Friday, 30 November 2012

Book Depository - 24 Hours of Offers!

A couple of weeks ago The Book Depository had a 24 Hours of Offers Day and while I tried to take a look at it, I had school and didn't really get a proper chance to check it out. I was quite sad, I was hoping to pick up some good deals so I was really excited when I found out they were having another one, especially with Christmas just around the corner!

The 24 Hours of Offers is run by The Book Depository where they have limited stock of 24 heavily discounted books (ranging widely in genre) and give you the chance to buy one each hour. They also have some bonus books which they share if the offered book is quickly snatched up! I've probably done a poor job of explaining this so I'll put TBD's explanation on here as well but basically they have a heavily discounted book that's available for an hour but they only have a certain number of copies available. If the book is sold out before the hour is up, TBD will sometimes put up another bonus book that you can buy until the next hour. You got it? ..No? Well then, I'll let The Book Depository explain:

"We have limited stock of 24 great titles to cover 24 hours. Each hour we will be offering one of these at a superb price with up to 70% off RRP (and maybe even a sneaky bonus offer here and there too). Each title is for sale for one hour only or until the stock runs out. The promotion will run from 6th Dec 2012 Noon(GMT) till 7th Dec 2012 Noon(GMT)."


You got it now? Good.

So the 24 Hours of Offers starts on December 6th at 12:00noon GMT, which is 7:00am EST and 11:00pm AEDT which means I might miss out on the first few offers for the sake of sleeping but I'll jump right on in the morning and try and snag a few bargains!

This is only available on www.bookdepository.co.uk so don't head to the other site and accidentally miss out!

I hope you can find something interesting and grab an amazing bargain! Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [9]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Paper Valentine
by Brenna Yovanoff
Expected Publication: 8th January 2013

From Goodreads:
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

This books sounds rather spooky and dark and I've always had a love of murder mysteries and the paranormal so mixing them together sounds just great! I haven't read anything by Brenna but I would like to and think if she pulls it off this book could be great!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave a link to your WoW in the comments and I'll check it out!

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday [6]

Teaser Tuesday


Hosted by MizB at Should be Reading


Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published: 26th October 2010

"You can tell a lot about a person from the pages he or she choose to journal on - I was strictly a college-ruled man myself, having no talent for illustration and a microscopic scrawl that made wide-ruled seem roomy. The blank pages were usually the most popular - I only had one friend, Thibaud, who went for the grid. Or at least he did until the guidance counselors confiscated his journal to prove that he had been plotting to kill our history teacher."

~Pg. 4, paperback copy of 'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares' by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan



Top Ten Books of 2013 I'm Most Excited For

Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish


 

1. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead (Expected Publication: 12th February 2013)
Why am I so excited for this book? Because it's Richelle Mead and her writing is just amazing. I am also in love with this series.

2. Poison by Bridget Zinn (Expected Publication: 12th March 2013)
The cover looks fantastic and the story sounds great! What more could I want?

3. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver (Expected Publication: 5th March 2013)
Still haven't read book 2, waiting on Requiem, but I love the first book and cannot wait to read more!




4. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Expected Publication: 29th January 2013)
The cover, the title, the synopsis, 'London 1894'.. this book sounds great! I really hope this book lives up to my expectations.

5.  Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Device #3) by Cassandra Clare  (Expected Publication: 19th March 2013)
I loved the first to books in this series and when I reached the end of Clockwork Prince I nealy died. I need to know what happens!

6.  Ink (The Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun (Expected Publication: 25th June 2013)
Have you read that synopsis? Drawings that are coming to life and Japan, I want this book!

7. Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White (Expected Publication: 19th February 2013)
This book sounds really great and ever since I first hear about it I've been wanting it. I am really excited to read it!




8. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West (Expected Publication: 12th February 2013)
This book just has such an original and intriguing concept and I can't wait to see what it's like.

9. Splintered by A.G. Howard  (Expected Publication: 1st January 2013)
I love Alice in Wonderland and this book not only has an amazing cover, it has an amazing synopsis and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

10. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (Expected Publication: 26th March 2013)
This book sounds really good at the reviews so far have been great, leaving me very excited for this book.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Savings [3]


So I've been going through The Book Depository for the past couple of weeks trying to find some awesome books to buy and I keep seeing all these amazingly cheap books! I go crazy when I see a sale, I just want to buy, buy, buy and tell everyone about it. I thought I'd share some of these great finds because I'm sure a lot of these books would appeal to different people. I hope you can find something that takes your fancy!

Clicking on the covers will take you to their goodreads page and the title to their TBD page.


Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $4.50
USD $4.70
GBP £2.94
EUR €3.68


(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $6.69
USD $6.99
GBP £4.37
EUR €5.46



Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising #1) by Susan Cooper
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $5.19
USD $5.42
GBP £3.39
EUR €4.24


(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $5.25
USD $5.49
GBP £3.43
EUR €4.29


The Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters #2) by Michelle Zink
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $4.57
USD $4.78
GBP £2.99
EUR €3.74


Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr - REVIEW

Carnival of Souls
by Melissa Marr
Publication Date: 4th September
Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.


All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--
fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.


Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr - Review

Carnival of Souls is a new book by Melissa Marr. It was supposed to be a standalone but Melissa said that there was going to be at least one more book which is good because other wise that ending would've been super-sucky.

The book takes places in two different worlds, the human world and the daimon world, and follows the lives of Aya, Kaleb and Mallory. There are two different magical species, Daimons and Witches and both hate each other. Witches live in the human world because any found in The City (daimon world) are killed or enslaved. Mallory lives with her 'father', a witch, in the human world while Kaleb and Aya live in The City though both visit the human world on occasion.

