Wednesday, 31 October 2012

And the winner is.......



The competition has ended and the winner is .....

 Stephanie V.

I want to thank all of you that participated. I wish I could afford to send you all a gift. You are all so wonderful. 

I didn't quite get to 300 GFC followers so I'll just have to have another giveaway if I do. 

Thank you all again, and big CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie. 


Waiting on Wednesday #7 - Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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



Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe. - Goodreads

This sounds so good and that cover is lovely. I've already seen quite a few positive reviews too. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week? 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines




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


Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

In no particular order:


1. Katsa (Graceling Realm) - Born with the Grace of Killing, she is smart, strong and beautiful. She walks away from being used as a thug for her uncle and instead tries to save the seven kingdoms. 



2.  Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)- I didn't always agree with her actions but lets face it, she's deadly with a bow and arrow, she volunteered, and started the rebellion. 



3. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)- She's a cyborg. She is mechanically minded, smart and strong. She's completely awesome. =)



4. Tris (Divergent)- She's strong minded, chose the most difficult faction, faced her fears, and stood up for what she thought was right. 


5. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)-  A smart witch, who isn't afraid to stand up and fight. 





6. Scout (To Kill A Mockingbird) -  A brave, mischievous 6 year old who is open minded, and accepting - more then the adults. 


7. Anna (Anna) - She killed anyone and everyone that set foot in her house, but once you know why, I think you would too if you were her. ;)


8. June (Legend) - A prodigy raised to work for the highest military circle who turns her back on them and the life she has always known.



9. Allie (Blood of Eden) - She has to become what she despises and tries to hang on to her humanity, despite how hard it might be. 

10. Celaena (Throne of Glass) - The deadly assassin, with a love of books. How is that not awesome. ;) 








What is your top ten this week? Leave me a comment so I can visit yours. =)

** All book covers link to their goodreads page if you would like more information on them**


And don't forget I have a giveaway happening right now. Only 1 day to go! Click here.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Stacking The Shelves #15


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


Won


I won this in a giveaway by Saz101. So a big Thank you to Saz and to Hachette Australia.

Kindle Freebie


Leave me a comment and share the goodies you got this week, I'd love to know! =) 
** If you want more details about either book, just click on the picture to be taken to their Goodreads page. **

Don't forget I have a giveaway going on where you can win a 2012 released YA novel. See here for details. =)


Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

The Sweet Trilogy #2

Expected publication: April 30, 2013 by HarperTeen




From Goodreads-
Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind. When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life? 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Feature & Follow #12



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 writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.


There are a couple of things that irritate me:
 Insta-love - ok this probably isn't a device or trick, but it is annoying.  
Another 'love' one that irritates me - love triangles. Two badly developed romances are not better than one well developed romance.

Not using foreshadowing cleverly enough that I end up working out the ending. I prefer to finish a book and go "wow, I didn't see that coming", but if I go back I can see clever hints that were used, but didn't give the ending away.  

I'm also not a fan of changing POV's. Most of the time I just want to keep reading the one person and get irritated when I have to read the second person before being able to go back to the POV I want to read. 

I'm sure there are more but I think that will do. =)

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


Psst, don't forget I have a giveaway going on where you can win a 2012 released YA novel. See here for details. =)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6 - Shadowlands by Kate Brian

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


Expected publication: January 8th 2013 by Hyperion


Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye. 

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again? - Goodreads
This sounds creepy, but it has that crime story feel that I love to read, and that blurb makes me want to know what happens. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week? 


Don't forget that I have a giveaway happening - your choice out of 10 books AND if I reach 300 GFC followers I'll select a second winner. =) Open internationally. Click here to read and enter. 


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Top Ten Books to get into the Halloween Spirit


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

Top Ten Books to Get into the Halloween Spirit


I haven't read a horror/thriller book for a while so some of these are "old" books I read many years ago. I wouldn't say these are scary but I think they fit with Halloween really well. 






































The Uninvited is a book that I have only just started but I think it fits here just for the fact that within a few sentences at the beginning says ".....when a young child in buttery pyjamas slaughtered her grandmother with a nail-gun to the neck." Loc 9, 1%  

What is your top ten this week? Leave me a comment so I can visit yours. =)

** All book covers link to their goodreads page if you would like more information on them**


And don't forget I have a giveaway happening right now. Click here.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Stacking the Shelves #14


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


With my birthday in a couple of days I decided to spoil myself with a couple of books. 

