REVIEW: Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on 24th April 2012
Pages: 464

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died... and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.
I have reread Unraveling so many times, yet each time I have been unable to put into words my review for this novel, mainly because it is so unique, different and addictive. Although admittedly, the covers of this duology are rather cheesy, but I like the colours!

Janelle Tenner is sixteen years old, looking after her mother, father and brother, whilst working and keeping up with her studies. What she wasn't expecting to add to that list, was being brought back to life by Ben Michaels. When Jannelle uncovers a case her father is working on involving an unusual countdown, Janelle takes on the responsibility of figuring out what is going on, and how she was brought back to life.

Norris's characters really make this novel understandable, and not too confusing. Janelle is a strong female protagonist, who knows what she wants and how to go about it. She is straight to the point and does not paddle around, just getting on with it. For me, this makes Janelle a likeable character due to her determination but also dry sense of humour. And to be honest, the secondary characters of this novel make it feel that more realistic, with five very different personalities Norris did a brilliant job of forming these acquaintances and friendships; they were realistic, and were not pushed.

THE PLOT! This novel is certainly unique and refreshing. Norris does a brilliant job of creating a complex world and sci-fi novel, that is easy for one who is not very good at science (Me!) to understand, and actually engage the reader into wanting to learn more. The plot was addictive, fast-paced, shocking and thrilling. Scenes where carefully crafted and there to shock you which made it feel more realistic and unstable, as though you were there. Norris does not conform her novel to conventions and expectations, with brutal and emotional scenes which created multiple twists in the novel to really engage the reader

Therefore Unravelling is a must read for anyone who loves sci-fi and/or thrillers, but also for those looking of a unique and refreshing read!


REVIEW: Ungifted (Supernaturals #2) by Kelly Oram

Ungifted by Kelly Oram
Series: Supernaturals #2
Published by Bluefields on 20th February 2014
Pages: 398
Source: *Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary. 

There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate. 

In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.
Oh how I so wanted to love this. I really, really tried. I read to the end, yet I just did not enjoy it as I had hoped. I do love the covers of this series though, they remind me so much of posters for tv series.

This second novel in the series is a companion book, yet does link to the first novel in the series. Grace is the daughter of a possible future president, and therefore she has her own bodyguards, but what she never imagines is that they are actually protecting her from the supernatural... and that she is one of them. Grace's life soon becomes more confusing and dangerous with the introduction of her best friends brothers, who are supernaturals, and the claim a very old vampire believes he has over her.

As a character, I thought Grace was actually okay. She was strong, strong-willed, determined and caring, she was a main character who actually stood up for herself and didn't just do something because she had to. Alongside that, we did have a special appearance from Russ, which I couldn't complain about, it actually added a bit more excitement to the novel.

Now for the romance... Yeah. Forget love-triangles, this is a sort-of love-pentagon. There were five love interests, FIVE: Russ, Caleb, Andrew, Preston, and Ethan. I mean really. This is one of the main things that pushed me away from this novel, all they kept doing is whispering to her, picking her up... I was just like, "tell them to stop!".

The plot. The plot. It had a lot of potential, at points it certainly was dangerous and action packed, and I cannot fault Oram's imagination. Yet, I couldn't see the point in it. I just felt like there was no end goal, nothing to work towards, and scenes were just thrown in at random. Though it was enough to keep me reading due to Oram's imagination, I got rather bored at parts and just... Some scenes were just creepy and uncomfortable. What really gave it the two stars was the ending, although I would not have seen it and it felt very rushed, I am still rather shocked. Goodness, the first emotions. 

Therefore, I was not overly happy with this novel. Yet for some reason I still feel compelled to read the last book; it was that ending that saved it.


REVIEW: Chameleon (Supernaturals #1) by Kelly Oram

Chameleon by Kelly Oram
Series: Supernaturals #1
Published by Bluefields on 25th June 2013
Pages: 356
Source: *Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction. 

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help. 

