Blog Tour - The Tearings

I was approached by V.C. Repetto's publicist to know if I would like to be a part of this and I was very excited to do. Not only is it my first blog tour, but also this book sounds amazing. Keep reading if you wanna know what it's about and check out its trailer.

Book Blurb

From the moment the black vans appear to take the sick away, Maya knows there is something wrong. A high school sophomore, she seems to be the only one to question the sudden disappearances at school and the masks everyone is forced to wear to keep from catching the new disease spreading through the entire United States. Even when word of the new “healing centers” reaches the public, no one dares to ask what is happening.

But when Maya catches the disease, the one they call The Tearings, and is taken to one of these centers along with her mother, the truth becomes all too clear. She is separated from her family and forced to work, becoming one of the more fortunate ones who is not sent to the testing wings. Bullied by the guards to the point of death, she meets David Summers, the enigmatic young Captain who appears to loathe his position of power in the camp and who seems as drawn to Maya as she is to him.

When Maya suddenly becomes the disease’s only survivor, she must put her trust on David to find a way to escape the camp and get the truth, and the cure coursing through her veins, out to the world.

Looks amazing right? I will read this book soon and I shall post a review on it. Also if you are interested in it you can go to amazon and buy it.

Review - World War Z

Title: World War Z: An oral history of the zombie war
Author: Max Brooks
Release Date: September 27th 2011 (first published in 2006)
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

My Rating:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

My Thoughts

I must admit before I start reviewing, that I read this book after watching the movie, which now that I have finished it, I do not advise. It was nothing like the movie and most certainly less entertaining for me. This being said, I gave it 3 stars because it ended up being a nice read.

I did enjoy the way the author wrote this book, with all the interviews and it was the first book of this kind that I have read. I found terrifying the way the government was portrait here, with all its plans to use part of the population as bait and it falling rather quickly.

One of my favorite interviews was the following:

  • Vostok Station Antarctica: This interview was with a man who sold a supposed 'cure' for the zombie illness.
' "Turn on the TV," he'd say. "What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products." Fuckin' A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells. That was my mantra. "Fear sells." '

I loved how Max Brooks approached this. Mostly because he is completely right. If you analyze the commercials of today they mostly sell based on your fear and not exactly the product. This was brilliant.

I had plenty more favorite parts here but I will not reveal them all in this review, but rather post them as individual posts - something I will start doing with all the books I'll review from now on.

All in all this book was nice but not great. I can't pinpoint exactly what was missing in order to make it great (for me) but I know there was something that should be here and was not... Maybe it was Brad Pitt ahah

Unlike many others I would not consider this a horror book just because it depicts the way the government - the world - fell down taking us all with it. But some of the interviews were quite scary for me.

Feature & Follow #2

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. The general the rules are:

•  Follow the Feature and Follow Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
•  Follow the Featured Bloggers
•  Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
•  Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
•  Follow Follow Follow as many as you can. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
•  If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers. Thanks!!

This week's question is:

You Are It! We are playing #FF tag this week. Comment on as many blogs as you can, even if they aren’t participating in #FF. Just say Happy #FF! At the end of your comment. Keep a running total if you want and update your post with it. The bigger the number the more impressed we will be!

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Must Read - Zombie Books

I have this obsession with zombies that runs deep since I saw the movie 'Resident Evil' years ago. And since it's Halloween today I decided to share some of my 'to be read' zombie books.

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…

Title: Feed
Series: Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Title: Resident Evil - The Umbrella Conspiracy
Series: Resident Evil #1
Author: S.D. Perry
Publisher: Pocket Books

Raccoon City: a remote mountain community suddenly besieged by a rash of grisly murders. At the epicenter, a dark secluded mansion belonging to the mysterious Umbrella Corporation.

Deployed to investigate the strange goings-on is the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) but what unfolds as the team penetrate the mansion's long-locked doors is terror beyond their worst nightmares.

Title: Zombie Fallout
Author: Mark Tufo
Series: Zombie Fallout #1
Publisher: Createspace

It was a flu season like no other. With fears of contracting the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try an attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known, was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country, convulsed, collapsed and died, only to be re-born. With a taste for brains, blood and bodies, these modern day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal.

Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land. This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family and his friends. This is their story a band of ordinary people just trying to get by in these extra-ordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book 1 - Of the Zombie Fall-Out Trilogy, follows our lead character in his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road always skirting on the edge of insanity.

Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie Queen? - A zombie that seems by all accounts to have some sort of hold over the zombies and Mike himself. Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family together with the remnants of a tattered community while not fighting each other, fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.

Do you like zombies? If so what's on your 'to be read' list of zombies?

Review - The Hollow People

Title: The Hollow People
Series: The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus #1
Author: Brian Keaney
Release Date: September 25th 2007
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

My Rating:

ON THE SINISTER ISLAND where strict obedience to the laws of the mysterious Dr. Sigmundus holds sway, dreaming will get you locked up and branded a lunatic, a danger to society and to all who know you. In this doomed and repressive place, two teens that were never meant to meet or share their dreams, cross paths and set in motion that which rips them from the lives they were meant to lead.

Together they join forces with a ragtag group of rebel forces bent on breaking the grip of lies and illusions their countrymen have accepted without question.

For fans of thoughtful science fiction and fantasy, The Hollow People opens a window on the unseen worlds that surround us. It is the first installment in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus.

My Thoughts

When I bought this book I had no idea what it was about. I liked the cover and the title and so I decided to give it a try. It was sort of a blind date with a book and I must say it worked really well for me.

As I was reading this book I became more and more frustrated with myself because I had the chance to buy the whole trilogy at once and I did not. Because this book is quite good. As you get more and more into it, you start connecting to the characters and with the story and you just want to know everything there is to know about this 'no dreams allowed' kind of world.

This book tells the story of Dante a boy who was always told that he was a nobody, just a kitchen boy whose mother was crazy and killed herself... This wasn't quite true though. He ends up meeting a little girl, Bea, who always dreams about a city in ruins and somehow feels safe and not so lonely there. There's only one problem... Dreams are consider an awful thing in the island of Tarnagar.

I absolutely loved the idea of a society where you are not allowed to dream because in this book, dreams are the root of every society's issues especially criminal behavior. In Tarnagar's society when you reach a certain age you must oblige and take this medication that will basically make you a 'no risk taker' kind of person and also block your ability to dream. Dante already took this but he still dreams... And Bea's not too sure she wants to take it.

I must admit though that I found parts of this book quite slow for me, mostly the beginning, it wasn't quite appealing but I kept on reading and I do not regret this decision.

The ending... Oh Jesus the ending, I hate clif hangers with all the power of my being, and this book gives us the biggest clif hanger of them all...

Overall 'The Hollow People' is a good book and I would advise it to everyone who's into unnusual books.

P.S.: I must buy the other books SOON.

Review - Ignite

*Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*

Title: Ignite
Author: Erica Crouch
Release Date: June 11th 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press

My Rating:

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

My Thoughts

Ignite started quite slow for me, maybe because I couldn't really see myself in any of the characters, which sometimes is what makes me fall for a book. As Michael is introduced to us and Pen starts falling for him, I became a little picky about it because I couldn't understand how someone could fall in love as fast as she did. This thoughts soon changed, since I started to relate to her. The way she denies feelings and has a problem with sharing them with other people reminded me a lot of myself. And this when the book started getting really good for me.

As I have stated somewhere in this blog I love books that involve angels and demons, and the way Erica Crouch portraits them in this book was quite perfect.

Besides the amazing plot, I particularly enjoyed the twins relationship. Azael and Pen seem to be so connected that it seems unbelieveable that they can ever be apart from eachother. The way they share thoughts, how they have been fighting together over time... It's just amazing. And towards the end of the book, their relationship becomes threatened and I just couldn't believe what was happening.

Now let's talk seriously...

The ending...Omg the ending. I could not believe what happened. I thought I was dreaming. I had to read it at least three times to make sure I wasn't imagining the words I was reading. I actually almost screamed when I got to it.

It was unbelieveable! I was waiting for a "and they lived happily ever after" kind of ending but I didn't get that. I got a "go to the corner of your room and cry because you'll only find out what happened when the next book is out next year and you will suffer until then" ending.

So damn you Erica Crouch for making such a good book.

Also Michael and Lucifer... I must read and know more about them through Erica's mind. They just seem so perfect through her eyes that if she decided to make a single book about them and how they got locked away together, I would so buy it.

Even though I loved this book, I have a few complaints about it. I got an e-book version of it and it had lots of spelling mistakes but I am sure that by now they have corrected them. Another thing was that I couldn't really see the angels and demons having wings, but this is 'Supernatural's' fault for sure. I understand it makes sense, and that these kind of biblical creatures have always been known for having wings, but in my mind they just don't work.

