Terra by Gretchen Powell Blog Tour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
About This Book:
Title: Terra
Author: Gretchen Powell
Release Date: 12th December 2012
Series: Terrestrials #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl simply trying to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own. With him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

The first book in debut author Gretchen Powell's anticipated Terrestrials series, Terra catapults you through a story filled with blood-pumping action, intrigue, and surprising twists that will wrench and warm your heart. As the hidden truths of this world unfold, the new dangers looming on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.

(Mild language; recommended for ages 12+)


 
 
I really enjoyed this novel, hence the 5/5 stars rating. This novel is a mix of some of my favourite genres; Young Adult, Dystopian and Sci-fi. This novel had just the right percentage of action in it to keep me interested and also enough information about the world and the characters to make sure you understood everything that was happening. The plot was really gripping the whole way through this novel, I flew through it in about 2 days! The plot contains many twists, some of which were predictable, but some which I really didn't see coming, and they were nicely written by the author.
The characters in the novel were a really strong part of the novel, they had depth, they were complex and seemed real. Terra was a great main character, a strong female character, something that is uncommon in YA novels. She was brave,intelligent and cared deeply for her younger brother. Adam was the other main character in the novel and he was a good character too. I like the twist that was revealed about Adam, it added an interesting twist to the novel.
The relationship between these two characters was good, it seemed realistic. Terra found him attractive in the beginning, but there was no insta-love, which was a relief.
The writing style of the author is good. The writing flows nicely, and reads smoothly. The author's use of description was great, I could imagine the world Terra lives in, and the contrast between that and the floating cities where the sky dwellers live.
I really enjoyed the ending of the novel, even though it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, it also comes to natural ending, giving a sense of closure too. The last couple of chapters allow the reader to discover more about the world and the political situation in the country, and the imminent danger!
I would like to thank CBL Tourhosts for hosting this blog tour, and for providing me with an ebook copy of the novel.
 
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Buy the paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terra-1-Terrestrials-Gretchen-Powell/dp/0988468913/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361222250&sr=8-1

Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars

Saturday, 16 February 2013
Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 313
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind -Goodreads

 
This is a very well known novel, withYA readers, and in the wider reading communities. I've wanted to read this novel for a long time, its been on my TBR pile on Goodreads for ages, so when my friend offered to lend it to me, I was ecstatic.
This novel lived up to my high expectations, I enjoyed it from page 1. Green's writing style is easy to read, informal and it reads just like a teenager speaks, which I think really helped get the feeling of the novel, and the characters across better.
The plot isn't exactly an "action" plot, which is what I normally choose to read, but the storyline kept me enthralled, reading about Hazel and her life was interesting on its own. Green made mundane everyday things seem really interesting to read about.
The main character is Hazel, and I really liked her. Her and Augustus were both very witty, and cracked a lot of jokes, which gave the novel a lighter tone. They were both very intelligent, and they were really fun to read about. I also really liked Isaac, who is a side character, but I thought he was really great. He was funny, really quick witted, but you also felt sorry for him too, but by the end of the novel he was one of my favourite characters. For once in a novel I really liked all the characters, even some of the smaller side characters, whom Green could have left pretty one dimensional, but he fleshed them all out well. I liked the romance between Hazel and Gus, it seemed like a realistic relationship, they were just two nerdy teenagers who happened to be battling cancer at the same time.
I enjoyed the "road-trip" aspect of the novel, although it was perhaps a little cliched, but it worked in this instance. I thought perhaps some of the themes in the book were a bit cliched for a cancer book: it being so inspiring, the characters being so optimistic and positive, and their jokes in the face of cancer, but this didn't affect my enjoyment or feelings while reading the book.
I heard that a lot of people cried while reading this book and although I didn't actually shed a tear, I did have a lump at the back of my throat when I read the ending.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, and I would recommend it to everyone, as it is a really great read, written beautifully by Green.


Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fault-Stars-John-Green/dp/0141345659/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360613879&sr=8-1
The Book Depository link: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Fault-Our-Stars-John-Green/9780141345659

Book Review- Zephyr The West Wind

Thursday, 14 February 2013
Title: Zephyr The West Wind
Author: R.J. Tolson
Published: August 21st 2012
Publisher: Universal Kingdom Print
Pages: 492
Series: Chaos Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Seventeen years ago, in the island village of Dentro, lived a large and powerful demon. With just a howl, mountains were obliterated. With the help of an outsider, the chief of Dentro destroyed the demon and sealed its dark power within three powerful ancient weapons: a spear, a shield, and a sword. After leaving the unwelcoming village, the man who had helped destroy the demon took the sword in an effort to keep the village and its people safe.

