Sunday, 15 July 2012

Keeping An Eye #4

Keeping An Eye is a feature on my blog where I would post about the new releases for the next two weeks which I would be looking forward to.

This week I have another a paranormal YA and a YA contemporary romance.
My two favourite genres ^^

Title: Something Strange And Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange And Deadly #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 24th July 2012 (Hardcover)
Goodreads Description: The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper— The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother. Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 31st July 2012 (Hardcover) / 3rd August 2012 (Paperback)
Goodreads Description: So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

 Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

I've heard of Something Strange And Deadly since a couple of months ago and it's really kinda stuck in my head. Historical stories are not my first choice though, as history just sounds boring to me. Reminds me of Anna Dressed in Blood, but I'm not sure if they're any alike since I've read neither.
Pushing The Limits is something that caught my attention because of the high ratings. Mainly. With over 50% rating 5 out of 5. Like, wow. It'll be a sin to miss this kind of book right? It's really intriguing, so I'm actually quite looking forward to getting my hands on it.
A more varied match this time round, which would be your pick?

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Judge A Book By Its Cover #4

Judge A Book By Its Cover is a feature I would be posting every 8th and 22nd of each month about gorgeous covers I've seen and loved. Which would be every other week when I'm not posting Keeping An Eye, that is. So as to keep my blog alive in case I hadn't actually had time for reviews. I'm hoping it wouldn't come to that though!

For this week's Judge A Book By It's Cover, I'm treading on familiar ground and sharing the cover of the latest book of one of my favourite series: Soul Screamers.

Title: Before I Wake
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #6
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Cover Design: Sadly, no idea

I've always thought the Soul Screamers' covers are attractive but this took the entire to a different stage.
It is really impressive to keep the covers of the series related yet not totally look-alikes like some of the books out there.
The latest three books of the series are my favourites so far, and I'm really looking forward to the last book, With All My Soul, which is set to be publish 1st April, 2013.
One thing deserving speculation though.
What colour would it be used for the last cover?
Red, Teal, Purple, Blue, Green and now Pink.
Yellow? xP

Rachel Vincent is one of my favourite author of all time and apart from the Soul Screamers series, she has written two other adult series which I adored as well.
Here's some other pretty covers of her work.

That's one from each series she'd written so far.
But really, Shifters is the best I've ever read.
Other than these, Rachel is working on a brand new YA project AND an adult project. Excitement to the max!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Review: Saving June

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

Don't let the bastards grind you down.
June said that.
But it didn't help her.

This is something I wrote after I read the book, though it'll give those who haven't read Saving June an idea about how Harper is like.
This is written from Harper's point of view.

I don't know what to do anymore. Nothing makes sense. My sister was the perfect golden girl. She was beautiful, smart and everyone loved her. Everyone. And now she's gone. All that's left of this family is a grief-stricken mother and the bad daughter. The one who never fails to disappoint everyone. That's me. Except until they stopped expecting anything of me when they realised I'm never gonna be like June. But now I'm supposed to step up into her place and live up to her name. I don't understand. How does her death change anything? About me, that is. Her death changed everything but it doesn't change who I am inside. Everyone is upset about her passing ant that includes me too. So why am I expected to be strong and there for my mother? I'm not really made of steel despite my rebellious actions. Not like anybody knows. Not like anybody cares. I've always acted like nothing ever gets to me because I don't give a fucking damn about the world. Yeah, right. Maybe that's because no one in the world bothers with me either. There's gotta be a mutual reaction, right? Newton's third law. See, I do study. I just flunk my exams because I want to. Even if I gave it my best I would still fall low of June. And they would never be satisfied. So why bother? Might as well do it the other way and see if anybody cares. Apparently not. In their eyes I'm just the loser, the failure in the family, the daughter who isn't good enough. Like, ever. And now, I'm the sister who lived. Great. I bet they wished I was the one who died instead. Maybe I do too. Then I wouldn't have to face this sucked up shit. After all it wasn't like I had a bright future ahead of me. I don't think I'll even be able to make it to state college. June had a full fucking scholarship. See that? The big difference between the two Scott sisters. But she had wanted to go to California. Even had a big fight with mum about it. That must the only time they ever fought. She wasn't one to go against her mother and my mother didn't exactly have the need to interfere with her choices before. She's smart. She even got the colleges she was aiming for lined up before senior year. She relented though. She's too soft. Unlike me. I would have insisted on going to overseas college just for the kick of pissing Mum off. Maybe that was why she did it. She was suffocating here. To live up to expectations, it must have been harder that I thought. Even I want to get away. Why not her? I'm really getting sick and tired with all this guessing. If she had planned this, wouldn't she have left a note or something? Not that it would help but, it's rude. And June is anything but rude. It is unlike her to act so irresponsibly. But then again, I wouldn't have thought she would be committing suicide either. She was so happy when she received the acceptance package from Berkeley. How I hope time would go back then. When everything was fine. I should have paid more attention to her since then. It was almost the last time I saw her smile. Genuinely smile. Why hadn't I spotted any clues? Anything that might have stopped this tragedy from happening. I loved her, really. I wished I had the chance to show her that. But I was too busy playing bad daughter. I have to do something for her. Make it right. Let her be at peace. I can't believe my parents actually agreed on splitting her ashes after the service. They are such dickheads. I'm not religious or anything, I'm not even sure I can see her ashes as herself. But it just feels so wrong. She needs to be where she wants to be. Where it would make her happy. That was why she killed herself, isn't it? Because she's not happy. I don't know what's the big deal about California, but it seemed like she really wanted to be there. How she quoted it as her home in that postcard. I'm sure that's she wants to be. I should take her there. I've never really done anything for her but this is it. I have to do this. My parents would flip if they knew about this but screw them. June deserves this. I know she would want me to do this. I need to get to California. ASAP. 

