Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dystopian Novels


Popular genres in YA fiction come and go. We have seen epic fantasy with books such as Harry Potter and Vampire novels like Twilight. From Vampires came all sorts of different creature books such as werewolves to angel novels. As a book blogger I like to stay on top of what’s “hot” in the book world and a fairly recent trending genre in YA fiction which I am rapidly becoming obsessed with is dystopia. I was first introduced to this genre when I read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman a few years ago and recently fell back in love after reading The Hunger Games trilogy.

So what is dystopia? I found it hard to actually come up with a accurate definition since its such an open broad genre. Wikipedia states dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state by the government or a dictator. In my opinion it is like an alternative reality without the heavy fantasy which some people dislike. A society which includes an overbearing government where humans are repressed in many different aspects of their life such as marriage and appearance. The word "dystopia" is, in fact, the opposite of utopia. Since a utopia is an idealistically perfect society, then it follows that dystopia would be the opposite. In many dystopian novels the government are trying to maintain a “utopia” society and to stop any potential uprisings and usually failing in this.

What attracts me is the realism of many dystopian novels. Although they are not strictly books set in today’s society dealing with fairly normal teenage issues, people can still relate on a level which you just can’t do with fantasy novels. Maybe it’s the similarity to Communist society people experienced a few decades ago or the way dystopian novels make you think about your life and how the world we live in is run and is it really corrupt? Are we really products of a controlled repressive government? It also makes me think a lot about my own values and human nature and I think if a book can really make you think this hard then its done its job well.

My question to you guys is in your opinion what makes dystopia such a compelling genre to read?

Examples of YA dystopian novels which I would recommend include: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie, Wither by Lauren DeStefano and Across the Universe by Beth Revis.





Wednesday, 28 September 2011

TOP 10 TUESDAY-10 books I want to re-read



Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The broke and bookish today's topic is top 10 books I want to re-read.

1. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
2. Lord of the Rings The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
4. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling
5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Even though I just recently read it)
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8. Ravens Gate by Anthony Horowitz
9. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (Just because i haven't read it in ages)
10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeild

Comment on which books your itching to re read :)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Final of Best Book Love Triangle!

FINAL!!!!- 22nd september 

Peeta/Katniss/Gale (The Hunger games)                    VS.                  Logan/Aura/Zachary (Shade)
                            
                              
















THE WINNER IS LOGAN/AURA/ZACHARY !!

Waiting on Wednesday




Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week it is FEVER by LAUREN DESTEFANO.
This is the sequel to the amazing Wither which I enjoyed immensely. I cannot wait to read this book!
Release date (UK): February 21st 2011 


Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by thestorysiren.com where bloggers post new book releases they have received/purchased.
This week I have:
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Out For Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Phew! Got loads of great new books to read can't wait! Reviews coming soon!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sana's Top 10 books I feel as though everyone had read but me





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The broke and bookish. It's a great list and everyone is welcome to join in! This week's topic is the top 10 books I feel as though everyone has read but me:


1. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
4. Shade by Jeri-smith Ready
5. Fallen by Lauren Kate
6. The House of Night series by P.C Cast
7. One day by David Nicholls
8. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Semi- finals of Best Book Love triangle!

DAY 1- 19th september- WINNER
Peeta/Katniss/Gale ( The Hunger Games)          


DAY 2- 20th september - WINNER
Logan/Aura/Zach (Shift series)



Monday, 19 September 2011

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Perfect Chemistry is a typical boy meets girl story. Alex is a Mexican gang member from the rough side of town and Brittany is a typical rich girl living a sheltered life. They meet when Brittany nearly runs Alex over on the first day of school. Although the story was packed with clichés something about the intensity of the characters gripped me and I just couldn’t put this book down. You really grow to love each character as you learn more about them and how they may not be what they seem to be.
One of the main themes of the story is conforming to stereotypes. Brittany feels that she needs to be “perfect” and flawless just because of her background whereas Alex needs to tough to fit in with his gang. You soon realise when you read the book that without these stereotypes the two main characters actually have a lot in common with each other. Other issues concurred in the novel is the issue of race and disability. The Mexican Latino students did not mix with the white students in school it was unheard off which was one of the very many battles Alex and Brittany had to face. Brittany’s older sister suffers with a disability which affects Brittany quite badly.
Being a hopeless romantic I loved all the romance aspects of the book. I love the typical bad boy character and I’m pretty sure many people fell in love with Alex too.
Like I mentioned before one of the negative aspects of the book is that it was very cliché. At some points of the book I could guess what would happen next and was quite predictable.
Overall I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the read immensely and will definitely be reading the second and third instalment of this series soon!

