Monday, 30 May 2011

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading is a weekly thingy hosted by Shelia over at One persons journey through a world of books.
Today is a bank holiday in the UK and I'm off to see The Sound of Music at the theatre tonight
(I am not dressing up like a nun though just in case you were wondering)

I'm currently reading Blood Law by Karin Tabke
It started off really well but I'm about half way through and my attention is wavering a bit.
Love the cover though!

I just finished Flawless by Lara Chapman and Winterborne by Augusta Blythe both were really enjoyable. I've still to write up my reviews, I am way behind with my reviews!

Next up is Kiss of Snow and Magic Slays which The Book Depository have "allegedly" sent to me but I haven't received them yet and I'm forcing myself not to growl at my postman as its not actually his fault.

If they don't arrive by tomorrow I will read Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky which looks really good but I will probably be in a huff about not being able to read what I really want. Grrrrrr.

What are you reading today?
(Please note if you say Kiss of Snow I will explode into a million tiny pieces. Just saying.)

Review- Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Release date: May 3rd
Publisher: Del Ray
Buy it: Amazon
My rating: 4

The blurb:
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

Hounded was a fantastic fun, fast paced and fresh read. Atticus O'Sullivan is the last of the Druids and is 1,200 years old . Atticus is pretty yummy on the cover and pretty yummy inside I liked him immediately in fact he might be my first "Druid" crush. He's a laid back, witty and earthy (that will be the Druidy bit) guy who likes the ladies (well Goddesses mostly) and has a favourite Irish pub. I loved the fact that despite being 1,200 years old Atticus is not anything like these ancient stuffy vampires I usually read about who still speak and act like they did when they became vampires. Atticus has adapted to the modern world and is pretty up to date but can still throw in a little story about Shakespear for effect. (he gets excellent name dropping points from me). His side kick Oberon is an adorable hilarious Irish Wolfhound who speaks to him telepathically about his dog like obsession with Genghis Khan and finding himself some French poodle action.

Not only is Atticus being hunted by a Fae God for his magical sword, he's got some mean Polish witches on his back and various Gods and Goddesses after him- it's not always clear to Atticus (or to the reader) who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. There are fight scenes galore and Celtic and Norse mythology but not too much that it becomes a history lesson.

What made it really fresh for me was that its written by a guy and from a male point of view. I personally don't read many books like that, so I could actually see my husband reading it too (well if Sky Sports stopped working or something). I loved the wry humour and action and cannot wait for Hexed which is out on the 7th of June I've already pre-ordered it.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Review - Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Release date: January 1st 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Buy it: Amazon
My rating: 5 out of 5

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

I actually had Perfect Chemistry on my bookshelf for months before I actually picked it up and gave it a chance. I think it was Donna over at Book Passion for Life who kept telling me it was wonderful that finally made me pick it up and I am soooo glad that I did, although I think I may in fact be the last person in the world to read it. I ended up completely absorbed in it and finished it in a matter of hours.

It's a predictable but completely unputdownable fantastic little love story. Told from the alternating perspectives of Alex the local bad boy Hispanic gang member who secretly has a heart of gold and Brittany the perfect cheerleader who has a very unperfect home life with a cruel and overbearing perfectionist mother and a severely disabled sister, this is a story about two people who are both putting on a face for the outside world. Despite their obvious differences they are actually very similar. For me, the story was about not judging people by outward appearances.

If you haven't read it yet (hopefully there is one such person left in the world?) go and buy it or borrow it you will not regret it. I have the sequel sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read, I wont wait so long this time I promise.

In my mailbox #7

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

This week I bought a few books from The Book Depository, I was easily tempted by their 10% off offer.
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
The Taker by Alma Katsu
Blood Law by Karin Tabke
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

I was also tempted by The Works 3 books for £5 offer
 (I swopped the first and bought the last books in the series seperately)
I'm sure I've read the first book but it was ages ago
this is one of the series I really want to read.

I received my first RAK (Random Act of Kindness) from the lovely Nat @ Dark Fantasy
RAK is hosted by Book Soulmates
 I was so excited at getting Flawless  I read it straight away!

I am ashamed to admit I have never read The Mortal Instruments series (sorry!)
so this is another series I want to read and managed to get them in a few swops
thanks to Lindsey at UK Swop Shop

I also got another 2 swops from RISI.
(I've been swop crazy this week my postman looks exhausted)
Torment by Lauren Kate
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

I also got a fab bargain at WH Smiths these 5 books for £7.99!
Tithe by Holly Black
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Poison Garden by Sarah Singleton
Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler

What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 28 May 2011

On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books.

