Sunday, 30 September 2012

Judging a Book by It's Cover [1]

Judging a Book by It's Cover is my new feature where I'll post new releases from the previous week with covers that really drew me in, whether for their stunning artwork or the way they tied in so well with the story.
Click on the book covers to take you to their goodreads page.
*The release dates are from goodreads.

September 23rd - September 30th


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - Publication date: September 25th (My review)
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney - Publication date: September 27th
The Turning by Francine Prose - Publication date September 25th

I love Alice in Zombieland it's cover art is amazing and the pretty girl in the blue dress with a background of an eerie forest goes well with the vibe of the story. The card suits in the border are also a clever touch.

Falling to Ash, I think they is gorgeous. I really love the moths and their wings and I think the girl is perfect. I really love this cover!

The Turning gives of a really eerie feel which fits in well with the synopsis of the story. I think it works really well.



The Blessed by Tonya Hurley - Publication date September 25th
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta - Publication date September 26th
Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick - Publication date September 25th

The colours mesh together really well in The Blessed and I'm fond of the font. It works well with what I've heard of the story, being both saintly and creepy.

I didn't really like the cover for Quintana of Charyn but they I looked at it up close and decided the background of trees and the castle were really cool. I also really like the other covers from the Lumatere Chronicles.
I like the smokey wisps on Shadows and I really like the blue. I think the colours are really great.



The Infects by Sean Beaudoin - Publication date September 25th
A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies - Publication date September 25th
Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel - Publication date September 25th

I like the colours and the simplicity of The Infects. It's not overly complicated and that is something I really like.
A Fractured Light is simply gorgeous. I love things that stick with simple colours, such as black and white and everything about this cover just makes me happy!
What a beautiful expression. I like the designs in the corner of Dearly, Beloved but really it's the girl that draws me in. The pendant 'round her neck and her expression really make this cover divine.


What book covers have really drawn your eye? Are there some I missed, some you disagree with? I really like your comments and I try to reply within the next day or so. I would really like to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Stacking the Shelves [2]

hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews about sharing the books you've added to your shelves in the past week, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.
The books I've received in the past week, all are e-copies. Click on their cover to take you to their Goodreads page.



BOUGHT:
Savage (Daughter's of the Jaguar #1) by Willow Rose
Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1) by Devon Ashley
Winter's Passage (Iron Fey Novella) by Julie Kagawa
Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey Novella) by Julie Kagawa


WON:
Promises (The Syrenka Series #1) by Amber Garr


GIFTED:
Pam of Babylon (Pam of Babylon #1) by Suzanne Jenkins


That's all for the this week. What did you get?

Friday, 28 September 2012

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - REVIEW

Alice in Zombieland
(White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
by Gena Showalter
Published: 25th September 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

Alice in Zombieland - Review


I'd heard good things about this book so I went in with fairly high expectations, thankfully it did not disappoint.


The main character was Ali Bell and she was one very strong chick. After all the things she'd been through  and all the crazy thoughts and emotions zipping through her head, she still knew how to kick-butt! She was stubborn and tough and had a sharp tongue, all the qualities I like in a fine, young woman. Ali knew how to think for herself and she was both smart and resilient. All this made me like her quite a lot and I really enjoyed her as a character.


Cole, is the bad boy of this piece and he is mighty fine. The scenes between him and Ali are very hot and I could almost feel steam rising form the pages. Cole was a bad boy, not hesitating to use his fists to solve an argument, but he was also really sweet. At least when it came to Ali. The little gentlemanly things he did seemed contrast to his tough, mean exterior, but they suited him well.


Another of my favourite characters was Kat. Like Ali, I wasn't 100% sure of her at first but the more time I spent with her the cooler she became. She was really fun and loyal and by the end of the book she was super-awesome in my eyes.


Now onto the zombies... I really, really liked them! I've only read a couple of zombie books but I wasn't very fond of them. All that munching on people seems a bit too much. Reading about creatures who like to eat your flesh doesn't sound particularly appealing and I think Gena has done a fantastic job in re-creating the zombie. They're still unattractive, smell bad and have an insatiable hunger, but instead of just being mindless monsters, these creatures are evil. They're not just hideous blobs of rotting flesh, these zombies are made of evil and you can really feel passionate about hating them.

Alice in Zombieland is a great book. All the aspects of this story mesh together really well and it had a nice balance of light and dark elements. The romance is hot, the characters are lovable (or hateable in some cases) and the zombies are beautifully crafted evil.

4.5/5 Whales



 


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [1]

Waiting on Wednesday
hosted by Breaking the Spine

Splintered
by A. G. Howard
Expected publication date:  1st January 2013


From Goodreads:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.



When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

This book sounds amazing and the cover is just gorgeous. I'm really, really looking forward to this book!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished [1]

Teaser Tuesday
hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

Alice in Zombieland
by Gena Showalter
Publication date:  25th September 2012

"Adrenaline rode through my veins on a tide of urgency, and I knew there would be no talking myself into staying put.
I grabbed the baseball bat I'd borrowed from Pops."

