Friday, 14 February 2014

Will you... be my Valentine?

Yep, its Valentine's Day... and I'm sitting in a cocoon of my duvet and romance novels, plus chocolate and a box of tissues. So, I thought to myself, why not share the some books I personally re-read as a distraction on this beautiful *cough* day.

Number one on the tear-fest chart (I didn't say they'd make you happy...) is of course The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, you'll definitely need those tissues people!

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Once you're done being in denial about the ending then go watch the trailer of the TFIOS movie... be warned it will make you cry too.

The Fault In Our Stars - Official Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

Thursday, 13 February 2014

COVER REVEAL: Dreams In Her Head by Clare C. Marshall


Title: Dreams In Her Head (Sparkstone Saga #2)
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Pub Date: March 13, 2014
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Adventure

Open the door.
Step quickly, step through.
Breathe in the darkness,
Until you are its master.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

My Fictional Life Tag

Its been quite a while since I did a tag, and the lovely Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf tagged me to do the 'My Fictional Life' tag. I watched Amber's video where she did the tag (which you can see here) and it looks super fun, here goes:

1.What fictional world would you live in?
                    
                   I'm going to have to say the Wizarding World, say what you like! It... my letter... *shuffles feet* I received it unlike all you poor saps I just... broke all the bones in my body the day the train was leaving! There, that sounds reasonable, mehehe.

2. What fictional being would you be?
                     
                     I think I'd like to be a Shadowhunter, apart from all the so called "danger" from demons and vampires and all that boring stuff, the perks seems great, plus who knows, I might just bump into Jace at the institute *winky face* 

3. What fictional animal/creature would you keep as a pet?
              
                    I know this one!!! I've been asked this question loads of times before and of course I know my answer of by heart now, I'd love to have a phoenix, because a) I love animals that can fly, b) phoenix's are all majestic so its basically like a giant eagle (which is too mundane for me...) crossed with all these awesome magical powers! And before you say anything, yes, there is a phoenix in Harry Potter too, but that's not why I chose this as my pet, okay? okay.

4. What fictional couple would be your Mom and Dad?
              
                    Er... I'm not sure if this counts since they aren't actually even in the same book, but I think it would be fun to have Cammie Morgan's mother as my mum, since she's got the whole cool spy thing going on, plus Cammie would be my sister! Awesome, nay? And for my dad I'd like to have Mr. Dunne from By Midnight.

5. What fictional characters would be your brother and sister?
                     
                    Uh... can I pass this question? No... ok... I'll take Alec as my brother, annnnnd Hazel Grace Lancaster as my sister, they both seem like they'd be good role models for me, bahahah, but still have fun in that sibling sort of way, y'know? (I do have a little brother... Alec would be a BIG improvement, nah, not really, I'm just joking with you little bruv).

6. Which fictional character would be your best friend?
                        
                       Oh, wow, this one is tough... I'm going to have to say Katniss from The Hunger Games, mainly because she reminds me a lot of my actual best friend, and I think we'd get along, but probably have a row here and there.

 7. Choose 3 fictional characters to be your close girl friends?
                               
                        Beth, from the Pushing the Limits series, Drew from the Strange Angels series, and lastly, Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth. 

8. Choose 3 fictional characters to be your close guy friends?
                             
                         Peeta (of course) from The Hunger Games, Johnny Parker from New Girl, and Damien from The House of Night Series. 

9. What fictional character would be your girlfriend/boyfriend? 
              
                    Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games, again, say what you like, but I've always been Team Gale, even after finishing the trilogy, and I think we'd fit well together in a relationship ;)

10. What author would pen your story?
                
                    I was immensely stuck on my answer the this question because there are so many amazing authors, but I'm going to have to say I would love Tahereh Mafi to pen my fictional life story, I love her writing style so much, and its unlike anything I've come across (sorry Jo!)... but that would be so awesome! 

I tag:

Rita @ Weaving Pages
Nelly and Ivanna @ Teenage Bookworms
Natalie @ FlutterbyBooks 
Erika @ The Red Bookmark 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

COVER REVEAL: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver is a fab author who I absolutely love, and was one of the first authors I interviewed in the early days of blogging! Here comes another book, Dead Girl Walking!! How fabulous is this cover?!

Title: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper #1)
Author: Ruth Silver
Expected Publication: Summer 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Cover Design: Erica Crouch
 
In 1346, Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.
 
Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.


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EXCERPT - 

"The scroll chose you. For whatever reason, she's your reap."
                "Well, that sucks." Leila chewed her bottom lip. "If I don't do it?"
                Edon hesitated before he said, "Her soul will rot inside her body. Do you have any idea what that’s like? She'll be a living corpse, a shell of a person. She won't feel anything including love. We as reapers, the undead, feel more than she ever will alive."
                Leila swallowed the lump in her throat. "How do you know that?"
                "Because I've seen what it does to a person," Edon said. "That little girl deserves better."