I'm glad the publisher didn't approve my request at Netgalley.
Only then would I have went to the library to borrow it.
This is one book I would like to have physically.
Partly because I tend to read slower for ebooks.
And because, like Jake said, I liked something to hold in my hands.
And really, this is one book I want to keep on my bookshelf.

I love Harper.
She's strong in a way even though she might not feel so.
Often mistaken, she didn't bother to do it right anymore.
It nearly made her lose herself, because no one seemed to care about what she's feeling.
But Laney, ever supportive friend is there.
She's the only person who tries to understand her though sometimes she really can't.
I'm still really glad she stuck by her though.
And Jake.
Oh Jake.
He may seem like a jerk sometimes but he really cared about June.
She changed his life, after all.

Saving June is about dealing with post-trauma.
Finding herself through the eyes of others.
Those who understand her, even more than she does herself.
In search for the sister she didn't know.
What made her come to this step.
While tiding through her own problems with new met friends.
The complicated guy.
And the music.
The best part is the music.
Because music can see you through anything.

Title: Saving June
Author: Hannah Harrington
Genre: Contemporary YA
Goodreads Description: Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going, California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.
I want the faith that someday there will be some kind of an answer, something more than these endless questions taking up so much space in my head, this feeling that nothing matters and nothing has a point. It isn't fair. It isn't fair that I have no answers. It isn't fair that June isn't here to give them. Most of all it isn't fair that she did this to me, that she left me to deal with this mess on my own. That's how I feel: completely and utterly alone.Even with Laney here. Even with my mother. I'm still alone.

I feel shallow discussing about the cover over here but really, this wasn't the one I was hoping to get.
If I were gonna buy it, I would have made sure to get the one below.

Because I'm just a hardcore cover lover.
And really I fell in love with this one the moment I saw it months ago.
Set my eyes on this book because of this.
But of course, the cover's not really important with the content so moving and captivating.
I finished it in two sittings and I honestly just sat there and did nothing but read.
I couldn't get away.
There is just, something in this book that made me want to just flip the pages.
I'm not sad it ended though.
It had a great ending, coupled with the soundtrack I'm gonna be listening to for the next few weeks.
Who knows?
Maybe even months.

Want to know more about the author?
Good luck with that, because I can't seem to find a way to connect with her :/
But still, you can go become her fan on Goodreads and check out her second book, Speechless, which is set to release coming August 28.
There is, sadly, not much description on her new book either but you can always check the reviews coming from those who received the ARCs!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Review: Marked

I'm planning on my next trip to the library to get Betrayed.

