Sunday, 27 November 2016

Week in Review #3

I have been so busy lately with my three kids that I haven't been able to get online much to do many posts (they have had piano recitals, dance concerts and so much more). So I would just like to take this opportunity to say I'm so sorry but I'm hoping to catch you all up in the next couple of weeks.here is a little catch up of some of the books I have recieved recently.

Books I'm currently reading


Books I'm going to read next

Books I have recieved for review
 





Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Blog Tour Stop: Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Moon Chosen
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 600 pages
R.R.P: $18.99
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her clan; but she cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attacktears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the lesser from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before...

Now, darkness is coming and with it a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny... And obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

My review
Thoughts on the book: 
Welcome to Jessica's Bookworld's stop on the Moon Chosen blog tour being held by Pan Macmillan Australia.

I read P.C. Cast's House of Night series while I was pregnant with my second child. I was put on bed rest so naturally went out and brought a heap of books to read. One of those books was Book 1 in the House of Night series and I remember reading book 1 in one sitting and begging my fiancée at the time to go out and get me the rest of the series that was out. I remember patiently waiting for each new book to be released and devouring them all as soon as I got my hands on them. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to not only be apart of the blog tour for P.C. Cast's new book but also receive a ARC of the book and read it brfore most of the world. It was such a privallige and I know I made many of my friends and sisters jealous as well.

Moon Chosen is the first book in P.C. Cast's new Tales of a New World trilogy. It tells the story of three tribes who all live seperately and lead very different lives. There is the sun tribe who worship the sun and have shepherds or canines that bond with them, there is the moon tribe who worships the moon and then there are the skin stealers, who steal the skin of others. Each tribes part in the book is told by a voice from their tribe, Nik for the Sun tribe, Mari for the Moon tribe and Dead Eye for the skin stealers.

 In this first book of the series we are really getting to know each of the tribes and how they each work so there isn't really too much happening or much interacting but I found the insight into each tribe interesting. Although at the start of the book I was very confused as to what was happening as it felt like I was being introduced to everyone so quickly, I soon learned after about a quarter of the way through what was what and really starting enjoying the story. I really thought the concept of the bond between the companions and their canines or shepherds was very special and loved how each was chosen by the dog and not the person. I think all of the main characters are very stron characters and I can't wait to see where each of them goes in the rest of the series.

Don't let the size of the book, nor the 600 pages put you off reading Moon Chosen.

Rating: 3.5/5

Q&A with P.C. Cast
1.       Describe Moon Chosen in one sentence.
PC:  A post-apocalyptic adventure with heart and dogs – lots of dogs!
2.       What are you reading at the moment?
PC: I’m rereading the House of Night!  Kristin and I are planning a 10th anniversary surprise for our fans next year, and that means I have to get my head back into the HoN world.  I’ve started way back at the beginning, and I’m really enjoying revisiting the Nerd Herd!  
3.       If you could choose to have one book character from any of your series live with you in our world, which character would you choose?
PC:  ClanFintan from DIVINE BY MISTAKE.  I’m completely in love with him.


Blog Tour Stop: Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Moon Chosen
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 600 pages
R.R.P: $18.99
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her clan; but she cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attacktears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the lesser from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before...

Now, darkness is coming and with it a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny... And obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

My review
Thoughts on the book: 
Welcome to Jessica's Bookworld's stop on the Moon Chosen blog tour being held by Pan Macmillan Australia.

I read P.C. Cast's House of Night series while I was pregnant with my second child. I was put on bed rest so naturally went out and brought a heap of books to read. One of those books was Book 1 in the House of Night series and I remember reading book 1 in one sitting and begging my fiancée at the time to go out and get me the rest of the series that was out. I remember patiently waiting for each new book to be released and devouring them all as soon as I got my hands on them. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to not only be apart of the blog tour for P.C. Cast's new book but also receive a ARC of the book and read it brfore most of the world. It was such a privallige and I know I made many of my friends and sisters jealous as well.