September book releases












Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New Giveaway

We said once we reach 200 followers on twitter we will do a GIVEAWAY!
The prize will be one copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD.
But in order to win just tweet the following : Iam following @booksisterhood to #win a copy of #HarryPotter and the goblet of fire #DVD

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Round 2- Best book Love triangles

Day 1- 14th september


Gale/Katniss/Peeta  (The Hunger Games)-Winner!!!!


Day 2 - 15th September


Tucker/Clara/Christian (Unearthly)- Winner!!!


Day 3- 16th September


Erik/Zoey/Heath  (The House of Night)- Winner!!!               


Day 4- 17th September
 Logan/Aura/Zach (Shift series)- Winner!!!!



Vote on the poll! also include comments on why you picked your favourite love triangle! :)
remember voting is open from 12 pm to 12 pm the next day BST!

Monday, 12 September 2011

DAY 8- 12th September


Day 8- 12th September winner!!!
(The Shift series)    
Logan/ Aura/ Zach 

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sequels I am looking forward to read

These upcoming books I am absolutely dying to read:





         





























Day 7 - 11th of September

winner of Day 7


 Daniel/Luce/Cam
(Fallen series)              


Saturday, 10 September 2011

DAY 6 -10th september

The winner is Anthony/Rae/Marcus from Echoes!!

Friday, 9 September 2011

DAY 5-9TH September

Winner of day 5


           Erik/Zoey/Heath      The House of Night series

Thursday, 8 September 2011

DAY 4-8th September

The winner is Ky/Cassia/Xander from Matched!!!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

DAY 3-7th September

The Winner is Tucker/Clara/Christian from Unearthly :D

Remember to vote on our new poll!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Review- The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa






Warning: CONTAINS SPOILERS


Title: Iron Knight
Author:Julie Kagawa
Publisher:Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy
Rating: 5/5


Synopis:
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.



Review:
The first three books in the Iron fey series were from the female lead Point of View (Meghan).
Iron Knight focuses on Ash’s journey to become a mortal so he can be with his lady love The Iron Queen, I thought it made a exciting change to read the story from Ash’s P.o.v as a reader you really get to see the depth of the character, find out his hopes, dreams and desires.
The story also features Puck (Meghan’s best friend) and Ash’s sworn enemy, as the story progresses you really get to see the change in the relationship of the once former best friends.
Puck journey’s with Ash, alongside the clever feline Grimalkin, I absolutely love grimalkin I know he is a cat but he’s so cool ‘I am a cat,' purred Grimalkin." His infamous line! A wolf also joins them on this journey sent by Queen of the winter court to protect her son Ash, alongside a mysterious seer *spoiler*.  They journey to the end of the world so Ash can gain a soul and become a mortal and enter the Iron Kingdom without fear of dying , he has sworn to complete this journey no matter what difficulties lie ahead or the life changing decisions he has to make. This story has a lot of twists that kept me hooked throughout.
I loved seeing Ash’s character develop from the cold winter prince to a boy with strong emotions.
Julie Kagawa did a great job her description of the world; the creatures were vivid and really helped me envision the scene.
Ash’s journey is filled with all kinds of obstacles and it was a real adventurous read, taking the reader along a breath-taking ride.
After a long time I have read a YA book that has a proper adventure plot, this book didn’t disappoint at all. I’m glad the Iron Queen wasn’t the end of the series. Iron Knight lived up to all my expectations and has to be my favourite book of the series.
I was incredibly happy with the way it ended and I will miss reading about the wonderful world of the Iron Fey, but the ending was justified.
While reading the book I smiled, laughed, was shocked and squealed in excitement. A definite must read! I would recommend the Iron Fey series to everyone out there.


pre-order The Iron Knight (Harlequin Teen)

DAY 2- 6th September

ROUND 1



The winner is Jace/Clary/ Simon - The Mortal Instruments!!!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

DAY 1- 5th September



Round 1-winner!!!!
Gale/ Katniss/Peeta - The Hunger Games

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Review- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author:Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins/Teen
Release Date: 1st February 2011
Genre: young adult/Speculative fiction
Ratings: 5/5


There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure. Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable.