About the Author:

Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005.  While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.  Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.  Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia.  Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing.  She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories.  Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing and Patchwork Press, ABERRANT, was released April 2013.  The second novel in the series, MOIRAI, continues the saga. ISAURA, is the final installment in the ABERRANT trilogy. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  Her current writing projects include a YA science-fiction fantasy series, ORENDA, and a YA paranormal series, DEAD GIRL WALKING. Both novels are due for release in 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

REVIEW: Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy


Title: Finding Jennifer Jones (Jennifer Jones #2)
Author: Anne Cassidy
No. of Pages: 304
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: ARC
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository

Kate Rickman seems just like any other nineteen-year-old girl. She goes to university, she dates nice, normal boys and she works in her local tourist office at the weekend. But Kate's not really normal at all. 'Kate' is in fact a carefully constructed facade for a girl called Jennifer Jones - and it's a facade that's crumbling fast. Jennifer has spent the last nine years frantically trying to escape from her horrifying past. Increasingly desperate, Jennifer decides to do something drastic. She contacts the only other girl who might understand what she's dealing with, breaking every rule of her parole along the way. Lucy Bussell is the last person Jennifer expects any sympathy from, but she's also the last person she has left. Finding Jennifer Jones is the powerful sequel to the highly acclaimed, Carnegie Medal nominated Looking for JJ. It is a tense, emotional thriller about guilt, running away and wondering if you can ever truly know yourself.

*I received an ARC of this book from its publisher (Hot Key Books) in exchange for a 100% honest review, this in no way affected my review.*


After reading the blurb for Finding Jennifer Jones, I was immediately interested - having never read any other books by Anne Cassidy, I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and its contents. Being a "crime novel" (I think...) I expected a little more action and perhaps a more psychological edge, but all round the novel was quite normal, for its situation, and this worked well for the fact that it was from the perspective of a nineteen-year-old, Kate Rickman.


I found it really interesting when the question of whether Kate should have to spend the rest of her life being held accountable for something she did when she was ten was considered. The book definitely explored into the why's and so on of why JJ (Kate) killed Michelle Livingstone, and took a look at the long term effect her crime had taken on her present life.

Kate herself irritated me at times, I felt as though she wallowed a bit, other than that she was interesting character to read about, albeit a little on the plain side. My favorite part of the book without a doubt was when we get to see from the perspective of ten year old Kate; this leads me to believe that I might enjoy reading Looking for JJ more that its sequel.

The writing style itself was straightforward, factual, and didn't waste time with too much description, although there was enough to set the scene. At times I felt like there was no real atmosphere to the book which marks it down, but it wasn't exactly boring (trying not to give you the wrong impression here). Right, it wasn't boring, but I wasn't really in any rush to finish the book, annnnnd yet, I didn't put the book down, read it all in one sitting, yup... little confusing to make up my mind there... hmm...

The plot confused me slightly once I had finished reading, I didn't see any point in it and the ending was highly unsatisfactory. It had the feeling of something that had been building up slowly then... flop. Altogether I found the book well-written, not very memorable, but enjoyable. Yet, I can't get over the feeling that it seems an un-necessary sequel to Looking for JJ.

Rating = 3 Bookish Birds

Monday, 3 February 2014

Monthly Re-Cap

*creeps back into the blogosphere* You may (or  may not) have realized that I basically disappeared from the blogosphere for two weeks, which I'm sorry for (!!!). I had quite a few problems with blogger and some of my scheduled reviews and posts, in the end I just took a step back and focused on school and revision for the past two weeks, which was actually pretty good. I also got time to focus on getting through the pile of review books guiltily shoved into the back of my wardrobe. Now onto the re-cap...

ON THE BLOG...

I got a little sentimental and spoke about the past six months or so of blogging in my Then and Now post, before doing the awesome A to Z Bookish Survey created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. After that I did a slightly belated post tell you all about my bookish New Year's Resolutions.... let's not talk about that one... *shifts guiltily*, and lastly I went through the in's and out's of "Professionalism" in blogging, which I got a big response too, so thank-you! And if I haven't replied to your comment, im so sorry, you should get a reply soon :)

BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH...

How To Love by Katie Contugno 
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling
Skin Deep by Laura Jarrat
Breathe by Sarah Crossan

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE...

Lucy at Queen of Contemporary wrote and excellent review of Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell which you can read here.

On The Mile Long Bookshelf Amber told us why she disliked "comment swapping", which I completely agree with, you can check out her discussion post here.

And last, but not least, Georgia interviewed SF Said over on her blog, Books and Writers JNR, which you can read here.

OTHER NEWS...

*flails slightly* I REACHED OVER 900 EFFING FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER - which is really, just insane, honestly, thank-you so much!!!

So, that was my month, how was yours?