Moon Chosen is the first book in P.C. Cast's new Tales of a New World trilogy. It tells the story of three tribes who all live seperately and lead very different lives. There is the sun tribe who worship the sun and have shepherds or canines that bond with them, there is the moon tribe who worships the moon and then there are the skin stealers, who steal the skin of others. Each tribes part in the book is told by a voice from their tribe, Nik for the Sun tribe, Mari for the Moon tribe and Dead Eye for the skin stealers.

 In this first book of the series we are really getting to know each of the tribes and how they each work so there isn't really too much happening or much interacting but I found the insight into each tribe interesting. Although at the start of the book I was very confused as to what was happening as it felt like I was being introduced to everyone so quickly, I soon learned after about a quarter of the way through what was what and really starting enjoying the story. I really thought the concept of the bond between the companions and their canines or shepherds was very special and loved how each was chosen by the dog and not the person. I think all of the main characters are very stron characters and I can't wait to see where each of them goes in the rest of the series.

Don't let the size of the book, nor the 600 pages put you off reading Moon Chosen.

Rating: 3.5/5

Q&A with P.C. Cast
1.       Describe Moon Chosen in one sentence.
PC:  A post-apocalyptic adventure with heart and dogs – lots of dogs!
2.       What are you reading at the moment?
PC: I’m rereading the House of Night!  Kristin and I are planning a 10th anniversary surprise for our fans next year, and that means I have to get my head back into the HoN world.  I’ve started way back at the beginning, and I’m really enjoying revisiting the Nerd Herd!  
3.       If you could choose to have one book character from any of your series live with you in our world, which character would you choose?
PC:  ClanFintan from DIVINE BY MISTAKE.  I’m completely in love with him.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Blog Tour Stop for Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Today it is my turn for the stop on the Heartless Blog Tour being run by Pan Macmillan Australia. I am so excited to be a part obis blog tour and feel very honoured to be counted among the other blog tour hosts. So without further ado her is my review for Heartless.


Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan 
Pages: 449 pages
R.R.P: $18.99

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland- the infamous Queen of Hearts- she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine has a talent for cooking magical confections that can alter a person's emotions. She wants to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But such a goal is unthinkable for the young women who would be the next Queen.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her own terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My review
Thoughts on the book:
Heartless is the first stand alone novel by bestselling author, Marissa Meyer and is based on the early life of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Once upon a time she was a sweet young girl who wanted to open her own bakery with her best friend, so that everyone around the countryside would come and taste her treats. But her parents plan to have her marry the King and become queen and if that happens her bakery idea will go up in smoke. Suddenly the new Court Jester catches her eye and suddenly the bakery isn't the only thing on her mind. Can Catherine have the bakery she dreams of and the love that she wants so badly, or will she be forced to do as her parents wish and marry the King?

Now I must admit that I have never actually read the original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll so some of the references that they made in the book didn't actually resonate with me. Now that I have admitted this I will get on with my review. I was so excited when I got the email off Alana from Pan Macmilan asking me if I wanted to be a part of the Heartless blog tour that she was organising. When I was told what the book was about I thought that it would be right up my ally as I am really loving retellings of fairy tales at the moment and anything fantasy genre is being devoured. So when I read what Heartless was about I said sign me up and I can tell you now it certainly didn't disappoint. Catherine is a sweet society girl who has her whole life ahead of her. She plans on opening her own bakery for her renoned sweets that she makes but there is something standing in her way, a props all from the King and of course her parents. Just as the King is about to propose a mythical beast ends up bursting into the ball room and scaring everyone. But that's not the only thing that happens that night, Catherine meets the new court Jester and falls head over heels for him. What follows is an exciting eye opening experiences for Catherine filled with adventures and love. 

I found the land of Wonderland to be very enchanting and the characters in Heartless to be some of the best that I have read in fantasy fiction. Most are based on characters that we now from the Alice in Wonderland movie. I especially love Catherine, her maid Mary Anne, Cheseire and Jest (the court jester). I really liked the romance that also occurred between Catherine and Jest too. They may have had quick whirlwind one but they are certainly the best ones in my opinion and thee epic ending of theirs will be one to certainly remember. I think Heartless is certainly one of the best retellings of a fairytale and many will fall in love with it.

