Saturday, 29 September 2012

Stacking the Shelves #11


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.

BOOK HAUL


I am still trying not to buy any books. However, I did get some goodies.



A big Thank You to Loretta at Between the Pages for sending these over to me. 

Team human by Justine LarbalestierSarah Rees Brennan
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 


Library



Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Legend by Marie Lu


For Review

Thank you to Penguin Books Australia and Netgalley.



Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

 Leave me a comment and share the goodies you got this week, I'd love to know! =) 

***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =) 

Friday, 28 September 2012

Feature & Follow #8


Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs. 


Q: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.


Ummm, to be honest, I haven't needed to pick up the dictionary while reading of a while now. I can't even remember the last book I had like that. 


How about you? Leave me your link in the comments so I can see your answer. =)


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Random Q's: Ten Books I Feel Everyone Has Read Except Me

I thought I'd do something a little different, especially since assessments and up-coming exams are limiting my reading time (eg. I have none). Due to this I want to put up at least one post a week show casing my to be read list in some way. I want to share the books I have, hear what you all thought of them, and give them a little more publicity.  Today I've chosen to share ten books I feel everyone has read - except me. 

Now this list is only of books that I physically have in my possession. 

In no particular order:

  1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  4. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
  5. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Roth
  6. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  7. Daughter of Smoke & Bones by Laini Taylor
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  9. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard



Now if that list isn't bad enough, I actually couldn't decide what ten I would use, because there were also these:

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. Eon by Alison Goodman
  4. The Forsaken by Lisa M Stasse
  5. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  6. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta



So, am I the only one that has read these? How many of them have you read? Which ones haven't you read that you want to read? 


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #2 - Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Scarlett by Marissa Meyer
Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.


As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
- Goodreads

I loved Cinder and can't wait to see what happens. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week? 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Haven't Finished


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


I decided to do something different this week, plus I love questions and lists so this seemed like a great change for the blog this week!


This week's topic discusses series that you have not finished for one reason or another.



1. The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
I love this series and only have, I think, 2 left to read, but I keep getting caught up in other books. 

2. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
I read the first book and picked up most of the series but still haven't read them. 

3. Kay Scarpetta Series by Patricia Cornwell
I read up to number 15 (I think) and lost interest in the series. Too much changed to the characters roles and I found it made it boring. 

4. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K Hamilton
I read the first book and was so bored half way through it I just wanted it to end so I started skim reading the last half - and I don't skim read books. This is one series that I'll be leaving alone now. I have no interest in reading any more. 

5. Mercy Series by Rebecca Lim
I've read the first two books in the series and I have the last one, I just need to get the third one from the library. I just haven't had the time to finish this series although I will. 

6. The Elementals Series by Brigid Kemmerer
I read and loved the first book, Storm, and I have recently purchased the second one in the series, Spark. Another that I haven't had a chance to read, but will do soon. 

7. Fallen by Lauren Kate
I didn't mind the first book, but I picked up the second book cheap and have had it sitting here for some time now. Another that I just haven't had to time to get too.

8. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore
I read and loved the first book, Graceling and I recently got Fire and Bitterblue so it is also on my need to read soon list. 

9. Anna Series by Kendare Blake
I have a fairly good reason for not reading the next book in the series yet - it only got released in August and I don't have a copy yet. 

10. Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
I think I got half way through the fourth book many years ago, put it aside and never got back to it. I'm sure I will finish them eventually (I mean I own them so I may as well) but I'm not a in rush.  


Now that's the Top Ten series I've started - I have some series books here that I either own the first, first and second, or whole series and still haven't read them! For example: 
1. Vampire Academy - own all, haven't read one yet. 
2. The Mortal Instruments - own the first three, haven't read one.
Recently I got the first book in:
- The Iron Fey series
- Eon series
- Under the never sky series
- Paranomalcy series
- The Chemical Garden series
and there's more but I thankfully can't remind myself remember them off the top of my head. 

So, am I the only one that keeps buying books with the best intentions? Which book series have you not finished yet? Do you love or dislike any of the ones I mentioned? I'd love to know!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Spotlight: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken


Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

Source: eARC received from HarperCollins Australia via Netgalley

Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian, Paranormal



When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. 
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. 
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her--East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. 
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. - Goodreads

HarperCollins requested that reviews don't go up until month from publication, so I can't give you my review on this. 

However, I loved this and thought I'd at least put it up on here for some extra publicity. 
I hadn't seen nor heard of this one around and only came to requesting it as I saw it on netgalley and the premise sounded awesome. I was so excited when I was accepted and started reading it straight away. I wasn't disappointed. 

