THOUSANDS OF FREE BLOGGER TEMPLATES

Sunday, August 30, 2009

REVIEW: Sovay by Celia Rees



★★★☆
In 1794 England privileged young maidens do not see many adventures. But, Sovay enjoys more excitement. When her betrothed betrays her with the chambermaid she decides to scare the wits out of him, so she dresses as a man and tells him to, "stand and deliver!" As Sovay begins to enjoy the excitement of these criminal activities, she continues her robberies not for money but for her power over men. But when Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England's most dangerous men, the stakes get higher. Her father is accused of treason and Sovay must go on a mission to clear her family's name.

This is a great Historical Novel which Celia Rees is ofcourse known for. I love a girl who has some fight in them... to me the characters are so much stronger. Although this story is more for the adventure of Sovay saving her family there is a little romance thrown in there as well. The only issue I have with this novel is that the character development for Sovay was not consistent. She went from being an innocent maiden to a hardened criminal in like 2 seconds. Obviously she must have had some mental issues if she could snap that quickly. I also found that although I loved the cover art for the book the summary made it seem like the novel was mostly about a female Robin Hood and not in fact about a girls struggles to save her family in 1700's England. Overall, it wasn't the fastest read for me I did enjoy it.

Review Policy

How to contact me
E-mail me at: thenovelhovel@yahoo.ca

What will I accept?
I will accept all books from the young adult genre. I prefer paranormal. I will not however accept e-books or self published books.

Will I review you book?
Right now there is 100% chance that your book will get reviewed.

If I like your book?
I will most definitely write a great review. I may also ask if you would like to participate in an interview or a contest.

If I dislike your book?
I will let you know and request whether you would like the review published or not.

Other information
If you have any other question please feel free to email me at thenovelhovel@yahoo.ca

In My Mailbox!

So I decided to start one of these. In my mailbox is a meme hosted by the story siren.

I bought 4 books this week that I can't wait to get!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Compound by S. A. Bodeen

Beauty: A Retelling of the Beauty and The Beast by Robin McKinley

Beastly by Alex FlinnAll of a sudden I have really gotten into Fairytale retellings. I think it started after I recently watched Ever After for the 100th time (it's close to my favourite movie ever). Anyways I bought these two because I know Beastly is going to be made into a movie next year (I am not sure what I think about Vanessa Hudgens being the lead but anyways). Beastly is more of a modern retelling of the story which I am super excited for. I also bought Beauty because I have seen that it has had some very good reviews and who doesn't want to read a traditional retelling of the story.

Anyways, that is what is in my mailbox this week or will be hopefully as soon as catching fire comes out because I pre-ordered it.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

REVIEW: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

★★★☆

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life being trained by her aunt to communicate with animals. Ani soon develops the skills of animal speech but is not very comfortable speaking with people. However, her lady in waiting is quite adept at this and lead s mutiny on Ani. Ani is on a journey to be married in a foreign land when this mutiny occurs. Ani escapes but is unable to persuade anyone into helping her. She manages to become goose girl for the king and uses her powers to lead her to her true destiny.

I really enjoyed this book. Ani is very interesting character and Shannon Hale uses the novel to develop her character so that everyone who reads it will love her. I love historical aspect of this novel as well. She accurately portrays the ideals of this time. This book keeps you intrigued from the beginning to the end. The end is slightly predictable but right before you begin to question if it will really end the way you thought it would.

Books I am hoping to get next...

These are the books i am hoping to buy next... when I have money that is... which could be a looonnnggg time.

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
From the Publisher

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


OMG. I cannot wait for this book to come out. 2 more days. I wish I had decided to do this blog earlier so that I could have gotten and ARC because I am desperate... hunger games was one of my favourite books. Going to have to preorder so I don't have to pay 20 dollars for it though.



The Compound
by S. A. Bodeen

From the Publisher

Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can’t get out. He won't let them.

After being in the whole hunger games frame of mind, I was looking for all kinds of alternate universe/world type books. This one has had some raging reviews so it’s next on the list.

Let me know if any of you have read this one and if it was any good.

REVIEW: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


★★★☆

Alex Rider thought his Uncle and guardian was a banker who traveled a lot. Little did he know that after his Uncle is killed he learns that he was really an MI6 spy. After finding out the truth Alex is recruited by MI6 to complete his Uncle's final mission. Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with no way out.



Although I technically wouldn't classify this book as Young Adult fiction I thought I would review it anyways. My brother is 13 and going into grade 8 where they have to start writing book reports and what not. Knowing that my brother is a jocky little boy I knew the likelihood of him completing one of these successfully would be slim. So... I went on a hunt for a book that I thought he might enjoy. Little did I know that after reading this book on a whim I would enjoy quite a bit too. The novel is fool of twists and suspense not to mention cool spy gadgets. There was even a movie made based on it. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would especially recommend it to slightly younger readers.