My life seriously couldn’t get any worse.
First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse.
On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP!
But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis.

It’s going to be a fairy bad day

Fairy Bad Day
Amanda Ashby (Speak)
Publication date: 9th June

Fairy Bad Day looks like a really light fun read, I saw it a while ago and decided to pre-order it.

From the humblest of beginnings a millennia ago, Lothaire the Enemy of Old rose to power, becoming the most feared and evil vampire in the immortal world. Driven by his past, he will not rest until he captures the vampire Horde’s crown for himself. The discovery of his Bride, the female meant only for him, threatens to derail his plot.

Elizabeth Peirce is a mere mortal, a glaring vulnerability for a male with so many blood foes bent on annihilating anything he desires. Yet soon he discovers his Bride’s secret. A magnificent power dwells inside the fragile human, one that will aid his quest. But to possess that power, he will have to destroy her. Will Lothaire succumb to the torments of his past, or seize a future with her?

Kresley Cole (Gallery)
Publication date: 10th Jan 2012

Anything from Kresley Cole is an auto buy for me, however when this cover was revealed this week my initial thoughts were along the lines of "eeekkk why does Lothaire have Boris Johnson hair?" Boris Johnson *shudder* is the Lord Mayor of London and has the worst hair ever (amongst other faults!) this is what he looks like...

*snigger* uncanny huh???

Friday, 27 May 2011

Follow me Friday

It's Follow Friday! 

Follow my book blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee its a great way for bloggers to make new blogger friends.
This weeks featured blog is Louise from Book Bliss

This weeks question:
 How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

It varies, last week I had a busy week at work I was sooo tired I hardly read anything maybe just one book that week. Usually its 2 sometimes 3 books a week, I get through more YA books and If I'm engrossed in a book I can easily stay up really late reading despite having work in the morning. Luckily I have a very understanding husband who works shifts and loves Sky Sports.

I have never listened to an audio book ever, there is no actual real reason for this. I love physical books to keep on my bookcases but read both on my Ipad and on my brand new Kindle.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Splash into Summer blog hop

Hello everybody! I'm participating in the Splash into Summer giveaway hop
hosted by I am A Reader, Not a Writer.
I hope you are all having fun entering all the hundreds of giveaways.
So, what can you win at My keeper shelf?
The winner can pick one book from the 6 books showing below.

The giveaway will end on 31st of May at 11.59pm (UK time)
 The winner will be announced on the blog on the 1st of June.
This giveaway is open Internationally
 The book will be ordered through The Book Depository so before entering check that they deliver to your country.

To enter you must:
1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Fill out this easy peasy entry form
3. For an extra entry follow me on Twitter @Mykeepershelf

Don't forget to leave me a little comment so that I know you have stopped by!
Here's the link to the other blogs taking part in the hop

Good Luck!!!


Other bloggers taking part in the hop are:

Monday, 23 May 2011

Review - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

I only read If I Stay a few weeks ago so it was still really fresh in my mind when I started Where She Went. I enjoyed If I Stay and cried a little bit at then end, however I totally cried my eyes out at Where She Went, it is the most amazing sequel in fact I actually loved it more than the first book.

Where She Went is written from Adam's point of view and is set 3 years after If I Stay. Mia has left Oregon for Julliard and has cut off all ties with Adam. He is now a celebrity as his band Shooting Star have hit the big time but Adam is basically a complete wreck. He's jumpy, paranoid, bitter and completely messed up over the way Mia ended their relationship. Adam attends one of Mia's concerts in New York and agrees to meet her after her show and they spend time together and finally get to discuss why Mia left.

Mia seems so strong in comparison to Adam, she finds comfort in surrounding herself in photographs and memories of her parents and beloved younger brother whereas Adam is still grieving both of the loss of Mia and her family.
Adam just makes me want to sigh contentedly, he's an intense but sensitive rock star type and despite the fame and money has never really got over the only girl he has ever loved. I absolutely felt his pain and loneliness and could understand the bitterness he felt towards Mia but when Mia explained her reasons for leaving, like Adam, I could feel myself melting (and crying some more!)

I loved the little grunge references and flashbacks to their teenage years and camping trip. Do you know what bit caused me to cry the most? The guitar bit *sobs* I absolutely loved it and thought the ending was perfect. Gayle Forman writes so beautifully I was completely gripped the whole way through and devoured it in just a few hours.

If you haven't read it please go and buy it and while you are at it buy some hankies you will need them. It's a five from me and Where She Went is now proudly displayed on my keeper shelf.

