Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wrap Up | July


A few things have changed this month on the blog as we realised it was pretty difficult to know who reviewed/bought/read what book if we didn't actually tell you! (Duh!)
We added a new "Weekly Updates" feature that covered everything we'd read, bought, reviewed etc during that week but we still wanted to give an all-round monthly wrap-up just in case you wanted to see the whole thing in one go or somehow missed an update during the week. There will still be a weekly update on Saturday which will repeat some things from here but that's how it goes! This is pretty much just a monthly haul of books we bought (rather than loaned) & a complete monthly list of what was read!

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What Caragh read in July.

Beautiful Creatures - Garcia & Stohl
Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel - Amy Corzine
Beautiful Darkness - Garcia & Stohl
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
Cursed - David Wellington
Foretold - Jana Oliver
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Death Note Vol.1 - Tsugumi Ohba
The Clique - Lisi Harrison

What Caragh bought in July.

Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 
Hunger by Michael Grant
Parallel - Lauren Miller
My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
The Day Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
Stephen Fry in America - Stephen Fry
The 'Caine' Mutiny - Herman Wouk
The Invisible Man - HG Wells
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
The Novice - Trudi Canavan
 The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare
Great Dickens Novels - Charles Dickens
Beautiful Chaos – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller


What Brianna read in July.

Déjá Dead - Kathy Reichs
Death Note Vol.1 - Tsugumi Ohba
Strip Jack - Ian Rankin
Ravaged - David Wellington
Wolverine: Logan - Brian.K.Vaughan

What Brianna bought in July.

Black & Blue - Ian Rankin
Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Come Together - Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees
Silverfin - Charlie Higson
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones
The Tsunami Countdown - Boyd Morrison
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
Good Omens - Pratchett & Gaiman
Foretold - Jana Oliver 
The Swords of Night and Day - David Gemmell
Winter Warriors - David Gemmell
Hero in the Shadows - David Gemmell
Dark Prince - David Gemmell
Knights of Renown - David Gemmell
Dark Moon - David Gemmell
Echoes of the Great Song - David Gemmell
 
 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Foretold by Jana Oliver

Published - 6th August 2012
Publisher - Macmillan
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - In the fourth Demon Trappers novel, Riley faces the final battle for humanity and Beck's heart—and Hell is the least of her problems
Now that Riley’s managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything’s changed. Well . . . most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if nothing ever happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her since her father’s death—but she’s about to get a whole lot more than she bargained for. When she’s commissioned to go with Beck to his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption . . . and survival. Meanwhile, up in Atlanta, it’s quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle, but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for.


Forbidden (#2) Review is here
Forgiven   (#3) Review is here

I was a little anxious to start reading this as it's the last book in the Demon Trappers series and I completely adore them. The last book came to a climax with the not-quite-apocalypse happening and I wasn't sure what was in store for Foretold as there didn't seem to be much left to the story.

Foretold focuses on Riley's beau and fellow trapper Denver Beck and the sketchy history that was uncovered in Forgiven. The book seemed to me to be split into two parts and so that's how i'll review it.

The first half of the book sees Riley and Beck in Georgia for reasons I wont disclose and it feels a million miles away from the Demon Trapper books that came before. Firstly I should say that the book is excellent, as always, but very different. Riley & Beck's time in Georgia feels more like a mystery book. It would have made a great side book to the series but i'm not sure how well it works as part of the series by itself. It was really interesting not just learning about Beck's history but about him as a person and not just as Riley's sometimes-love interest. There were moments when I felt real concern for certain characters and that the dangers they faced were serious. Despite the lull of Demons in the first half, the book was still fast paced and exciting and kept me reading right until the end.

The second half of the book definitely picked up and though not necessarily more enjoyable, it felt more true to the series. As mentioned previously, I was concerned about Foretold being anti-climactic after the events of the last book but it was justified and pretty damn crazy! "The Scene" (as you'll understand when reading) was very cinematic and was a big thing to take on. Again, the danger was very real and i'm not (too) ashamed to admit that I cried SO MUCH out of fear and intrigue. I wasn't sure where Oliver was heading and I was so overwhelmed by the possibilities that my emotions were everywhere! I have devoured every single one of these books and have carried Riley's story with me for a year now. I'm sad that the series has ended but these are definitely books that I will read again in the future.

If anyone has any recommendations for similar books/styles then please let me know!

