Review: Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Lockdown.

 Author: Alexander Gordon Smith: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Escape From Furnace #1: Series’ website.

 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Faber & Faber in the UK.

 Publication date: October 27th, 2009 in the US and March 5th, 2009 in the UK.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: July 28th, 2012.

 Favorite line(s): Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

From Goodreads.

The cover:

I love it!

I don’t think this cover could’ve been any better because it really does give you an idea of what you’re about to start reading.

 

The storyline:

What I want and will say won’t do this book justice at all. It was pure awesomeness and way better than I expected it to be.

The story is being told from Alex’s point of view as he tells us how he got in that hell hole in the first place and how he lived in there for almost a month or two (or even less, since you can’t keep up with the timing in Furnace…) before deciding he was going to escape.

Throughout the book, we get to know more about Furnace, Alex, the inmates, the Blacksuits, the Weezers, the Dogs and the Warden.

What I loved:

- The story itself is unique, well paced and set in a wonderful and imaginative prison in the depths of earth.

- The writing is smooth and somewhat realistic. You could easily imagine Alex and the others.

- The amount of horror, gruesome, twists and blood in this story made me wish it was a movie. It would’ve made a great horror movie.

- The characters were very reliable (both good and evil ones).

- The story itself was chronologically very well organized. While I was reading, I could easily keep up with things and when they happened. You didn’t need to go back and check for reference…(as it usually happens with horror books which contain flashbacks or re-tellings).

- Instead of having numbers for chapters, there were titles which you could think of as the general idea of that chapter or a key sentence so you could try and guess what’ll happen in that chapter. I thought it was an awesome idea. Small thing but I appreciate it :).

- At the end of each chapter, you’ll find a small cliff hanger which will make you continue to the next chapter and therefore unable to stop reading the book. I thought it was great.

- The ending was simple, blank and yet it had something that was telling me I should get prepared for what to come, because now that I’m used to the way the story goes and to the writing, I suspected something is going to happen.

What I hated:

 Nothing!!!

The characters:

Alex Sawyer: The main character. 14 years old. He’s a criminal but not a murderer. Framed by the Blacksuits of killing his best friend and dragged to Furnace, Alex couldn’t believe how his life had turned upside down so fast. As he tries to get along in this hell, he makes friends, enemies, uncovers the horror in Furnace, fights for his and others lives and decides that there is a way out.

Carl Donovan: He’s one of those unlucky who were brought to Furnace when it opened for the first time. He’s big, strong, never smiling, keeps to himself and he’s Alex’s cellmate. After getting to know Alex, they become friends and you start to notice that he is the voice of reason in the book, always keeping an eye on Alex, saving him, teaching him the rules, warning him and helping him along. As their friendship becomes stronger, Donovan faces his worst nightmares.

Zee Hatcher: One of the three boys who were with Alex the day they took him to Furnace. He slowly begins to trust Alex and then they become close friends. Despite his small size and young age, Zee tries to always protect and help his friends, that is when neither the Blacksuits, the Dogs nor the Skulls are involved.

Other characters worth mentioning are: The Skulls, the Furnace’s gang who terrorizes everyone. They’re bloody, dirty, with bad history full of killings and death. The Blacksuits, the army that makes sure everyone and everything stays in and in there particular places. They’re cruel, deadly and emotionless. The Weezers, my favorite evil characters in this book until I get to know more about Warden, the one who runs Furnace. They come at night and take few of the inmates and drag them to their death. They wear masks, keep flinching and twisting and when they open their mouths, the worst sounds of hell come out.

 

Favorite quotes:

I have so many, as you’d expect, but here are random three ones.

“I feel like every nerve in my body is being pricked with a red hot needle,” I replied, making Donovan wince. “I feel like someone has skinned me alive and is now toasting my internal organs with a blowtorch.” He actually turned a little pale at that one. “I feel like I’ve been bathed in acid—”   

“Okay, enough,” he interrupted, holding up a hand. “I’m about to eat breakfast.” --- The Warden’s Warning.

I was so tired and scared that my mind was delirious, and the more I lay there thinking about it the more I was convinced that Furnace was Hades, Gehenna, the pit where sinners are sent to rot away for all eternity. It made perfect sense—the warden and his devil eyes, the blacksuits with their superhuman strength, the wheezers that looked like the tortured ghosts of Nazi storm troopers, and the way that poor Monty had been scoured of everything recognizable, forced to become a demon that thrashed and ripped and killed. --- A Distraction.

