Thursday, 1 May 2014

Booky Ramblings recommends.

We're doing things a little different this month... instead of just telling you we liked a certain book we're giving you a review on the books we recommend.

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong.
Elena Michaels is a wanted woman. Ten years ago she was transformed into a werewolf by her lover. Her transformation makes her powerful. But in the wrong hands, it also makes her deadly.
And now, just as she's coming to terms with it all, a group of scientists learns of her existence. They're hunting her down, and Elena is about to run straight into their trap. But they haven't reckoned on Elena's adoptive family, her Pack, who will stop at nothing to get her back.
They haven't reckoned on Elena, either. And that's a very big mistake ...

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This second book in the series was a great way to continue the story of Elena and her pack and introduce us to other supernaturals that will feature later in the series.

I love the development of Elena's character in this book. She starts out this super confident, super strong woman, but within a relatively short period of time she realises that her wolfy strength isnt going to be enough to save her this time. She is forced through some pretty awful experiences at the compound and i will admit to shedding more than a few tears at certain aspects of her experience. When she finally escapes and meets up with Clay I was almost as happy as she was. When she then opened up to Clay about her emotions (something she admits she never does) i got all teary again. This is not the same Elena we first met at the beginning of Bitten.

Armstrong's writing is amazing, her world fits seamlessly into our real life and it gives you that 'well it could happen' kind of feeling. This is a series not to be missed.

Purchase Links  Amazon US  /  Amazon UK                                   
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Five - Out of the Dark (Five #1)Five - Out of the Dark by Holli AndersonFive teenagers who’ve recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it’s their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling – the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul.
Johnathan’s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn’t the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet—a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.

Lisa's Review - 4 out of 5 stars

Remember Enid Blyton's Famous Five books? Well say hello to the modern, magical and mythical version of those books!
This series may fit into the Young Adult genre, but I think it can be enjoyed by people young and old.
Step into the world of Paige, a 16 year old girl whose family disowns her when she discovers she has magical powers. Alone in the world, soon she meets Johnathan, who is just like her, and soon the two become the Five. Learning more about their powers as they try and make do in a new world full of Fairies, Imps, Ogres and much more. Battling to save the world from these demons, they soon learn that there is a reason the five of them came together, But things go wrong when Johnathan is bitten, and turns into a viscous form of werewolf once a month. As well as trying to save him, Paige and the others must save a high school full of teens who are being poisoned by a Warlock disguised as a head teacher who is trying to form a Dark Army.
I found the start of this book quite hard to get in to, and at one point almost gave up. Everything seemed very rushed - the Five all coming together, the moving around, learning their powers... - it was very quickly written and some things which seemed important were really skimmed over. Thankfully, once the story got going when Johnathan was bitten, the flow of the story seemed to kick in and the pace changed, and more detail was put into the writing.
Once I got past that first phase, I was so glad I did as I couldn't put the book down, and really ended up enjoying it. As I said at the start of my review, I couldn't help but see the Five as the new Famous Five - I really enjoyed the adventures in the Enid Blyton books as I grew up - and these were just like those books, but with magic, and mythical creatures. I loved the characters, and all of the Five are likeable characters that I couldn't get enough of, and the Ogres and Trolls are written in a way that is enjoyable to read even though you don't like them!
The joy of this book is that I have read it and loved it, and I can pass it on to my daughter to read and I know she will love it too.

Links  Goodreads  /  Holli Anderson
Purchase Links  Amazon UK  /  /  B&N  /  KOBO

Blood Claim (Half-Blood Princess, #1)Blood Claim by Magen McMinimy
Half blood vampire princess, Sophia Daletsky, has spent the last eight months running from her oppressive and cruel Brother and her love sick ex, when she comes upon the sleepy little town of Maldera Springs where she finds a secret that’s been hidden for years from her people. Sophia must decide between saving herself, listening to her heart, or protecting what’s been safely hidden and protected by the sexy, secretive, and stoic vampire brothers Tavian and Dante Baikov.

Claire's Review 5 of 5 Stars

Now I'm a very big fan of vampire fiction, so when I got the chance to read Blood Claim I jumped at it and I wasn't disappointed! I did find the beginning of the book a tad slow and wasn't sure how much I would get into it, but as the book continued I couldn't put it down to the point I even had the kindle app open on the iPad whilst cooking dinner!!! The characters were great, Sophia is a fantastic heroine and Dante is the kind of man you wish you pull out of the book and have for real :). My only complaint would be the cliffhanger ending, which was amazing but left me gagging for more! I cannot wait to is my teeth into book 2.