Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Review and giveaway- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor
Hodder & Staughton
Expected publication: 29th Sept 2011
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Featuring necklaces made of wishes; an underground shop dealing in teeth; magical tattoos; a wishbone on a cord, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a thrilling story about Karou and her secret life as an apprentice to a wishmonger. Karou manages to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to an inhuman creature who deals in wishes and is the closest thing she has to family. Her life is surrounded by mysteries she is desperate to unveil.

Vivid characterisation, stunning beautiful writing and original and rich world building; Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone really is the perfect mix of magic, romance and mystery.

Karou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague who has a secret life- her foster family are Chimaera who may actually look like monsters but have lovingly raised Karou as their own. Karou in turn has a real allegiance to them and runs errands for Brimstone the demonic wish monger collecting human teeth for him. The numerous questions I had about Karou- who is she really? where is she from? why can't she open the second door in Brimstone's office? what are the teeth actually for? really kept me guessing and glued to the pages throughout. Her life changes completely when she comes face to face with the dangerous and mysterious angel Akiva and the story of the Seraphim and Chimaera and their centuries long war starts to unravel.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone's uniqueness is that it has both a spellbinding plot and stunning beautiful, finely crafted prose, it just felt completely different and every fine little detail felt completely thought out in glorious technicolour. I adored the chemistry between Karou and Akira which was dark, sensual, delectable and utterly moreish. Overall I thought  Laini Taylor's world building had a subtle bit of genius to it and the ending left me desperate for more.

Thanks to the publishers Hodder & Staughton for providing me with an advance reviewers copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have one copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for giveaway

Giveaway information:
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*Thanks to Hodder and Staughton for providing the giveaway prize!

Waterfall Wednesday Read-Along

This is the last week of the Waterfall Wednesday read-along *sobs* this has been the first read-along I have ever participated in and I have loved joining in every week. Not only have a thoroughly enjoyed reading Waterfall but I have also found quite a few fabulous blogs along the way, we have collectively swooned over Marcello (Team Marcello!), been horrified over the lack of clean toilet facilities and showers in Medieval times (who knew??), drooled over gorgeous ball gowns and worried about kicking ass in our slippers. It has been a blast.

So for this final week the questions have been set by the one of my fav bloggers and Aussie YA guru Nic @ Irresistible Reads I hope you are feeling better Nic:)

1. After Gabi is injured, the doctor gives her a tonic. Gabi questions the doctor several times what is in it but he refuses to tell. Would have you taken the tonic in Gabi situation?
No. A resounding wholehearted No. I've not impressed with medieval home remedies and wacky health care suggestions so if I was Gabi I would give the tonic a miss.
2. Before the games Gabi asks Lia to let Lord Forabosch win in the archery event as people especially Lord Forabosch are becoming suspicious of them. But during the games Lord Forabosch upsets Lia trying to throw her off her game. So Lia decides to win. Do you think she did the right thing by not letting Lord Forabosch bully her or do you think she took an unnecessary risk?
It was a real risk he didn't seem to be the type who believes it's the taking part that matters, dented male pride is never pretty and it would have been probably even more humiliating in medieval times if some young girl was more talented with the old bow and arrow.
3. When Gabi is dying and she and Lia decide to return to the tombs so they can get the cure at home but they have to tell Marcello the truth. Even though Marcello thinks that it is madness that they are from the future he believes in Gabi because he loves her. Do you think this is believable? What would you have done if you were Marcello?
It's probably not the easiest thing for Marcello to believe but he must have had his suspicions that Gabi was not entirely normal. If I was Marcello I probably wouldn't have believed Gabi I would be requesting some form of documented proof, goodness knows what that would be, but I would have demanded it regardless.
4. In the end Gabi and Lia return home. Do you think Gabi will return to Marcello? Would you go back?
I deliberately haven't read the second book (I will once we are all finished reading-alonging (?) made up word alert!) but the romantic in me hopes this isn't the end and that she goes back to him. How often will she get a chance to fall in love with someone as ultra swoon worthy as Marcello? I would go back but I would take a few suitcases of necessities with me like deodorants, medicines, shower gels and shampoo, leave in conditioner, shoes, jeans, Ipod, crisps etc.
5. Looking back at Waterfall what was your favourite moment?
The kiss of course. Anything with Marcello in it really (final Marcello *le swoon*)

