Saturday, 29 December 2012

Stacking the Shelves [12]

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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 titles to take you to their goodreads page.


WON:


The Scourge by A.G. Henley (I won an e-copy as part of the book tour)



CHRISTMAS GOODIES:

         

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


      
   

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan



The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray


I am so excited to read all these books that I have no idea which to start first! I am dying to read The Diviners buy the size is a little daunting so I think I'll start of with something lighter then lose myself in its wonders when my reading mind is warmed up!

I also got a whole heap of other amazing presents for Christmas, including shoes, a bag, goldfish (I still have to go and pick them out, I'll post pics when I get them!) and a heap more new followers! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing more and sharing more with you next year!

Live long and prosper!

Friday, 28 December 2012

COVER REVEAL - Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun


Sworn to Raise  by Terah Edun (Courtlight #1)
Expected Publication: March 15th, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the  kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond  initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.


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Open International, Ends Dec 31st 2012.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

NEW WINNER - Spellbound Book Blitz Giveaway



And the *new* winner of the Spellbound Book Blitz Giveaway is...

JenniferG W.

Congratulations!

I've sent you an email and am eagerly awaiting your reply so I can send your details to Xpresso Reads and your prize can be sent out! Thanks for being a part of my giveaway

Kristia M., my previous winner, had already won on another blog so I thought I'd share the wealth and choose someone else. So congratulations to Jennifer and Kristia, I hope you both enjoy your prizes!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [13]

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The Madman's Daughter
(The Madman's Daughter #1)
by Megan Shepherd
Expected Publication: 29th January 2013

From Goodreads:


In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.



I love the sound of this! Historical fiction is just gorgeous, I've always been fascinated with older ages and other cultures (I should probably do a history class sometime, I'm sure I'd love it!) and the story also sounds brilliant. I've heard mixed reviews about this but I'm holding out hope it's as good as it sounds!

Anyone else excited for this book? Read it? Leave a link to your WoW in my comments and I'll be sure to stop by!


Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

WINNER - Spellbound Book Blitz Giveaway


And the winner of the Spellbound Book Blitz Giveaway is...

Kristia M.

Congratulations!

I've sent you an email and need your reply as soon as possible so I can send your details to Xpresso Reads and your prize can be sent out! Thanks for taking part and enjoy your prize!

Within by Clare C. Marshall Blog Tour Sign-Ups

Clare is hosting an anniversary blog tour for her book Within and there are still heaps of spots open if any one would like to sign up
The blog tour runs from January 11th - 28th and there are no follower requirements to sign up. Clare's looking for blogs to host reviews, interviews and any other fun things you can come up with. She's going a guest posty thing early year so she'd prefer not to do many of them.
There's more info at Faery Ink Press and Clare probably does a better job of explaining it than I do but that's the basics of it.

So head over there to check it out if you're interested, I'm sure Clare will appreciate it!


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Top Ten Tuesday [10]

Top Ten Books I Need to Read in 2013

 
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This week is a Top Ten Tuesday Freebie, so everyone to busy with Christmas won't miss out on anything! So I decided to make my list ' Top Ten Books I Need to Read in 2013. There are a lot of books I've meant to read this year, but I just haven't found the time to read them. Some of them are fairly new releases, others have been sitting in my TBR pile for a year or more. I'm equally excited to read all of them and I thought putting them in a post would be a good incentive for me to make time for them! 



      

1. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
I've had this book sitting in my e-reader since it first came out and since I recently got a paperback copy and keep hearing brilliant things, I think I definitely have to start reading it!

2. Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry
I won a signed copy of this from one of the side-challenges in the YA Scavenger Hunt. I really wanted to read it before I won it and now I've had it sitting on my shelf for months and haven't even got close to reading it! I'm definitely making time for this next year!

3.  The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
I've really wanted to read more by Libba Bray ever since I read Beauty Queens earlier this year and I was so excited when I unwrapped this amazing book this morning. It's a Christmas present from my amazing boyfriend and I cannot wait to read it, he wants to borrow it from me after I finish too!



         

4. The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman
I got this book on sale and had no idea what it was about, I still don't know (I don't  really like reading blurbs) but it looks cool and, from what little I've seen, it sounds cool so I'd really like to read it!