If the premise sounds interesting to you, or sounds like something you might enjoy - add it to your TBR lists now. This is one to keep an eye out for. 


Look out for my review which will go live in November 2012. 

Want a glimpse - check out my teasers from last week. 


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Stacking The Shelves #10



Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.

BOOK HAUL


I am still trying not to buy any more books so I only have the one this week but I am super happy to have the chance to read it. =)

For Review

Thanks to HarperCollins Australia via Netgalley


 Leave me a comment and share the goodies you got this week, I'd love to know! =) 

***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =) 



Friday, 21 September 2012

Feature & Follow #7 / Friday Book Blogger Hop #8

Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs.


Q: What hyped up book was worth all of the fuss?


Harry Potter! One of my favourite series and definitely worth the hype. People of all ages read it. .... I know, because it was my 60 odd yr old uncle in Germany that sent me the Order of Phoenix as I hadn't read the series yet. He use to read it on the bus to and from work. And I got my niece to read it and she wasn't a reader but she read all of them and loved them. 

Photo from Khaleejesque






This hop is hosted by Jen from Crazy for Books, Thanks Jen!

This weeks question:


 What is one thing that your blog readers probably do not know about you?

Umm, I don't think it is common knowledge, but I'm married and we have a son who turns 4 in Nov. 
For another thing people wouldn't have known about me is above in my Feature and Follow post. That is that my Uncle who was in his 60's got me into reading Harry Potter. LOL. 

There you go, that's two random things. =)



What about you? Leave me a link to your answer or post it in the comments! I'd love to hear your answer. =) 



Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #1 / WWW Wednesday #11

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




The Archived
By Victoria Schwab

Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption. - Goodreads

I read the 100 page sneak peek for this, and I can't wait to read the whole book. I'm really intrigued as to what happens. 


What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week?





WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

I'm nearly 77% through The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken which I'm enjoying immensely. This is different to other dystopians I've read lately which makes for a refreshing change. 
I'm also reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, but I've only really started it because I got sidetracked with The Darkest Minds. Oops. 

What did you recently finish reading?

That would be last weeks books Crewel and Grace Unexpected. I have reviews for both already up. If you are interested Crewel is here, and Grace Unexpected is here


What do you think you’ll read next?

I just got this through HarperCollins Australia via netgalley so I will be reading What's Left of Me as well as finishing Seraphina. 






Please leave a comment with your WWW Wednesday. I'd love to hear from you! =)
***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =) 


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Teaser Tuesday #11


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 




"A month later, after the first big waves of deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a five-step list of symptoms to help parents identify whether their kid was at risk for IAAN. By then half my class was dead." 1%
And because I'm loving this so much, here is a second one:


"I heard a scream, and didn't realize it had belonged to me until that same black monster's head swivelled toward us. Liam  jumped at the ten gun barrels that swung our way. The first bullet was close enough to nick his ear as it whistled by. There wasn't even time to turn and run." - 66%
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Quotes taken from an eARC and are subject to change during printing.


Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here. Thanks! =)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Review: Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin

Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Expected Publication: October 16th 2012

Series: Yes 
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian
Obtained From: Publisher via Netgalley




Read from September 3 to September 11, 2012


"Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back." - Goodreads
I had seen so many people rave about this before I requested an eARC from Netgalley so I highly expected an awesome read. ... I was left a bit disappointed. 

This is written fantastically and the world building is compelling and creative. However, there were too many elements that were unanswered or unexplained and the characters were too weak and underdeveloped for my liking. 

Adelice is the protagonist and while her naivety might be put down to her age, her actions still didn't make sense. For instance, she is totally against the guild thanks to her parents but her parents never said why, and she has no idea why they hated the guild. 

The love triangle was underdeveloped and boring. Adelice switches between Jost and Erik for no real reason and it felt completely unnecessary. 

There were so many things that didn't make sense or weren't explained. What happens when married couples conceive without permission? How do they even 'choose' the sex since they get permission to conceive and get told what they will have? How did the Spinsters and Crewels come about? Why are the men in control? If the women - Spinsters and Crewels - control time etc, why aren't they just in total control? If they weave and monitor the weave then they would know when someone is doing something they shouldn't be, like teaching your child to fail the test, yes?
They are just some of the issues. Maybe they will be addressed in the sequel? One can only hope. 

Maybe because I have read so many dystopians recently that the whole 'government in control of what you can and can't do' thing is wearing thin with me? Crewel is no different, it's all the same old, same old. 