Review - Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-ifs in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

I really enjoyed Forgotten and as the blurb promised it was a very thought provoking YA read.
London Lane's 16 year old brain resets itself at 4.33 am every morning she basically forgets everything that has happened and has to rely on writing herself little notes on what she wore the previous day and what stuff she has to remember for school. London also sees glimpses of the future in her dreams (which are more like nightmares at times) which she is able to remember but this is often a huge burden for her to bear.

She meets new guy Luke who she really, really likes but as she has no future memories of him she knows she has no actual future with him. She has to write little notes to herself each night to remind herself who he is as her brain wipes him out of existence each and every night.

I found London's condition quite heartbreaking at times, she has to fumble through high school life relying on notes to remind herself about mundane things like homework and PE kit, although no-one at school seems to notice though they just think shes a bit scatty.

The real killer for me was her brain wiping Luke out of existence each night. Luke is so sweet; he's romantic and artistic (he paints ears which is admittedly, a bit odd) but London wakes up each day with no memory of him, they kind of have to start afresh each day. (although she does get to have that OMG moment when she sees him for the first time each day and realises how gorgeous he is!)

Equally, London has the burden of seeing glimpses of the future and knows the mistakes her best friend is making and the effect it will have on her for the rest of her life. Should she interfere? does her friend want to listen to her? It really tugged at my heartstrings.

Forgotten also has a really great mystery running throughout which was really well written and certainly kept me guessing. London has to figure out if her reoccurring dream is a future prediction or a past memory, she knows she needs to unlock the memory and figure out who and what it's about.

There are a couple of really good twists and turns in the plot and the ending really caught me by surprise. (I'm trying really hard here not to give anything away!)

Overall, I really enjoyed Forgotten, the emotional storyline really did tug at my heartstrings and it had the added bonus of a clever little mystery and sweet romance. Its a 4 from me.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

In my mailbox #6

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

This week I received Forgive My Fins by Tara Lynn Childs from the fantastic Templar publishing and I will be participating in a Forgive My Fins blog hop on its UK release so look out for that soon!
I also received an ARC of Starcrossed by Jospehine Angelini from MacMillan Children's books. I am reading it right now its fantastic.

I bought a couple of books this week:
Blood Magic By Tessa Gratton
(I did a happy dance when it was delivered)
I also bought from WH Smiths:
A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness,
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher
and Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll 

I also got a few book swaps this week:
Numbers by Rachel Ward and
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkes (I read Perfect Chemistry recently and loved it)

For review I received a copy of Winterbourne by Augusta Blyth by the author which looks right up my street.

I also got a few books from the Simon and Schuster galley grab that look pretty amazing.

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Day Before by Lisa Shroeder
Sometimes it Happens by Lauren Barnholt
Wildfire by Karsten Knight
All the Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel

Luckily I got a new bookcase this week too!
What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 21 May 2011

On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book City Chick. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books. This week's wish list has 2 books that are due to be released quite soon that look right up my street.

Idle hands are the devil's workshop

Temptation and seduction are the tricks of the Devil's trade, and when offered the chance to regain his wings by playing guardian angel, he's hell-bent on doing things his way . . .

Faith McFarland is in need of a miracle. So desperate to save her sick child, she's willing to make a deal with the Devil: steal a ring worn by Finn Payne, the bad-boy rock star who long ago sold his soul for rock 'n roll. Temptation and seduction become necessary evils, yet Faith's salvation means Finn's damnation . . . because the ring is all that stands between him and Hell. Falling in love was never part of the bargain, but now that they've tasted heaven in each other's arms, can they convince the Devil to give up his due?

I really like the look of Devil Without a Cause it's released on May 31st.

Their instincts will save them.
Their passion will transform them.

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

I saw this cover a while back on Book Chick City and added it to my wish list, it's released on the 6th of June so not long to go now.

What's on your wish list this week?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Follow me Friday, book blogger hop

It's Follow Friday! 

Follow my book blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee its a great way for bloggers to make new blogger friends.
This weeks featured blog is Ninja Girl from Ninja Girl Reads

This weeks question:
 It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

1. When I'm not reading I'm researching my family tree- it's quite easy to trace your family tree in Scotland as we have amazingly well preserved records I've founds loads of skeletons in my family cupboard!
2. I'm really, really scared of clowns (so is Johnny Depp so I am in good company)
3. My elbow was once on television (you might not recognised it, it was my left elbow after all...)
4. I read Pride and Prejudice at least once every 3 months and have done since I was about 12.
5. I've taken the 31st of May off work to read Kiss of Snow- I've told them I have a longstanding "appointment"  (it kind of is, I've been wanting to read it for ages!)

