Reviews: The Grimm Diaries Prequels #7 & #8 by Cameron Jace

The Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace
Published: 2012 – 2013
Publisher: Cameron Jace

At this current moment in time 10 of The Grimm Diaries Prequels have been published, I have only read up to #8 as my Amazon Prime account ran out and I haven’t yet re-purchased it.  Unfortunately these last two do not have any covers or synopsis’ so this post has already been significantly cut short, plus as they are only short stories so I can’t imagine that I’m going to have a lot to type up.
I can not promise that these reviews will be spoiler free, especially as they’re short stories!
Reviews for books 1 – 3 can be found here.
Reviews for books 4 – 6 can be found here.

Page Count: ??
Read Date: February 4th 2013
Synopsis: N/A.
Review: Okay so a lot about this book is not available, no cover, no page count and no synopsis but I really can’t keep this in my drafts forever. Do not let this deter you. Honestly this was the best of all eight, I feel this book acurately portrays the authors real skill of writing, when judging on writing skill for the others I’d say he was pretty average at best, but in this one he really shone through and you can see he’s been listening to his readers over time. If you haven’t guessed this short story is based on Beauty and the Beast only the gender roles have been flipped, and it is basically the back story to how the Beast as we know it came to be. It’s such a well thought out process and I really liked how the genders were opposites in the beginning.
5 / 5 stars

Page Count: ??
Read Date: February 8th 2013
Synopsis: N/A
Review: Another with very little information available but do not let it put you off, remember Jack from the previous short stories, well he’s back and having an adventure with the Moon, well the girl in the moon to be precise. It also gives us the back story to Marmalade the Mermaid that he was ever so in love with in one of the previous stories too. Whilst I enjoyed this book much like the others it did feel like a bit of a filler, and it really irked me that we didn’t get an answer to a problem he faced us with in this prequel – if the moon gets reborn then does that mean there is never a moon ever again? or is there a replacement agency we call? I don’t know it just seemed not as well thought out as some of the others. However I did really like getting to see a softer side to Jack so we realise he’s not just a flat character, there is some filling too him.
3.5 / 5 stars

Sorry for the poor look of this, I can’t really fluff it out :c
I’ve enjoyed the prequels a lot and upset I can’t get to finish them without use of the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library, I mean I could buy 7 – 10 but hello book buying ban, and they are only short stories too so I’d rather not.
Hope you’re all having a good Summer.

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Publisher:
 Vintage
First Published: 1st January 2010
Genre: Young Adult / Horror / Romance
Series: Warm Bodies #1
Page Count: 240

Synopsis: ‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight..

Review:
5 / 5 stars

Well… where do I start with this beauty? I feel like I remember every part of this book so clearly, I mean obviously I don’t because I have the worst memory ever but I truly loved every moment I spent reading Warm Bodies.

Which wasn’t very long because I read it all in a day.

Warm Bodies follows R who is dead, a zombie, as he goes about his day to day life. Its basically an internal monologue or diary and its very comical, in a twisted kind of way. I mean he is a zombie after all. Oh and Marion’s writing is so very beautiful, its almost poetical how he goes about some of the descriptions.

One of the aspects that I thought was most interesting was even though they were no longer human, many of them clearly hung onto human aspects of their previous lives, for example we’re shows a zombie wedding, the building of a family, hunting to eat and re-enacting sex, like the main instincts are still there and to me, it all boils down to the different types of hunger we more often than not have as a human – hunger to have someone who we love to spend our lives with, hunger to start and create our own family and hunger for food. I mean sure there is more to life than this but its almost like the zombies have zoned in on these things specifically.

I‘m babbling a little here aren’t I?

Anyway what I am trying to say is that it was really interesting seeing these everyday aspects of our lives to be recreated by zombies, for zombies and from a zombie’s point of view.

Once Julie enters the scene things continued to hold my interest at a pace that held my attention more than any book I’ve read in a long time, we get to see R’s world start to change for the better and the development of the relationship between the two is far from boring. What is also enjoyable is noticing the change and development in R himself as he slowly starts to form and hold onto more and more human notions, whilst being tasked with fighting a war not only with humans that aren’t open to the idea the zombies can come back but also with the elder zombies who do not welcome change.

I could probably go on more and more about this book whilst continuing to praise every aspect from it but I think what I’ve written has done the job and you’ll see I haven’t a negative bone to pick with this at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t thank my Dad enough for buying it me for Christmas.

