Monday, 21 January 2013

The Book to my Heart's Latest Makeover!

Just a mini post to alert everybody who follows The Book to my Heart that it has changed its appearance! I like the new look, how about you? 

Hazal xx

Review: Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

Publisher: Doubleday, 448 pages
Release Date: 12 June 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Romance
Source: Borrowed
More Info: Fallen #4

The sky is dark with wings . . .
And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.
In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . .
In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?

“You are the soul that fits into mine” 

Finally, I have reached the end of this glorious series I have been clinging onto for over 3 years. It was the first ever series to introduce me into the fallen angel genre and I would be lying if I didn't say I fell in love with it.

Rapture, however, is a totally different ball game to the first book, Fallen. So much has changed since then. Luce has changed, she is armed with knowledge and a different perspective of the angels she once believed to be human. In some ways, it is much better, but in others, it isn't. Lauren Kate's writing doesn't seem to have that luster some authors possess. It doesn't hook onto you and not let go, it sort of fiddles around with beautiful words. Kate fiddles around with the plot too. The relationship between Luce and Daniel also seems to have dropped. After 3 series of reading and yearning for a love like theirs, I don't see that same allure anymore. It may be because this time Rapture isn't about their love. Instead it's a journey all the angels and Luce need to go through to save the universe, yaddi yaddi yadda. 

“There is no darkness as dark as a great light corrupted.” 

The only part I enjoyed reading in Rapture was a scene towards the end where Luce confronts Lucifer. It was full of surprises and had me on the edge of my seat. I truly liked the character of Luce and found the scene quite troubling and sad. However, I feel that Kate strayed a bit too far by depicting God. But then again, Rapture is teenage fiction. It shouldn't cause too much disruption.

“What you call love does not sound very beautiful.” 

Final Verdict
Lauren Kate is the perfect storyteller. She combines words to make them sound ancient and beautiful, like words out of the Bible or a Grimm fairytale. Her ability to combine awesome plots is amazing too. I'd liken her way of combining the four books into one awesomely fantabulous story to the way J. K. Rowling conjured up the Harry Potter books but then I think, I'd better not. Because for the majority of the book I wasn't gripped. I didn't feel a connection between me and the characters and neither did I feel that beautiful connection Luce and Daniel have had from the beginning (except for maybe the heart-wrenchingly sad ending). Many people have criticized Fallen from the beginning but I don't think we should go that far. After all, it is an international bestseller.

Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 
Romance: 3/5 


Sunday, 4 November 2012

The BTMH Herald: November 2012 - November releases, reviews and movie news!

Editor's Message
Hello again and welcome to the November edition of The Book to my Heart Herald! I'm terribly sorry about how long it took to be written and posted and also sorry about the content of this edition. Very little time = less quantity.

November's Releases

6th November
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
The story of Daughter of Smoke and Bone 
continues in this exciting sequel full of angels 
and demons, magic and the paranormal

13th November
Ashes of Twilight (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
A city trapped in a dome for 200 hundred years, 
it would be silly to imagine that no one 
would question it, right? Upon the words, 
"The sky is blue" a whirlwind of an adventure 
begins to play before your eyes.

13th November
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story 
set in the aftermath of a bloody war. 
It says it all.

20th November
Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)
Read Undeadly and be expected to live through one 
girl's idea of hell. It also has kick-ass quality. 
The main character has zombie-raising abilities 
and she ends up bringing a boy back to life, then the 
god Anubis chooses her to...I could go on. Just read it.

Recent Reviews (in this case 1 review)

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)

My November Recommendation

This book will blow you away! Preferably read it by an open fire. (Review available on this blog)

The Mayfair Moon

Movie News

Here's a little something I found while browsing Youtube. It's an animated unofficial trailer of the new film, City of Bones. Contains some brilliant drawings!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Dead Perfect Blog Tour: Guest Post

Title: Dead Perfect
Author: P. G. Shriver
Publisher: Gean Penny Books, 228 pages
Release Date: 1 February 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts, Romance

My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.

Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?

Is it style or story? by P. G. Shriver

My writing style has been praised for being straightforward, to the point, not a lot of fluff and description. I enjoy writing that way because unnecessary description bogs down a story. I write as the action flows from my mind to my fingertips keeping the story going, hence the reader reading. If description of a room or a character gets too involved, then I feel that it takes away from the reader-as-character experience. Description such as that makes the reader stop and compare where they are, what they look like, taking them from the story, and allowing them to put the book aside to continue reading at some later date, or lose interest all together. Short description, through figurative language, is more my style. Some of my favorite late authors wrote in the same straightforward style, like Hemingway. The style makes a book shorter, I admit, but is it the length of the book that makes it good, or the storytelling itself?

I also prefer to write in first person point of view, because then I can get into the character, be the character, feel what she or he feels, do what he or she does. First person helps me strengthen the character and make them more realistic to the reader. If I am crying when I write a section of the book, my wording and style show it, and the reader cries when they read it. When there is action, or big decisions, or a part in the book that speeds up the reader, I use short one-sentence paragraphs to zip them through. It is necessary for the reader to stay with the story. My desire is for my readers to say, "Wow, I finished that whole book! I couldn't even put it down! It was such a sweet story!" I do not know if all of the readers of Dead Perfect will say that, because everyone has their own opinion, but my hope is that most of the readers will feel exactly what I felt while I wrote it.

