Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [5]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Taken
by Erin Bowman
Expected Publication: 16th April 2013

From Goodreads:
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?


It sounds really interesting and i really like the fact that it's centered a round a guy. Almost all the YA I'm reading has a female MC and the guy usually just plays the love interest but this sounds really good. I really like the cover too, excited to see what this book's like!
What are your thoughts? Do you think it sounds cool?

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Birthday Post: I'm 17 Today! + Giveaway (INT)

I am 17 today! *throws streamers* *does a little dance* And since it's my birthday I have decided to spread the joy of gift receiving and hold a giveaway!
I said I wanted 25 followers for the giveaway but I didn't mind if I was under, I was planning on doing it anyway because everyone is awesome! Now I have so many more than 25 okay, not that many but it seems like heaps!) that I'm going to up the prize. I have a couple of books here I want to give away but I think I'll save for another time, instead I shall giveaway a book from the Book Depository. The winner can pick one of the books from below and will also receive a set of 4 bookmarks. 4 other people will also receive a set of bookmarks. The giveaway is open internationally (the book is only if TBD has free shipping to your area) and will run for a week. There will be 5 winners.

First Prize is:



- One of the above books (listed below) from the Book Depository
     * A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
     * A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
     * The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson 
     * Innocent Darkness (Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear
     * Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen ~my review
     * My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (MSSSC #1) by Rachel Harris ~my review
     * Mystic City (Mystic City #1) by Theo Lawrence
     * Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
     * Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)by Josephine Angelini
     *
- A bookmark set (they'll be sent out separately)

4 Runners Up receive a sets of bookmarks including:


-1x bookmark of Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen (signed)
-1x bookmark of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
-2x bookmarks of Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

I know it's not much but I thought being a newish blog I'll start off small and work my way up to bigger prizes. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

- Giveaway is open internationally
- Must be at least 13 years of age to enter
- Only on entry per household/person
- Winners will be notified by email and here shortly after the giveaway ends
- Winners must reply to the email within 72 hours or prize will be redrawn (don't forget to check your spam!)
- Entries will be verified, so please make sure you enter correctly.

Top Ten Tuesday [3]


Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


1. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy
This is obvious to anyone who's read the books, Rose is totally kick-ass. She can hold her own with any guy  and kills Strigoi like it's no sweat! And, as I've mentioned here before, Richelle Mead is an absolute genius.

2. Alice Bell from Alice in Zombieland
It's hard to follow Rose but I think Alice is pretty darn kick-ass. She has no clue how to fight these zombies she can suddenly see but none-the-less she gives it a shot. No way is she staying out of the action!

3. Persephone from Demons of the Sun
She is a feisty, kick-ass heroine. She's the only person left in her family and the only one left to guard this horribly dangerous weapon. Yet she still manages to kick-butt with her hands, and sharp tongue!

4. Sally Lockhart from The Ruby in the Smoke
She 'has a thorough grounding in military tactics, can run a business, ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol.' That sounds pretty kick-ass to me. She also gets mixed up in some awesome action.

5. Cammie Morgan from I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
She goes to a school that trains girls to be spies, so of course she'd be kick-ass! All the different skills she learns and techniques for being a spy are very cool and she gets a lot better during the later books.

6. Stephanie Plum from One For the Money
Okay, she fails at almost everything. She can never keep her car, sometimes blows stuff up and things never go according to plan when she's around, but you've gotta admit that in the end she kicks some butt!

7. Faythe Sanders from Stray
She kicks-butt, a lot of butt. What I've read of the Shifter series is full of action and Faythe deals out her fair share of ass-whooping!

As for 8, 9, 10... I'm sure there's more but none are coming to me, so I'll leave my list at 7.


What about you, who are your favourite butt-kicking heroines? Let me know who I've missed, or who I've got right. I really love reading your comments!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Judging a Book by it's Cover [3]

Judging a Book by It's Cover is a weekly post where I shall go through my bookcases, book piles and borrowed books and showcase a book which I bought/picked up purely based on it's cover. I know it's a bad thing to do but sometime's a cover just grabs you, plus I'm always a little worried that if I look at the books blurb it'll tell me the first half of the book! If I've reviewed the book I'll put the link in my post but mostly I'll just describe my thoughts on the cover.


Alice in Zombieland
by Gena Showalter
Published September 2012

I won an ARC of this book from Mira Ink not really knowing what it was about. From the title I thought it was an Alice in Wonderland remake with zombies thrown in; I was wrong. This was a really amazing book and you can find my review for it here.

I really love the colours in this, the dark colours set an eerie mood and are beautifully contrasted by the blue in the dress. I fell in love with the cover almost as soon as I saw it and the simple 'Off with their heads.' quote down the bottom is just brilliant. I wanted to buy a proper copy of the book but because I live in Australia, the only copies I can find have had a slightly different cover:


This is the Australian version of the cover and I have to say I'm not really fond of the green. Everything else is pretty much the same but I feel the green border takes away some of the eerie beauty of the first cover.

