28 Feb 2011

March Books of the month and new mini challenge of the month

I recently mentioned on the Facebook page that I'm changing how I pick the books of the month. From now on the first will be one I read the previous month and recommend to all. For the second, if there are no suggestions or requests, I will use a random generator to pick a genre and then will pick a book from that genre that I think either looks good or I know is good if I've read it before.
I'm also getting rid of the word of the month becasue I don't think people are bothered about participating lol instead I'm going to start doing a mini challenge every month, you don't have to join in but would be great if you do. You can comment here or on the page to let me know if your participating.
So anyway first Book of the month for March is:

Keep your head down. Don't get noticed. Or else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck at risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution...


Inside out by Maria V. Snyder.
Most people that know me probably won't be to surprised by my choic since she's my favourite author lol
I actually read this months ago when it was released in the US, but I read it again in February before reading the second book Outside in to refresh myself, also it was only released here in the UK last month and the second book is out soon, that's why I choose this and not the sequel for book of the month. They're both brilliant books and I think you all should read them
You can check out my review for both here
Alison Wells is no ordinary woman. Born with super-natural powers, she can never make love to a man without putting him in grave danger. But when her special vision reveals a glorious muscled man soaring overhead on mighty wings, she feels an overwhelming attraction she cannot resist - even as he tells her: 'I have come for you. Your blood belongs to me'. Kerrick is a vampire and a warrior who has fought his hunger for a woman's love for the past two hundred years. As a Guardian of Ascension, he is sworn to protect Alison from the death vamp armies who crave her blood and her power. But Kerrick has cravings of his own - a forbidden longing to open his heart and veins to Alison. To share his blood...satisfy his thirst...and seal their fates forever.

The second book is Ascension by Caris Roane.
I couldn't find the random generator I usually use because I'm on a different computer lol So I asked on the page and the first response was from Cindy McCune, who picked paranormal romance. I did a search and have to be honest this cover caught my eye lol It's the first in a new sereis and I think it sounds very interesting.
And for the mini challenge, all you have to do is reread and old (or new) favourite. Maybe something you've already read a bunch of times or something you really want to reread but haven't because it wouldn't be fair to all the new books you have lol
Let me know if your joining in any of theses and which books you plan to read. Come back later in the month if your not sure yet because I wanna know. In fact I wanna know what your reading right now! You don't have to be a follower to commet (although it would be nice lol)
Currently I'm reading Intertwined by Gena Showalter, I'm only four chapters in but I like what I've seen so far : )


25 Feb 2011

Book blogger hop #2

Book Blogger Hop
The book blogger hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for books head on over there to find out how to participate.
"Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?"
Nope! my blog was a page first and this name was voted on by myself and fans from a bunch of choices, I've always been happy with it : )
 If your stopping by from the hop then leave a link for your blog : )

24 Feb 2011

Thankful Thursday #3

That's right, this week I'm actually thankful for a childrens book, not just one either but the whole series!
I first heard of Harry Potter when the first movie came out in 2001, I was 15 at the time and way to cool for a kids movie so I of course avoided it like the plague for many years.
It wasn't until Order of the phoenix was being released on DVD that I became interested because, from the adverts, it looked a lot darker than previous movies. So I bought the box set of the first five movies claiming 'my daughter might like these' and watched them all over five days. And so an obssession began...
Our anniversary was around the corner so I told my husband I wanted the books as my gift, no way was I waiting to find out how it all ended!
I read the last two first, then I read them all from the start... then I read them again. J.K Rowling not only writes a magical set of stories but the plot is so intricate, the characters so lovable and the world so amazing it made the books hard to put down or get off my mind when I wasn't reading them.
I also watched the movies almost daily, forcing my husband and daughter to watch them over and over. I joined websites and mailing lists to find out all the latest movie news and did Harry Potter quizes online, I was completely hooked.
Both the movies that have come out since I've dragged my husband to the very first showings and I've read the books again so many times they're falling apart. It's the series I've reread the most out of any other and I've been sure to start my kids on their Harry Potter 'education' nice and early by showing them the movies over and over and then again lol
I cannot wait until my son is older to pass these down to him, and hope he'll love them like I do.
I'll always be Thankful to J.K Rowling for the magical series that made me realise childrens books aren't always just for children!

What book are you thankful for? Please use the picture and post on your blog, then link to it here so I can read it : )

23 Feb 2011

Inside out and Outside in reviews

Inside out by Maria V. Snyder
Keep your head down. Don't get noticed. Or else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck at risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution...