Create A Cover


CREATE YOUR DEBUT YA COVER

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or clickhttp://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

REVIEW: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead


★★

Rose has left the Academy and Lissa to pursue a crazy endeavor. She has to kill her boyfriend, who has now been turned strigoi, Dimitri. This takes her to Siberia where she begins her search. But when the time comes will she be able to do it. Rose has some tough times ahead of her.

I have to say I am OBSESSED with this series. I honestly think I may like it more then Twilight. A lot of that comes from there being more action ;) between Rose and Dimitri then there was Bella and Edward. But also, Rose is such a strong character in contrast to Bella who has always seemed so week. Anyways, this series has made me fall in love with all the characters and this novel certainly did not disappoint. Although I thought I knew the direction the novel was going to go it continuously surprised me. I found that rose was a slightly different character in this novel she seemed depressed and vulnerable and without Rose, Lissa goes a little nuts herself. Read it to find out!!! Only downside is that the next novel Spirit Bound doesn't come out until May 2010 and there is a definite twist and cliff hanger at the end. It's going to be such a long wait. Oh and I also decided to read the whole series over again which took me two days... basically I was up until 5:00am every morning reading because I couldn't stop... that's how good it is.

Monday, August 17, 2009

REVIEW: Being Nikki: An Airhead Novel by Meg Cabot


★★
Emerson Watts is currently in the body of a supermodel, one Nikki Howard. Going to photo shoots and living the life of a supermodel is tough for Emerson. Not to mention she is able to attract every guy in the world except for the one guy she is interested in her pre-Nikki best friend Christopher. After a grueling photo shoot Em returns to her apartment to find a man there claiming to be her brother and he reveals that their mother is missing. She doesn't remember any of this ofcourse and she is certain that Stark Enterprises (her employer) knows more then they are letting on. Em quickly gets caught up in the mystery of her missing mother and a plot to take down Stark Enterprises.

I am a HUGE fan of Meg Cabot's writing to begin with but, after reading Air Head I was dieing for this book to come out. I definitely have no regrets at all. This book is a rapid read for sure. From the initial twists and turns to an exciting ending this book keeps your attention. This novel has turned more into a mystery/ romance then the initial paranormal/romance that I expected. Everything revealed in this novel will keep the reader eagerly anticipating the third novel in the series Runaway in May of 2010.

REVIEW: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

★★☆☆
Pi Patel is an unusual boy. Son of a zookeeper, he is almost more familiar with the ways of the animal world then that of the one in which he lives. He is fascinated by religion and practices not only Hinduism, but Christianity and Islam. When Pi is a young teenager his family sells the zoo and many of its animals to immigrate to Canada. They travel aboard a Japanese ship with their remaining animals bound for their new home. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself alone lost at sea on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a large Bengal tiger.

I found this novel incredibly difficult to get into in the beginning (pretty much the entire Part I) with Pi's life in India. Once the ship sinks the story becomes a realistic and rousing tale of survival. Although well the beginning was well written I found it slow however, I feel that the survival tale makes up for this in the end.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

REVIEW: Evermore by Alyson Noel


★★★☆

Ever, a 16 year old girl has had psychic abilities since her family and almost herself were killed in a horrible car accident. She is able to see peoples' auras, hear their thoughts and tell there life story by touch. Ever blames herself for the crash and hates every moment that she lives with these abilities. She hides herself away with raging music and hoodies labeling her a freak at school. This all changes though when a mysterious new student comes to the school. Ever falls easily in love with him but there are so many questions surrounding him. Is he the perfect match or is there something magical about him?

I found this story a little difficult to get into right away but once it starts it is hard to put down. Ever is a very easy character to respect as well as her "unique" friends. This book is full of romance but also dark twists and secrets. Alyson Noël utilized a theme that attracts young readers but has added some unique twists to fall away from the trend. I would reccomend this to any reader who enjoys the paranormal romance genre.

Just Starting Out...

Hi Everyone...

What do you do when life takes a turn for the worst? Start a blog...
Well I am a recent university graduate who was just starting out on the career track as an Environmental Biologist... I took up and left and headed out west to Calgary, AB... Unfortunately for me I got laid off within one month of beginning my employment...
Without finding another job I ran out of money and had to move back with my parents!!!! Urgh I know how tragic...
In an attempt to hide away from my miserable happenstance I decided I would go back to my old reading days, where I would read a few books a week if I could...
It just so happens I have a love for young adult books... and I figured in the age of the blog I might be successful in reviewing many of the books I read...
So to everyone who will be following... LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN...

Thanks,

Kristan