Friday, 20 January 2012

Fluffy Review - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 4th January 2011
Genre: Young Adult

Unearthly is the story of Clara who has just found out that she a part angel and is learning what this means for her. What her duty is to be. Clara is a great character that is so easy to like, even though she is part angel she is still just a normal teenage girl. The boys in the book, Christian and Tucker, are great and it is so hard to to be rooting for just one of them. The whole triangle with them is so well written. It was a refreshing change to have the relationships develop over time rather than the I have seen him, I love him that is frequent in a lot of YA novels.

This book was so easy to read and I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the beginning and was sad when it ended. This is most definitely a favourite in the selection of angel themed YA books around at the moment.

Unearthly is a wonderful read and a great start to a new series. The sequel Hallowed is out now and while I am hoping for the answers to some of my questions in there I am also hoping for a book 3 too.

2012 Debut Author Challenge

I have just signed on to the 2012 Debut Author Challenge that is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. This is a great challenge that promotes first time YA and middle grade authors. I read some debuts last year and they were wonderful and I am sure that this years selection will not disappoint.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Fluffy Review - Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: 29th November 2011
Genre: Young Adult

I was very lucky to be at SDCC when Marie Lu was there promoting Legend last July and even luckier to get a signed ARC of the book to read. After hearing about the book I was pretty excited to get to read it and I was not disappointed.

I have only just started reading dystopian novels as prior to The Hunger Games and Legend I just didn't think they were for me. After reading Legend I think I am converted, and I am really hoping for a sequel and soon.

Legend is told from 2 alternating points of view. The first being Day, a teenage boy who is the Republic's most wanted criminal. Fighting for his and his family's survival on a daily basis. The second being June, the prodigy from an elite, wealthy family who seems to have everything going for her.

After her brother Metias is killed June is hired to work for the Republic in his place and track down his killer, Day. While I found that someone so young could be a little unbelievable in this role I was able to buy into it. This is a dystopian novel, set over 100 years in the future. Just because that wouldn't happen now does not mean it is totally unbelievable. I enjoyed how the story played out and the twists and turns. The story was fast paced and didn't hang around.

I was hoping to learn more about the Republic and how it came about and also more about what is happening with the Colonies but hopefully this will be explained more in a sequel for 3.

If you enjoy dystopian novels I think that you will enjoy this one and if you are new to dystopian novels like I was I think this would be a great introduction for you.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Purity by Jackson Pearce Cover

Jackson Pearce has released the cover of her new novel Purity. I can't wait to read it. Check out the synopsis and cover below.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby’s father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives — in other words, no “bad behavior,” no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision — to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

Check out the original post over on Jackson's blog here

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Fluffy Review - Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
Release Date: 15th February 2011
Genre: Young Adult

Angelfire is the story of Ellie a regular teenager till she starts having visions and strange dreams. One night she hears strange noises and finds out about reapers, supernatural creatures her to kill and cause pain and destruction. After this she meets Will who seems to know who she is even though she has no memory of him. He is her Guardian Angel and she is the Preliator.

The Preliator is a very powerful warrior who has the skill and ability to kill the reapers that end up in our world to cause harm. She is an immortal that is reborn time and time again into a mortal body. Ellie has discovered her powers and her destiny but still has a lot to learn about who she is and was.

Angelfire is a fast paced novel with lots of action and great fight scenes. I couldn't put this book down and was sad to get to the end of the book. I was left wanting more and have unanswered questions which I hope I will get some answers to in the sequel.

Book Trailer: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Check out the book trailer for Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. Hallowed is the sequel to Unearthly which I loved and I will have a review up soon. Enjoy!

The Fluffy Unicorn Bookshelf is Back!

The Fluffy Unicorn Bookshelf is back! 2011 was a very busy year for me and unfortunately I did not have a lot of time to read and update. I have missed this blog and having my own little part of the Internet. Now I have more time I am able to dedicate some time to updating and I hope that if you read in the past you will continue to read now.