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.
Such a shame. I was so excited to read Oram's first paranormal series, but I found myself a little disappointed. I don't really mind the cover, it looks almost like a poster for a TV series.

Dani lives in a small, quiet town with her only friend Russ. Yet what Dani never imagined could happen in her small town came true, as she finds out she has supernatural powers, and her best friend that she has known her whole life, is actually a warlock. But when other supernaturals begin to sense Dani's power equaling to that of the believed Chosen One, Dani is kidnapped, yet she is still at risk of those trying to kill her.

To begin with, I found Dani to be a very likeable protagonist. She was fun, funny yet kind and realistic. Dani to begin with was determined and strong-willed, however I was disappointed to see most of these qualities leave her, and instead she just seemed to go along with everything, and didn't put up with much of a fight. I was rather shocked. Only towards the end did she get a little bit of determination back in her. Otherwise, the rest of the characters I got rather bored with. They all appeared so childish, not to mention Russ who acted extremely jealous all the time. It was relentless. Then, what really frustrated me was the insta-love. I have never really seen it so obvious. Dani should have been putting up much more of a fight than she did.

I did enjoy the plot, it was fast-paced and adventurous, with twists that certainly had me wanting to know more. Yet, it all felt as though it went a little flat. I became uninterested very quickly as I felt like I was reading similar situations over and over again. And therefore, the ending felt rather predictable.

Sadly, I was disappointed with the first instalment in this series, however I am going to try and read the sequel as it is a companion novel.


REVIEW: Pull of the Moon (Wolfblood #1) by Robert Rigby

Pull of the Moon by Robert Rigby
Series: Wolfblood #1
Published by Hot Key Books on 31st December 2015
Pages: 240
Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for another review*

The first thrilling WOLFBLOOD book - based on the smash-hit CBBC series! 

WOLFBLOOD follows teenage Wolfbloods. Humans with the ability to transform into wolves at the full moon and at times when they're stressed. This mysterious race has lived among us for centuries. Wolfbloods have superhuman powers in the form of strength, speed, agility and heightened senses, and retain these even when in human form. 

Fourteen-year-old Maddy lives with her mother and father high in the moors of the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Her Wolfblood nature - and that of her parents - is her most closely guarded secret. She tries to live as normal a life as possible, but there is danger at every turn, with her best friend determined to track down the secret of the 'beasts of the moors'; and the pull of the full moon every month tempting the Wolfbloods. And on top of this, the trials and tribulations of ordinary teenage life . . . Then into her life steps a stranger, Rhydian, and one who she realises with shock is just like her . . . 

Maddy and Rhydian must hide their secret from even their closest friends, or the Wolfblood race could be in deadly danger.

PULL OF THE MOON is the first in the series of four WOLFBLOOD books.
Yes! I didn't realise this TV series was going to be published in book form until I received an email from Hot Key Books, and I knew immediately I had to read them. When this series was first released on TV I was a big fan, but just never watched series 2 or 3. However, this first instalment did not disappoint, it is very similar to the first series, and thoroughly enjoyable. The covers are okay, they stand out and tell you what you need to know; I am also pleased they did not come out looking too cheesy.

Pull of the Moon follows a family of Wolfbloods in a small country village, as Maddy awaits her first transformation. However, the surprise arrival of the unknown Wolfblood Rhydian causes tension within their small village, as the risk of exposure becomes more apparent as the await the transformation of two new Wolfbloods.

The characters of this novel. They feel so realistic, I think it helps having watched the TV show to get a grasp of the characters, but I love seeing their passion and enthusiasm, alongside not being afraid to be who they are. The emotions exhibited were raw and realistic, and I enjoyed being able to view the plot from four points of view. Rigby did a brilliant job of intertwining all the characters, as you were easily able to identify who was speaking.

The plot of this novel as I said previously stuck very close the TV series. It was addictive and dangerous, unlike many younger werewolf novels out there; it is certainly unique! I think the only thing that knocked the star off for me was that the writing felt very simple, meaning it was very apparent that this series is targeted towards a younger audience. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less and made for an easy and adventurous read!

