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I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Thursday, December 16, 2010
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

A movie trailer my sister sent me got me interested in reading I am Number Four:

Basically, the story is about nine Lorien aliens who leave their planet for Earth with their guardians after their planet has been attacked. Aliens from a different planet called Mogadorians are after to kill each Lorien and to take over Earth once this is done. They are limited to killing the Loriens in numerical order, otherwise they face inflicting double of the damage they cause onto themselves. Loriens develop legacies/superpowers over time which further complicates the task. Number Four has been on the run for many years and in the beginning of this book he assumes a new identity: John Smith, in the town Paradise.

The premises of the book sounded exciting however the book was too long and drawn out. The first 3/4 of the book moved quite slow when we are introduced to the background of John's species, the developing of his powers/Legacies, a human love interest Sarah Hart and a bunch of situations which risk exposing John's identity.

I did not really ship the Sarah and John coupling. I was disappointed in the lack of chemistry I felt between them. Sarah was a dull character to say the least. The one relationship which I found notable and heartwarming was between Henri and John. I loved the fatherly-son relationship that occurred between the two characters despite there being no blood bond.

The last 1/4 of the book was full of action. The descriptions of the bad guys (Mogadorian scouts/soldiers) are so vivid it gave chills every time they appeared. Unfortunately, soon after the action/climax began I was worn out from reading about the different environments, battle scenes and Mogadorian monsters/aliens John encountered. Throughout there were suspenseful but reoccurring situations of This-must-be-the-end-I'll-just-accept-it...-but-wait-someone-saved-me? This section of the book felt written for Film/TV. It was really hard to process the scenes and I couldn't help thinking that "this would translate well to a movie by using special effects and camera angles".

The next book in the Lorien Legacies series is called The Power of Six. Six was a female Lorien introduced toward to end of I am Number Four and boy was she kick-ass. I might read the next book for the sole reason that she was my favourite character.

I rate I am Number Four ★★★.5

What’s in a Name 4 Challenge

Friday, December 10, 2010

What's in a Name 4 Challenge is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

The challenge - Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

1. A book with a number in the title [The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller]
2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title
3. A book with a size in the title [Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson]✔
4. A book with travel or movement in the title [Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles]✔
5. A book with evil in the title [Battle Royale by Takami Koushin]✔
6. A book with a life stage in the title

This sounds like a really creative and fun challenge. I often find it hard to choose a book to read so this will help to narrow down the choices :D

New Layout!

^ My old layout

I finally caved into boredom and decided to change the layout for this neglected blog. What do you think? B)

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Friday, October 8, 2010
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.
Nevermore pulled me in from the start and had me reading it instead of doing assignments T_T. I swore that I would not read until all my assignments were done but this book was too addictive to be left alone! The unlikely couple of a cheerleader Isobel and goth Varen had me intrigued. I liked the transition set up from meeting to falling in love. The pacing was perfect as their love for each other was not sudden and out of the blue. I loved the numerous scenes and interactions between them.

They first meet when they are paired up on a project on Edgar Allan Poe. In my opinion, the classroom ignore-your-partner scene has been done so many times before but it never gets boring for me. The bonus in Nevermore was I was exposed to some english literature while I read about the characters researching their project! I liked reading the discussions between Isobel and Varen after a chunks of a Poe's poems were quoted.

About 2/3 of the way into the book, the paranormal element hit full blast. I couldn't get my head around the 'dream world' and what was happening. It felt like I was reading a totally different book because the atmosphere changed. I don't know if this was meant to be related to Poe in someway but I found myself losing interest at the lengthy explanations of the 'dream world'. It was like the book took it to two extremes - the very normal (first 2/3's) and then very warped, which I didn't like much.

There's a cruel cliffhanger (a cliff was literally involved I think) at the end. I'm definitely keeping watch of news about the second book because no one can be satisfied with an ending like that!!


Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

From Evermore, Blue Moon took a turn I never expected, in a good way. The atmosphere felt somewhat different (and I liked it.) There is more on Damen and Ever's previous lives and a focus on more paranormal elements such as Summerland a world between worlds, potions and Ever's development in the use of her 'powers'. My attention was grabbed right from the start and I felt there was never a dull moment in the book. The only annoyance I had was at the likeness sameness of the character's speech namely Riley, her sister and Haven, her friend ("Like, Seriously Ever", I never really could distinguish between these characters as they just get pissed at Ever).

Ever's choice towards the end of the book albeit stupid and thoughtless will definitely pan out in the next installment and provide for some interesting situations and speculation as to how things will be resolved.


Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Friday, July 9, 2010
When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

First of all, I have to say that Princess for Hire is the most pinkest book/thing I own plus it's glittery and I love it! I was expecting some fluff and fairytale but instead I was blown away about how good it was in exploring real life issues. The main character Desi is a girl who is easy to relate to. Reading in her perspective was really fun and hilarious and at other times made me empathize with her. My heart was literally wrenching during some of the events Desi had to experience.

I really liked how the book was half about Desi's subbing jobs and half about her own life. In subbing, Desi lets herself go, expressing what she wants while at her own life, she fails in doing so. As the story progresses, the confidence Desi receives from her subbing jobs slowly transfers to her own life and this provides for great character development!

One particular character I liked was Prince Karl. Desi mentions that Karl was alright looking but not as good looking as his brother. The extremely good looking prince turns out to be arrogant and full of himself while as the readers follow Desi in getting to know Karl, we find his character and personality is swoon-worthy. Too many books I have read are about falling in love with handsome guys with every good trait imaginable so this was a pop of fresh air.

A downside of the book was that some characters felt like cardboard cutouts such as the crush with no likeable traits whatsoever and the villain who does bad things for no reason though I'm sure if the book weren't so short, they could/would have been fleshed out a little more. I'm anticipating the next in the series for sure!


Winner of First International Giveaway

Thanks to all for participating and I hope you had fun! There were 14 entrants and 91 entries.

1. You wish
2. Elixir
3. Hexbound
4. Halo
5. Misguided Angel
6. Please ignore Vera Dietz
7. Crossing over
8. The Secret of Ka

The random number generator chose:

The winning entry belongs to Sara @ YA Vampire Books! Congrats! An email with the e-voucher will be sent your way. Enjoy your prize!

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna.

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.

But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.
Never would I have thought a book could be fun and frightening at the same time! Pretty little liars is about four girls who are very different, dealing with their own problems but are connected through one person who went missing. Each girl receives messages that remind them of their secrets, from the mysterious 'A'. Could it be their friend who went missing 3 years ago, Alison?

I love how the book does not dwell on one character, instead the author skips from character to character and we are left hanging as to what happened and have no choice but to keep reading to find out. Real life issues combined with drama make for a very interesting read!


My First International Giveaway

Friday, June 18, 2010

^Some of the books you could choose!

I've been in the receiving end of a number of giveaways and thought it's time to reverse the role! Not very huge for my first giveaway but up for grabs is a $15AUD e-voucher to You can only redeem at the Australian cd-wow site but they ship worldwide. It has free shipping so with $15 you may even get 2 books!

To gain entries, guess from the cropped images below, which book covers they come from. Just the book titles will do. Hint: They are upcoming releases.
I've seen this from other book blog contests but I can't remember which ones. I hope it is alright to use the idea!

This giveaway has ended. Winner announced here.

Good luck! This contest ends 9th July 2010. The winner will be chosen using random number generator.

SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones (More info:

2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
July 1 - September 1, 2010

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and classics this summer. Each week from July 1 - September 1, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title's theme and is likely to show up on required summer reading lists. For example, Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars, a popular series with strong allusions to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, will be paired with Lewis Carroll's classic.

SYNC will also invite listeners (13+) into online discussions with librarians, publishers, authors, narrators, and other listeners about the featured books.

Visit after July 1 and prepare to download great books in your player to take wherever summer might lead you.

Here is a list of titles:
Available July 1 - July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 - July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 - July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 - July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 - August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Available August 5 - August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 - August 18
Coming Soon...

Available August 19 - August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 - September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

According to the site, each audiobook will be available for download for 7 days. Happy listening and reading, everyone!

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey—one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.
This is probably the first YA book I've read which is written by an Australian author. Even though I'm Australian myself, when I hear 'Australian' I think of the stereotypical references such as the outback and the accent we are so well known for. To be honest I didn't even know this was written by an Aussie until it made mention of New South Wales! There was no mention of the above mentioned references and the setting didn't affect the plot much.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the characters didn't seem consistent throughout the book. The characters felt totally different in Part 1 compared to Part 2 when they begin their journey. However from Part 2 onwards, it was great to see the development and change in the characters.
Old Magic is an Historical, Adventure, Thriller, Paranormal and Romantic book! It has something for everyone.

