Welcome everyone :) Things may be a little slow at the moment as I am in my last few months of school so I am swamped with work and exams but if you had time to leave a comment it would make my day!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

350 Page Books 2011 Challenge

This is a 2011 book challenge that encourages readers to read thicker books, past the 350 page mark. I was talking to Small Review about this, and how we were slightly put off by thicker books. I just read Beautiful Creatures which was around 560 pages. I loved it and I'm so glad I read it but it took a lot of effort to actually start it. The Challenge is being hosted by What's Your Story? and there are all the details on her site. The books do generally have to be YA but some adult fiction is allowed to :)


 The Guidelines:

  • This challenge does not have to only include YA, but it should be predominantly YA that means at least 75% of the books you read should be young adult fiction.
  • Each book MUST contain 350 pages or more.
  • Only physical copies and e-books will count toward the challenge. (Sorry, but audio books don’t have pages!) YES, e-readers DO count! :) 
  • You can add each book as you read them. You do NOT have to make a list.

I shall definitely be joining the fun. Also I would love to hear your recommendations of books I should read that are longer than 350 pages :)

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Snow has finally arrived :) I love snow! So white and fluffy and cold and... yeah you get the picture. It has been a fabulous day: snow, two lessons and sitting at home watching the snow with a hot cup of water. Its absolutely lovely. I would love to know if any of you have gotten snow, England is in a Big Freeze at the moment, with the most widespread snow in November in something like 17 years. Madness I tell you. It is the last day of November, with advents being opened tomorrow (yay). Are we all excited for Christmas yet or is it just too soon?


Onwards to the books. I love memes. I love reading them, I love taking part, I just love them.So I thought I would take part in Top Ten Tuesday this week. Each week the topic changes and you will have to answer what your top 10 things are in relation to the question. So this weeks question is:


Top Ten Character's I'd Like to Be Best Friends With 

  1. Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. She is just so fun and sarcastic and witty and I just love her. To be honest I would love to choose all the girls, though Carmen would be last.
  2. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter. He's just wonderful, so sweet and sincere. And he's into herbology so there is an instant connection (though I will admit I warm to a potions parter as well)
  3. Colie from Last Chance/Keeping the Moon. I feel like I can relate to her. She is lovely and sweet and I really like her.
  4. Anne from Anne of Green Gables. I'm a big fan. My mum had the videos of it and I read the book and she is so headstrong and passionate and loving. She would be a wonderful (albeit dramatic) best friend.
  5. Hermione from Harry Potter. I'm rather studious myself, very focused on grades. And she loves to read. My inner geek and her would be a great pair.
  6. Katniss from Hunger Games. She is very headstrong and she can shoot a bow and arrow, so if danger comes our way I will safe :)
  7. Aria from Pretty Little Liars. Okay this is a slight cheat. I haven't read it (ordered it yesterday though xD) but I love her in the show so I'll cheat.
  8. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. I cheat again. I actually can't get over how hard this is. Blair is a slight bitch but a good friend and would bring down any girl or guy who messed with me. I kinda like that.
  9. Sarah from The Little Princess. She is sweet and gorgeous and fabulous. I just want to shout "I'm a princess" when I watch the film (note to self: must read book) And her stories are just so fun
  10. Auden from Along For The Ride. I love her. She is so sheltered and I feel like I could be a good enough girl friend and teach her the joys of girly thing (except pink. that will never be acceptable)
Wowza. I can't belive how long that took me. I was just staring into space trying to pull a name out of my head. This tells me I need to read books with better protagonists. I'd love to hear who you'd be best friends with :)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creature
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: Decmber 1st 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 563
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. Goodreads

Wow. No, really. Wow. Word can’t really describe how much I loved it. It has been reviewed and raved about like mad recently. I’ve read so many amazing review but also a few so-so reviews. It was on my TBR List but I didn’t think about reading it until I saw it in my library. I’m so glad I did. It was overwhelmingly amazing. I can’t say I read it in a few days, it took me about 4 weeks to read it, which I know is a long while. The size of the book scared me slightly. I’m not so fond of books that breach past 400 pages. It automatically doubles, or triples the length it would take to read. It is all up in my head. I have been really busy as well though, so it has nothing to do with the content.

Hmm. Where to start? I loved that it was narrated by a boy. I’ve gotten to a point where I assume the narrator is a girl. I was so confused at first, I was like huh? And then I reread the blurb and saw that it was narrated by Ethan (My advice, read the blurb first to avoid confusion. I’m a little slow sometimes).  There have been a lot of criticisms that say Ethan is too observant to be a boy, and slightly too girly. I disagree on both counts (despite not being a guy). To me, he is just an observant guy, and his parents seem like the type that would encourage being observant.