I hid the gloves underneath the mattress at the base of my bed while Donovan kept watch. I wasn’t too happy about the idea of going up in flames in the middle of the night, but we had no choice. It was either there or in the toilet cistern, and the thought of being blown up while taking a dump was infinitely worse. --- Jumpers.

Conclusion:

If you’re into dystopian, horror and/or thriller books than this one is definitely for you. Even if you’re new to these genres and you want to start reading a book that has all three of the above.

I couldn’t tell how much I loved this book no matter how much I wrote, so I’ll just get on with the sequel, Solitary ;).

As a side note: All the while when I was reading Lockdown, I kept thinking about House on a Haunted Hill and it’s sequel. It was a perfect match for this book, in my opinion :).

5favoriteRanda

Blog Tour Review: Forget Me Not by Belinda Boring.

Friday, July 27, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  Title: Forget Me Not.

  Author: Belinda Boring: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: The Mystic Wolves #2.

  Publisher: Moonstruck Media.

  Publication date: May 6th, 2012.

  Source: The author.

  Format: e-book.

  Date read: July 25th, 2012.

  Rating: 3.5/5 stars but will be shown as 4/5 on other sites (ex: Goodreads).

  Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book depository or Kobo.

Only a fool would think they could steal from a werewolf …
Anticipating a quiet night alone with the man she loves, Darcy’s world is sent into a spin with the arrival of someone from the past—Mason’s. She is further shocked by the intruder’s claim she may not even be the true mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha. Accusations start to fly, leading to her new enemy being granted asylum, and this is just the beginning of trouble.
Relying on the reassurances of Mason and the support of her friends and Pack, Darcy soon falls under attack. Suspicions are raised, and with no other choice, she must flee with Devlin to safety where hopefully they can untangle the lies hidden behind the use of magic. Time is quickly ticking away, leading to a showdown where everything is on the line.
They need to uncover the truth before it’s too late, or once again, Darcy will need to fight to hold onto her dreams.

From Goodreads.

The cover:

This is Amber?? If so, I can see why she has no idea why Mason is in love with Darcy. Darcy should be much more prettier than Amber, but I can’t see that.

The cover however, I love :).

The storyline:

This book really surprised me, a lot!

It exceeded my expectations to be honest, because I didn’t like the first book, I thought this one too will disappoint me, but it didn’t!

The story continues exactly from where the first book left off with Darcy facing the new enemy, Amber. From there, new revelations are discovered as well as new twists, mysteries, new friendships and enemies made.

I got to see other sides of the characters (both good and bad sides) and also got the opportunity to know the secondary characters and some of the Pack’s past in the area.

What I Liked:

- The writing improved a lot and you notice the improve immediately when you start reading from page one. It got smoother and the pace became easier to follow.

- I found myself familiar with the characters and their surroundings which helped me enjoy the new plot.

- The twists and the amount of action added were very well done.

- Less kissing and touching (finally!!) made it possible for the real storyline to develop and for us (who don’t like romance) to enjoy the book more.

- I really loved the concept of different and mystical supernatural creatures living together and how Werewolves and Vampires seem to be close friends and allies.

- The ending!! What is it with me and cliff hanging endings?! I wouldn’t imagine what happened to happen at all despite the fact that I knew Amber was hiding something.

What I didn’t like:

- Mainly, one thing, Darcy! Okay, so the author, Belinda, made Darcy act and sound like a complete teenager whenever Mason was around, and Darcy kept saying how much she loved him and that all she wanted was him, and then all of a second, after a brief conversation with Vlad (no not Dracula, but Devlin’s nephew) she begins noticing how handsome Devlin is!! And she starts to act and think in a way that I got embarrassed in her place by just reading it!

I thought it was a bad thing for the author to do. This story does not need a love triangle or a stupid protagonist who’s controlled by words and hormones.

- What Also bothered me in the book was the repetition of certain words and expressions I almost ripped my eyes out each time I found them again! I want give you examples for two reasons: one, I’ll spoil the book and two, some of those excruciating expressions aren’t suitable for a YA book blog.

The characters:

Mason: My respect for him grew. He’s a true Alpha and deserves his title. He keeps everyone organized and thinking in the right direction no matter what. Despite what he goes through in this book, he fights it fairly, honestly and intelligently.

Darcy: She’s a pain in the head. Mason was right when he said “Trouble is her middle name” because it is! Wherever she goes trouble goes with her, however, she showed a huge amount of will power and strength, an ability to keep calm when needed and her true loyalty and dedication to do whatever it takes to keep her Pack safe. I admire that.

Daniel: A very trust worthy second in command guy. A big brother and best friend to both Mason and Daniel. He shows support and courage throughout the book. Daniel is the best friend everyone needs.

