Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(Book Review): The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules

by Julie Kagawa

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. 

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. 
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. 
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. 
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Julie Kagawa is one of my most favorite authors, all because of the absolutely brilliant Iron Fey series.
So, understandably I was super excited for The Immortal Rules. 
Even if it was about Vampires.
But dude, its Julie, and I couldn't not give it a go.
And I'm so glad I did! Its no Iron Fey- those were out of this world (literally)- but The Immortal Rules packs a good healthy punch all on its own, and is a great dystopian read with a really cool original plot.
Loved it.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars
Published April 24th 2012 
Series: Yes.
Romance/Swoon Scale: Awwwww Cute. 
Heated Moments/Sex: Nah. 
Swear Words: Nope, its squeaky clean.
Action: Oh Hellllll Yeah
Highlights: Awesome, awesome protagonist, really cool dystopian world
Needs Work: Romance

The Immortal Rules takes place about sixty years after a virus has killed off most of the world’s human population. Humans chose between living as personal pets for the vampires that now rule them, or unregistered and starving.

The Best Bits

The best part was probably Allison, the vampire girl who was just freaking amazing.
She kicked ass litteraly, but was honest and loyal and for someone with no heart- had the biggest one around. She weilds a katana and is so badass with it!
My most fav parts were def Allison showing off her super strength and kick ass abilities and personality. 

I also liked that the boy she loved was simply... human. 
His sexy abilities did not make him the male lead, but his personality did. He actually had one and was just so normal.
I liked how he, even though being human, showed incredible strength which almost equally matched Allisons. He wasnt broody or dark and rugged- he was normal, good and kind.

The Story:
I loved the dystopian elements of the book.
Its so drastically different from The Iron Fey novels- both in the protagonists voice- Allie and Meghan although both two equally brilliant, strong women are completely different from each other- the story, and the whole feel of it- that I really did have a tiny bit  trouble believing it was from the same author. 
I really liked how Julie Kagawa showed the world after a vampire and rabid invasion. 
It was realistic- as realistic as vamp fiction goes- and she didnot glorify the vampire and make it okay to be one. There were no outs for Julie Kagawa's Vamp World and it feels strange but I liked the grittiness and horror of that. 
The story itself was pretty cool and straightforward with a couple of twists very neatly executed along the way.

Little things I loved

He was such a Dumbledore. Well if Dumbledore was a vampire and not that old and meaner.
I loved how little bits of lectures from him resonated throughout the book, complimenting the situations at hand.

I would have liked it more if...

It was a bit more fast paced.
Some bits honestly did lag a bit, but only some.

The Romance.
It was sweet. I don't like sweet. I like bad boy grins, and witty banter, and really swoony melty moments.
So, I wish the romance had packed a better, stronger punch.

Overall, though, The Immortal Rules was a WIN read. 
The ending was so good, I loved the last paragraph- it made me want to cheer for Allison and fist bump her and high five her and shizz.
Will I be reading the next in the series? 
You bet.

Ethan, Meg's younger bro?
Older, hotter, been taking fighting classes?!
I can't wait for the Lost Prince. EEEEH!



Monday, April 23, 2012

(Giveaway+book review): The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

Hey guys! Welcome to the first stop in The Kiss Off book tour with your host for the day- Chicklitgaaaallllll. (aka Chicklitgirl).
Without further ado, the review you all have (kinda/hopefully) been waiting for!

The Kiss Off
by Sarah Billington

Rating: 3/5 stars
Romance Swoon Scale: 2.3/5 stars, Adorable, Sweet
Bonus Bits: LOLgasms, Smiling in anticipation, Rooting for heroine. 
Warning?: Yes. Sexual References, occasional course language.
Action: Running from the paparazzi.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published May 15th 2012 by Billington Media 

Series: No.

When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. 

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. 

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines. 

The Kiss Off was a book that made me laugh, smile and cringe several times. 
I loved its whole plot and concept of the story- and the how unpredictable it was!
The sort-of love triangle kept me guessing till the last freakin' page and the musical-teen-angst angle was refreshing and a lot of fun. Throw in all the lol bits, and I was sold.

Poppy Douglas, our protagonist for the day was a very relatable teenage girl who made mistakes like all teenagers do, and was a solid, believable character.
I also really liked Poppy's relationship with her best friends. They were there for her when they could be and Mads, specially, was so much fun! I loved her quirky outfits and just her general personality.
Ty was super duper adorable and so hot. Sigh.

The Kiss Off wasn't very fast paced because it was so detailed, all of Poppy's thoughts and actions explained, but the writing was clear and straightforward, which made The Kiss Off an easy read. 
I loved the whole music scene, a look into the modern crazy celeb world and personally, Academy of Lies is such a cool name for a band. Official yet not official- (...if you know what I mean.)
There were so many creative funny bits and awkward teenager moments, and those were what really made The Kiss Off pop and pack a more fun punch.
The language wasn't very clean, but I liked that, since it made the whole thing more authentic and teenage-y because really, we all use bad words at one point or another in our vocabulary.
It also showed Poppy making some mistakes which probably all teenagers could learn from although- seriously, WHEN is sexting EVER a good idea?