Weekly Updates 22/7 - 26/7



It’s time for Weekly Updates! Which is pretty much the same as all the other weekly memes out there so we don't claim any rights or anything :) So let's get to it.

Sorry it's late! Mega busy week for us.

Books we got this week!

Caragh got -  
Beautiful Chaos – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller

Brianna got -  
The Swords of Night and Day - David Gemmell
Winter Warriors - David Gemmell
Hero in the Shadows - David Gemmell
Dark Prince - David Gemmell
Knights of Renown - David Gemmell
Dark Moon - David Gemmell
Echoes of the Great Song - David Gemmell

Books we reviewed this week!

Beautiful Darkness by Garcia & Stohl
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Currently Reading!
Caragh – Beautiful Chaos by Garcia & Stohl
Brianna – Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Published - 2011
Publisher - Gollanncz
Format - Hardback
Synopsis - Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. It's a job which has its own challenges, but now the vampires and the shapeshifters are finally 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!... and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but before she can investigate something else - something even more dangerous - comes up. Sookie's lover Eric Northman, and his 'child' Pam are plotting something in secret. Whatever it is, they seem determined to keep Sookie out of it; almost as determined as Sookie is to find out what's going on. She can't sit on the sidelines when both her work and her love life are under threat - but as their plans gradually become clear Sookie finds the situation is deadlier than she could ever have imagined.

It's not the world's best kept secret that i'm a bit of a Truebie! I love the TV show passionately and I read the first 10 Sookie Stackhouse books a few years ago (thanks, Amber!). Once I could no longer just borrow the books from my friend I genuinely forgot they were even still a thing! I saw this in the library last week and knew I had to finish off the series.

The Sookie Stackhouse books are, brace yourself, even crazier than the TV show. In a good way! With each installment, Sookie's life and that of those around her gets more insane and there are an increasing amount of Supes to contend with. Though my knowledge of the previous books is more than a little shaky due to it being at least 2 years since I read them, I think it's safe to say that it follows on quite nicely and Bon Temps is the same as always.

I rated Dead Reckoning with 3 stars but I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it as such. I love the characters, which in this case was great, because nothing really seemed to happen for two thirds of the book. In some ways I rated this book higher because it felt more like a 'set the scene' book and I needed that after being away from the series for so long but the truth is, I probably rated it for Eric Northman, *swoon*. Dead Reckoning felt more like the TV show than the previous books too. The locations used were familiar, there weren't *too* many book-only characters and the inevitable showdown takes place at Fangtasia.

I think I probably should have re-read the books before trying to get into the series again as I felt that I was missing something. I didn't have the advantage of the build up from the previous books and that hindered my reading a little as I was exclaiming at things I should have already known. All in all it was a pretty quick and simple read and I liked it for what it was. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next ones in the library anyway!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Beautiful Darkness by Garcia & Stohl

Published - 28th October 2010
Publisher - Little Brown
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending. Together Ethan and Lena can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

My review of Beautiful Creatures can be found here.

Following on from the first book in the series, Ethan and Lena are struggling to deal with everything that happened at the end of Beautiful Creatures. Not surprisingly, they're having a tough time and things go from bad to worse for Ethan.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than Beautiful Creatures for a couple of reasons. Due to circumstances, Beautiful Darkness has less of a focus on romance and is more adventurous. The Lunae Libri (forgive me if i've written that wrong!) plays a huge role and it was interesting to learn more about the role of Keeper, particularly as that becomes more important to Ethan later on in the story. I really feel that Ethan grew as a character and although in some ways he was still chasing Lena's happiness rather than fighting for himself, he became a stronger individual. On the other hand, Lena was almost unbearable! I'm not sure whether that's genuinely how she is being portrayed or whether in comparison to the exciting and energetic Liv, that Lena pales and her whiny attributes shine through.

Ethan, Link and Liv undertake an incredible quest and I was totally with them every step of the way. Action, adventure, mystery, magic and extraordinary events face them and the three entirely mortal kids are brave and focused. It's the kind of story I loved as a kid and it's what I love now. There were moments when I felt genuine concern for their fate and I got a little teary in places. Link is definitely one of my favourite characters and when the trio meet up with Ridley it's both filled with potential and hilarity. Their relationship and personalities are brilliant and I think there is more to come from the two of them, whether singularly or together.