In the world of Delirium, love is slowly being eradicated. When people reach 18, to cure them of their amor deliria nervosa - love or, as they think of it, a disease they have to undergo a procedure. Their ability to feel deeply for anyone is removed, they're then matched with someone and live a happy, loveless life. And they think this is better.
For Lena Haloway, this way of thinking is all she knows. She's an orphan living with her aunt and uncle, and is counting down the days until her procedure cures her, leaving her free of the temptation to love, and taking care of the 
amor deliria nervosa that could, at any moment, pollute her mind. For Lena and her best friend Hana, this is all fine. It's the way of life, it's expected and it's right. Then with only 95 days left until Lena's procedure, she meets Alex. Alex, the boy responsible for Lena opening her eyes and realising that no, love isn't a disease and, no, it doesn't require a cure. The boy who infects her, consumes her, with amor deliria nervosa. Delirium has made me think so much that I don't know how I'll be able to switch off. I find the world Oliver created to be absolutely terrifying because, without the ability to love and be loved, what do we, as a society, have left? . If I lived in this version of Portland, where men patrolled daily looking for sympathisers and a fence kept me inside the city, I wouldn't survive. 

Lauren Oliver writes wonderfully, managing to really captivate the reader, near the ending my heart was  actually beating faster, and its a jaw dropping cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading Pandemonium. 
For fans of Dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Matched, This is a must read!


Click to buy Delirium: The Special Edition


Tournament- Best YA love triangles!


Tournament Best YA love triangles

We thought it would be rather interesting to do a tournament on the best love triangles in YA books! So here how it’s going to work:
Each day from 5th September onwards we will ask you to vote between 2 love triangles, you would have from 12pm BST ( British summer time) to 12pm the next day to vote for your favourite. Whoever wins on that day will proceed onto the next round.

Round 1

Day 1- 5th September 2011
Jacob/ Bella/ Edward vs. Gale/ Katniss/ Peeta
(The Twilight series)            (The Hunger Games)

Day 2- 6th September
Simon/Jace/Clary vs.   Puck/Meghan/Ash
(The Mortal Instruments)    (Iron fey series)

Day 3 – 7th September
Tucker/Clara/Christian vs. Gabriel/Rhine/Linden
(Unearthly)                           (Wither)

Day 4- 8th September
Ky/Cassia/Xander vs. Will/Tessa/Jem
(Matched)                       (The Infernal Devices)

Day 5 – 9th September
Erik/Zoey/Heath vs. Stefan/Katherine/Damon
(The House of Night)     (Vampire Diaries)

Day 6- 10th September
David/Laurel/Tamani vs. Anthony/Rae/Marcus
(Wings)                                (Echoes)

Day 7- 11th September
Daniel/Luce/Cam vs. Shay/Calla/Ren
(Fallen series)               (Nightshade)

Day 8- 12th September
(The Shift series)     (Wicked Lovely)
Logan/ Aura/ Zach  vs. Aislinn/Kennan/Seth

Saturday, 3 September 2011

In My Mailbox

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by thestorysiren where bloggers post new books they have bought/received.

This week I purchased:
Matched- Ally Condie
The Ice Man-Philip Carlo (Crime novel)
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray.

So far I have read A Great and Terrible Beauty which I really enjoyed. I am currently reading Matched. Review coming soon :D



Friday, 2 September 2011

Interview with TMISOURCE.COM

We got to interview the lovely Alyssa Barbieri from TMI_source.com! where you can find out the latest news on all things Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. If you haven't read The Mortal Instrument series yet by Cassandra Clare it is a must read! Here is the interview:


1. Why did you decide to create a fansite on the Mortal Instruments?

I decided to create The Mortal Instruments Source as a means to interact with other Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices fans. It was a way to keep up with news and share reactions with fans all across the world.


2. Was it hard getting your name out there and getting popular?

The one thing that The Mortal Instruments fandom is not is small. Once I began to interact with fans who ran other fan sites, I met new people and it just kind of grew from there. Having Cassandra Clare and Hollywood Crush post some of my stuff helped gain new followers and it's just grown from there. The Mortal Instruments fandom is probably the largest--and greatest--fan-base there is online and I'm proud to be a part of it.


