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Wednesday 30 November 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Bunheads by Sophia Flack

As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.

But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?

I have never read a dance book before but I would love to! I love the US cover and I am so pleased the book is being published in the UK in 2012!

Monday 28 November 2011

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

     The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: Standalone
Pages: 224
Publisher: Headline
Release Date: January 5th 2012 (UK)
Source: For Review
Rating: 4.5 stars

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 

Imagine if she hadn't fogotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the atlantic or a fault with the plane? 

Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver... 

Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is definitely mt kind of book. The title: LOVE! The blurb: AWESOME! I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy  of this book. When it arrived I squealed like a child and the book definitely didn't disappoint. It was a sweet love story that addresses deeper issues along the way.

Oliver was so swoon-worthy. He was sweet, charming and just adorable. The chemistry and sexual tension between Oliver and Hadley were beautifully written. I was rooting for them from the very beginning. Both Hadley and Oliver were easy to connect with and I believer a lot of people will be able to relate to what either of them were going through.

The book is set over 24 hours and there was a definite urgency to the plot. the pace was fast and kept me reading on. The time period was a really nice touch.

I adored the ending. It was so fitting and captured the essence of the novel. It had a balance of predictability and surprise which was refreshing.

If you love contemporary romances as much as I do then I am sure you will love this! A lovely, beautifully written book filled with chance, fate and love.

Sunday 27 November 2011

Review: Airhead by Meg Cabot

    Airhead (Airhead, #1)

Title: Airhead
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: Airhead #1
Pages: 308
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: June 5th 2009 (UK)
Source: For Review
Rating: 4 stars

Emerson and Nikki have absolutely nothing in common. Emerson's atomboy-superbrain who couldn't care less about her looks. Nikki's asupermodel sensation and the world's most famous airhead. But a freak accident causes the girls' lives to collide in the most extraordinary way ...

Meg Cabot is definitely a go to author for me. Whenever I want something light hearted and fun I pick up one of her books. Airhead is a little different from her other books but it was enjoyable none the less. I don't want to spoil the book so I'm not going to summarise as there a lot of things to discover. That being said it is freakishly bizarre.

To enjoy Airhead you've got to let go of reality a little as the plot, at times, isn't the most believable. it did take me a while to get accepted this but once I did, I enjoyed the book a lot more.

My favourite character was Chris, Em's best friend. He was the most real character in the book and the person I felt most connected with. I did like Em but she did get a little annoying at times.

Airhead ended with most of the plot resolved, though there were some aspects left a mystery to intrigue you. I was definitely intrigued enough to pick up book two.

Airhead was by no means my favourite Meg Cabot book as I found the extreme circumstances difficult to connect with. Despite this, it was a quick, fun read that fans of Cabot will enjoy.

In My Mailbox {27}

For Review:

Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater 

What did you get in your mailbox?

Sunday 20 November 2011

In My Mailbox {26}

Crossed by Ally Condie
To Be A Cat by Matt Haig
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Sunday 13 November 2011

House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes NovelOver the years I have read some of Anthony Horrowitz work, the most famous being Stormbreaker. Horrowitz has a wonderful way with words and is able to create and capture intense suspense and action scenes within his novels. Whilst I am not a fan of Sherlock Holmes, knowing that the novel was written by Anthony Horowitz makes me eager to read it.

The reading in the video above really sets the tone for the novel. Horowitz's reading is captivating. The mystery is heightened by the noises in the background and the flickering of the firelight. I am definitely excited to read the book after seeing the video.

The novel was published November 1st by Orion. If you would like to read a sample of the novel before purchasing it you can read it here.

This is a sponsored post but all the opinions I share are honest and not influenced in any way.

In My Mailbox {25}

Monday 7 November 2011

Review: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love    

Title: Mad Love
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Series: Standalone
Pages: 336
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Release Date: June 6th 2011 (UK)
Source: For Review
Rating: 4 stars

Writing her own love story could drive a girl insane! 
When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast. That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth—that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real.

I enjoyed this book greatly. The plot of the story is quite clever and explores different aspects of love; love between mother and daughter being one of them. Alice’s love to her mother was showed through her protection from the media and the other people. With all the stress of being a teenager, it shows how great Alice’s love is as she puts her mother before other things such as school.

As well as having to keep her mother’s illness a secret she also had common teenage girl problems. Boys. I quite liked the character of Alice’s crush Tony but I believe she could have brought more of his character out.

Errol’s main story in this book was quite sad. His story made me sympathise for him as a character. The description of Errol’s character was unexpected. Having typically imagined cupid to be a little chubby baby, Errol is the exact opposite. He was mysterious which made me want to know more about his story.

Overall, Mad Love is an enjoyable book which explores many themes; one of them being mental illness. There are occasional moments where you can’t help but cringe, but it is a cute read!

Reviewed by guest reviewer Rebecca

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.
It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

I love the summary of this one. The idea of how one list can determine how your life will be that year. I'm really excited as to how the eight girls stories will collide. I can't wait.

Tuesday 1 November 2011

1 Year Blogoversary and Giveaway

My blog has officially turned one today! Can you believe how fast the time flies? I have had SO much fun over the past year. I've read incredible books that I never would have read otherwise. I have met incredible people, been to amazing events. Met authors and worked with publishers. It has been an amazing roller coaster.

That is not to say it hasn't been hard. There have been many stressful moments where I considered giving up but it is so worth it. As a fun reminder of all my firsts this year I thought I'd do a little timeline.

I want to thank all of you so much for all of your support. Over the past year I have gained 415 followers, had 1707 comments and written 211 posts. It is more than I could have wished for. I never expected to get so much joy out of blogging but I did. And I just want to say thank you. With a giveaway :)

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