Tuesday, 21 August 2012

At a loss!

My kindle broke on Saturday. It was my second one and I'd had it just over a year so unfortunately it was outside its warranty period. The screen has some type of internal crack, I think, as part of it is static and part of it updates.

Because it's out of warranty I couldn't get it repaired or replaced, but Amazon offered me a replacement at 20% off and as Sunday was our wedding anniversary my lovely husband (who can be found at www.boxofficevoodoo.com) offered to buy me a new one.

I've been a bit lost the last couple of days, especially when I've been unable to sleep. I've had to read on my iPhone which isn't a great experience. My eyes aren't as young as they used to be.

So goodbye to my trusty keyboard version, and hopefully soon it will be hello to my "Kindle 4" with no keyboard. I didn't think it'd like the touch version, I don't like reading on the iPad or iPhone and having to swipe to change pages, so I'll see how I get on with this one. Reduced memory and battery life may be an issue, we'll just have to see. I wasn't given the option of a keyboard option though.

Hopefully I'll be reading again soon, and I'll be posting my review of Insurgent once I have my new Kindle and can check a few things.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Review of The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

I was really excited to get a copy of this book. I loved The Iron Fey series although I haven't blogged about them before as I couldn't really find the words to describe them. I also reviewed The Immortal Rules earlier this year and loved it. I have to admit, I have a little bit of a girlie crush on Julie Kagawa. She's a gamer, she references Joss Whedon shows in her books and she's a brilliant writer.  So with the disclaimer that I might be slightly biased in this, here's my review of the upcoming The Lost Prince.

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is based on an eGalley kindly provided by Harlequin Teen. The Lost Prince is due for release on October 30th 2012.

This may contain spoilers for The Iron Fey series up until this point, be warned.

Here's what the publisher has to say about it:

In Faery, there are always more tales to tell…
It has been thirteen years since Meghan Chase vanished into the Nevernever to become the Iron Queen, leaving her family and her half brother, Ethan, behind. But that doesn't mean the fey left them alone, or forgot about them. Now seventeen, Ethan Chase is an expert on all things faery and feels nothing but rage toward the creatures who stole his sister so long ago.

Ethan Chase is all grown up. He is carrying around a boat load of resentment that his sister, Meghan, went off to be a faery queen and left him and his family. He has spent his whole life trying to get away from the fey who, aware that he has the Sight, follow, trick and torment him and those around him. He has isolated himself so as not to endanger anybody else, making himself look as mean and unapproachable as possible. So on his first day in a new school, he's surprised when the popular and beautiful Kenzie approaches him and refuses to take the hint that he'd rather be alone.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Here's the marketing copy:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

This was a review copy. The book is set to be published August 14th by Simon & Schuster imprint Atria. It has also apparently been optioned by Warner Bros.

If you liked Edward Cullen's obsessive side, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you want more info, read on.

This is not a YA book, but it reads like one. That's not an insult, I love a lot of YA books, I mean it's quite angsty. Although the characters are over 18 and drink, swear (quite a lot), fight (graphically) and have sex (a substantial amount), the themes and tone are very similar to a lot of YA books.

And seriously, do they only teach mitosis in Biology classes in the US?

Anyway, about the story. Abby Abernathy and her best friend America have moved from Kansas to Eastern University to give Abby a fresh start and help her escape her as yet unspecified tortured past. She is playing the part of prim, innocent college freshman when America drags her along to watch her boyfriend Shepley's cousin, Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox fight in what's known as the Circle, an underground, bare-fisted, no rules fight in random basements of the College.

More after the jump...