The ending though I think, could have been done better, and I don't want to spoil it, it WAS a good ending but it felt a bit unfulfilling somehow. It had potential to be better.
And dude, the story started with Poppy's songs, and her songs were a big part of the book- so Ms Sarah Billington I WANTED TO READ THE LYRICS TO THEM! I mean you go on and on about the song but we only get snippets of the lyrics. I really wanted to know what everyone loved so much and you left it out. Just like that. And that sucked.
The cover also left me unimpressed. I mean, yeah okay, its related to the book, and it is a bit cute, but it could have been better. The freakin' FONT could have been way better! It doesn't look very professional and in my opinion screams self published- and a lot of people are wary about sp books not being very good.

BUT aside from all that I really liked The Kiss Off.
I love books that can make me laugh and smile and feel for the protag. 
Books with protags who don't have dysfunctional families, have good bffs, and books with proper heroines who write kick ass songs and then get famous for them rock. And I specially love books with sweet romances.
So yes, The Kiss Off was a pretty good book, well worth the time and you should def give it a go.

The Giveaway.

So now that you know its a really great book you're all set to enter the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive an ebook of The Kiss Off and three super lucky winners will win the entire Sarah Billington back catalogue of ebooks (2 novel + 3 short stories)!

-There will be a total of four winners. 
-You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter.
-You can gain one entry by commenting on this review with your name and email address.
-There is an extra entry for people who tweet about this giveaway, and provide a link in the comments.
-You can enter the giveaway more than once by commenting on all the other posts that will be published for the length of this book tour!
-This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
-Giveaway ends on 15th May 2012. 
-All the comments from all the various blog tour stops will be gathered and 4 winners will be chosen randomly.

Tour ScheduleMonday, April 23 - Review @ ChickLitGirl
Tuesday, April 24 - Interview & Review @ Readinista
Wednesday, April 25 - Review @ The Writer's Republic
Thursday, April 26 - Review @ Simplistik
Friday, April 27 - Guest Post & Review @ A Word's Worth
Saturday, April 28 - Review @ Shweta's Book Journal
Sunday, April 29 - Guest Post @ Chocolate Coffee Books
Monday, April 30 - Review @ The Secret Life of An Avid Reader
Tuesday, May 1 - Interview & Review @ Dead Trees and Silver Screens
Wednesday, May 2 - Guest Post & Review @ I Love YA Fiction
Thursday, May 3 - Guest Post & Review @ The Reader's Antidote
Friday, May 4 - Review @ The Life of Fiction
Saturday, May 5 - Guest Post & Review @ Crazed Bookie
Sunday, May 6 - Interview @ Review @ Maji Bookshelf
Monday, May 7 - Guest Post @ The Magic Attic
Tuesday, May 8 - Feature @ The Australian Bookshelf
Wednesday, May 9 - Review @ Book Briefs
& Feature @ Candice W. Coghill's Blog
Thursday, May 10 - Interview @ 1001 First Lines
Saturday, May 12 - Guest Post @ The Bookshelf Muse
Monday, May 14 - Interview & Review @ Pages of Forbidden Love
Tuesday, May 15 - Guest Post & Review @ The (EPIC) Rat
& Review @ The Magic Attic
& Official Release of THE KISS OFF

Good luck and happy reading!

Monday, April 16, 2012

of open letters and lMfA0 desis

Sometimes, the people you thought you'd visit forever with go all Black Swan on you, and you're left with a back full of lethal black feathers.
They hurt.

Wearing my heart on my sleeve has been more of a bane than a boon, every single time. You may think they like it, but really? They couldn't give a flying f. And I just can't switch it off
Really, I can't.

What do you want from me? What? What is your bs attitude about?
And what have I done to deserve it? We don't have to be twinsies, we really don't. I can have my life and you can have yours. We can co exist. We were doing it so well, and we were having fun, but now there is rancid bitterness and I'm lost and confused.
If I'm dead weight then kick me aside and be done with it, because if you're struggling on because of pity or old soft feelings- I'll be the first to admit it: You're hurting me.
I'd rather you're get out than stay like this. Because we're broken and I'm done trying to fix it.
But I want you to, this time, please.

And you, over there, in the corner. The bruised fellow, with tears and heartache? Shut up.
You're kind, you're smart, you're talented and you are have one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen in a person.
So shut up.
You're beautiful.

Anyway, on to the good stuff.

I watched THE funniest videos EVER today. These brothers are completely silly, but so totally hilarious.

lmao x 3942394827397423

And this is dedicated to everyone who was ever nice to me, all my followers and all my best friends:
(Shut up, they're adorable.)