Wednesday, 29 December 2010

FCSS - Waiting On Wednesday 13 Secrets

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you can post about upcoming books you're looking forward to.


 
















As I am reading the 13 Curses this week, i think it's only appropriate that i do book 3 as my Waiting on Wednesday book.

'The 13 Secrets' is coming out February 2011.

 Red is now living at Elvesden Manor under her real name, Rowan, and trying to put her past behind her. But staying on the straight and narrow isn't as easy as she had hoped...Hounded by fairy messengers who are trying to convince her to participate once more in the changeling trade, Rowan is haunted by dreams of the Hedgewitch's cottage and the chained-up Eldritch, who threatens revenge against her. Her past is about to catch up with her - can Tanya and Fabian prevent it consuming her altogether?

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

FCSS - Teaser Tuesday 13 Curses

TEAser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others!
Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
My Teasers:  The Thirteen Curses by Michelle Harrison
'Where are you taking me? she yelled. 'Please - let me go! you have to let me go!' 

Page 32


"It's not just used by the fairies,' Florence replied. 'It can be used by us too, if we now how to.'
Page 86

What's your teasers?

Book Review - The 13 Treasures

Synopsis
While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability ...The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself ... 


My Review
I loved the sound of this book from the first time i read the blurb. I couldn't wait to get stuck into it, and i have to say i wasn't disappointed. I think it is aimed at slightly younger readers, the plot is easy to follow and the language seems slightly more simplistic compared to other YA books, but that doesn't really make much difference in this book once you get into it.
Tanya has been able to see Fairies her whole life, but to her they are a nuisance, a trouble that like to torment her, but when she is sent to stay with her Grandma for the summer, things begin to get out of hand. Tanya finds a newspaper clipping about a young girl that disappeared in the woods outside her grans house fifty years ago, never to be seen again. Tanya and her friend Fabian decide to try and solve the mystery and discover how it is linked to her Gran and Fabian's Grandad. 
Enter a world of intrigue, magic, mischief and friendship. The characters are great, i loved 'Red' a young girl hiding out and Fabian and Tanya really seem to come alive. 
The story is well paced and flows well, i read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I am really interested in what will happen in book 2 and cannot wait to read it.
This is definitely a book to read, let the Fairies sweep you away.


My Rating
I would give this book 9/10. Grab a copy now :D

Monday, 27 December 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge .11

Book Title Sentence

Today's activity requires you to create a sentence out of the books you have on your shelves. The main words for the sentence must come from the book titles, but you can add a small word or two in order to help it make sense if you need to. Just put your added words in [brackets]. You can use as many book titles as you want, but use at least 3.

If You Could See Me Now, Across The Wall [in the] Enchanted Castle, [enjoying] Life & Laughing [with my] Million Dollar Mates.

 












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Sunday, 26 December 2010

FCSS - Week 4 Introduction

We are now in Week 4 of 'First Come Second Served' Month,

My next read is '13 Curses'by Michelle Harrison


Synopsis
The Thirteen Treasures have become the Thirteen Curses. When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Now trapped in the fairy realm, she begs an audience with the fairy court where she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned - but only if she can find the thirteen charms of Tanya's bracelet that have been scattered in the human world. Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian and a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms now have twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent...and the longer they are missing the worse the consequences will be. Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise? 

Enjoyed book 1, not sure about this one but i'm happy to give it a go!

What are you reading this week? 

Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Yesterday was Christmas - the day when most people exchange a few gifts. Being book lovers like we are it stands to reason that we either received books or gave books for Christmas. In this activity I want you to tell us what books (or book related materials) you received or gave this holiday season. If they were books you gave to others - tell us who they were for.


Here's What I got:
  • Angel by L.A Weatherly, I am so looking forward to reading this one. 
  • The Fledgling Handbook by P.C Cast Love the House of Night series and this is the icing on the cake, can't wait to read it.
  • A Simples Life by Aleksandr Orlov - this made me laugh!
  • Harry Potter Film Wizardry - this is Amazing! Love it, lots of behind the scenes stuff and great photos.
  • I also got a 'How to paint Fairies' from my best friend that looks beautiful.

