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Happy Leap Day!

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Leap Day - February 29th

Leap Day - February 29th (Photo credit: Cameron Maddux)


As it’s 29th February and a leap day, i thought i would write a blog post which isn’t a book review or a Challenge post for a change!

I’ve been busy applying for publishing jobs and been to a few interviews, yet so far, been unlucky. Boooo. And working nearly every day in my current job. Feel like i need a holiday now!

Today is the end of my February Book Challenge, which has been interesting, although not hugely challenging for a Challenge! I hope you have been following my progress, but if not, you can click the link to see all the posts. I might do another one later in the year, but possibly a better one!

As we are now at the end of February, i thought i would stop and take stock of how well i’m doing with my aim of reading 50 books in 2012, and can reveal that i have read 12 books so far! I have a few books on my Kindle waiting to be read, and i’ve got a huge list of books to buy soon!

Hope your 2012 is going well so far!

Starcrossed (novel)

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I have just finished reading “Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini!

It’s such a good YA novel, with a really different kind of supernatural element about it. Helen starts having a really bad time at school when a new family arrives on the tiny island which is her home. She is compelled to want to kill a member of this family, Lucas, for no reason that she can comprehend, although she is attracted to him as well. She soon discovers that she is a Scion, a demigod, descended from the Greek gods, and has many special talents. She soon discovers that she is part of something much bigger which threatens her, with other Scions wanting to kill her.

Her strange relationship with Lucas is particularly interesting, as it turns from hate to love to something much more complicated. I was outraged at the twist which ruins this love story!

Helen is a fascinating character, who knows she is different to everyone else, but until Lucas and his family turned up, she had no idea of what she actually was. I love the fact her best friend Claire knows there is something different about her, but accepts her for what she is and supports her throughout, despite their fights.

All the characters are well written, all with their own mysteries. There is the addition of some other characters who we meet later on in the book, and they caused me  some serious doubts as to whether they can be trusted or not!

I was a little disappointed in the climax at the end of the book, which could have been a bit more tense and more complicated, because it didn’t work out so well as i thought it could.

I give it 7/10 because it is a different take on the supernatural romance, and brings a whole new world alive. I was hooked throughout reading this book, and i was so annoyed when i finished it that i would have to wait a few more months to read the sequel, as it ends a bit abruptly!

Favorite coffee table book

I don’t own any really, but my parents have loads lying around the house! One which i really like is “Cement Eclipses” by Isaac Cordal, with lots of photographs of little model people in urban settings!