My review:
Maria v. Snyder has a way with world and character building that just makes you fall in love with her books and everyone in them and this is no exception.
Within in the first few chapters we meet the characters, learn about Inside, the world it's set in and the action starts, yet it doesn't feel to 'full' or confusing.
I found protag Trella to be a very strong character, she's clever and strong and cares a lot about best friend Cogon, although she starts the rebellion by accident she doesn't shy away from her responsibility when she's looked to as the leader and she also owns up to her own mistakes.
Cogon was another great character, he made a great balance for Trella and never once gives up hope when other people would, he's friendly and caring and it's easy to see why other characters in the book all look up to him.
I also loved the innocent romance that blooms throughout the story, it's not dominant and doesn't take over the book yet you can feel it to as it progresses.
All in all an excellent read that sucked me in even on my second read of it and left me gasping for the second book.

Outside in by Maria V. Snyder
Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again while still touching base with Riley, of course. He s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there s outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

My review:
Amazing! This book is so amazingly and intricately written that by the end I still wasn't sure who to deem the 'good' and 'bad' guys lol not everything is always quite so black and white so whilst it seems some guys in this are on the wrong side, their reasons for being there are understandable,which all makes for a fascinating read.
I also found it really interesting to see that, just because you've won the rebellion and freedom doesn't mean everything goes smoothly after, which is exampled really well in this sequel.
A lot of characters that played a role in the first book come more into the foreground in this book giving us a chance to get to know them and adding a new depth. Logan was a particular favourite for me, he's so clever but at the same time excitable and kind of a wimp, but it comes off kind of adorable instead of annoying.
I also think Trellas new relationships with Riley and newly found mother are also really well written and again it was great to see that it's not always perfect in paradise, relationships require work and effort to work out.
It's as well written at the first with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes.
For more on Maria V. Snyder visit her website


Wednesdays Worldly covers - week six

This week is the French cover for My soul to take by Rachel Vincent. It's very different to the other covers but still pretty, I think. What do you think?

And in case you haven't seen them, here's the British covers for the series so far.


20 Feb 2011

Second award!!

Janine at Me the booknerd has just given me the blogs second award! Woot!

These are the rules for the award:
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2.Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award
I don't know 15 blogs lol but here are the ones I've recently discovered and would like to pass the award onto are:

19 Feb 2011

New layout

I was getting bored of the blog layout so I decided to have a mess around and changed it to something (I hope) is better
Opinions please???
: )

Same Difference #2

Here's another trio of matching covers.
The Ice queen by Alice Hoffman, Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
and Luna by Julie Anne Peters.
I like them all but I think I'm more swayed by the lovely gold colours on The Ice Queen. Which do you prefer?

If you know of any cover couples that you wanna tell me about email me at Bookaholics@live.co.uk or use the little form on the 'Same difference' tab.

18 Feb 2011

Same difference

There's a lot of books out there with the same cover model or with similar images so I thought I'd start comparing them and see which we all prefer, you know, for fun. I won't do it on a regular day, just whenever I come across them.

First up is Evermore by Alyson Noel, North of beautiful by Justina Chen Headley and Selina Penaluna by Jan Page. I think they're all beautiful but I prefer the darker Evermore.
Which do you prefer?

If you know of any two books with similar covers like this and wanna tip me off then please email me at Bookaholics@live.co.uk or just use this little form.

By Midnight review

What's it about?

April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart ...and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from ...something ...in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on...and whether or not she's going to live through it.

My Review:
Firstly I didn't hate the book but at the same time it didn't have that spark that made me not want to put it down.
I found the writing easy going and I loved how the authors used real life London history and landmarks and mixed it with some mythology to create this story, it was really very cleverly done and I certainly couldn't guess everything that was going to happen.
However I really disliked some of the characters, mostly Silivia, leading lady Aprils mother, because she was just so superficial and selfish and I honestly couldn't see how she and Aprils Dad had ever gotten together since he's so different.
I also found some of Aprils tantrums completely immature, a few times when she was trying to get answers from someone she didn't actually give the person a chance to talk but shouted at them with her own conclusions before storming out. She was constantly chasing answers whilst at the same time trying to run from them and her new found destiny, a twist I haven't seen before and was impressed with but it was ruined by her attitude.
And my last complaint was the relationship between April and Gabriel, one minute he's so aloof and mysterious then the next he's declaring he wants to be with her when really they'd only had two encounters and hardly knew each other. I felt they never got to know each other at all because all conversations were about the plot so I found it hard to believe when they we declaring their love for each other by the end of the book when they hardly knew each other.
So these are the reasons I marked it down, overall I enjoyed a lot of elements of the book, and the story line was good but these were overshadowed by the parts that made it - for me - hard to read so I'm not sure if I'll be reading the next book Darkness Falls, maybe I'll borrow it from a friend. I'm curious enough about the story to be interested but without more character development I'm not sure I'll make it through to the end.