To sum things up, I absolutely loved this book and I will most certainly read the following one.

New Additions

Today I had the pleasure of going to a outlet bookstore... And I bought four books for a really cheap price. I'm so happy about it.

Title: Scalpel
Author: Paul Carson
Release Date: July 16th 1998

A killer is stalking the corridors of Dublin's Central Maternity Hospital.A young laboratory assistant is found brutally murdered at her bench.

The only clue is a blood-stained scalpel. The police investigation, led by DS Kate Hamilton, is blocked by a wall of silence from hospital staff, desperate to protect their reputations. DS Hamilton suspects the murderer is among them. As she closes in on the killer, she little realises that the hunter has become the hunted. In the same week, the newborn baby of one of Ireland's top industralists is kidnapped, a baby born at the Central Maternity Hospital only days before.

Will Hamilton uncover the killer before he gets to his next victim?

Will the police find the baby before it's too late?

Every patient's nightmare is about to come true.

Title: The Hollow People
Author: Brian Keaney
Release Date: September 25th 2007

ON THE SINISTER ISLAND where strict obedience to the laws of the mysterious Dr. Sigmundus holds sway, dreaming will get you locked up and branded a lunatic, a danger to society and to all who know you.

In this doomed and repressive place, two teens that were never meant to meet or share their dreams, cross paths and set in motion that which rips them from the lives they were meant to lead. Together they join forces with a ragtag group of rebel forces bent on breaking the grip of lies and illusions their countrymen have accepted without question.

 For fans of thoughtful science fiction and fantasy, The Hollow People opens a window on the unseen worlds that surround us. It is the first installment in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus.

Title: Infected
Author: Scott Sigler
Release Date: April 1st 2008

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families. Working under the government’s shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.

With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common – they’ve been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science. 

Meanwhile Perry Dawsey – a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey – awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices . . . he is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.

Title: You Suck
Author: Christopher Moore
Release Date: January 16th 2007

"You bitch, you killed me. You suck!"

 Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks.

Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody—the woman of his dreams—is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

For some couples, the whole biting-and-blood thing would have been a deal breaker. But Tommy and Jody are in love, and they vow to work through their issues. Like how much Jody should teach Tommy about his new superpowers (and how much he needs to learn on his own). Plus there's Tommy's cute new minion, sixteen-year-old goth girl Abby Normal. (Well, someone has to run errands during daylight hours!)

Making the relationship work, however, is the least of Jody and Tommy's problems. Word has it that the vampire who nibbled on Jody wasn't supposed to be recruiting any new members into the club. Even worse, Tommy's erstwhile turkey-bowling pals are out to get him, at the urging of a blue-dyed Las Vegas call girl named (duh) Blue.

And that really sucks.

What were your new additions this month?

My secret reading pleasure...

We all have this one book or series that we love but are kind of reluctant to share with other people. It may be erotica books, childrens books, or even comics.

Today I decided to share a series that I love but never really talk about. It is...

I have a weird obsession with these books, I just love them. I haven't read the entire series yet but I am sure I will.

Whenever I'm in between books and not entirely sure what to read next - when you have so many books it's incredibly hard to decide - I end up reading one of these and I enjoy them very very much.

Like with all series, some are better than others and I usually rate them on goodreads but I never really write a review nor do I talk to anyone about them.

I remember being a kid and being incredibly terrified of the tv show, even the opening title made me close my eyes and gave me nightmares for quite some time. Now looking back I can see that it isn't really scary, but it is very interesting to compare my view of it as a child and as an adult.

I have read, so far, 22 books of the original series so I have a long way to go before I finish it, since this series is composed of 62 books.

So my secret isn't all that secret anymore... What about you? What's your secret reading pleasure?

Why I have been MIA and new plans for the blog.

I have been lacking on my posts for a very long time and I felt like I owned a little explanation about it.

In May I got a job at a supermarket and recently (this last month) it has been chaotic, we lost one of our members which meant that we all got overloaded with work. This made me go into a permanent tired state which didn't allow me to do much else besides get home and get to sleep.

Because of this I haven't been reading much, and it has been taking me ages to complete a book, which sucks since I have a long list of books to review and some lovely authors contacted me asking to read their books.

So I'm gonna try harder from now on and post with more regularity, not only book reviews but some other subjects that I feel will go well with my blog. For instance, I'm gonna be posting more "feature and follow" posts on fridays and I'm gonna post about my progress with "Wreck this Journal" and "Finish this Book".