Head over to Irresistible Reads to see who else is participating in the final read-along.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

My top 5 book boyfriends

My book boyfriend is hosted by the truly awesome 

This week I am presenting my Top 5 alpha male book boyfriends of all time. These guys are genuinely my favourite alpha male characters EVER, I have folded down the pages of many of their key scenes  for ease of reference *ahem* and I can often be found day dreaming about them when I should be paying attention in work.  

So, in reverse order (cos that's what they do in all the important award ceremonies and this is clearly a very important award ceremony) 

In fifth place- Brody from Lauren Dane's Never Enough

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.

In fourth place- Ash from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron

He led her hand to his face so that she was touching his cheek as he stared at her. His eyes and the pain in them burned her soul deep. "Because I don't feel broken when you look at me."
Those words brought tears to her eyes. "How could you feel broken?"
He rubbed his face against her palm and when he spoke, his breath scorched her skin. But it was his words that branded her heart. "I was shattered as a child and thrown away, like a piece of trash no one wanted. But you don't treat me like that. You see in me the human bit and you touch that part of me. You make me feel whole and wanted."

In third place- Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Lover Awakened

"Her lips came down on his and he kissed her back even though he couldn't list his arms to hold her now. God, how he loved kissing her. He loved feeling his mouth against his, loved having her right up close all in his face, loved her breath in his lungs, loved...her? Was that what had happened in the night? Had he fallen?"

In second place- Curran from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series

"He leaned his head to me, his neck so close to my lips,I felt the heat coming of his skin. His breath was warm against my ear. His voice was a ragged snarl. "I miss you" This wasn't happening. "I worry about you" He dipped his head and looked into my eyes. "I worry something stupid will happen and I won't be there and you'll be gone. I worry we won't ever get a chance and it's driving me out of my skull.
We stared at each other. The tiny space between us felt too hot. Muscles bulged on his naked frame. He looked feral.
Mad gold eyes stared into mine. "Do you miss me, Kate?"
I closed my eyes, trying to shut him out. I could lie and then we'd be back to square one. Nothing would be resolved. I'd still be alone, hating him and wanting him.
He grabbed my shoulders and shook me once. "Do you miss me?"
I took the plunge, "Yes."

My Number 1 book boyfriend of all time is...

Mr Alpha Male himself, it could be no other 
Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's truly A-MAZING Fever series

"Barrons was powerful, broodingly good-looking, insanely wealthy, frighteningly intelligent, and had exquiste taste, not to mention a hard body that emited some kind of constant low-level charge. Bottom line: He was the stuff of heroes. And psychotic killers"

"He pulls me around and kisses me. "You're Mac" he says. "And I'm Jericho." And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?" I do. Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me."

So would any of these gorgeous Alpha males be in your top 5 book boyfriends?

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Review- Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Saving June
Hannah Harrington
Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 22nd Nov 2011
My rating: 5 out of 5

Harper Scott, trying to come to terms with her perfect older sister June's suicide, takes a road trip and finds love with a mysterious boy who had a connection to June-- and may know more about her sister's life and death than he's telling.

Firstly the blurb does not do this book justice, it doesn't even hint at the true epicness inside. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Saving June from my favourite Aussie C.J. Duggan as it's impossible to get in the UK however, it is being re-released with a lovely new cover on the 22nd of November and everyone and I mean everyone who loves books that literally rip your heart out should go and buy it.