P.S this is how the book came to me for review. How amazing is it.


Rating: 5/5


Monday, 3 October 2016

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 401 pages
R.R.P: $16.99
Three sisters. One throne. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katherine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.

But becoming the Queen Criwned isn't solely a matter of Royal birth. Each sister has tonight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose... It's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.

My review
Thoughts on the book: This is such a hard review to write. Having just read some of my favourite books of 2016 I picked up Three Dark Crowns with very high expectations in mind. I mean the plot synopsis of the book was amazing and sounded like it would be a fantastic story, alas it didn't live up to my expectations at all. Right off the bat I was really confused as so many new characters were being thrown at me at once and I didn't know who was who. I felt like every page a new character was there and I had to quickly make a little chart to work out who was who and how they were connected. So because this happened I felt like I wasn't really getting into the story at all because I was just so confused about what was happening. There are also no real set chapters or no real set POV's which also makes it really confusing. There are headings that state the place where that part of the story is being set, but within that "chapter" as many as three to four characters POV's are being told and all that really separates them is a paragraph. 

Because of this I struggled for a week to finish this book. I almost gave up about half way through, but upon reading other people's reviews I learnt that most people were in the same position but ended up sticking it out and they were glad that they did. So I did stick it out and I am glad that I did. I think the story picked up around page 290 which was the start of the Beltane Festival. Once the story was set there I felt much more at ease and flew through the rest of the book. The ending was very surprising and I never would have guessed that it would end up that way. But upon reflecting on it I can see how what happened would work (I don't want to give too much away about it). So after finishing Three Dark Crowns it has left me wanting to read the sequel but I just hope that it is a bit better set out.

Rating: 3/5








Saturday, 1 October 2016

Week in Review #2

Books I am reading



Books I am going to read next



Blog posts
I posted my review for Trial by Fire by Josephine Angellini
http://jessicasbookworld.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/book-review-trial-by-fire-by-josephine.html

Books I recieved for Review


That's all for this week. I can't wait to get into some of the books that I have received for review lately. The last couple of months of this year have defiantly produced some amazing books.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Book Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Pan MacMillian
Pages: 373 pages
R.R.P: $16.99

The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
 

My review
Thoughts on the book: If ever there was a first book in a series that will have you captivated from the start, Trial by Fire is it. From the first page we are lead on a mystifying journey through two different worlds, one in a world where everything is as we know it and another the same world but very different, a world where Magic is everywhere. We are introduced to our main character Lily in the world as we know it. Here she is very sick and none knows what is wrong with her. Suddenly after one eventful night where everything she knew is turned on its head after a major betrayal, Lily goes down to the beach to get away. Suddenly she is whisked away to another world where everything is the same but also very different. In this new world there is a girl who is her in everyday but people in this new world call her Lillian and she is the most feared person on the planet. Suddenly Lily basically has to relearn everything she knew and decide if she is the same as the Lillian in this world or if she is a far stronger and better leader for this world.

I am in love with this series. It took me a long time to read this book, well over a week, but that was because I would put the book down because I really wanted to saviour it and saviour it I did. I really can't describe how much I fell in love with the alternative world that the author wrote about and all the different views she made on everyday things. All of the main characters were very strong, independent, loveable and will have you wishing for the strong friendships that Lilly comes to have. Lily herself is by far the strongest character. I don't know many people who would do the things that she does in the book, especially what she does at the end. I don't want to give to much away about Lily though as you really have to read about her yourself. She is defiantly one of my top female characters for the year.

May be a bit of a spoiler here
There is a bit towards the end of the book where Lily mentions that when she was a kid that she had gone to Witch's End (Fat Man's Misery in her world) with Tristan and that after visiting this place was when she started to get sick in her world. I'm wondering whether maybe when she went there she had been swapped with the Lillian from her world and that's why she got sick because she couldn't really cope in this new world. Hmm something to think about and find out with the next two books in the series which I can't wait to read.

Rating: 5/5