JustPeachy's reading history

Cover imageFear Nothing

by Dean Koontz
Finished on May 14th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 4 out of 5
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Okay so for the most part this book is quite fast-paced and exciting but it does lack realism quite a bit. Yes I know Koontz is a sci-fi writer but monkeys taking over the world? That may have been taken things a little too far. I thought the main character of Christopher Snow was really original, I loved the whole XP thing. He was such a positive person even though he faced so much doom and gloom in his life. The plot was pretty cool too before the monkeys got involved. I feel like it was a brilliant book which just took a wrong turn somewhere along the way which made it laughably stupid at times. Maybe if he had said that they were escaped humans with a mutated virus or something? I don't know. I do realise that humans with mutated viruses are probably less of a threat to mainstream society than monkeys are in reality but it would have made the book better I'm convinced of it! Oh and the carefree attitude of the main characters got more than a little irritating, especially towards the end. Anyway it was pretty good but it could have been so much better...

Cover imageDark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1)

by J.R. Ward
Finished on May 3rd 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5
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Ooh, ooh what a find!! I've been constantly hearing about the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in all the paranormal forums and I have to say I was actually put off a little bit by how people loved it so much because I always find myself disappointed with a book when its recommended to me by loads of people. I suppose I shoot myself in the foot because I expect too much. However, this book lived up to all the hype and in a year when my reading pace has slowed incredibly due to work and whatnot, I finished this within a day or two. I adore Wrath, he is just this wonderfully complex character who deep down is just a big softie. Beth was very likable as the main female character and she kept her independence and strength throughout the book which made me like her more. I loved all the other brothers, even Zsadist who I think will mellow out in future books. The plotline was original and still is even though the vampire genre has expanded dramatically since this book was released in 2005. Ooh I have to give a mention to Butch, cute or what? Please let him remain in future books! I loved this and would rate it as definitely in the top ten of my favourite books, maybe even the top five but I'll wait to see what future books hold. Oh and I very nearly forgot to mention the sex. Oh the sex people... If you're in any way prudish stay clear but if you're not (like me!) enjoy!!

Cover imageChosen: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)

by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Finished on April 27th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5
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“I have to say this series is my find of the year so far. Last year it was the Sookie Stackhouse series, this year its House of Night. Its like what Harry Potter would have been like if they had started it where the seventh book began! Its all hormone ridden teenagers with added bloodlust and hot-ass vampyres. The author makes a fantastic job of keeping Zoey likeable in this book because there are a lot of reasons we shouldn't like her what with the lying, cheating and the odd killing of almost harmless humans. The choice between the three male characters is so interesting though. I must admit I probably would have gone with Heath I'm thinking. Although Erik does sound scrump-diddly-umptious! I just freaking knew that there was something odd about that Loren even though I wanted him to be perfect almost as much as Zoey did. My heart broke for her a little when he turned out to be not so perfect at all.

Cover imageMarley: A Dog Like No Other: A Special Adaptation for Young Readers

by John Grogan
Finished on April 9th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5
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I absolutely loved this book! If you're an animal lover at all you'll be able to empathise with this dog-owner's story throughout the whole book. I have my own dog, a springer spaniel, and she is just as lively as Marley especially when we first got her the amount of muddy laundry we had to rewash belonging to our neighbours and sheepishly hand back was not even funny! This book is a great little story of how a dog can give you what most humans never can. Unwavering loyalty and love. Doesn't matter if you roar and scream at a dog for eating your favourite pair of shoes, she'll still come up wagging her tail and licking your face two minutes later. Doesn't matter if you have no job and no money a dog will sit with you through it all with a never-ending supply of kisses to cheer you up. Your dog won't get angry with you, won't hold a grudge, won't talk about you behind your back and will never get sick of you. I believe and obviously so does John Grogan that a dog is definitely the best friend a man (or woman!) can have!

Cover imageBetrayed: House of Night Book 2 (MP3)

by P.C. & Kristin Cast
Finished on April 4th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5
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Im so, so glad that I found this series. Its seriously one of the best series I've read since, dare I say it, Harry Potter! It reminds me so much of HP at times, with the whole boarding school situation and whatnot. I really, really like Zoey as the main character. She's so different from most of the other young adult books main protagonists. She's strong-willed, independent, fierce and brave. She's not afraid of her new found abilities, for the most part she openly embraces them. Unlike the Immortal series where Ever, the main character, is such a weak little wimp. The plot in this book was better than the first with the author developing on from Zoey's sightings of "ghosts" in the first book. The first book mostly dealt with Zoey arriving at the House of Night and getting used to her new life and beating the school bully at her own game in the finale. In this book however the author delves futher into the whole House of Night series' world and its hidden dark side. I loved the development of some characters such as Heath, Stevie Rae and Damien. You really get to know them even better in this installment. Makes me long for the next book. Oh and love the whole sexual tension between Zoey and her three conquests! I know its a young adult book and all but can't wait til she gets it on with one of them!!