Ethan was a lovely guy. I loved his dedication to Lena, his support and affection. I can’t say I was immediately fond of him but he definitely grew on me the more he was with Lena. Lena is definitely my kind of girl. I want to be her friend. She was a girl who wasn’t afraid to be herself. She had courage, which I admired. But by far my favourite character was Link. Link is slightly slow but he is just so lovely, and is a great friend to both Lena and Ethan, even when things turn sour. The characterization in general was fabulous. All very three dimensional, with lots of detail so you felt like you really knew them.

The book was full of twists and turns, and I constantly had my mouth open, in pure awe of what was going on. Everything happened too quickly and too slowly all at once, and it was amazing. The pacing was incredible. Towards the end my eyes went into overdrive, trying to double the speed at which I normally read because I was so anxious to read it. The whole book sucked you in and you felt you were right there with them, involved in their lives, caring what happened to them.
Overall, it was just an amazing read. Fast paced, wonderfully written and fabulous characterization. What’s not to love?


5 out of 5

TBR Pile (2)

I shall share some books from my TBR Pile this week :)

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The cover is just gorgeous to start with. It is about a girl who can sense murdered bodies and with a serial killer on the loose takes on the role of finding him and stopping him. I've never heard of a book like this and I'm so intrigued by it. I've read some amazing reviews of it and the second instalment came out recently-ish I think.



The book looks wonderful.  I love the odd angle of the picture on the front cover.    My knowledge of this book is quite limited but it has something to do with  the main character having nightmares that cannot be explained. As she  begins to understand her nightmares she begins to question all that she has  known. It is a fairly new release (September 2010) and is only out in hardback at this moment in time.


I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan. I don't think words could even describe how in love with her writing I am. This is the only one of hers I haven't read. I don't know how I've managed to surpass it but I have. There is no doubt in my mind that I will love it. From what I know it is about a girl in an abusive relationship, along with troubles at home, a missing sister if I recall correctly. It is one of her older novels and it seems to be slightly darker than her newer ones perhaps? I do hope there is some happy romance though, because I just seem to expect it with Sarah Dessen. Hopefully I will get it for Christmas this year! (fingers crossed)


The  number of  gushing reviews I have read is insane. Words don't seem to exist to describe how amazing this book is.  How can I not have read it yet? The book tells the story of a girl with a  perfect life who is forced to relive the same day 7 times. It deals with the  actions in our daily lives and how it affect things. Sam (the main character) learns that she has the power to change the way things are by slightly altering what she does. It has been likened to Groundhog Day which I have not seen (but must at some point), in the sense of  reliving the same day. Regardless it  looks absolutely superb and is another book I hope to get for Christmas.

Have any of you read these books? Are they deserving of taking up space on my TBR list. I'd love to hear your thoughts :) 

Sunday, 28 November 2010

What's Your Status?

What's your Status? is a weekly meme that allows you to sum up your week in reading, saying what books you've read, finished, started, not finished etc.






Finished:


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

SO AMAZING! I finished it this morning. I don't think I've ever read a book with so much going on. The pace was intense and I was constantly like :O. I should have a review up next week.






Currently Reading:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Well by started I mean I shall start today. You guys voted for me to read this next and I am so so so excited to read it. I've been waiting with anticipation to find out what happens next!






Added to To Read Pile

Sea
 Heidi R. Kling
 
The Karma Club
 Jessica Brody

Weekly Recap (1)

I have no books In My Mailbox this week :( Sad, I know. I've been too busy to even contemplate buying books. So instead I thought I would do a recap of my week, posting links to everything I posted this week, just in case you missed anything. I got the idea from Small Review and thought I would steal it :D

Reviews:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Memes:

In My Mailbox (4)
Waiting For Wednesday (2)
Blogger Hop (1) / Follow Friday (1)

Challenges:
Off The Shelf Challenge

Other:
Award Time 

I hope you all had a great week, and I would still love to see what you in your mailbox, though I didn't get anything.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Book Blogger Hop (1)

Book Blogger HopThis is very first book blogger hop which is hosted by Crazy For Books which aims to allow bloggers to find new blogs and meet new people and basically mingle. I absolutely love the idea. There is a weekly question you are and this week the question is:


What is your favourite book cover?

I'm definitely a cover girl. I love them, I crave them, I look at them to cheer me up when I'm sad. I love them, so I can't choose just one. Covers are like my children, I can't pick a favourite. But, for the sake of the question I shall choose one that I really like at the moment. 

