Monday, 6 December 2010

Cover Love: To The Moon and Back - Jill Mansell

I love Jill Mansell's books and her covers are always a firm favourite of mine, but I'm loving this one so much because of the blue.

When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she’s ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn’t need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company...

Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can’t stop thinking about won’t give him a second glance. If only she’d pay him the same attention she lavishes on his dog.

Moving to North London, Ellie meets neighbour Roo who has a secret of her own. Can the girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year in Primrose Hill...

Book Review - Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 1st November 2010 (UK)

Summary (amazon):
Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

I love the first two Drake chronicle books, My Heart Lies Bleeding and Blood Feud and I think that was what made me have high expectations for Out for Blood because I only liked it instead of loving it. The formula was the same, but it was missing something and I didn’t devour the book as I thought I would.

The chapters, like the other two books, bounce between characters and this time it’s Quinn Drake and Hunter Wild that we’re following. Hunter is a vampire hunter and Quinn is a vampire, so that’s complicated enough but add in some Hel-Blar attacks and some very suspicious things going on in the Helios-Ra and nothing is simple for these two lovebirds.

 I didn’t really love this book because this was more about Hunter and the Academy and not a great deal about the Drakes. Hunter isn’t irritating, but she’s bordering it. Her friends, on the other hand, definitely making it on to the irritating train, Chloe especially- she’s worse than Lucy. And Quinn…well apart from the odd one or two personality traits, I can’t really say he’s all that different from the other male Drakes that have taken the lead in previous books. I would certainly get lost if there are a lot of scenes with all the Drake boys in it.

 I will continue reading this series because the writing is so light and frothy, and it flows so naturally. I wish it had had that sharp humour in this one though like it did with the others. Apart from that, still worth the read if you've started the series.


Saturday, 4 December 2010

Off the Shelf Challenge

I'm throwing my hat in for this challenge, Off the Shelf hosted by BA Reading Challenges. The gist of the challenge to is to read those multiplying books off your shelf that you already own and have been sat there for months, maybe years (some of mine are older than my animals!) and get that TBR pile right down over 2011. This will also kick me into touch with get my Personal Reading Challenge done.

For more information and to grab a button to put on your blog go here. This post will be where I update what I've read, I don't have any in mind just yet, because I've got all of December to get through and I don't know what I'm reading through it.

I'm going hardcore and taking on the Buried level, which is 126-200 books.

1. I Am Number Four
2. Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
3. My Soul to Lose

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2011

Another reading challenge I'm taking on for 2011. This one is hosted by The Book Vixen and you can find her blog post about this challenge here. The challenge is basically read more books in 2011 than you did in 2010.

I know 2010 is not over yet and there's still reading time left, but I know if I knuckle down I can get some good reading done in 2011, so I'm heading for the hardest challenge level: I'm On Fire - Read 16+ more books.

I'd put a list here of what I'm going to read, but I still don't know what I'm going to attack out of my TBR this month, so I'll just leave this post to be my little update area for my list.


Think NaNoWriMo only reading, not writing. For more information visit here. It's a great little challenge having neglected my reading a fair bit in November due to me procrastinating (and not winning) NaNoWriMo. It even has it's own hashtag on Twitter for updates: #ToBeReMo

There's 6 levels and I'm challenging myself to the Insane level (11-13 books). It runs through December, so quick, join in the fun. I figure if this is on my blog, I'll get my reading mojo on again. So here goes...

1. From Notting Hill with Love...Actually by Ali McNamara
2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
3. Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon
4. Mrs Fry's Diary by Mrs Fry
5. Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
6. A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly
7. The Good Man Jesus & the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

EDIT: (1/1/2011) So, didn't quite get to the thirteen I was hoping for. I blame Christmas ;).