Wednesday, June 29

Fangs but no Fangs (Young Brothers #2)



Fangs but no Fangs
Kathy Love

Publication Date: February 1, 2006

Date Read: June 28, 2011



From Goodreads:
There's Nothing Uglier Than A Vampire Singing "Feelings"
If I hadn't seen it for myself, I'd swear it couldn't be true: my brother, Christian, living in a trailer park and working at a karaoke bar. We're talking about the snob who'd probably sniff the plasma packets and send `em back in a huff if the blood type wasn't the right vintage. But after centuries of living in the undead fastlane, he's made up his mind that this is exactly where he needs to spend the rest of eternity, atoning for his many, many, sins.
But sometimes things just don't work out like you think they will. Sometimes your hell can turn into your heaven. And thanks to Christian's chatty neighbor and boss, Jolee, things seem to be getting a whole lot nicer in Shady Fork Mobile Estates. Not that either of them has the first idea how to have a normal relationship-we are talking about a woman's who's only dated dead-beats, and a guy who's only dated the dead. Well, nobody's perfect.

After reading the first book in this series, I couldn't help but start this straight away and I really hoped it didn't disappoint after I'd loved the first books so much. It definitely didn't disappoint.
I really didn't know how much I would like this book at first specially when finding out the story centred on Christian, whom I totally hated throughout the first book, however I found I really liked it and you see a completely different side of him.

Christian is set on changing the way he has acted for over 200 years. He feels completely guilty after all his past behaviours and swears to change his ways. Then he meets Jolee, the human woman who lived close to him and runs a bar close by. Suddenly he is drawn to her and discovers feelings he didn't know he could have. But both must overcome their past before they can even think of a future.

I really loved Christian in this and I really felt for him. I didn't see the 'evil' Christian for the first book only the Christian who wanted forgiveness but couldn't ask his family for. All the way through the book I just wanted Christian and Jolee to be together, I felt for both of them so much, they had both had so much horrible things happen to them in their lives that they couldn't control and I just wanted to see them happy. Whenever something happened that kept them apart I just wanted to read more and more so that I could get to a part where they were happy.

I cannot wait to read the next book. I am guessing it will be about the third brother Sebastian and I can't wait to discover his love story.

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Fangs for the Memories (Young Brothers #1)


Fangs for the Memories
Kathy Love

Publication Date: September 1, 2005

Date Read: June 27, 2011



From Goodreads:
LOVE BITES. 

There are Christmas mornings and then there are Christmas mornings like this one: watching my brother, Rhys, swagger through our New York City apartment...smiling. We are talking about Rhys, the detached, surly and annoying; the man who turned brooding into an art form. But he's not brooding now. No, he's practically threatening to pistol whip me for shaking hands with the beautiful, sweet, half-dressed creature named Jane who just tried to sneak out of his bedroom. Weird. And who knew Brother Grim even had a sex drive? 

But it isn't just the smiling and the sudden libido that has me freaked out. Something terrible happened last night, something that made my brother break his own rule and save the life of a mortal. Whatever it was, now he doesn't remember anything from the past two hundred years. He wants Jane so bad that he's forcing himself to forget he's a vampire, taking himself back to a time before he crossed over and our family was destroyed. He's sauntering around the place like a Regency viscount with an English accent, saying things like "I behaved like a randy, soused caper-wit." Did we ever really talk like that? So, Rhys doesn't know he's a vampire, and neither does Jane. This is what we call a problem. 

All I know is, this mortal woman has managed to touch my brother's frozen heart, and I, Sebastian Young, will do whatever it takes to help him keep her...


After reading a lot of dark dystopian books, when I recieved this book in a swap I instantly wanted to read it. It sounded light-hearted and funny, just the type of book I needed to read after so many sad books. I was not disappointed. I loved this book.

It follows Rhys, a 200-year-old vampire who has spent those 200 years cutting himself off from humanity only surviving on the blood of low-life humans who deserve nothing else but to be in pain. But even then he cannot bring himself to kill anyone. Then he meets Jane, a humble girl from a small town suddenly thrown into busy new york. He finds himself instantly attracted to her and doesn't understand why. Suddenly Rhys loses his memory and finds himself believing he is a English Viscount in Victorian London with Jane as his betrothed.

I loved this book, it's a great love story and it was funny all the way through. There were multiple times when I was so glad I was reading at home because I couldn't help but laugh out loud. It's a great vampire book and I was so delighted to find out that it's the first in a series. I can't wait to find out what the others brothers get up to.