Harper's older sister June has committed suicide. Despite her seemingly perfect life Harper finds June's body still clutching the bottle of pills with the car running and Cd's beside her. At the funeral Harper is suffocating and exhausted, her anger and frustration at the sister she has never been able to measure up to literally rolls off the page. As her divorced parents plan to split June's ashes and buy separate urns Harper wants and needs answers and finds in June's bedroom a postcard in which June has written "California I'm coming home." Remembering how much her sister wanted a house by the ocean Harper enlists her BFF Lacey to go on a road trip to California to spread June's ashes in the Pacific as she deserves. Harper also finds notes on the Cd's June was listening to which leads them to Jake Tolan a too cool for school guitar player with gorgeous green eyes and impeccable music taste that June had tutored and spent time with. Jake manages to convince Harper into letting him drive them to California in his van he calls Joplin, Harper however is determined to find out more about Jake and the role he played in June's life.

I love road trip books- play list after play list of cool songs, taking random pictures of gorgeous scenery and having the time to have hilarious banter with fellow travellers. Saving June's road trip was all that and so much more with the heart breaking quest to take June's ashes to the ocean. So although I loved all the people and places along the way such as Seth and his signed Jimi Hendrix LP, the games of truth or dare and top three (my favourite would be top three things you would say to George W Bush if you faced no legal repercussions)and meeting gorgeous Quentin and his band Robot Squad Suicide to name but a few, it was the heart breaking music related moments that really made Saving June special to me.

I had real moments where I bawled my eyes out whilst reading this. When Harper finally lets go and cries whilst listening to the lyrics of "Let It Be" by The Beatles and when Jake explains the background to Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" I actually had to put the book down for a bit as I couldn't actually see the pages for tears. Equally, when Jake explains to Harper that certain songs can rip your heart out and are the best kind of devastation, taking pain and turning into something people connect to like Harper I absolutely believed him and think the same can be said for books.

I loved that Harper is the kind of girl with no filter, she can be arsey and bitchy but underneath it she is in so much pain. She's angry at her sister for leaving her to deal with this alone and then feels ashamed for feeling angry. I loved that she very very slowly starts to realise there is more to Jake than his slightly geeky encyclopedic knowledge of music. There's actually his secret love of ABBA, his protective streak (that had me melting in a puddle of goo) and his dancing skills all in his favour. What I loved the most though is that I will never be able to listen to The Doors again without thinking of their "serious raging hormone action" it was absolutely A-MAZING.

Saving June is another gush worthy masterpiece in my eyes, despite having a to be read list as long as my arm I stopped everything and read Saving June twice, its a real must read.

In my mailbox #24

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

I bought a few books this week most of which were books I had pre-ordered (I am the queen of pre-ordering) I am loving which allows me to feed my Aussie YA habit. The only problem is when they deliver they put a big giant sticker on it saying its a book and it has the cost of the book on it eeekkkkkk. I therefore have to ensure my husband doesn't see the sticker as I may have led him to believe all books ordered online only cost about £2 *snigger* In hindsight I really wished I had picked a more realistic fabricated price. Oh well never mind. 

Fury by Shirley Marr
(Just finished this, it's very dark I loved it)
Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart
(This isn't available in the UK so I am mega excited to read it)
All These I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
(I read a couple of good reviews and decided it sounded right up my street)
Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst
(Bought after seeing Missie @ The Unread reader's book boyfriend post)
Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguie
(I ordered this ages ago- a knight who is now a vampire squeee)
The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken
(I HEART this series- hilarious and hot shapeshifting dragons what more does a girl need? )

From Net galley

I was just about to order Blood Rights when I saw it on Net Galley. Win!

I was thinking of trying to do a vlog IMM but I lack the technical wizardry to make it happen so I'm still thinking about it, plus I'm worried no one will understand my Glaswegian accent.
 I could just wave books in front of the camera so it might work out ok!

 What was in your mailbox this week

Saturday, 24 September 2011

On my wishlist/ new covers alert

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City

I noticed a couple of A-MAZING covers this week from four of my all time favourite authors, all are the next installment in series that I heart BIG TIME, the kind I have pre-ordered months in advance, count down the days anxiously until their respective releases and stalkerishly check The Book Depository and Amazon to check if they have been dispatched on an hourly basis (I think you know what I mean).

