Friday, April 13, 2012

Follow Me Friday! (34)


Follow Me Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

What a coincidence! Just today I was thinking how I do and I don't want to see Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus as a movie. See, today I went to the Great Moscow Circus and I loved it. So on the way home I was thinking how I wished Le Cirque des RĂªves was real...which then had me thinking of it as a movie. A movie adaptation is the closest I might ever come to seeing it brought to life...but I truly don't believe a movie could really capture everything The Night Circus is. That book is, quiet simply, wow. But I think it might be getting turned into a movie? So I guess we'll see...

Is there a book you'd be worried seeing as a movie?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become t
heir sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves. (summary from Goodreads)


Tracey has created an enthralling and original story with Witch Eyes.

Braden has known magic all his life - and not much else. Living with his Uncle John in the middle of nowhere is for his own good - or so he's told. Braden's special, even when it comes to magic. He has Witch Eyes, a power that allows him to see the world like no other, in an explosion of painful insight. When Braden has a vision of his Uncle's death, he's sure he has to leave to protect him - and so he goes where the vision leads him, right to Belle Dam. What he finds is a town built on magic and caught between warring witches Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe, new friendships, and a romance he never expected. But Belle Dam is hiding a lot of dark truths, and Braden is stuck right in the middle of them all. To survive, Braden will have to face a past full of secrets and magic...and possibly give up his chance at love.

Tracey's Witch Eyes is a thrilling tale of family feuds, magic, supernatural creatures, friendship, and forbidden romance that is a must read! A fun read, totally action packed and fast paced, I couldn't put Witch Eyes down...and it was over way before I was ready! I appreciated everything about this book and found myself completely connected to the story and characters.

I think it's been a long while since I've read a paranormal from a male point of view, and so from that perspective Witch Eyes is a refreshing narrative. I really liked Braden, right from the beginning. His power is so interesting and he's really funny - I loved so many of his thoughts and attitude, especially towards Trey and company. For the most part I admired his jumping in to all of the chaos that is Belle Dam - though, yes, I found it seriously foolish with so little information. But what became quickly obvious is that nothing is as it seems, and delving deep into it to get the truth is something Braden couldn't avoid doing. Despite throwing himself feet first into the fray, Braden is still cautious of his emotions, holding back just enough that he keeps questioning everything, and it's this that makes Braden stand out - I can't help but want everything to world out for him. Especially in terms of Trey. I'm such a sucker for a good romance, and Tracey hooked me with the tension between Braden and Trey alone. Everytime they interacted I turned into a tween version of myself, torn between giddy bouncing in my seat or giggling out loud. Anytime it became clear the sheer amount of secrets and obstacles they'll have to face, my heart would get heavy. That, and I wanted to smack the heck out of Trey. Maybe still do. But I digress. Any qualms I may have initially had about insta-love got totally shot to pieces, and I'm very desperate to see where Braden and Trey's relationship goes from here.

I mentioned earlier that nothing throughout this book is what it seems, and it's this that really drove the narrative for me. Braden notices so much, in detail or in passing, and you never know how it's going to come together...and trying to figure it out had me on the edge of my seat! It means that you can't trust anything or anyone, everything's a question, and this really pushes the mystery, and twists and turns. Witch Eyes is just the beginning however and so very few questions are answered yet. I am very much looking forward to learning about Grace and the magic of Belle Dam, about the family feud, and exactly what part Braden's Uncle plays in it all. It's all so very intricate that I don't doubt Tracey has a few surprises to throw at us yet. What we got with Witch Eyes alone provided heart-pounding action! Braden's visions are awesome, with so much information in one hit, and I was blown away every time Tracey described spells occurring. It's kind of amazing the detail involved in it all, and my imagination could run wild with this book.

Tracey's characters are surprising too, never quite what I expected...especially Jade. I adored her tenacity, but also her vulnerability. In much the same way, Riley and Drew stand out too, Riley for her bubbly nature and Drew for his secrets...and hotness, I won't lie. Their parts are sure to be huge and I can't help but to wonder where Tracey will take them. For now though, I really like the friendships they've formed. It's interesting to think about the possibilities for change - it puts me on edge, especially as with so much of what's happening in Witch Eyes, you can't be too sure who to trust in the long run. I tell you what though, I like so many of these characters, my heart's sure to be broken somehow!! While I don't hold much love for Jason and Catherine just yet...or ever, really...there's a lot of power and secrets with these two, enough to cause an explosion for sure. I'm saying it again...I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

If you're looking for a fast-paced read with a whole lot of magic, then Witch Eyes is for you!

Rating:

Publisher: Flux
Published date: 8 September 2011
Pages: 360
Format: Kindle edition
Series: Witch Eyes, book 1

Challenges: 2012 TBR Reading Pile Challenge;

Friday, April 6, 2012

Follow Me Friday! (33)


Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I don't think so...I know, I should remember, right? More often it's that I read a book I've already bought despite having read bad reviews for it. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I don't.

Have you bought a book because of a bad review?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (45)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week I'm eager for the release of...

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress!

Be your own hero . . .

Set in London at the turn of the last century, the novel follows the stories of three intelligent and very talented young women, all of whom are assistants to very powerful men: Cora, lab assistant to a member of parliament; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant to a martial arts guru; and Nellie, a magician's assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder—and the crimes they believe may be connected to it‐‐without calling too much attention to themselves.

