Review: Wherwolves

Title: Wherewolves
Author: John Vamvas and Olga Montes
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: YA, Horror, Thriller.
Release Date: February 17th 2013
Pages: 304
Where Acquired:

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– Best Book Price: £8.02 Kindle Price: £2.05 (as of when posted) 

UK Cover: 

Goodreads Description: 
Using a fun, explosive style, full of new slang and fresh dialogue, WHEREWOLVES is the story of a group of high school seniors, most “military brats”, who are headed for an army-type survival weekend.

The underdogs, Jeffrey and Doris, do not want to go as they fear for their safety among the disdain and cruelty of the popular students. Sergeant Tim O’Sullivan, their teacher, as well as their dysfunctional parents pressure them into going, but it is an unforgivable act by their peers that propels the pair to go. Likewise, Elie, a student resented because of his Arab roots, is even more determined to prove himself this weekend. In the background, a news report cautions of a wanted couple with alleged super-human strength supposedly brought on by a new drug on the streets.

In the woods, the students hike, hunt, camp, and soon act in unity as the forest brings them closer together. But does it? O’Sullivan leaves them alone for the night. The students bond, chant, tell campfire tales, and quickly lose their fears and inhibitions. HOO-AH! Though sexual tensions are high, it soon turns to violence and everything quickly turns sour.

When the kids start disappearing one after the other, the remaining begin to unwittingly “act like the natives” carving spears, ready to face whatever is out there. What has gotten into them?

Amid the blood-curdling growls and the gruesome deaths, the story’s underlying layers are revealed. We see how misconceptions, prejudice, greed, fear, and hatred bring out the worst and best in them.

What is out there? Can it really be werewolves

My Review: 
This book is thrilling and fast paced, the type that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time you are immersed in the novel. I loved the theme of army children and the way that this book reveals some very real problems that these children face in real life every day. It was nice to have a cast of characters where everyone has faults and no one is perfect, this is a very rare thing to come across in the world of books. This novel is very down to earth and realistic and I believe that this is what makes the book so spectacular and believable when the more paranormal elements kick in. There are so many twists to the plot that you never get bored and I have to say that the ending was one of the most thought through and realistic of any horror I have ever read, and one of my favourites. My only down point is that the novel is rather slow to begin and once the action kicks in, it ends too fast, but this only adds to the suspense and build up to that spectacular ending!

Today, Instead of quotes – why not check out an excerpt of the book?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List 
This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share The Top Ten of The Given Subject.

Our Bookish Bucket List

1. Work in a library.
2. Catch up with the books I own but haven’t read.
3. Become a more successful, well known book blogger.
4. Have my own library for all of my books, box sets and DVD’s .
5. Read the Eragon series.
6. Keep up to date and buy every new Rick Riordan book that is released until he retires.
7.  Try to use my kindle more to save on storage space.
8.  Inspire any future children to be bookish instead of just playing computer games.
9. To make many bookish blogger friends.
10. Actualy give up on a book I am not enjoying instead of reading it anyway and boring myself.

Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Books On Our Spring TBR Pile
This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share The Top Ten of The Given Subject.

Top Ten Books On Our Spring TBR Pile

1. Allegiant – Veronica Roth


2. Daylighters – Rachel Caine


3. Endure – Carrie Jones

4. The Selection – Kiera Cass


5. City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

6. City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare


7. The Iron King – Julie Kagawa


8. Goddess of light – P.C. Cast


9. Shadow Of Night – Deborah Harkness


10. Throne Of Glass – Sarah. J. Maas


Author Interview: Cat Patrick

Author: Cat Patrick

Author Picture:

3 Other Books By Author: Revived, The Originals, Just Like Fate

Book In Question: Forgotten

Book Cover:

My Rating:

Goodreads Description:
With the intrigue of “Memento” and the romance of “The Time-Traveller’s Wife”, “Forgotten” is the perfect YA novel.

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that’s left is a note telling her about a day she can’t remember. The whole scenario doesn’t exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can’t seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can’t make sense of, she realizes it’s time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if’s in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.


1.What inspired you to write Forgotten?

I was doing something in my kitchen and I forgot what I was doing–my daughters were five months old at the time so I was sleep deprived. I thought of amnesia, and how awful it would be. Then I considered what would happen if you remembered forward instead of backward…the idea for FORGOTTEN was born.

2. Have you got any other books planned for the future?

Yes, tons! My next book, REVIVED, comes out May 2012. It’s about a girl who’s part of a top secret government trial to test a drug that brings you back from the dead. I hope to come out with a new book every spring from now until my fingers don’t work anymore. 🙂

3. What was your favorite part of Forgotten and why?

I love the cemetery scene–it gives me chills every time I read it. I just love that revelation: the moment when everything clicks for London.

4. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

That’s incredibly difficult! I love to laugh, so maybe Ellen Degeneres. I also have a strange obsession with Alan Rickman, so maybe him. He’s pretty funny.

5. Who was your Favorite Character in Forgotten and why?

London, because I spent the most time with her, but I love all of them.

Note From Me: I conducted this interview through email in 2011 for my book review column in my school newsletter, but i thought i would post it up here too.