Devlin: Is the type of best friend I want. He’s a very honorable and trust worthy vampire who loves Darcy as a friend or more and would do anything to keep her safe (reminds me of Elijah actually from The Vampire Diaries). He’s also a very trust worthy friend of Mason’s. He played a great role in this book and will (as I suspect) in the next sequel, Tempting fate.

Vivien: A very powerful witch who’s also a friend of Mason, Darcy and her mother. She’s very protective of her friends and doesn’t show her emotions most of the time.

Amber: Ah, I was going to skip over her because I don’t won’t to spoil the review, but I’ll try to speak of her without doing so, shall I? Amber in an old friend and crush of Mason. She, along with her father, where seeking power by making Mason mate with her. but when things got clear and Mason got to see the real her (thanks to Daniel) he canceled the mating ritual. Since then, which was five years ago from the date of the book, she’s been trying so badly to get back to Mason and failed miserably each time. But when she gets back this time, she comes prepared and determined to eradicate Darcy and win Mason to her side forever. This is what Forget Me Not is all about. So yes, Amber is the villain in here and you won’t be disappointed with what she’s got up her sleeve.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Vlad, Devlin’s nephew and newborn. Zane, the Vampire King, and The Fates.

Favorite quotes:

Surprisingly so, I have many favorite quotes, but as usual here are three random ones :).

I hadn’t been to visit Devlin since his young nephew had moved in, and when I’d gone exploring through the different rooms to see if anything had changed, I wasn’t prepared for the massive black coffin resting on a makeshift platform displayed in the center of the bedroom. --- Chapter 15.

Take her for instance.” He paused long enough to look at the television screen. “Buffy loves Angel, but then along comes Spike. Two different vampires, and she winds up loving them both. I read the fan pages all over the internet, these two males have large followings, but when I assume their personalities, I get nothing. --- Chapter 17.

I loved everything about Devlin’s study, and it was probably one of my favorite places in the house. Floor to ceiling bookshelves with volume after volume of books covered most of the walls, and the whole room had a warm, comfortable feel to it. --- Chapter 18.

Conclusion:

This book was good.

I could see why I could love it, it has a unique storyline and writing style with plenty of twists and action.

I want the third installment in the series, Tempting Fate, now!

3.5

Randa

Waiting on Wednesday (4): The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

 

 

 

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  Title: The Indigo Spell.

  Author: Richelle Mead: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: Bloodlines #3.

  Publisher: Razorbill in the US.

  Expected date of publication: February 12th, 2013 in the US.

  Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.

After an event that changed Sydney and Adrian’s lives forever, Sydney struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her. And when Sydney comes face to face with an evil magic user, she finally begins to embrace the mysterious magic she knows she holds within . . .
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

From Goodreads.

 

I can’t wait for this one to come out!

First of all, let me tell you how exited I am for this cover. I love the change of colors in each cover and how this one has a perfect blue. Also, I’m glad that (probably) the guy on Sydney’s right is Mr. Finch (Hi Mr. Finch!) and I’m already anticipating his role in the story. And, with no need to mention him since it’s obvious, Mr. Ivashkov is obviously back on the covers :D and has a very determined look… I suspect a love triangle in here of some sort (sounds familiar? Ahem, Rose?).

 

Anyways, the ending of The Golden Lily left me speechless and wanting to kick Sydney in the stomach. I’m having big anticipations for what to come and what new and deadly twists they’re going to face.

Also, what’s going to happen with Jill, Eddie and Angeline? And will Sonya and Dimitri be present in this installment? So many questions to be answered hopefully in the sequel, although my gut is telling me that it’ll be about Adrian and Sydney and how Marcus (Marcus Finch) is going to add up to the story or complicate things that are already complicated (these suspicions are supported by the cover as well ;)).

 

Hurry on 2013!!

Randa

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.

Monday, July 23, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  Title: The Golden Lily.

  Author: Richelle Mead: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

  Series: Bloodlines #2.

  Publisher: Razorbill in the US.

  Publication date: June 12, 2012 in US.

  Source: Bought.

  Format: e-book.

  Date read: July 23rd, 2012.

  Rating: 4 stars.

  Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series.
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

From Goodreads.

The cover:

Richelle’s books have the best covers ever. I love each one of them mainly because I can see how the characters look like and the models on the cover resemble them by far.

My favorite thing about the Bloodlines’ covers however is the font in which the title is written, it’s beautiful.

 

The storyline:

I honestly have no idea what to say.

I’m always left speechless after reading Richelle’s books because of the wonderfully killing ending she gives us each time.