GR
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Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Published: 28th February 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance
Series: Geek Girl #1
Page Count: 378

Synopsis: Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Review:
3 / 5 stars
I received an ecopy of Geek Girl from NetGalley and read it very early on this year, unfortunately as you can see the review hasn’t come until now thanks to college.
Geek Girl is about Harriet Manners who is, well a “geek” and gets the opportunity to spin her life around for what could be the better. 
I say could because before it can become better things definitely take a turn for the worse.
For someone who is a self-proclaimed geek, she doesn’t exactly apply her knowledge to anything that is happening around her and I think this it what bothered me the most.
Basically, Harriet ends up being scouted for a fashion company even though she doesn’t want that kind of life style and it is exactly what her best friend wants out of life. Of course her best friend is going to be upset, and of course Harriet ends up saying yes in hopes to improve her life and put an end to the bullying but in doing so she ends up lying about the whole event to her best friend.
And what do we know about lying? It’s not good. Ever
No matter how organised and planned out the lying is, its not worth it.
I know the girls are only in school and well what can you expect but it just took away a lot of the fun from the story from me because all I could think was “if you were honest, spoke and explained the situation to your friend then honestly she’d be very supportive of what you were doing” but nope. 
*sigh* is it really that difficult to communicate?
As John Green said it one of his vlogs “USE YOUR WORDS” it seriously helps the majority of situations.
So as you can see the characters left me a bit frustrated at times (it didn’t ruin the book luckily) but aside from that it was a fairly enjoyable read, seeing how Harriet ended up solving the whole modelling business and coming clean on live television and proving how she’s not a flat-photoshopped-mannequin but has actual things to say made up for all the nonsense I had to put up with. I also liked the whole relationship aspect with Nick, it was cute. 
I kind of did expect more geek in the book though but it got washed out a little during the fashion-shoot-holiday but I think if there was a flash forward to a few weeks after the television interview at the end, we’d probably see a Harriet who is a lot more comfortable in her own skin.
I would like to point out though that this is definitely a lot closer to the Y in YA and I probably would have enjoyed it more at a younger age, and I’m more than likely to pick up the sequel to see how Harriet handles her new life.

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Reviews: The Grimm Diaries Prequels #4 – #6 by Cameron Jace

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4)Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5)Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #6)
The Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace
Published: 2012 – 2013
Publisher: Cameron Jace

At this current moment in time 10 of The Grimm Diaries Prequels have been published, the last four do not yet have covers so I will hold off posting reviews until they do because it does help make the post a lot prettier and I’ll be posting them three at time as they are only short stories so I can’t imagine that I’m going to have a lot to type up.
I can not promise that these reviews will be spoiler free, especially as they’re short stories!
Reviews for books 1 – 3 can be found here.

Page Count: 97
Read Date: January 26th 2013
Synopsis: Little Red Riding Hood’s untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.
Review: Meep, I adored this book so much. It definitely felt like one of the longer ones but it portrays Little Red Riding Hood as Death! Well, its actually her Mum to start with but once she reaches a certain age, Little Red takes over and this story follows her as she learns about what her Mum has been doing each night whilst she’s been scared of Wolves and it also gets tied into Hansel and Gretal too. Ah I loved it, the development and interwining of each of the fairty tales is fun.
4 / 5 stars

Page Count: 31
Read Date: January 28th 2013
Synopsis: The Devil’s take on fairy tales, exposing the origins of some of the most important, yet never explained, elements in the fairy world. Darker things the Brothers Grimm didn’t want you to know about. More hints would just spoil the fun. Let’s just say that at some point in the Dreamworld even the devil was about so sell his soul.
Review: This shorty story if from the point of view of the Devil’s who is very bored with hell and ends up getting his hands on a mirror that can bring out the evil in people, so of course he starts to have some fun with it by pointing it up to Heaven which cause its to break into a million shards as it falls to Earth and enters the hearts and eyes of many, turning them evil. For the majority of this story we follow Elizabeth who has a shard in her eye, over time she becomes more evil and bloodthirsty until she is engulfed in this madness and only finds happiness in killing beautiful young maidens! Pretty disturbing huh? Well it gets worse, she ends up killing one who is her own blood, Mary. Mary is immortal and returns raining hell on not only her Mother but many people and uses mirrors to travel around inflicting pain and sorrow. Obviously the Devil enjoys this but as she gets very unruling and uncontrollable he stops her by trapping her in a mirror – the mirror. So do you see how it all ties up – Mary Mary Quite Contraty nursery rhyme > Bloody Mary ghost story > Mirror Mirror on the wall. I loved it! So cleverly done.
4 / 5 stars