I feel pretty bad because this is the first negative review I've had to write, but I had to be honest of course. I've tried to give reasons for why I didn't like parts without spoilers, but just ask if you want me to elaborate.

For more on The Ravenwood mysteries visit the website:http://www.ravenwoodmysteries.com/


17 Feb 2011

Thankful Thursday #2

When I first heard of these books the whole study series was already out and, to be honest, I didn't think much of the sound of them.
But then, out shopping one day, I saw the set for £7 altogether (about US$11 - $12) and couldn't pass up a good bargain! Luckily at the time my tbr pile was still pretty small so I started poison study almost right away, and boy, was I glad I did!
Still new to the genre I'd mostly been reading ya vampire books so this was (literally) a new world for me and my only venture into sci-fi other than Sir Terry Pratchetts Discworld books.
I was hooked fairly quick and loved the strong, resilient character of Yelena who was dealing with the traumas of her past whilst also learning new things about herself and falling in love, talk about multi tasking!
I'd always thought of things set in other worlds, well, kinda hokey and maybe a little geeky (think lotr) but I loved reading about Ixia, and the in the other two books, Sitia and the complete difference between the two places. It was so well mapped out (quite literally, with a map at the start of the book) and described I could imagine being there, both the militant Ixia and the more laid back magical Sitia.
I also didn't find a character I disliked, double act Ari and Janco are still favourites with me now. And I was gripped by the action packed story right to the end.
Needless to say I bought each of the spin-off Glass series books on their release days and read them right away and loved them. And the brilliance of Inside Out solidified Maria V. Snyder as my favourite author. I have to stop myself going all crazed fangirl whenever I talk to her on Facebook and I've been buzzing with excitement all week because Outside in is in the post on it's way to me!
So that's why I'm thankful for Poison study and all the the books following it for bringing me a new side to fantasy and getting my feet wet in sci-fi, leading me to read other great books like Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore.
I really hope there will be more of this world to read about in the future but I'm also really looking forward to the new fantasy series starting next year and will be preordering Touch of power the second I can!

What books are you thankful for? I'd like to encourage other Bloggers to use the picture and write about a book they're Thankful for, then post a link here so I can see : )


16 Feb 2011

Wednesday worldly covers - week 5 and Guest Post

Have a lookie at this gorgous Brazillian cover of Darke Academy: Secret lives by Gabriella Poole (A.K.A Gilllian Philip) then read the special guest post from the author below!

Here's the cover for the brand new Brazilian edition of DARKE ACADEMY: SECRET LIVES. I love it - I really like the UK covers, too, but this is very different and sinister.

There's been a long pause after Book 3 in the series. When that episode concluded, Cassie and her friends were left stunned by the terrible turn of events. Everything changed in Istanbul - for everyone, even the mercurial principal Sir Alric Darke.

I've been contacted by many readers wanting to know what happens next - will Ranjit and Cassie defeat the forces working against them, and find happiness, or will their Few status part them forever? What about the star-crossed lovers Isabella and Jake? Will Katerina and her evil mother get their comeuppance? And as for Richard, a favourite character with so many... what will become of him, and might he in fact be the saving of Cassie?

The fact is, I wonder all those things too! And while Hodder haven't committed yet to a fourth book, the good news is that Hothouse Fiction (the series originators) have decided the story must have an ending, and we have to find out what happens to Cassie and Co. - so I'll be starting to write DARKE ACADEMY 4 very soon indeed...

So here's hoping for a definite decision on publication soon. Meanwhile, I'm off to the Darke Academy to catch up with the characters. Kenya sounds like a fabulous setting for a school...

Gillian Philip.

So, pretty awesome news ay! For those of you that haven't read or maybe even heard of the books here's the UK covers and synopsis for the first book.

Secret lives: The Darke Academy is a school like no other. An elite establishment that moves to an exotic new city every term, its students are impossibly beautiful, sophisticated and rich. And the more new scholarship girl Cassie Bell learns about the Academy, the more curious she becomes. What sinister secrets are guarded by the Few -- the select group of students who keep outsiders away? Who is the dark stranger prowling the corridors at night? And what really happened a year earlier, when the last scholarship girl died in mysterious circumstances? One thing Cassie will discover is that a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing, but knowing too much can be deadly...