Anyway, I love the cover and am really excited to see what the second book, Through the Zombie Glass, looks like!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Feature & Follow [1]


Feature and Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog each week to showcase new book blogs. This week they're featuring, The Y.A Bookworm Blogger and Carmen Jenner. Feature & Follow is a fun way to make new friends/followers. The point of this is to gain new acquaintances so I follow you, you follow me and vice versa.


This weeks question:



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.


I really love having romance in my books, but I prefer a real sort of love story, not the 'our eyes met', insta-love. If the characters can't spend a bit of time forming an attachment then they're not all that deep. It almost seems forced, or just a fill-in because the author couldn't think up a nice back story.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [4]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Gameboard of the Gods
by Richelle Mead
Expected Pulication: 4th June 2013

From Goodreads:
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.


Oh. My. Gosh. I . Love. My. Life. Richelle Mead is writing another series!! [insert fangirly squeal here] I was super excited to read this when I first hear abou ti, before I knew anything aout it, and now after reading the synopsis I am ecstatic! Richelle Mead is pure genius and that line about '...sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.' That line just made my day!
Who else knew about this book? Are you as excited as me? I'd love to hear your comments.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon - Cover Reveal + Giveaway

And here it is! The cover of Leigh Fallon's second Carrier series book: Shadow of the Mark!!

Shadow of the Mark (Carrier series #2)
by Leigh Fallon
Expected Publication: July 9th 2013

Shadow of the Mark - Synopsis
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her.  With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past, far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.
About the cover
I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow's cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.
Author Bio
I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.
Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on. I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven't stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in 2011. Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we're currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts, and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.
Leigh's Website: http://www.leighfallon.com

Pre-order Shadow of the Mark on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Mark-Leigh-Fallon/dp/0062128000/

Giveaway!
This giveaway is running alongside the reveal, brought to you by Leigh Fallon! How awesome!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney - REVIEW

Falling to Ash
(Moth #1)
by Karen Mahoney
Published 27th September 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:


You can’t choose your family... living or dead.

Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the double-act of the century to please both of them...

Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time. But when the teenagers of Boston’s wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances—before someone winds up undead?


Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney - Review


I read a couple of the Moth novellas quite a while ago and always wanted to read more of Moth's story. I hoped the author would decide to write a novel based on Moth and imagine my surprise when I won this book, having had no idea what it was about!

I was excited to read this book and was even more excited to learn that Jason was going to be in it. Moth and Jason's first encounter in this book was very action-filled and exciting but after that my enthusiasm at having Jason dwindled. I found myself feeling quite frustrated with him, not all the time but a large majority of it. He could be cute and sweet or cool and charming but he could also be whiny and annoying. Not being able to stand up to his dad, or be confident in himself/his feelings got to me a little and diminished Jason's awesomeness.

I liked Moth and the relationship with her sister and family/families. Moth was smart and resilient and I thought she was a good main character. She had a great ability to think on her feet and she had a good sense of family loyalty and love. Moth's relationship with her maker was a little strange and I couldn't figure out if I liked the guy or hated him, though for a vampire I think he was a pretty good guy and I think the strange relationship is a universal one for a vampire and their maker.

I really liked the revenants and the idea behind how they were created. I thought the idea was very cool and creative and it was one of the things I really liked about this story.

I liked this story and would read the next book but I'm not going to rush to the store the second the next book comes out. For me, there was something missing from the story and it didn't quite grab me and pull me in the way I'd hoped it would. I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone especially if you have a taste for vampire/paranormal books.

3/5 Whales
  

Judging a Book by It's Cover [2]

Hallowed
by Cynthia Hand
Published January 2012
I've decided to change this slightly from how I'd originally planned. Instead of showing new releases with pretty covers I shall go through my bookcases, book piles and borrowed books and showcase a book which I bought/picked up purely based on it's cover. I know it's a bad thing to do but sometime's a cover just grabs you, plus I'm always a little worried that if I look at the books blurb it'll tell me the first half of the book! Anyway, getting back to the post...

I bought this book a couple of months ago, when the local Book City closed down. They had a massive liquidation sale and I got several amazing books, Hallowed was one of them. I haven't read it yet, still need to get the first one but when I saw it I just had to buy it. I'd seen it around a bit and I really wanted to add it to my growing collection especially as it looks so good! I still don't know what it's about, I don't want to accidently stumble upon any spoilers before I've read Unearthly, so this book was purely bought on how it looked. (Shame on me!)

I love the white, the snow and the dress really give off a feel of cold/winter. The red hair is absolutely gorgeous. It really stands out amongst the various shades of white and grey. I like the font and the wavy, wispy, floral bits at the bottom matching the misty haze at the top of the cover. The overall effect is rather brilliant and ties in well with the other books in the series. The only thing I don't love is the quotes from other authors, but that is only a minor thing and doesn't ruin the greatness of the cover.

Other covers in the series:

Unearthly (Unearthly #1):
Published January 2011


Hallowed (Unearthly #2):
Published January 2012



Boundless (Unearthly #3):
Expected publication: January 2013

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Book Blitz - Avenge by Sarah M. Ross

Avenge is now Available!!!

