Friday, 30 November 2012

Feature & Follow #16


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: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.


Argh, this is hard for me. I'm having trouble thinking of a single one. 
Maybe Prince Kai from Cinder by Marissa Meyer, or Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, or Sam Roxton from I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. 

No pictures from me though as I don't like imagining actors as the characters in books, it kind of ruins it for me.


How about you? Leave me your link in the comments so I can see your answer, and maybe find some new book crushes. =)


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Published: 18th December 2012

Series: Yes (Book 2 expected Fall 2013)
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopia, Paranormal 
Obtained From: HarperCollins Australia via Netgalley



Read from September 13 to September 19, 2012




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



I was looking through Netgalley's offerings when I came across this one. The premise sounded fantastic so I requested it. I was so excited when I was approved and started reading it straight away. 

 I don't know if I can properly express how much I love this book. I have no idea how to put it into words, let alone be able to do it justice. This book is exciting, unique and well-written.


The world building was awesome.  The camps were cruel and the whole atmosphere throughout the story is of uneasiness, darkness and violence. Alexandra Bracken is talented in the way she created the world, you don't get told nor do you see it all at once, instead it gets built up through the story. This just adds to the overall atmosphere. Throughout the whole book you learn how the adults dealt with (deal with) the new abilities that the children developed. Let's not overlook these abilities either, with all the children falling into one of the colour categories being: green or blue - which are seen as a lesser of a threat, and yellow, orange or red being classified as the dangerous abilities. 


The story is told from Ruby's point of view, who pretends that she is a green, and you don't get to know what happened to her straight away. Instead you learn it through as the story progresses. Ruby is a strong character and selfless, and you'll see right at the end just how selfless she really is. Though she does develop through the story as in the beginning she starts of worrying about her abilities and how people would feel if they knew the truth, but as the story progresses so does she. 

As with Ruby you don't learn about Liam straight away, he is left to develop along with the story. Liam is sweet, caring but in no way prefect. 

Romance is not the forefront in this story. The development that happened between Ruby and Liam was slow and I really enjoy watching their relationship grow over the course of the novel. 

The villain (who shall remain nameless here for spoiler reasons) was subtle. I didn't trust him and found him creepy at times. However there were occasions when I wondered if he was really genuine. While I sort of guest what and why with him I was still unsure because of the occasions I  thought he was being genuine. 

The characters are complexed and we get glimpses into their past which allows you to develop an understanding of them. You also get to see some great secondary characters such as Chubs and Zu (let me add that she was a favourite secondary character, she was so cute). 

Now don't get me wrong, this story isn't prefect. There are a few holes and unexplainable aspects. There's no clear definition on what each colours ability is. It's not clear how these kids got there powers either, as some died from the disease and others developed the powers. Though for me they don't detract from the story as there is enough information to follow. I can only assume that more details will be provided in the next book. 

The Darkest Minds was a fantastic well paced read that captivated me from start to finish. I found it extremely difficult to put it down, and tried to force myself to stay awake just to see what would happen next. This is definitely a favourite for this year. You really should read it yourself. =)



It Was Amazing


Thank you to HarperCollins Australia and netgalley for the eARC.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #11 - Taken by Erin Bowman

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



Expected publication: April 13th, 2013 by HarperTeen

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive. 

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side? - Goodreads
I have seen this one around, but I'm still looking forward to it. I love the cover and the premise and can't wait to see how this one pans out.  


What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week?  



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For 2013


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

This week's topic discusses the Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Ok, I had a sever problem trying to limit this to 10 books, so I've cheated a little because I'm looking forward to all of these.

Sequels I'm waiting on:

One's that don't have covers yet:



Ten Anticipated New Books For 2013






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

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Stacking the Shelves #18



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


Dustlands by Moira Young

Beautiful hardback and a big Thank You to Pretty In Fiction


Library

I have seen so many posts recently about these books or their sequels (or trilogies, or whatever!) and although I have so many here to read already I though I'd try to get through these as well. 


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl



Across The Universe by Beth Revis


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #10 - The End Game by T. Michael Martin


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



Expected Publication: 7th May 2013 by HarperCollins

It happened on Halloween.



The world ended.


And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance. - Goodreads

I'm curious to see what this one has install and how it develops. It sounds interesting enough that if its written well it will be a fascinating book.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week? 


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Authors I'm Thankful For



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

This week's topic discusses what Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For. 

 Authors I'm thankful for:

1. Ann M Martin - for the Baby Sitters Club series that fed my reading as a young girl.

2. Michael Ende - for writing my favourite book The Neverending Story

3. Stephen King - for all the great books I read through my teenage years.


4. Anne Rice - for the introduction to vampires and witches

5. Patricia Cornwall - keeping me entertained with her Scarpetta crime series during my twenties 

6. JK Rowling - for the Harry Potter series that got me back into reading


7. JK Tolkien - for The Hobbit and introducing me to the fantasy world

8. David Eddings - for his fantasy creations

9. Sophie Kinsella - for her humourous books that always cheer me up

10. Suzanne Collins - for The Hunger Games and introducing the YA world to me

And for a bonus:
To my mum for encouraging and sharing my love of reading.