Visit Gillian Philips website for info on her other books.


12 Feb 2011

Raised by Wolves Review

Raised by wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What's it about?
Pack life is about order, but Bryn is about to push all the limits, with hair-raising results. At the age of four, Bryn watched a rabid werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by Callum, the alpha of his pack. Now fifteen, Bryn's been as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule. Little fazes her. But the pack's been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum's orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her parents come flooding back. Bryn needs answers, and she needs Chase to get them. Suddenly, all allegiances to the pack no longer matter. It's Bryn and Chase against the werewolf world, whatever the consequences.

My review:
I haven't read many werewolf books, vampires are more my forte, but I have to say this is the most in depth one I've read so far. We're thrown straight in but narrator Bryn constantly keeps us informed on how the wolves live, their society, their mannerisms and personalities and how they interact so that I never once felt lost but at the same time I didn't feel an information overload.
They're also the most interesting weres I've come across, so violent feral and a lot closer to their wolf counterparts.
And I also loved the complex character of Bryn, how in a world full of wolves she fights to keep her humanity and independence but still has the protective characteristics of a wolf even though she isn't actually one. She's a natural thinker and leader and I loved watching her grow up throughout the book and her relationship with her adopted mother Ali and her up and down relationship with father figure and alpha Callum.
One complaint I didn't have was that I didn't feel the connection between her and best friend Devon, although he's there when she needs him, no questions asked, the dialogue between them was almost always jokes and impressions and I just couldn't feel the connection that they were best friends, more like they'd just known each other a long time.
Otherwise though I found it to be a very well rounded story that dint leave me with a few questions at the end that I hope will be answered in the next book Trail by fire.

For more on Jennifer Lynn Barnes visit her website: http://jenniferlynnbarnes.com/

11 Feb 2011

Book Blogger hop #1

Book Blogger Hop

This is my first time doing the Book Blogger hop hosted by Crazy for books
If you wanna join in, head over there to find out how.

"Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!"

I think my favourite post that I wrote this week was the very first Thankful Thursday post. A new weekly feature where I talk about a book/series I'm Thankful for and why. This week it was the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer, a series I will always be grateful for.

Guest Blogger - Siobhan Phinn

My Own Personal Brand of Heroin by Siobhan Phinn

Yes, I did just quote Twilight. Why, because I wanted to =P
Ok. growing up I was never a big reader. However, being only about 10 i think when the first Harry Potter book was published I grow up on the magical world of Hogwarts. I also had read a few of the vampire chronicles novels by Anne Rice after seeing the movie Interview with a Vampire with I was 12.

However, it was until early 2009 that a wonderful friend told me to read the Twilight book that I found my love for reading. I didn't know that they were a book. I knew at the time there was a movie called Twilight that was about Vampires. I wasn't even interested. I remember thinking "Why would anyone want to watch a movie about sparkling vampires with no fangs?" Boy was I wrong. When I finally gave in to my friend and I bought the books I was hooked. And I have never looked back since. I will admit I became somewhat obsessed and still am. Books and movies I am there. Team Jacob woohoo. lol.

After reading them, I went in search for more books and realised I had been missing out on so many great books and I haven't stopped reading since. I am addicted to it. It's my drug and I don't ever planning on quitting it. No rehab for me. oh no no no. (haha I love Amy)

So thank you for listening (well, reading) about my addiction. And Thanks to Misty
for having a wonderful page and blog. It was one of the first pages I join when I decided to jump on the facebook band wagon.

