Archive for February, 2013

Liebster Award!

Firstly, sorry it took so long; We spent ages choosing and finding our favourite other blogs!

We have no idea how this happened or anything! So we’d just like to say thanks!

We’d like to thank specially both Danielle from and rgdole from for nominating us for this award! They are both amazing reviewers and if anyone reads this, you should definitely go over and look at their sites!
It really means a lot that people are reading and enjoying our rather um.. “interesting” posts on books!

So as the rules go to the Liebster Award we have to answer 11 questions from the sites that nominated us and write 11 questions and then nominate 11 other sites! 11 is really a special number 🙂

So first from Danielle:

  1. If you had to live anywhere in the world and never leave where would it be?
    In the clouds, so then I could see the Roman Gods in Percy Jackson, at least I think it’s that book…
  2. Three things you can’t live without?
    Food. Friends and of course BOOKS!
  3. Favourite Book Hero/Heroine?
    Todd from Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness without a doubt
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up at age five?
    I can’t remember what I wanted to be, but I remembered my brother wanted to be Thomas the Tank Engine’s train driver!
  5. What music do you like?
    Anything really, just not really the boring stuff
  6. What would be written on your tombstone?
    This grave is empty. Zombies will roam the earth.
  7. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    Hit my alarm then go back to sleep again.
  8. What’s your favourite part about blogging?
    When I realise that people actually sometimes read what I post
  9. Are you a PC or a Mac?
  10. If your BFF was down in the dumps, what would you do to cheer him/her up?
    Bake her a tray of cookies 😛
  11. Do you believe we’re alone in the universe?
    Nope. I think there are aliens and zombies and other aliens or gods like THOR who exist, but I don’t think we will ever know about them because tbh, we’re all probably going to die before we get to that stage!

And now, from rgdole!

  1. What is your favourite kind of cookie?
    OH I LOVE COOKIES! I mean who doesn’t?! Hm… what to choose what to choose. I got to say, I do love triple chocolate cookies, they just have, you know… So. Much. Chocolate.
  2. If you only had one day left to live, what would you do?
    Stuff my face full of cookies.
  3. What is your goal, at this very moment?
    To survive. (I’m listening to “I will survive”)
  4. What would be your ideal pet (it can be mythical)?
    A pet dinosaur who is a vegetarian so he wouldn’t eat me
  5. Pirate or Ninja?
    Ninja. Because then I could sneak up on people and scare them 😛
  6. Answer the question you imagine being right here.
  7. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
    “The most boring book ever”
  8. Who is your favourite superhero?
    We’ve had this conversation loads of times at school and I think we agreed overall Spiderman is our favourite, but it doesn’t have our favourite villain; no one can beat the Joker
  9. What would you wish to know more about?
    What happens in the last book of LEGEND, by Marie Lu, because she just said that one of the characters is going to die… ;(
  10. Do you prefer books or movies?
    It depends. In general books. But then there are movies such as Lord of the Rings which are just so good that I find it hard to believe that the book would be able to match up to its standards (but I’ve never read those books so I can’t really say!)
  11. What would you prefer, to be the smartest person on earth but with no sense of humour  or to find everything amusing but never know what’s going on?
    The funny one because then I would be like my friend and get really strong stomach muscles so then I could be a famous runner or whatever sport involves the stomach.

Our Questions!

  1. What would you do if you got stuck on a desert island?
  2. Zombies or Vampires or Unicorns?
  3. Favourite book/ movie?
  4. If you were a fish what sort of fish would you be and why?
  5. Food or Sleep?
  6. If you could be one person in this world, who would you be?
  7. Three words to describe youself?
  8. If you had to choose one food to live off for the rest of your life what would it be?
  9. What’s the coolest place you’ve been to (can be in a book)?
  10. Which planet would you choose to live on (excluding the fact that we would probably die on all the other planets)
  11. If you had to life in one book and be one character what would you choose?

Our nominees! (alphabetical!)

  3. (I’m sorry I couldn’t comment on your blog! I think my computer is starting to go crazy!)

