Monday, 30 April 2012

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: April 3rd 2012
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
(from Goodreads)

Like most other people, I was dying to read Grave Mercy, because let’s face it, who isn’t intrigued by nun assassins in the fifteenth century? So when the chance to read it came on NetGalley, I couldn’t pass it by, and I’m really glad I didn’t.

I was definitely drawn in from the beginning of Grave Mercy, from the moment Ismae ran away from her forced marriage to the convent. I was morbidly fascinated by the convent and how the nuns taught the new recruits the different ways to kill a man – with daggers, poisons, wire – it was creepy, but I was hooked. The fact they were all “daughters of Death” was also pretty crazy but cool – those sired by Death had special gifts which made them perfect candidates to become assassins and carry out the work of Death. All the girls had suffered and had terrible pasts, so escaping to the convent and learning to defend themselves against the wicked deeds of men was an opportunity for them – they didn’t see killing as something horrible, but as something logical that needed to be done. They had a strange way of looking at things and it was really interesting to read about.

Ismae was definitely a great character. She was raised by a turnip farmer; a man who hated her and abused her entire life. She was bitter and when she saw a chance to escape from her abysmal life, she took it. She was very smart and determined and like all the other girls at the convent, had no trouble killing someone she had been ordered to (she was pretty badass, to be honest). I didn’t know if I’d be able to like her, but I actually did. Even though a lot of people perceived her as a cold-blooded killer, she was actually strangely innocent in a way. She didn’t know much of the world, and got excited just being in a big town. She was a bit oblivious about the way relationships worked between men and women and even when she killed, she truly thought she was carrying out the will of Mortain (Death saint), her father. But she didn’t blindly do whatever she was told – as the book went on, she started to realise a few things and I liked how she did things her own way and followed the path she thought was right.

Duval, the man Ismae was supposed to be spying on, was another intriguing character. He was shrouded in mystery for most of the book and it was difficult to figure out whether or not he was completely trustworthy. He did seem to really love his sister, which I liked, and was willing to do anything for her, and I enjoyed reading about their sibling relationship. There was a lot of tension between Duval and Ismae, and I liked the way their relationship slowly developed (definitely not insta-love!). As they got to know each other better, and found out more about both their pasts, they grew closer and the romance was sweet and I enjoyed reading about it. My only problem was with this scene at the end which I thought was a little bit ridiculous. I mean, I understand Ismae had special gifts, as a daughter of Death, but really.

Sybella and Annik were Ismae’s friends from the convent and both had important roles to play, though we didn’t actually find out much about them. Annik was the one who supported Ismae the most and seemed to be the kindest of the three, whereas Sybella was a lot more commanding and self-assured. Sybella’s mission was kept a secret throughout the book, and each time we got a glimpse of her, she seemed more and more distressed. I was so curious to know what her orders had been – I’m really glad the next book in the series is about Sybella because I can’t wait to find out more about her and her background.

I really enjoyed the storyline in Grave Mercy, but I have to admit I guessed who the villain was early on, it was pretty obvious. I don’t think this affected my enjoyment of the book though; apart from that and a fair bit of info-dumping, I really liked it. I also think Grave Mercy could be enjoyed by adult as well as YA readers – it definitely had a more mature feel to it and I think Ismae was a character that anyone would like reading about.

Overall, Grave Mercy was a compelling read with a very cool, unusual storyline that I really enjoyed. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of historical fiction with action and drop of supernatural.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Tales from Planet Print #1

Tales from Planet Print is a new feature* on the blog. It centres around the daily lives of books here on Planet Print, and the sorts of things they get up to when they think no-one is looking. Each week involves different books and the different situations they get themselves into. At Planet Print, we believe all books are entitled to freedom and happiness. We stand for justice and we stand against shelving. Free books are happy books. 


