Tuesday, 31 August 2010

End of day 1:

That ends day 1 of blogging, starting to get the hang of things now and looked at some fantastic profiles - I can only hope mine will be that good one day!  Looking forward to all the books coming out soon and will post some more reviews here in the next few days.

Nat

Stolen - Lucy Christopher



Author: Lucy Christopher
Date of release: 4 May 2009
Number of pages: 320
Publisher: Chicken House
Also by this author: Flyaway

Book Girl Rating: * * * * *


It happened like this.  I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. A letter from nowhere.               

I bought this book last year sometime and it wasn't until the day before yesterday I pulled it off the bookshelf to read.  Sadly, it had been sat in a large pile of books I had planned to read but hadn't gotten round to yet!  Why I didn't read it sooner, I don't know, because the second I turned the first page - I was hooked.  Completely and totally hooked.  The book is about Gemma, a 16 year old from England who is kidnapped in Bangkok Airport and taken to the deserts of Australia.  Stolen is written in the form of a retrospective letter to her kidnapper. Her captor, who is instantly different from the stereotypical abductor, is Ty, gorgeous, tanned and young with attractive blue eyes. It doesn't add up. Drugged and taken from everything she knows and loves, to an alien environment - Ty wants her to love him and stay with him. She doesn't know where she is. But Ty is different, despite the kidnap, he can seem kind and loving, especially to the desert and environment and to Gemma, but he's also terrifying and can be fierce..  Ty has a story of his own..one that involves Gemma more than she knows..

Firstly, this book was great simply because it provided a refreshing change from the paranormal, supernatural romances I have read recently. Its true-to-life plot was realistic and as a reader, easier to imagine happening; as it actually could!  Lucy Christopher's hypnotic, witty prose is easy to relate to and provides a powerful, emotionally binding thrill ride about kidnap, love, loss and survival.  I agree with other reviewers, in that at first I hated Ty, I was so angry at what he did, how he tricked her and took her away.  But over the pages I began to feel something for him, a kind of appreciation for his ways, how he could be caring, that he was simply misunderstood.  I wanted it to end well for him, for them both.  He loved her and just wanted her to love him.

The landscape almost acts as a third character in this story, its rugged wildness and underestimated beauty highlighted throughout through Ty's passionate connection to the land.  The character of Gemma is also great.  She seems to be profoundly strong and determined despite the fact she's been kidnapped and taken away from everything familiar.  It really is a story about love and the relationship between a confused young man and a lost young girl, emphasised by the arid desert and a connection..somewhere in the middle of nowhere...

It may be worth mentioning that this book did scare me, but in the best possible way, it also broke my heart. I really enjoyed it that much. It made me laugh and cry. The second person perspective is captivating and entrancing and holds you. I read the whole thing in one night and day, it is un-putdownable. The plot is aimed at teens but the more mature end, as it is quite contraversial in that the kidnap and surrounding bits are quite explicit in parts, but thoroughly worth every minute of reading time.  As a reader you realise the hidden depths of the book, and the underlying theme of 'Stockholm Syndrome' is throughout.  I even began to feel like I thought Gemma would, ending in a fair amount of tears shed and contemplation long after I had closed the book..

I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, it was clever, and the book deserves a full five stars for every aspect.  Undoubtedly one of the best books I have read, a book I am sure I will treasure for many years to come.  All I can say is thank you to a wonderful author - whose words captivated me from start to finish.
Buy or borrow this book, it is worth the time, the money and the effort to read it - without a single doubt.

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Hiya

This is my new blog, mostly about books, a bit of music and real life.  Hopefully this will be another interesting and exciting dimension to my reading life and will help me to meet fellow readers who are just as obsessed with books as I am!

Best wishes

Nat

The Immortals Series: Evermore (Book 1)

Author: Alyson Noel
Date of release: 18 September 2009
Number of pages: 384
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Also by this author: Blue Moon, The Shadowland, Dark Flame (as part of the Immortals Series), Cruel Summer, Kiss and Blog.  Coming soon: Radiance, Night Star (Immortals series).

Book Girl Rating: * * * *


Seventeen-year-old Ever is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her entire family. Living with her aunt in Southern California, she's plagued by the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, and haunted by the ghost of her little sister. She tries to tune everyone out, shunning her old lifestyle as the pretty, popular cheerleader, but somehow she can't hide from Damen, the new guy at school. Stunningly handsome, clever and not a little bit intimidating, there's something about him that doesn't quite add up. Ever realises he's hiding something, but nothing could prepare her for the truth - especially when the truth involves past lives, murderous enemies, everlasting love and the secret of eternal youth . .(Synopsis taken from Amazon.co.uk)

Ever Bloom is a withdrawn teenager with secrets.. Ever since her family were killed in a tragic car accident, Ever has been able to see auras - colourful depictions of a person's character -something no-one else can see.  She can also hear other people's thoughts through touch, oh yeah, and she speaks to her dead sister on a regular basis.  Her once, normal, popular cheerleader-life has been turned upside down by this tragic event and the stranger consequences that followed.  Ever goes to live with her aunt in Laguna Beach, miles away from home.  She shies away from many people and instead chooses to befriend the quiet, less popular members of the school.  Terrified by her ability to hear thoughts, she refuses to touch anyone and is convinced the accident was her fault...

Then she meets him.  Damen.  The beautiful, stunning, gorgeous boy at school.  He intrigues everyone, every girl, every guy.. but it seems he only has eyes for Ever..such familiar eyes.. as Damen and Ever grow closer, that spark, that fire that grows between them..he's mysterious, he disappears, something about him doesn't add up, but Ever can't quite place it.  One thing is clear, that Ever's world is about to change in a big way..and Damen's world is nothing like you've seen before...

I began reading this book in 2009 and have subsequently read it about five times now.  Two words: it's amazing!  Until Twilight, I wasn't much of a paranormal/supernatural romance fan, and have since branched out.  But this is something different.  Not that it doesn't bear similarities to Twilight, because it does, but it carves a genre out for itself in that it strays away from a vampire or creature based idea..and into the idea of immortality itself without the 'monster' influence.  The writing is in first person narrative, which gives it extra poignancy as your experiences are those of the protagonist herself.  I found the writing extremely beautiful and intriguing. Well worth a read and definitely one of those `I'll fall asleep before I put you down books'.  Ever and Damen's story is captivating and heartbreaking simultaneously.  Recommended!

Hi there

This is my first time blogging..so here goes..
I'm Nat, or Book Girl, I'm 21..and a big reader!  I hope to post some reviews and things here soon..

I do tend to read YA fiction with some classics and adult books too.  I'm a music fan and will try and post some reviews here too.

Hopefully this will open my world up to a whole new selection of books and music!

Nat