Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful CreaturesVerdict:
Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publish Date: 3 January 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 576
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal, romance
Series Number: Caster Chronicles #1
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

I had known of Beautiful Creatures for a long time before I read the book. Although, when I say I had known about the book, all I really mean is that I recognised the title and the book’s cover design. The novel had never interested me because by ‘creatures’ I thought they literally meant animals and so I had never gathered any motivation to read it. However, hearing that it was being adapted for the screen and learning a general sense of the plot, I must admit that my interest towards Beautiful Creatures did perk up a bit. Continue reading

Review: ARGO by Antonio Mendez

ARGOVerdict:
Title: ARGO
Author: Antonio Mendez
Publish Date: 25 October 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 320
Genre: spy, thriller, non-fiction, true crime, politics
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

Me and spy stories never usually mix. I always expect a complicated plot which is focused on action, i.e. not my kind of genre. Thus: I try to stay as far away from them as possible, for example, I have never seen a 007 film in all my life. Continue reading

Review: Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and The Stories They Tell by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

anatomiesVerdict:
Title: Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and The Stories They Tell
Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publish Date: 7 February 2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 320
Genre: non-fiction, Physiology, science, nature
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

I was excited at first to read Hugh Aldersey-Williams’ take on the human body, in Anatomies, because I was interested in learning about how ideas of the body have developed our culture. For example, how the heart has become the love symbol and how we see it on such things as Milton Glaser’s ‘New York I Love You’. Continue reading

Review: The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet by Marrisa Meyer

scarletVerdict:
Title: The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet
Author: Marrisa Meyer
Publish Date: 7 February 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 464
Genre: YA, Dystopia, fantasy, fairy-tale
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles by newcomer Marissa Meyer. After finishing Cinder I was eagerly looking forward to reading Scarlet and I sure wasn’t disappointed. The funny thing is, before reading Cinder, I thought the Lunar stories were going to be completely separate from one another. Cinder would have her resolution in the first novel of the series, and then Little Red would come along with her own story. Gladly I was wrong about this! Continue reading

Review: The Draft – Stories from the Warwick MA in Writing by Various

the draftVerdict:
Title: The Draft – Stories from the Warwick MA in Writing
Author: Various
Publish Date: 1 May 2011
Publisher: Ball Bearing Press
Pages: 252
Genre: anthology, short stories
Source: NAWE, ARC

Twenty-seven writers bring together an extraordinary anthology, demonstrating that fantasy fiction can still be conceived by the imagination.

In this anthology holds a collection of twenty-seven short stories, with three hopefully being transformed into novels, from this years talented literates of the Writing MA at Warwick. The book has been blessed by the contributing writers; with their dilute curiosity and passion for the written word, they interpret to the reader hours of bitter-sweet joy. They have all began from distinctive backgrounds, from various places all across the world, and have paved fresh walks of life for themselves, culminating in dynamic inspiration for some of their stories. This gives us an insight into their heritage and their existence as they contemplate us as humans and our capabilities in this wondrous universe. Continue reading