By Midnight – Review

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Welcome to Ravenwood…The school with BITE

 

This week I got an advance copy of By Midnight by Mia James. This is the first in the “Ravenwood” series. By Midnight is looking to be the next in the Vampire craze that has swept teens and adults the world over, with the success of the Twilight Saga and the Vampire Academy Series it’s not hard to see that Mia James is on to a winning formula. Vampires, angsty teens and paranormal romance are the style du jour and its easy to understand why so many writers have jumped on this very successful bandwagon. Its entertaining, allows for a lot of angst and romance and of course has just the right amount of fear inducing horror to keep teens reading.

By Midnight is definitely aimed at a YA audience and readers of Twilight will definitely love this series. This is a bit younger than Twilight in its reading age but still infinitely enjoyable if you like a good vamp story. I am a bit of a devotee of this genre having grown up reading Anne Rice and Poppy Z Brite, so it’s no surprise that this new wave of vamp books appeals to me. These stories are far more palatable and appropriate for younger readers than vamp books of the past and its great that so many young readers are rediscovering a love of books.

By Midnight is the story of April Dunne she has recently had to move to Highgate in London from Edinburgh. She has left behind her friends and her social life. She has to face the horrifying reality of starting at a new school. But that’s not the worst of it. She is stuck living in an ancient creepy dump of a house that doesn’t even have mobile phone reception.

Her new school Ravenwood is a prestigious school full of talented and bright students. Now April is stuck with a bunch of rich beautiful and talented students. The only saving grace is finding a fast friendship with Caro and a budding romance with brooding and dark Gabriel.

But of course Ravenwood isn’t as it seems and there is a dark secret lurking beneath the surface. First there is the strange murder of rock superstar Alix Graves and then she is saved from a mysterious and dangerous situation in Highgate cemetery  by Gabriel. Then she discovers that a murder took place in the very same place that Gabriel saved her from. Determined to get to the bottom of things April sets herself on a path into very dangerous and dark territories which will test her resolve her strength and even her life.

No one said being a teenager was easy but at Ravenwood it could be deadly …

This is a great start to a series and Mia James has set a good pace for what will no doubt be a very successful series for her. This wasnt my favourite vampire book ive ever read but it certainly kept me turning the pages well in to the night and beyond. A great easy read that is super entertaining and enjoyable !

 

BlondiieC

xox

 

 

 

Live To Tell – Review

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I am a huge fan of crime fiction. You could even go so far as to say that it is my favourite genre. Lisa Gardner is far and away one of my most favourite crime writers. She is edgy and gritty and oh so scary,her books will leave you chilled to the bone and looking over your shoulder long after you finish them. Live To Tell was no exception. Live To Tell is an intricate story of three women and how their lives intertwine through a terrifying series of events.

 

 

He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Danielle Burton is a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly twenty-five years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.

A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.

Live to Tell starts with a shocking and brutal crime and I am happy to say for all you gore lovers that it doesn’t let up in its pace or its horror fest. Lisa Gardner is known for her violent crime writing and Live To Tell certainly doesn’t disappoint. This really isn’t a book for people who aren’t fans of crime though. If you don’t like dark and disturbing this really isn’t the book for you. Now all warnings aside it is FANTASTIC. I absolutely loved this book!

Not one to shy away from the more edgy topics and plot lines Lisa tackles all of it here. Family abuse, mentally ill children and brutal murder. This is a really scary look at the darker side of humans and what we are capable of. Filed with lots of twisty turny plot lines and of course the requisite scary bits this is definitely a book that will keep you guessing till the last page !

 

BlondiieC

xox

Day 30 (LAST DAY) – 30 day Book Challenge

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WOO HOO Today is day 30 !! Thank god that over, I’m starting to hate the sight of my Macbook thanks to these never-ending challenges…….anyways I digress day 30 is your favourite book this time last year .. EASY !

 

Day 29 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 29 is your favourite books as a kid …..This book used to freak me out, I have no idea why now, but back then its scared me and I loved it !

 

Day 28 – 30 day Book Challenge

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Day 28 is the most obscure book you’ve ever read, I don’t really read obscure titles I’m too busy reading upcoming titles but this is  quirky title we have in stock at the shop and I think its hilarious !

 

Day 27 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 27 is your favourite stand alone book. I think this is kind of odd but anyway its like asking your favourite book. Anyway must play along so…..

Day 26 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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day 26 is your favourite series of books, This is a series I have read and re-read at least a dozen times I just love it !

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