Rebel Heart- Moira Young

Hm… I was trying to think up of a snazzy way of starting this review, like with a pun or explanations or something, but I really can’t think of anything, so I guess I’ll just start it bluntly:
It was good, but not as good as the previous book: Blood Red Road

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)Summary
Saba and her brother, Lugh are going across the desert to get to this place that they think is going to be good and happy and good. But Saba starts going crazy, and I’m not just saying that, she actually does. She starts seeing all the people who she had killed and thinks that their ghosts are following her. So she goes to meet this stranger to get help and she begins to “heal” her and she does but she is “left open” at the end. Then they all go on a wild goose chase to find Jack.

I did not read Blood Red Road just before
So, me being me, I was thinking that this book is like most books and it would just go through what happened in the previous books briefly at the start so I could skim read over that.
But that didn’t happen (ooooh such a rebel 😛 starting a sentence with “but”) and so I read through the book without a clue at what was going on. It had a lot of references to the previous book. A lot. So yeah, that’s my recommendation. Read the previous book before.
Actually! I’ll give you a small summary of what happened in Blood Red Road right now!

Summary of Blood Red Road (NB this may not be very accurate)
Jack and Saba were “going out” and Jack leaves Saba to go to inform Molly that her husband, Ike is dead.
DeMalo is a bad guy who was the evil mastermind behind the king/ emperor.
Saba originally travelled to rescue her brother Lugh
Something happened to Lugh while he was captured but he won’t say
Saba used to be “The Angel of Death” because she killed loads of people in the cage
Saba killed her friend called Epona while they were escaping to save her from being tortured and killed by the enemy

Back to Cons!
The characters
None. Of. Them. Were. Likeable. 😦 (apart from Tommo! <– but he was kinda creepy…)
Saba just annoyed me because she started turning really weak like how she always  listened to Lugh “because he was the man of the house”.
Lugh really annoyed me because he was always trying to take charge even though he was just some dude. And his only justification is because “he’s a man”
Emmi: I hate people who can’t keep a promise
Jack: He was too selfish and the only reason why he wanted to meet Saba was so she could save him, but in the end he didn’t want to be saved…

Saba and DeMalo
NB spoiler in the next paragraph

WHY THE HELL WOULD SHE SLEEP WITH HIM? He was her enemy?! And what about Jack? Yeah… But still… WHY? He’s such a creep too… He had dresses for her at the exact size.

Saba and Tommo
I swear Tommo is like 5 years younger than her and especially since they’re like 14 and 19…
It just seems just a little weird to me..

He was a complete creep. But yeah. He was interesting. It was nice how the some of the characters weren’t all bad or all good.

The fast pace?
I’m struggling a little to think of Pros…
Yup. This book was fast. I managed to finish it in a day. Congratulations to me. But that was partly because I was suffering from “No books being read for over two weeks disease”

Favourite Quotes

  • All the time I’ve knowed you, Jack, you kept the door to that heart of yers locked up tight an the key hid away. Looks like she found it.
    He says nothing. Molly waits. Then:
    Keys ain’t her style, he says. She kicked the door down
  • “Burn with me. Shine with me.”
  • “Saba! I’m afeared! cries Emmi.
    If you are, you ain’t no sister of mine! I shout. Come at me agin!
    I ain’t afeared of nuthin! She yells.
    That’s more like it.”
  • “Pa? You never said. What’m I gonna be? Good or bad?
    He kisses the top of my head. Whispers in my ear, so’s only him and me can hear. You, my darlin daughter, are gonna be somethin else entirely”
  • “What happens to you changes you. Fer good or ill, yer changed ferever. There ain’t no goin back. No matter how many tears you cry.”
  • “No, you need to listen, she says. This ain’t Silverlake, an you ain’t the daddy. Out here in the real world, the person who knows what they’re doin is the daddy an right now, that’s me. So. Do like daddy says an shift that tasty butt of yers. Unless, of course, you want it shot off.”

So yeah this book was okay. I personally would give it 3 shuriken stars, but that’s because I didn’t really read the book before, so I guess it’s my own fault that I didn’t really understand what’s going on.