Let me know what you think of this and if you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Review - The 5th Wave

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Release Date: April 7th 2013
Pages: 460
Publisher: Penguin

My Rating:

The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer, twelve weeks... four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave, you can't trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

My Thoughts

I don't even know where to begin with this book! It was perfect, I absolutely loved it. Every line of it.

I'm a sucker for books about a  post apocalyptic world, especially if they include aliens or zombies, so when I first read the description for this book I had to read it.

“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans.” - Stephen Hawking

This quote got it all started for me... And if you disagree with Stephen Hawking... well let's hope we never get to find out which one is right.

I never really heard of this author until I found 'The 5th Wave' but I know for sure I will read more of his books. Rick Yancey has a way of writing that is almost intoxicating because you always want to keep on reading and you end up experiencing the book as if you were the characters. And this is what I love about books, sometimes you get so into them that you become the characters.

When reading this, I became Cassie. I became the girl who was all alone in a world she couldn't trust anyone. I was the girl that saw her parents die and that made a promise to her little brother. I was the one desperate to find him.

I also became Zombie, a normal guy until 'he' found me, until 'he' made me into a stronger person, until 'he' made me promise I wouldn't run anymore, because that day I ran and I will never forgive myself for that.

All the characters of this book have their own set of personalities, all different but somehow they compliment eachother in a way that makes them perfect, even with all their flaws.

I really liked the way the book unveiled, having all of the chapters and characters somewhat connect, which made me fangirl incredibly hard and make unhuman noises that made the people around me consider the possibility that I may had lost my mind for good.

The hardest part for me was the end. I didn't want to finish this book. I didn't want to stop being Cassie or Zombie. I didn't want to find out who made it and who didn't. I just wanted to keep on believing that there was hope for all of them.

Overall, the way Rick Yancey presents us with an alien invasion is something I have never heard of before. They are not grey nor green little man that look human and they are not friendly. They have one main goal, and that is, kill us all.

Still I cannot believe I will have to wait until SUMMER 2014 to read the second book. I cannot wait this long!! Why Rick Yancey?? Whyyy???

Review - Dark Spell

*Disclaimer: A copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*

Title: Dark Spell
Author: Gill Arbuthnott
Release Date: August 1st 2013
Pages: 224
Publisher: Floris Books

My Rating:

Fifteen-year-year-old Callie Hall has just found out that she is a witch...and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she cannot control.

She can set fire to things without a match, and when shes angry people can get hurt. Her friend Josh understands that shes a bit strange, but it is only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels beneath the ruins of St Andrews' castle that he realizes just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie--in Callie--something she cannot escape.

Can Callie control her power long enough to send back the darkness before it takes over her life? Will Josh ever understand her secret? A brilliant, engrossing young peoples fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keepers Daughter. (Ages 11-13)

My Thoughts

I found this book to be an ok read, mostly because at the beginning it was hard to get the hang of it, because it had too many time jumps, better yet, it had too many breaks between events. I can understand why the author was doing it, he was trying to give us a better perspective of who Callie was and her circumstances and what not, but I don't really find it appealing when it comes to enhancing my reading experience.

This being said, Dark Spell has a quite interesting story, and since it's for ages 11 - 13 I think this is a very good book. After the main events started happening and I got more into the story, I started liking it a bit better and I didn't want to put it down, but I still found there was something missing in this book. I can't really exactly explain what, but there was.

I think I was expecting this book to have a different perspective on magic and witches then what the author presented me with but we have to remember that this book is for young kids, so because of that, I will not take this very seriously. Also I did not like the ending very much, even though it leaves plenty space for a second book.

Overall this book was ok but it could definitely be better.

Review - Panic

Title: Panic
Author: Jeff Abbott
Release Date: June 8th 2006
Pages: 408
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

My Rating: 

What if everything in your life was a lie?

Things are going well for 24 year-old Evan Casher: his career as a documentary filmmaker is booming and his relationship with his new girlfriend, Carrie, couldn’t be better. After an urgent phone call from his mother, he makes an unexpected trip home to Austin. Then the unthinkable happens. He arrives to find his mother brutally murdered, and narrowly escapes an attempt on his own life.