To my Uncle for introducing the Harry Potter series to me - he was laughing when he told us what he was reading on the train to work each day and sent me The Order of Phoenix which started me onto the series. He laughed about it because he was around 50 years old when he started reading them. 

And, my husband for putting up with my excessive books and need for peace to read them. =)

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

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa


Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Published: 23 October 2012

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy, Fey
Obtained From: Harlequin Teen via Netgalley



Read from October 20 to November 1, 2012



Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.


Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten. - Goodreads




This is a little hard for me to review, not so much due to the book, more so that I was in the middle of assessments and then exams when I was reading this. As I wasn't able to read this 'in peace' so to speak so it's a little hard to comment on a few things about it including how I found the pacing. 

I saw this on Netgalley and some how didn't realise its a spin off series from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. I saw it was book #1 and being a new Julie Kagawa book I just had to read it. I haven't read the Iron Fey series, and for those of you that haven't, you will be relieved to know that you don't need to have to read this book. There is enough backstory and explanation to read this without trouble. 


The story is told by Ethan. Despite his defensiveness and anger, which is for good reason, he gets concerned about a half-breed and finds that exiled fey and half-breeds in the mortal world are disappearing.


Kenzie, who is Ethan's love interest, wasn't someone I liked to begin with. She irritated me for the first half of the book. When their relationship started developing I started to dislike her less. Things moved slowly between them.


I didn't like that Ethan was constantly thinking about her, such as "Soft, feathery strands of her hair brushed my arm, making my skin prickle and my heart pound"; "I felt my heartbeat stutter"; and other I just want to hold her moments. I'm sorry but I have never heard a guy speak like this, and it was throughout the book. I also didn't like Kenzie's over use of "tough guy" either. 


There was also a lack of action with the fey. Ethan was always saying how you can't trust them, how awful they were, but there wasn't really much of it going on. The only danger was from the new fey, and even those moments were rare. I would have liked to have a few more action moments overall. 


That being said they were the only things I didn't like, the rest of the book was great. This is clearly going to have a sequel and I'm looking forward to what will be happening. 



Really Liked It

Thank you to Harlequin Teen and netgalley for the eARC.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Stacking the Shelves #17


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


Purchased




Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry


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

Friday, 16 November 2012

Feature & Follow #15


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: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?


Ummm, this is a hard one. I've been thinking on it for a while now. I think The Ugly Truth and Morning Glory have both been done. Otherwise I would say them, but I don't think this one has - Life as we know it.


Life as we Know it




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

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #9 - Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston

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



Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Putnam

Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft. FROZEN is the first in a trilogy and is set to release in Spring of 2013. - Goodreads

I love dystopia/post apocalyptic books and this sounds so intriguing and interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one comes together. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week?   

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Want On A Desert Island


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

This week's topic discusses what books you would want on a desert island.

Chunky Books That I've Been Wanting To Read But Haven't

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


3. A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


4. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - This is on my list because I hated Pride and Prejudice when I read it at school. I think I may have been harsh towards it then and I'd love to give that and her other books another go.  


5. House Rules by Jodi Picolt


Some Of My Favourites That I'd Love To Read Again

6. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

7. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

8. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella











A Couple of New Books To Keep Things Interesting

9. Eon by Alsion Goodman

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi





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


Monday, 12 November 2012

Win a 'Grace Unexpected' Gift Pack


Gale Martin, author of Grace Unexpected, is having a giveaway. 

The giveaway is a signed copy of Grace Unexpected, essential lip gloss in Hot Lips Pink, a chunky beaded bracelet, and a pink "Bee Marvelous" notepad, all in a rainbow striped gift bag with a special gift tag that you can have your own message on. All in time for the holidays.



Anyone can enter as the catch is that the gift is for your BFF, your sister, an aunt, a niece, a neighbour, your wife, anyone really. You choose who gets the prize, as long as they are in the US. 

So head on over to Gale Martin's giveaway post to enter, and Good Luck!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Iron King Paperback Giveaway



For those of you that read my Stacking The Shelves post yesterday you would have seen that I recently won the box set of the Iron Fey series. 

Here is where you, my lovely readers, get to benefit from my win - I purchased The Iron King a little while ago so I have a paperback copy that I haven't read and is still in brand new condition sitting here and it deserves a new home. 

This is only open to Australian residents (due to post costs. Sorry!). 


Rules and Regulations

  • Ends on Saturday, 17 November, 2012 at 12:01AM (EST)
  • Australian residents only. Sorry internationals but postage is coming out of my pocket. =(
  • The prize will be posted through Australia post. I will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
  • All details will be checked and incorrect/invalid entries will be deleted.


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