which is fine and easily tangled so that Rose must brush it hard at least seventy five times in the morning and the same number of times in the evening before I go to bed. When I was younger I used to wriggle and cry and complain because the brushing hurt me so much. Now, especially after all the things that have happened, I just stare back at Rose in the looking glass. I won’t let her see me cry, I won’t even wriggle because I am braver now and things have happened and I have something secret to do.

It started the other morning. I was excited by two things. First I found some secret chocolate that someone (who I will not name in case there is trouble) had left for me in the saddlebag of my Rocking horse. The second thing was that it had snowed and the garden, when I looked out from my window, was all covered in soft white and so beautiful.

After my hair was brushed I hoped I was to be allowed out for a walk in the fresh snow with Rose.
Father said something at breakfast which made me very unhappy. I was allowed outside and Mr Tompkins came with us. I noticed that he lifted his little black paws up out of the snow very quickly as he walked. I don’t think cats like getting their paws cold. Then a big something happened which excited me and made me forget just for a moment how unhappy I was.


I met the mysterious old lady at the gates. She told me that she often walked by hoping to see me. She had been waiting for a long time to get a chance to speak to me. She told me something which was very exciting and I gave her my secret chocolate to eat because she looked so hungry. She blessed me and told me that I must look for a certain thing. It is a special thing, and it is also a secret thing.

I cannot reveal what it is. I cannot write it here in this space, in this horrible book next to all of these mathematics problems. The old lady said that I must find a secret thing before my next birthday. I will just write that it is a very important secret and that I will not write down exactly what it is. Instead I shall keep it to myself because Rose might read these words somehow, and she didn’t approve of the old lady at all. She shooed her away from the gates quite harshly and Rose said that the old lady was dirty and a beggar and she was worried that I might have touched her and caught a terrible illness. Instead of working out mathematics problems Father allowed me to play on that first morning after the snow had fallen.


I played with Rose and Edward. It was a game called Hide & Seek something which I had never played before. Mr Tompkins and I were sent to hide first and in the place where we were hiding I found a hidden envelope and inside it was a key. I don’t want to write too much about the key either, because of the key I found something else, something very mysterious, and Rose was frightened and cross and she took the key away from me at once.


If I look out of the Nursery window now I can see that the snow has finally stopped its dancing fall through the air. It has settled in big white patches on the tops of the square cut trees.

The trees march in two long lines all the way down the avenue to the padlocked iron gates. Beyond the gates and across the winding road is the forest. I have never been into the forest but I think the old lady lives in there somewhere among those dark and twisted trees and one day I hope I will go there and find her again.

I am watchful now. I can wait patiently. I have a task, and it is to find what I have to find and I will keep on looking for it. I have a new place to explore in the house too and I shall go there as soon as everyone is asleep. I think I know where Rose has hidden the key that she took away from me. I shall be very patient and very watchful and when the time is right I shall go and get the key and then who knows what I might find…?

I have to say a huge thanks to Charity for this post, and to the wonderful Ian Beck for creating such a brilliant character. Also massive thank yous are owed to Random House Children's Books for sending me a review copy of the book and allowing me to take part in the tour!

Be sure to stop by the rest of the blogs taking part in this awesome blog tour!

Ian Beck Blog Tour

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hunger Games Official Trailer

Today is the official release day of The Hunger Games trailer.
I am in love with it, I was pretty unsure about the teaser railer we saw a while back from the MTV awards, but this one has made me think again. I am pretty happy with the casting and the way it look so far.

I really like the little glimpse of Rue that you get when she's peeking out from a door. I also really like the fact that you kind of see Katniss in the chariot on fire, but you kind of don't at the same time, I want to wait for the full movie to see that bit as I think it will be amazing.

What do you all think of the trailer?

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder UK Giveaway

I have an awesome giveaway for all my UK followers today!
You can win yourself a copy of Inside Out by Maria V Snyder!

Inside Out (Insider, #1)

All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter below!
Giveaway run from 14/11/11 till 2/12/11
Good luck!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review: Crossed (Matched #2) - Ally Condie

Name: Crossed (Matched #2)

Author: Ally Condie

General Release Date: 24th November 2011

Date I finished it: 5th November 2011

Type: Paperback ARC

From: Razorbill 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I was super excited to get a UK ARC of Crossed, it is out on November 24th over here.
I actually devoured this book pretty much in one night. Most of you will already know I am a huge YA dystopian fan and I loved the first book in this series, Matched. I actually squealed with excitement when I opened a parcel and found this book inside and started reading it straight away! 

