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Review: Blood Warrior by HD Gordon

Review: Blood Warrior by HD Gordon

Goodreads summary: When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood. The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels […]

Posted January 26, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Review: Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Katie Dale’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Life, is an absolute roller-coaster of a read, filled with more twists and drama than I ever expected. Katie Dale is a ‘winner’ of the 2008 Undiscovered Voices Anthology which publishes some of the best un-agented/published work by authors of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (British Isles). When Rosie’s mum, Trudie, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, Rosie’s entire life changed. She took care of her mum to her death and even worse than this, spent the entire time knowing she could have inherited this same disease. After her mother’s death she learns an even more shocking truth: she is not Trudie’s biological daughter. Trudi’s ‘real’ daughter was incredibly ill at birth and going to die so a family friend, Sarah, swapped the baby for Rosie, who had been abandoned by a […]

Posted January 26, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I was really interested in reading this book and when I won a free copy through Mira Ink couldn’t wait to start it. I love Classics and Mythology, in fact I studied Classics at school and if it wasn’t for my love of writing and literature winning out in the end would have studied Classics at university. With this mind, I was aware that some reviews pointed out that the ‘tests’ apply to the seven sins which is a Christian teaching, however I was interested to see how this would be done and was not necessarily put off by this. This review includes some spoilers for the whole novel so please do be aware of this before reading any further. The basic plot of this novel is that Kate Winters, an eighteen year old American, moves to her dying mother’s […]

Posted January 20, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 4 Comments
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Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

The Book of Blood and Shadow already has a place as one of my favourite books of the year so far, and yes it is only January. From its opening sentence “I should probably start with the blood.” to its final words I was fully immersed into the world Wasserman created. Part mystery, part thriller, part crime, a tiny bit romance and wonderfully written as well. This is a novel I believe audiences regardless of age will love and has a wonderfully timeless, exciting quality to it. Seventeen year old Nora Kane takes part in a research project with her best friend Chris and his roommate, Max, for a college professor, The Hoff, partly as a way to spend more time with Chris and as she has been promised it’s an easy senior prokect. Nora is trapped in an almost […]

Posted January 16, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: Torn by Cat Clarke

Review: Torn by Cat Clarke

  As my first review for the 2012 British Book Challenge I am partipating in, I would like to present you with my review of Torn! I loved Cat Clarke’s debut novel Entangled so I was incredibly excited to read her sophomore effort. Torn continues Clarke’s now characteristic style of a novel heavy in realism that seems to have a paranormal edge at the same time. In all her novels, this paranormal edge can be argued at the end to be some psychological or imagined experience; the entire room and premise of Entangled for example and a certain shall we say, presence in Torn. Both novels are incredibly harrowing thematically and are beautifully written. Torn tells the story of the fallout during and after a school trip to Scotland where the narrator Alice, her best friend Cass, outsider Rae, Polly […]

Posted January 8, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 6 Comments
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Double Review: Stone Bearers and Burnt Children by R E Washington

Double Review: Stone Bearers and Burnt Children by R E Washington

Stone Bearers (1) Summary from goodreads: There’s a war going on and humanity is the prize. Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead — and they’ve changed. They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn’t wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses themselves to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead.   I found this book much easier to get into […]

Posted January 8, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

The Morganville vampires series is one of my favourite YA series in recent years, however in the last couple of books I felt something I couldn’t pinpoint was missing. Whatever it was, it made a more than triumphant return in Caine’s most recent addition to the series: Last Breath. In this novel, several vampires have gone missing, which is unusual enough in a small town like Morganville, but all of them saw the same person last before vanishing- a newcomer in town, Magnus. As Claire tries to find out more about him, she realises he isn’t a human, but it’s not certain if he’s a vampire or something else. The stakes in Last Breath, no pun intended, reach what I would say is the highest point of the series so far. The entire book was a huge roller coaster of […]

Posted December 19, 2011 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Ugly To Start With by John Michael Cummings

Review: Ugly To Start With by John Michael Cummings

Ugly To Start With is a collection of interrelated short stories following Jason Stevens, a teenager growing up in 1970s Virginia. It is quite unusual to get short stories in YA, though the Merry Sisters of Fate have an excellent website devoted to short stories, beyond paranormal anthologies containing several already highly successful novelists so this was a really pleasant surprise. Cummings has won several awards for his writing and there is no question as to the quality of his prose. There is something inherently nostalgic about it and a sense of lyrical poetry, even in the moments with simple language. This is definitely Literary YA writing. Perhaps because of this more lyrical prose, there is the one small difficulty I had with the book: at times it felt more like an adult than a YA novel. I think this […]

Posted December 15, 2011 by chooseyabooks in housekeeping, reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: Clockwork Prince-Cassandra Clare

Review: Clockwork Prince-Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Prince is the sophomore novel of Cassandra Clare’s new series Infernal Devices. Set in Victorian England, it tells the story of Theresa “Tessa” Gray, a ‘warlock’ with no mark, who after the events of the first novel lives in the Institute with Shadowhunters. It’s always a challenge to write in a setting and/or time you don’t live in and Clare has bravely attempted both. Her research definitely shows as she mentions fashions and even street names of Victorian London. However, at times I felt the dialogue was too modern and punchy, and at times too American. Before you take this a indictment of the book however, it is worth noting that as a writer for a YA audience sustaining the language and customs of the time is difficult. We’re more self-aware now, more outspoken and bold and able […]

Posted December 6, 2011 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Divergent- Veronica Roth

Review: Divergent- Veronica Roth

Summary from www.goodreads.com: Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances. It is rare to find a book that just hours after reading you already want to start again; for me, Divergent was one of these novels. Dystopian YA is […]

Posted November 29, 2011 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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