Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Waterfall Wednesday read-along

Waterfall Wednesdays is hosted by Tina's Book Reviews, The Unread Reader, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Supernatural Snark and Irresistible Reads. It's a read-along of Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergan, each week we will reading chapters, swooning and discussing the book.

So the questions for this week have been set by Tina:

Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-6

1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, shes depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?

I have to admit I just intended to read the first 6 chapters as required however, I ended up completely engrossed and loved it so much I read the full book in 2 days, I couldn't hold back. I thought Gabi seemed like the typical grumpy teenager being hauled by her super focused mum to rural Italy where there would be no Internet, no hot boys and only tombs for company. I felt quite sorry for Gabi, her mum in dad were obviously very in love and shared a common goal to find the lost city of the Etruscans probably to the exclusion of Gabi and her sister Lia.

2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?
I would love the opportunity to travel back in time and be all knowing like in Hot Tub Time Machine! I've read quite a few books on the Tudor times so I would love to actually see for myself the political intrigue of court life, I have also done quite a lot of research into my family tree (I actually have a degree in history) so would love the opportunity to go back in time to see the ancestors I know a lot about on paper but to see more about how and where they lived and worked.

3. Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if shes a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of men's mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
I don't consider the men's behaviours and opinions to be chauvinistic, not really, it's a different time and they didn't know any better. I can  understand Gabi's frustrations and I think she does exceptionally well adapting and dealing with the changes and remembering what would not be acceptable. I can understand why Marcello is therefore completely entranced by her as she seems more independent and forth right. I actually quite like the gentlemanly behaviour if I'm honest, there is something really quite dashing and swoon worthy about it!
4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?
It's not fair but it is understandable, people are often suspicious of someone or something that seems just that little bit different. Although I'm sure there are times where I have felt like an outsider it's not something that would affect me long term- life is too short and you can't expect everyone to like you.

5. What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?
This is a very superficial answer but I would love to try the gorgeous dresses that the wealthy society women wore. I would not be so keen on the whole chamber pot business ewwwww, and the lack of showers and modern day medicine would fill me with dread, the very thought of dying from asthma or a simple wound is quite scary.

I really can't wait to see everyone's answers- head over to Tina's Book Reviews 
to see who else is participating

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Winner- Blood Bound giveaway

who wins a copy of Blood Bound By Rachel Vincent.
I've just sent you an email Cait.



My book boyfriend #16

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie over at The Unread Reader and will be on a Tuesday for the next couple of weeks whilst we participate in Waterfall Wednesday read-along. So for now, on a Tuesday I will be drooling over a fictional male character and racking my brains to think of what yummy person I will use in pictures to make everyone else drool too.

This week's book boyfriend is Josh from Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern. I just finished this book on Saturday and absolutely loved it my review is here.

Best friends Lillian and Josh have just finished high school and end up on a road trip to track down their sort of friend Penny who has faked her own kidnapping to escape her abusive boyfriend and QVC addicted mum.
Lillian and Josh are BFF but Lillian has secretly been in love with Josh for years. They are completely on the same wavelength sense of humour wise and their wacky pit stops on their road trip made me laugh and I *le sighed* quite a bit at slacker musician Josh who is both hilarious and hot.

Josh hangs upside down from the monkey bars, shirt-less (as is his summer look), his self-cut, shoulder-length brown hair dangling below him. I try not to ogle, but, damn, he looks amazing without a shirt. How do guys get to look so good without exercising or eating well at all? He's skinny, but not too skinny, and all nice and defined. I exhale a platonic sigh.

I walk up to him and run my fingers over the brown stubble on his cheeks. My red hair looks foreign in the reflection of his sunglasses.
"Hey," I breathe.
"Hey." I see his eyebrow cock in question.

I lean forward and gently brought his lips with mine. "What...?" he begins to say, and I kiss him again, more pressure, more urgent. He kisses back. I'm surprised and elated and melting into him. His hand is on my shoulder, my back, and mine is on his, his bare skin, taut and sticky from the heat. We kiss, a kiss I've dreamed about for years, even while kissing other guys. While he was with other girls. A kiss worth waiting for. Then Josh pulls away.

Josh watches me with a smirk. "What?" I demand, mouth full of food.
"You look pretty sexy eating that hot dog." Josh grins.
"Perv," I say.

"Especially with that mustard all over your chin." Josh laughs and wipes it off with the side of his hand.
"You know," Josh leans over and whispers in my ear, "I think we're mandated by the state of Oregon to make out during a laser light show."
I consider this. "Have you been studying state constitutions again?"
Josh nods in a little-kiddish way. The lights dim, the music blares, and for the next half hour, Josh and I are the only people in the world.

"Don't you want to?" His whisper is defensive.

"Of course," I whisper back. "I mean, I did. I do. I don't know."