Crossed picks up right where we left Cassia and Ky in Matched, separated and with Cassia vowing to track down and find Ky one way or another. The book itself is told from both Cassia and Ky's point of view through alternating chapters. I'm not usually a big fan of different viewpoints but it worked really well in this case because the two characters are not actually together. It's tells the reader two different stories and allows you to see into both of their life's at the same time.

While Cassia has been working in the labour camps with other girls, living a hard but almost normal life. Ky has been living in what is perceived as another labour camp, but is infact a death camp. Where unwanted members of society are dumped in order to wait out their deaths. In a last ditch attempt Cassia manages to find her way to this so called death camp, just when Ky has managed to escape! The rest of the story involves   her follwing Ky's trail and hoping they will find each other again.

I'm not going to give too much of the plot away, so I won't say if they do meet up again or not. You'll have to find that one out for yourself!

To me the book started off really well, it had bee a while since I was in the Matched world, so it took me the first couple of chapters to get back up to speed with the characters and this exact dystopian world. I found that I managed to pick everything back up again really quickly with only a little recap needed at the start of the book.

As the story progresses I did get more and more hooked. Was Cassia ever going to find Ky, or would she be stuck wandering around in this canyon forever? Would the Society find them first? Would they die of hunger?
I loved all these questions that kept popping up throughout the book, these plus the tragic love story of the two characters is what really kept me hooked.

I also really enjoyed the new characters that were introduced throughout this book, some of them became more meaningful as others as you get to the end and others you can't help but fall for when they are first introduced. I think Ally Condie did a really great job of introducing the new characters and the way she had them interact with both Cassia and Ky. I also loved the fact that some old faces pop up in this book as well, and Cassia's grandfather is mentioned a few times as well. It's nice to see that some of my favourite characters from Matched haven't been forgotten.

Towards the end the story did seem to feel a bit dragged out to me. I feel like there could have been some time in the canyon cut out. Almost all of this book is set in a canyon. I can see why it's needed though, This is the middle book in the series and everything needs to be set up for the big finale in the next book. The canyon sort of represents a turning point for the characters in the book as well. They are no longer in the Society, but also not quite free yet. They are also stuck in this awkward in-between stage, just like the book itself.

Overall I did really love it. The book is filled with suspense, romance and an element of the unknown.
It was nice to see Cassia and Ky start to grow up and realise they hold their own fate in their hands. I cannot wait to see what book three will bring!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Post from David Farland


Today I am super excited to have a guest post from David Farland, author of the awesome, new, interactive novel, Nightingale.

Reading in the Future

Imagine that you put on your “reading glasses.” The glasses are dark, fitted with lasers and high-quality stereo earbuds, so that as you put them on, your entire field of vision is captured. A laser inside the glasses flashes a novel title on the interior surface of your eye.

Of course, the book you see is my book (why not, it's my fantasy). The letters start small, off in the distance and they quickly draw closer to you, but they don't stop, they wash right over you and just when it seems they're all around you, they explode in a burst of light, “Nightingale, by David Farland.” You can hardly imagine what life was like before 3D. As soon as you read the last word, a laser with a computer link that tracks your eye movement cues the background music, and images begin to flash in your eye—a holographic video-clip of the character of Bron, as an infant, being abandoned outside the door of a cheap hotel in the Utah desert. The camera pans up to the face of his mother, Sommer, bitter and broken, with tears in her eyes. We flash to the prologue, where Sommer runs through a forest at night, her breathing deep, while dogs snarl and bark as they give pursuit. Fireflies rise up around her.

Words to the novel appear on screen, as background music continues, and you begin to read. As Sommer twists her foot and falls, the lasers pace your reading and insert a sound-effect—the thud of a body falling, the hiss of breath knocked from Sommer’s throat. The dogs bay more excitedly. A man’s heavy footsteps can be heard tromping through the brush behind the reader, and a startled mewling cry escapes Sommer’s throat. . . .

Welcome to the future of reading, where text, images, sounds and music forge a collage. That’s the vision I have that led me to become a co-founder of East India Press.

The technology to do this already exists. The use of heads-up displays in fighter jets was pioneered in the 1960s, and that technology has now gone public. Though readers now are using the iPad2 and the Kindle Fire, I’m looking forward to the devices we’ll have five years from now, or ten years.

How can reading technology be better than with current books?