Months later, a villager bore the son of the outsider. Carrying the child of a stranger was in violation of a sacred village law, and everyone knew whose child the boy was. Born into a village filled with hateful people, Zephyr grew up not knowing why he was so hated. With no friends, and eventually no family after the passing of his mother, Zephyr was forced to survive by himself as an outcast.

Zephyr's only wish was to make his mother proud and force the village to recognize him--while surviving in a world filled with demons, paranormal abilities, love, hate, and undiscovered lands.- Goodreads

 
 I received an ebook copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
This book promised a lot, the front cover and the blurb suggested a great fantasy novel with hints of greek mythology, but the novel didn't deliver.
The writing style frustrated me as the novel would change from Zephyr's point of view to Leon's with no prior warning. I found myself reading into a chapter before I realised that the point of view had changed. I also found that the writing didn't flow very well, it felt jumpy. The narration of the novel also changes, it begins with Zephyr addressing the reader, then it changes to him narrating what has happened, with occasional chapters from Leon. However the author's descriptions of people and places were good. He also wrote some really good fight/action scenes throughout the novel, they were fast paced and held my attention nicely.
There was a romantic relationship that ran through this novel, between Zephry and Autumn, but to me it felt unnecessary, and didn't really add anything to the plot or the characters.
The main character in this novel is Zephyr, and as with the other characters I didn't feel particularly attached to him. Leon is another main character in this novel, and again he felt a little one dimensional, and I didn't really have any feelings towards him. He belonged to the "dark-side" and was a contrast to Zephyr who belongs to the "good-side". This felt a little cliched and predictable, that the characters were labelled in such a way.
Zephyr believed in gaining power to protect the people he loved, and he appeared to have good morals, but he left the tour guide unconscious at the castle. This didn't seem to fit with his character at all. Also the fact that this same tour guide came back as some evil nemesis seemed strange.
Zephyr started having visions of Autumn as she was coming to join them, and I thought this was interesting, I hoped it would add a twist to the novel, but these visions weren't mentioned again.
Overall I didn't really enjoy this novel, and I probably won't continue the series.

WWW Wednesday #4

Wednesday, 13 February 2013
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading Terra by Gretchen Powell and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
I recently finished reading Zephyr The West Wind by R.J. Tolson.
I think I will finish Terra and A Game of Thrones and then I want to start Borderlands by Brian McGilloway.

Teaser Tuesday #5

Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"It's on lockdown. I tried overriding the system to open them up, but I think they've synced up to a biometric lock."




Book Review- Fugitive

Saturday, 9 February 2013
Title: Fugitive
Author: Louise Miles
Published: October 9th 2012
Pages: 208

Rating: 4.5/5


Sixteen-year-old Didi Dalloway’s world has just been turned upside down. After witnessing her father and brother being taken at gunpoint she escapes from a bedroom window as the men return for her. Leaving everything behind she finds herself on the run, pursued by a group of Couriers, working for a sinister and powerful research laboratory. Alone with nowhere to turn and not knowing who to trust, she must think on her feet to survive and stay one step ahead of her faceless enemy. It is a tense and lonely journey, forcing her out of the heart of London into the wilds of Dartmoor. It is the survival of the smartest, the fittest, the quickest. But how long until they catch her? And why exactly are they hunting her? -Goodreads
 

I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
When I read the blurb of this book, I wasn't sure what to think, I thought it sounded intrigiung but I was worried it might be too similar to other things I've read.
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, I really enjoyed it.
The only reason this novel doesn't get 5 stars is for the beginning. I didn't like the start, and it didn't fill me with hope for the rest of the novel, but it soon picked up.
This is a fast paced novel, the plot moves along at a nice quick pace, meaning as a reader you're never bored. The idea for a plot is also a good one, the science/family mystery that Didi is trying to solve, whilst also trying to stay hidden is intriguing. Hopefully more will learnt in the next installment. I enjoyed this mystey aspect, it raised the novel above just a normal romance novel.
The characters were excellent, the main character Didi seemed like a normal girl, she wasn't amazingly brave or "superhuman". She reacted to her situation in a human way, she had flaws just like we humans have. She was very independant, and she coped with running away very well. She had a very fiery temper too, which was entertaining to read about.
Didi's love interest Tom was a good character, not quite a developed as Didi, but hopefully he will feature more in the following novel.
The four young adult characters in the novel: Didi, Tom, Zander and Julia contrasted nicely with each other, they were different, but made a nice team towards the end of the novel, if only it could have lasted a bit longer! The banter between the 4 was amusing, and provided some light relief towards the end of the novel, when things were getting serious.
I liked the change of setting from London to Dartmoor, the novel changed with the setting. Didi's struggle to get out of London contrasted nicely with how calm and almost boring she finds Dartmoor.
I really enjoyed the ending to this novel, it was a nail biting cliff-hanger, which left me wishing I had the sequel right there to read.
I would recommend this novel to everyone if you enjoy an action/adventure novel with romance mixed in then this book is for you.