Sacrificial Magic
Downside Ghosts #4
Stacia Kane
Expected publication: 27th March 2012

When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks.

As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.

I may have mentioned the odd 47 times that the Downside Ghosts series is one of my all time favourites, I may also have had Terrible as a book boyfriend and explained how I actually have "Terrible Fever." Anyway, I instantly loved the cover (so what if I'm biased??) it's exactly how I have pictured Chess is my head. I am literally beside myself with excitement for this book.

By A Thread
Elemental Assassin #6
Jennifer Estep
Expected publication: 28th Feb 2012

Gin Blanco never thought she’d need a vacation from being an assassin. But a few weeks ago, she killed Mab Monroe, her nemesis and the most powerful Fire elemental in Ashland. Now, all the city’s lowlifes are trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So she heads south to a swanky beach town, along with her baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like Gin will have to dig the silverstone knives out of her suitcase after all. But this time, her special powers might not be enough to prevent her from coming home in a pine box…

Love the cover. Love Gin. Love the whole series. Eeeeek this blurb has let out a giant spoiler for #5 which is due out on Tuesday but I don't even care just avert your eyes.

A Perfect Blood
The Hollows #10
Kim Harrison
Expected publication: 21st Feb 2012

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth — a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can’t be done without Rachel’s blood.

As a bounty hunter, Rachel has battled vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more. But humanity itself might be her toughest challenge.

Trent and Rachel, Trent and Rachel, Trent and Rachel. The eternal romantic in me really wants Trent and Rachel to end up together. That kiss at the end of Pale Demon had my heart a fluttering.

Tangle of Need
Psy-Changeling #11
Nalini Singh
Expected publication: 29th May

No blurb as yet.
Not really loving this cover if I'm honest, he's supposed to be golden but he just looks like he needs a good bath. Dunno what the weird patterns are all about either. I will be buying it anyway of course.

Are any of these books on your wish list?

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Review- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon
Cath Crowley
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 14th February 2012
My rating: 5 out of 5

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.

Graffiti Moon is so beautifully written it should be savoured, I however raced through it because I was desperate to know what was going to happen in the end. I am determined to buy a copy when it's released on February 14th as it's an absolute keeper, and the kind of book that reminds you why you love reading in the first place.

For me, Graffiti Moon is all about Ed (Shadow). He's that underdog kind of kid that I always fall in love with- the one who has had a tough upbringing struggling to make ends meet, the kid that has to leave school early as he struggles with reading and writing but teachers haven't even noticed or helped him (apart from one lovely art teacher) he finds a job and in that finds a much loved father figure, that one person who believes in him and his amazing artistic talent but he tragically loses that father figure and as a result loses his way in life. I always and I mean always fall for that type of character who just needs a break. I want to swoop in, give Ed a hug, give him a nice place to stay and assure him he is a worthwhile talented individual and that life won't always be that hard.

I loved gutsy little Lucy and her nose breaking skills. I loved that she was so obsessed with Shadow that she didn't realise she was looking for Shadow with Shadow and as she slowly started to see Ed for his true worth it gave the me the overall book warm and fuzzies.

Like my other favourite Aussie book Saving Francesca the secondary characters are also completely lovable. Ed's single parent mum tries so hard to brighten up their crappy threadbare home and provides a place for Leo to crash when his home life becomes completely unbearable. Equally, Bert Ed's boss/father figure made my heart ache- it was just the quiet and understated support, just being that person Ed could talk to when he needed who just got him.

Graffiti Moon is absolutely gush worthy, it's a masterpiece and if I could give it a squillion stars I would. Thanks to Net galley for the opportunity to read it before it's release on the 14th of February. Valentine's day present anyone?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays 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.

This week the questions have been set by Jenny @ Supernatural Snark


1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?
I think I lack the killer instinct necessary to stand on the front line and chop people's heads off and my first aid skills are pretty non existant too so I might have to find another role like making calming cups of tea or ripping up sheets to make bandages (they always do that in movies in an emergency).