We don’t want to replace reading. We don’t want to make movies. Reading often engages the audience’s imagination in ways that movies fail to. We want to keep it that way. We want the reader to be a partner with us in bringing a tale to life. At the same time, we hope to ‘enhance,’ the story, help readers become more fully involved with it, yet keep budgets reasonable. With film clips, animations, illustrations, background music, and sound effects, we can create something that fuses a lot of
storytelling tools.

Creating e-books has become cheap and easy. This year, it is estimated that three million people will be putting their own e-books up for sale. That’s a staggering number. If you spend twelve hours a day just examining those titles, and spend only ten seconds studying each e-book put up this year, you wouldn’t be able to glance at even 1/100th of all the books that will be published—much less read one!

Readers are being deluged, often with books that aren’t any good. Most of those books, unfortunately, wouldn’t have made it past an editor. The author just wasn’t ready. Sure, there will be a few diamonds among all of that coal, but no editor will have time to sort through it.

I've had my share of sorting through manuscripts. For nearly a decade I was the first judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests. A funny story, once an editor of a major publisher asked me to help pick a book to give the “big publicity push to” for the next year. I read through thirty books and selected a book that the marketers thought was “too-long” for its intended audience. I pointed out that the book was also written several grade levels too high for its intended audience. But it was a great book, so I urged them to push it despite the book’s apparent problems. It was called Harry Potter.

Even though authors can publish their own works, we’re going to need editors in the future who understand how to green-light a novel, who can recognize what will please an audience. But once a work is selected, the editor will take the role of a producer—assembling a creative team of composers, musicians, illustrators, animators, directors, sound-effects engineers, and so on.”

Distributing enhanced books won’t be expensive. After all, it will be done electronically. There are no copies to print, ship, or store. But creating them will be expensive and time-consuming.

Still, it will be a lot less expensive than making a movie. To create a really great movie with a lot of special effects can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and it will only give the viewer an hour or two of entertainment. But by meshing technologies, we can create a similar experience with novels, spending
perhaps only a hundred thousand or two—and it will give a reading experience that might last for twenty or thirty hours or more! Novels have a unique ability to let us achieve deep penetration into the minds and emotions of a character, much more so than with a film. I’m excited about the possibilities.

In fact, I am so excited about the possibilities that I went indie with this next novel. I didn't have to by any means. I'm an award-winning New York Times bestseller. Instead, I decided to start my own publishing company for enhanced novels. I see potential. Nightingale is the first young adult novel I’ve written, outside of a little work with Star Wars and the Mummy. I knew it could be a hit, but I wanted to do something . . . unique with it. I've trained dozens of other #1 international bestsellers, people like Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer, and I've learned to spot “good,” whether it's someone else's work or my own. Nightingale has it.

Now that it’s done, this is a first step toward creating a more-engaging form of novel, the kind that kids who are reluctant readers might devour. I’m looking forward to see what we can do in ten or twenty years. But Nightingale is a step toward that future.

Nightingale is the story of a young man, abandoned at birth, rejected from foster home after foster home. People see that he’s brilliant and talented, but also “strange.” He’s the ultimate loner until he meets Olivia, a marvelously gifted teacher, who recognizes that Bron is something special, something that her people call a “Nightingale,” a creature not quite human.

I was excited to see how it would be received. I was even more excited when the first reviewer said, “I devoured the novel. It was absolutely incredible! . . . I struggled to explain just how much I enjoyed it in my review. . . . After reading Nightingale, I don't think I will even be able to go back to reading regular e-books again. Like it says in my review, reading the enhanced Nightingale felt like an ‘experience.’ It didn't feel quite like a book or a movie. It initiated all of my senses. . . . enhanced ebooks are actually a real deal.” That's what we were hoping people would see in it. The future of books is beginning now.

Best of all, East India Press has created a new web simulation technology that mimics how the book appears on the iPad, so you can see and hear it for yourself for free at www.nightingalenovel.com.

Thanks so much for doing this guest post David.
I've had a little sneak peak at the new Nightingale enhanced novel and it is pretty awesome, it's such a new experience which I think is great to the publishing and book blogging world.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lauren Kate Double Cover Reveal

I am super excited to show you all the two new covers for the upcoming Lauren Kate books

Aren't they pretty?
Massive thanks to Random House books for allowing me to share the covers today!