I really liked the idea of the book with the Carnival of Souls and the different ranking systems in The City. Having Mallory grow up knowing practically nothing with everyone else being almost fully aware of what was happening was interesting but following three different characters and all their separate thoughts/plans/motives got a bit much at times. This is also a very hectic book with a lot of different things going on leaving the reader with a lot to take in.

The ending was also quite sudden. Things unfolded very quickly and then they just stopped. It was like the book had been going at a pretty fast jog then at the end it madly sprinted before running right into a brick wall and stopping completely. I know there's more of the story to come but the ending didn't really leave me hanging for more and it kind of lost me.

Just before I finish I think I have to mention the relationship between Kaleb and Mallory. At first I thought it was alright and sometimes a little cute but by the end of the book I mainly thought it was creepy. They love each other but don't really know anything about one another and some of the stuff Kaleb does is just a little too creepy for me. I'm interested to see what they're relationship is like and Mallory's reactions in the next book.

I liked this book but I didn't think it was amazing. I would recommend it to fans of Melissa Marr and people who enjoy dark, magical tales. All-in-all it was a fairly good book but it just didn't grab me in the way I'd hoped.


3/5 Whales


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Stacking the Shelves [7]

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:
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides #1) by Jody Gehrman (e-book copy from The Hollow Cupboards)
Twisted (A Twisted Fairy Tale Novella Series #1) by Jenny Phillips (e-book copy from Jenny Philips)
Dreams of Reality (The Dreams Trilogy #1) by Beth Bares (signed paperback from Beth Bares & Bookfever)





For Review:
The Breakaway (The Breakaway #1) by Michelle Davidson Argyle (e-book copy from Xpresso Book Tours)
Within by Clare C. Marshall (e-book copy from Clare for Within anniversary tour)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [8]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Sorry I'm a little late in putting this up, wasn't feeling the best yesterday but it's still Wednesday in some parts of the world so it's totally fine. ;)


Just One Day (Just One Day #1)
by Gayle Forman
Expected Publication: 8th January 2013


From Goodreads:


A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!


This book sounds very cool and I've been meaning to pick up the If I Stay series by Gayle Forman because I've heard really good things. The early reviews of this book also sound rather amazing and I think it sounds like something I would really enjoy.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday [5]

Teaser Tuesday 

Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading


Stones to Ashes (The Alchemists Academy #1)
by Kailin Gow
Publication Date: 7th January 2011




"He probably should have known better than to insult three boys older than him, but when they had started making fun of his name, picking on him just because they could, it had been only too easy to react angrily.

He had called the leader of the trio a fat slug, and wondered aloud how he managed to walk and talk at the same time without falling over."

~Pg. 2, e-copy of 'Stones to Ashes' by Kailin Gow



Top Ten Books/Authors I am Thankful For


Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
This is going to be a hard one, I'm thankful to all authors for putting themselves out there and sharing their passion with the world! Making it into a top ten is going to be difficult!



1. A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock
This was the first book I learn to read by myself and I can still quote a bit of it if I put my mind to it! I love rhymes and this book was so fun, with gorgeous pictures!


2.  Time For Bed by Mem Fox
This is another children's book, but I just love it to bits! The poetry is so lyrical, this is one of the few books that I love to read aloud, it just sounds so beautiful.



3. The Belgariad Series by David Eddings
David Eddings is one of my favourite authors. I loved fantasy before reading any of his work but after starting The Belgariad Series I fell even more in love with it. He's brilliant at creating worlds and magic, I love his stories, they take me amazing places.

4. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
This has been my go to book for a long time now, when I'm in need of some cheering up or I just need a little break from life. It's my happy book.

5. What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang
I loved this book! I hadn't been sure about what to read and I think I was starting to fall into a bit of a readers slump, but this book changed that. I'm not sure what it was about this book but it had something I needed and I really liked it.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book was beautiful to read. It was slow and not much happened but the writing was gorgeous and the descriptions were perfect. It puts across a haunting, beautiful atmosphere which I really enjoyed.



7. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
This series is fun! It's silly and funny and makes for a really enjoyable read. Most of the books I read have a more serious nature so it was fun to read something that had me laughing. A lot.

8. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
So many kids my age grew up with these books, loving them, and I'm no exception. These books were as massive part of my childhood and I love 'em!

9. The Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart was one of the first books that inspired me to write! The idea of living inside a story was a fantastical, amazing idea and wanted to write so I could lose myself in a story. This series was magical.

10. The Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton
I love Enid Blyton. In primary school I used to walk into class with my nose stuck between the pages of her books, especially the famous five. Her books
were a big part of my childhood and I love them!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Monday Savings [2]


So I've been going through The Book Depository trying to find some awesome books to buy and I keep seeing all these amazingly cheap books! I go crazy when I see a sale, I just want to buy, buy, buy and tell everyone about it. I thought I'd share some of these great finds because I'm sure a lot of these books would appeal to different people. I hope you can find something that takes your fancy! 
Clicking on the covers will take you to their goodreads page and the title to their TBD page.



The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $5.22
USD $5.46
GBP £3.41
EUR €4.26
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $4.57
USD $4.78
GBP £2.99
EUR €3.74





Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $3.81
USD $3.98
GBP £2.49
EUR €3.11




(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $3.24
USD $3.39
GBP £2.12
EUR €2.65







Hans Anderson's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $4.77 
USD $4.99
GBP £3.12
EUR €3.90



(Paperback)

Prices:

AUD $4.57
USD $4.78
GBP £2.99
EUR €3.74