torsdag 29 mars 2012

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

Catherine Crawfield spends her free time killing vampires. Half vampire herself, she does to avenge the rape of her mother by a vampire. The rape that left her mother pregnant with her. Out on one of her nightly hunts at some seedy bar she is captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter (who reminded me a little of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Learning that Cat is half vampire he proposes a deal. He promises to help her find her vampire father (so she can kill him) if she helps him kill bad vampires.

As the two of them train and start their hunting Cat is surprised to find that Bones actually is a nice guy, and here she thought all vampires were asshole killers. And (of course) their feelings for each other slowly deepen. A problem with that is her mother. Cat got her hate of vampires from her mother so she´s understandably reluctant to bring home her new boyfriend.

The two of them start hunting down bad vampires who and a bigger pictures begins to unravel and we learn that we´re dealing with more than just a few bad vamps.

There are two things however that annoyed with this book: 1) what happened to them finding her father? That storyline wasn´t mentioned after those first few chapters. I suppose it might come again in the next book but I wondered about it. And 2) The ending didn´t satisfy me at all. Not that I didn´t understand her reasoning but is was frustrating.

But all in all it was an ok read, there´s paranormal romance and a mystery which is often ok in my book.

måndag 26 mars 2012

"Before I Fall" movie adaptation gets director

I haven´t yet gotten around to reading Before I fall (it´s on my very long list). I have however read to other books by Lauren Oliver and I adore her writing.

The filmrights for ´Before I fall´were sold to Fox 2000 about a year ago and now it seems a director has been found. Gina Prince-Blythewood, who helmed ´The secret life of Bees´is apparently eyeing a rewrite before moving forward.

The story centers around 18-year old highschool student Sam Kingston. Sam leads a seemingly flawless life, great boyfriend, three best friends and first choice at everything. She is also self-centered and callous.

And then she dies.

And wakes up again. Only to relive the last day of her life seven times. It´s basically a heartbreaking version of Groundhog day.

We probably won´t be hearing much of the movie plans for a while. In the meantime we can read the book and if you already have, think about how you would do it.

ps: Interesting note, another book by Lauren Oliver is also optioned by the same company; the dystopian story "Delirium".

tisdag 20 mars 2012

Soulless - Gail Carriger

The setting is Victorian England and vampires and werewolves roam the streets. They even have roles in the government.

Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a soulless spinster with an Italian father (who is dead) and a mother who is prone to nervousness. Being without a soul she is of the prenatural variety and abilities enable her to remove the supernatural ability of others as long as she is touching them. Alexia is also intelligent, witty, rebellious and fearsly independant.

When the tale begins we find Alexia in a library at a party when she is attacked by a vampire. While defending herself Alexia accidentally kills the vampire bring forth the investigation into the matter by BUR (Bureau of Unnatural Registry) and it´s chief investigator Lord Maccon. He and Alexia have crossed paths before and both are quick to say how much they dislike the other. Though we soon realize that they are both just busy denying their mutual attraction.

What follows is the mystery of disappearing vampires alongside some very nasty creatures interest in Alexia.

It is a Victorian Romance/Urban Fantasy/Steampunk with a mystery thrown in. Entertaining, original and fun it´s definitely a book to recommend!

tisdag 13 mars 2012

Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver

Warning: this review contains spoilers for Delirium. If you haven´t read it go do so now :)

I finished this a few days ago but haven´t been able to write a review. My emotions after having read the last page were all over the place and I paced around frantically. In short, I was a mess. All because of that effing last page.

First let me say that Lauren Oliver has an undeniable gift for words. From the opening words I can feel, hear and sense everything written her words are, in short poetry and it´s a joy to read.

Pandemonium is jumps between two timelines, beginning with when Lena is running through the wilds having just escaped without Alex and later (the NOW) when she is in New York as part of the resistance. I´m not always a fan of switching between timelines but this time it definitely works and it was a brilliant way of showing how Lena herself grows and becomes a strong self sufficient young woman.

Pandemonium introduces a wider range of characters a large part of these are those in the wilds and part of the resistance though difficult in the beginning Lena comes to feel at home in the wilds. We also meet two important members of DFA (Deliria Free America) an organization devoted to the cure and who´s leader, Thomas Fineman is pushing for a lowering of the age for when the cure is administered. Thomas has a son named Julian who although not cured yet is looking forward to it just like Lena once was. I won´t reveal how but Lena and Julian end up captured together. And Lauren Oliver once again describes masterfully the war raging inside Julian as he and Lena become closer.

The last few chapters is an action packed roller coaster of a ride which I won´t spoil for you. Suffice to say the ending had me shocked. And, to be perfectly honest, pissed off. I gave this book four stars over at Goodreads. It would´ve been a five if it hadn´t been for that ending and my fears for what the next book, Requiem, holds in store for us. My only hope is that Lauren, and Lena, won´t disappoint.

fredag 2 mars 2012

Cover & title reveal for 3rd book in Matched Trilogy

IT´S HERE! Not the book yet, but the cover and title!
The cover follows a simple progression that reflects the progression of the series. Cassia started off on the first cover existing in a glass orb, then on the cover of Crossed, she put her fist through the glass. Now in the third final installment she´s rising out of the orb!