I'm a sucker for Christmas. I'm crazy for snow. I'm mad for romance. This cover just screams all three of these things. I get such a magical feel from the book. It makes me smile and I love it when covers do that. I love the signs spelling out the title and the colourful buildings behind. GAH I love it.

I'm sure most of you have probably seen the book Dash and Lily's Book of Dares but I thought I'd choose it anyway because it is just so damn gorgeous.




Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release DateJuly 6th 2010 (paperback)
PublisherScholastic, Inc
Pages: 374
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. goodreads

This was one of the first dystopian books I have ever read and boy, was it amazing. For the past couple of years I've been reading very realistic fiction, from the likes of Sarah Dessen. I read such amazing reviews online and I couldn't any longer. I then found it in the school library and it was like fate, and most definitely love at first read.

The portrayal of the Capitol and the break down of society I found to be very powerful. The whole concept of the Hunger Games is purely psychotic and disturbing. It reminded me of the  coliseum in Rome, and how death and murder was a form of entertainment. The contestants were merely puppets being used by the Capitol.


I loved Katniss. I thought she was a very likeable character, headstrong and passionate. She has a very big heart, taking her sister's place. It was something that wasn't done by people, and it showed a lot of courage. Peeta was wonderful too. I automatically warmed to him, and the way he reacted when in the games was, to me at least, perfect. The characterisation in general I felt was truly remarkable!


There was lots of murder, with teenagers killing each other to keep themselves alive. It was hard at times but there were some very touching moments that humanised the characters, not only portraying them as killers.


Overall the book was fast paced, energetic and extremely enjoyable. It was so hard to put down. I'm very excited to be reading the next instalment!



5 out of 5 stars




Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Release Date: January 5, 2010 (paperback)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 256
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of 
Cracked Up To Be. goodreads


I thought that the book had such honesty in it and the characters were compelling. I think it is a very relatable tale, because most people can relate to bullying in high school whether they were the victims or the victimisers. It isn’t very original in the sense of bulling as it is a subject matter almost overdone. However, it was a completely different spin, with the victimiser becoming the victim. A friend of mine was recently completely excluded from her friends and they turned against her, leaving her feeling pretty broken. Friends have the power to break us the most, and this book does show how the people you trust the most can so quickly dismiss you.

Regina, the main character, isn't someone you feel you should like, because she was such a bully, but I grew very attached to her throughout the novel. Summers makes it very clear that when it comes to bullying things aren’t always black and white. Under the surface things are very different to the surface. Michael was a real sweetheart. He taught me a lot about second chances, and though it is not easy to do, sometimes it needs to be done. The hints of romance throughout the novel were a nice break away from the horror that is high school.


The book was difficult to read at times however completely captivated me. I read it in one sitting, and that is something I rarely do. It really demonstrates the way teenage girls can be and what some will do for popularity. The message is extremely powerful and I became a lot more aware of the repercussions of my actions. I highly recommend it.



5 out of 5

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Its Wednesday, midweek, half gone, half left. I rather like wednesdays, I feel like the weekend is close enough to get happy about. And I don't have school on friday xD More time to read (and work) and read some more. I will hopefully have Beautiful Creatures finished by then, with a review the up next week. I've hit the 400 page mark so it is a strong possibility.

Is anyone else in the christmas mood? I know it is november, and still a month and one day until Christmas but I can't help it. As we speak (or I type) I'm looking at my mini christmas tree, lights and all, I put up an hour ago, with Christmas tunes playing and antlers on my head :) and my dearest mother bought me a Lindt advent calender (thanks mum). She also bought me Christmas PJs last week. Christmas is my favourite holiday, with yummy food and fires and snow :)

Anyway, I apologise, I don't mean to go off on tangents (which is all to do with maths, and the lines touching xD I only just realised the origin of the phrase) I just love Christmas too much. Now Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated. My books this week is:


Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers


From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father. 

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of whyWhy when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Cullen seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered? goodreads

I love Courtney Summers so much. The first book I read by her was Cracked Up To Be which was amazing. The other was Some Girls Are which I thought was the better of the two. I felt such an attachment to the characters and really empathised with them. The characterisations are just superb, which is hard to do. Fall For Anything looks as though it won't disappoint. Summers' protagonists have dealt with a trauma or grief that affects them as a person and throughout the novel the story unfolds and we build a closer relationship with them, which is such a lovely quality, it is like making a best friend.

The book is released next month on the 21st of December so I thoroughly suggest checking it out!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Off The Shelf Challenge


Off the Shelf Challenge is hosted by BA Reading Challenges. The challenge is to read the books you already own, that seem to be multiplying every time you blink. I know I have such a problem with this. I love buying new books and then I seem to not read them, not because I don't want to, but because I want to buy more.