2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?
I like the maid marion vibe of this gown, it's simple and I like the earthy green in it.  I've seen a few gowns in museums in the UK (a bit later than medieval though) and they look tiny but very very heavy.

3. Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?
Good grief no. I would have screamed like a banshee for sure.

4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?
I like reading that feelings of affection in medieval times leads to courtship and marriage very quickly but I'm so glad that's not the normal course of events in modern day society (well not where I live anyway) I've never thought that marriage is something to rush into or out of.

5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?
I think it's a bit of both, Gabi has a lot more reasons to want to stay but I can understand why Lia wants to go back home. For me, it makes me want to read the second book even more to see what's going to actually happen.

Head over to Supernatural Snark to see who else is participating this week.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My book boyfriend # 19

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie over at The Unread Reader. Every week 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 Sam from Holly Goldberg Sloan's I'll Be There.

Important Sam facts

- His father is a crazy thief and has not allowed his 2 sons to attend school.
-Sam and his brother Riddle are forced to scavenge through bins to find food and earn a few dollars helping people offload their rubbish at the dump.
-They are forced to move by their father every few months and therefore have no friends.
-Sam protects his younger brother who has asthma and possible Autism.
-Sam meets and falls in love with Emily after she is forced to sing I'll Be There (badly) at her local church.
- Sam is a talented guitar player and Riddle can take mechanical items apart and draw their insides from memory.
- Sam and Riddle are helped by Emily's family but their father starts to hear voices again and forces the boys to leave town. Can Sam and Riddle ever escape their father and finally start a new life?

"This boy, or young man, really, was incredibly handsome. He had blue eyes, chiseled features, and, while thin, he had a strong physique. But he had none of the cockiness or body language to go with his exterior."

"Then Jared, who was staring intently looked up at Sam, said: "You're like the Dark Knight."
Ordinarily that kind of comment would have made everyone laugh, but no one did.
Jared seemed to have hit on something. It wasn't just that Sam looked like he could have been in the pages of a fashion magazine, it was that there was something about him that said he was living a double life or that he was in conflict, even pain."

Sam had no idea what the next step should be.
He was filled with confusion and, now, standing on the edge of her herringbone-brick driveway, what he wanted, more than anything, was to get away. To escape. To make all of the emotion he was feeling simply stop.
He then reached down and took her hand and brushed it up against his lips, and he lightly kissed the insides of her palm. He then whispered:
"I will always remember walking with you tonight...."
He then let her hand go and turned away and she watched, immobilized, as he headed down the sidewalk, around the corner, and disappeared into the night air."
The very crush worthy Alex Pettyfer is perfect for the role of Sam, I think it's the hair that does it for me. Delightful.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns blogtour and giveaway

One of my favourite books so far this year is The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson it's due for release tomorrow so I am super dooper fan girly excited that Rae has dropped in today to tell us about her top 3 favourite scenes to write.

Take it away Ray-

#3. The opening. When you start a new project, there’s this glorious feeling of creative power and energy. The world is yours! Your book is going to ROCK! That feeling dribbles away as you approach the muddling middle and realize that, hey, writing books is really hard. Ah, but that opening… I call it the “writer high!”

#2. Any scene with Cosmé. She was one of my favorite characters—so much going on beneath the surface that is only hinted at on the outside. She despises Elisa as much as she needs her, and whenever I wrote a scene with her, it felt effortless to get the tension between them to crackle on the page. It was fun to gradually bring them into a more mature and steady relationship.

#1. The death of <redacted>. Once I decided to kill <redacted>, I knew with bone-deep knowing that it was the right decision. And everything I did from that point on was designed to make the eventual death of <redacted> as poignant and punchy as possible. So when I got there, the words really flowed. I felt like I had earned the scene, and I knew exactly what to do and how to do it.

You are going to have to read it now to find out who Ray kills off! Thank you so much Ray.
If you want to know more about The Girl of Fire and Thorns here is a video of Ray in which she gives tantalising little hints about book 2 and 3, arrggghhh I can't wait!

