Book Reviews, Books and Me

Happy 2nd Half of the Year Day! Books! Books! Books!

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Yes, it is officially 2nd half of the year day. Where has the time gone? This year, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set myself a goal of 52 books in a year, and so far I am smashing it. I’m 11 books ahead of schedule!

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So, for this 1/2 year post, I shall list the books I have read along with my rating, and a link to my reviews. As I have started posting my monthly round ups, I won’t go into detail, but if there is a book you are interested in, then you can click on the link and check out my honest opinion (all spoiler free).

  1. Awakening by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  2. Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose 3/5: Review.
  3. Victor by Brianna West 5/5 : Review.
  4. Great Love Poems Edited by Shame Weller 4/5: Unreviewed.
  5. The Siblings by Alan Morgan 5/5: Review.
  6. Metamorphosis by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  7. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle 2/5: Review.
  8. Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer 5/5: Review.
  9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  10. The Notebook by Agota Kristof 3.5/5: Review.
  11. Colossus by Jette Harris 5/5: Review.
  12. The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman 3.5/5: Review.
  13. Nowhere by Jon Robinson 3/5: Review.
  14. Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block 4/5: Review.
  15. Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut 3.5/5: Review.
  16. Dawning by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  17. Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green 3/5: Review.
  18. Swarm by Alex South 3.5/5: Review.
  19. Storm in Shanghai by JM Bush 4/5: Review.
  20. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby 4/5: Review.
  21. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  22. Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee 4/5: Review.
  23. The Dare by John Boyne 3.5/5: Review.
  24. A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond 4/5: Review.
  25. Doctrine of Indecency by Various Authors 3/5: Review.
  26. Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett 3.5/5: Review.
  27. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 3/5: Review.
  28. White Sand by Brandon Sanderson 4/5: Review.
  29. The Beach Cabin by Fern Britton 3.5/5: Review.
  30. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine 4/5: Review.
  31. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger 3/5: Review.
  32. Unknown by Phil Price 5/5: Review.
  33. The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull 3/5: Review.
  34. The Story Traveller by Max Candee 3/5: Review.
  35. The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill 4/5: Review.
  36. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey 5/5: Review.

Have you set yourself any reading challenges this year? What has been the best book/series you’ve read so far in 2016?


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Book Reviews, Books and Me

Review: Triple Whammy- House of Night Books 1-3 by PC.Cast & Kristin Cast

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House of Night: Marked, Betrayed, and Awakened by PC Cast & Kristin Cast

I read these books in 2015 and loved them. Seeing as I have now purchased books 4 to 8, I thought I’d do a triple whammy review of the first three to kick start my House of Night readathon.

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Marked 4/5

Blurb:

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. 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 mis-using 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 (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

Review:

The concept is simple, but engaging; a young girl, marked as a vampyre, has to leave her ordinary life and unaccepting parents, and join a vampyre school that teaches at night. I thought the blurb sounded a little cheesy for my tastes, but I enjoyed getting to learn about Zoey, her quirky, new friends, and the vampyre lifestyle. It shits all over Twilight, that’s for sure.

Great world building, interesting characters and narrative, and engaging love interests.

Betrayed 4/5

Blurb:

Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

Review:

The story got a little deeper and a little darker in book two. Zoey has to get a grasp on her new role as High Priestess in training and leader of the Dark Daughters. She wants to shake things up a little in the House of Night, but in a good way. And she has to deal with all this whilst understanding her new Vamp life and the changes that are happening to her.

I usually hate love triangles, but I couldn’t hate the Zoey, Heath, and Erik shambles that Zoey can not seem to get out of. This book is quite sexualised for a YA/ teen book, but I believe it to be honest and true representation.

The main narrative follows the sinister deaths of human teenagers with the evidence leading to the House of Night school. Zoey is worried about her human friends, and gets tangled up in a web of lies and darkness.

There is also a heartbreaking storyline *sobs*. It takes a lot to make me cry when reading, and perhaps I was a little hormonal, but I sobbed like a baby.

Chosen 5/5

Blurb:

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth…

Review:

If I thought the last book was getting dark, book three is getting blacker still. Zoey finds herself in a love square- three love interests on the go. I was totally shocked with the outcome of Zoey and Loren’s relationship… say no more. Zoey is confused and stressed, going through her vamp change, and pretty much struggling with teen issues, so I didn’t mind her testing the waters with the three guys. There are also consequences to her choices, so she does learn lessons.

To find out a new development with an ‘undead’ friend was an ‘ERMERGHERD’ moment. The narrative about the human murders steps up a notch, and Zoey is desperately trying to keep her shit together as much as she can, whilst piecing together a huge, ‘screwed up’ puzzle.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.