The House of Night series is so popular it had been bugging me that I haven't even read the first book yet.
Can't say I totally get what the craze is all about, yet.
But of course, it's only the first book and the fact that I wanted to read on makes it really promising, right? ;)

What really got me to read on is the concept of the vampires are treated and the process of turning into a vampire, I guess.
I wonder if there are certain requirements as to who trackers mark.
If they're just gonna die from the change soon, I mean, aren't they supposed to know who can make it before they Mark them?
Otherwise I don't know why the adult vamps even sense their coming at all.

Zoey Redbird led a normal teenager life with nothing much to worry about except for the geometry test coming up.
She had a cutie boyfriend who got wasted every moment he could, a loser stepdad and the mother she knew died three years ago when she remarried.
It was almost a relief she didn't have to face them anymore.
Except that she didn't really know what her future entails.
What does it mean to be kissed by the Goddess of Night?

It was quite surprising how fast she got herself together.
She's almost fearless even though she's only been at the House of Night for less than a month.
Of course, with the help of her friends she was able to adapt more easily, not to mention her mentor who happened to be the High Priestess of Nyx.

P.C. and Kristin Cast has created a world I am deeply interested in.
This series can go well with Zoey slowing discovering her abilities and her destiny.
Why is it that Zoey has been marked by Nyx as her eyes and ears in the world today?
How does her grandmother come into all this?
What is the secret behind the Change?
I am filled with questions and intend to unravel them with the sequels to come.
Please do not disappoint me!

Title: Marked
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night
Genre: Paranormal YA
Goodreads Description: Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed.

One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school’s star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who’s way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow. The next, she’s Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do.

It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint with Heath, who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: when she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.

The House of Night series is currently set to have 12 books and 3 novellas so for those who have finished all the published books, you still have 3 books and 1 more novella to look forward to!
Speaking of which, the 10th book in the series, Hidden, would be released 16 October this year so watch out for it.
For more news on the series, visit the official website and the FB page.
To stalk the authors, go here, here and here.

While you guys do that, I'm off to the library!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Review: The Loners

I never thought I would enjoy a story written mainly in a male's perspective this much.

It is high school drama.
Except you don't fight to get up the ranks, you kill to survive.
First day of school at McKinley turned out to be the start of a nightmare.
For the students, that is.
For the teachers it's easier, they just die.
And trust me when I say it's easier for them.

When the school exploded into chaos, fear masked the faces of every single member of the school.
Then came the news that their school has to be shut down because of virus-infected test captive run loose.
Within months, gangs started to form so as to secure enough supplies for the whole lot of them to survive.
The Jocks (Varsity), The Pretty Ones, The Sluts, The Nerds, The Geeks, even The Freaks.
But there were people who didn't fit anywhere.
The scraps.
Like David and his younger brother, Will.

David was like any other student trapped in the disaster.
He's got even more reason to be scared because he has offended the leader of the biggest and strongest gang and he's out to get him.
But he did not break.
One major reason is the group of people who were willing to stand by him at the time of crisis.
The people who look up to him as a leader, their leader.
He's no genius, but with so much responsibility on his shoulders, he had to make it.
He cares for his people even though they're mostly weirdos but really, they're almost family to him.

Will, on the other hand, was weak.
And foolish.
His big brother seems to always be the hero while he is only his sidekick, at max.
It doesn't help that this girl he has a major crush on is looking at David adoringly.
It is almost a pity how late he got to his senses.
Got smacked into it by reality.
Filled with crazy ideas he gave us plenty surprises harsh twists to the story.

It was really amazing seeing how the authors manipulated the people.
With survival instincts kicking into place when the first gleam of hope arrived: the supplies.
Living in groups for ensured protection and a sense of belonging.
Stepping out for what they believe in, or who, in this case.
Betrayal vs Loyalty.
They portrayed what was real in society.
Survival of the fittest and the cruelty to be shown where self well-being is at stake.
The moments of true friendship and faith in one person.

All in all, The Loners is something you don't want to miss.
I would say the description isn't doing this book justice as I almost would have dismissed it as a stupid teenage drama lacking of any substance.
It was nothing like that, quite the opposite.
It was filled with kinship, friendship, trust and faith.
At the same time, it showed the dark side of human nature that makes people shudder.
I've never been a big fan on dystopia but this novel really surprised me.
I hate myself for not being to put my overwhelmed feelings into better words but really, at least go read other people's raving reviews on Goodreads before you decide The Loners not worth a try.

