måndag 31 oktober 2011

Immortal beloved - Cate Tiernan

Immortal beloved - Cate Tiernan

I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved.

It´s a book about immortals, especially about the immortal Nastasya. She is 400-something years old and despite her age has no clue as to what she wants, who she is or where she´s headed. She´s spent the last few hundred years partying, drinking and not caring about anything or anyone.

During one of her usual nights out she witnesses one of her best friends, Incy, torture a mortal. Sickened by the act, and her own inaction, Nastasya runs away. She goes to River´s edge a retreat slash rehab slash school for immortals looking for change in their lives. The place is run by a very (very) old immortal named River.

One of the best things about this book is Nastasya herself. She´s a heroine with "an attitude", prickly and sarcastic and damaged but also funny and completely loveable. Her inner monologues often had me laughing out loud while her pain and bitterness made me want to give her a hug.

At River´s Edge there are a few other immortals but we only get to know a few of them. Besides River, the "leader" there is Reyn. A mysterious, extremely good looking immortal whom Nastasya from the start has a lust/hate relationship to. Their relationship is so much more complicated than that though and I won´t ruin it for you. Just go read it!

The only thing I don´t like is that I have to wait until January to read the second book.

måndag 10 oktober 2011

New exciting books

The name of the star - Maureen Johnson
The day Rory Deveaux arrives in London is a memorable day. Not only for Rory who is start a new life at a boarding school in the city. For many the day will be remembered as the day when a series of brutal killings started in the city imitating the murders of Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago.

Fear spreads and the police have no evidence or witnesses. Except for Rory, who saw the man who is suspec
ted. The only problem is that she is the only one who saw him and it seems like she is his next victim.

A book full of excitement, humor and romance.

The unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer doesn´t believe that life can get any stranger than waking up in hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She soon realizes that there must be something more to the accident she can´t remember - the accident that left her unhurt but killed her friends.

Mara does not believe that she, after all she been through, can fall in love. She was wrong.

Blood rights - Kristen Painter
Chrysabelle is a Comarré, a special race of people bred as food for vampires. The Comaré live longer, shine for vampire senses, and they smell like summer thus reminding vampires of the deadly sunlight, a bittersweet pleasure.

When Chrysabelle´s master is murdered she is suspected of being the murderer and forced to flee. She joins up with Malkolm, a vampire who kills everyone he drinks from. Together they try to uncover the conspiracy that threatens to overthrow both the immortals and the unknowing human world to ruin.

torsdag 6 oktober 2011

Hourglass - Myra McEntire

When Em (short for Emerson) was 13 she began to see ghosts. She is tormented by seeing things nobody else does and that people think she's crazy - she just wants them to go away so that she can be normal. After being released from a mental hospital she meets Michael from an organization called the Hourglass. Michael is a kind, sympathetic, good-looking guy who actually believe everything she says! And not only that, he insists that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened.

The best thing about this book is the main character Em, she is a smart, funny, sarcastic young woman who, after all the rough times she´s been through tries to be positive and strong when things are hard. As for the book as a whole it sadly left something to be desired as it was not as engaging as I would have hoped. Unfortunately.

Crossed - Ally Condie

It´s here soon!!!

November 1st is almost here and that means that the continuation of Matched is almost here. We finally get to know what happens to Cassia and Ky :-)

The forest of hands and teeth - Carrie Ryan

It´s been seven generations since the virus struck, destroyingsociety as we know it. The undead took over and now pace back and forth in the forest, their groans after human flesh background noise, which all have become accustomed to.

Mary lives in a compound surrounded by forest, surrounded bydeath. In her life and in the small community she lives in, there are some simple truths: the sisterhood always knows best, theguards will protect you, the undead will never give up and all members of society must do their duty to make life go on.

But Mary dreams of the sea, she dreams of a world outside the fence, beyond the forest. She dreams of a world where she isn´tconstantly surrounded by death. And when the day comes whenthe undead make a hole through the fence and invade the village of Mary has no choice but to venture into the unknown.

onsdag 5 oktober 2011

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

There was a time when people believed that love was something good, something to strive for. But in the days when Lena livespeople know better. Scientists have managed to track down the part of the brain where love begins and after many attempts a functional cure for love has been found.

The government requires that all members of society who turneighteen undergo surgery to become healthy. Some operationsdo not succeed, as with Lena's mother, who underwent surgeryafter surgery but was never rid of the love she felt for her children and her husband. In despair she took her own life. Lena fears ending up like her mother, and looks forward to the surgery.

But 95 days before her surgery Lena meets Alex, a different boy who seems to like her. And then she gets sick...

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Tris (or Beatrice) lives in a future Chicago where young people are encouragedto cultivate specific virtues: honesty, selflessness, courage, serenity or rationality.When they turn 16, they are prompted to select one of the virtues, and thendevote the rest of their lives to it. The purpose of it all is to make society asperfect as possible.

When it´s Tris´s time to choose she she rejects the group her family belongs toand joins another. This chose makes it impossible for her to go back home to her family. She begins the brutal initiation rites, meets a cute boy (of course;)) butalso detects a growing dissent in the "perfect society".

This is the first installment in a planned trilogy that will be a film.

Matched - Ally Condie

Cassia lives in a society about one hundred years in the future. In her world the Society, with the help of statistics, decides everything. Where you live, what you eat and who you marry.

When the time comes for Cassia to be matched she is told her future husband is a childhood friend named Xander. However, she is also matched with Ky, a somewhat mysterious boy who lives in her neighborhood. Cassia is told this second match was a mistake, Xander is her future husband, no discussion. But this mistake opens up a new way of thinking for Cassia, she has never considered that the Society makes mistakes, if they made this mistake what´s to say they haven´t made mistakes before? And maybe, just maybe she wants to be able to decide who she´ll spend her life with all on her own.