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Friday, 21 December 2012

End of Year Survey: Part One


It's nearly the end of 2012 and so I'm thinking about my reading over the year. There was a definite decrease in the number of books I read.

Anyway, here are my favourites from 2012 and the annual survey from Jamie at

THE SURVEY

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? 
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Divergent by Veronica Roth

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Katie McGarry and Gabrielle Zevin
       
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
NYPD Red (my first adult crime novel... but it was by James Patterson and I am a fan of Maximum Ride)

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Not sure I'll be re-reading any of them. So many books, so little time.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I actually don't have one.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
Akkarin (The High Lord)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
I really can't think of one off the top of my head.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest book: Digging in the Dark by Hilda Offen
Longest book: The High Lord by Trudi Canavan

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - loved this book and couldn't wait to talk about it

18. Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Nastasya and Reyn (Immortal Beloved series)

19. Favourite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Monday, 10 December 2012

Review: Every Other Day


Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release date: 2nd February 2012
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Target audience: YA
UK Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 978-0-85738-970-1

Review:


Every Other Day is a paranormal thriller mixed with high school drama and a cool sci-fi twist.


The premise of this novel really got under my skin: A girl who is human one day and something more, something dangerous the next has only a day to save a girl at school and it’s not the other day. It’s clever and exciting.


Kali D’Angelo has been at her new school for three weeks. The plan was to hide in the background and be invisible. She’s spent her whole life putting up emotional barriers and keeping people at a safe distance. But when a girl notices Kali and offers her friendship, everything changes.


This day is her human day and on these days she’s like any other girl. You’d never know she craves the hunt of the preternatural beasts that stalk the world. In this novel Darwin discovered more than natural selection on the Galapagos Islands, he found hellhounds and many other paranormal creatures. When the school’s resident mean girl gets infected by a preternatural beast which marks her for dead, Kali can’t help but try everything in her power to save the day.


I loved the tone of this book and the style that it was written in. It was funny but also full of drama and emotion. The characters were quirky and each had their own personality which leapt off the page. I also thought that the author did well to play with my expectations. There was one point where I thought Kali was going to fall for the school’s cute guy and then, she didn’t. It was such a refreshing change. The plot was full of unexpected turns and great action sequences. I loved that it was more thriller, action story than a romance type book. I sort of want to say that it’s a Percy Jackson for teen girls minus the Greek Gods and with a bit of sci-fi thrown in.


There was really only one thing that I didn’t like about this book and it was the exposition towards the end. One character (who for fear of spoiling the story, I won’t name) had a big long paragraph explaining a bit more about the origins of the preternatural species and then at the end of it, basically said: but you’re too stupid to understand. Now the character was referring to Kali and not to the reader but it irritated me. I felt fobbed off. I’m sure the author had a clear idea of the issue so why not share it with the reader. It was more frustrating for it to be mentioned and then not explained, than not mentioned at all.


Overall, a pace-y read with lots of kookiness and high-octane action. It left me with a tear in my eye. Every Other Day is a great read for anyone who loves the paranormal genre but is stick of the same old love story stuff. It has bite to it!

Recommended for fans of:

Source: Review copy sent by the publisher. Thank you.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Review: NYPD Red


Author: James Patterson

Release date: 25th October 2012
Genre: Crime Fiction / Detective Fiction
Target audience: Adult
UK Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-1-7808-9067-8


Review:

NYPD Red is crime fiction for readers who love fast-paced action and are not fond of brutal minutely described homicides.


Detective Zach Jordan is a member of New York’s elite force NYPD Red. Their job is to protect New York’s wealthiest: the rich, the famous, the high profile figures. The story begins on the day Zach gets a new partner. His previous one is off work injured. Zach’s feelings about his new partner are mixed to say the least. No doubt that she’s a great detective but she’s also a maverick, a loose cannon and a rebel. But that’s not the real problem here. Kylie MacDonald is Zach’s ex.


Their first day on the job together and a high profile film producer appears to have collapsed during his breakfast. On closer investigation the detectives discover he has been poisoned. It’s a race against time before more of the industry’s illustrious figures are killed off by a mad-man/ disgruntled film extra.


I don’t think I’ve ever read an adult crime novel before. I have read James Patterson’s fiction for teens – the Maximum Ride series and I did once attempt to read The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. I decided to give this a go for two reasons. The first was that I needed something really easy to read and not too wordy. The second reason was that I love TV cop shows. I don’t however enjoy things that are really scary. This book is the perfect middle ground. I wasn’t at all scared of the criminal mind who was attempting to take down the film industry. I actually felt a bit sorry for him. But I was still cheering on the detectives and interested enough to keep reading.


I liked the humour and the connection between Zach and the two women in his life. This was definitely a quick read and I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next book in the NYPD Red series.


Source: Bought from Amazon