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/5jpZqUWF7VE
Buy this novel: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fugitive-ebook/dp/B009OB1UF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359821635&sr=8-1
Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17278816-fugitive

Book Review- Last Seen Wearing

Thursday, 7 February 2013
Title: Last Seen Wearing
Author: Colin Dexter
Published: 1989
Pages: 352
Series: Inspector Morse #2
Genre: Mystery, Crime

Rating: 3/5



Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine...

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth.

After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold.

Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some suprising new evidence for the case...

This is the second novel in the Inspector Morse series, which was a very popular tv series in the 80s. If you've read my review of the first novel in the series, you will know that I really didn't like it, mostly due to my dislike of Morse himself and the boring plot of that novel.
This novel had a much better plot than the last. The mystery was much more interesting, I actually felt interested about what was going to happen and how the mystery would end. It flowed much better than the last, I didn't feel so disappointed when I reached the end.
The plot was more puzzling, and I actually didn't have any idea who did it, it was a lot less obvious. There were also a lot of plot twists through out, just as you thought you knew "who-dunnit" Dexter threw in a twist and you're back to square one with no idea who did it.
I thought in general the characters in this book were much better than in the previous one, there was a wide and diverse range of characters which were much more interesting than the last. It was also great to learn more about Lewis, Morse's sidekick. Lewis is probably my favourite character.
In the last novel I really didn't like Morse, I thought he was some perverted old man who spent more time learing at young ladies than actually solving the crimes. Unfortunately he was the same in this novel, his personality causes me to approach these novels with caution.
Overall I enjoyed this novel more than the previous one, but it wasn't anything special, and I wouldn't recommend it to others.

WWW Wednesday #3

Wednesday, 6 February 2013
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I am currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
  • I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • I think I will read Zephyr: The West Wind by R.J Tolson next.
                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 
 

Teaser Tuesday #4

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)

* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin.

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.-Goodreads








"Screaming, Bran went backward out the window into empty air. There was nothing to grab on to."

I'm loving this novel so far, it's just as good as I hoped.

Let me know what you're reading in the comments below, or leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday, as I would love to read them!

Book Review- Touch of Power

Monday, 4 February 2013
Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Published: December 20th 2011
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 390
Series: Healer #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic

Rating: 4/5

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life.... -Goodreads


I bought this novel for my Kindle, as I received the second novel from the author.
This novel is about a 20 year old Healer called Avry who is being hunted as the last Healer left.
I thought the pacing of this novel was really good, it was fast paced and action packed. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole novel. There was a lot going on in the novel, from the immediate action with our main characters to the political conflict and scheming that was occuring in the background.
I thought the characters in this novel were ok, but nothing more, I didn't feel emotionally attached to any of the characters, I wasn't bothered by what happened to them at all. This being said, the novel was still really good and it didn't dampen my enjoyment of the story much.
There was some romance being kindled between two of the characters but that seemed real, it wasn't your typical YA insta-love, it had a background to it. The relationships between the other characters were good, there were some complicated ones that the reader only got to the bottom of later in the novel.
I liked the villains in this novel, they were complicated, and some seemed less evil than others, and some seemed good until the end!
I thought the novel was well written, the descriptions used by the author were good, the world seemed real to me. I thought the authors world building was also great, it was a kind of medieval world, but also modern at the same time. I also loved the magical/power elements that featured in this novel. I thought that was a really good idea that the author pulled off well, it added another dimension to the novel.
Overall I thought this was a really good first novel in the trilogy, with the right amount of powers and action to keep me happy!

Mount TBR 2013 Reading Challenge

Sunday, 3 February 2013
Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised last year--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}] Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.


*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2013. I will trust you all on that.

*Any qualifying book read during 2013 counts--no matter when you sign up.


*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well. 

Hosted by My Reader Block, the post is here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/2013-mount-tbr-reading-challenge.html

I plan to read 24 books from my TBR pile which is Mount Blanc. I have a mountain of books to read so this will hopefully help me to reduce the size of it!