10 Feb 2011

Thankful thursday #1

When the movies rocketed these books to success there was the emergence of both twi-hards and twi-haters causing much controversy and lots of books since have been compared to twilight.
All this, of course, isn't the reason why I'm thankful for them though. Although I've always enjoyed reading, I wasn't the avid reader I am today because I hadn't yet discovered what it is I was really into.
I was reading books passed to me by my parents and chick lit novels by authors such as Chris Manby and Marian Keyes, which, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed but never found them unputdownable.
After reading, and enjoying, the Harry potter books by J.K. Rowling (because i couldn't wait to see how it all ended) I heard about a movie coming out soon called Twilight.
Knowing, like any other reader, that the book is usually better I decided to give something new a try and ordered myself the first book.
Before I was even finished I ordered the rest and finish them in days when they arrived, even staying up until 3am finishing Breaking Dawn, powering through a major reading headache I'd acquired because I just couldn't stop.
I was in love with the series, with Edward, even with rainy dull forks. I immediately dragged my husband to the movie which I loved just as much. I bought and read The Host, then amazon recommended a series called Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and another book site recommended House of Night, both of which I bought, from there sparked an obsession with fantasy books.
I bought them by the box load and filled up with my shelves and I'm still going today.
So even though I've since read books that may be better than Twilight and if I read it now I may not love it as much as I did then, when it was my introduction to the genre, I'm extremely thankful to the Twilight series and Stephanie Meyer for sparking such a love of books in me that meant I eventually even set up my own book club, followed by this blog.
I read and loved Harry potter first but it was twilight that really had the effect on me and changed my reading forever.
So if you're ever stopping yourself from trying something new maybe you should rethink it, because you never know what could happen.

What books are you thankful for?


9 Feb 2011


Thank you to Siobhan at Thoughts of a mad hatter who has just given me the blogs first award : D

1. Thank and link back to the person who send you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact the bloggers you picked and let them know about the award

7 Things about me...
1. I'm extrememly sarcastic!
2. I looove cheesy doritos
3. I'm loyal
4. Keanu Reeves has and will always be my ultimate crush!
5. My favourite music is indie rock, metal and some shouty stuff
6. I daydream about being an author as famous as JK Rowling or stephenie Meyer
7. And finally I love my family more than life and would do anything for my kids
The blogs I'm passing this award onto are
(Sorry I don't know 15, but I can add more later)

Wednesday worldly covers - week 4

Check out this German cover for James Dashners The maze runner releasing in April. Sooo different from the other covers and They are selling one of those metal-ball-in-a-wooden-labyrinth games and an online game where the book itself is a joystick (using a webcam). You can still check out the website here but you need the book to play.
And for your viewing pleasure here are the UK and US covers.


8 Feb 2011

The iron daughter review

What's it about?
My name is Meghan Chase. Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey - ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My review:
Once again Kagawa writes a beautiful world I'd love to visit, filled with different and interesting people/creatures. Although it wasn't a can't-put-it-down book for me I still enjoyed it a lot and find the story and writing flows easily. I still find Meaghan to be an enjoyable, selfless chracter, even if she does seem to cry a lot and is quite naive at times. I also really like the new alliance/friendship she has with an unlikely chracter. Ash is still smouldering and sexy, just how I like him lol and Puck is still his mischivous self! So all in all, a great sequel with a great ending. Looking forward to reading The Iron Queen

For more from Julie Kagawa visit her website: http://juliekagawa.com/

4 Feb 2011

Wednesday worldy covers - week 3 (sorry it's late!)

Check out the new Australian cover for Maria V.Snyders Inside out which is being released in April

And here's the UK cover if you haven't seen it yet

My soul to save review

What's it about?
When teenager Kaylee screams, someone dies...So when teen pop star Eden dies onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul. The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld - a consequence they can't possibly understand. Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk.

My review:
First off I liked this book as much as the first, but I wouldn't say I was excited about it but I think that's just because it wasn't as new a concept to me as when I was reading the first but it still had it's uniqueness from other books I've read. The story line wasn't copying the first at all and I liked a lot that we got to see more of the emotional side if tod so he doesn't feel like a souless reaper anymore and we also maybe see a little of kaylees dark side at the end that has me intrigued for the next book 'my soul to keep.'

For more on Rachel Vincent visit her website: http://www.rachelvincent.com/
Buy the book here (UK)

I am number four review

What's it about?
John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can't run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about - and who care about him. Never in John's short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it's just a matter of time before John's secret is revealed. He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next ...

My review:
Although the kind of narrative used in this book is usually one that I find hard to get into i had no trouble with this. Within a few pages I was already hooked and knew I'd like it. I thought John was a very brave straight forward hero and the bond between him and Henri, his father figure, is lovely, it's obvious how much they care for each other and what Henri has given up for John without a second thought. I thought the romance was very sweet though hardly the romance of the century, but then this isn't a romance book so it can be excused. The only complaint I had was a I found a bit of a lull in the middle of the book when there was some action before it went 'quiet' again before the action started up again at the end. But I still found it excellent and even cried my eyes out at the end. Definitely recommend to all and I cannot wait for both the movie and the sequel 'the power of six' out in august.
For more on Pittacus Lore and The Lorian legacies visit this site
Buy the book here (UK)

Nicole has also done a review for I am number four on the page, you can see it here
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