Unnatural Law (Darwins's Children #2) - Guest Post from Jaycie Lerner

Today I am super excited to be part of the blog tour for Unnatural Law by Natasha Larry.
Unnatural Law is the second book in the Darwin's Children series. I loved book one, you can read my review of it here.
I'm reading Unnatural Law at the moment, and so far I am loving it! Sadly I just don't seem to have a lot of time to read this week with work, so I'm getting a bit behind!

Here is the blurb for Unnatural Law:

Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psycho-kinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power.

So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

As part of the blog tour today I also have a special guest post from Jaycie herself, talking about Edenvale.
This is actually Jaycie's second time on BelleBooks, if you want you can check out her first guest blog here.
Jaycie Lerner Talks about Edenvale

I know that I seem like I’m above everything other girls my age are into. I mean, yes, when I started at Edenvale Academy I wore my plaid skirt to my ankles. It was a rebellion against Ally and my dad. I mean, looking back, I understand why they did it. But, at the time all I knew was that my life was over.

I was an outcast as soon as I walked through the doors, which has to be a record. High school students are always vicious beasts, but even so, no one lives down having a psychotic break
about the voices in her head. Sure, no one knows I’m a telepath. I don’t think having that information would have changed my experience.

The fact that I threw up all over the Headmaster…and myself… kind of sealed my fate.

I hated my parents for making me go back and, of course, my dad wouldn’t use his telepathy to erase that horrifying moment. He was so happy that I finally had normal, teen problems. Raising super humans changes a lot of parenting rules. Especially when your telepathy manifests when you are six years old. I don’t like to talk about it. Just imagine thinking every nasty insult every girl around you is thinking and every equally disgusting thing the boys were trying to look like they weren’t having. Gross. And I’m not na├»ve, I just don’t have experience.

So, while the boys were bad. The girls were just plain mean. The thing teenage girls think about their “friends” are pretty bad, not to mention the ones directed at me. I mean, I never thought I was drop dead gorgeous, but I went home most days feeling like a troll. My lips were way too big, which was the only reason any guy would want me: to give them a… hehehe… nevermind. My boobs were too big- gross big, not perky enough. My hips were fat. Thankfully, I re-learned how to keep them out before I could kill myself.

I just got over it quickly. My family and the people I grew up with were enough for me. I’d rather hang out with my dad than trade dirty texts with some jerk. Until I met Haylee, I never had a girl my age to hang around. Not like, in any way that was significant. But, as much as Matt means to me, every girl needs a BFF. Haylee is my soul mate, and she will always come first.

Most of the girls in high school- the mean ones- none of them really cared about their girlfriends. Three girls at Eden vale really cared about their chosen best friend- and those were the same three that never thought nasty things about me. They just let me be. Sometimes, I regret not talking to them. Even the mean ones were just insecure. Funny, most of the guys were not. Even the less attractive ones.

I think that’s why my parents put me there, because in truth I don’t understand most people that aren’t super powered. How could I? It was what I equated with normal. But, people like us can’t afford to not understand that.

Awesome or what?

Massive thank yous have to go out to Jaycie for stopping by BelleBooks yet again with some another awesome guest post, Natasha Larry for writing such awesome books and letting me be a part of her blog tour!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Parallel by Claudia Lefeve Giveaway Winner

The winner of the e-copy of Parallel is:


Congrats, your e-copy should be with you soon, I've passed your email address along to the powers that be!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012

Since my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger I've decided that next year I really need to tackle the books I've bought but not got around to reading yet. So I'm taking part in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.

Anyone can join in!
First you need to pick a level, I'm aiming for El Toro. Which is 75 books from my TBR pile.
It might seem like a lot but I have already managed over 200 books this year. I want to leave some space for review books and ARC's next year, so I think 75 will suit me just fine.

The rules are pretty simple:

Challenge runs from Jan 1st till Dec 31st 2012

You can sign up anytime from now until Nov 30th 2012

Books must be owned by you prior to Jan 1st. No ARC's, no library books and no re-reads.

Books may be used towards other challenges as well.

I am really super excited about this as I have way too many books to try and get through next year.
I will probably post a list of all my books that would count towards this challenge nearer the time.

If you want to join in then you can sign up here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Follow Friday

Today's question is something new, an activity.
We Want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read! Too shy? Boo! Just post a fun pic you want to share.

Well here goes...

Ugh I look terrible. I'm just home from a long day of shopping and have scraped my hair back and put my pjs on lol!
Super excited to read Crossed, This is the UK ARC which I got today. I think it's already out in the US but it's not out here till the end of the month.