The story continues a month after the ending of Bloodlines with Sydney going to give a testimony against (or to help) Keith.

Things develop from there and as you’d expect from Richelle’s books, there’re plenty of twists and ups and downs in the story.

What I liked (and loved!):

- The writing as usual is super great. I’m always amazed at how realistic Richelle’s writing is. The story went smoothly and easily.

- I found the way the storyline was told was somewhat different from Bloodlines’, I don’t know why, but it was still good.

- I loved how the secondary characters got to have a much bigger role in the sequel. They had a lot to say and do and it effected the story that much.

- The ending as usual… speechless!!!

What I didn’t like:

- For some reason, the storyline’s pace went slowly at times, I just couldn’t believe I was bored in this book!

- Sydney’s character definitely got on my nerves this time. I always respected her intelligence and courage, but this time she became stupid or she didn’t want to understand and somewhat rude. I definitely hate rude characters.

 

The characters:

Adrian: Oh poor, nice and honorable Adrian. I loved him in this book. He showed sides to himself we didn’t get to see in both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines. What got to me most is his passion for Sydney and his respect for who she is and what she does. He also showed commitment and intelligence, you’d be surprised at what he was hiding.

Sydney: I think I already said what I thought about her so I’ll just tell you what I did like in her personality. She showed her usual commitment to do her job as constructed and to protect her vampire friends as long as she can. Overall, since she’s the protagonist in this spinoff series, it was felt like the story wouldn’t develop without her, which is wrong. She has a great value in the story but not that important. Sometimes she forgets that there are others with her who can help.

Jill: I really like her and admire her for holding on despite what she’s been going thru with Adrian and Micah. She a very brave Moroi.

Eddie: He’s this person who keeps to himself and yet does as asked from him. He’s smart and tough and set to protect Jill at all costs.

Angeline: Most of the times I laughed in this book were because of her, especially at the beginning. She’s a constant reminder of trouble and wherever she goes problems follow. But she has a very big and friendly heart and would do anything to protect those close to her.

Dimitri: Should I really say anything? He’s the superhero who comes to the rescue each time something bad happens. Also, he’s mostly the mind of reason along with Sonya. He just makes everyone respect him since he never hurts or offences anyone. Even Adrian couldn’t argue with that.

Sonya: She’s a very nice and friendly Moroi whom Sydney befriends later. She goes through hell in this book and later gets saved by the clique.

Other characters worth mentioning but won’t be mentioned to not spoil the story are: Trey, Chris, Clarence, Brayden and last but not least the infamous and mysterious Marcus Finch who is not present in this book but there are many talks of him.

 

Favorite quotes:

“What’s this? It looks like a lily.”

“It is,” he said. “No offense, but this lily is kind of more badass than yours. If the Alchemists want to buy the rights to this and start using it, I’m wiling to negotiate.” and start using it, I’m wiling to negotiate.” --- Chapter 24.

Conclusion:

I think I was somewhat disappointed in both Sydney and how the story went in The Golden Lily. I expected more action and twists and more from Sydney.

I can’t wait to get my hands on The Indigo Spell next year!!!

4

Randa

Review: The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring.

Friday, July 20, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  Title: The Mystic Wolves.

  Author: Belinda Boring: website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

  Series: The Mystic Wolves #1.

  Publisher: Moonstruck Media.

  Publication date: January 19th, 2012.

  Source: Bought from Kobo (and Amazon) for free.

  Format: e-book.

  Date read: July 20th, 2012.

  Rating: 3 stars.

  Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?
Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.
**This is the full length novel version of Without Mercy, Cherished, and Blood Oath*

From Goodreads.

The cover:

I find the cover suiting for the book and the storyline, although I completely refuse to think that the girl is Darcy. Because if she is, then I have no idea why Mason is swooning over her… no offence.

The storyline:

What can I say…

This is the first book I read about werewolves, and I almost swore it would be the last one. If I wasn’t supposed to finish it because I’m in the blog tour for the sequel Forget Me Not, I would’ve stopped reading it from chapter 2!! With this being said, I’m glad I finished it. It ended perfectly ^__^.

With no further delay, let me get straight to the point:

What I disliked (because they are far more than what I liked):

- The beginning. It was the worst beginning I’ve ever read. All of a sudden, we’re with Darcy, Mason, Jasmine, Daniel and someone else playing football and then Darcy talks about the Mystic Wolves and shifting…. Just what in the world? No introduction? I spent four chapters just trying to figure out who was who and did what! Enough said in here.