If you are looking for a light funny book that it really sweet and makes you laugh and go awwww at the same time. Then this book is for you.

I did give the book 4 stars because it is wrote it third person and though I have nothing against it, I find that I enjoy books wrote in the first person as I feel that you connect with the characters more when you are seeing the story through their eyes but it was still a great story and I loved it.

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Sunday, June 26

Feed (Newsflesh #1)


Feed
Mira Grant

Publication Date: May 1, 2010

Date Read: June 26, 2011



From Goodreads:
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks. 

It raised the dead. 

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power. 

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all: 

When will you rise?


After reading 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth' trilogy and loving it when I heard about Feed I instantly wanted to read it.
I was definitely surprised with the story as it is nothing like I expected it to be. When thinking about a post-apocalyptic zombie novel I automatically thought that the storyline would focus on humans fighting against the zombies and fighting to stay alive, don't get me wrong that is exactly one part of the novel but I was surprised by the fact that the main 'bad guys' in the book wasn't the zombie's at all but fellow humans.

Feed followd the story of Georgia and Shaun Mason and their team of professional bloggers. When they applied to follow the preasedential campaign and report it they couldn't imagine the danger that they would be put in. Not from being on the road where zombies can attack but from other politicians who will do anything to get in power, even acts of terrorism.

As very bad things start happening and their party is attacked by zombies not once but twice Georgia and Shaun know it cannot be a coincidence and will do anything to find out the truth. But that truth might just cost them their lives.

When I first started this book it was quite slow-going for me. I have never really read a book where the main story is political so I found it a little difficult to get into. However once I did get into it I couldn't put it down. I loved every moment of this book and I fell in love with the author's style of writing. The writing draws you in from the beginning and I honestly felt like I personally knew these characters and lived in this post-apocalyptic world.
By the end of this book I was in hysterical tears, I was so sad and I have cried at books before but never have I felt so much emotion while reading a book. I was so heartbroken I didn't know how I could go on reading. But I did and it was totally worth it. The ending of the book was just as good as the rest of the book and it was an amazing yet heartbreaking end. I read that when writing one particular scene the author cried while writing. I am not surprised the writing is so heartfelt and emotional that only a person who had a heart of stone would not cry at it.

I cannot praise this book enough. At the beginning I wasn't sure of the story but I am so glad that I kept reading. Definitely one of the best books I have read this year and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series.
However I cannot possibly read the second one straight away. I couldn't even write this review until a couple of hours after I had finished the book because I was so emotionally drained I could barely think straight let alone form coherent sentences.

If you like dystopian novels then this is definitely one for you. I wouldn't really class this as a YA dystopian, I would definitely class it as adult as the themes are much more darker but it is definitely worth the read.

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Thursday, June 23

Updates

Hey Guys,

Just thought I'd drop you a quick message to let you know some new things going on.
Firstly, I am still on my dystopian kick so watch out for some new dystopian reviews soon including the awesome Newflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. Book 1 and 2 is now available. I'm now about halfway through the first and it's amazing, so if you haven't read it I would definitely reccomend picking up a copy. It's great.

Secondly, there's a few new blogs by some friends of mine so why not go and follow them. It'll be totally worth it.
My great friend Tee just started her blog that I've helped get going so go take a look @ A Diary of a Book Addict.
Cambria started her first blog last week and it looks awesome @ The Unlocked Diary
And last but certainly not least, probably one of the best announcement is new blog Teen Fiction Centre started. My Hunger Games review is up on there and anyone can submit a review so there won't only be reviews from one person like here but a diverse range of people who read a lot of different genres.
Go see the awesomeness for yourself over @ Teen Fiction Centre

So what are you guys waiting for go follow these awesome book blogs for more book information and awesome reviews.

Happy Reading
Kayleigh
xoxo

Tuesday, June 21

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4)


Dead to the World
Charlaine Harris

Publication Date: May 13, 2010

Date Read: June 20, 2011



From Goodreads:
Dead to the World is the fourth novel in Charlaine Harris's Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series. It continues the story of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has fallen out with her undead lover, Bill. Bill has no sooner departed for Peru, than Sookie finds the head vampire, Eric, running naked and terrified through the rural night. She helps Eric, and discovers his memory has been destroyed by a coven of unscrupulous, astonishingly powerful witches, newly arrived in her small Louisiana town, and offering a huge reward for Eric. Sookie tries to hide Eric, but her brother sees him--and immediately disappears. And Sookie finds herself caught in a war among witches, vampires, and werewolves.