Scarlet: Hey Adorkable! What's up?
Adorkable: Fight me.
Scarlet: ...What?
Adorkable: Fight me!
Scarlet: What the hell! Why do you want me to fight you?
Adorkable: Look. I've been training. Self-defence. You never know when a hardcover is going to sneak out and jump you.
Scarlet: That is such crap, Adorkable. Hardcovers aren't all bad. They do have this superiority complex, but some of my best friends are -
Adorkable: WHATEVER. Will you just fight me so I can see if I've improved?
Scarlet: No.
Adorkable: Did you just refuse?
Scarlet: I did.
Adorkable: I should have known YOU'D never agree to this.
Scarlet: What is THAT supposed to mean?
Adorkable: I mean, just look at you. That dagger you have, God, what is that? I bet it's not even real.
Scarlet: Why you little -


Summer: Hey guys! Er...what are you talking about?
Adorkable: Scarlet won't fight me because she's scared she'll lose and her precious dagger will break.
Scarlet: OH IT IS ON. That is it. Let's get this over with. Summer, you judge and decide who wins the fight.
Summer: ...What? Guys, what are you talking -
Adorkable: Yeah, Summer, you judge. And be sure to take a picture when I win!
Scarlet: Oh you arrogant little -
Summer: WHAT IS GOING ON?


Scarlet: Take that, you idiotic princess!
Summer: Oh my God...
Adorkable: Owwww. You cheated! Cheater! I didn't know we were starting!
Scarlet: Cheater? Please. That's not what's going on here. What's going on is that you SUCK.
Adorkable: I DO NO SUCK. I HAVE MORE PAGES THAN YOU.
Scarlet: Yeah, and how's that working for you? Weighed down, stuck on the floor, aren't you?
Adorkable: You are so mean, Scarlet. And take a shower, you smell like the forest.
Scarlet: Oh, do not mess with me. I've already got you down and injured, do you WANT me to rip your pages out?


Summer: ENOUGH. Scarlet, you win, okay? Now stop it.
Scarlet: Fine. If I have to.
Adorkable: She did not win. She cheated. You traitor, Summer!
Summer: What? I'm the only one who -
Scarlet: I totally won. You do realise you're lying on the floor, crying like a baby right?
Adorkable: You suck.
Scarlet: My dagger says hello.
[END]

Books (in order of appearance):

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Adorkable by Sara Manning
Bringing the Summer by Julie Green

And that is all for now! What have your books been up to this week?

Many thanks to Atom and Bloomsbury.

*I've done a quick internet search and have found no features of this kind to exist. However, if you are aware of a blog that already does a similar feature, please let me know so I can contact them.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Atom
Released: April 5th 2012
My Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page! (from Goodreads)

Honestly, The Calling really surprised me. In a very good way. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, The Gathering – I was a bit disappointed with it, yet still intrigued enough to want to carry on with the series. And I am so glad I did because I really enjoyed The Calling. It was everything I hoped it would be and more – and now I am definitely excited for the last book in the trilogy!

From the very beginning, we were plunged into the action without any time to prepare for what was coming. So much happened in the first few chapters, my brain was reeling trying to keep up. Seriously, by chapter four, there was already a death toll! Such a contrast to book one, which I found quite slow-paced, especially in the first half. The Gathering was more about high school drama until the last few chapters, whereas The Calling was serious business from the start.

I found myself liking Maya a lot more in this book. She seemed a little more uncertain of herself and a little more scared of what was happening to her (especially with her skin-walker powers developing more and more) – but she stayed as determined as ever to find out what was going on, and I appreciated the way she tried to face her fears and get on with everything despite all the terrible things she had experienced. She seemed slightly more sympathetic too and I could relate to her more than before. I loved her friendship with Daniel – those two just understood each other so well, and were so connected – it was great to read about them and how close a friendship they had. The only thing I didn’t understand about their relationship was why Maya decided to hide an important piece of information about one of their friends from Daniel. I got that she was trying to spare his feelings, but did it really matter if his feeling got hurt a little when he was running for his life anyway? Wouldn’t it be better for him know and protect himself instead of being kept in the dark? Maya was pretty logical and realistic, and since she was so close to Daniel, I was a bit surprised she decided to keep this secret. Definitely interested to see how it will all play out in the next book.

We got to know Daniel a bit more in this book, and I have to say, I liked him a lot. I didn’t dislike him in book one, but I definitely thought a lot more of him after The Calling. I think he was a great friend to Maya and she would have been lost without him for sure. On top of that, he was a good leader and always tried to do what was best for everyone. And of course – there was his awesome cool power, which we got to find out more about. In book one, we learnt Daniel had the ability to “feel” when someone was suspicious or hiding evil intent, and in this book we discovered why Daniel had this power and what else he could do with it. To be honest, I think he had the best power out of the bunch. I won’t spoil it – you’ll find out when you read the book! Though, even with this cool ability, I think the best part was seeing into Daniel’s head for a while and seeing the pain and guilt he was feeling. I didn’t expect that and it made him a more complex and likeable character.