Seeing Redd & Archenemy – Frank Beddor

(Two reviews in one, because I read these a while ago and I can’t discern my thoughts between them, now that they have melted together in my mind)

It took me so long to try to work out why I didn’t like these books nearly as much as the first one.

But I’ve finally worked it out, so here’s a review.


I’m going to presume you’ve read the first book. So here we go. Alyss is now queen, but there are still weird things happening in Wonderland. King Arch is being a douche, Redd and the Cat have disappeared but the threat of them still looms, and she’s also trying to work out her feelings for Dodge. Hatter is also trying to work out his personal problems, and so on.


Redd. Not her in general, but some of her character traits really confused me. At some points, she could be so evil, like the skeletons which were so creepy and terrifying, just the image of them makes me shudder. But at the same time she was so childish, just the way she talked and how she treated people. I guess that makes her a strange combination, but there was no good in her at all. I wished she was slightly more dimensional.

Hatter Madigan. I’ve got to be honest. I was not that interested in his backstory. And I wished there was more conflict when Molly found out who her dad was.

The writing was still really childish as well, which is starting to get more annoying as it goes on. Especially the sound effects. At first it was interesting, now it just reads a bit bumpily.

Dodge and Alice. One of the reasons I loved the Looking Glass Wars was because I loved watching their relationship grow and develop, but now it’s stagnant. In Seeing Redd, there are a few rare, but extremely heartwarming, scenes between them. In Archenemy, I’m pretty sure there was an extreme lack of it. They’re relationship has grown dull and easy now, which is good for them, but not interesting to read. I wish there was more interaction between them, or even some conflict would be nice.


I’ve completely forgotten what I was going to write here.

I started this review a VERY long time ago. Around a year ago.

I can’t remember what I was going to say.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of pros! I seriously just am blanking on what they were.

I’m pretty sure most of the pros are the same for the Looking Glass Wars, in the interesting characters, unique plot, amazing world building…etc.

I really should do reviews straight after I read books, but I’m a massive procrastinator. In fact, I’m procrastinating right now. I’m putting off work to write a terrible review of books I cannot remember.

Well, this attempt at a review has been a little pathetic, hasn’t it.

(I will put, from what I remember, that Dodge became really sassy and awesome during Seeing Redd, and the covers are, as always, beautiful.)


  • “A Glass Eye leaped out from behind a parked snail-transport, blocked their way. “Did you drop something?” Dodge asked the assassin  “‘Cause I think I see you…” he unsheathed his sword and swung, decapitating the Glass Eye in one blow, “…head over there.”
  • “Queen Alyss, my guards have discovered something you should see.”
    Her face had relaxed at the sight of him, but her brow at once contracted, her lips thinned with tension.
    We’ve found evidence of suspicious activity in the palace,” he said.
    What sort of activity?”
    You might want to step this way and see for yourself. I apologize in advance for you having to set foot in a guardsman’s quarters.”
    He led her into his rooms. The boyish portrait of Sir Justice, the fire crystals in the hearth, the elegantly arrayed table: Alyss blinked in puzzlement.
    What is all this?”
    My best guess, You Majesty, is that it’s breakfast, but I can’t be sure until we taste it.”
  • “The only reason I don’t kill him,” he remembered the woman saying, her voice sounding like the scrape of iron against iron, a corrosion of vocal cords, “is because he’s not important enough.”


I’ve heard loads of people say that they love these books more than the previous, as there is a lot more plot and interesting stuff. However, there was not enough character development for me to really love these sequels as much as I enjoyed the first book.
I do hope these will be turned into films. Animations, if I could be picky, because the visuals would be absolutely gorgeous, and the entire world is so immersing and interesting that I’d love to see it on the big screen.

3 1/2 shuriken stars. I’m sure a lot of people would love these more than I did, but that’s where my rating stands. Please do read these books, they are great, especially the first, and if you love it, then read the next two. You’ll probably love them a lot more than I did.


Battle Lines- Will Hill (cover)

How awesome is this cover?
It comes out 29th August 2013 (this year!) and is the third in the Department 19 series of 5)
And obviously because I’m taking about the 3rd book in a series, there will be spoilers to the others ahead.