This is a lot less than i normally get book wise, but i have a lot on my to be read pile so it's not a bad thing. :D

What did YOU get?  Check out http://holidaybreakreadingchallenge.blogspot.com/ for more posts about book gifts!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Book Review - Crescendo

Synopsis
Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. And Nora's life isn't normal - her dad was murdered, and the facts about his death just don't add up. Now Nora's own life is in imminent danger. Are she and Patch strong enough for the battle ahead? 


My Review
It has been a long time since I read 'Hush Hush' and i can't really remember much about it or the characters, i didn't really have time to re-read it so i basically came into this book with no background knowledge. As I got into the book, odd bits came back to me but not a lot. I found myself quite annoyed by Nora, sure everyone has arguments with their boyfriends, but she was so stubborn and pig headed and really quite hurtful to Patch. She would whine she wants him back, then as soon as he appeared she would shout at him and be mean. It got on my nerves a bit.
Ignoring that i thought  the story line was quite good, it was a bit of a 'whodunit', who is the mysterious 'Black Hand' that killed Nora's dad. I tried to figure it out, but couldn't, which i rather enjoyed.
We are introduced to a new character - Scott, an old childhood friend of Nora's who has come back, hiding from his past, but why? He was a mystery, some time i would quite like him, then i would think he was a jerk. I still haven't really made my mind up. Vee makes me laugh throughout the book, an there are loads of twist and turns i never expected.
I wouldn't say it was a great book, but it was a quite exciting read and i would like to read the next one. This one ends on a breath taking moment and i want to know what will happen.
Will Patch and Nora work out? Will the truth about Nora's past be explained? You see more about all their pasts in this book which helps you get to know the characters better, but still leaves you wanting to know more.
Overall i loved the story line but the characters mostly annoyed me. If you can ignore that and get lost in the plot then the book is really quite good.


My Rating
I would give this book 7.5/10.

FCSS - Spells Review

Synopsis
It's been almost a year since Laurel discovered that she is a faerie, placed with human parents as an infant to help protect the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Although she's come to accept her true identity, Laurel refuses to turn her back on her human life-and especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world.
But when she is summoned to Avalon to relearn her long-forgotten faerie magic, Laurel must depend on the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani. Her feelings for him are undeniable, and she is forced to make a choice-a choice that could break her heart.
When a deadly enemy resurfaces and puts both Laurel's life and Avalon in danger, Laurel must draw on all her human strength as well as her faerie skills to save both of her worlds and all of those she holds dear.


My Review

Spells starts six months after Wings ended. Laurel is back in the human world, her relationship with David is growing strong, her parents are coming to terms with what she is and life seems to be going well.
Laurel is summoned to Avalon for the summer to catch up on years of education she missed whilst being a human. Whoever said Summer was for vacations, this is going to be hard work.
Torn once more between her love for the human world, family and friends, and the bright glittering world of the fairies, Laurel must decide what is important to her and when an old enemy appears she has to be ready.
I loved the fact that you got to see more of Avalon, the descriptions are amazing and it sounds beautiful.
You meet a whole host of fairies and enter a whole new world.
The pace of the book is really good; it flows well and draws you in, but was slightly predictable in places. The love triangle between David and Tamani gets more complicated and you will find yourselves picking sides.
The ending of the book was mostly good, the plot is wrapped up in a satisfying way, for the majority, but there is a bit stuck on the end, a conversation between Tamani and Shar (Fairy Sentries) that clearly supposed to lead onto something else but seems entirely out of place.
I think it was put as a ‘cliff-hanger’ for the next book, but for me it was too vague and seemed really strange, it didn’t leave me wondering what was coming next, it just left me confused.
I found this let the book down really, because up to then, it had been an excellent read.
I’m still looking forward to the next in the series coming out in April.

My Rating
I would give this book 8.5/10 Very good, I want more :D

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish you all a truly fantastic Christmas.
I hope the day is full of joy, love and peace. May you receive all you wish for and more.

Remember Christ - the reason for the season and may his love Bless you and Protect you for the year to come.

With Happy Christmas wishes from me and my Cats (Tasha, Max & Henry.)

This is my cat Henry with a Santa Hat Photo-shopped on. :D
I look forward to many more months of blogging and meeting all you fantastic people.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

FCSS - Spells Playlist

I found this one quite hard, but here goes:

About You Now - Sugababes
hear it here

When Laurel has relationship trouble, this song seems perfect when she makes her choice.


