Friday, 27 April 2012

Drummer * Jan Page

Drummer by Jan Page

Liam tries to stay away from home as much as he can - especially if his dad's around. 
Usually he just hangs out with his mates, skating. But today, Liam's had an idea: to form a band, with him on drums.

All he needs is a kit, so Liam heads for the local junk shop. But the owner, Weird Welly, freaks him out, hinting that something terrible is about to happen.

Something bad to do with the band. 

Then the really weird stuff begins...

What if you could rewind and fast forward your life. To be able to see what your life would be like int he future, to be able to know what was exactly going to happen? Would you take that chance, or would you change time itself, just to save one life? Or maybe more.  

For Liam Condie, this is exactly what happened. Yes, I know it's hard to believe. 
He and his friends CJ and Daz get a crazy idea to start a band. They hardly know any instruments themselves, but they are determined to learn something and get some music created. There is only one slight problem, they will need to ask CJ's ex, Gemma, if they can use her house for a practise room. Which may result in her being in the band. 

Liam decided he would be the drummer of the band, though there is another problem regarding a drum kit. He doesn't have one, yet alone how to play the instrument itself.
So stopping off at Weird Welly's Junk Shop, seems like a good idea. Well it was at the time, cause as soon as Liam enters the shop, Welly seems to know him from somewhere, and Liam just can't place his finger on it. Oh, Welly is weird alright. 

Things aren't that great at home, Dad's got no job and practically lives at the pub down the street. And when he does come home, he argues with his mum and sometimes hits her if he has the chance, though it doesn't happen if Liam's there. Mum is constantly tired since looking after all the family and Liam's little sister Zoe. Life's just not good at home. 

So when the band Salamander get their first gig at Scurvy Joe's, all is going great. Until during their performance, things  get rowdy and Liam ends up in a bad coma from a stage light crashing onto his head. Soon Liam in a world of his own with no one to talk to but Welly, being blasted into the past of 1986, the year he was born, Liam must find the reason why he is there, to stop his parents misery and to ask valuable questions that are on his mind. As the time is ticking, can he slightly change the past before it's too late?

Drummer by Jan Page is an excellent book, it's very well written and really enjoyable to read. I read this book some years back when I borrowed it from the Library, and decided that I needed a copy myself. I can understand why I liked it those years ago, as I still enjoyed reading it now, even though I knew what happened already. 

The book is quick and simple, though it has so many twists and turns in it that would wouldn't even think of. This is the only book I have ready by Jan Page and I can tell you that I will be definitively reading more from her. The way this is written is so wonderful, there's so many different stories to each character and it's a really in depth book. It's worth the read!

I give this book 9 out of 10

Friday, 6 April 2012

Last Breath * Rachel Caine

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Claire Danvers is concerned when three vampires vanish from Morganville without a trace. The last person seen with them is someone new to town - a mysterious individual named Magnus.

Claire is convinced creepy Magnus isn't human...but is he a vampire, or something else entirely?

Claire's hunt for answers leads her to solving another mystery that's long been puzzling her: why do all the vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they're sensitive to sunlight? The answer has nothing to do with the sunlight, but with water - and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires' landlocked community. Vampires aren't the top predator on earth. There's something much worse.
Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath...

When we were last with Claire, she had just arrived back home in Morganville after stopping illegal fights between Vampires and humans. I mean, come on, can her life get any worse in the old Texas town. The answer, yes. It can get a lot worse.

Things are going perfect for the four residents of the Glass House. Claire and Shane's relationship is still strong and going. And as for Eve and Michael, they are planning their wedding! So all is great right?...No.

There have been some strange things happening in Morganville recently, like people going missing, and I'm not talking about Humans, because, well that's normal. But no, Vampires are slowly disappearing around the town and no one knows where there going. Not even Amelie, and you know somethings wrong when she doesn't know anything about it.

But one day out of the blue, a boy comes running to Morganville, from the outskirts of town. With a simple envelope that can only be handed to the Founder of Morganville. Amelie. Though when the letter is opened, everyone wishes they didn't know as the only word that is written on the cream coloured paper is, Run.

As the clock ticks, everybody must find answers to what is happening. Amelie decides to get rid of all the Vampires and get them out of the town for safe keeping's, but are the humans finally free? Or will her plan just fall around her?

Why are the Vamipres so afraid of whatever is coming there way? How will Eve and Michael get married if Amelie won't allow it? And the question that is on everyone's minds...Are we going to die?

Join Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve as they go on another adventure around their hometown. Trying to fight for their right to live and for their town as well. Cause everyone needs a place to live right?

Last Breath by Rahcel Caine is the eleventh book in The Morganville Vampire Series, and so far I think it is the darkest book yet. The way that Caine has created so much darkness and mystery is amazing, and wonderful. There are also differences from the other books, like each chapter is titled with a characters name, so that chapter is in their Point Of View. 

I thought that this book was different, I liked the new POV parts of the book and the darkness of it all, but I don't think it was as good as the other ones in the series. Though it's worth the read and starts to go deeper into the whole story and each character, so you can get a better understanding. 

I give this book 7 out of 10 :)