'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Showcase Sunday #20

 It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Lament (Books of Faerie, #1) The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein The Book of Blood and Shadow

Lonely Souls (The Witch Avenue, #1) Give Me: A Tale of Wyrd and Fae (Tethers, #1) A Shade of Vampire Shadowmagic (Shadowmagic) The One You Love Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance, #1) Prophecy: Child of Light (Vampires Realm, #1)

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Legacy (The League of Illusion) Trickster Typical Day Oddities & Entities

I've been missing my J. R. Ward fix and a few of these remind me of her work so fingers crossed they'll live up to expectations. All of the Kindle books are free on Amazon if anyone is interested in any of them :).


Friday, 28 December 2012

Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Boys Review

Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)


It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Review: 5/5*

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Dystopia Reading Challenge 2013

The wonderful Blog of Erised (love the name!) is hosting a challenge for 2013 which I couldn't resist. I adore the Dystopia genre and this just seems perfect. The challenge is to attempt to read 24 Dystopia books in 2013 and at the end of the challenge Ula is hosting a giveaway to celebrate. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? 


> The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
> Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must befull-length.
> All formats allowed.
Rereads allowed.
It does not matter whether it's a series or a stand-alone book.
If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 20, 2013.
You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want (you can read more than 24!) and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2013.

Level 1Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Level 2Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Level 3Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Level 4Leader (19+ books)

Each time you reach a new level, you will receive a badge.

I'm aiming for Level 4: Leader :) cannot waaaait to start!


Showcase Sunday #19

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

The Declaration (The Declaration, #1) The Vampire Shrink  (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #1) The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) White Crow Luna Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Drip Drop Teardrop (Drip Drop Teardrop, #1) Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits, #1) Scorched Skies (Fire Spirits, #2)

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Seven Kinds of Hell - Dana Cameron

The last doesn't seem to have any cover image for it. Can you believe that even though I've loved Harry Potter forever I've never actually had a copy of the very first book?! This issue has now been solved haha. I've also already devoured Gemma Malley's The Declaration. Absolutely fantastic book!


Friday, 21 December 2012

Feature & Follow #12

So here's Fridays meme: Feature and Follow hosted over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The aim of the blog is to gain new followers! :)

How to participate:

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

What sets this Hop apart from others, is the Feature. Each week they will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow the Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy.
                         Featured Blogs: JC Book Haven & Lite-Rate-Ture

Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

I've only been blogging for roughly 6 months so I definitely still have a lot to learn. It's been really nice to chat and share views with new up and coming authors, it has also made it a lot less daunting to pursue a career in publishing. I had no idea that websites such as Net Galley existed and that you were able to request ARC's to read and review. It's also cleared up what exactly I want to do for me through exploring difference routes and I'm so excited to finish my Masters and to start job hunting. Nothing makes me happier than the thought that one day I may be able to be a member of the team which puts so many books on shelves :). 


P.S. I am also currently hosting a giveaway: a paperback copy of Lara Adrian's Kiss of MidnightClick here to enter :).

Thursday, 20 December 2012


Heyyyyy guys! I am happy to announce that I am once again hosting a giveaway. This time the prize is a paperback copy of Lara Adrian's Kiss of Midnight. In order to participate in this all that needs to be done is for you to complete the below Rafflecopter form and to be a resident of the UK. Unfortunately I am unable to host an international giveaway at this moment but am hoping that my next one will be available to all :). 
Good luck!

A Kiss of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #1)


He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night--or this man--is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed--a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind--and the unwitting humans existing alongside them--from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all . . . .

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Blogger issue: maximum following

Hey guys :), just a quick post for today. Blogger has told me twice that I cannot follow more than 300 blogs at a time. I'm really unamused by this and hate having to pick and chose blogs to unfollow :(. I was wondering if you guys knew if there was anyway to follow more without hitting this issue?

Thankssss :)


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Showcase Sunday #18

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. It's been awhile since I last took place in this meme so quite a few books to show off :).

Uglies (Uglies, #1) Tipping The Velvet The Night Watch Affinity Rapture (A Novel of the Fallen Angeles, book 4) How to Be a Woman The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) Breathe (Breathe, #1) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) J.K. Rowling a Biography The End of Harry Potter?

Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1) Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) 666 Park Avenue (666 Park Avenue, #1)

Amityville Horrible Guardian The Book of Deacon (The Book of Deacon, #1) Promise (Soul Savers, #1) Eternal Vows (The Ruby Ring, #1) Soul Protector (Soul Protector #1) The Woman in White 

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Automatic Woman Claws Bared Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #2) Caught in Amber The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) The Changling Dead Again Sister Assassin (Sister Assassin, #1) A Murder at Rosamund's Gate Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader 

As you can see I've been very busy and now have to find time to fit all of these bad boys in :).