Marked by PC and Kristin Cast

Monday, May 10, 2010
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But 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 club, 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.
I viewed Marked to be a school drama infused with vampyre mythology. I was captured by the parts of the book where bits and pieces of myths were told. However when it came to the main character Zoey's voice, I was annoyed at times and wanted to slap her (mentally). Many of the friends Zoey makes at the House of Night have practically the same personality. I felt some of the comments were rephrased for each person just so that each character could get a line and be known to the reader. Occasionally, they did provide me with a few laughs.

The build up to the conclusion was good. I liked the following of Zoey in her learning the House of Night background as this was made useful for the climax. The cliffhanger at the end was cruel because how can you NOT want to know what happens next?!


The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Friday, May 7, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about, the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.

The Truth about Forever is the second book I've read from author Sarah Dessen. My first one was Just Listen and just like Just Listen, the Truth about Forever sucked me in from the first chapter. The author has really created some memorable characters. I don't know how she does it but in the 300-400 pages easily, there is so much depth and so many things going on but each of the issues are explored in detail. The book deals with family troubles, dealing with loss, discovering oneself, of love and of living life.

I liked the pacing/slice of life of this book. I read it over a span of a few days so it felt like I was living through every day with Macy. But thinking about it, if I had read in one seating I probably would have felt a bit bored due to the lack of those big events (which I find in paranormal reads). I liked Just Listen better but this will definitely not be the last Sarah Dessen book I'll be reading!


My Amazon Kindle 2 ^^

Saturday, April 24, 2010

It only took 4 business days to get to Australia from the US, that's amazing! I read somewhere that the Kindle makes you read more and faster and it seems to be true. Ive tried the dictionary and am finding it really useful especially for classics and TV where there's a word I don't understand.

The next wave of excitement will come from my order of the Library skin from Decalgirl which will arrive in 2 weeks XD There's so many gorgeous designs It was so hard to pick. I can't wait for it to arrive and put it on the Kindle!
Happy reading!

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?

Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

The Gallagher Girls book number 1 was a seriously fun and witty read. The main character Cammie was a great narrator, I loved reading her comical thoughts. The constant use of nicknames throughout the book made me feel like I had gotten to know the characters in less than 300 pages, although some aspects of the characters felt stereotypical and two dimensional. For example, the bookworm Liz, the clever one Bex and the hateful girl who turned out to be a pretty good friend Macey. These didn't distract from the enjoyment of the book but their actions were cringe worthy at times.

I expected some really cheesy stuff judging by the blurb but it wasn't too bad. Cammie meets this guy Josh, in the middle of a covert operations mission and falls in a new-to-her situation - harder than any mission. Hilarity follows as she keeps a recount of what she does to find out more about him which includes digging through his rubbish (and over-analysing) and obtain the emails he sends using the skills she has learnt at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women!

The highlight of the book was how at many points it made me laugh out loud while towards the end, there were some heart wrenching moments. Even with a complete change in the mood, it fit perfectly to lead onto the next book in the series Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy.


Princess Bookie Contest Craze

Sunday, April 11, 2010

There is a HUGE contest craze at princess bookie where many contests end April 11 at midnight!

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Friday, April 9, 2010
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

With a title like that, I expected mystery and horror. The Body Finder delivered this but I found it took the back seat towards the second half of the book. The relationship between Violet and her childhood and best friend Jay was the main event. Not that I'm complaining because their chemistry was apparent from the beginning and it was sweet reading about their love blossoming. I found the idea of Violet sensing dead people and the people who killed others through an 'echo' - a fascinating idea but I would have liked to know how she got these abilities (since her parents or relatives have no such case) at least vaguely.

The book alternates in chapters detailing what the murderer was up to and others things happening with Violet. The murderer chapters were twisted and creepy and these were cleverly intertwined throughout to make you speculate who the victim in each of their killings might be.

I loved the author's writing because there was so much imagery. Especially the first chapter which described Violet getting out of bed. It was amusing to read epic lines like 'But it was too late. She had awoken.'

Mystery, romance and a bit of high school drama thrown in and you have The Body Finder. I can't wait to get my hands on Desires of the Dead coming out in 2011!



Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Most Amazing Follower Award

Thanks to vvb32 Reads for this lovely award :D

please note: award was created by Emma Michaels

Thank you to each and every one of my followers! I don't have much content at the moment but I do hope to add more :)

hmsgofita @ Gofita's Pages
Holly @ Good Golly Miss Holly
Alexa @ Hooked on YA Books
BrittLit @ Reading Nook
Aye.Me?/Amy @ Addicted to Books
Cherry @ Cherry Mischievious
Shweta @ Book Journal
Lauren @ Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
Mitchell J Kaplan
sara shalash
Eleni @ La Femme Readers
Karla @ Karla's Randomness
Jo Stapley @ Ink and Paper

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thanks to Once Upon a Bookcase for this beautiful award!!