I know everything changes
All the cities and faces
But I know how I feel about you

There's a mountain between us
But there's one thing I'm sure of
That I know how I feel about you

Can we bring yesterday back around
'cause I know how I feel about you now
I was dumb, I was wrong
I let you down
But I know how I feel about you now


Ace Of Base - Always Have, Always Will
listen here

Think this is a great summer anthem, can see lots of fun and colours with this, just like in Avalon. I also think it rings a bit of truth between Laurel and Tamani's relationship.

I was mesmerized when I first met you
Wouldn't let myself believe
That you could step right out of my wildest dreams
But you didn't know
That secret part of me
Until we kissed an made it open up so easily

I always have
Even when it didn't show
I always will


Aly & AJ - Do You Believe In Magic?
listen to it here

Summer Festival in Avalon and Laurel's new found 'magic'!

Just go and listen
It'll start with a smile
It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
Your feet start tapping
And you can't seem to find
How you got there
So just blow your mind

If you believe in magic
Come along with me
We'll dance until morning, just you and me
and maybe, if the music is right
I'll meet ya tomorrow
so late at night


Hope you like my song choice, any other suggestions? What do you think?  :D

Thursday, 23 December 2010

FCSS - Fairy Facts & Wings

I have been reading 'Spells' by Aprilynne Pike this week, which is all about Fairies. The books have a different take on fairies, but i thought i would share some information with you. Most is taken from Wikipedia, but many sites seem to say the same.

In traditional views:


A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; or wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.
Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature.
Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, humanoids of small stature, they originally were depicted much differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened trolls being some of the commonly mentioned. Diminutive fairies of one kind or another have been recorded for centuries, but occur alongside the human-sized beings; these have been depicted as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child. Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant

Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice, by such means as cold iron (iron is like poison to fairies, and they will not go near it) or charms of rowan and herbs, or avoiding offense by shunning locations known to be theirs. In particular, folklore describes how to prevent the fairies from stealing babies and substituting changelings, and abducting older people as well.


In Aprilynne Pike's fiction, the faeries are plant like folk that sprout wings that look like flowers once a year. They live off sunlight, but can eat and depending on when the are born they have different powers and status in society. Pike has moved away from the 'traditional' views and come up with a whole new concept, that sounds just as believable if not more magical.


To finish i thought i would share some designs of Wings i have found on the web that i like.

 These are from a member on Deviantart. All copyright goes to 'customfairywings'
To check out the original post and more designs click here

I love the desing of these wings and the flowers that seem to float on and around them. Truly spectacular








 I found this one on Google. I love the leaf shape and the way it looks like the flower and petals are growing. Very Autumn/Fall feel.







 Love the colours and size of these wings, aren't tehy pretty. More traditional fairy but sweet.
These are from a costume website which can be looked at here








Hope you found this interesting. :D

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

FCSS - Waiting On Wednesday Wild



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you can post about upcoming books you're looking forward to.


 








As I am reading 'Spells' by Aprilynne Pike this week, i thought it appropriate to make book 3 my Waiting on Wednesday book.

Aprilynne Pike announced the release on her blog this week (read it here)
She has introduced it as 'Wild' for the UK, think it will be called 'Illusions' in the US.
It will be out in April 2011, I know that's a long time to wait, but the cover looks fabulous and i'm loving the series so far.



On the first day of Laurel’s senior year there are two new arrivals. Tamani — the electrifying faerie with whom she shares an undeniable connection — appears, posing as a foreign exchange student. And even more disturbing is another foreign exchange student named Yuki whom Laurel quickly realises is a faerie, though the new girl doesn’t seem to have any idea who or what she really is.
Laurel is determined to figure out how Yuki fits into the picture, and what connection she may have to the ever-increasing threats to her family and Avalon. Meanwhile, Laurel struggles to maintain a balance between her human boyfriend David and Tamani, with whom she shares a passionate past. But balancing two worlds is becoming more and more complicated. When the threat to Avalon grows ever stronger, Laurel’s illusion of control of the situation shatters and she must confront a danger even greater than the trolls.


Sounds really good. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

FCSS - Teaser Tuesday Spells

TEAser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others!
Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
My Teasers:
 
"She forced herself to let go and step back. It was like trying to make a river flow in the other direction. But after a few seconds she managed and settled for standing silently,  drinking in the sight of him."

