Thursday, 24 March 2011

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Title: The Goddess Test
Series: Goddess Test #1
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teens
Publication Date: 19th April 2011
Pages: 293
Special Features:
ISBN: 9780373210268

Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails…

Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test is the current hype in the YA book world, which is what put me off reading the book. I requested this book on NetGallery and was fortunately accepted.

The only word I can and ever will be able to refer to this book as is…. WOW!!

Aimee Carter gives a unique and romantic spin onto Greek Mythology, a subject loved by many including me.
I was hooked to the book instantly and read it whenever possible, even in the middle of class if I could get away with it. I’m already having withdrawal symptoms.

What I loved about the book was that it didn’t just stick to the theme of Greek Mythology, but hit a number of  important issues, the main being mother and daughter relationships. For a number of years protagonist Kate Winter’s has been the main caregiver for her mum, since she was diagnosed with a sever form of cancer. The story begins as Kate drives her mother to her hometown Eden, Michigan in the hope that her mother will die in a place she loves, and straight away the heart wrenching emotion begins and I found myself almost instantly in tears for the two. From this point I knew it was going to be a pretty amazing book.

As the book goes on we are open to many more mysteries which conclude with some of the most un-expected outcomes, and I slightly began to despise the book for tricking me numerous amounts of times, playing with my mind almost. But it was this which made the book so amazing and loveable.

We as the reader are also introduced to an assortment of loveable characters:
Kate Winter’s, is a realistic protagonist, who is willing to fight for what she believes in, but also protects the one’s she loves. I saw parts of myself within Kate, and im sure this was the same for many other readers, she is most definitely a character I will never forget.
Another pretty awesome character is male protagonist Henry, who is portrayed as Greek God, Hades, God of the Underworld, and well to be honest it was the young and attractiveness of Henry that made it take me ages to realise the book was focused on the Gods. Henry is a character I could feel myself falling head over heals for, he’s sweet, sensitive and caring, almost the complete opposite to what you would expected Hades to be.
I would also mention other character’s but I know I would give the plot line away.

The book for me was too short, I could only wish it was longer and I hated myself as I slowly came to the end knowing I would have to wait almost a year for the second book in the series to come out.

This book has brought me back into my fasination for Greek Mythology and was instant searching through sites almost as soon as I ended the book.

All I can say to all you readers out there, this book is great, amazing and fascinating. Don’t let the Greek God theme put you off reading it, its still a romance to me.

I obviously give this book...

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

24 Hour Read-A-Thon


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This year I will be taking part in the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on the 9th APRIL 2011.
People in the UK are recommened to start at 1pm, but I will be starting earlier due to not wanting to be going to sleep at 1pm the next day, which i will have to do after spending 24hours reading.

I would like to ask for your help....

  • What books would you recommened for me to read which would keep me completely intrested in.
  • What books would you recommened which are light reads, or simple books.
  • What would you recommened me to do to keep intrested in my book.
On the 9th April i will be keeping you all updated by my blog, Twitter and maybe Goodreads. Also if I am able I may even make a video.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Book Review: Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Title: Lost Voices
Series: Lost Voices, book 1
Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's
Publication Date: 4th July 2011
Pages: 291
Special Features:
'Lost Voices is a story which could almost be compared to Peter Pan in some context. Luce the protagonist of the story who after her father death whilst out at sea, has been forced to live with her abusive Uncle for the past year. As thing began to get too bad Luce transformed into a mermaid and was welcomed into a tribe of other mermaids which is ruled by Catarina the best and most marvalous singer. But after Luce discovers that her fellow mermaids take joy out of sinking boats and drowning humans she discovers it to be her life ambition to change that.'
I had never read a mermaid book before, so was quite excited for Lost Voices. The synopsis instantly drew me in, and I can guarantee it really lived up to what I expected.

Lost Voice's is Sarah Porter's debut novel and the only word I can use to describe this is... WOW!!! Sarah Porter created such an amazing imaginative novel. She manages to turn a once innocent creature such as mermaids into quite dark and dangerous creatures of the sea.

The book created such an effect over me that I actually felt myself going into this other world, almost turning into a mermaid, something I have never experienced before.
Sarah Porter also has an amazing skill at creating depressive and heart-wrenching scenes, thanks mainly to her large selection of different vocab.
She also has an amazing ability to describe scenes, in her own unique way, where I can imagine every little bit, from the rock a few feet away to a simple bird flying overhead.
But I couldn't seem to fully get into the book until the end, it was a great book with an awesome and unique storyline, but there's something about the book that made me not want to read it.
What I loved most about this book had to be that despite it's quite dark moments it still managed to have some factor's of a teenage book directed towards the female audience, by the use of the tension between the female mermaids.

The characters were utterly fantastic.
Though honestly the main character Luce was a slight let down, to me it seemed as though she has two sides: one a lovable caring side and other an emotionless (sorry for my language) bitch, luckily the side i hate is one which is rarely present. Throughout the book Luce does change into a much stronger character, but the change unfortunately isn't over an amount of time, but suddenly happens.
One character I did love the personality of was Anais. Anais is the typical spoilt brat, but she was perfect for her part in the novel, a bit extreme at times but perfect still.

The book was amazing and I believe would be enjoyed by most, but as most of the characters are females this could potentially put off some of the male readers.
I give this book...

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Book Review: Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Title: Crash Into Me
Series: N/A
Author: Albert Borris
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: 6 th July 2010
Pages: 272
Special Features:

'Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.'