The rules after you've received the award:
1. Thank and link to the person that gave you the award
2. Pass the award onto 15 bloggers you’ve recently discovered and think are fantastic
3. Contact said blogs and let them know they’ve won
4. State 7 things about yourself

I'm passing the award to 15 blogs I've discovered recently:
1. Emily's Reading Room
2. Lost for Words
3. Lost in Literature
4. Reading Keeps you Sane
5. Book Nymph
6. Squeaky Books
7. The Book on the Hill
8. Delightful Reviews
9. Today's Adventure
10. Bookish in a Box
11. The Serpentine Library
12. Today was a Fairytale
13. Oodles of Books
14. Inked Books
15. Star Shadow

7 Things about me:
1. New addict of the Discovery Channel
2. I love Foxtel IQ, bye bye advertisements
3. I have a house-shaped Winnie the Pooh clock
4. I can only play one full song (both hands, so it's not Mary Had a Little Lamb) on the piano
5. When I whistle, it sounds like when the wind tries to get through under doors
6. I use random items for bookmarks which includes receipts and rulers
7. I love coffee cake

Remake a Book Cover Contest

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This is my entry to Princess Bookie's Remake a Book Cover Contest! My photoshop skills aren't that great as you can see but it was a lot of fun to make XD

Summary of the book:
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Micah freely admits that she's a compulsive liar. And that may be the one honest thing he'll ever tell you. Over the years she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Or was Sarah his real girlfriend? And are the stories Micah tells about inheriting a "family gene" real or are they something that only exists in her mind?
Breathtaking in its plotting, and narrated by one of the most psychologically complex young women to emerge since Sybil, Liar is a roller-coaster that will have listeners grasping for the truth. Honestly.

Honestly, I picked this book up because it was a new item at my library. Reading the back blurb didn't really interest me but I borrowed it anyway. To my surprise, when I read the first page I was immediately hooked!

There are three parts to the story: Telling the Truth, Telling the True Truth and The Actual Real Truth. The main character Micah tells her story. We read about her family history, what happened before and what happened after/at present time. She tells you that she is a compulsive liar and this makes you question the events that she explains, trying to figure out which parts she's telling is truth and which is lie (which is frustrating because they pile up). The author has cleverly constructed sentences so as to not give too much away and allow the imagination to run freely. I don't particularly like Micah because of her disturbing thoughts and characteristics (lying included), but her voice grabbed my attention from the very start.

The interesting thing is that the book could pretty much be a whole lie because of a certain supernatural element Micah talks about and the fact she mentioned she's a really big liar! Pushing that aside, it was thought-provoking that the whole 'supernatural thing' is viewed not as cool as many YA books make it out to be. The take on being a freak because of it and steps in controlling it make the supernatural element seem realistic and plausible.

I initially thought the Aussie cover was pointless (just a blob of funky red paint that spells out Liar) but after reading the book, I've come to like it because it's symbolic and fitting to the story.

I'm glad that I gave this book a chance and that the blurb did not give a 'secret' chunk of the book away. The twists and turns were interesting and although the writing was choppy by switching from past to present and vice versa, each event was like a piece of the puzzle. Once you finish the book, you get a fairly complete puzzle. (Hmm...Or a cleverly crafted lie?)


Winter Reading Challenge complete!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Amazon product description: As an incoming freshman, Percy isn't expecting his high school orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends will set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

The fourth novel of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the packed full of action and adventure while managing to develop the characters. The Battle of the Labyrinth was a really fun read filled with Greek mythology. In this installment we are introduced to a range of mythical beings, items and places which were intriguing and which for me, really added faces to the 'monsters' Percy and Camp Half-blood are facing and will have to face. I really liked the ongoing glimpses of Daedalus' life in Percy's dreams, the mention of events in previous books to refresh my memory and the revelation of the meaning behind the Oracle's foreboding words. Greek mythology aside, I learnt many other things (like what a cattle guard was!) The Battle of the Labyrinth was definitely a page turner!


Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights anticipated upcoming releases.

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights anticipated upcoming releases.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Release date: 4th May 2010

I am currently reading Percy Jackson #4 by Rick Riordan and it's really engrossing! The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid sounds great and I can't wait to read about Egyptian mythology!