I decided to finally read the fourth Sookie book after I saw a preview for season 4 of True Blood. I got very over-excited and just had to start the book straight away putting on hold the book I was reading.

I really couldn't get into it at the beginning, I personally enjoy the show better than the books and when I first started the book I thought it's not going to be very good but gladly, I was wrong.
I loved it and this one is definitely my favourite book of the series so far.

In other book I loved Eric more than Bill and he has always been my favourite character so I was so happy that this book mainly centred on him.
Eric, who has lost his memory and doesn't remember anything about who he is is staying with Sookie in her house to protect him from the witches who did this to him. What Sookie doesn't count on is becoming extremely attracted to the new vulnerable Eric.

I loved this book, it was just incredible it had the best scenes in it and I really enjoyed seeing a new vulnerable unsure side to Eric. I totally fell more in love with him in this book and I can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the series.

I told myself at the beginning of this book that if I didn't enjoy it I would not read the others and I was thinking about giving up while reading the beginning of this book but as I read more I fell in love with the story more and ended up loving it. I can't wait to see what is in store for Eric and Sookie.

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Cover Reveal: Bloodlines UK Cover

I absolutely love Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series and I am so excited for the spinoff Bloodlines, involving Sydney and Adrian. I fell in love with the US cover when I saw it and hoped that the UK cover would be the same.
However after seeing the UK cover I take it back the UK cover is absolutely beautiful and I love it.




I absolutely love this cover. I think It's beautiful and I can't wait to read the book.

Sunday, June 19

Storm Born Graphic Novel #2


Storm Born Graphic Novel Issue 2
Richelle Mead

Publication Date: June 2011

Date Read: June 19, 2011

Richelle Mead's Dark Swan (Storm Born) comic issue #2 will be out in June of this year. 

Description: 
Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she’s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld’s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…

Again a big thanks goes to Sea Lion Books for sending me a review copy of this issue.

As soon as I had finished the first issue of the Storm Born Graphic Novel I just had to start the second issue straight away, I couldn't wait to read it.

This issue starts exactly where the last issue finished and again I was completely hooked and sucked into Eugenie's world. I wasn't aware of anything going on around me until I had finished reading this. Again I completely loved every moment of it and it left me wanting to read the next issue straight away.

I especially love that these issue's stay completely true to the book and capture all of the feelings that Eugenie feels and makes the reader feel all of those emotions too.

I really loved this issue and cannot wait to read the third one.


Storm Born Graphic Novel #1


Storm Born Graphic Novel Issue 1 
Richelle Mead


Publication Date: May 25, 2011

Date Read: June 19, 2011

Richelle Mead's Dark Swan (Storm Born) Graphic Novel will be out on the bookshelves in September of this year. For those interested in getting the comic issues, the first issue will be out on May 18th. 

Description: 
Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she’s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. 
When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld’s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…

First of all I just want to say a big thank you to Sea Lion Books for sending me a review copy of this issue.

I am so excited to be reviewing this. I am such a huge fan of Richelle Mead and Storm Born is one of my favourite books by her, I absolutely loved every moment of it. I have personally never tried reading a graphic novel before but thought where better to start than with one adapter from one of my favourite books.
This definitely didn't disappoint. I loved it. I didn't really know what I would think of a graphic novel and even though I have read the book and know everything that happens it still sucked me in and had me hooked from the very beginning. I think the illustrations are absolutely amazing and of course it brings the best story to life. I loved seeing what the characters looked like and seeing the story in a different way from the novel.
The graphic novel just made me love the story even more and made me want to go and read the book again.
I can't wait for the next instalment in the graphic novel.
Absolutely amazing.


In My Mailbox (#3)



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This week I received 4 books, which is a lot better than last week :)




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Friday, June 17

Divergent Giveaway - Winner!

The winner of the Divergent giveaway is

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Ashley @PNR and UF Fanatics

Congratulations Ashley.
The book will be on its way to you soon :)





Don't forget to enter the great giveaway over at BelleBooks for a chance to win another great dystopian book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, open now :)

Thursday, June 16

Divergent (Divergent #1)


Divergent
Veronica Roth

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Date Read: June 16, 2011



From Goodreads:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. 

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


I was really looking forward to reading this book and I knew I would enjoy it. Since reading The Hunger Games I have been slightly obsessed with dystopian novels and knew I had to read this one and I was not disappointed.