Battle Lines (Department 19, #3)

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s always darkest before dawn.

Secret government unit Department 19 is recovering from evil vampire Valeri Rusmanov’s deadly attack on their base. The Department’s newest member, teenage operator Jamie Carpenter, is tasked with training up a new squad, as his friends and colleagues desperately search for ways to try to stop what is coming.

The timing couldn’t be worse for a coordinated, global attack on a number of maximum security prisons and hospitals—with the already-dangerous inmates now on the loose and turned into vampires. One of the escapees has a deep connection to one of the darkest moments in the history of Department 19 and embarks on a quest that threatens to expose the existence of vampires to the public. And with each day that passes, the regenerated Dracula gets stronger, bringing Zero Hour closer.

In this third instalment of the epic Department 19 series, Will Hill delivers higher—and sharper—stakes than ever before

The previous two books (links to the reviews on the pictures):

Department Nineteen (Department Nineteen, #1)The Rising (Department Nineteen, #2)
I love how all of them match up so well! It’s just one of those series that I can imagine sitting on a shelf with no doubt that they all belong together and to separate buying them would be a sin.

In the next 3 books:

What I hope will happen:

  • A cure for vampirism will be discovered/ vampires will eat all the humans then die out because of the sudden blood intake/ loss
  • A reunion between Jamie and his dad.
  • Frankenstein will regain his memory.
  • Larissa will get to see her brother again.
  • Jamie will stop being an idiot.
  • Jamie’s mum will finally warm to Larissa.
  • Jamie and Valentin will become friends.
  • Frankenstein will get his memory back.

Questions that I hope will be answered:

  • How did Jamie’s dad survive?
  • What did he do for the first few years before looking for a cure for his vampire wife?
  • Why does Dracula want Seward?
  • What is Kate’s dad going to do?

What I think will happen:

  • Dracula will die along with Valeri.
  • Valentin, Larissa and Jamie’s mum will be cured.
  • Seward will die. ;(
  • There will be an awesome massive fight.
  • When Jamie sees his dad he will beat him up.
  • Frankenstein or Julian will die.
  • Kate and Matt will get together.
  • Jamie might get bitten by a vampire

August 29th please hurry up and come!

Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

(Warning: I am still recovering from finishing the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and therefore I am subject to many feels so if I die in the middle of this review it’s because OH MY GOD IT’S OVER WHAT DO I DO NOW)

So… guess what I got for Christmas from Yanni!

Actually you can probably guess from the title.




Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story.

I don’t think it can get any better than that, but who cares, let’s try.

Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter. Anna is a murderous, disturbing, powerful ghost that is killing anyone who sets foot in the house that she haunts. But for some reason, she spares Cas’ life.





While the romance was very sweet, it was also very fast. Cas started calling her “my Anna” after like a few conversations with her. It was weird. And the way that he became obsessed with her was a bit strange.

And they never explained why Anna couldn’t kill Cas. That was annoying. I guess we find out in “Girl of Nightmares”, the sequel.

FMA:B Withdrawal

The description of the main villain and what he did gave me unnecessary FMA:B feels, because he reminded me of Gluttony, which reminded me that the anime has completely ended and OH GOD WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW HOW AM I STILL NOT OVER THIS IT’S BEEN A WEEK.

Yeah… there needs to be some sort of rehab for people emotionally traumatised by fictional characters.





The Title

Beautiful. Intriguing. Clever.

I just had to mention how much I love this title.

The Cover



(though it’s really creepy especially all the blood on her legs and the dress, but then it is called “Anna Dressed in Blood”, so it’s not for people who can’t stand gore and blood and guts and ghosts.)

People cringed so hard when I showed them the cover. I think it’s beautiful, but admittedly, it is very gory.

Also, apparently, in the hardback edition, it has red writing. Like blood. Like Anna Dressed in Blood.