The ending had me a little confused. I didn't find it very easy to 'picture', but Crewel definitely has my interest and I will be reading the sequel, even if it's just to see if things are explained further. 

If you haven't read many dystopians then you will most likely love this and should read it. Gennifer Albins' writing is delightful to read and she has created an intriguing world indeed. 


My Rating

Plot: 3.5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
World-Building: 3/5
Pace: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3 stars 
(3.5 if I did half ratings)






Sunday, 16 September 2012

Review: Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin

Author: Gale Martin
Publisher:  Booktrope Editions
Release Date: July 2nd 2012

Series: No
Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance, Chick -Lit
Obtained From: Author


Read from August 13 to September 11, 2012



"Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy. When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows the sexless Shaker ways. Resolved to stick to her new plan – dubbed the Shaker Plan – despite ovaries ticking like time bombs, she returns to her life in Pennsylvania. Almost immediately, she's juggling two eligible bachelors: Addison, a young beat reporter; and True, a venerable anthropology professor. Both men have ample charms and soul mate potential to test her newfound Shaker-style self-control, and Grace appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal… until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan." - Goodreads

Currently $2.99 for Kindle - Amazon

 This was a case of "it's me, not you." I didn't realise this was a romance type chick-lit book. If I had I probably wouldn't have read it. Romance has a tendency of boring me. Love triangles just bore me twice as much. 

The first chapters were good and funny and typical of the chick-lit that I normally read, but I got to the half way mark and had to set it aside. Then it took me forever to pick it back up again. Why? Because I didn't care if she picked Addison or True. I wasn't interested in the romance which was the main plot. The little mystery part of the plot had me read those chapters quickly even though I knew who the "villlian" was, I still wanted to confirm it and see how it ended up, but the rest of the story just didn't interest me.  

The characters were so-so. Goody was great in the beginning when his character first appeared, but as the story progressed he seemed to forced and over done. 

The pacing was ok, just a bit uneven. It started ok, then there was just a lot of chatter and thoughts which slowed it down, then it picked up with the mystery, then it slowed down again. There were a lot of points were nothing was really happening because Grace was just talking or thinking about Addison this, and True that. 

I didn't hate this, but it just wasn't my type of book. I did however still find it enjoyable. So, Yes, it is just me - not the book. 
If you like light reads and chick-lit romance stories, give this a try, I'm sure you'll enjoy this. 



Liked It


**Thank you to Gale Martin and her publisher Booktrope for supplying me with a copy for review**

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Stacking The Shelves #9


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.

BOOK HAUL


I am still trying not to buy any more books so I only have a small haul again this week. =)

Purchased



For Review


I just want to say that I have started this and love it so far! Thank you to Harper Collins via Netgalley for the eARC. 

Won


A BIG Thank You to Gwynneth White as I won a copy of her book through her giveaway comp. =)

 I won Twice Shy on Library Thing.

 Leave me a comment and share the goodies you got this week, I'd love to know! =) 

***If you want to learn more about the books, please just click on the covers. It will take you to Goodreads. =) 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Feature & Follow #6



Feature and Follow Friday is host by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read and give bloggers a topic to discuss each week while discovering new blogs.



Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?


The whole Twilight series. I've read them all and don't get what the hype was about. Sorry to all the fans. 




Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review: Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher:  Carolrhoda Books  
Release Date: 1st August 2012

Series: Yes
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Obtained From: Purchased




Read from August 26 to September 02, 2012 


Sixteen-year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.
Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret—but can she stay alive long enough to find them? - Goodreads


I really loved Skylark. At the start everything is a little confusing, you end up with loads of questions. It can be a bit hard to get into but if you keep going it gets clearer. It's not prefect, but I think the world is still fascinating. There's magic, zombie-like creatures, pixies, magic bubbles that can be good or bad, and twisting and surprises every which way. Although you can guess some of the twists, there were a few I didn't, or wasn't sure on. 

Its fast paced, though it does drag a little in the middle between the harvesting and where Lark is going. Once you get through that it picks up and gets intriguing. 

Lark is very trusting and a bit slow to realise the situations she gets in. Though considering the life she has had and that she is 16, I would image that she is would be naive and therefore I find her character quite believable, as opposed to dumb or annoying. She is strong willed and determined and this shows more towards the end of the book. 

The other characters were good supporting characters, but other than Oren, I didn't feel much toward them. The pixies were different to the 'real' thing, and the one that ends up with Lark is quite witty. 

Overall this book well written, different (generally different, some parts such as the dome are similar to other stories to a certain degree) and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next instalment. I'm sure that Meagan Spooner can only get better with the next book. =)


Really Liked It


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