Title: The Loners
Author: Lex Thomas
Series: Quarantine #1
Genre: YA Dystopian/Thriller
Goodreads Description: It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

David's one eye wandered up until it found Will. David smiled. Will couldn't believe it. It was a broad, genuine smile. His inflated face looks even uglier with the smile, but it was irrepressible. Even after such a terrible beating, David was still defiant. It filled Will with pride, and he smiled back. A calm came over him.

I'm really curious as to how it's gonna be played out in the next book.
Because honestly, I anticipated a happy ending a vaccine was miraculously created or something and everyone lives happily ever after.
But no, it was not quite what I expected and I'm dying to get a peek on what would be coming next.
Good news is that even before the release date, Quarantine: The Loners has already been optioned for a movie.
We're gonna see this on the big screen! :D
It's gonna be compared to The Hunger Games a lot, being both dystopians and trilogies as well.
I've not read Hunger Games so I'm not at any position to comment on that.
But do you think The Loners have the potential to surpass all the glory attained by The Hunger Games?

Find out more about the two authors, Lex and Thomas over at their page and follow them here and here.
Also, if you liked the story, show them some support and like the trilogy's FB page.
You can read the first chapter of The Loners over here.
Oh yeah, and did I mention there's a giveaway ongoing on the authors' blog? x)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Keeping An Eye #3

Keeping An Eye is a feature I would post on my blog every 1st and 15th of each month.
Hopefully I wouldn't miss any again :P
To recap, I would be showing readers the new releases of the month which I'm looking forward to.
Except that instead of one, I would now be posting two as a comparison.
Okay, mostly it's just because I can't decided between the two but shh let's not say it out xP
For this week's Keeping An Eye, I have two books to be published in the first half of the month of July 2012.

Title: Team Human
Author: Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 1st July 2012 (paperback) / 3rd July 2012 (Hardcover)
Goodreads Description: Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Title: Dark Companion
Author: Marta Acosta
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 3rd July 2012 (Hardcover)
Goodreads Description: Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.
They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there…

A story between humans and vampires may be getting cliched and I'm really hopping to see how the two authors are going to play it so it doesn't end up like another screwed version of Twilight. That said, the plot looks appealing enough as is the title.
Dark Companion. The cover alone would win hands-down. Plus the mysterious factors into the story, it seemed hard not to get attracted and pick up the book. The more I read the blurb, the more I'm leaning towards this story than the other one.
Both are young adult books with aspects of paranormalcy, with equally rather high ratings attained on Goodreads.
What would be your pick?

Friday, 29 June 2012

I've Migrated!

Again. :P

I'm pretty sure this'll be the last change in url though.
It kinda defeats the purpose for people to read my reviews frequently if I kept moving sites right?

Previously I'd merged my personal blog and book blog together so as to motivate myself to blog more.
It worked for a while.
But it seemed kinda pointless so I decided to keep it apart again.

I'm keeping my previous reviews though.
The only one from Midnight Medley and the few I've written in the past few months.

The blog is obviously still incomplete.
Trying to pretty it up as I go along, add more stuff.
Gonna work harder on this.
Wish me good luck! ^^

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: Dead Is a Battlefield

To admit, I was rather hesitant to pick up this book when I found out it's a spin-off from the actual series.
But afterall, it's same old Nightshade.

Or more specifically, Nightshade High.
With Daisy Giordano graduated and off to college, here comes freshman Jessica Walsh who takes over solving mysteries in the town full of secrets.
A Virago, not the character I would have chosen as a protagonist.
But Marlene Perez delivered well.
This first book starring Jessica reveals a few facts of being a Virago and of course, the main highlight of the story: zombies.

It was a fairly fast read, with just enough drama to fill up a story and expect more to come in the promising sequels.
With five books ahead, I'm thinking there would be at least four more upcoming in the series.
Afterall, Daisy had started from junior year and Jessica here is only joining us as a freshman ;)
Psst, Marlene Perez leaked that she's thinking of writing until Jessica's high school graduation, so there's definitely more to look out for! :D

The Dead Is series have always been easy on the mind although there're always doubts which don't clear up nearly till the end.
For those who had read the previous books, you would know there was a clue-spewing jukebox in Slim's Diner, helping Daisy along with her deductions.
I liked how it works similarly now with Dominic's predictions.
Keeping the reader in suspense is an important move to drive 'em  from reading onward non-stop.
In this case, it worked and I just had to finish the book in one setting.