- The characters. I disliked all of them at the beginning because of the following reason. But once the story started developing, I respected the main characters (Mason still in the danger zone…).

- The storyline was so cheesy and somewhat erotic.

- The writing style. I have no idea if this is a YA or Adult book, but from what I found online it’s mainly categorized as YA, which is madness. If all werewolf books were like this one, I’d keep on not reading them. There were times when I questioned why I was reading this book, it is full of nonsense romance and touching and kissing and cheesy talking. Oh God, I’ll stop at this point.

- Making fun of Twilight?? huh? Even though I’m not a huge fan of the Saga but I didn’t like the fact that it was made fun at. Not cool.

What I liked:

Oh, finally, starting chapter eleven, I was rewarded with what I’ve been anticipating since the beginning: action and true storyline with serious twists and werewolf talk. Although it might have gotten better because finally vampires are in the house! ;).

- Starting chapter eleven, the writing became much better, I lost myself in the book.

- The storyline got a total different turn with many twists and actions and less crazy romance.

- The characters became more familiar and more dependable on.

- I loved how we could finally see and understand each relationship whether it was friendship, family one or a love interest. It was so unnerving.

- The end left me speechless that I started the second one without realizing it!! It was that good at the end!

 

The characters:

Mason: The Alpha in the pack and Darcy’s supposed mate. His character is very good mostly, I just hate it when he acts in a cheesy way saying cheesy lines. But overall, he reached my expectations for a werewolf and a leader. I respect him a lot.

Darcy: She almost made me insane at first. She kept acting like a teenager and whining and always turned on whenever and wherever Mason showed up without mentioning how much she tries making everything sound funny. However, when things became serious, I saw what he saw in her, a strong and powerful female with a goal to protect her friends, loved ones and pack from any danger ahead. At the end, I also respected her, not as much as Mason but better than before.

Jasmine: Really??? This might be spoiling but I didn’t like the fact that the author killed her in the very first chapters! Anyways, Jasmine is Mason’s only younger sister and Darcy’s best friend. She gets killed which makes a huge impact on all “supernatural” creatures.

Daniel: Mason’s second in command and the main characters’ best friend. He’s always smiling and at the same time serious and ready for being called by the Alpha.

Devlin: An Enforcer and a vampire who plays a great role at the end. A trusted friend of the Alpha’s and Darcy’s. He is very honorable and trust worthy.

 

Favorite quotes:

“Why am I the only one wearing a helmet?” I reached up to adjust the strap so it didn’t dig into my chin.   

“Because I’m a vampire, and invincible,” he retorted.   

“Well, I’m a werewolf, and being supernatural isn’t going to protect your head from being smashed open like an egg on the asphalt.” I knocked my knuckles against his head. “Although, you are pretty hard headed and may bounce a little at first. --- Chapter 18.

 

Conclusion:

Oh my God, what a journey. Despite of what I said above, I’m kind of glad I read the book. It helped me have an idea on werewolves and an insight on what werewolf books are like.

Would I recommend this book? If you love steamy, romance filled books and werewolves than yes. If not, I still think you should read it because at the end, you won’t be disappointed :).

3

Randa

Randa’s e-Book Haul n°12: Lots and lots of books.

Friday, July 20, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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This is an e-book haul where I share books I bought, got from the library, were gifted to me or received for review and any other book related goodies I get in the mail.

This haul is mainly dedicated to e-books only because that’s what I read! But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a printed book! ;).

It’s just an opportunity to share what books I got throughout the week. The covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Hello everyone!!

It has been almost three weeks since I last posted an e-book haul. The reason for my absence is: I was in a vacation for the first time in my life (yes, you read that right!) and I had no internet connection where I was :s.

I went to Algiers, our capital in Algeria, and it was awesome!!!

Anyways, while I was there, I didn’t forget to check out the libraries and what they got. I went to three different ones in popular places and I was somewhat disappointed. First, because all the books were in French (which is understandable since French is our second spoken language.), which meant no English for me except for few classics like Shakespeare and Dracula. And second, because there weren’t new books at all!! They were all somewhat old, example: The Vampire Diaries 2-5, The Twilight Saga…etc. Did I mention that, third, they never organized the books according to their number in their series? and that the first book in the series is always missing??!!

With all these different problems aside, I couldn’t comeback without something! ;) So I picked up 7 books of my favorite author in French and thought that maybe I’d improve my French in the way :).

So here we go!

E-books I got:

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Books I got:

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So yes, I went on an Agatha Christie frenzy! *_*

Hope you had a wonderful week in books and happy weekend (and Ramadan Kareem for fellow Muslims :)).

Randa