Was gorgeous. The descriptions of the places were so vivid, and Cas’ voice was brilliant. I know that a lot of authors can be terrible at finding their teenager voice, especially because they try to throw too much slang in and not enough believability. Kendare Blake pulls it off wonderfully. Cas is easy to read, easy to relate to, but still believable as an arrogant, laid back teenage ghost hunter. Some of the descriptions were so beautiful, yet described things so horrendous and disgusting, that you saw these gruesome images so easily, yet there was a strange mix of horrified and intrigued.

Cas also curses in this book, but it’s well used and not overdone. It adds to the humour but also makes him sound more realistic.


Though maybe a bit predictable, was fast enough to keep me interested. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say exactly, but yeah. Good. Great, even.


Anna – So. Bloody. Creepy. (bloody both ways, actually, since she’s completely covered in blood.) The first time we see Anna, she is the most disgustingly creepy thing you can imagine a teenage girl to look like. I don’t know if Cas even describes what he sees as beautiful, because I’m pretty sure he’s just trying really hard not to throw up. Her feet dragging along the floor, the drip of her dress as she glides down, her black eyes, black veins, black hair… Seriously, it’s gruesome.

Cas – He has flaws! The narrator of a YA Fiction supernatural romance novel has flaws! Finally! He’s angsty, but for a reason. That’s the great thing about Cas, he has a legitimate reason to why he has an abundance of teenage angst, but doesn’t sit around all day just thinking about how miserable his life is. Instead, he gets on with life. He goes out to kill this girl. He does get driven to do stupid, impulsive things by his angst, but at least there is a reason for it.

The relationship – though admittedly weird, was sweet. At one point in the book, Anna basically tries to drown Cas in a sea of corpses that she has murdered. Lovely first date, right? Well, second (third? I can’t remember) date, if you count the time when she murdered Cas’ classmates in front of him, by tearing the limbs off and ripping their bodies in half. After this, they have a pretty mellow and flirty conversation, and Cas suddenly realises that no, this is stupid, they’re trying to kill each other! It’s sweet in a twisted way, and diffuses the tension between the murdering each other scenes. They tease each other about trying to murder each other, and you see that they have a genuine connection, instead of the cop-out that most YA authors take.

Instead of trying to build a relationship, most YA authors  skip to a “magnetising connection between the two of us. I didn’t know why I suddenly felt like we were in love, but we were. Undeniably, unmistakable, unbreakable love.” (that was paraphrasing. I hope no author has ever used that terrible excuse of a romance) Then loads of sweaty, weird, making out scenes, with about five lines of dialogue shared between the two main characters throughout the entire book.

Cas and Anna genuinely like each other. They kiss once, and then the end happens which complicates their relationship a bit.


For a book about ghost hunting, it’s actually really funny. Cas’ sense of humour is awesome, and definitely my type of humour. It’s sarcastic and makes pop culture references – how could I not love it? The running joke about the ghost busters and Cas’ voice in general sustained light little snippets of mood amongst the grim plot.

Quotes (I’m going to censor out some of the swear words in these quotes, because we keep it PG here at Discombobulated Books.)

  • “You f*$k – you ate my cat!”
  • “But hey, at least we’ll have this strange story to tell, love and death and blood and daddy-issues. And holy crap, I’m a psychiatrist’s wet dream.” (I’d censor out crap, but I’m pretty sure I’ve used crap in a ton of reviews, so maybe we’re not that PG.)
  • “Yes. Smashing. You’ll be just like those four chaps in the movie. You know the one, with the oversized marshmallow.”
  • “She’s like Bruce Lee, the Hulk and Neo from The Matrix all rolled in to one.”
  • “I’ve been Obeahed by an Obeahman? Is this like how the Smurfs say they smurfing smurfed all the time?”
  • “What luck. I chose the douche-y sounding one.”
  • “I jerk my head toward Thomas and immediately curse myself for trying to be a smartass. My head is not healthy enough for smartassery.”
  • “I’ve seen most of what there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth, the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination. Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.”
  • “It feels so separate, like I’ve touched something that’s taken the color out of me. Or maybe I’m in color now and they’re in black and white.”
  • “Over the course of my life I’ve been to lots of places. Shadowed places where things have gone wrong. Sinister places where things still are. I always hate the sunlit towns, full of newly built developments with double-car garages in shades of pale eggshell, surrounded by green lawns and dotted with laughing children. Those towns aren’t any less haunted than the others. They’re just better liars.”
  • “Land of the Dead? Is that what you dream about?” she asks. “Boy who kills ghosts for a living?”
    “No. I dream about penguins doing bridge construction. Don’t ask why.”