This is the song Dominic sang the night he first met Jessica x)

Title: Dead Is a Battlefield
Author: Marlene Perez
Series: Dead Is... #6
Genre: Paranormal YA
Goodreads Description: Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade.
When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there’s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies?
And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?

"Is he your boyfriend?" Katie was my favourite little sister or I would have killed her. Instead, I blushed.
"No," I said, so forcefully that Dominic faked a stab to the heart.

The first book to the Dead Is series is Dead Is the New Black published 2008 and the next book to the series would be Dead Is a Killer Tune, expected publication September 4th, 2012.
So, look out for it!
The Dead Is boxed set is also set to be in stock coming November, inclusive of five books up till Daisy's graduation.
You can find out more about the author, Marlene Perez here, here and over here.
And of course, don't forget to like the FB page, Welcome to Nightshade.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Review: Intangible

I would think this is more suited for younger YA but for the older ones like me, it was nevertheless an enjoyable read.

Built in a world where paranormal creatures exist but are not known to the humans, Intangible circles around the twins Sera and Luke.
The two live in oblivion to the beings that only lived in fairy tales despite their own gifts of which they used indiscriminately to help others in need.
Until Luke Saw a vision he never wanted to happen.
He felt helpless but was never truly so, as there were protectors around them all the time who didn't speak the whole truth to them until the last minute.
But does he really wield the power to change the future?

Luke and Sera are really close.
I wouldn't know but I'm guessing their gifts make them even closer than normal twins, it was as if they could read each other's minds.
They shy away from the crowd at school and kept only a close knit of friends of which they felt 'comfortable' with.
It was not until the end of the story that they realised what it really was that pulled them together.
And then here came Marc.
The mysterious guy who didn't seem to be affected by Sera's appeal.
At least, not in the way she thought.
I had hoped sincerely that he wouldn't be such a jerk because damn, they were so in love.
But he didn't deserve her.
It would be interesting to see how all their relationships unfold eventually, if they can really end up with who they should be with.
They say love transcends all boundaries, right?
It kept me missing it when I was away from the computer (sucker here has no e-reader, sadly) and all I wanted to keep scrolling and scrolling until I reached the credits.
Not quite as intense as the famous paranormal romance stories but with enough action to fill the book.

What I didn't quite like was how some scenes seemed to be repeating itself.
"Hey." "Hey yourself."
I just didn't quite see the point of repeating that.
And during some grim situations as well :/
Other than that, Meyers appears to have dropped way too much 'hints' that the story doesn't end there.
It's almost screaming "there will be a sequel and this and this will happen!".
Subtlety, my dear.
I just feel that maybe some of the characters didn't need to show up in this first book.
Or maybe they're just anxious to meet the crowd x)
That being said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

Title: Intangible
Author: J. Meyers
Series: Intangible #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Goodreads Description: Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

“Sera.” Jonas laughed again. “I lost my mortality, not my sense of humor. Why would you think we don’t laugh?”

There's a prequel to Intangible available for free here, and my review of that can be found here.
Go visit J. Meyer's page here, and stalk her here, here and here to get latest news of her next books! ^^

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Keeping An Eye #2

Yay, I almost forgot about this one too.
Meaning, I actually didn't :D
Yeah, that was the whole point x)

Running on a tight deadline, I was glad I'd actually picked this time's KAE book together with the last one.
Because I saw it on May's new release, and it took me in.
Yes, Darkness Before Dawn has that in it.

Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: J. A. London
Series: Darkness Before Dawn #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 29th May 2012
Goodreads Description: This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

 Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

I admit, I had thought of changing it during the past two weeks.
But it is not because of the time issue or that there wasn't barely enough new books to choose from.
I just didn't see anything that caught my eye as well as this did.
Granted, I confirmed this as my second KAE post the moment I saw Morganville Vampires fans would like it.
And it also appears that fans of the Twilight series and Vampire Academy series (mememe!!!) would enjoy it too.
Just hope it wouldn't be disappointing when I actually get my hands on it.
Because my expectations are this high.

Not sure about the dystopian factor though.
I've never been a great fan of the dystopian books, like say Matched by Ally Condie (I liked it, but didn't think it was as good as many made it out to be) and how I haven't started on The Hunger Games yet.
But entwined with the vampire streak, I just might like this one ;)