Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Farm by Emily McKay

Title:  The Farm
Author:  Emily McKay
Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian/
Publisher:  Penguin Australia
Publication Date:  21st November 2012
ISBN:  9781405909259
Stand alone or series:   Stand Alone??
Pages:  424 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin (Publisher)
First Lines:  Sometimes you just want to let the bad guys win.

For Lily and her twin sister, Mel, there is only the Farm . . .

It's a prison, a blood bank, a death camp - where fear and paranoia rule. But it's also home, of sorts. Because beyond the electric fence awaits a fate much, much worse.

But Lily has a plan.

She and Mel are going to escape - into the ravaged land outside, a place of freedom and chaos and horrors. Except Lily hasn't reckoned on two things: first, her sister's ability to control the horrors; and, secondly, on those out there who desperately want to find and control Mel.

Mel's growing power might save the world, or utterly end it. But only Lily can protect Mel from what is to come . . .

My Thoughts:
I'm not sure whether this one will have a sequel or not but after the ending that we are left with.  I sure hope it does.

The story follows two girls Lily and her autistic twin Mel who are doing their best to survive and escape The Farm.  What I like about this to begin with is that we have three POV's happening.  Lily, Mel and Carter, a boy who shows up on the farm that the girls new from The Before who may not be as genuine as he tries to make out.

I must say I really enjoyed reading the short chapters from Mel's POV.  She's so switched on with what's happening but just doesn't know how to communicate with Lily her overprotective sister.

And I have to point this out, because the synopsis does NOT mention this word at all when summing up the story.  There are vampires.  Two types.  The ticks which are animalistic, hairy, scary vampires that hang outside the farm and the other which could pass for normal people apart from the cold, predatory nature they  portray.  Which now that I think about, are worse than the ticks.  

For those of you that have had enough of the vampire genre, I suggest you give this a try.  Its a different take on the whole vampire scene and one I think you'd find worthwhile.  I just hope that we get to see a second book to find out what happens next!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In My Mailbox (124)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (125)

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

This weeks pick is called Wasteland by Susan Kim, released 26th March 2013. Just a note that this is book one in a trilogy!  What do you all think?


Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disesase and brutal attacks by the Variants—hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MBOB: World War Z Trailer

Hopefully I finally have a legit version of this now. It looks awesome!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

MBOB: The Mortal Instruments Trailer

I haven't yet read these books (Yes I know.. I'm slack) but I am really loving this movie trailer and had to share it with you.  City of Bones looks awesome!

Friday, November 16, 2012

MBOB: Warm Bodies Trailer

I came across this on another blog and couldn't believe I hadn't read the book already. But here is the trailer to the movie coming out in 2013.  I'm definitely going to see this one!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (123)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:
The Skeleton Key by Tara Moss (Pandora English book 3)

Thanks to Pan Macmillan.

I have to admit, I hate reading things out of sequence but I think I will attempt it with this book!


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Title:  Bitter Blood
Author:  Rachel Caine
Genre:  Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin Australia
Publication Date:  24th October 2012
ISBN:  9781921880186
Stand alone or series:   Morganville Vampires #13
Pages:  540 
Book Received from:  Publisher (Penguin)
First Lines:  Claire Danvers was in a really bad mood, and getting nearly arrested didn't improve it.

Possible Spoilers if you haven't read the previous books!

Synopsis:The brand-new Morganville Vampires novel from bestselling author Rachel Caine . . .
 Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.
To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

My Thoughts:
This is the one series I think I could just read forever!

I'm completely loving the multiple view points that Rachel has going in the Morganville Vampires series.  This time we have Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, and glimpses of Myrnin, Amelie and Oliver.  I don't know where to start!  I especially loved reading Myrnin's POV since I think he's got to be my favourite character.

Without revealing too much, Morganville is in a bit of a pickle.  Amelie and Oliver promised that the rules of Morganville will change but unfortunately it's not for the better.  It's gotten alot worse and smack bang in the middle are Clare, Shane, Eve and Michael.  Not a good place to be.

There is so much that I want to talk about but I'm worried I will spoil things for everyone else.  All I can say is that both relationships face another really hard obstacle.  There are quite a few OMG did he just do that!  moments as well as some characters whose actions are not at all surprising but I must say that the ending is not something I would have thought would happen.

If you've read the previous books this is one you do not want to miss!  Rachel continues to bring out the best and worst in Morganville and wraps it all up with loads of action and life changing choices.  I'm rather shocked at the ending of this one and am already itching to get a hold of the next book.  Keep a look out for Fall of Night, book 14 in the Morganville Vampire series, which will be expected around May next year.  And just so you all know, there is a book 15.  Yay!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (124)

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

I'm really looking forward to Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans.  For starters it's a strange book title to begin with for the first book in the Memory Chronicles because it makes me think there is a book before it ... but there isn't.  This book will be out in January 2013.

In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
 Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
 Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
 Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

What are you waiting on?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (122)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:

Echo by Alyson Noel (The Soul Seekers #2)



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