I love this book. I love it so much that I want to give it five stars, so badly, though I don’t know if I should. The relationship, tough weird, was cute, and the book undoubtedly kept me reading when I should have been sleeping or revising for exams. 5 shuriken stars. I can’t help myself, it was awesome.

The Rising- Will Hill

The Rising (Department Nineteen, #2)I have expressed my love of this series in my review of Department 19, so naturally I got hold of this book as soon as I could (which tbh wasn’t very fast) 😦

If you haven’t got it already, it’s named The Rising because of Dracula “Rising” from the dead, and throughout the book the vampires use red spray paint graffiti writing “He Rises”, so throughout this review I’m going to pretend to be a vampire, but not the type of crazy vampire person who goes around chasing Twilight vampires asking them to bite them. I’m going to be a “cool” vampire (get it?! it’s a pun! coz you know… vampires can’t see the light?!… ah forget it…) who is going to type up a review using the words “He Rises” as much as possible…
But just to let you know, they may not be together… since I’m not that imaginative.

NB. This review may contain spoilers. Especially from the previous book. And probably this book. I just have too much excitement that I can’t contain. I’ll try to use code words… :O (but knowing me, it’s unlikely to work)

Summary (From Goodreads, to avoid spoilers)
James Bond meets Dracula in this epic saga of one boy and a ton of weapons versus the world’s oldest evil–vampires as you’ve never seen them before!

Sixteen-year-old Jamie Carpenter’s life was violently upended when he was brought into Department 19, a classified government agency of vampire hunters that was formed to deal with a little problem . . . known as Dracula.

But being the new recruit at the Department isn’t all weapons training and covert missions. Jamie’s own mother has been turned into a vampire–and now Jamie will stop at nothing to wreak revenge on her captors. Even if that means facing down Dracula himself.

The Rising is a fast, furious, can’t-turn-away thrill ride that will suck readers in just like a video game. This riveting second book in the Department Nineteen series is packed with cutting-edge gadgets, international locales, and daredevil action that tumbles ferociously across the page–perfect for fans of Darren Shan and Anthony Horowitz.

Okay. That wasn’t very helpful. Just take my word for it: The book is so much better than the blurb suggests.

It was quite long…
I have no idea why this is in the cons, but basically when I was reading it, it took me a while because I kept putting it off because it was so long, but then towards the end, the anticipation kept rising and I couldn’t stop reading it.

Character Development
At points I hated the characters, but then after 5 pages, I love them again. They’re like clouds. Sometimes they rise and sometimes they fall. (that reminds me suddenly of Chaos Walking)
My feelings are manipulated too easily.

So for some people this may be in the cons section, but I love gore in books, but in real life, I’m not so sure; if a vampire suddenly explodes in blood in front of me I’d probably get that feeling of food rising up my throat.

New Characters
aka Matt. I don’t know why, but as soon as I read about him, I suddenly connected. It’s probably because he’s a “normal” human who doesn’t rise and float in his sleep.


Staying alive
Yup. Like the song :P.
Imagine the next part in caps:
They’re alive!!!
I guessed when I was reading Department 19, because I remember their deaths being too quick to be proper. I’m so happy!
But when “Mr Smith” was brought in, I was so angry that they didn’t reunite. Now we have to wait ANOTHER WHOLE 6 MONTHS (29th August) to see them reunited… And Steward. He never told Jamie…
Then the other guy. He’s going to be known as the other guy in this review. I’m so glad he’s alive, he was my favourite character. But he still doesn’t remember ;(.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Vampires,”she replied. “Lots and lots of vampires”

4.5 Shuriken Stars. 
I think the main reason why I haven’t raised  it to 5 is because it took me so long to read.
How awesome/scary (delete as appropriate) would it be if it were real.

He Rises.