800 Follower Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my 800 follower giveaway is....

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Paranormals series by J.L Bryan Blog Tour

Today I am super excited to be a stop on J.L. Bryan's blog tour for his Paranormals series. This blog tour has been going for almost a full three weeks now, sadly it's coming to an end. I'm the second last stop on the tour, and luckily I get to talk about the last book in the series, Alexander Death.

While Seth searches for Jenny, Dr. Heather Reynard of the CDC unravels Seth and Jenny’s secrets.
Alexander opens Jenny’s mind to her deep past, and to the full horrific extent of her powers.
Torn between her feelings for Alexander and Seth, and between her past lives and her present, Jenny must prepare to face her enemies in the final, catastrophic battle…

I loved all three books, I thought they were amazing and so original!
You can read my reviews of all three books under the review catalogue tab at the top of the page.
And I also have a really cool interview with Jenny herself to share with you:
Emma: Did you ever have any slip ups when you were a young child? I mean it must have been really hard being so young and not being able to go hug your dad whenever you wanted to?

Jenny: My dad was very strict about that. He always wore gloves and things around me, until I was old enough to be the one wearing gloves and being careful.  He always taught me that the biggest rule was to never touch people.  The biggest slip-up was on the playground at school, when Ashleigh Goodling attacked me, and I scratched her face, and it got all diseased.  That’s when the kids starting chanting “Jenny pox!”  But Mrs. Fulner didn’t believe them, and people kind of forgot about it or started remembering it differently as we grew up.  But everybody in my grade avoided me, so I think they kind of remembered in some part of their mind.

Emma: That must have been really hard for you. Tell us a bit more about Ashleigh, I know you and her don’t get on. What do you really think about her?

Jenny: I think the word that best describes her is “manipulative.” (Well, I can think of a few other words, but I shouldn’t say them here on your nice blog!) She’s able to make anyone love her just by touching them...except me, because if she touches me, she’ll get the pox!  That’s why she hates me.  But sometimes I even feel sorry for her.  She doesn’t know how to love anyone, I think.  She can make anyone love her, so she doesn’t know what it means or how to appreciate it.  She can gain all kinds of power, but she’ll never know about real love.

Emma: I know what you mean about Ashleigh, I haven’t actually met her but from what I’ve heard she can be a bit of a ….handful lets say!
Do you think sometimes all that power has just gone to her head?

Jenny: Sometimes?  Like every moment of her life!  She doesn’t care who she hurts, she’s just addicted to power.

Emma: Haha! Okay enough about Ashleigh. Tell us what it’s like growing up in a small town like Fallen Oak?

Jenny: For me, it was really unpleasant, because everyone knows who you are, and they know things about your family, too.  So you can’t just hide in the crowd very well.  You’re that weird girl who lives back in the woods with your father who drinks too much, and everyone knows it.  Part of me would like to live in a big city just so nobody knows me, but it’s really not a good idea for me to be around crowds of people.  So the other part of me wants to escape to a place that’s even more rural, where there’s nobody at all around.  Fallen Oak is kind of a sad town, too--it’s best days were a hundred years ago, and a lot of the downtown is just empty now.

Emma: That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.
Okay onto the good stuff. Tell us a bit more about the whole Seth and Alexander situation?

Jenny: Serious boy trouble.  Most of my life, I couldn’t touch anyone.  Then I met Seth, and I could touch him, because he has a healing power that cancels mine.  And later, I met Alexander, and he can touch me because my power feeds his.  These are very different guys...Alexander is a lot more dangerous than Seth, but he makes me feel...it’s just more intense with Alexander!

Emma: If you had to choose between them both, which one would you choose?

Jenny: Hmm...I guess I’ll have to get to know Alexander a little better...he’s kind of a mystery to me still!

Emma: Okay, so what are your plans for the future?

Jenny: From here, I just hope to make the right choices, avoid fights with people and, you know, killing them, and do my best to live a normal, quiet, happy life.  I just hope we’ve dealt with all the evil people from our past lives...and if I never meet another paranormal again, that would be fine with me!  Most of us aren’t very nice.

Emma: That sounds like a good plan Jenny, I hope everything works out for you!
Thank for stopping by BelleBooks today!
As part of this blog tour J.L. Bryan will be giving away an awesome brand new Kindle Fire, skinned with the winner's choice of Paranormal's artwork and loaded with an amazing indie library. And as a special Halloween extra, I am able to offer my followers an extra 3 bonus entries into this giveaway!! I'm afraid this giveaway is only open to US/CAN Followers only. You can enter the contest by entering the form here.