For those wondering about Rafe...well. Once again, I don’t know what to think. I didn’t like him in book one, but I did find him very intriguing. It was the same story again. He seemed like a good guy deep down, but I still wasn’t quite sure of him. I was convinced there was something else going on, and I wanted to know more about him! Sadly, he wasn’t in this book too much so I guess I’ll have to wait until book three to find out more about the guy. It was quite odd, because I usually like the bad-boy types...but Rafe. I don’t know. Something about him bothered me and I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. I did gain a lot of respect for him at the end though, especially when he gave Maya something that made my eyes widen in shock. So looking forward to the next book!

Plot-wise, there was definitely a lot more happening in this book than the first one, which I loved. I really liked how no-one could ever stop and relax, for fear of getting caught or killed, and I liked the way it forced everyone together. I mean, even Hayley grew on me. Hayley, who I did not like at all in The Gathering! A lot was revealed about most characters, and a lot was hinted about the others (Sam and Corey especially, and I can’t wait to discover their secrets!). But the most exciting part was the mentions of “Project Genesis”. Yes, dear readers – the Darkest Powers characters are close to making an appearance. There were several references to Chloe and the gang – not by name, but Maya and the rest had managed to work out there was another group of teens experiencing the same things as them, and just ahhh! It was so brilliant to see everything come together. We also got mentions of Dr Davidoff and Liz Delaney, and seeing how close the characters were to finding out about each other was just so excellent. It all started to fit! And I’m pretty sure Maya and Chloe will be meeting in the next book, and I cannot wait. Honestly, I miss the Darkest Powers characters so much! It will be awesome to see them again, especially seeing them from the point of view of another set of amazing characters. I have no clue what will happen when they do find each other, but I have a feeling it will be a moment to remember. I really, really need the next book.

Overall, The Calling was a thrilling sequel to The Gathering – I personally enjoyed it more! Definitely recommended to fans of the Darkest Powers series, and to those who enjoyed The Gathering. Now, the long wait for the sequel!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #45


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielson
June 7th 2012
Find it on Goodreads

In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan. He will find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point. He must be chosen to play the prince, or he will certainly be killed. But as Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to the king’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold. Until, finally, a truth is revealed that may prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together…(from Goodreads)

I have heard so many people rave about this book! It does look amazing to be fair. Sage sounds like an awesome main character, plus I am very intrigued by this truth that "may prove more dangerous than all of the like taken together" - I mean, that sounds like serious stuff. Definitely can't wait to read this one, I'm hoping it'll live up to the hype!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Released: April 24th 2012
My Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
 (from Goodreads)

As a huge fan of the Iron Fey series, I was so excited to get the chance to read The Immortal Rules! I was a bit wary I wouldn’t like it as much, but I shouldn’t have worried because I really enjoyed it. Julie Kagawa has created some new awesome characters and a dark and ominous world, and I’m already excited for the next book in the series!

Allison was a great protagonist. Fierce, determined and not afraid to speak her mind, I found myself really liking Allison (even if I didn’t agree with her sometimes). She had lived a difficult life, always scavenging for food and always trying her to best to survive despite the danger she faced, so she was pretty tough and didn’t really trust people easily. She had a short temper at times, but I could understand why – she did so much and got so little gratitude for it. I did think she sometimes took some unnecessary risks – I didn’t know whether to think her a fool, or admire her! (The katana was bloody awesome though.) But she was definitely a relatable character – to be honest, as soon as she mentioned she liked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (though the book was never mentioned by name), I knew I would like her :P. I really loved the way the book was split into different parts, because we got to see how Allison changed with each one – after she turned, she was faced with some big decisions, and it was great to see how each event affected her.

Kanin, the vampire who turned Allison, was quite intriguing. From the start, I knew he must have been a pretty powerful vampire, and I knew he was hiding something, but despite everything, I still found myself on his side. I liked the calm air he had, which must come with living for so many years. I loved the way he spoke too, and I don’t know. Even though, as a vampire, he’d obviously done some pretty bad things, I still couldn’t help but kind of like him. I really can’t wait to find out more and see what happens next – really hoping he appears again in the sequels! I’m curious about his motives for certain things...he was definitely an intriguing and mysterious character.

