Monday, 19 December 2011

Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush is possibly one of the most boring, predictable and tiring book I have ever read. It is identical to the millions of other vampire fiction books currently invading our book shelves plot-wise.

It consists of:
A mysterious guy
He is very annoying
Yet you love him
You endure several deadly encounters
However through it all you still predictably love him.

It really is rather infuriating, but I am a fair reviewer so I shall type out a brief summary of the plot:

When Nora is forced to sit next to a guy called Patch in science she is disgusted by his obnoxious personality. He is very irritating and seems to know everything about her even though she has told him hardly anything. However she cannot possibly judge Patch because she cannot trust her own judgement of herself, let alone anyone else. She keeps seeing dangerous scenarios involving a mysterious person wearing a ski mask. Once its running them over in a car, then its being pushed out of a roller coaster, then a woman being mugged in the street, then her friend V being attacked. Every time the evidence seems to magically disappear before she can show someone the proof. But is she imagining? It doesn't help that a transfer student who could have been previously involved in a murder wants to mingle with her and V. But deep down Nora doesn't want patch to be involved, to her he is as perfect as an angel.

Compared to my previous Angel related review, this was a major disappointment and didn't fulfil the idea of angels well at all. When one of the main characters turns out to be a fallen angel there is no discussion on this, in fact Nora seems to accept this as perfectly normal with not as much as a question.
Plus, can you think of any other young adult dark fiction books where the two main characters meet as lab partners? Slightly twilight-esk me thinks? This annoying lack of originality means that you can work out the ending from the very start. Plus the main character appears to be either deluded or suicidal, constantly putting herself in danger in the poisonous name of love. Also the police are at her house almost every night to investigate crimes that appear to have never taken place, would she not have been referred elsewhere? The only good point I can think of is that for reviewers you want to read till the end to see JUST how bad it can get.

I give it an awkward one star.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Angel - L.A Weatherly

My first NBCS book review! Here we go! 

This is a book that I have never seen or heard about before, the cover of a pale girl is quite menacing and makes you want to know what's in store. It is a crazy mix of romance, action and drama and is a nice alternative to vampire fiction. 

Willow's life is perfectly normal, she lives with her disabled Mum and her aunt and has a girly best friend called Nina. But Willow isn't normal, she's psychic and can see into the future by simply holding someone's hand. When she first agreed to read Beth's aura she had no idea what trouble it would cause and how it would change her life forever. Beth is popular and clever at school, but an encounter with a mysterious man is going to pull her astray and take Willow with her. Next thing Willow knows she is fleeing from the Church of Angels - a mad cult who worship angels who supposedly saved humanity. She isn't alone, Alex is seventeen, incredibly handsome and an angel hunter who was instructed to find and kill Willow by the CIA. Everything is not what it seems: the CIA has been taken over by angels. Is it even possible for Angels to be bad? One thing is for sure - Willow is a half angel... whatever that is. 

One thing I realised by reading this book was how much of a novelty and truly unique idea it is. The plot line is common for vampire fiction books; but the concept of angels is completely new and fresh. It turns our pretty much set-in-stone concept of angels upside down, and by the final page you seriously begin to ponder whether it could actually be true. 

I may be suffering from 'Angel Burn' but this book seems fantastic. It's narrative is unusual yet simple to follow, sometimes third person narration of the plot, then flipping between Alex and Willow's point of view. Knowing both characters thoughts made the romance even more painstaking, L.A Weatherly spun Alex and Willow's relationship so skilfully that the reader ends up begging for them to get together. Alex is also the perfect fictional boyfriend, which means the book ticks all boxes for teenage girl readers! 

A story of betrayal, romance, angels and a whole new side to the world. Warning - this book will change the way you think about angels forever! I give it a flying five stars! 

Yay For Little Reviewing Job!

First of all I am very sorry for the lack of updates, I've been reading too much ;)
Anyway at the moment I have a fantastic system going on for book reviewing!
Ever heard of a charity called the National Blind Children's Society? Well let me tell you something... They are AMAZING! They have a unique service called Customeyes, which provides large print books in any format for young people with a visual impairment. So I can get my books just how I like them:

  • In Arial 
  • Bold
  • Size 24
  • On yellow paper
Call me picky! 

Anyway a fantastic deal has been struck up between me and customeyes, they send me books and I review them! I also got my link on their website:

Oh oh oh! I was also on the front of their newsletter this morning! It was amazeabubbles! Thank you so much NBCS :) 

Anyway so I am going to get writing my first review for them now, Exciting stuff!