Therefore, I would certainly recommend giving this series a go, alongside watching the TV show, for it is certainly unique for the age range it is targeting.


REVIEW: Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5) by C.C. Hunter

Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls #5
Published by St. Martin's Press on 23rd April 2013
Pages: 400

Kylie Galen's life hasn't been the same since her world was turned upside-down in Born at Midnight, Shadow Falls #1, and now an epic conclusion to her journey—not to mention a tough choice between two guys!—is brewing in Chosen at Nightfall:

When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all... and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.
Addictive, emotional and dangerous, the shadow falls series is perfect for those wanting a series to drag them straight into a new world.

I do not want to write a summary of this novel, as it is the last in the series and I really do not want to risk spoiling anything!

The characters in this novel and series is what really makes the books so special and addictive. Kylie is kind, generous, loving and determined, a protagonist whom you will instantly route for. Therefore, the secondary characters of this series really add the fun and comical moments to the novels like Della and Miranda; this series would not be the same without them.

In terms of the love triangle, in the end I didn't really mind who Kylie ended up with. It was strange because Lucas and Derek became very similar to one another, like they were the same person, and in the end I could tell who she was going to pick and was not disappointed. The love triangle, I must say, was executed perfectly and one of the best I have read yet.

The plot of this final novel was fast paced and shocking, with many twists and turns that I was certainly not expecting. I was definitely gasping at moments. Hunter really did a wonderful job of bringing this series to a close and I look forward to seeing what she will do with Dellas spin off series as she was one of my favourite secondary characters. Overall, a dangerous, action packed conclusion, that brought in a few surprises that really added tension and suspense to the novel.

I cannot wait to read Dellas spin off series!


REVIEW: Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4) by C.C. Hunter

Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls #4
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2nd October 2012
Pages: 383

Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet. A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie's journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn't seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn't…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who's willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn't hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn't dead…not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it's too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there's only one thing Kylie knows for sure. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

The breathtaking fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series from author C. C. Hunter...Whispers at Moonrise.
This series just gets better and better. My mind has blown! I am just speechless. And this cover... just beautiful! I love the colours!

I am not going to give a summary for this one as I do not want to risk spoiling anything!

Kylie's strength in these novels just keeps growing as she becomes more confident in herself, yet not over-confident. I think she has become much more relaxed and as a person we are constantly uncovering more about her as she finds out, making her character feel more realistic alongside helping you as the reader connect with her. And the secondary characters, I love how we are learning more about Perry, alongside seeing Burnett and Della express their emotions more. The love triangle in the fourth novel. Totally Team Derek now. I mean Lucas, really, he is so controlling and treats Kylie like a child who does not understand anything, and then that scene... WHAT!?

I believe one of the most engaging things about this series is the journey you travel with Kylie trying to uncover what she is. I loved her determination and constant belief in the fact that her father told her she was a Chameleon, and Kylie trying to solve what this mysterious supernatural breed is was fascinating and addictive.

The plot of these novels just gets more engaging and addictive as it goes on. I loved the action and mystery of this novel, I felt gripped from the very beginning and could not put it down. Alongside this, the emotions in this novel, there were definitely some emotional scenes. I think the plot of this novel really stood out from the previous books, it was dark and mysterious, alongside fast-paced and had you on the edge of your seat at times. It was dark and creepy, alongside sad and tense. But that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. I just, I have no words, no words, except that I need the final novel.

Lets just say, this series is addictive. Now, I am off to devour Chosen at Nightfall.


I AM BACK!

Hello everyone,

As many of you know I have been on a loooong break from blogging (since March/April) because of my 
exams through May and June, because I had to ensure my full attention was focused on my exams and 
revision.  It has been an enjoyable experience, but now after three long months... I AM BACK! Wahoo!

I have been reading, though I think I only read two books, which I am pleased with as it has ensured 
my full attention has been on revision.

I have thoroughly missed reading and blogging across the past 3 to 4 months, and cannot wait to get 
stuck in again.

Thank you for all your patience :0)