~ Pg. 77, 'Alice in Zombieland' by Gena Showalter

This teaser comes from an advance uncorrected proof. The final copy may contain some changes.




Top Ten Tuesday

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic is Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished, whether due to lack of time or I just couldn't be bring myself to finish them.

1. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
I got the first two out from the library a while ago and I read them in quick succession. I liked them but I wasn't in love and by the time the third one came out I couldn't be bothered to find the time to finish. I'll probably read the last book sometime, just so I've completed the series but it's not something I'm dying to read.

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I loved the first three books but I just can't bring myself to read the next couple. I thought the book ended well and the comments I've heard about the newer books haven't really had me jumping for joy. I may read the rest of the series, but I'm not sure.

3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I didn't like the first book. I read it through and thought it was okay, but after thinking about it for a couple of days I realised I didn't really like it at all. I know a lot of people liked it but it just wasn't for me. I didn't feel inspired to finish the rest of this series.

4. House of Night by P.C & Kristin Cast
I think I got up to about book six or so because I'd received them all for my birthday and I couldn't get the next few books as I didn't have enough money. I didn't mind the series but I'm a little disinterested at the moment.

5. Shifters by Rachel Vincent
I liked this series but after accidentally reading book four instead of book 3 I got confused and annoyed so I gave up. My friend has started reading these recently and her enthusiasm has made me think I should try them again, but in the proper order this time.

6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read Hush, Hush a while ago now and can remember liking it but I don't remember much else. The rest of the series wasn't out at that time so I'll probably revisit this series later.

7. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
I didn't have strong feelings about this book, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I'm not sure if I'll finish off the series, depends on whether or not I run out on reading material.

8. Fallen by Lauren Kate
I'm up to the last book and want to finish the series but I haven't had the time or money to procure the last book. I shall have to do it sometime in the future, hopefully before the end of this year.

9. Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce
I really liked Sister's Red and I have Sweetly sitting in my TBR pile, I just haven't got around to it yet. I'm not too keen on the new covers though.

10. Stephanie Plum  by Janet Evanovich
I love this series! I've read all but the latest book and am really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy and locking myself in my room until I've finished.

There we go, that's my list. I've got a lot more unfinished series but I can't think of any others at the moment. I really hate leaving things unfinished, but sometimes you just can't help it.

Monday, 24 September 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris - REVIEW

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
(My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1)
by Rachel Harris
Published: 11th September 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?



My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Review

I just finished My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and wow.. I loved it! The characters, the setting, the story.. it was just wow.


Within the first few lines I loved Cat. I thought she was funny, smart and had just the right amount of snarkiness (don't think that's a proper word but I'm sticking with it) thrown in. I loved her attitude at the beginning but watching the subtle changes and her growth throughout the book made me love her even more.


A lot of the quotes throughout the book made me giggle but one in particular really amused me. 'I stare at the door waiting for Miley Cyrus to come barreling in, singing tunelessly about our pasts being the key to our futures.' I have nothing against Miley Cyrus, but that just cracked me up.


I really liked Cat's first meeting with Lorenzo, mainly because Lorenzo is a total babe and any scene with him is good! I love that upon meeting Lorenzo, Cat immediately decides he's a 16th century player and resolves not to let his charms affect her. Well that lasts all of 30 seconds, and I cannot blame Cat, my resolve would've weakened about 30 seconds earlier than that!


I really liked all the characters in this book, even the not-so-nice ones. They were all well thought out and even those characters I only met briefly were brilliantly written, I got a good feel of who they were, even from a few short lines. I loved all the characters and was totally swooning over Lorenzo, but I had a real soft spot for Alessandra. She was soft and demure but I thought she had spunk! Plus her name is absolutely gorgeous and she's a real sweetheart. I cannot wait for Rachel's next book if not for the brilliant writing then just to meet Alessandra again.


I thought this book was amazing. The cover was gorgeous and Rachel weaved a mystical tale full of mystery and wonder; it also taught me some really cool things about Italy and it's art. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century took me on a magical journey through renaissance Italy, told a brilliant tale of love and left me begging for more. 



5/5 Whales



Sunday, 23 September 2012

Stacking the Shelves [1]


Okay, because I haven't done this before I'm going to include books I've received over the past few weeks. You can click on the title of the book to take you to its Goodreads page. Head to Tynga's Reviews to find out about Stacking the Shelves and check out her official launch page here.

WON:
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
Slated by Teri Terry
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (Arc)
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen (You can find my review here)
Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
Count Down to Love by Julie Ford
Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton
Madly & the Jackal by M. Leighton

BOUGHT:
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
Balthazar by Claudia Gray
Switched by Amanda Hocking


GIFTED:
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
The Dance & The Graduation (Final Friends Volume Two) by Christopher Pike

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Bloody Bookaholic's MASSIVE Giveaway! - INT

Bloody Bookaholic is holding a giveaway: The Highly Anticipated YA Fall 2012 Giveaway!