Zeke was a boy Allison met...on her travels, shall we say, and while I liked him, I think he’ll have to grow on me as a love interest. I was firmly Team Ash in the Iron Fey series, and Zeke was very different to the Winter Prince, so I think it’s gonna take some time for me to get used to him. I did like him though; he was funny and kind and really genuine – but could also switch into fight mode when he got serious about something, so he had a little bit of everything. My only problem with him is I felt he was a little naive, maybe? A little too idealstic and preachy. But, that being said, he did some things towards the end of the book that I respected and I did definitely like him more than when he was first introduced, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens between him and Allison in the next book.

One of my favourite things about The Immortal Rules was that Allison was constantly reminded of the decision she had made to become a vampire instead of die. Even though she loathed vampires, who had taken everything good away from her, she still preferred to turn rather than die as a human. It made me think – I don’t know what I would have done in that situation. I also liked the way books were emphasised as really important – books were banned in vampire cities, but Allison was able to read, and it was her own way of rebelling and learning and keeping the knowledge that existed before vampires took over. There were some very cool parts to this book, and I just really loved the story! Can’t wait for sequel, since the ending set it up really well.

Overall, The Immortal Rules was a great take on vampires and a really engaging story – any fan of Julie’s previous work (or just vampire fans in general) should definitely check this out!

(Just a brief note on the excerpt included at the end from the first book in the new Iron Fey series [The Lost Prince] that features Ethan Chase as the new main character – it was awesome! Can’t wait to see what Julie has in store for us.)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Review: Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Fins are Forever (Fins #2) by Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Templar
Released: April 1st 2012
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?
(from Goodreads)

Fins are Forever was an enjoyable follow-up to Forgive My Fins that explored Lily’s decision to give up her title as Princess in order to live on land with Quince. While I did think some things seemed a little bit unbelievable, it was a lot of fun and a great addition to the series.

Lily was going through some troubles in this book and was pretty unsure of herself throughout. She had given up her throne, but kept wondering whether she had done the right thing – she wanted to be with Quince, yet she was also missing her home in the ocean. Then to make matters worse, Lily’s cousin Dosinia was exiled and sent to live with her. Dosinia was a troublemaker from the start, flirting with Lily’s ex-crush Brody and almost revealing their mermaid secret, and she refused to say why she had been exiled in the first place, making Lily’s job of watching over her even harder. I felt bad for Lily at times, because even though she was a little naive and sometimes made matters worse for herself, she was stuck with babysitting her out of control cousin, and was also struggling with inner turmoil – she had yet to tell Quince that she had given up her throne for him and was putting it off more and more. It was a hard time for her, especially when her childhood friend Tellin showed up, claiming that Lily could keep her title if she listened to his plan.

Tellin seemed to be only a minor character, and showed up towards the end, but his appearance had a big impact on the story. I didn’t really like him much at first and felt he was only there to interfere, but he grew on me, and while I thought the ending was very strange (I can’t imagine living in such a situation), I’m glad it ended that way because I think Tellin deserved to be helped. He was under a lot of stress and pressure, I can see why he was so frantic and desperate for Lily’s aid. I imagine he will become a much more important character in the next book.

While I liked most of the characters in the book (even Doe, who grew on me!), I did find some of their actions hard to believe. In the first book, I found it really odd that Quince would have been willing to give up everything: his family, his future career/education, his friends, his home, even his very way of life to go and be with Lily in Thalassinia forever. I mean, he was so young, and to be making such life-altering decisions and declaring his undying love at that age just made me think that he was a bit immature to think his feelings would never change. Despite my reservations though, I accepted it and went in to book two thinking that maybe the characters would be more developed and mature. However, the same thing happened again, but this time with Dosinia and Brody. Brody barely knew Dosinia at all, had barely even spoken to her and yet seemed perfectly fine to give up his life on land for her! It just seemed a bit too much, a bit too unrealistic. I can’t think of many teens that would be willing to give up so much for someone, even if they were supposedly madly in love with them.

I think Fins are Forever had more going on than book one. The plot really developed and I like the direction it seems to be heading. It was well-paced and I finished it pretty quickly, though the cliffhanger-type ending (it wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me wanting more) made me wish I read it a bit slower, seeing as the next book won’t be out for a while.

Overall, Fins are Forever was a great sequel, and while I didn’t perhaps enjoy it as much as the first one, I would recommend this series to fans of mermaid books because it’s definitely an interesting take on the mermaid world. I’m already excited for the next book!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Publisher: Atom
Released: March 1st 2012
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

As a dancer with the Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward is living her childhood dream. She gets to be up on stage in front of adoring crowds every night. And while she might not be a prima ballerina yet, she's moving up the ranks and surely if she works hard enough she can make it happen.