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Blurb from
When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.
ICE is a modern-day retelling of “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon”. I've never read that fairytale but ICE is one of the most unique and strangest books I've ever read. It was an adventure that I never expected. The imagery is so strong in this book you can't help but picture the setting and transporting yourself there. The idea of Munaqsri, caretakers (every species has their own) who transfer and transport souls was an interesting and imaginative concept.

I like development of characters and romance, and unfortunately ICE disappointed me in that area. I read tonnes of reviews that this is a really romantic tale but I didn't find that to be the case. Cassie has to marry the Polar Bear King and he promises to help free her mother from the trolls. Instead of reading about Cassie getting closer and more comfortable with the Bear, we are told that weeks pass and she has adjusted to his company. At first, I was irked about the idea of a polar bear and a human but was also intrigued. If I could read more about the development in their relationship I might have been OK about the idea but instead I was constantly bothered by it throughout the book especially since they have a 'wedding night' out of the blue.

The Polar Bear, called 'Bear' by Cassie, wasn't fleshed out enough. I found him neutral - I didn't like or hate him. He rarely spoke and was missing for more than half of the book. The parts when he was able to turn human form and why, was not explained. Many characters were introduced but they were put aside after Part 1.

Cassie's journey became the focus of Part 2 and 3 of the book. I had to constantly remind myself that she was 18 years old. Her dialogue was occasionally awkward especially considering she has been in a secluded place without people her age for most of her life. Cassie was strong from start to finish, never giving up her goal which is admirable, but I never warmed up to her. She kept feeling sorry for herself when she herself was mostly to blame, in my opinion.

ICE felt like a rollercoaster (with a lengthy, boring part in the middle). It started off really good and then slow and then picked up for a short but great ending. I didn't see that type of ending coming so it was a surprise and finished the story off nicely.


Happy 101 Award ^_^

Monday, January 11, 2010

My first award from hmsgofita at Gofita's Pages. Thanks!

The rules:
List 10 things that make you happy.
Try and do at least one of them today.

1. Adding to my wishlist at the Book Depository
2. Quiet reading time (usually after midnight when everyone's sleeping!)
3. Eating Lychees
4. Watching Movie Trailers
5. Watching Kdramas
6. Eating Frozen pineapple rings
7. Eating Popcorn
8. Drinking Coca Cola
9. Being at the Cinemas
10. Receiving Parcels in the Mail

I'll pass the award to:
  • Who, what, when, where, why
  • Out of the Blue book reviews
  • Bloggin' bout books
  • Reading Nook
  • Reader Rabbit
  • The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

    Saturday, January 2, 2010
    True Love's First Kill
    Daniel looked up at me. His dark eyes searched my face. There was something different from those too-familiar eyes. Maybe it was the way the orange light from the streetlamp illuminated his pupils. Maybe it was the way he stared without blinking. His eyes made him look...hungry.

    This book is amazing! I never knew what was coming and the paranormal element in this book. The blurb and cover gave no clue whatsoever about it and I loved this aspect.

    The main character Grace is a 17 year old daughter of a pastor-father. She discovers a secret when Daniel, her childhood friend returns to her town. She tries to find answers of what happened between her brother Jude and Daniel many years ago and about the strange Markham monster happenings.

    What I found unique about this book is the addition of God and a religious family. It was interesting to read how they dealt with things. I liked the character of Grace, she was a good girl but not to the point of being boring. The twist at the ending makes her important, so it isn't all the boys who get to be the 'heroes'/'cursed'.

    The pacing was great. Despite being childhood friends, I like how Daniel and Grace became acquainted once again. There were so many sweet and heart pounding moments! There was a large amount of characters which was great but it was hard to get to know all of them. Don reminded me a lot of Lenny from Of Mice and Men!

    I was kind of disappointed that Grace did not really communicate with her brother Jude (he must have felt alone and helpless and understandably angry at her at being with the person who harmed him). She spent a lot of time finding her answers from Daniel which probably added fuel to the fire in Jude losing control. However, the ending poses an opportunity for Grace redeeming herself and helping her brother in the sequel, so I will be satisfied!

    In my opinion, the last 80 or so pages were very confusing. I had to keep reading back and replaying the events in my mind just to understand how events all fit together in a puzzle. There was so many layers being added on the already high cake and some plotholes were surfacing. The storyline twisted and turned with unexpectedness and surprise, I was constantly putting down the book to ask myself 'why did that happen? why didn't _____?' and thinking it through to try to find a logical explanation for what was going on. (I know there aren't always logical explanations for occurings but probably this happened because I loved the book so much that I wanted to get the gist of everything!!)

    The Dark Divine is definitely a gripping debut novel and I seriously cannot wait for a sequel!