Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review #24

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next. (from goodreads)

Where back in Richelle Mead's world of Moroi, Dhampirs & Alchmist's, this time around it is more focused on Sydney & Adrian rather than Jill & the Vampire Hunters. As Sydney struggles with the fact that she has magical powers, Marcus Finch who is a rouge Alchemist & her feelings towards Adrian.

With an out-of-control Witch in Palm Springs & the revelation from Marcus that the people who she trusts, don't necessarily say the truth or trust her, Sydney faces more than she could have imagined taking on this post in Palm Springs. Jill, Eddie & Angeline are still apart of the story line, however, this time around it is more focused on Sydney who struggles with the beliefs of the Alchmist's & whether or not what they have been telling her all her life is the truth, her feelings towards Adrian & towards magic.

Adrian is always there for Sydney, he helps protect her & help her with what she is dealing with. He does get jealous feelings about Marcus & how much time that he & Sydney spent together, planning things that would get her thrown into a re-education centre. 

Marcus wasn't a very likable character, he does what he has to to protect those who no longer see the ways that other Alchmist's do. Sydney becomes a different person, with a strong change in the way she thinks and how she reacts to news that could put herself in danger. As well with accepting that what she feels won't go away. Adrian... what can I say some of the scenes make you swoon & others you think why the hell are you doing that? But still he is Adrian.

The Indigo Spell leaves you hanging & wanting more of Richelle Mead, Sydney & Adrian, especially with the ending!

Rating: 5/5

Keely x

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review #23

Hooked by Liz Fichera

When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile... 


Fred has spent the summer at the golfing range at the local country club where her father works. This Native American girl at school is shy, hanging out with her friends from the reservation, but when given the opportunity to play on the schools golf team she has a chance of a scholarship, heading of to college, becoming something more than a girl from the reservation.

However, everything comes with a consequence. Fred's spot on the team didn't come for free, she has to overcome the fact the team doesn't want her there because she took the place of one of their own. Fichera doesn't shy away from the sexist & racism that happens to Fred, her team mates are white, rich & think that they are entitled to be on the team because of that. The team captain Ryan has these views on Fred when she joins the team taking his best friends spot. 

Fred is such a resilient character who uses golf to overcome the problems that she faces with the team, her family & culture. Despite the culture differences between Fred & Ryan they connect through golf, once Ryan sees how good of a player Fred is, it allows the readers to see that even cultural differences between two people they can connect through something common. Ryan at first wasn't a very likable character with the way he treated Fred, however, he does become a character that you can enjoy & understand his own issues.

Hooked is a book for those who love Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker. Hooked is a sport & romance YA contempory which shows you that there is more to the colour of someones skin & gender.

Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Harlequin Teen & Net Galley for the e-arc.

Keely x

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm Moving

Hey everyone! I'm moving in two days so that is why my blog has been lacking posts this year. I hope to be back blogging some more once I get settled in & start some of uni classes. I have some arc reviews from net galley to go up & hopefully will review some of the books I've been reading! I don't know how but I've read around 45 books already this year? So anyway guys I should hopefully be back into blogging in a few weeks.
Keely x