Monday, 19 March 2012

I read a rather wide range of books, not just YA. So, I'll be posting a few here that I have read. 

First up is a Historical/Fiction book that I really enjoyed! 
If you like feminist books, with a strong/kick-ass female main charater, then this is your book! Oh, and erm.. pets, that she collects along the way.

Earth's Children
Jean M Auel
'This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.' 

--Do not knock this series until you try it! Admitted, I nearly passed on it, but then though I'd give the first one a go. 
First of all, it is really quite a feminist book. The main character is a young girl of five years called Ayla, you read as she grows up over time in the first book 'The Clan of The Cave Bear'.  The first book mainly focuses on how Ayla grows up, being one of the early Homo Sapiens among Neanderthals. She surprises them constantly and challenges what they think they know.  
In the books that follow, Ayla meets others like herself and also gains a couple of pets. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who decides to read them though, so I wont say what pets and companions she gains. 
Ah, and there is romance. But, definitely of an adult kind so I warn yet again, only 18+!

Next up is back to Paranormal/Fantasy and the like;

Dark Swan 
Richelle Mead

(Another 18+) 

'Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants. . .
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...' 
-- I think by now you should just assume that the lead character is female and kick-ass. As they're mainly the kind of books I read. 
So, here we have Fae, demons, shapeshifters ect.. Y'know, your average Paranormal book. Not. 
Quirky humour that had me in fits of giggles, to heated arguments that had me putting my face closer to the book (I have no idea why I do this as it makes me go cross-eyed!?). Then onto steamy romance with a gorgeous Fae and a funny shape-shifter. Sigh. What more could you want? 

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