Beautiful Darkness is full of tragic moments. Emotional and literal loss, grief, revelations, realisations and an overall sense of ending is apparent throughout and I had a heavy heart throughout the book because I just got so pulled in by all of them. I was a little disappointed at the end when all of what came before seemed overshadowed once again by Ethan's love for Lena. The 'showdown' for want of a better word was pretty spectacular if not a little..strange. Though I was happy with the arrival of a friendly face, I don't really understand why it happened in the first place. I'm so excited for this series and it could literally go anywhere from this point onwards so fingers crossed I can get my hands on them soon...!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Weekly Updates 15/7 - 20/7

It's time for Weekly Updates! Which is pretty much the same as all the other weekly memes out there so we don't claim any rights or anything :) So let's get to it.

Books we got this week!



Caragh got -  
The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare (again!)
Great Dickens Novels - Charles Dickens


Brianna bought -  
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
Good Omens - Pratchett & Gaiman
Foretold - Jana Oliver


Books we reviewed this week!

Beautiful Creatures by Garcia & Stohl
Déjá Dead by Kathy Reichs
Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel by Amy Corzine
Cursed: A Werewolf's Tale by David Wellington

Currently Reading!
Caragh – The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Brianna – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Caragh Reviews - Cursed: A Werewolf's Tale by David Wellington

Published - 1st October 2009
Publisher - Piatkus
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - There's one sound a woman doesn't want to hear when she's lost and alone in the Arctic wilderness: a howl. When a strange wolf's teeth slash Cheyenne's ankle to the bone, her old life ends, and she becomes the very monster that has haunted her nightmares for years. Worse, the only one who can understand what Chey has become is the man–or wolf–who's doomed her to this fate. He also wants to chop her head off with an axe.Yet as the line between human and beast blurs, so too does the distinction between hunter and hunted . . . for Chey is more than just the victim she appears to be. But once she's within killing range, she may find that–even for a werewolf–it's not always easy to go for the jugular.

I bought this book not too long after its release and yes, I have literally just read it! You know how people have 'buzz words' that make them pick up a book.. well 'Werewolf' is the opposite of a buzz word for me. I don't know what it is about Werewolves but i'm seriously put off! I remember buying this book knowing that there was a slim chance I would read it but as an avid 'vampire fan' I hoped that one day I would find an interest in the other side of the coin, so to speak. Well after Brianna picked up the second book from the library (she read this last year!), I decided I would give it a go so that I could read Ravaged before it had to be taken back.

Though I can't say that i'm now a converted Were fan, I was surprised to find that it wasn't completely terrible. I had a lot of issues with Cursed but most of that came down to irritating mistakes rather than the overall plot of the book. At the beginning of the book, main character Chey is struggling to find her way through Arctic Canada after having lost her pack and her bearings. This was when I started having problems. Immediately she comes across people despite being literally in the middle of nowhere with no civilisation and rather than being skeptical, she proceeds to go and introduce herself and tell the reader that she was finally going to be saved! 

Okay, so she's crazy. That's fine. I could maybe forgive her for that. Except she then hints CONSTANTLY that there is a specific reason for her being there. When she meets the all important Werewolf in the woods, she is surprised to see "those eyes"... despite being the SOLE reason for being there in the first place. WHAT? This confusing and backtracking continued until the end of the book but after the mid-way point, I kind of just stopped worrying about it. The plot takes on a life of it's own and slowly draws you in. I kind of expected to lose interest once Chey's mystery was uncovered but in actual fact the opposite was true. The plot itself was the reason for reading, and not my curiosity. 

There was some beautiful writing scattered throughout Cursed. One of the chapters fairly early on begins with a long description of a caterpillar's transformation as a precursor for the Werewolf transformation. It was calming and full of imagery which fit perfectly with the actual transformation we are about to experience. As I said at the beginning, I haven't read many Were books at all but the transformation process was excellent. Another element I enjoyed was the comedy. There were some brilliant one liners - mostly from the character Dzo who is easily my favourite! 

Overall, Cursed wasn't the best thing i've ever read and had more than a few inconsistencies but I did end up enjoying it and it has made me think about perhaps reading more Werewolf books and getting rid of that stigma!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel by Amy Corzine

Published - 2003
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - This Charlotte Bronte classic is brought to vibrant life by artist John M. Burns. His sympathetic treatment of Jane Eyre's life during the 19th century will delight any reader with its strong emotions and wonderfully rich atmosphere. Travel back to a time of grand Victorian mansions contrasted with the severest poverty and immerse yourself in this love story.