P. G. Shriver

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 318 pages
Release Date: 4 August 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Borrowed
More Info: Lila #1

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

“He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear” 

You want me to describe this book in one word? I'm sorry, I can't. Hunting Lila was far too deliciously good to be justified with just one word. But if I had to try it would be amazingly-awesome-cakes (why cakes?). I literally loved it that much and my reaction to it was definitely one of joy. I can't believe I haven't been as attracted to this book as much as I know I should have been and just bless my school library for having it there for me to borrow. I don't know how I'm going to repay it back. Seriously.

The book's pace is generally fast and begins fairly quickly. There is no boring build-up to Lila's departure of London which I loved. Sarah Alderson's writing is amazing too. I don't know whether it was because of the character's she created or because of her writing in general but it had me hooked like a fish. Metaphorically, Hunting Lila was the bait and I was the salmon. 

“I felt his other hand sear hot against my cheek. He bent his head, and in a voice that Jack couldn't hear, said, “When you came down the stairs, and fell into me, that was the moment.” Then his lips pressed against mine.”

I literally loved everything about this book and truly believe it is a book meant for me! The male protagonist, Alex, is a character I was already in love with BEFORE I had even met him. Alderson skillfully creates this chemistry between Lila and Alex that is so believable, I couldn't help but wish for a similar thing in my life. I think they are THE couple of the fiction world. I have yet to witness a relationship as beautiful and believable as theirs.

Hunting Lila's plot is full of twists and turns. I could never predict what was about to come and truthfully, I didn't want to predict anything. I let the story take its course and while I think there should have been a little more content, Alderson has created a book so deliciously good, asking for more would be being a little greedy.

"He kept his eyes on mine, his gaze unblinking, and I stared right back into the blue. He moved almost imperceptibly and in the space between a heartbeat his lips touched mine."

Final Verdict
If you've read any of my reviews labeling a book 'favourite read of 2012' just chuck that memory out of the window. Hunting Lila is that book. It has everything I always want to find in a book. Excitement, undeniable love and that strong protective streak you see from the most noble of all love interests. If there was a competition for best fictional couple, Lila and Alex would be it. The slow growing love they felt towards each other was slow and oh-so delicious. But Hunting Lila wasn't all about the romance (I wish!). It had heart-wrenchingly exciting action scenes and these little moments that you can't help but sigh at. Trust me, read this, and you will be blinded.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 
Romance: 10/5 ;)


Monday, 24 September 2012

The BTMH Herald: October 2012

Editor's Letter
Hiya everybody!

I'm so psyched to be writing this because my ultimate dream would probably editing a magazine (preferably fashion). So here we are, the second edition of The BTMH Herald! I've given it a little make-over >.<. October, for some people, means Halloween, dressing up, partying but there is one big reason I love this month. Because it's the month I was born in! Anyway, we're straying off topic. Enjoy this months edition, I hope to see you next month again!

Hazal x

October Releases

23rd October
Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)
Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the 
New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga. 
The Patch and Nora saga is coming to an end and it's 
destined to make one hell of an exit!

23rd October
A spin-off series destined to spin 
heads 360 degrees! If Julie Kagawa's previous work is 
anything to go by, this book will be a HIT.
Read more

9th October
Velveteen (Velveteen, #1)
A little bit of Gothic horror to sate those hungry 
Edgar Poe and Mary Shelly fans. Oh and, 
everyone's waiting to read it. Everyone!
Read more

16th October
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
An intriguingly different approach to the 
dystopian genre. To become a spinster is everything.
 It means privilege and eternal beauty. It also keeps you 
from the dreaded fate of becoming a secretary.
Read more


Prize/s: Box-O-Books (US) and/or your book of choice from The Book Depository under $15
Open: US and international
Ends: 12th October

Prize/s: Hardcover copy of Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Open: International
Ends: 28th September

And don't forget to check out the giveaways I'm hosting. Links can be found on the top left hand corner.

Recent Reviews
September hasn't been a very busy, book reading month so bear with me. October should be much better :)

Someone Else's LifeCurrently Reading

My October Recommendation
Since it's October and all, I've decided to base my recommendations on the genre of horror. They're labelled as paranormal but who can tell the difference these days?

The Splendour Falls Wicked: Witch & Curse (Wicked, #1-2)

(very scary witches)

Blogger of the Month (BM)
This month's award goes to the wonderful Natalia who is behind the book blog, Dazzling Reads. Her comments are always the cutest and her reviews are also top quality!

Movie News

  • Beautiful Creatures has finally released their movie trailer. I enjoyed the first book, couldn't quite get into the second but this movie looks so darn good! I don't really like their choice of actor for Ethan, the main character, but I'm sure he'll grow on me. In theaters February 13th 2013.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Showcase Sunday (7)

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.


What Happened To Goodbye   Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)

Oh look! Both books are written by Sarahs. 
I also have both on my TBR and when finding it at my school library, couldn't resist in taking both! School work NIL, YA books ONE.


Die for Me (Revenants, #1)

This book was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend and when Lucinda from Luce's Books wanted to do a swap I noticed this book on her list straight away. A pretty fair deal, me thinks.
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I am a teenager living in London with a passion for all-things books. The Book to my Heart came into existence in November 2011. I am in love with love, romance is my thing and the supernatural thrills me to no end. I like feisty, headstrong characters that will fight for what they believe in because I know that though I lack their bravery, I still have that fight somewhere inside me.