There are five levels for the challenge. I'm going to do Making A Dint which is to read 30 books. That is probably the amount of books I own but haven't read yet so it seems like a good amount. The challenge runs from 1st January - 31st December 2011 and you can only use books that you bough BEFORE January 1st. However, if you don't own many books but a TBR pile that you are drowning in, you can read books off that as long as you don't add any books after the challenge has begun.

Below is a basic idea of what I plan to read but I will probably add to the list or change it slightly. The list will also be posted in the challenges page at the top of my blog. They aren't all YA books but most of them are, just so you are aware.

1. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
3. Clockwork Angel  by Cassandra Clare
4. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
5. Ruby Red by Linzi Glass
6. Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
7. A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
9. The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
10. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
11. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Well that is my list for now. It is a fabulous challenge so have a think about joining in :)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick



Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 391
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book has been out for a year now and it has caused a major storm in the blogging world. A lot of you I presume have already read it. I've read raving reviews and I thought I should read it myself. I apologise that it has taken a while to get the review up but as least it is here now.

"For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life."
(goodreads)

For starters the cover it gorgeous. I love covers, they make me happy and I will admit that I do judge a book by a cover (I know I know, I need help) but I am trying not to. However, this cover would have been enough for me to buy it, even without the reviews.

I did quite like Nora as a character. I didn't love her but I could sort of understand how she was feeling and why she did was she did. Obviously she does some very silly things, but who wouldn't when they are to with Patch. Patch, I loved. You will either love him or hate him, I think. Definitely a bad boy, with the smouldering looks to match. I thought the characterisation of Patch was wonderful, just the right about of bay boy to keep him mysterious and sexy but a touch of kindness underneath it all to stop you from hating him.

It was a very addicting read. I constantly wanted to know what was happening and there was always something happening. I loved the idea of the fallen angels, I found it to be very interesting, and I had never read a book on angels before, good or bad. 

I did however feel that there was something lacking, albeit just a tiny bit. I can't even put my finger on what it was but it wasn't one of the best books I read. I still completely recommend it and it was extremely enjoyable. Just bough Crescendo so I shall be reading it soon and I am so excited to find out what is going to happen!

4 out of 5 Stars

Monday, 22 November 2010

Award Time

Hello readers :) I hope you have all have a pleasant Monday (if they even exist). I feel the need to throw in how amazing Harry Potter was so if any of you haven't seen it yet you must. I ORDER YOU! It is absolutely fabulous, so true to the book and so entertaining. 


Today I got an award from Elaine at I Live In A Fictional World. It is my first blogger award and I feel so honoured so thank you Elaine, it is greatly appreciated :)



To accept this award you must:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

1. Done so above, she has a wonderful blog so go enjoy it :)

  • I want to be a primary school teacher as my profession
  • I want to live in New Zealand when I'm older (and have a horse xD)
  • I have a thing for dragons and dinosaurs (my mother made me a gorgeous dinosaur cake for my 17th. It was  fabulous)
  • Baking is one of my passions my dream kitchen appliance is a kitchenaid (it was love at first sight)
  • I love watching shopping channels - I'm a frequent visitor of Ideal World 
  • I play the flute and am trying to learn the guitar - music is my life
  • I go to an all girls school and I am completely deprived on testosterone (sad face)
Now it is time to pass the award onwards to my fellow bloggers. But who to choose? hmm. The following are in no particular order.

  1. Books Of Amber
  2. Small Review
  3. The Undercover Book Lover
  4. Attack Of The Book
  5. Girls Without A Bookshelf
  6. Icey Books
  7. Book Chick City
  8. YA Reads
  9. The Book Vixen
  10. Emma Michaels
  11. 365 Days of Reading
  12. The Elliott Review
  13. Words On Paper
  14. All About {n}
  15. Teen Read And Write
I shall be emailing you all shortly so come and collect your awards. Thank you to Elaine again for the award and thank you guys for being such amazing bloggers!





Sunday, 21 November 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

Hey fellow readers :) Sunday again. I hope you all had a great week. Time for In My Mailbox (hosted by The Story Siren). I didn't buy again this week *cries* because I'm trying to save money so I visited the library instead! I never knew my library had good books, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm still reading Beautiful Creatures (slow I know, but my school work load has been intense. Further Maths + Hamlet essay + 2 biology essay = no time for reading) but I am loving it so I hope to finish it by next Sunday (fingers crossed). Enough of the waffling, time for the books xD


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld


Very excited. I read the Uglies series and loved it (didn't like specials though so I might try that again and get onto the forth one). The cover of the book is fabulous, though my library didn't have this pretty cover :( Anyway, I'm very excited to read it :)


goodreads or amazon






Evermore by Alyson Noel 




This is the first in the immortal series and I'm very excited to read it. I've heard some great thing, and some not so great things about it so I'm interested to see if I will like it or not. If any of you have read it I'd love to know what you think!