Page 9


"She pressed herself close against his chest and lifted her head to kiss him again."

Page 296
 
What's your teasers?

Monday, 20 December 2010

FCSS - Spells Fantasy Cast

'Spells' by Aprilynne Pike
Here is my Fantasy Cast for the three main characters

Laurel -
Miley Cyrus

 I think she would be good in this part, she has the musical talent of Laurel's guitar playing and i can really picture her with the beautiful wings.


However i can also picture:


Annasophia Robb

 She would also be great in the part, quiet and caring but strong willed if she has to be. Can really picture the wings on her and her walking the woods with Tamani. She also has a beautiful voice so would be able to do the music bit.



David - 
Matt Czuchry
I'm not entirely sure why, but i can picture him in the role. He's got the look.









Tamani - 
Milo Ventimiglia

Do i need to say anything, is he not perfect?
I think so. Can really see him in this role, Fiery tempered when he wants to be, but also sweet and caring, and he looks like he could be a Faerie sentry. :D



Book Review - Wings

Synopsis
 Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She is changing. Now Laurel is about to discover that a deep and powerful magic holds the key to her destiny.


My Review
This is a different type of Faerie Tale, I was initially attracted to this book by it's cover, isn't it beautiful!
Laurel is a normal fifteen year old, or so she thinks, home-schooled all her life she now has to go to High School, there she meets David, they become friends and life seems to be good. Until everything changes. Laurel meets Tamani a mysterious boy and finds out she is no ordinary girl, she is magical and everything she knows is going to change. I can't write too much because i don't want to give away the plot. 
This book is well written and flows easily, i read it in about 3 hours, a single sitting. Laurel is a great character, not too whiny or self confident. Just an ordinary teen. David is sweet and caring and a great friend to Laurel.
Tamani is great, quite cocky and self assured but quite sweet too.
I loved how this story progressed and it kept me excited and hooked into the story.
The descriptions in the book are also very good, i could picture all the scenes, and i really want a pair of 'wings', they sound so beautiful.
An overall great read.


My Rating
I would give this book 8.5/10. Give it a go.

End of 2010 Survey

Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner came up with this great year in review survey to discuss some of our favorite (or least favorite) books that we have read this year.  Pay attention now, as there has been some confusion on her original post - this is to discuss BOOKS WE HAVE READ in 2010, not necessarily books that were published in 2010.
This may take a while, i'll probably change my mind a hundred times and still not be happy with the result,  but here goes:

1.  Best Book of 2010?    Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy, i always have loved this series and it just keeps getting better, i laughed and cried at this book and couldn't put it down. Mr Landy Rocks!!!

2.  Worst Book of 2010?  Capt Hook by J.V Hart & Brett Helquist, i looked forward to this but was seriously disappointed and didn't even finish it.

 
3.  Most Disappointing Book of 2010?  Fallen by Lauren Kate, i had heard so much hype about this book, that i was quite disappointed with it, don't get me wrong, it's quite a good book, just not as good as i thought it would be.

4.  Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book?  Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley, I really wasn't sure i would like this book, but it turned out to be very good and i really enjoyed it.

5.  Book you recommended to People the Most? The Agency: A Spy In The House by Y.S. Lee, i love this series and think it is a great read, i am always recommending it to Teens that come in the library

6.  Best Series You discovered?  The Wolves of Mercy Falls - 'Shiver' & 'Linger' by Maggie Stiefvater, fantastic series, can't wait for more

7.  Favorite new authors?  Aprilynne Pike, great writer, love the Wings books. Meg Cabot, can't believe I hadn't read her before.

8.  Most Hilarious Read? Life & Laughing by Michael McIntyre, he's as funny on paper as he is on stage.

9.  Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book?   The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, book 1 was definitely the best and i couldn't put it down, it was thrilling and funny and sad and brilliant!

10.  Book You Most Anticipated?  Ghost Town by Rachel Caine, love the Morganville Vampires books and i couldn't wait for the newest book.

11.  Favorite Cover?   Torment by Lauren Kate, the books aren't my favourites but i love the covers



12.  Most Memorable Character?  Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, she was such a good character and i really connected with her, felt like i was really with her.