Sarah M. Ross, author of Awaken and Echo of an Earth Angel, has released the highly anticipated sequel, Avenge. This must-read book is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 





About the Book:

Six months ago, Lucy Donovan thought that being killed by a drunk driver was the worst thing that could happen to her.

She was wrong.

Now, the person she loves most has been ripped away from her, soul held hostage, and Lucy has vowed to stop at nothing to get it back.

Part of a new team with enhanced powers, Lucy and her friends begin a quest to avenge the souls that have been stolen. Enemies of the Patronus have united, however, and a spy from within the Patronus realm is feeding the enemy their every move.

When a mission goes horribly wrong, Lucy’s soul becomes compromised. It will take a strength she didn’t know was within her to escape the darkness, return to the light and avenge the soul she loves.


PRICE:

$3.99 for ebook
$12.99 for Paperbacks. (Autographed copies available at www.sarahmross.com)



To celebrate this release, Sarah has placed Awaken on sale for only $.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!! 



About the Author:


I started my obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. I would read any fiction book I could get my hands on. I knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding me from TV or music, my mom would take away my books as punishment (The Horror!). My love of all things paranormal was inspired by my good friend Laurie, who convinced me that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, I gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with my degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as I do for several years. I will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but I couldn't take the cold and moved my frozen tush to Florida where I now live with my family and two cats. You will find me now with my trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand! When I'm not writing or reading, I am probably partaking in my favorite vice: sunbathing. I know it's wrong, but I love the feeling on the hot sun on my skin and could lay in it for hours. I do live in Florida for a reason! Please feel free to contact me!

Website- http://www.sarahmross.com
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/SarahtheAuthor
Twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/SarahtheAuthor


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Stacking the Shelves [4]

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. Click on the book covers to take you to their goodreads page.



WON
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner (paperback copy from Good Reading Magazine)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (hardcover copy from Stuck in Books)
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (paperback arc copy from Jen Ryland/YA Romantics)


BOUGHT
Momentum by Saci Lloyd (paperback)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (paperback)


The Hateful Internet is Hateful


We've recently had our internet provider changed but unfortunately we didn't quite have all the necessary bits and bobs so I'm floundering about with no internet, which is highly inconvenient. I'm going to see if I can buy an appropriate modem today so I can have the internet again but until then I've only got my phone which is not that great for blogging. I am going down to my mother's today so I can quickly use her internet to put up a couple of posts and add in my whales. Yes, you read right! I have finished my whales and shall add them to my reviews and to my pages (Blog, FB, Twitter).
Speaking of reviews, I'm sorry I'm taking so long to do another one. I'be been trying to finish the book, but gosh-darn school has been getting in my way. We have exams in a few weeks and the time leading up to it is filled with tests and retests as well as having a writing folio due for english in 10 days. It's giving me almost no time for anything else though I shall hopefully finish Falling to Ash tonight and have my review up before the end of the week.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Guess who's turning 17 soon?!

As you probably picked up from the title it's my birthday soon, in 18 days to be exact! I'm quite excited, planning on having a dress-up party to celebrate because, let's face it, what 17-year-old doesn't want to dress up as a fairy/superhero/pirate?! Anyway this is totally beside the point. What I'm trying to get at here is this: I want to give you guys things.

It's going to be my birthday but I feel in a very giving mood so to make my birthday even more special I want to share the love and hold a giveaway! But there is a catch. I want to thank all those amazing people who have already followed me, you guys are totally awesome! I have 18 GFC followers currently but if I can get another 7 before my birthday (so a total of 25) I will hold a giveaway.
I've got a lot of bookmarks (and some are signed!) and some other swag that I'd like to share with you. I'm going to make this international because I'm super-excited about it and I love you all!!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [3]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Mind Games
by Kiersten White
Expected publication: 19th February 2013
From Goodreads:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.


I've seen this on a few differnet blogs and I thought I'd share it on mine. This book looks really good! I love the cover and the synopsis is intriguing and mysterious and it sounds like a great read. I have yet to reading anything else by Kiersten White but I am quite excited to start some of her books while I'm waiting for this amazing book to come out!
What books are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Stacking the Shelves [3]


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. Click on the book covers to take you to their goodreads page.


WON
After Dark by Emi Gayle (e-arc from Emi Gayle's blog)
Stitch by Samantha Durante (e-copy from Darlene's Book Nook)
The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone (e-copy from Feather Stone's blog)
Dark Promise by Julia Crane & Talia Jager (e-copy from My Seryniti)



 
BOUGHT from the Resource Collectables Shop (the fancy, upper-class tip shop)
Magic Flutes (a.k.a The Reluctant Heiress) by Eva Ibbotson - paperback
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr - paperback
Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson - hardcover



GIFTED
The House Rules by Jodi Picoult (from my boyfriend's totally-awesome mother) - paperback



Sorry for the delay in posting, life's been a bit crazy with school exams just around the corner, but I got here in the end! :D