Goodreads or amazon



So that is what I got from the library this week. What did you get in your mailbox?

P.S OMFG I'M SEEING HARRY POTTER TODAY. Sorry, I'm insanely excited. I cannot believe it is the penultimate film. It will all be over soon - no more Harry Potter. It seems so wrong. But anyway, I needed to get it out. EEK!!!!!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

EEK! I'm so excited to be participating this year. It looks like so much fun. The 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted and ran by The Story Siren. You have to read at least 12  books that are an author's YA debut coming out in 2011. There is more information on Kristi's site about the details and she has a list of US 2011 debut books to help you choose.


My list isn't at all set in stone, but it is a brief idea of what I plan to read.


1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (11/01/2011)
2. Choker by Elizabeth Woods  (04/01/2011)
3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (04/01/2011)
4. Warped by Maurissa Guidord (11/01/2011)
5. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (14/06/2011)
6. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (22/03/2011)


Well that is all I've got for now, but I should be adding to it very shortly so keep a look out, and I hope you join as well :)

Monday, 15 November 2010

Poll Results (1)

The results are in and you have chosen Catching Fire by Susanne Collins to be the next book I read. Thank you for voting!


Sunday, 14 November 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

It's Sunday again. The weeks seem to fly by. Normally, I love it when that happens, however it is less appealing when I have a Hamlet essay due in a few weeks with zilch written already. The joys of school. Okay, I've finished ranting, on with the books I bought this week.

Books I Bought:




Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

amazon or goodreads














Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

goodreads or amazon














Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

goodreads or amazon














I didn't actually plan on buying any books this week but the 3 for 2 offer at WHSmith made it irresistible. So what did you get in your mailbox?

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

The book I am waiting for and looking forward to is What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.


I am a massive fan of Sarah Dessen. I have all her books albeit Dreamland, which is on my to read list at the moment. The book is scheduled for release May 10th 2010. Lets be honest, what's not to love about Sarah Dessen. A fabulous array of complex characters combined with a romance. Definitely my cup of tea. I definitely will be buying this on the release date!

goodreads

Monday, 8 November 2010

TBR Pile (1)

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have a never ending to be read pile that increases daily, so I thought I would share with you a few books each week that are in my to be read pile. So here are some of the books in mine :)


Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

First off I think I need to tell you how much I am in love with Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series. I read it when I was about 13 and I just couldn't get over how amazing it was. It was a battle of racism as well as an epic love story. I haven't read the fourth book (I got it for Christmas and it has gone walkies. No where to be seen. Magic I tell you)

I am not crazy about the cover but the plot looks great. It is about a boy who is about to start his life as an adult, going to university etc. when his ex girlfriend turns up with his baby. It looks very interesting and I am sure Malorie Blackman will have written another amazing book.

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Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe

I can't say that I know too much about this book. I love the cover and I also love the fact it is written by a sixteen year old. It is her debut novel so I am really interested to see how she will do.

From what I gather it is about a terminally ill boy with a sick mother who tries to kill himself. However he is saved by a girl (hence the title) and they fall in love. It sounds very sweet whilst not being overly go. I'm excited to see how it will turn out.

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I love this cover too (can you tell I'm a sucker for a good cover?) The book is about a geeky girl who loses her confident older sister. She has to take control of her life instead of living in her sister's shadow as she did before. She struggles with the new territory of boys and romance. It looks like an absolutely beautiful book about love and loss and being comfortable in your own skin.


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Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

I actually met Sophie McKenzie a few years back at my school. From what I remember she was lovely and very interesting. She signed by girl, missing book. Anyway Blood Ties is about a boy, Theo, who finds out the father he thought was dead since his birth is actually alive and goes off to find him. On the way he meets Rachel who also has family issues. They get attacked my an organisation and are then rescued by strangers which leads to the answers to some questions and finding about who they really are. A bit of a thriller, sounds like fun and I loved Girl, Missing so I am excited to read this soon.

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Well that is all for now. My workload for school is insane. Whoever thought having science essays was a good idea is mentally unstable. Just saying.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

In My Mailbox (2)

I received some very fun books this week so I shall show you what I got :)

Won





Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

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Just want to say a huge thank you to www.chicklish.co.uk








Bought

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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So what did you get in your mailbox? : )
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