13.  Most Beautifully Written?  . Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, i love her narrative, it really flows

14.  Book That Had The Greatest Impact on You? Hunger Games again, i couldn't stop thinking about it even after i had finished reading it, and i am still obsessed

15.  Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2010 To Read?   Tuck Everlasting, this book surprised me and i really enjoyed it, i don't know why i hadn't found it before!


Not entirely happy with my choices but not bad. What have you loved this year?

Sunday, 19 December 2010

FCSS - Week 3 Introduction

We are now in Week 3 of 'First Come Second Served' Month,

My next read is 'Spells' by Aprilynne Pike



















Synopsis

It's been almost a year since Laurel discovered that she is a faerie, placed with human parents as an infant to help protect the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Although she's come to accept her true identity, Laurel refuses to turn her back on her human life-and especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world.
But when she is summoned to Avalon to relearn her long-forgotten faerie magic, Laurel must depend on the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani. Her feelings for him are undeniable, and she is forced to make a choice-a choice that could break her heart.
When a deadly enemy resurfaces and puts both Laurel's life and Avalon in danger, Laurel must draw on all her human strength as well as her faerie skills to save both of her worlds and all of those she holds dear.


I really enjoyed book one 'Wings' and cannot wait to read this book, here's to a good week.

What are you reading?

Saturday, 18 December 2010

FCSS - Week 2 Wrap Up

This week I have been reading 'Linger' by Maggie Stiefvater

Sunday - Introduction
Monday - Fantasy Cast
Tuesday - Sequel Special Teaser Tuesday
Friday - Book Playlist
Saturday - Book Review

I know i missed a couple of days this week but with work and Christmas meals i didn't have time to update, but please check out my posts, and comment!

Next Week I will be looking at 'Spells' by Aprilynne Pike

FCSS - Linger Review

Synopsis
 In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in LINGER, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past ... and figuring out a way to survive the future. But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected... 

This will contain some spoilers for 'Shiver' and maybe a few for 'Linger', if you haven't yet read it, this will give some things away. You have been warned :D
 
My Review
I could not wait to get my hands on this book, i have looked forward to reading it for a long time and i am pleased to say i was not disappointed. This book carries on from the first one, but i think about one year has passed.
Sam and Grace are finally together and more in love than ever, they have found each other and Sam is now human, and they don't intend to let each other go.
Isabel is recovering from the death of her brother, but opening up more to Grace and Sam. We meet a new character in this book named Cole. This book is told from these four characters point of view. It was nice to have Grace and Sam back, i still love them as characters and as a couple. I love Isabel's cutting sarcasm, but also the fact that you get to see the person underneath, she does have a heart and feelings, it feels like you are being let into her life and know the real her.
Cole is a famous musician, lead singer in a band, but he wants his life to be forgotten, he wants escape, he wants to be a wolf. At first Cole really annoyed me, i found him irritating and whiny, but as the story progressed i found myself warming to him.
The plot in this book if fairly fast paced but does cram a lot in. New wolves like Cole are joining the pack and now Beck has changed it's up to Sam to watch out for them, Olivia is still 'missing', Grace has struggles and fights with her parents, and something is changing inside her, but she doesn't know what it means. Although there was a lot crammed into this book, i never felt overwhelmed, the story flows well and is easy to read, i literally read this in one sitting and still wanted more.
I must say i felt it all a little predictable, but then again saying that there were some twists in it i really wasn't expecting. The end of the book left me wanting much more and i cannot wait until next Summer for 'Forever'.
The only thing i would say about this was for the first half of the book there is a lot of talk about Olivia and if she will return and where she has gone, but as the other aspects of the plot take over she seems to be just forgotten, no one even mentions her anymore. I confess i found myself thinking she would appear again and i really want to know where she is. Did Maggie just get distracted and forget about her, or is she saving some fabulous revelation for the next book? I wonder!
Overall a fantastic exciting read.
If only all boys were like Sam, us girls would be a lot happier i'm sure. lol!!!

My Rating
i would give this book 9.5/10, a must read and i can't wait for more from Maggie.

