• Linger

    Linger – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 13 July 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) blurb: It took me forever to read this book.  So long in fact that I finished three other books while reading this.  Not to say that this book wasn’t engaging — it was.  But there’s something about Maggie’s writing that you can’t rush.  It’s like wading through poetry — you just want to float along in it like a downstream river on a sunny afternoon while your friends and family…

  • Shiver

    Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 1 August 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) blurb: And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me—nothing anywhere but Grace and me—she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands. the cold. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar…

  • Book review: Marked for the Hunt

    Marked for the Hunt – Leah Chiasson

    Release date: 18 December 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Marked for the Hunt (Diana Warren, #1) blurb: After witnessing her father’s murder, Diana Warren chose the life of a lone female Faoladh, werewolf, and promised herself that she would never go back to Wolf’s Head. Nearly eight years later she finds herself on a plane back home to attend her grandfather’s funeral. Diana doesn’t realize that she is heading into the middle of a werewolf civil war, each side led by the very people who betrayed her…

  • Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 2 January 2007 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) blurb: Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies… Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is…

  • The Raven Boys

    The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 3 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Normally when I write a book review I wait until I have read the entire book before I start, but there was something about this book that I had to start putting my thoughts down around a third of the way in. Stiefvater’s writing is magical.  It has this lilting prose feeling about it that sweeps you away into the story, but at the same time you find yourself admiring the gust of wind that you’ve been…

  • Comfort books

    So, when I’m not feeling well I tend to throw out whatever new release ‘to be read’ pile I have accumulated and there is a handful of books that I always fall back on.  They either invoke a feeling of comfort, or they remind me of a good time from my past (which is basically the same thing as invoking comfort…). I wouldn’t call it a long or a short list – kind of medium sized and just right to ensure there is always a book that the mood calls…

  • Shadow Study

    Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: December 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shadow Study (Study series #4; Soulfinder series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #7) blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler.  But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands – and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and…

  • Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

    Release date: 27 September 2011 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DOSAB trilogy #1) blurb: ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  COME. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it.  Karou read the message.  “He never says please”, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance.  On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other,…

  • The Rook

    The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

    Release date: 11 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Rook (Checquy Files #1) blurb: “Dear you, the body you are wearing used to be mine” A woman awakens in a London park, dripping wet and surrounded by corpses wearing latex gloves.  In her pocket is a letter from her previous self: Rook Thomas, a superpowered operative in Britain’s most secret of secret agencies. And then someone tries to kill her.  Again. I remember the trip to the book store where I was recommended this book.…

  • Undead series – MaryJanice Davidson

    Release date (book 1): 2 March 2004 Rating: ★★★★★★ – 6/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (book 1) Undead and Unwed (Undead book 1) blurb: Betsy Taylor has just woken up in the morgue to discover she’s a vampire.  On the plus side, being undead sure beats the alternative.  She now has superhuman strength and an unnatural effect on the opposite sex.  What Betsy can’t handle is her new liquid diet… And whilst her mother is relieved to find out that being dead doesn’t mean Betsy can’t visit, her new ‘night-time’ friends have…