This beautiful graphic novel edition of Jane Eyre was the first thing I saw as I walked into my local library and I just HAD to take it out and see what it was like. As a recent Literature graduate, I'm a little bit sad to say that i've never actually read the entirety of Jane Eyre but i've seen a couple of adaptations. The graphic novel was so perfect for me. The 'quick text' alongside beautiful illustrations by John M Burns created a simple and easy imaginative storytelling of Jane Eyre that not only felt complete and true but also bumped up the real Bronte novel on my to-read list. 

For a taster of what you can expect from the graphic novel, I found quite a substantial amount of it online for free which you can read here - Classical Comics: Jane Eyre. The graphic novel has had some great reviews on goodreads and it's a definite thumbs up from me. I would imagine you would get more enjoyment from the novel had you read the original Bronte novel first but this is also a great way to 'test the waters' before you plunge into such a huge and admired novel. This is a great way to get kids into classical literature too and i'll definitely be looking for more of these next time i'm in the library!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Brianna Reviews - Déjá Dead by Kathy Reichs

Published - 1998
Publisher - Arrow Books
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.
It's June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.
First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?

Déja Dead is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series written by Kathy Reichs and also the basis for FOX's TV show Bones in which Brennan is an Anthropologist -turn - author of books about Kathy Reichs! However, I would say this book is for fans of the crime genre and not specifically for fans of the TV show as it is significantly different. The only character with the same name is Temperance Brennan but personality wise, Brennan is not the same character. There are some similarities between characters on the TV show and those in the books but not so specific as to pin them down.

The book had me interested from the start although i'm unsure if that is due to the writing or because I have been a fan of the show for years and have been wanting to read this book for at least 12 months! By about the half way point Déja Dead was definitely un-putdownable! I think the book was very well written and the plot was definitely interesting. However, I have 2 points to make. 
1. Even though my guesses at who the killer was were wrong, I found at least part of the plot too predictable and I had predicted it by the third chapter. 
2. There were parts where the motives behind Brennan's actions completely confused me, even with the book being told from her point of view. 

Kathy Reichs, being a real life forensic anthropologist, describes what Brennan does with the bones, the marks she looks at and the tests she does, in accurate detail.  These are real tests and the marks left behind by a saw and what these marks indicate are facts; tests she actually performed in real life. I don't think these would be too hard to follow for a non-scientist, and those who are might appreciate the realism. Again on the knowledge front, Déja Dead being set in Montreal, Quebec is heavy on the French. You don't need a French vocab past yes, no, Mr & Mrs, with most dialogue (including French dialogue) being written in English but it is heavy on French names and thr names of official organisations. Maybe an ability to pronounce these French words might help, as I have none! 

Overall it was a very enjoyable read and I can't wait to read the next one: Death Du Jour.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Caragh's Top Ten (but actually 7) Authors Who Deserve More Recognition


Hosted by Broke & The Bookish
It's been a while since i've done one of these! This week's topic is about authors eho deserve recognition. This was difficult as 90% of the books I read are already incredibly popular and the authors have an extensive bibliography to date! So forgive me if some of them seem a little strange.

1. Jana Oliver
I'm totally basing this off the Demon Trapper's series - which I haven't even finished yet! Though these books definitely offer their fair share of frustration, they are also incredibly addictive. The plot is just crazy enough to work without being insane and for the love of Beck, I need to get my hands on the final book asap!

2. Maria V Snyder
Ms Snyder has an impressive collection of books out there and though I now know (thanks to my own handy work) quite a few people who love her books just as much as I do but there still doesn't seem to be much buzz about her. Maybe i'm wrong & missing it, but either way she deserves much more attention.

3. Teri Terry
As far as i'm aware (and PLEASE do correct me if i'm wrong), Teri Terry just has the 2 books available right now, Slated & Fractured. Shattered will be released next year and i'm SO excited. However, both books in the Slated series are incredible reads, hardhitting, emotional, intriguing and just getting BETTER. Big things are going to happen for this lady!

4. Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon was recommended to me many, many years ago by an old friend and honestly, I didn't hold out much hope but her Paksenarrion series blew me away and I actually plan on doing a re-read of the collection pretty soon. Kick-ass female heroine on an incredible adventure? YES PLEASE.

