Friday, 19 August 2011

Follow Friday 12

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

This is going to make me sound a little strange...but I would write myself into Clockwork Angel. I would be a badass shadowhunter, and yeah hm this makes me feel very dorky. I guess Harry Potter would be a good choice too. 

What about you?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Mercy Review

Rebecca Lim
Published by Harper Collins

"There's something very wrong with me. I can't remember who I am or how old I am, or even how I got here. All I know is that when I wake up, I could be any one. It is always this way. There's nothing I can keep with me that will stay. It's made me adaptable. I must always re-establish ties. I must tread carefully or give myself away. I must survive.

Mercy doesn't realise it yet, but as she journeys into the darkest places of the human soul, she discovers that she is one of the celestial host exiled with fallen angel, Lucifer. Now she must atone for taking his side. To find her own way back to heaven, Mercy must help a series of humans in crisis and keep the unwary from getting caught up in the games that angels play. Ultimately she must choose between her immortal companion, Lucifer, and a human boy who risks everything for her love."

Amy's Adumbrations 

Mercy is definitely special as it's unlike any YA paranormal book I've ever read. I really enjoyed the freshness of it. 

The only real concern I had with this book was the fact that we don't learn much about Mercy. I was literally speed reading by the end of it hoping we'd find out more. It's all very mysterious. A little too mysterious.

Now what I did like about Mercy was the concept behind it. The idea of been thrown in to an arbitrary person, and having to somehow work out what's going on. I don't even know what I'm personally supposed to be doing on any given morning so I'd struggle if I was in her situation. I seriously loved the whole work out who I am, and who I'm supposed to be -thing-. It was somewhat cringe worthy at times, poor Mercy. 

There was also a whodunit as well as all the Mercy/Carmen drama. Mercy/Carmen are staying with a family whose daughter is believed to have been murdered. Her brother -Ryan- doesn't believe this. Ensues plot. I love trying to work out who the culprit is, and this book did it really well. I guess who it was of course, but there were some spanners put in the works that made me doubt my superior detective skills.

The love interests. Plural as it's leading up to what I assume is a love triangle in the sequel. Luc, the only person Mercy trusts and remembers. I don't trust him. Then Ryan the brother of the missing girl...who I love. He's quite swoon worthy, and I hope there's more of him in Exile. 

I enjoyed Mercy and would recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of mystery. I can't wait to read the sequel Exile. Thus, I give Mercy four bags of milky way magic stars.


Saturday, 13 August 2011

Hunting Lila Review

Hunting Lila
Sarah Alderson
Published Simon and Shuster  


"17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. 

They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them..." Goodreads

Amy's Adumbrations

Hunting Lila is wonderful. A definite page turner. Most of all though it's actually funny as Lila is clumsy, forward and witty. I found myself cracking up numerous times throughout the book.

The storyline is original, and I loved the idea of the special unit and all the Bond quips that came with it. There are some good plot twists and a lot of it is mysterious which is nice. I won't go in to too much detail as I wouldn't want to spoil it.

Alex..*swoon* Lila's brothers bestfriend, and Lila's love interest. He's amazing and I loved the banter between the two. It was a sweet little love story along with all the supernatural powers, and secret unit business. 

The ending of the book left me wanting more, and I cannot wait for Alderson's next book. This is going to be a great series.  I highly recommend this book.

I give Hunting Lila five bags of milkyway magic stars
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