Guardians of the Dead – S.L. Wilson

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When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help. His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be re-paid with blood.

As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that will see her past collide with her present.

Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose.

Guardians of the Dead delved deep into the fantasy world with characters that tug on your heartstrings and show emotion deeply.

The action in this book kept me hooked from the beginning. The difference in personalities and the way people can change really show in this. You definitely see the development of Amber from Page 1.

I am a lover of Fantasy and Dystopian novels so Guardians of the Dead fits me perfectly. I love the way the chapters split the storyline and the way relationships change.

As for the characters, Amber holds a strong friendship with her best friend, Tom, who have gone through everything together. Patricia’s actions and speech create an instant disliking and really makes you feel for Amber. Connor can understand what Amber is going through and is always there to comfort her.

The cover for this novel is intriguing as it is mostly grey, Amber’s unique strand of silver in her hair is highlighted very clearly and the title’s colour is white, making it noticeable. Due to the cover having this colour scheme, the interest for the book is immediate.

I would recommend this book for teens and up without a doubt.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and would like to thank the author.

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Spirit Warriors: The Scarring – D.E.L Connor

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The second novel in the Spirit Warriors, and just like the first, left me feeling multiple emotions.

All the characters have returned and have become more confident with their shifting, although, the more they practice, the more likely they are to be noticed by people. They can’t afford to be shot in their animal forms by hunters because then, both the animal and the human spirit will be gone.

Every time, I become more attached to the characters and it makes the read so much more intense as the feeling of reality is still there. You learn more about the characters Emme, Ollie, Charlie, Bets. Charlie and newcomers Jack and Raymond.

The cover for this is beautiful, the mix of colours fit perfectly and both warm and cold colours are incorporated.

I recommend this book to teens+ because of the adventure, relationships between the characters and the story itself.

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring is a fabulous book and once more, I could see this as a film.

Thank you D.E.L Connor for sending me the book to read and review, it was fantastic.

Leave a comment telling me which animal you would shift your spirit into. 🙂

New England Crush – Christina Courtenay Writing As Pia Fenton

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New England CrushCrushing on the wrong boy – why does it feel so right?

Raven Mackenzie has finally settled into her posh British boarding school when her parentS decide she has to attend an American high school for a year just because her older sister enjoyed it – so unfair!

Being a newcomer is never easy, but to her surprise she’s befriended by a group of Goths. She’s teased about her accent and English ways by others, but with the support of friends it’s easy to cope. In fact, everything would be perfect if she wasn’t crushing on the one boy she couldn’t have – a jock whose current girlfriend will fight for him by fair means or foul (well, mostly foul!)

Liam Donnelly is easy-going and has never given much thought to his friends’ cliquey behaviour. But when new girl Raven quite literally falls into his arms, and his friends do everything they can to keep them apart, he starts to wonder – what’s up with that?

New England Crush is the second novel released by Christina Courtenay, except, this time, she is writing as Pia Fenton.

In New England Rocks, we see Rain Mackenzie transfer to a school in New England, USA. When Rain settled in and enjoyed the school, her parents decided to make her younger sister, Raven, transfer as well.

When Raven meets Dr. Alburn, a girl named Lilith is called upon to give a tour of the school and, much to Raven’s surprise, is friendly and doesn’t snap at Raven when she asks questions.

Lilith, after giving the tour, leads Raven into her homeroom (a bit like tutor in England) where she gets to meet the rest of the group, Amethyst, Demon, Shadow and Miz. The other four quickly make friends and introduce themselves. Between them, they explain the different groups (jocks, Goths etc.) until one boy catches Raven’s attention, Liam Donnelly. The only problem,  he is in a relationship with Brooke.

Once again, the portrayal of the characters is very accurate and shows how easily things can fall apart. Along with the characters, the storyline is written in such a way that you feel as if you are attending the same school and witnessing everything that happened.

The cover is clever and follows suit of New England Rock with its picture of Raven and the blue behind makes the cover eye catching again.

I would recommend this book to teenager and above for a brilliant read. Pia has done it again! 🙂

Spirit Warriors: The Concealing – D.E.L Connor

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Spirit Warriors: The Concealing left me with a whole load of contrasting emotions.

I love all the characters and the novel has a great idea behind it. It has the perfect description and immediately you, as the reader, are given the image of the world of Emme and her friends. Their friendship has been written in such a way that made me feel, alongside the description, I was there with them.

So much can happen, and it does. Spirit Warriors contains all the action you could possibly wish for in a novel, not too much or too little and everything has the sense of reality, the feeling of “I’m there with them”.