5. Jessica Sorensen
Sorensen is really new to me but I hear that she also has a significant amount of books out there. I know her work from the Fallen Star series and I can't help but wonder why they're not as popular as other YA out there. Her writing is great, characters are flawed & brilliant and the books are so cheap!

6. Ruth Warburton
I am without a doubt EAGERLY anticipating Ruth Warburton's new novel Witch Finder, released in 2014. Warburton's 'Winter Trilogy' wasn't at all what I was expecting and though it certainly had it's moments, for the most part it was a great, quick and easy series. Again, I'm expecting great things from her future books.

Here's a little bit of a wild card. Reasons to follow!

7. Rachel Caine
Ok ok. So Rachel Caine is SUPER recognised and she has SO MANY incredible books but the reason I feel like she belongs on this list is because I think sometimes she's overshadowed by the huge success of Morganville. MV is one of my favourite series ever - hence why I talk about it ALL THE TIME. However, it's easy to forget that she is also the author of the Weather Wardens, Revivalists, Red Letters etc. All so different to each other but all so brilliantly written.

Well that's all I could really come up with but I think I did pretty well with 7. I find authors/books from other bloggers and booktubers and by the time I get around to reading them, they're already crazy popular with movies etc! I'm a bit behind the times. Let me know what authors you think deserve more recognition & leave links to your Top Tens!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Beautiful Creatures by Garcia & Stohl

Published - 1st December 2009
Publisher - Little Brown
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I first heard about Beautiful Creatures when I came across a vlog talking about covers. I can't remember who it was, sorry! By this time the only cover I could find anywhere was the film version and I really don't like those. So I had forgotten about it until I went book shopping early this week and found it! I'm only slightly ashamed that I bought it without having a single clue what it was about but sometimes judging a book by its cover pays off.

From the first page of the book, I was totally hooked. I tried to explain my compulsion to Brianna but I just couldn't. The writing, the POV, everything just pulled me in. Ethan is an interesting character, a misfit in the town that he and his entire family have lived in since before the Civil War. 

Ethan isn't the only character who grabbed my attention though. Everyone has a story that needs telling and everyone has a secret that needs hiding. Though the entirety of the book is told from Ethan's perspective, it's surprising just how much you get to know about the other characters, even minor ones. Ethan is a character, written by two women, who tells the story of an extraordinary girl. That in itself lends something to the complexity of the book but in a simplistic and unique way. You may have noticed that i'm having some difficulty really putting my thoughts into words. 

Beautiful Creatures does have some elements that usually put me off a series but for some reason I felt they were believable and really worked within the story, such as multiple supernaturals whose powers seem somewhat beyond imaginable. I'm slightly concerned that as the series progresses they might take it too far which is a shame because I have high hopes for the rest of the series! The whole book was seriously intense. With every page came more intrigue, mystery and secrecy that I just couldn't wait to work out. I was also surprised by how easily I became attached to the characters and how emotionally involved I was with not just them but the town itself and its history. 

Beautiful Creatures ended big and dramatically and I cannot WAIT to start Beautiful Darkness, the second book in the series! 



* I have now finished book 2 and it just gets BETTER.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Weekly Updates 8/7 - 13/7



Welcome to our first edition of Weekly Updates! Which is pretty much the same as all the other weekly memes out there so we don't claim any rights or anything :) So let's get to it.

Books we bought this week!

Caragh bought -  
Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 
Hunger by Michael Grant
Parallel - Lauren Miller
My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
The Day Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
Stephen Fry in America - Stephen Fry
The 'Caine' Mutiny - Herman Wouk
The Invisible Man - HG Wells
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
The Novice - Trudi Canavan

Library books -
Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel - Charlotte Bronte
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman 
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris

Brianna bought -  
Black & Blue - Ian Rankin
Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Come Together - Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees
Silverfin - Charlie Higson
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones
The Tsunami Countdown - Boyd Morrison

Library books -
Death Note Vol.1 - Tsungami Ohba/Taskeshi Obata
Ravaged - David Wellington
Henry V: The Graphic Novel - William Shakespeare

Books we reviewed this week!

Casino Royale + FILM by Ian Fleming
Fractured by Teri Terry
White Wolf by David Gemmell

Currently Reading!
Caragh – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Brianna –Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
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