If you are lucky enough to live nearby Ray is having a launch party and signing tomorrow here's the details:
Tuesday, September 20th
6:30 PM:
Cover to Cover Bookstore
3560 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214

Here's the next stops on The Girl of Fire and Thorns blog tour:
Sept 20 –
Sept 21 –
Sept 22 –
Sept 23 –
Sept 26 –

So, would you like to win a copy of The Girl of Fire and Thorns? I thought it was absolutely EPIC (my review is here)

To enter you must:
1. Be a follower of this blog
2. Fill in the easy peasy entry form
3. For an extra entry spread the word via  twitter/blogs/facebook/errrr pigeon post etc

The giveaway is open Internationally.
The book will be ordered via The Book Depository or Amazon.
The giveaway ends on Thursday 29th September at 11.59 PM (UK time) the winner will be contacted by email and announced on the blog.

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading? is 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
Fury by Shirley Marr
(I am in love with Aussie YA right now)

I finished

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Stay With Me by Paul Griffin (my review is here)
Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh
Never Enough by Lauren Dane

Next up

I'll be there by Holly Goldberg Sloan
(this has been on my shelf for a while now so I want to finally get to it)

What are you reading?

Saturday, 17 September 2011

In my mailbox #23

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren it lets book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

I bought

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
(This looks really dark, and it's a proper proper hardback)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake
(I had pre-ordered this ages ago and promply forgot so it was a nice surprise when it arrived)
Stay With Me by Paul Griffin
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
(I've been desperate to read this as I loved Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son)

For review

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
(This was a nice surprise when it arrived)

Random Act of Kindness

Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
(the rather amazing Emma at Belle Books sent me this as a RAK-
I've just discovered Sarah Dessen so I am so pleased
I have another one to get my teeth into.
Thank you so much Emma)


The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
(I had tried to get a review copy of this but got a giant knock back
so I was mega excited to get this as a swop on Read It Swop It)

Coming up this week-

On Monday Rae Carson author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns will be dropping in to tell us about her top 3 favourite scenes to write in the book and why. I will also be giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

On Tuesday I will have another drool worthy book boyfriend and some tasteful but yummy pictures of some celebrity/model with their shirt off to go with it.

On Wednesday I will be joining in with Waterfall Wednesday Read- Along where there will be more drooling over Marcello as usual and I will probably use the word "mayhap" at least once.

On Thursday I will have my long overdue review of the totally AMAZING Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley up on the blog. Why it's taken me so long to post my review I have no freakin idea.

On Saturday I will be swooning over the book on my wishlist and agonising about why Aussie YA isn't readily available in the UK. (AGAIN)

Hope you all have a great Sunday, I can't wait to see what was in everyone's mailboxes this week, leave me a link and I will come and say hi.

On my wishlist

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City. These are the books that I really want to buy the minute they come out, I then get a chance to drool over everyone else's wish lists and add even more books to my already enormous TBR list.

Hollow Pike
James Dawson
Publication date: 2nd Feb 2012

Lis London moves to Hollow Pike looking for a fresh start. She's intrigued by the town's sinister history of witchcraft, ritual and witchfinders. But when a fellow teen is murdered in the woods in what appears to be a ritual killing, Lis starts to wonder whether the witches are really history after all...Who is the mysterious figure caught on camera in the trees at the time of the murder? Could he be the killer? And do Lis's ominous nightmares of being murdered in the forest mean that she might be the next to die?

The cover for this really caught my eye when I saw it on Goodreads, not only do I love the whole creepy forest vibe but I also love a good witchey book so Hollow Pike has been added to my "I want to buy in 2012" list.

Also added to my "I want to buy in 2012" list this week is Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison. I absolutely LOVED Divergent so I can't wait for Insurgent which is due out in May 2012. I'm currently reading the second book in Thea Harrison's Elder Races series, it's such a fantastic series and kind of reminds me of a mixture of Nalini Singh and G.A Aiken so I'm really forward to that one too, it's due out on March 6th 2012. Roll on 2012!