Beatrice has always been taught that she should be selfless and help others but she has never fit in with her faction, became bored easily and wanted another life. So when she turns sixteen and has the chance to change her life by choosing a different faction she does.
Beatrice now known as Tris, doesn't realise that her life will completely change. Tris is a Divergent, someone who does not fit into any one faction and someone that the other factions want to kill. While trying to keep her deadly secret Tris grows closer to her trainer Four who seems to understand her better than anyone else.

I didn't love this book straight away but I was curious as to what was going to happen. As I read more I fell more and more in love with the story. It's such a great dystopian world and I was completely sucked in and needed more. I love that there is a great love story in with the story as some dystopian novels I have read are completely focussed on the dystopian world without a love story and I am such a sucker for a good love story. I completely fell in love with Four the more I read and I was completely hooked to the book.

I thought this was a really good story but not the best, until I got further and further through and I was blown away by what was happening and I ended the book thinking OMG I need to know what's going to happen next and I am so impatient for the next book.

Before I read this book I had heard people saying it was better than Hunger Games and I honestly don't think it is. Don't get me wrong it is as good I think but then I don't get how people can compare the two because they are completely different.
Divergent is definitely one of my favourite dystopian books and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next.

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Monday, June 13

The Ocean Blog Tour (Review & Interview)

This is the first stop on Mia Castile's blog tour for her beautiful book The Ocean. I am really honoured to be a part of this blog tour and I absolutely loved this book.


The Ocean
Mia Castile

Publication Date: April 2011

Date Read: June 10, 2011



From Goodreads:
Gianna and Alex have just buried their mother. Now they have to move back to St. Petersburg, Florida to live with their recovering alcoholic father. All the new changes, however, may be more than Gia can bear. While Alex turns to football and flirting with girls, she holds her emotions inside. Together they make sense of their new lives as Gianna finds herself falling for Travis. Travis is not without his own issues. Between his insecurities and other people meddling in his life, he finds strength in Gianna. He vows to be there for her doing everything he can to make it happen. The Ocean is a story of loss, redemption, and finding happiness in the middle of it all.


I had head great things about this book from a friend who read it a couple of months ago and couldn't wait to read it. It is not the type of book I usually read but I genuinely loved every moment of the book. When you are a hopeless romantic like me, then you will enjoy every second of this book because it is one of the best love stories I have read.

Gianna, nicknamed Gia, has to move from the comfort she has grown used to back to a small town with her father whom she wants nothing to do with after her mother died from Cancer. All her and her brother Alex wants to do is grieve their mother get through high school and move away from their father whom neither can stand. But Gia doesn't count on meeting the guy of her dreams in her small childhood town.
Travis discovered not to long ago the ugly side of his girlfriend Jill and broke things off. Then he meets Gia, his friend Alex's sister, and is instantly drawn to her and knows he has to know her. As Travis helps Gia through the loss of her mother, he falls in love with her and she with him, but no one counts on Jill trying to force them apart.

I loved every moment of this book. I fell head over heels for Travis, he is just the perfect guy who every girl wants to date. I instantly hated Jill, whenever she was near Travis and Gia I wanted to scream at my kindle NOOO get away. I was so drawn into the story and it was so heartfelt and emotional, i found myself in tears at many points in the book. It was such a great story of loss and how people deal with it differently. It really touched me and I loved every second of it. It was a short story and when I finished it I found myself just wanting to read it again. Yes, just so I could read all the Travis scenes again.
I really hope there's another book with these characters as I loved them so much I really want to know what happens next. This is definitely a book I would read again and again.

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Interview with Mia Castile




Hi Mia, thanks for agreeing to the interview. Before I read 'The Ocean' I had heard amazing things from a friend and already had it on my kindle so I was so excited to be part of the blog tour and have an excuse to bump it up on my to-read list.

Thank you for being part of this tour, too. I'm so happy to be here today.


First of all tell us where did the idea for 'The Ocean' come from. Were you inspired by anyone?

The ocean began where I was a teenager, I wanted to tell a story of a girl who overcame the death of her mother, and found love.


A lot of authors write from experience and put it into their fiction did you use your own experience and knowledge while writing 'The Ocean'?

Yeah there were a few things I took from my own life that I wrote, I was an awful waitress and actually spilt eight drinks on a table, I've definitely fallen down and embarrassed myself in front of a cute boy.


The book deals with a lot of different emotions but mainly loss and how people deal with it differently. Was writing about Gia and Alex's loss a way to help you through a loss you might have had?

There are many different kinds of loss. I took my own personal experiences and magnified them.