Spirited away from the scene by an enigmatic mercenary with an agenda of his own, Evan is confronted with a shocking fact: his entire life has been little more than a carefully constructed lie. Pursued by a powerful, ruthless organization of killers who will stop at nothing to keep old secrets buried, Evan’s only hope for survival is to uncover the truth about his family…and his own past. With his mother’s attackers fast on his heels and with no one to trust--not the authorities, his father, nor the woman he loves--his perilous search takes him from the Texas Hill Country to New Orleans, to London, and to Miami. Full of unforgettable characters and jolting plot twists, Panic is an emotionally charged, heart-stopping thriller about one man’s determination to take back his stolen life.

My Thoughts

I don't even know how to begin this review... that's how good this book was. It was completely filled with action from page 3 to the very last page of it.

I actually read this book in 2 days because I could not put it down, it was completely addictive. I went to bed thinking of it and got up in the morning thinking of it. And once I was done reading it, I wanted to read it again just in case I missed something.

Jeff Abbott in my oppinion did a hell of a job with this book. All the praise I've heard about it is correct, this book is awesome and it has a very good story. Everything makes sense and there's not boring situations in it. Everything is action and this could easily be made into a movie, but I bet even that would not be better than the book.

I loved Evan. He addapted very well to the situation he was put in, and the author made this addaption seem real, like how a person would deal with the troubles Evan was put through.

I don't even know how to properly write a review about this book because all the words that I can think about are: awesome, great, amazing, oh my god, best thriller I've read so far.

Review - Hush, Hush

Title: Hush, Hush
Book #: 1
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: September 21st 2009
Pages: 391
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

My Rating:

When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.

But before long, Nora's defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she's thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?

As their connection grows stronger, Nora's own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this book. It started out really well and then I started getting this twilight vibe from it, in the sense that Patch was a supernatural being, overly attached to Nora, and Nora seemed to be helpless and fragil. But, has I continued reading I realized that this book was actually fun.

I still don't like Nora and Patch's relationship in any way, he seems to be a little too obsessed with her and I don't really understand why in the world he fell in love with her since they did not spend that much time together to begin with. But oh well, I guess this is to show that you can't always explain how love happens. Other than this, I enjoyed the suspense in the book and how Nora didn't realize what was happening, and I must say this was my favorite part of the book. How these weird, unexplainable things kept happening to Nora for no apparent reason.

By the end of the book Nora came out as a brave girl who put others' (Patch) needs in front of her own.

I decided to read this book because I love everything that has to do with angels/demons and heaven/hell but I must say I was bit disappointed. Probably because I expected this book to have  a heavy mythology attached to the story but this was more a romance, mixed with a sequence of weird happenings that happened to have a fallen angel involved.

I have the next two books of this series so I will read them and hopefully these are more exciting. We shall see.

There's still something about this book that I dislike but I can't put my finger on it. I should mention though that the cover is mindblowing! Completely gorgeous.

Top 5 for July

These are my picks to read in the month of July. Hopefully I'll get to read them all

Release Date: May 7th 2013

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.
And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive.
After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them.

The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself.

But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

To give up or to get up.

Release Date: May 30th 2013

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

Release Date: January 1st 2013

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family.

She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Release Date: September 18th 2012

Don't spread the word! 
Three-day weekend. 
Party at White Rock House on Henry Island. 
You do NOT want to miss it. 

 It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world.

No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Release Date: June 11th 2013

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

What are your picks for next month? I'd love to know!

Review - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Release Date: 2004
Pages: 272
Publisher: Vintage

My Rating: 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone.

Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched.

He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

My Thoughts

This book was different from anything I've read before.

I only picked it up because I thought it would be about the dead dog, but it ended up being a story about family, love and the struggles to deal with an autistic child. I really loved it though. I once had a colleague who was autistic and has a young teenager I really didn't understood why she behaved the way she did, but as I grew up I got to understand better and learn how to deal with it. This book was a reminder of those times and also it changed my perspective in the sense of how it must have felt for her to deal with the rest of the world, even though my colleague and Christopher had different triggers.

It was a light read and I really enjoyed the mathematical problems he would solve true out the book in order to calm him down even if I couldn't really understand some of the process.

I got incredibly frustrated with Christopher's mother for leaving him but I think it pissed me off the most the fact that his dad made him believe that she was dead. You cannot blame him though, if someone that is supose to love you and support you through all the difficulties in your life simply walks away, to you they are as good as dead, but you cannot and should not hide this from a child, especially in Christopher's state since he could, and did, turn on you.

Although this book was touching, I was not a big fan of the ending, but it does make sense with everything that happened through out the book, I must admit that. I just expected a more 'and they lived happily ever after' kind of ending I guess.