February TBR

Saturday, 2 February 2013
These are the books I want to read this month!
  • A Game of Thrones- George R R Martin
  • Terra- Gretchen Powell
  • Zephyr The West Wind- R.J. Tolson
  • Borderlands- Brian McGilloway
  • Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

Book Review- Timbuctoo

Title: Timbuctoo
Author: Tahir Shah
Published: July 5th 2012
Publisher: Secretum Mundi
Pages: 544
Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

For centuries, the greatest explorers of their age were dispatched from the power-houses of Europe London, Paris and Berlin on a quest unlike any other: To be the first white Christian to visit, and then to sack, the fabled metropolis of Timbuctoo.Most of them never returned alive.At the height of the Timbuctoo mania, two hundred years ago, it was widely believed that the elusive Saharan city was fashioned in entirety from the purest gold everything from the buildings to the cobble-stones, from the buckets to the bedsteads was said to be made from it.One winter night in 1815, a young illiterate American seaman named Robert Adams was discovered half-naked and starving on the snow-bound streets of London. His skin seared from years in the African desert, he claimed to have been a guest of the King of Timbuctoo.Thought of an American claiming anything let alone the greatest prize in exploration was abhorrent in the extreme. Closing ranks against their unwelcome American guest, the British Establishment lampooned his tale, and began a campaign of discrediting him, one that continues even today.An astonishing tale based on true-life endurance, Tahir Shah's epic novel Timbuctoo brilliantly recreates the obsessions of the time, as a backdrop for one of the greatest love stories ever told. -Goodreads
I won a signed copy of this novel in a Goodread's giveaway.
I really liked this novel, hence the reason I gave it 5 stars. I loved the historical setting of this novel, I thought the author's accuracy to the setting was great, giving the reader a sense of exactly how it was, and allowing us to imagine it in depth.
The novel is separated into lots of small chapters, making a very large novel a lot more manageable, with each chapter being about a different character. This also added a bit of tension to the novel as you were made to wait to continue a certain characters story.
The plot of the story was very fast paced for such a long novel, meaning it didn't seem that long at all. The plot had lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming, they were very unexpected, and kept me captivated until the very end. This novel was a real page turner for me, I just couldn't put it down.
I also liked the diverse and large number of characters included in this novel. Normally a large cast of characters can be difficult to keep track of, but the author described each character so well that I had no problem distinguishing who the characters were. I liked how all the characters link, and all loose ends are tied up by the end of the novel, giving it a nice sense of closure.
Overall I thought this was a really great novel, even if it was so heavy I could hardly lift it! I would recommend this novel to fans of historical fiction, as the historical aspect of this book is excellent.

January Wrap Up

Friday, 1 February 2013
Hello
I hope you all had a good January and got lots of reading done. I read 9 books in January, which is quite a lot for me.
I read The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. My mum suggested I read it, and I finally got round to it this month. It is about a man who's wife leaves him, so he moves his family back to his family's home town on the Newfoundland coast. I gave this 3/5 stars.
I also read Florence by Ciye Cho. I was contacted by the author and offered a copy of the novel in return for a review. This is the first mermaid novel I've read in a while and I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars.
I read Oath of Servitude by C.E Wilson. I was contacted by the author through Goodreads and offered a copy of the novel in return for a review. This was an interesting premise for a novel involving the relationship between a teenage boy and a pixi. I thought it was an ok read and I gave it 3/5 stars.
I read Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, which is a book I read on my Kindle. I gave this novel 4/5, I really enjoyed it. I loved all the elemental powers running through this novel.
I also read Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter, the second novel in the Inspector Morse series. I gave this novel 3/5 as I thought it was an ok read, but I still dislike the character of Morse himself.
I read Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder, the second novel in the Healer series. I was contacted by the author and offered a copy of the novel. I liked this sequel slightly more than the first novel, Touch of Power, and I gave it 4.5/5.
I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for my school book club, and I gave it 3/5. I thought it was an ok book, but nothing special.
I also read Fugitive by Louise Miles, which I received a copy of from the author, I really enjoyed this novel and I gave it 4.5/5
The last book I read in January was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I borrowed this book from my friend and I loved it, I thought it was really sad but beautifully written.

Friday Finds #1


Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
Just share what books you added to your TBR pile lately.
Post your link in the comments at Should Be Reading
and you are good to go!
Books added to my TBR pile this week!

  • Warm Bodies- Isaac Marion
  • PODs- Michelle K. Pickett
  • One Second After- William R. Forstchen
  • Orleans- Sherri L. Smith
  • Taste of Death- Maria V. Snyder
  • Zombie Youth: Playground Politics- H.E. Goodhue
  • Light in August- William Faulkner
  • Hollow- Richard Paul Denney
  • Before the Moon Rises- Catherine Bybee
  • Emphyrio- Jack Vance
  • Now Wait for Last Year- Philip K. Dick
  • Bring the Jubilee- Ward Moore
  • Ashes of Twilight- Kassy Tayler
  • The Book of Skulls- Robert Silverberg
  • Five Flavours of Dumb- Antony John
  • Insignia- S.J. Kincaid
  • Saving June- Hannah Harrington
  • Love is the Higher Law- David Levithan
  • A Little Wanting Song- Cath Crowley
  • Brain Jack- Brian Faulkner
  • The Mockingbirds- Daisy Whitney
  • Time's Twisted Arrow- Rysa Walker
  • Stained- Ella James
  • The Hades Factor- Robert Ludlum

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