Book Review - Shiver

Synopsis
Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack.n summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever 






My Review
I had heard a lot of good reviews about this book and seen it on the shelves at work and so had to pick it up. This was a few months ago now, but as part of 'First Come Second Served' Month, i wanted to read Linger, and so felt a re-read of Shiver would be a good idea.
This is the ultimate Love story, Grace loves to watch the wolves, one wolf in particular stands out, she spends her days watching for the wolves.
Sam is that wolf and spends his days watching Grace from the edge of the woods at the back of her house. They are separated in a way they cannot control, and both wonder if they would ever be able to be together.
When Grace meets Sam, a nice young boy with striking yellow eyes that look really familar, she falls in love. The pair fall into a whirlwind romance, counting down the days until they will be cruelly pulled apart, but as winter draws in, Sam tries to stay himself, and stay with Grace, his true love.
I loved this book, it is well written and fast paced, i like how it switches between Grace and Sam's point of view. I really get a feel for the characters and find myself hoping with them, wishing they will find a way to make it work.
i found Grace a little hard to get along with at first, she is so obsessed by the wolves, but rarely shows emotion about anything else, whereas her friend Rachel is totally hyper, but the more you learn about her, the more i understood why she would be that way.
This book has a host of great characters, i love Olivia and her free spirit, Jack is the guy you love to hate, and all the wolves personalities are great. I loved the idea of weather controlling a wolves shift and not the moon or any of the traditional legends, it was totally believable and rather enticing.
The plot is exciting and i never got bored, even reading it for the second time, i still felt interested and drawn in.
A great book to read, and i would highly recommend it, once i had finished, i could not wait to grab Linger, in fact it took me about two minutes to have it in my hands. 

My Rating
i would give this book 9.5/10 a must read!

Friday, 17 December 2010

FCSS - Linger Playlist

Run - Leona Lewis
listen to it here
(I love the woods in this video too, reminds me of the woods where Sam and the wolves live, and i think the lyrics fit perfectly)

I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear

Louder louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry

My Heart Beats for Love - Miley Cyrus
I've been stranded on a lonely street
Got lost in the shadows
Fell hard in the battle
Heard the cries and the suffering
I walked through the darkness
Left broken and heartless

I'm calling out, can you hear my voice?
I'm gonna find you through all the noise
Ooh whoa
You know there's nothing that I wouldn't do
So shine your light as I reach for you

My heart beats for love
My heart beats for love
It's the sound that I hear, tells me not to give up
It breathes in my chest and
It runs through my blood
My heart beats for love
My heart beats for love

And I've been told at least a thousand times
It's not worth the struggle, the hurt or the trouble
I keep running up to these front lines
No I won't surrender
I'll wait here forever

Fix You - Coldplay
hear it here

And high up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace

Hope you like my song choice, any other suggestions? What do you think?

Book Blogger Hop: December 17th-20th

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books and is an awesome way to for book bloggers to interact and find each other. Such a wonderful idea! There's a new question every week that all the participating blogs have to answer. 

This week's question comes from Alex who blogs at Geek on the Brink:
 
 "What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"
  
My answer: Of course a book has to have a good plot to entice you to read it and keep your attention, but then you have to have good characters to hold that. You have to have realistic characters that the reader can connect with otherwise even the bet plot will flop. The plot sets the stage and scene but the characters are the actors that bring it to life. 
 

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, go back later and join the fun!  This is a weekly event!  And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added

If you've stopped by my blog from the hop, welcome, it's great to have you here, please feel free to look around, and follow. I will then visit you in turn. :D   
 

Thursday, 16 December 2010

FCSS - Giveaway!!! Fragile Eternity WINNER Selected!!!

I held a Giveaway to celebrate 'First Come Second Served' Month and reaching 50 followers.
I was offering a brand new paper back version of 'Fragile Eternity' by Melissa Marr and 'Skulduggery Pleasant: Faceless Ones' by Derek Landy.











I was so excited by the amount of entries and visits to my blog. Thanks to all the entrants!
Now for the bit you have been waiting for - the WINNER:

I used a random number generator to pick the winning number, and it picked Number 5!:






So congratulations to Heather who blogs over at 'Prue's Book Blog'

The winner has been e-mailed and has until midnight Sunday 19th December to respond, if not another number will be selected.

Thanks again to everyone that entered. :D

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

FCSS - Teaser Tuesday Linger

TEAser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others!
Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
My Teasers:
 
"This was not real life. This was life watched through a window. Life watched on television. I couldn't remember When I hadn't hidden from this."
Page 63

"I didn't mention it to her again. Because she was right: the only person who could talk me into it or out of it was me."

Page 264

What's your teasers?