Purchased

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz, Ron Bass

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Matched by Ally Condie
Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Borrowed from the Library

Partials by Dan Wells

For Review
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Thank you to Harlequin and Edelweiss!

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

Psst, don't forget I have a giveaway going on where you can win a 2012 released YA novel. See here for details. =)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Feature and Follow #11



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: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?


This is hard as I don't have a usual genre, or more so I read a board range. I mainly read sci/fi & fantasy based novels (and any of their spin offs like dystopian  paranormal, etc) either in YA or adult forms, but I enjoy chick lit, horror, crime, true stories, and contemporary too. I don't step out of these as I generally don't like the book if I do. I'm not a fan of erotica/romance or religious books, everything else is fair game to me. 

I read a military book once when it wasn't something I had read before (about 4 years ago). For 6 months I moved over to where my then boyfriend (now husband) was working and I didn't have my books with me so I read one of his. It was fantastic - Fighting Scared by Robin Horsfall **I just want to clarify that this is non-fiction.


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


Psst, don't forget I have a giveaway going on where you can win a 2012 released YA novel. See here for details. =)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Review: The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski


Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher:  Macmillan Childrens Publishing
Expected Publication: 16 October 2012

Series: No 
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy, Paranormal
Obtained From: Macmillan Childrens Publishing via Netgalley



Read from October 4 to October 18, 2012


Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense. - Goodreads
Another dystopian with a very intriguing and, I'm happy to say, unique premise of alternate dimensions. I find alternate dimensions to be such an interesting subject and even though it didn't go into great detail concerning the alternate Chicago, it was still captivating. This certainly has an original plot. The notion of Shades - how they live, what they can do - was enchanting. 

I found the pacing uneven, and there were times throughout the book I didn't think I was going to finish it. The story slowed down and I was mildly bored with it. I just wanted it to "get on with it" so to speak. In the next percentage it picked up and I didn't want to put it down, then it would slow down again.  

Darcy was ok. She's flawed but otherwise a good lead character. There aren't a lot of secondary character interaction. You meet Darcy's friends in the beginning, and Orion later on, plus a few other more minor characters. Darcy and her love interest, Conn, are the major characters. Now the relationship between Conn and Darcy isn't very insta-loveish. It built throughout the novel. It doesn't drive the plot though it is important throughout the story.
Conn is a intricate  character and a little difficult to get to like, or even to know if you should believe him. 
     I just want to add, that right in the beginning as Darcy and Conn meet at school, and his motorbike, and the classroom interaction, etc it instantly made me think of Bella and Edward and I struggled to get through and past that part (I wasn't a fan of Twilight). It wasn't until later that that feeling disappeared. 

This isn't a perfect novel but it worth the read for the originality of it alone. It wont change your life, but as a standalone read it's one for those days you want to read something lighter and a satisfying ending.


Quotes: 

"But there's not enough time. There never is. Not for anybody in this whole universe. We always want more. Why waste it doing nothing?" ~ Loc 1248 Kindle

"Anyway, a Greek philosopher was talking about a river when he wrote 'Everything flows.' he said that you can't step into the same river twice. Even if you set your foot in the very same spot, nothing is the same. Everything is different. You are different. The river has gotten warmer. The sun shines with a different light." ~ Loc 2292 Kindle


Liked It

Thank you to Macmillan Childrens Publishing and netgalley for the eARC.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5 - Furious by Jill Wolfson



Firstly, don't forget that I have a giveaway happening - your choice out of 10 books AND if I reach 300 GFC followers I'll select a second winner. =) Open internationally. Click here to read and enter. 

Now, on to my WoW =)

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


Expected Publication: April 16, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co

Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.

We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world. 

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious. -Goodreads

 I stumbled across this one on goodreads and of course the cover got my attention first but how awesome does that blurb sound! 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week? 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Authors in Fantasy

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

Top 10 Favourite Authors In X Genre

This week's Top Ten Tuesday lets you choose your favourite authors in a specific genre. I've picked Fantasy. 

 



 1. J. R. R. Tolkien
2. Kristin Cashore
3. David Eddings
4. Sara Douglas
5. Brigid Kemmerer
6. Alexandra Bracken
7. Marissa Meyer
8. Rebecca Lim
9. Charlaine Harris
10. J. K. Rowling







What is your top ten this week? Leave me a comment so I can visit yours. =)

** All book covers link to their goodreads page if you would like more information on them**


And don't forget I have a giveaway happening right now. Click here.

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