He flips over onto his stomach, his face towards me. "What would this mean?" I need to know. In the past, in high school when we were together every day, I always pictured us as boyfriend and girlfriend, cutest-couple-yearbook material. "It doesn't have to mean anything. Or it could mean something, if you want to." He strokes the strands of hair that hang around my face, his guitar-rough fingertips brushing my cheek.
"What do you want?" I ask.
"I want right now," he whispers, and props himself up on his arm.
"I want right now, too," I decide. Josh kisses me, and I let him. And I kiss him back, and he lets me. Together. Here. Now.

Well helllooooo Parker Gregory! He makes a perfect Josh
and appears to be quite content to be sans shirt.
 If you haven't read Don't Stop Now I would "add it to cart" immediately
 it's both adorably funny and romantic I loved it.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Review- Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern

Don't Stop Now
Julie Halpern
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 7th June 2011
My rating: 4.5/5

On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny’s family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil’s BFF, Josh. But here’s the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn’t want to “ruin” their amazing friendship.
Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?

I adored the snarky banter between BFF's Lillian and Josh as they head West on a road trip with Josh's car and his rich but absent Dad's credit card to track down their troubled friend Penny who appears to have faked her own kidnapping to escape an abusive boyfriend and her QVC addicted mother who ignores her.

Josh and Lil's road trip is full of hilarious pit stops at places such as Mars' cheese castle, the enchanted world doll museum and the spam museum (who knew such a place could exist?) and buying "cheese makes it taste better" t-shirts along the way. Their relationship is that of BFF's, full of in jokes and snarky comments however, Lil has been in love with Josh for years, he  is flirty with everyone (including waitresses and shop assistants) everyone EXCEPT lil and yet, in the moment looks at her and it's all *le sigh* They have amazingly zingy chemistry but there are also awkward "almost" moments, lots of unrequited love and unspoken feelings.

Although the story focuses mostly on the road trip there is the slightly more serious storyline concerning Penny's pretty awful life and her cry for attention but it is very much in the background of the book.

Great characters, snarky humour, romance and a quirky road trip all rolled into one fantastic tale. Definetly well worth a read.

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading? is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey in which we share what books we finished last week, what we are currently reading and what we are planning to read this week.

I'm currently reading
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

I finished

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern
The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
(I have a lot of reviews to catch up on, I just wanted to read this week!)

I plan to read
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Winner- Chain Reaction giveaway

Congratulations to

You have won a copy of Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles.
I've sent you an email.
I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to everyone who entered.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

In my mailbox #20

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.

I bought

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I'm trying to avoid all discussions about it until I get a chance to read it.
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
 I've read and loved it but wanted my own copy.
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
So excited to start thi.s
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
I had this on audio book but NEEDED a paper copy too it's so good.

On loan/swops

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern
I LOVED it review will be up tomorrow
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
I'm currently reading this
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
I've been wanting to read this for AGES
Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
I actually bought this too, I forgot!
Thanks to Emily and Jasprit from UK SWOP SHOP who have the best taste in books ever!

For review
Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
I really need to catch up on this series

Travelling book

The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
This is actually our UK SWOP SHOP June travelling book
My review will be up next week.

I had such a good book week and I kind of went mad ordering loads of books too, some Aussie books I have been dying to get my hands on and loads that will be out over the coming months. I dread to think what my bank balance will be like.

On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. These are the books that I really want to buy or borrow, and then I drool over everyone else's wish lists and add even more books to my already enormous TBR list.

Every You, Every Me
David Levithan
Expected publication: 13th September 2011

In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he's been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan's starting to believe it's Ariel that's behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself.

I am beyond excited for this book, it actually sounds quite dark and apparently it is interspersed with black and white photographs so that the reader can see the pictures the character Evan is so unnerved by. I've pre-ordered it and I'm counting down the days already.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Mini review- She's So Dead to Us/ He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

She's So Dead to Us
Kieran Scott
(He's So/She's So Trilogy #1)
My rating: 5 out of 5

Rich "crestie" Ally Ryan was forced to leave town in disgrace after her father's bad investment left them financially ruined and nearly took some of her crestie friends parents with them. A year later Ally's father has disappeared off the face of the earth and Ally has moved back with her mum who has a new job at her old high school and has high hopes of reuniting with her old crestie friends.

Ally is now a "norm" living in the poorer part of town and Ally's so called friends have shunned her, blaming Ally for her father's mistakes. Hot new guy (isn't there always a hot new guy?) Jake is now living in Ally's posh crestie home, he knows nothing of Ally's background but the crestie friends soon fill him in.

Told alternatively from Ally and Jake's perspectives She's So Dead To Us is a surprisingly juicy read about social divisions, fitting in and finding out who your real friends are. I loved Ally's character she's a scapegoat for her father's actions but she's no doormat, and shows real strength of character in dealing with the cruel actions of her former friends. I cringed at Ally and her mum's attempts to fit back in. The crestie dinner was particularly cringe worthy and I wondered why at times they put themselves through it. This was my first Kieran Scott book and I was immediately captivated by the plot twists and surprises and loved the big cliffhanger ending.