But devoting her whole life to ballet leaves very little time for anything else: friends, family, school have all fallen by the wayside. Hannah doesn't mind, until a chance encounter in a restaurant brings Jacob into her life. He's cute, he plays guitar and he's offering a whole future that Hannah never considered. And now she must choose between her lifelong dream or what could be the love of her life...
(from Goodreads)

Bunheads was a refreshing contemporary novel, with an intriguing concept. While I did enjoy it, however, it just wasn’t my kind of book. I really liked how different it was from a lot of other books in its genre, and seeing into the backstage world of ballet was fascinating, and gave me a lot of insight into what ballet really involves; gruelling training, fierce dedication and sacrifice. After a while though, I felt things got a little repetitive, and I personally don’t really have much of an interest in ballet, so I feel like certain details that others would have appreciated were wasted on me.

Hannah was a very interesting character. She’d been devoted to ballet since she was a child, and her entire life revolved around it. Her descriptions about her training and rehearsals actually surprised me a bit, I didn’t realise just how intense and competitive it could be. I definitely don’t think I could deal which the pressure Hannah and the other dancers were under. When Hannah met Jacob, a regular college guy, she started to realise that there was more to life than ballet. Though she loved dancing, she wanted to experience other things, and I could definitely understand how she was feeling. I liked Hannah, but I do think she made a lot of stupid choices and she could be a bit dense at times. I felt a little disconnected to her towards the end, because of the suddenness of her decision, but I think she was a great main character overall. It was great to see how she slowly changed over the course of the book, and I’m happy with the way things ended for her.

Jacob was a character I felt we could have gotten to know a little more. The book was really very concentrated on Hannah and her problems, and while I liked the depth there, I would have liked to find out more about Jacob, besides the fact he was a musician and a college student. He needed to be fleshed out a little more with more background – he just seemed like a guy who popped up at random sometimes, because we didn’t know much about him. I did like how the other characters were portrayed though, especially Zoe. Zoe was another dancer, and though she was Hannah’s friend, she was also a bitter rival, and the two had a complicated relationship. There was a lot of jealousy and competition between them, and I sort of got the feeling they didn’t really like each other, but there were times where I questioned that thought, and I found their friendship very interesting to read about.

The pacing was pretty slow but I liked it because I enjoyed reading about Hannah’s gradual transition. To be honest, however, my least favourite parts were when Hannah was talking about the technical parts of ballet, mostly because I didn’t really understand what a lot of the moves meant and sort of sighed every time I reached a very ballet-focused part of the book. However, this was just me. Like I mentioned before, I’ve never had a big interest in ballet, but anyone who does have an interest will probably love this book and I’d definitely recommend it.

Overall, Bunheads was an enjoyable read, which would appeal to anyone interested in ballet, or any fans of contemporary novels.

Monday, 9 April 2012

In My Mailbox (#44)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.

I haven't done an IMM in so long! Here are the books I've received over the past few weeks, and also a couple I got from Washington (which I forgot to take a picture of and thus there are only images for those). Washington was very cool and I got to see Congress and other awesome places (the plane journeys were terrible though. On the way back, we supposedly were eating chicken, but it tasted like solidified slime). Aaanyway, here's what I got:





For Review:
Burn Mark by Laura Powell
Surrender (Haunting Emma #3) by Lee Nichols
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Truth or Dare (You're Invited to a Creepover #1) by P. J. Night
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

Won (from the awesome Brodie and Lisa!):
Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Immortal City (Immortal City #1) by Scott Speer

Gift:
Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins (finished this one, was awesome!)

Traded:
Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey (traded with the lovely Cicely)

Bought:
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter (finished this one too, it was amazing!)
Falling Under (Falling Under #1) by Gwen Hayes
Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes
A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y. S. Lee

Swag from the very cool Liyana

Also, cool American sweets! They don't sell Milk Duds and Sour Patch Kids in England (at least, I don't think they do) so I bought some and they're pretty good. We have Hershey's, and while I like it, nothing beats Cadbury's! :P I sort of panic bought Falling Under and Dreaming Awake at the airport on the way back because I hadn't bought any books so far. I just sort of randomly picked them - hoping they'll be good!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Many thanks to Atom, Bloomsbury, Brodie, Cicely, family, HarlequinTEEN, Lisa, Liyana, NetGalley and Scholastic.