I'm a huge fan of the book. It actually took my breathe away and reduced me to tears so many times. It's such a great love story and I'm such a hopeless romantic so as soon as Travis was mentioned I was completely sold.
Had you always wanted to write a love story or did it just sort of develop with the other theme of dealing with loss?

I very much enjoy a good love story. The Ocean was also always a love story, as well as a story of redemption. There's something magical about a first real true love. I wanted to recapture that feeling.


Travis, I can't say that name without sighing dreamily anymore. He is the perfect guy. I think I love him so much because he's a perfect guy nut not too perfect to be unbelievable. Did you plan his character like that so all the readers would fall in love with him?

I fell in love with Travis as I wrote him. I wanted a strong character, a stand-up guy, who fought for what he believed in.


Were any of your characters inspired by people you know?

Abby was a combination of my best friends, and Alex and Gianna's relationship is similar to my sister and me. We are very close and I drew off of that trying to establish the characters closeness. Little Hailey came from mannerisms and qualities of my own daughter.


And finally, will there be another book with these characters?

I'm playing with the idea of a companion to The Ocean. I don't know if I would want to put Travis and Gianna through any more turmoil, I feel like they deserve to be happy, but they would be supporting characters.


So, when can we expect it?

Currently I have three works in progress, so that might not be for a while. But I am definitely open to the possibility.


Thank you so much Mia and good luck with the rest of the book tour.

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Each blogger on this tour will provide part of a code and at the end of the tour the first person to comment the whole code phrase will win something.
This is the first stop and my part of the code phrase is.....
"My Intentions"

Thanks for stopping by on the blog tour for the amazing novel 'The Ocean', if you haven't read the book, go do so, it's definitely worth it and don't forget to visit the other stops....

13th - Here at K-Books
14th - Phanee @ Funny Wool
15th - Emma @ BelleBooks
16th - Lesley @ My Keeper Shelf
17th - End of tour with Mia @ Mia Castile

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Saturday, June 11

Why Do I Love Dystopia? #3

The third and final part of Why Do I Love Dystopia? is by Amber I. over as Awsomesauce Book Club.


Why do I love Dystopian books? Well at first I was really unsure what "Dystopia" was and after reading up about what it meant I realized wow, I have read quite a few Dystopia books. The reason though that I really do love these books is because well its kind of a scary thing to think this really could happen to us. I am from the US and I see how crazy our government is getting (I will not get political here so please don't you either) but how close to home some of these things are. Some of the books I read I am like could something close to this happen to us if we continue. Or the books are just not far fetched enough that I could really picture them happening here. I am not sure if zombies will attack but I could see the government holding us down, lying to us and trying to make their life's better while others suffer.




Some of my favourite Dystopians are...

Hunger Games: this one is really scary to think about. Because we have seen things like this. Government using citizens and letting them suffer while they live the high life and then finally one day the citizens get tired of it and revolt.

Unwind: also scary how much the government can lead these people to believe to pretty much kill their unruly kids. I mean in the book you can see these people being manipulated into this. Such a sad sad book.




Incarceron: This is really futuristic and its really hard to explain about it in case you haven't read them. But it shows how the governement took away their technology and lied to them about Paradise/Prison.

The Host: again this is one of those, do I think aliens are going to come and take over. I am not so sure. But it shows how messed up humans are but they really don't deserve this. It makes you hope people will start acting right and appreciate all that we have and be nicer better people.


A big thank you to Amber from Awsomesauce Book Club :)





Monday, June 6

Why Do I Love Dystopia? #2

Welcome to Why Do I Love Dystopia Part 2.
This time the post is written by a good friend of mine from Goodreads, Alison
View her GR profile HERE

Dystopian novels have really become some of my favourite reads recently. I think the reason I love them so much is because they tell stories of possible futures for our world which I find really intriguing. No two dystopian worlds that I have read have been the same. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy set many years after zombies (or the unconsecrated as they call them) have overrun the earth, is gritty, heart stopping, and gut wrenchingly heart breaking and kept me glued to the books holding my breath through each chapter hoping that my favourite characters made it to the next one! Matched was completely the opposite end of the scale whereby the society has taken over the world so completely that your job, husband/wife, and even your date of death are decided for you. Although not half as exciting as The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it sure is a read to get you thinking about the future. 


And lastly, the mother of all dystopian novels – The Hunger Games. This is quite possibly the most amazing series I’ve ever read. The concept of children fighting to the death in order to earn a lifetime of food for their family is probably the most ingenious storyline ever to have been told. Not only is the concept and storyline outstandingly good but the characters written to go along with it really are what makes these books so out of this world.




Thanks Alison for this great post :)