Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Don't continue reading if you are currently reading or are going to read the following: Haunting Violet, Evernight, The Fault In Our Stars, Fallen, The Hunger Games. PARTICULARLY: City of Bones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hush, Hush, Breaking Dawn, Linger.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, we'll make a list of our top ten something* and this week, it's our Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings In Books. I'm splitting this in half here and am going to give you five of my fave beginnings and five of my fave endings.
*In no particular order

1. Haunting Violet - When Violet arrives at the train station and Colin rescues her from some pervert boys
Loved, loved, loved this book, such a great read and captivating from the very beginning. 
My review
2. Evernight - When Bianca tries to run away from her parents and meets Lucas
It was fate. This was one of the best scenes in the entire series and their relationship began at that precise moment, even if they didn't realise it. 
My review
3. The Fault In Our Stars - When Hazel meets Augustus for the first time
Okay, not really the beginning but close. How could I not include this?
My review
4. Fallen - When Daniel flips Luce off
Haha! Though it was confusing and weird when it happened, it was a really funny part of the story and we find out later why he treated her like that. It's actually pretty cute. 
My review
5. The Hunger Games - When Katniss uses herself as tribute in place of Prim
Love those heroine moments. 
My review

1. City of Bones - When Jace is Clary's brother
One of the biggest literary shocks of my life. Who would have guessed that could have been possible?! Blew my mind, it did. 
My review
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - When Voldermort dies & the nineteen years later part
It was the perfect ending to this series! I loved it and cried like a baby for about three hours. 
3. Hush, Hush - When Patch chooses Nora over getting his feelings back
True love at it's finest. Patch gives up something he desperately wants to be with Nora and saves her life in the process. He chooses her over himself and the very end of this book was... sexy. 
My review
4. Breaking Dawn - When Bella lets Edward read her mind
Such a romantic part of the series, and one of the most iconic too. They relive all their memories that made them who they are and it's just basically beautiful.
5. Linger - When Grace is a werewolf
Didn't see that coming. 
My review

That's all for this week guys, I hope you've enjoyed my list! Please leave me links to all your TTTs in the comments below and let me know what you agreed with and what I missed in this post.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, we'll make a list of our top ten something* and this week, it's our Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. 
*In no particular order

1. Claudia Gray
This is the author of the Evernight series and the stand-alone book Fateful. There are some pretty harsh reviews on her works, but I really enjoy her writing and I think Evernight is a really great series.
2. Alexandra Adornetto
Author of the Halo trilogy, this is an amazing series, and though I haven't gotten around to reading the last one just yet, I know these books definitely deserve way more recognition than they are getting.
3. Alyxandra Harvey
The Haunting Violet creator, this amazing author has an incredible talent for writing and more people need to pick up her books!
4. Pittacus Lore
Writer of the Lorien Legacies, including books I Am Number Four, The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine, this author is so creative in that he is able to put a captivating and original spin on an old theme to make it his own.
5. Lauren Kate
There are so many negative reviews and comments floating around about the Fallen series. Though I didn't particularly enjoy the first book, I think the series as a whole is amazing and I disagree with people saying that it's just Twilight with angels.
6. Cat Patrick
Forgotten author, this is a great YA writer that will astound you with her stand-alone debut novel and keep you coming back for more.
7. Rebecca James
Her debut novel Beautiful Malice was really good, though not many people I know have read it no matter how many times I try to persuade them to. It's so nice to find a good Australian woman author. Her new novel Sweet Damage looks amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
8. Hannah Harrington
She's slowly earning more recognition and I think most people recognise her name for her amazing books Saving June and Speechless, but she is one of the best authors in YA Fiction and definitely deserves all the recognition she gets and more.
9. Adeline Yen Mah
For her book Chinese Cinderella that managed to make me cry.
10. Kristen Miller
The Eternal Ones was such a great book and more people need to read it, for goodness sakes.

That's it for this week, I hope you've enjoyed my list. Don't forget to comment what you thought of it and leave links to all your TTTs so that I can check them out. Please +1 this post if you thought it was worthy and subscribe if you want to read more of my TTTs and reviews. Thanks guys. :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

GOODREADS MEMBERS: Looking for people to connect with!