The Book At First Glance
I have never had a real first glance at Crash Into Me, seeing as far as I know it has been published in England. A friend lent me this book, believing I would enjoy it, as I have been looking for books with the theme of suicide for a while now.
The cover would definately draw me in though, along with the title. From the guy and girl on the cover I get the almost instant impression of a love story. But the title 'Crash Into Me' gives me the instant thought of car crash or something along the lines.

My Thoughts
Crash Into Me was an ok book, I believe there is nothing particulary special about it, except another unique storyline. It doesn't in anyway stand  out to me, and only now a few weeks later have I thought of the book again after being reminded by a friend to  post a review.

What annoyed me the most about this book is the no chapters. Chapters for me is a guideline of where to stop, even though there was obvious stop points, it annoyed me to hell and back.
Another thing that I didn't like about ths book is how lightly the theme of suicide was put across. Suicide for me is an issue that effects me, knowing people who have before wanted to commit suicide or tried to self-harm there is nothing worse than reading a book you don't agree with. I believe only a few authors will be able to fully get away with putting the story right, most of those authors will also be people who have seen someone live like this. Throughout the whole of the book there was something about it that annoyed me, did they have proper reasons for these attempts... in my opnion no, and I believe the story could of been made better by having better storylines for each character.
On the otherhand the author I will give the author credit for potentially preventing some people from commiting suicide. He puts throughout the story signs to the reader saying there is much more to live for than what you may believe, I believe this could of helped at least one person from a hard time.

A thing I enjoyed about this book was the facts, the book is fully of information about famous people of the past who have commited suicide, some like Marilyn Monroe I didn't actually know about.
Also another enjoyed and if I may say so myself the lists the author adds in... for example: 10ways to kill yourself or 10 best songs to commit suicide to, which I would say some of the ways to kill yourself were quite humourous.

The Characters:
I can't really go into full depth on the characters because I have slightly forgotton.
The main character Owen almost perfectly portrays someone in his posion, and is a very believable character.

I would recommend this book to mainly males... to me it seems more like a book aimed to the male audience.

This being Albert Borris's first debet novel, I will say it was pretty good, but in my eyes it only is worth...


Monday, 7 March 2011

New Page!!!

I have made a page dedicated to my writing.. if you wish to check it out then please click on the option on the menu bar, or because I'm nice FOLLOW THIS LINK

Sunday, 6 March 2011

So...What Happened This Week On Once Upon A Book Nerd...

Honestly not much has happened bookwise this week, and probably won't for a while now. I found out all my work has to be done and in, in 5weeks time or I will fail the majority of my courses at school, so been doing alot of that. Also I have had Science tests which I know I have probably failed so badly.

Finished reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Finished reading Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Also posted a post: Must Read Books... Do They Exist?? and also Paperback Vs Hardback

Hopefully next week I will get around to posting my reviews and get through a few more books :D

Friday, 4 March 2011

Book Discussion: Must Read Books... Do They Exist??

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Must Read Books... Do They Exist??

The other day, when browsing videos on YouTube, I came across one video that kinda annoyed me. It was a BookShelf tour, of a YA Video Book Reviwer. Obviously they were showing all the books they own and they came across the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices (two different series) by Cassandra Clare and it was the comment they made which angered me :' These are both must read series and if you don't read them, then well your just not a YA book lover' (<-- Not exact quote). This comment made me wonder, can you possibly be defined as not a classified book lover if you haven't read this series, because if so then I'm the furthest thing away from a book lover. I have nothing against Cassandra Clare nor her writing but I have multiple times attempted reading the first book in her Mortal Instruments Series: City Of Bones, to the point where I can't even look at the book anymore. It just doesn't intrest me in the slightest.
Isn't in the end reading a book and being a book lover about reading what you wanna read about, instead of what other people say you have to read. Isn't reading about choices and freedom, a form of escapism, something I never felt when reading City of Bones.
I class myself as a book lower, despite if I haven't read Mortal Instruments, nor a classic etc...

But onto the main point of this book Discussion is there really must read books out there.
Well I guess obviously there is books which people will class as must read due to how amazingly fantastic they are... but is there really books out there that you must read to be able to be defined as something in life...

What do you think?
And what books would you class as must read?

Book Discussion: Paperback Vs Hardback

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The ever lasting battle in the book world: Paperback Vs Hardback, finally hits my blog.

I believe everyone has a preferred choice, and ocassionally them choices will change.
At the beginning of my reading obsession, I almost refused to even look at a hardback book, they were uncomfy for me to read and looked much more intimidating them Paperback books. But now I am actually torn and if I had to pick I would more than likely pick Hardbacks.

So here are my pro's and con's of both.

  • Comfier to read.
  • Cheaper
  • Fits in your hand better.
  • Ocassionally have better covers.
  • Later release date for most books
  • Spine bends depending on the paperback type, for example American paperback don't tend to get a damaged spine.
  • Easier to damage, for example: accidently creasing the front cover.
  • More likely to have small (to the extreme) writing size.
  • Look better on bookshelf.
  • Spine doesn't bend
  • Less likely to get damaged.
  • Released first.
  • Expensive (Like so OTT!!)
  • Uncomfy
Also what I have never understood fully about Hardbacks is the Dustcover, it's there to protect the book but I would much rather the dustcover look nice compared to the actually hard cover, escpecially because most 'proper' cover's of a hardback book don't have the book cover design on it.