3.  What appeals to you about the Mortal Instrument series? And who is your favourite character and why?

The Mortal Instruments is so appealing because it is set in the real world but with an after-dark feel. It's so enchanting to see this magical world right beside our own. But perhaps the most appealing thing about The Mortal Instruments are the characters. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job at creating characters that are not only believable but like certain people in everyone's life. There's that sarcastic hot guy, the loyal best friend, etc. Every character also has such an amazing story arc which really makes the reader care about what happens with the characters.
My favorite character? Now that's a toughie. I'd have to say it's a tie between Jace and Magnus. First off, how does one not love Jace? He's gorgeous, snarky and a little too cocky for his own good sometimes, but deep down he's damaged and trying to work through his problems and find middle ground, which is something everyone is in search of in their life. Then there's Magnus who is just so amazing is so many ways. He's eccentric and he defies normalcy in such a rockstar kind of way. He's different and he's not ashamed nor shy of it. That's the sort of confidence that I think everyone aspires to have.

4. Were you happy with the casting decisions for the movie?

I have to say that I am very pleased with the casting decisions thus far for the City of Bones movie. Lily Collins is the perfect actress to play Clary. Seeing her in Priest (red hair and all) and seeing her portray certain aspects of Clary was nice to see. My favorite thing about Lily is how well she understands Clary and how she has interacted with Mortal Instruments fans thus far in the movie-making process. She's a fan of the books, as are we, and it's great to see an up-and-coming actress get her big break on a series that she loves.

While Jamie Campbell Bower wasn't my first choice for Jace, I have to say that the casting decision grew quite quickly on me. Not only does he have that sexiness that Jace is known for but Jamie, in real life, is in most ways exactly like Jace. He's snarky and witty and carries himself with confidence. Plus, he has a thing for redheads (ahem, Bonnie Wright). Watching him in 
Camelot really showed me the versatility in his acting, especially in the finale. He was able to portray a variety of emotions within several scenes and it was beautiful. Hearing Cassandra Clare rave about his audition with Lily was like icing on the cake. I mean, who knows these characters better than her? 

5. Any advice for people out there looking to start up their own fan-site?

My advice for any fans looking to start a fansite would be to do it because it's fun. That's a big reason why I believe TMI Source has been successful. It's so easy to have fun while still informing fans of all the latest information.

6. Do we see a Infernal Devices fansite emerging any time soon?

I cover The Infernal Devices along with The Mortal Instruments. It's just easier to bring everything together on one website.

Check out TMI SOURCE at http://tmisource.com/

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Interview with hggirlonfire.com

Since the preview for The Hunger Games has been released we have been super excited for the film! We recently spoke with Shelia from hggirlonfire.com about her opinions on the series and her experiences starting up a website. Her advice is very useful, check it out below :D

1. What made you want to create a website based solely on the hunger games?

We ( Angie, Lindsay and myself) decided to create a Hunger Games fansite
after we all became obsessed with the series. When we learned that it was
going to be adapted into a movie, we got really excited and decided we
wanted to develop a website where fans of the books and movies could come
to get the most up to date Hunger Games news.


2. Did it take long to get your name out there and become popular?

It's definitely taken alot of work trying to get our name out there. I'm
still not sure we are all that popular (LOL), but we are just so happy
with the response we have received on our site
.

3. What is it about the Hunger games that appeals to you?

I really love the depth of the story. It didn't feel like your typical YA
novel. The books have these amazing characters that deal with some pretty
serious stuff but at the same time there's this amazing story , and you
just wanna keep reading it over and over.


4. Who is your Favorite hunger games character?

Aside from Katniss and Peeta of course, my other absolute favorite
character has to be Finnick. He starts out presenting himself one way,
then you begin to uncover the layers of his character and just fall in
love.


5. Any advice for people out there who want to start up their own fan-site?

I think that if you feel passionately about something and want to become
actively involved in the fan world, a fan site is a great way to do that.
It takes alot of work, dedication and hours online, but we have gotten to
know some amazing people and it makes it all worthwhile.


6. Were you happy with the casting decisions for the movie?

Overall yes, I was happy with the casting decisions. Although I will say
none of the actors cast was anyone I had envisioned, I trust Gary Ross and
Suzanne Collins and truly believe that they made their decisions based on
seeing the essence of the character in each of the actors in the film.


7. Finally tell us a little bit about how you plan and manage your site?
Is it hard work?

Running a fansite is definitely alot of work . We spend alot of time
scouring the internet for news, and do alot of brain storming to develop
original features for the site. However running a fansite with friends
makes it fun too. This way we all participate in the responsibilities of
running the site and when some particularly juicy Hunger Games news comes
out, we fan girl together before we gleefully post the news.

Check out the site here: http://www.hggirlonfire.com/
and check out the preview trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvyn86hObLw
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