Review: Destined (Wings #4)

Title: Destined (Wings #4)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance.
Where Acquired: Amazon
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– Best Book Price: £2.88 Kindle Price: £3.59 (as of when posted)
UK Cover: 
There are 2 spectacular covers for this novel from elsewhere, and i can’t decide between them, so i will post them both for you.
A Cover From Elsewhere (German):
Goodreads Description:
Laurel lived happily as an ordinary girl – until she discovered that she was a faerie.

Since then her heart has been divided between the magic realm of Avalon and the human world. Between the boys she loves the most; caring David and wild Tamani. But now a powerful enemy threatens Avalon and unless the faerie world can win out, there may be no choices left…

Laurel faces the fight of her life to save everything and everyone she loves in this spell-binding faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger.

My Review: 
This is one of those series that i will remember forever. I was captivated from the start and finished the book in record time just to it’s enchanting hold. The characters grew so much and i loved how the majority of the novel was set in Avalon (I would love to go there! one of the best book worlds in my opinion.) The battle against the trolls was immense and well described and the climax of the war with Klea’s interference was spectacular. Klea is one very intelligent Villain, preferring tactics to brute strength, and this is what make her such an interesting character. I was entranced with Yuki’s role in the war and her attraction to Tamani made me furious! *SPOILER ALERT* I am so so so so so so glad Tamani ended up with Laurel as i have been team Tamani from the start, i was prepared to pick up the peaces and take him for myself if Laurel rejected him though 😛 The conclusion of the series was well developed and finished perfectly (unlike some novels i have reviewed on here, namely wolves of mercy falls and under the dome) with a nice conclusion to tell you how everyone got on after a heartfelt author’s note. I have never really been a big fan of David but that letter Aprilynne placed at the end was pure heart wrenching. This is one of the best series i have ever read, i honestly can’t find a fault with this final book. i don’t know why i left it so long before buying and reading this novel!
Quotes (lots today as this is one of my favorite series, i tried not to find any that ruin the plot too much though):

“I’m begging you, to come be with me.” And she pressed her mouth against his and murmured against his lips. “Forever.”

For a few seconds he didn’t respond.

Then a groan escaped his throat and he thrust his fingers in her hair, pulling her mouth back to his with a fierce hunger.”

 “I’ve loved you for a long time, ‘ she said. ‘But there was always something holding me back. Maybe it was that I was afraid of an emotion that was so consuming. It still frightens me,’ she admitted in a whisper.
Tamani chuckled. ‘If it makes you feel any better, it scares the daylights out of me on a regular basis.”

 “Anyone can pluck a flower…true strength is knowing how to give it life.”

 “I think I could have won state today. Apparently, you put a troll on my heels and I turn into a superstar.”


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Review: Firestorm (Weather Warden #5)

Title: Firestorm (Weather Warden #5)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Adult
Where Acquired: Christmas Present From My Great Uncle And His Family
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– Best Book Price: £4.78 Kindle Price: £4.68 (as of when posted)
UK Cover:
A Cover From Elsewhere (French): 
Goodreads Description:
Putting aside the personal chaos that has plagued her, rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin must rally the remnants of the Weather Warden corps against a double threat-the Djinn who have broken free from Warden control, and a cranky Mother Earth who’s about to unleash her full fury against the entire world.

My Review:
This book is the best so far in this series! lately i had been getting slightly bored of the plot but the whole end of the world, mother earth is killing us all thing was just fantastic! There was less Jo and David in this (although there were still many bittersweet moments that kept the romance element alive!) an more Jo saving the world. I loved Jo’s growth into a more maternal role with Imara (amazing name!) and was devastated at the choices she was forced to make! Jo has to be one of the bravest book heroines! It was a shame Jonathan died though as i was a big fan of his, but at least we had a little more Luke in this book! I loved it that Jo developed the fire power and i am excited to see her develop this is further novels. however right at the end she lost all of her memory, just as i was thinking that this series may become dull again after the apocalypse was solved. That should make the next book interesting, albeit frustrating….


“You’re dead,” I repeated. “So why are you in my dream?”
He raised the bill of his olive drab ball cap with one finger. ” Good question. Morbid, isn’t it?”
“Dreaming about dead people. Creepy. You ever see a therapist about that?”
“I’m not -” Even in dreams, I couldn’t win an argument. Even when he was dead.”

  “It’s written in our DNA somewhere: our children first, the rest of the world second.”


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Review: Grimm’s Fairy Stories

Title: Grimm’s Fairy Stories
Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Publisher: First Published in 1812 So This is Unknown.
Genres: Classic, Fantasy, Children.
Where Acquired: Amazon Kindle Store
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– Best Book Price: £8.48 Kindle Price: £0.00 (as of when posted) 


Goodreads Description:
For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

My Review: 
This book was wonderful as it was brilliant to see where all of the classic fairy tales we all know and love originally came from. Some of the tales were exciting, some a little boring and some just plain weird! Cinderella was the one that stood out the most to me as it was so different from the original! she falls into a well and goes to a magical land where bread can talk, and there is not once prince in sight! This book was entertaining and fun and worth a read if you have a kindle because it is free!


 “Mirror, mirror, here I stand. Who is the fairest in the land?”

“He who is too well off is always longing for something new.”

“One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.”


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