Blood Apples
Page Count: 30
Read Date: January 29th 2013

Synopsis: In this short diary, Prince Charming tells how Snow White was really killed — or was she? — and how he came to meet Rapunzel’s and Jack the Beanstalk. Is it true that he really knows who wrote the original fairy tales and handed them over to the Brothers Grimm? And more importantly, Prince Charming explains why apples are red.
Review: Blood Apples is from Prince Charming’s point of view and with the help of Jack and his mermaid girlfriend Marmalade they rescue Snow White from a tower (Rapunzel’s tower that is), unfortunately things go a miss and the groups get split up. The girls one way and the boys another and when Prince Charming finally meet sup with his Snow White, she is already dead from poison, he kisses her and poisons himself. You see where I’m going with this? Its pretty much Romeo & Juliette only this Juliette (Snow White) is immortal and Romeo ends up alive too. Its a pretty good story but not one of my favourites, as you can probably tell. There are some nice quotes above love though, and the meaning of adage. 

3 / 5 stars

Book Tour Review: Rowan by Christina Channelle

Rowan (Blood Crave, #2)Rowan by Christina Channelle
First Published: 26th April 2013
Publisher: Christina Channelle
Genre: Young Adult: Fiction
Series: Blood Tears #1

Looking for my other reviews of the series?DahliaBlood Tears #1 [Here]
Fallen TearsBlood Tears #1.5 [Here]

Synopsis: Dark. Night. Death.
Things Rowan has been trying to avoid for many years since she was first turned. Her choice: to sleep away the darkness; it beats having to deal with the craziness of life. Or rather, death. However soon after awakening, she stumbles upon a lone figure whose presence is shrouded with mystery.
She assists him in his search for answers making it even more difficult for Rowan to forget her past. She realizes she can’t hide forever as she is literally being sucked back into her chaotic world: a world where both fallen angels and vampires exist, manifested on earth as lapsus and lamia.
Not particularly… friendly with one another.
Rowan struggles to resist her hunger as a demon vampire whilst dealing with unwanted desires for a fallen angel from the past: a relationship that could only spell trouble. Not to mention the unresolved feelings she still has for a loved one from long ago. While all of this is happening, they much all seek the hidden evil that hunts them – for there’s an ancient fighting to wake up and destroy everything Rowan holds dear.
Review: 4 / 5 stars
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Rowan by Christina Channelle for review as part of a book tour, this has in no way reflected my opinion. Please note: I will try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible for those of you who haven’t read the series, but I can’t promise there will be zero spoilers.
I say lucky enough because after I finished the other novel and novella in this series I predicted that the second book would be even better and most likely my favourite of the three and I was in fact correct – though of course I may be a little bias as this book is from the point of view of Rowan who is a vampire and vampires are indeed my favourite mythical beings, but shhh. Any how back to the review, as I mentioned this is all from Rowan’s point of view and after four years of sleeping away the pain and need to feed – which hey does not seem like too bad of an idea at times to me, I mean we all have those days we’d rather just sleep through, but of course it also means that she’s ignoring other things and people that probably shouldn’t be ignored – she resurfaces into the city of Fallen and starts off by what any vamp would do, finding some food. Once full and refreshed with life/food she takes a proper look around where she is, and to those of you who aren’t as big of a fan as vampire’s as I am, I guess this is the part it gets interesting, because not far from her is a body. A body which isn’t alive but also not quiet dead, a body who we’ve previously met – Sam! Which if you forgotten like uh well I did (d’oh) is Dahlia’s brother from the first book, I blame reading at 1am for not making the connection. So Rowan does what any vampire with their humanity in tact does with a body that is neither dead or alive, yeah you guessed it, she turns Sam into a vampire.
So that is two of the main characters mentioned, the third is Remy and if you’ve read Fallen Tears you’ll know that he is one of the fallen angels, but one of the good ones, part of a family that have helped the last remaining vampires survive and stay hidden, and he’s also a total babe with the hots for Rowan. Of course. Everyone needs some form of romance in their lives.
This unlikely trio have to work together to find answers to questions, some of which they’re not even aware of. Why was Sam in such an odd state? Who has the power to do that to a person? Why does he have no memory of what happened to him and what was so important or scary that someone had to remove these memories from him? Why is a bear attacking them in the sewers? and what has happened to Sam’s family? Finding answers to only a few of these questions opens up a larger can of worms that none of them could ever be prepared for.
We eventually meet up with Dahlia and Greyson and their stories start to tie together and we get some long needed development of Rowan and Remy’s relationship as well as some unfortunate and deathly events. Like I said I don’t want to give too much away but I did really enjoy this book, there wasn’t a dull moment in it for me and seeing how the two books come together was very nice and left open an interesting chain of events to follow for the sequel. I felt like a few scenes were a little rushed towards the ending but this didn’t effect my opinion too drastically. Overall a lovely read and hasn’t suffered the terrible two’s that can often follow with series.
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A dreamer, Christina Channelle holds two degrees in health sciences but has always had a passion for writing. You will find her reading other young adult novels, or typing up a new story on her computer. Outside of writing, she enjoys movies, music and has recently embraced a new-found love for sushi. She resides in Ontario, Canada.