Cover imageCircus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Finished on March 17th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5
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Wow this was the best Anita Blake book yet in my opinion. Its just action, action, action from the get go. I loved the introduction of new characters in the form of Richard and Larry. Richard sounds yum hope we continue to see more of him in future books. Larry sounds do cute and innocent can't wait to see Anita's teaching methods in the future. They're bound to be interesting to say the least! Jean-Claude. Oh Jean-Claude... He just sounds so beautiful. And he's scary and dangerous. Sounds pretty perfect to me. I need Anita to give in to temptation, even just a little bit! The other vampires were all really scary and as Anita says herself, perverted! Loved that they got their comeuppance in the end. Liked that we're kind of learning more about the world Anita's living in aswell, new creatures and the like. Very good book I loved it from beginning to end

Cover imageThe Immortals: Shadowland

by Alyson Noel
Finished on March 11th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 3 out of 5
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This was slightly better than the horror that was Blue Moon, however it still didn't reach the heights of the first in the series. I did like the introduction of Jude who I thought was a really cool character and an interesting opponent for Damen in the quest for Ever's love. The author's description of him was just yum! Please god don't make him become a werewolf or something along those lines. Im sick of vampires and werewolves going hand-in-hand in every paranormal romance book. (Yes I realise Damen is not a vampire but you can see what I mean) Ever is once again annoying in this book, just not to the extremes of the previous installment. Her lack of good decision-making, paranoia and self-involvement makes you want to throw a brick at her head, though much good it would do being that she's immortal and all. Also, and I promise this is the last bad thing I'll mention, Haven and Miles are also self-involved, annoying, bitchy little people aren't they? Does anyone see this other than me? Now the good points were the aforementioned Jude, the re-introduction of the twins (love them), the interesting plot and the bad guy Roman. I may be strange in saying this but I can't help but kinda like this guy! He's fun, dangerous and sounds freaking gorgeous, what's not to like?! Maybe a darker side of Ever will emerge in later books and we might get to see some more of him (wink wink, nudge nudge)!!

Cover imageThe Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion

by L. J. Smith
Finished on March 6th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 2 out of 5
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Blah, blah, blah... thats mostly what I felt during the entire reading experience of this book. Between the two books, the Fury and the Reunion I actually can't decide which I preferred. Actually it might be better to say which one I disliked the least. The characters are dismally boring most of the time, the only one thats halfway interesting is Damon and unfortunately we don't see a whole lot of him in either book. Both revolve around Stefan and Elena, and Bonnie in the Reunion. The characters are the worst thing about the books. If they improved on this, plotwise, setting-wise and atmosphere-wise the books are stronger. Now that I've my rant off my chest there were some things I liked. I liked the plot in both books with Elena as a vampire in the first one and the whole Klaus mystery in the second one. Both plots could have been even better with better written characters of course. The setting of Fell's Church, like the forest in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and Forks in the Twilight Saga, is very atmospheric and adds to the drama of every scene. The end of the Reunion was my favourite part of the whole series so far actually and Fell's Church and its history is a big reason why. This may sound like a compliment but considering the content of the series so far its really not...

Cover imageSleepyhead. Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne Novels)

by Billingham, Mark Billingham
Finished on February 13th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 4 out of 5
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Okay so I read this series in the wrong order which I absolutely detest doing and even though each of Billingham's books can be viewed as stand-alone thrillers there are background links between each book. I got a little bit confused with some of them wondering what had already happened and when but which or whether, this was still a really good, edge-of-your-seat thriller. The premise for all of Billingham's books are original and this, his first, was undeniably one of his best. The idea of a serial killer who instead of wanting to kill you, but put you into a vegatative state for the rest of your life instead is shocking. I loved the little paragraphs from Alison's point of view, she was so strong even in the horrific situation she was in. You can't help but feel such overwhelming pity for her. The ending as I've come to realise from reading previous Thorne books was always going to be unpredictable. Sleepyhead didn't disappoint. Gripping and unputdownable. Dropped a star because Thorne was a little too self-involved in this book but this resolves itself in future books so it's not a major issue.

Cover imageMarked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)

by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Finished on February 4th 2011
Rated by JustPeachy: 5 out of 5

Wow this was really good! It had that Harry Potter element with being 'Marked' and sent away to a boarding school and learning about this totally new life and world you're now living in. The main difference is of course that the students aren't witches and wizards they are vampyres! I loved the setting and the whole concept of the story but most of all I loved Zoey. She is this amazing young girl who takes all the changes happening to her in her stride. She is a refreshing change from some young adult books heroines as she is strong, independent and confident. Of course theres the obligatory love interest in Erik but Zoey doesn't fall head over heels in love, there's no stupidity on her part which I loved! All in all I loved the first book in this series and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the next installment.