Make sure to stop by the rest of the blogs taking part in the Alexander Death week!
Monday, October 31st - The Slowest Bookworm
Tuesday, November 1st - Buried In Books
Wednesday, November 2nd- Paranormal Opinion
Thursday, November 3rd - BelleBooks
Friday, November 4th - Supernatural Snark

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review: Alexander Death (The Paranormals #3) - J.L. Bryan

Name: Alexander Death (The Paranormals #3)

Author: J.L. Bryan

General Release Date: 13th September 2011

Date I finished it: 27th October 2011

Type: E-Book

From: Review Copy

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Alexander Death is the third and final book in The Paranormals series. I have to say at first I honestly didn't know how much more of this story could be told after reading the second book, Tommy Nightmare.
The book itself starts off right where we left Jenny in the previous book, on her way to Mexico with this strange new character who can raise the dead, Alexander.
As the story unfolds we find out more about Alexander and his previous lives he has spent with Jenny. Meanwhile while the two are relaxing in Mexico, Seth hires a firm to track down Jenny having realised that Ashleigh is still alive and was behind the riot at the end of book two.

At the same time Dr. Heather who was working the original case at Fallen Oaks starts to dig a little deeper and starts to believe that something paranormal rather that biological was behind the mass deaths.

I think I enjoyed this book the most out of all three in the series, the more I read the more I wondered how everything was going to be tied up in just this one book. Somehow J.L. Bryan manages to introduce new plot lines, characters and wrap up both the original story as well as this book.

In Alexander Death I started to see Jenny grow and question both herself and others, which is something that is only lightly hinted at in the previous two books. Like the others as well the love between Seth and Jenny really shows through that pages and is a great reminder that in most fiction love conquers all.

Overall it was a really great book and a great series as well. I would like to see something else about Jenny, perhaps set in the future where we see an older more mature version of Jenny.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #3

This week's topic is top ten books I had very strong emotions about.

Firstly this is so hard to pick just 10 books. The majority of the books I've read, I bought after doing research into them and reading reviews, so I knew I would like them beforehand.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Infact all of the Harry Potter books made me fell something, but this one in particular because it was the last book in a series which I grew up reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
2. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
This was the book that got me hooked on YA Paranormal Romance, and also on Richelle Mead's writing.
I loved the story and the characters in this book. The entire series kept me on the edge of my toes constantly!

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)
3. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Such and awesome book and trilogy.
This book took me through so many different emotions, sadness, anger, relief, shock, amusement and happiness. All I can say is if you haven't read this series, get on it now!

4. Matched -  Ally Condie
This book made me fall in love with dystopian. Again it made me feel so many different things, almost every chapter had a different feel to it and a different part of the story to tell.

The Declaration (The Declaration Series, #1)
5. The Declaration - Gemma Malley
This was the first proper dystopian I ever read, and at the time I didn't even know what dystopian was!
This is a brilliant book, and a brilliant trilogy! I don't think it gets enough recognition. To me it felt more real as it is based in the UK rather than the US as with most YA fiction these days. 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
6. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Love Love Love this series so much!
To me this series just screams excitement and anticipation. Readers are left guessing at the end of almost every chapter, which continues on with the rest of the series as well!

Before I Die
7. Before I Die - Jenny Downham
I'm not usually a big fan of contemporary fiction although I do have a few on my shelf - it's not my go to genre when I'm looking for something to read. Before I die really changed my opinion on YA contemporary. Such a moving and beautiful story.

Every Last Kiss (The Bloodstone Saga, #1)
8. Every Last Kiss - Courtney Cole
It's unusual to see indie books on these lists usually. However I loved this book and the rest of the series as well. Each book kept me gripped into the story from page one and they all had a different way of reaching out to me and making me feel regretful and hurt for our main character for all the bad things she has to endure.

9. Wasted - Marya Hornbacher
This is one book thats been on my shelves for around ten years. It's my go to book when I'm feeling down or depressed. I haven't had to pull it out in a while though. My copy is completely falling apart from all the times I've re-read it. Although it is a great read, it's really not for the faint-hearted.

Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love
10. Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love 
I always have and will be a massive fan of Courtney Love. I was lucky enough to see Hole play live last year and the night was amazing, spectacular and magical. I never thought I would ever see Courtney sing live as I was much too young when the original Hole where together, it wasn't till my teenage years long after Kurt Cobain passed that I fell in love with Courtney and her band.
This book filled in all those little gaps of information I never knew about.

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