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Nia’s Review: Delirium


Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

First Published: February 3rd 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Delirium #1
Page count: 441
Synopsis:  They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever, And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed.
Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Review: It took me awhile to pick up this book even though I bought it over six months ago on a whim. It took me this long because the blurb led me to believe that this book was going to be all about one girls love, but it really surprised me with a much deeper and interesting plot than I first expected. I did think it took awhile to get interesting and the beginning was rather boring, but the end really grabbed me and without giving anything away I’ll definitely be reading the next one.  
I loved both Lena and Alex they worked well as characters and you didn’t think of them as your typical YA boy meets girl, boys hot, girls awkward and the author pushes them together. I also loved Hana especially in the beginning of the novel when Lena is still a little boring. I will admit that I didn’t like Lena in the beginning mostly because I like my heroine to be strong and fearless, but the more Lauren Oliver developed her character the more I started to like her.
All in all I really enjoyed this book, it did take awhile to get into but I’m glad I carried on reading because I think this book series could become one of my favorites. 
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Review: Imaginable by J. Meyers


Imaginable by J. Meyers

Imaginable (Intangible, #2)
Published: April 16th 2013
Publisher: J. Meyers
Genre: Young Adult: Fantasy/Paranormal
Page Count: 342 

Synopsis: Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees. 
But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet. 
Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. 
And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been. 

Series:
Intuition (Intangible #0.5)
Indomitable (Intangible #0.75)
Intangible (Intangible #1)
Imaginable (Intangible #2)
Review:
5 / 5 stars
As I’m sure many of you know I’ve been reading all the books J. Meyers has written for us and fallen completely in love with her fantasy world and even paid for a signed copy of Intangible to be shipped out to the UK where it now sits and looks beautiful on my shelf, maybe I’ll end up with a copy of Imaginable too? Well I certainly hope so because this sequel was not a let down.

Imaginable continues to follow twins, Luke and Sera, and almost instantly pulls you into their fast paced adventure as Sera uses her healing powers to help heal vampires back into humans …or is she? And if she isn’t, what danger could these new being hold? These are the problems they’re faced with as a team of no-longer-vampires-but-not-quiet-humans step into their lives and certainly not for anything good.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the development of not only the characters but their powers too, only when the twins were at their personal worst were they aware of exactly how limited their knowledge of their powers were and we got to see their powers grow and experience it with them which really helps you get attached to Luke and Sera alike. We also got to explore and spend a lot more time in the Realm; the home of the Light Elves and meeting of The Good Mother Keren was particularly amazing, and J Meyer’s descriptions of this new world made it easy to visualise and believe it could truly exist. It was beautiful. Of course we also got to learn more about the Dark Elves too which is a little less on the beautiful side of things but not an ounce less interesting, they may be the “bad” guys to the other Elves but they have a range of mythical creatures on their side which was certainly interesting to read about, I just couldn’t put the book down and I really can not do it justice.
On that note I want to sign out with letting you know this isn’t a YA book to pass up but of course I haven’t spoke about my favourite vampire Jonas, so I’ll keep it short and spoiler free: he’s as awesome as ever with some great moments, and I truly can not wait to see what is in store for him and the others next time round. I’m sure J Meyers will not be one to disappoint. 

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