  • The contest is open only to Bloody Bookaholic followers. Please make sure that the Show Sites I Follow is checked on your Blogger Profile.
  • There are going to be 2 winners for now (these two will receive the same amount of books, the first winner however gets first pick of what she/he would like).
  • Open Internationally
  • Leave a comment on this post so she can see how many individuals have entered the giveaway.


There are going to be TWO winners so far, but if 250 individuals enter she's going to up it to three winners and add some more awesome prizes! And if she hit's 500 individuals well.. the awesomeness is just amazing!

The Books Up For Grabs
Infernal Devices and Beautiful Creatures T-Shirts.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Demons of The Sun by Cindi Madsen - REVIEW

Demons of the Sun
by Cindi Madsen
Published: 4th September 2012
Synonpsis from Goodreads:

Persephone didn’t ask to be the guardian of Hades Dagger, an artifact Hades forged to turn demons into daywalkers. She didn’t ask for the demon blood running through her veins that allows her to touch the thing, either.And she definitely didn’t ask for Jax, a cocky Warrior, to barge into her life and proclaim himself her bodyguard now that Hades wants his dagger back.

Forced to deal with this reality, along with an increase in demon attacks, and the fact members of the Order of Zeus keep turning up dead, Persephone finds her hands full.

When demons tell Persephone that she’s one of them she’s appalled... And a little intoxicated by the power she feels when they call her their queen. Telling Jax about her demon side might turn him away from her forever...

Something bad is brewing, and if Persephone doesn't  figure out a solution, and soon she’ll be responsible for unleashing Hell on Earth.


Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen - Review

I won an e-copy of this book as part of Rachel Harris' Flirt Squad. Cindi Madsen was a guest author and put a couple of copies of her book (and some snazzy bookmarks) up for grabs. I hadn't known much about this book before I started reading, just that it involved greek mythology, a girl called Persophone and of course, demons.


The first page of the book dived into action and within the first 100 or so words, I was hooked. To me that is one sign of a good book, being able to grab your readers within the first couple of lines. The pace of the book did not abate, whether throwing you into edge-of-your-seat action or capturing you in the hot romances and underlying tensions.


The main character is Persephone, the last Sentry of the Order of Zeus. Persephone is head-strong, smart and uses a good dose of sarcasm in her words. She’s lost her whole family yet she manages to soldier on, which is rather amazing. She’s not quite as tough as she seems, but after all she’s been through that’s no surprise.  I love her! She is brilliant.


Jax is Persephone’s knight in shining armour, though he has to force his way into her life at first. He is funny, smart and drop-dead sexy! The scenes between him and Persephone.. Well let’s just say the chemistry between those two is crazy hot!


I really liked the relationships between Persephone x Jax and Persephone x Adrastos. I was team Jax from the moment he forced his way into Persephone's life. He was sexy, funny and sexy.. Oh I already said that, still it needs to be doubly mentioned! I found Adrastos’ affections to be a little creepy and the whole tattoo thing was weird,but I’m pretty sure that’s the vibe I was meant to be feeling. Even though Adrastos wasn't as good as Jax (In my opinion of course) the scenes between he and Persephone are quite steamy and he is sexy in his own right. I think the fact that Persephone was actually in love with, or at least greatly liked, them both was refreshing. It wasn't a typical love triangle and I’m glad the author didn't try and play one of the relationships off as fake.


I really enjoyed the book. It was a fun read and I loved the banter between Persephone and Jax. I’d really recommend this to an YA lover especially if you have a passion for Greek Mythology.



4/5 Whales


A Very Booky Kinda Blog

Okay peeps, I've decided what to do with my blog.. Isn't that exciting?! (Well it is for me!) I've been visiting a lot of blogs, entering a lot f competitions and I think it's super-amazing-cool how authors interact with book blogs; hosting giveaways on them, being interviewed and just sharing their book - it's amazing! So I've decided I'm going to be a very booky kinda blog! I'm going to post reviews (hopefully starting tomorrow if I can get my review finished by then) and hopefully hold my own giveaways when i reach a certain number of followers and such. And trust me, I have some awesome books that I could giveaway. ;) I think that's about it for the moment, just letting people know that I'm changing for the better! I'm attempting to link my *new* facebook page to the side of my blog but I'll post the link at the end of this just in case you'd feel nice enough to 'like' my page. I also have the link to my twitter on the side and all followers would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PiecesOfWhimsy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/piecesofwhimsy

Enna Isilee - Squeaky Books Birthday Bash 2012

For nearly a month, Enna Isilee has been celebrating her birthday by interviewing a TON of authors, and having a TON of giveaways. You can click here for all there is to know about the birthday bash. But here's the sad news: it's almost over!! You only have until 10:01pm MST on 9/21/12 to enter to win all of these amazing books. What are you waiting for?! Click on the the book you want to win to be taken to an interview with the author where you can enter to win that book! While you're there, stop by and say hi to the author and wish Enna Isilee a happy birthday. It's the party of the year! And it's almost over. Don't miss out!