Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vampire Diaries: The Fury & Dark Reunion

Author: L.J. Smith
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult

I read the first two books from Vampire Diaries sometime back and quite enjoyed reading them. The Fury and Dark Reunion is the third and fourth instalment for the Vampire Diaries. Like the first two books, I enjoyed reading The Fury and Dark Reunion. Its kinda hard to review the books without revealing the storyline so it won’t be much of a review because I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read it yet. So here goes the short review:

The Fury was quite an exciting read and I was caught up with the mystery surrounding the group. In fact, I think I enjoyed reading The Fury more than the Awakening & The Struggle. The ending of the book surprised me but it was still an amazing read.
I really enjoyed The Fury but The Struggle didn’t seem to have the same impact on me. I suppose it was because the book came from Bonnie’s point of view. As much as I love Bonnie’s character I loved Elena’s character better. Plus as much as the ending was good for all the characters involved, I somehow didn’t quite like it.
Well, just because I didn’t enjoy the fourth book as much as The Fury doesn’t mean that I am not going to read The Nightfall. I’m so behind on my reading and I hope that I’ll be able to start The Nightfall soon.
To read my review of The Awakening & The Struggle, please click here.
Note: The Vampire Diaries- The Fury & Dark Reunion is part of the L.J. Smith Reading Challenge & The 2009 100+

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's Monday! What are You Reading? - 7 December 2009

This week I am reading A Clash of Kings which is the second book from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Sometime this year I was introduced to the first book A Game of Thrones and absolutely love it, you can read my review here. I’ve had too many commitments since then that I am only able to read the second book now. So far, am at page 140 and I’m loving it.

"What are you reading on Mondays?" is a weekly event held by J.Kaye's Book Blog.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2010 Reading Challenge: Young Adult Reading Challenge

I’m signing up for the Young Adult Reading Challenge hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. I’ve decided to take the Mini YA Reading Challenge where you are required to read 12 books from January 1 to December 31, 2010.
Wish me luck!
  1. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  3. Hush Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  5. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson
  7. Fallen, Lauren Kate
  8. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  9. I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
  10. Generation Dead, Daniel Waters
  11. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
  12. Beautiful Darkness, Kami Garcia and Margarent Stohl

    I, Coriander

    Author: Sally Gardner
    Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy 
    Reading Level: Ages 9-12

    Coriander lives a comfortable life until the sudden death of her mother. Soon after, Coriander’s father is forced to flee London and she is left in the care of her evil step mother. As things turn from bad to worst, Coriander’s step mother decides to lock her up in a chest and leave her to die. However, Coriander is suddenly transported to a fairy world where she learns the truth about her mother's death and thereafter begins her quest to look for her mother's shadow.

    I found I, Coriander quite a magical book to read. It had a great combo of fact and fantasy. The characters were excellent, you’ll either love them or loathe them. I especially love Coriander's step sister for her lovely character and very much despise her step-mother and the preacher that she was in cahoots with. The character development, the story flow was all good and the magical aspects made the book even better.
    A definite must read.

    2010 Reading Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge

    When I first started blogging in September 2008, one of the first challenges that I participated for 2009 is the 100+ Reading Challenge hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. To date, I’ve only managed to read about 57 books. Though I did not meet the 100 mark, I am proud that I’ve read and reviewed so many books already and am hoping that I’ll achieve more in 2010.

    So in 2010, I am taking part in the 100+ Reading Challenge yet again and hope that I’d be able to read more than I did in 2009.

    For more information on the 100+ Reading Challenge, please visit J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

    Do visit me from time to time to see how I'm doing as I will list down the books I've read and link the reviews in the post.
    1. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
    2. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
    3. The Ice Dragon, George R.R. Martin
    4. Hush Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
    5. Mr. Punch, Neil Gaiman and David McKean
    6. My Brother's Ghost, Allan Ahlberg
    7. Usborne Young Reading Series: The Railway Children, E.Nesbit
    8. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
    9. Shooting War, Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman 
    10. All Together Dead, Charlaine Harris
    11. Little Miss Sunshine Keeps Her Smile, Roger Hargreaves
    12. Little Miss Contrary All in a Muddle, Roger Hargreaves
    13. Little Miss Helpful and the Green House, Roger Hargreaves
    14. Little Miss Naughty Worries Mr. Worry, Roger Hargreaves
    15. Little Miss Trouble Moving House, Roger Hargreaves
    16. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
    17. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Jeff Kinney
    18. From Dead to Worse, Charlaine Harris
    19. Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris 
    20. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
    21. The Soloist, Steve Lopez
    22. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
    23. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Tiffany Baker
    24. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson
    25. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    26. Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, Frederik Peeters
    27. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
    28. The Old Man at the Foot of the Mountain, Azizi Hj Abdullah
    29. Fallen, Lauren Kate
    30. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
    31. I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
    32. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
    33. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
    34. Generation Dead, Daniel Waters
    35. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
    36. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrow
    37. Never the Bride, Paul Magrs
    38. The Girl Who Could Fly, Victoria Forester
    39. Blankets, Craig Thompson
    40. The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff
    41. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
    42. Room, Emma Donoghue
    43. Beautiful Darkness, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

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