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for

This weeks question is:
If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book) which book would it be from and what would that place be?

I think I would like to have a look at post walls Dublin from Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever, it sounded terrifying but I would quite like to have Barrons protecting me!

Happy Friday everybody! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Review- Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.
I picked Dragon Bound up as Nalini Singh (who is one of my favourite authors) recommended it as a great new paranormal romance. I figured if Nalini likes it, I probably will too. I loved it! The cover and the blurb just don't do it justice at all.
The hero Dragos is an ancient dragon shifter who has been around literally since the dawn of time- he's powerful, mega rich and terrifying. Our heroine Pia is half human, half "something" the something is a big secret which Pia has to guard with her life. She finds herself being blackmailed by her toad like ex-boyfriend and is forced to steal something from Dragos's well protected hoard of priceless items. She nicks a penny, replaces it with another penny and leaves a note apologising on the back of a till receipt. He is then forced to hunt her down but finds himself completely enthralled by her, he's pretty bored with life and realises she is the excitement he needs.
Dragos is all alpha male, he's cavemanish in the extreme. He's arrogant, possessive and completely over bearing. Personally, I love a good protective alpha male and Dragos definitely hit the mark for me. Pia stands her ground with Dragos; she challenges him, supports him and fights back with sarcastic one liners. Her secret half "something" completely blew me away. The chemistry between Dragos and Pia was sizzling, there are some very hot and descriptive smexy scenes. 
The world building in Dragon Bound was fantastic. Often, first books in a new series I find get a bit boring with all the necessary world building which I find often slows a story down, not so in Dragon Bound. There are elves, fae, gryphons, goblins, witches and shifters but the story is never bogged down by the array of characters or setting of the scene, in fact, the story galloped on and kept me glued to the page throughout. I think there is huge potential here for a fantastic series; Dragos has a close knit group of sentinels who are also mythical creatures that could have their own fantastic stories and I'm already looking forward to the next installment.
Overall, if you like dragons, hot paranormal romance, action and adventure then I would say this is the book for you. Go buy it. It's a five from me.

My book boyfriend #6

It's book boyfriend day! Woo hoo!! My book boyfriend started over at The Unread Reader, its basically an opportunity for me to drool over my favourite fictional male characters and show you the swoon worthy scenes that I love the most.

This week I have chosen Judd Lauren from Nalini Singh's Caressed by Ice which is part of her amazing psy/changeling series. If you haven't read this I would absolutely recommend them, I think I've read Caressed by Ice roughly about four bazillion times.

Judd was an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy council ranks trained from early childhood to be a merciless killer. He's cold, super intelligent, aloof and lethal and has been trained not to feel any emotions. He is described as "dangerous maleness."
To protect his family Judd had to drop out of the evil psy net and has taken refuge with the Snow dancer wolves. Judd is involved in rescuing one of the female young wolves Brenna who had been abducted by an evil Psy serial killer. Judd is the only one who can help Brenna piece her life back together and she slowly starts to melt ice man Judd. 

His hand curled into a fist on the carpet. "Then if you don't find me attractive, why are you staring?"

"I didn't say that." Brenna's voice had grown darker, hungrier.
 "If pretty was all you were, I wouldn't be so fascinated. You have dangerous eyes, a stubborn jaw, the body of a soldier, and the mind of a hunter. That, my darling Psy," she whispered, "makes you a gorgeous, sexy package I want to lick from head to toe."

"You're the strongest, most determined woman I know" He placed his fingers along the strnads of her hair. "You'd make mincemeat out of a lesser man. It's a good thing you belong to me."

Relief almost collapsed her knees. "Not funny."

"I'm serious." Something very male moved over his face. "If you say yes now, I won't let you go if you decide I'm not what you want later on down the road. You say yes, you say yes forever. Be sure"

For a single taut second, she was afraid of the possession in that voice, the implacability in his eyes. Judd was no tame wolf who would do whatever she wanted. He was complicated and dominant and more than a little bad.

He kissed the shell of her ear. "No more tears. Ever."

"Sorry honeypie, but I'm a wolf. We're temperamental- get used to it."

"Not that one. I'll accept darling and even baby, " he said, feeling something unclench in his chest at hearing her sound like herself again, "but never honeypie."

"Babycakes?" She rubbed her face against his chest.
"Now you're just being mean"
She laughed and it was the best sound he'd heard in eternity.

I think the model Cory Bond would be a perfect Judd Lauren, hot or what?