Kieran Scott
(He's So/She's So Trilogy #2)
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Thankfully I had He's So Not Worth It ready and waiting to be read straight after finishing She's So Dead To Us. Ally is a completely different character in this book. The situation with her mother's annoying "don't sit on the white couch and take your shoes off at the door please" new boyfriend, her longing for her parents to get back together again coupled with her need to avoid Jake results in a teenage rebellion of epic proportions.

Ally is drinking loads and hooks up with local boy Cooper (who annoyed me no end) down at Jersey Shore whilst Jake is stuck working in the local coffee shop and attends summer school getting closer and closer to Chloe.

I still liked Ally despite her obvious downward spiral, my favourite character has to be Annie Ally's "norm" friend with her ongoing crestie research she made me snort with laughter at times. He's So Not Worth It is fast paced and addictive and although it's not quite as good as the first installment the huge cliffhanger ending will have me buying the final book in the trilogy the day it comes out. Great series.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Waterfall Wednesday Read-Along

I'm going to be participating in Waterfall Wednesdays hosted by Tina's Book Reviews, The Unread Reader, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Supernatural Snark and Irresistible Reads. It's a read-along of Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergan which I have heard is AMAZING so I'm desperate to join in and read it.

The read-a-long starts on August the 31st and runs until September the 28th with discussions every Wednesday. You can sign up and find out more at Tina's Book Reviews.

Discussion Schedule:
August 31st: Chapters 1-6
hosted by Tina at Tinasbookreviews

September 7th: Chapters 7-11
hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader

September 14th: Chapters 12-17
hosted by Joy & Serena at Edgy Inspirational Romance

September 21st: Chapters 18-23
hosted by Jenny at Supernatural Snark

September 28th: Chapters 24-28 & Wrap Up
hosted by Nic at Irresistible Reads

Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

It sounds totally EPIC I can't wait to start!

My book boyfriend #15

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie over at The Unread Reader and has now pretty much taken over my Wednesday's. Every Wednesday I drool over a fictional male character and rack my brains to think of what yummy person I will use in pictures to make everyone else drool too.

This week's book boyfriend is Brody Brown the gorgeous tattooed biker in the very steamy Coming Undone by Lauren Dane. He rides a Harley, owns a tattoo shop and gave up a promising career in art to bring up his younger brother and sister.
He's rough around the edges and is protective of those he loves, the chemistry between Brody and ex ballet dancer Elise (who has a troubled past) is sizzling hot and he adores her young daughter Rennie.

He was... Well, there wasn't amy other man she could compare him to really. His hair was close-cropped but tousled. If it had been longer she'd have bet he'd have had thick curls. Dark as night. The neatly trimmed goatee and moustache worked for him, framed a mouth she was quite convinced would deliver some devastating goodness...

So alluring, this man. His voice, oh good Lord, his voice was like suede. Deep and rough/soft. Up close, he was... a bit overwhelming. More than handsome- he was too hard-edged to be handsome- he was compelling, magnetic.

When he pulled up his shirt, her mouth had actually watered. He had tattoos on his side and belly. His very flat and hard belly. What she could see there and on his wrist looked well thought out. Not a bunch of random stuff. What she saw seemed to have a Far Eastern influence. She wondered what he looked like under the clothes, under all of them. And not just for the tattoos either. He emanated power as he moved. Even when he stood still, the power rolled off him in waves of magnetism.

He'd do anything for her; he needed her to understand it, needed everyone to understand it. He couldn't wait until this dammed stuff was over with, so they could move forward. He wanted to tell her he loved her, he wanted to sleep at her side every night. He wanted all this external stuff stowed away so he could spend the rest of his days loving Elise and Rennie.

Thanks to Marco Dapper for being my Brody
all rough and sweaty after changing that tyre in the desert.
What a guy, gorgeous and good with his hands *ahem*

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Giveaway- Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

To celebrate the release date of the fantastic Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent (I loved it my review is here) I have one copy of Blood Bound to give away.

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  • The giveaway ends on Monday 29th August at 11.59pm (UK time) and the winner will be contacted by email and announced on the blog.

Monday, 22 August 2011

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading? is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey in which I share what books I finished last week, what I'm currently reading and what I am planning to read this week.
I'm currently reading
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
(it's on Net Galley right now)

I finished
Supernaturally by Kiersten White review is here
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles review and giveaway is here
Wildefire by Karsten Knight (review to follow)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (review to follow)

This week I plan to read
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
However, considering I am back at work I think it's fairly unlikely I will be able to finish both of them, but it's always good to aim high!

What are you reading today?

Sunday, 21 August 2011

In my mailbox #19

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.

I bought
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (my review is here and you can win a copy!)
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Lighter Side of Life and Death by c.k. kelly martin

From swops
Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
(thanks to Jodie @ Books for Company)
Someone Like you by Sarah Dessen
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

From the galley grab
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
The Pledge by Kimberley Derting
(I still can't figure out how to put the galley grab books on my ipad
if any one knows please give me a shout)

My keeper shelf is now on Facebook come and like me!!!