Hello everyone!
So, I've been on Goodreads for a while now, and I would love to connect with my bloggers that I'm always chatting with here! 
So if you're reading this and you've got a Goodreads account and you would like to be friends there, then all I ask is that you either click this link here to add me as a friend, or leave a link to your profile in the comments below so that I can add you. 
Thaaaaaank youuuuu! 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptions

Hello everyone! Sorry for missing a few TTTs these last couple of weeks, June has been a reeeeaaaally busy month for me, but I'm so excited for this post, this is one of my favourite topics, so here we go!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, we'll make a list of our top ten something* and this week, it's our Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptions. I'm going to split it here and because I have hardly any that I dislike and more that I like, I'm going to list 8 of my best and 2 of my worst. 
*In no particular order

1. The Hunger Games (directed by Gary Ross, book written by Suzanne Collins)
I actually had the opportunity to see this movie at a midnight screening the night it was released and I was genuinely surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Prior to that, I had watched the trailer about 298458465 times and it never failed to give me chills of anticipation. 
IMDb Page
2. I Am Number Four (directed by D.J. Caruso, book written by Pittacus Lore)  
I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's an amazing story, a great book and a suspense-driven movie that followed it well.
IMDb Page
3. Life of Pi (directed by Ang Lee, book written by Yann Martel)
An amazing plot, I so enjoyed this story, both the book and the movie were incredible.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 (directed by David Yates, books written by J.K. Rowling)
Well, really.
IMDb Page (Part 1)
IMDb Page (Part 2)
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (directed by Bill Condon, books written by Stephanie Meyer)
I fell in love with Jacob's part of this book and really enjoyed the movie despite the negative attention it received at times. The fight scene at the end was incorporated really well into the movie, considering it didn't happen in the book, and that's why it's made it onto my list today.
IMDb Page
6. Charlotte's Web (directed by Gary Winick, book written by E.B. White)
The 2006 adaption was the best, I think. This book was one of my childhood favourites and the movie was pretty great too.
IMDb Page
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (directed by Stephen Chbosky, book written by Stephen Chbosky)
Loved the book, loved the movie. Enough said.
IMDb Page
8. A Walk to Remember (directed by Adam Shankman, book written by Nicholas Sparks)
I did a book and movie review on this, and I think it's safe to say that it was fairly positive. I  adored the movie and it made me want to read the book as a result, which I also adored! 
IMDb Page
1. Twilight (directed by Catherine Hardwicke, books written by Stephanie Meyer)
Need I say more?
IMDb Page
2. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (directed by Brad Silberling, books written by Lemony Snicket)
I read these books when I was around 7 and loved them, but I hated that the film was just the first 3 books smushed together in one movie and that they never bothered to continue the series.
IMDb Page

That's all for this week, I hope you've enjoyed my list. Let me know some of your best and worst in the comments below, or leave me a link to your TTT so I can check it out. Remember to +1 this post if you think it's worthy and subscribe to me to see more of my reviews and future TTTs! 
Thanks guys. :)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Monday, July 08, 2013

Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Year of Release: 2007
ISBN: 9781406307627
Source: Purchased (Myer, $14.95)*
Number of Pages: 448 

Summary (from Goodreads):When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . .

I was thinking about doing a book and movie review here, but I just really wanted to read and review this book before the movie was released, which I am so damn excited for! Maybe I'll update this post at a later date and add a movie review. This is such a good book, and I know I'm late jumping on the wagon with this fandom, so there's not really much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said, but here we go anyway.
This amazing book with it's incredible plot and story-line immediately demands your attention and requires a reader that pays close attention to detail - it's just that good. City of Bones will have even the most devoted of non-readers in it's grasp, with it's originally quirky, funny and intense story-line that is suited for people of all ages. 
There are few writers who are able to write fantasy novels and continue them as series with perfect precision; Emily Rodda and J.K. Rowling are two of them, and Cassandra Clare is another. 
Sit back with a cup of tea or coffee and watch the perfectly woven web Clare has created unravel and transform beneath your eyes, watch as every chapter opens you up to new secrets and shocking truths, watch as all of the pieces neatly fall into place once you reach the end. 
One of the things I loved most about this book was the diversity of the characters - from a gay guy, to a smart, nerdy boy, to a beautiful, jealousy-demanding woman, to an old wise man, to the smart, strong male fighter and finally, the courageous female heroine. These characters will evolve and develop as the story progresses, allowing you to witness their varying transformations from weak to strong, happy to broken, hate to love and back again, good to bad and bad to good. What's better, you'll actually care about the characters because they seem so real and authentic. They will leave you with your mouth hanging open!
Despite all of this, I think the one thing I loved most about City of Bones was that it was genuinely funny. This book will have you laughing outright from the sheer humour. 
Clary was kind of annoying when it came to the romance department though, all I really wanted her to do was open her eyes and see what was right in front of her, and maybe get nakey with Jace.
The only teeny weeny thing I can criticise this book on is that I wish certain terms had been explained properly as soon as they were mentioned, as this led to confusion. 

On a side note, in case you've been living under a rock or something, this book has been made into a movie (yay!) and will be released in late August of this year. For all the details, check out it's official IMDb page.

And as a gift to you, here is the movie trailer for you to watch again (because I'm sure you've seen it before, winky face).
*Price relevant to Australian stores 

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Haunting Violet
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker
Year of Release: 2011
ISBN: 9780802727954
Source: Purchased (The Book Depository, $9.77)
Number of Pages: 344 (this edition)

Seeing spirits is a curse, not a gift, to Violet.
Violet Willoughby has participated in far too many fake sèances to believe in the supernatural - particularly after watching her mother fool widows and old men into handing over their fortunes. But when Violet is haunted by a ghost who won't rest until her killer is brought to justice, she realises that she may have to reconsider. Thrust into the center of an unsolved murder committed within the upper echelons of Victorian society, the only person Violet can trust with the truth of her power is her mother's assistant, Colin. But the killer is willing to do anything to keep Violet from discovering his identity, and no person - alive or dead - may be able to save her...

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. At first, I found the book a little hard to get into, but once I got the feel of the book, I was sold. Such a perfectly well-written book, every sentence was perfectly constructed and was extremely well-paced.
The plot, though not a completely original idea, was genius and brilliant and made original through Harvey's incredible writing ability. 
I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There is such a sincerity and honesty in the way it is written that makes it all seem so authentic and real, I couldn't help but get lost within this book. The plot twists and hints were perfectly planted and structured. 
Haunting Violet is one of those rare books that can make you lose yourself so quickly and suddenly, yet not unexpectedly, and can keep you lost for hours or until fatigue nags at you and coffee becomes necessary so that you can keep reading to find out what happens.
When you're not reading this book, you're thinking about this book, and I found myself looking forward to going home when I was out,  just because I knew that I would be going back to this book. I just had to know what would happen! 
My love for this book grew deeper the more I got into the story, a story that evolves so neatly and perfectly. I was bragging about this book to anyone who would listen and I think I talked people's ears off because I couldn't shut up about how amazing the book I was reading was!
This is a book just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside, the cover art is amazingly enticing. 
I promise you, come chapter 5 or 6, you will be absolutely and utterly hooked in the most satisfying way possible. I will definitely be looking into more of Alyxandra Harvey's works in future, don't be surprised if you see more reviews on her books here soon!
An intense supernatural thriller that will have you turning the pages at an inhuman speed. 

If you are interested in reading Haunting Violet, which I really hope you are, I've included a link to The Book Depository page for the book, where you can purchase the copy I did at a cheap price. Click here to check it out! 

On another side note, Alyxandra Harvey wrote an E-Novella as an accompaniment to this book, titled Languish. An E-Novella is a short story that is only available as an e-book, so if you have a Kindle device, you can buy it and read it on there. I, myself have not read it, but I would like to, so if any of you have, I would really appreciate it if you could let me know how it was and if it's worth reading?
You can check out a summary of Languish here.
It is available for purchase on Amazon for $0.99, and you can have a little looksie here.