5. Mystic City (Mystic City #1) by Theo Lawrence
Another book my brilliant man got me, one I really want to read! I just love the cover and it sounds so cool! I have no idea why I haven't read it yet so I had to put on this list!

6. Shift by Em Bailey
I bought this book last year and it's been sitting on my shelf, dejected, ever since. I think I must read it next year because I want to and I need to stop putting it off!

7. Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott
I got this book a few months ago and thought it sounded good. I'm trying to read more standalone books because I keep getting hooked on unfinished series' and the wait kills me!



      


8. The Mourning Emporium (The Undrowned Child #2) by Michelle Lovric
I really liked The Undrowned Child and the covers are just gorgeous! So I went out and bought this book but I have yet to read it. It's got to be one for next year!

9. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead
I haven't wanted to read this book even though I loved Bloodlines and VA because I wanted to wait until the next book came out so I could go on a Richelle Mead book-binge. Since book #3 is coming out next year I have to read The Golden Lily book in time for it!

10. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
I'm quite fond of Garth Nix and I did start reading the first page of this book but then other things got in the way and I didn't get to read any more. I'm looking forward to getting back to it next year.



That's my last list for 2012 so I suppose all I can do now is wish you all a Merry Christmas, a great New Year and I look forward to 2013! So..

Merry Christmas
&
Have a Fantastical New Year

Bring on 2013!

Monday, 24 December 2012

The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison Blog Tour: Review + Author Spotlight + Giveaway

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The Keeper's Curse (The Keeper's Curse #1) by Diana Harrison


Title: The Keeper's Curse

 Series: The Keeper's Curse #1

 Author:  Diana Harrison

 Published: 13th November 2012 by Smashwords

 Source: Copy from the author for an honest review




Synopsis:


After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.




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My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! From the first few sentences I was hooked, hungrily devouring the next few chapters and though life forced me to take a break, I was eagerly awaiting the next few lines.

The book starts in our world, the human world, but it quickly transports us into Methelwood, a magical town with people called 'crafters'. As soon as Emmy gets there she's reunited with the brother she hasn't seen in years, her mother is placed under arrest and Emmy agrees to a deal that could mean saving her mother, or trapping them all. It was all very hectic in the beginning, but I loved it!


As I mentioned before the book was engaging from the start, and I was immediately drawn into Emmy's life, wanting to know more. I loved learning about Methelwood and thought the aspect of the crafter's revering humans was very cool and not something I'd come across very often. I really liked how the crafter's were described and Emmy's immediate reaction to them was really human. She was confused and scared and a little repulsed by their appearance and I could really relate to that. She wasn't in awe or wondering at the magic around her. She had been thrust into this crazy, new environment full of people who were strange and different and I thought her reaction to it all was real: stunned, confused and a little afraid.

The romance was a little juvenile compared to what I've been reading recently, but seeing as the main character was only 15, I reckon it was spot on, at least in my experience. I loved that just because Emmy and Breckin shared a unique connection, they didn't just go and drop everything to be together.

I'm really intrigued to see if Emmy's father and/or Jesse (Emmy's best friend) make an appearance in the next book. Though I didn't get to see much of them, I did become fairly close to them and would love to see if they can some how worm their way back into the story.


I am really looking forward to seeing how the character's grow and develop in the next book, especially Emmy's love life as she gets older! The Keeper's Curse was an amazing story, a few tiny editing errors but I can easily overlook them as it was such a great story.



4.5/5 Whales






Author Spotlight - Diana Harrison
Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.

You can friend her on Goodreads.


Her debut novel, The Keeper's Curse, released in November 2012.





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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Stacking the Shelves [11]

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 titles to take you to their goodreads page.


BOUGHT:


         

Four to Score (Stephanie Plum #4)by Janet Evanovich (paperback)

Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lili St. Crow (paperback)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (paperback) And with it, I got a free copy of...
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi (paperback)


From Amazon for $0.99!

         

The Modified (The Biotics Trilogy #1) by 
Falling From Eternity by Megan Duncan
Wicked Sense (Singularity #1) by Fabio Bueno
Static by Tawny Stokes


       

Exiled (The Protector #1) M. R. Merrick
Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael #1) Raine Thomas
No way Back (Mia's Way #1) by Chloe Adams


GIFTED (from my Secret Santa):




To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (paperback)
Some beautiful bookmarks and phone charms!

A huge thank you to my Secret Santa!