Told with Adrienne Kress's sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike--well, relatively ladylike--heroines poised for more dangerous adventures. (summary from Goodreads)

Another find thanks to the cover reveal over at The Story Siren! I am very much liking the number of Steampunk titles coming out this year, and this one is another! I'm most intrigued by the idea of three main characters, all very different...and a mystery to boot! If only I didn't have to wait so long...

Adrienne Kress's The Friday Society is expected to be published 6 December 2012!

Will you be adding The Friday Society to your TBR list? What else are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday! (10)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books to Read in One Day

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I can read any of these in one day and usually whenever I reread them, I do, because even now they are still too good to put down!

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman - This one requires only a few hours...and a whole box of tissues.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Fast paced and gripping, the entire series is one you can't put down!

4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - Killer nuns, Death, nobility, politics, scandal, betrayal, romance...this one is such an addicting read!

5. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson - The writing of this one is so luscious and the twists so surprising it's hard to put this one down.

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Such a fun read with a fantastic main character, this one's a lovely read for any day!

7. Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar - I'm only just reading this one, and it is so good that I'm finding it hard to get anything else done.

8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - The writing style and the descriptions of this one is amazing! You become so immersed in it!

9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - Set over one day, it's only fair this one be read in a day...besides, it doesn't even take that long!

10. By the Time You Read this, I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters - This is a truly hard hitting book, too powerful to put down.

What books have you read in one day?

Teaser Tuesday! (40)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the 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 SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

"But as I stop and turn to look at the door, I feel a change coming through the air. A pre-storm electricity that sends a wave of goose bumps over my skin, raising the hairs on the back of my neck and hardening my nipples. I take a quick, sucking breath, alarmed. The sensation grows, my skin tightening so much I can feel nerve endings snapping in my scalp." Location 551, Kindle edition.

I cannot stop reading this book, even when it's freaking me out so much I fear I'll never sleep! That door and Eagar's descriptions give me chills!

What are you reading this week?

Please note: The above quote is from the ARC and so may change.

Winners: 200 Followers Giveaway!

It's time to announce the winners of my 200 Followers Giveaway!! Thank you, again, to every single one of you for following my blog...I cannot believe that the number has doubled!! Over 400 followers! I am so amazed and grateful!

As I reached 400 followers I have 4 winners to announce, so without further ado, congratulations...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tolkien Reading Event @ Pages Unbound


Pages Unbound has been celebrating Tolkien Reading Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, every year on March 25 thanks to the efforts of the Tolkien Society.

Every day Pages Unbound is featuring posts and reviews all about the great J.R.R. Tolkien and his works. So be sure to check it out!

Today, my review of Tolkien's short story, Leaf by Niggle, is featured. I hope you'll stop by and leave your thoughts!

In the meantime, take part in the celebrations by posting your answers to the Tolkien Survey! I'm a little late to this, but here goes!

Will you or have you read a book for Tolkien Reading Day this year?

Why, yes! I read Leaf By Niggle, a short story from the Tolkien anthology Tales from the Perilous Realm. You can read my review here!

What books by Tolkien have you read?

Not a lot, I'm sad to say. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series!

Which ones are on your TBR list?

I plan to read the rest of the anthology, Tales from the Perilous Realm. I'm sure I'll be learning about more of Tolkien's works that I'll want to read thanks to Pages Unbound and their event too!

What is your favorite book by Tolkien? Why?

I truly can't choose. I love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series as a whole! What's not to love? Everything about these books is epic - the adventures, the battles, the friendships, the creatures. They're books to connect with and get lost in.

Who is your favorite character? Why?

Samwise Gamgee. He's the true hero of The Lord of the Rings, and his loyalty and bravery makes my heart soar! I'm also partial to Legolas...mostly because he's yummy.

Do you like The Lord of the Rings movies?

Nope...I LOVE them! They're some of my absolute favourites. My entire family enjoys the movies and we usually watch them whenever we see them air on television...especially my mother though, when it's The Two Towers. She carries a torch for Haldir...despite even the tragedy!

Are you going to see The Hobbit movie?

Most definitely! Nothing could make me miss it, I'm so excited! I cheered when the trailer finally came out...and then groaned when I realised I'd have to wait another year. Um. Is it December yet?!

On a scale from 1-10, how big of a Tolkien fan are you and why?

Honestly, I do count myself a big fan. I love what I've read of his work, and I don't doubt I'll love even more of it. I'm aiming to become a 10, but right now, considering what I've read, I'd say a 7. Tolkien's stories are infused with such imagination and emotion that I can't help but connect with his characters and their journeys...that's why I'll always be a fan.

How about you? Are you a fan of Tolkien and his works?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In My Mailbox! (40)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. The aim is to share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

As I visited Dymocks for the Lauren Oliver event on Friday I bought a lot of books this week!

Bought:

Revived by Cat Patrick
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
The Industry by Rose Foster

Kindle:

Angels Unawares by Sofie Couch
How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon
Eternal Starling by Angel Corbett

NetGalley:

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Flutter by Gina Linko
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

So many great books I can't wait to read! What did you get this week?