As the reader, there is the opportunity to catch on to things before the characters, but not here, this novel allows the reader to work out some parts before the characters but otherwise you are left in the dark until the right time.

This book is perfect for someone looking for adventure and friendship.

I love the cover because it’s very detailed and colourful. The cover also hints at the plot of the book, not enough to be able to say “I know exactly what this is about” but just enough to win the interest of the reader to pick up the book and delve into the story.

I was glued to the book from the moment I began reading it and was sad when it ended, because it ended.

I can very easily visualise this book as a film, the descriptions are detailed enough to make it a great opportunity for a film.

Amazing

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K.Rowling

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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrolls at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel.

The Reason…

HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!

I love the Harry Potter books and I know way too much for my own good.

I like the way J.K.Rowling wrote the books and the plotline draws you in very quickly because you meet the Dursleys and their obnoxious personalities. The first page alone leaves you with unanswered questions that can only be answered by reading on. Meeting Harry Potter enlightens you as to how the Dursleys rule the roost.

The famous Cupboard Under the Stairs and Four Privet Drive have become two places every Harry Potter fan wants to visit. But most of all, Hogwarts. Every Potter-Head wishes to attend Hogwarts. Each House has its own attribute and the Sorting Hat places you in the House it thinks you’d fit best, but as Harry learns, the Sorting Hat takes into account what you wish.

Ravenclaw – Creativity and Intellect/Longing to learn

Gryffindor – Bravery and Courage

Slytherin – Cunning and Ambition

Hufflepuff – Loyalty and Hard-Working

You’d think in your first year at Hogwarts you would only scratch the surface of the Wizarding World, but nothing is that simple for The Boy Who Lived.

The book has been awarded the TRIPLE SMARTIES GOLD AWARD

Every Harry Potter fan has a House, mine is Ravenclaw

What’s your House?

 

The Mortal Instruments – City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

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The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

 

The second in the series and it brings even more excitement and drama to the story. You meet new characters such as Maia and some of the New York werewolf pack. I really like books when they bring new characters into the plot, and the City of Ashes is written in such a way that each new (and old) character has their own trait making them unique but also bringing them together. We find out more about some of the older characters like Jace, Clary, Alec and Valentine, and we have new knowledge on some of the Runes/Marks.

The story has a lot of drama written very well into it and the suspense grows until the point where you can’t handle it before revealing all. The book cover conveys a lot but you do have to look hard to see it. It shows Clary with some Runes and the sea. Most of the cover is blue, suggesting water and the only part of the imagery used on the cover that really stands out is Clary’s hair.

I would gladly suggest this series to anyone from teens +.

Author Comments

Holly Black – Tithe – Cassie’s writing makes my toes curl in envy. She is the rare writer who can write fast-paced dramatic fantasy with gorgeous language and memorable characters that you grow to love and worry about, as well as really funny bits that will make you honestly laugh… It is rare to find someone who can do any on of those things well; to find someone who can do all of them is just dangerous

The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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The book cover showing Jace Wayland

The book cover showing Jace Wayland

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

The book follows the life of a seemingly ordinary girl – Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray. Set in New York City we find Clary waiting to get into an all-ages nightclub; Pandemonium with her best friend Simon Lewis. When inside Clary sees a peculiarly dressed girl (for a nightclub) wearing a full length white dress, with two boys kitted out in leather. No-one else can see them. This is where the bizarre events begin.

I love The Mortal Instruments, and the City of Bones is the first of 5, with City of Heavenly Fire (the 6th book) coming out May 27th. The series is preceded by The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) and will be followed by The Dark Artifices (Lady Midnight, Prince of Shadows and The Queen of Air and Darkness). I don’t know what draws me to them but a friend told me about the books and I thought I would buy them another time, I am incredibly glad I did. When I bought the City of Bones I read it very quickly and bought the next two (Ashes and Glass) and then the two after that (Fallen Angels and Lost Souls), then the City of Bones film, and now I am waiting for the City of Heavenly Fire.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released August 2013 and is now available on DVD.

The cover for the City of Bones does give an insight into a bit of what the book’s about. It shows a Shadowhunter (presumably Jace) covered in Marks/Runes, below is NYC and below that are graves, all hinting to the plot and where it might lead.

I would recommend this book to teens and above for a great read.

Author Comments

Stephanie Meyer – The Twilight Saga – A story world I would love

Christopher Golden – The Myth Hunters – Dagger-sharp, funky and cool

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