'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

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review: Nora Roberts - 'Morrigan's Cross


Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts


Summary:

Number-one New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers an extraordinary new trilogy--an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity ...

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea . . .

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family's embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world--and those beyond it.. .

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan's charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one he's lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit--and his heart--have become . . .

My Review: 4/5*

Teaser Tuesday!


Today I'm going to once again participate in a really cute meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading : Teaser Tuesday! What must be done iiiiiis:


*Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Crashing EdenThis weeks book I'm going to tease you with is:
Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman.
 For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.

When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.

A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.
Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever.

Teaser 1:
'I set the remote to low, figuring I'd ease into the thing. I closed my eyes, drew several deep breaths, and took the plunge.'
Teaser 2:
'I soared through the clouds and emerged into a moonless night sky, splattered with more twinkling stars that I'd ever seen. The beauty of the Milky Way, glowing like a molten river, was breathtaking.'

So that's my teasers for this week! A surprise for me too as I've literally just started this book :). Come share yours!

xxx


Coming soon: Review of Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts
                         WWW Wednesdays

Monday, 30 July 2012

Yaay, the big five-oh! :D

I logged on this morning to the awesome surprise that I have reached 50 followers! Awww, thank you! You're all amazing :). I feel so flattered that anyone actually wants to read the stuff I post so this is just awesome! God, I need to invest in a thesaurus myself. Everything is either 'amazing' or 'awesome' lol! Excited, excited, excited :D.

I've been thinking that I would love to try and make my own blogger templates so that it's more personal but I haven't a clue on how to start! Still completely new to this HTML stuff, I can do the basics but that's about it. May have to just leave it the pros - the stuff over at Leelou blogs is beautiful.

Only a short update for now to show off the excitement and gratitude for my wonderful followers! Yay :D

xxx

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Versatile Blogger Award :)

I have been nominated by the lovely Livvy over at Nerdy Book Reviews for the Versatile Blogger Award and am sooo pleased :). It's my second award in a few weeks and it's so amazing! Thank you, Livvy :).  

The rules of this award are simple:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Add the Versatile Blogger award picture to your post.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
5. Let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

 7 Facts about me:
  • I am far too excited for the film 'Brave' to some out in the cinema.
  • If something is the colour teal, chances are I'll buy it.
  • I once dreamt of owning my own photography shop.
  • My boyfriend has dreadlocks - they're amazing!
  • You will never catch me without a book/ Kindle.
  • In the past I've broken my wrist and chipped a tooth, gravity is not my friend.
  • I reeeeally hate Metallica despite loving that 'type' of music - I know, I know, don't hate me :(.


I Nominate:
  1. You Can Only Write So Much
  2. 17
  3. Blushing Smiley Nails
  4. A Palace of Books
  5. A Solitary Passion
  6. Bella Harte Books
  7. Chocolate Coated Reviews
  8. Folio Road
  9. It's All About the Books
  10. Magical Manuscripts
  11. Sir Readalot
  12. The Random Ranterer
  13. Train of Thoughts
  14. Zowee's Bookshelf
  15. Sitting With a Book
So here's the lovely blogs I've nominated :).
xxx

P.S. Sorry if you've been previously nominated!

Showcase Sunday :)


It's the time of the week again where we all get to show off our lovely book buys! Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, so here are all the lovelies I've accumulated this week:



Bought:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide    A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) 

Up for review:

Crashing Eden    The Super Spud Trilogy 

I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more books this week, but as you can see this did not go very well for me! I blame charity shops and The Works once again. I'd been looking to buy the Blackdagger Brotherhood guide for a very long time and when I saw it in The Works for literally 49pence I could not say no! Who would have?! Absolute bargain! George R. R. Martin's book is another of his Song of Ice and Fire series which I need to add to my collection (£2!) as I bought the box set before he had published it :( boo. So, another two books bought to read!

I was asked to review the two above e-books and am looking forward to sinking my teeth into Crashing Eden. Diack's The Super Spud Trilogy is something completely out of the ordinary for me, but once he sent me the summary I couldn't say no - it sounds hysterical! 

So, I've shown you mine, now show me yours! :P

xxx


Friday, 27 July 2012

Review: 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' - Laini Taylor


Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor


Synopsis

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Review: 5/5*

Thursday, 26 July 2012

From The Review Pile!

OK, so I take back my earlier comment of I couldn't find any memes. Apparently I was too much of an eager beaver and most people weren't even awake at that time, LOL. So, I found this lovely little meme posted by a fair few blogs which I am following called 'From the Review Pile' hosted by the lovely blog;  Stepping out of the Page. The aim of the meme is that every Thursday us bloggers showcase our books which we have received for review (OR if we haven't received any, any books which we would love to receive for reviewing) that we've yet to read in order to give the book some extra publicity! I think this is a lovely idea to support all of the hard working authors :).

So, for my very first 'From the Review Pile' I am going to showcase a book which I received for review only just today.

 Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman.  

Crashing Eden

Synopsis:
For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.

When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.

A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.
Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever.


Doesn't it sound amazing?! Also, check out the cover, it's a proper beaut! I am very much looking forward to reading and reviewing this book following my GR challenge. It sounds really, really good.

xxx

Exhausting Olympics

Yesterday I worked my first olympics shift at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was so, so busy despite it only being the women's football. The day started off OK, a little confusing as we were given plastic bags with no explanation as to why. I later found out it was to put our stuff in... Something about security? I dunno, so needless to say I was completely confused from the word go. I was allocated work at the food bar which was pretty good for the majority of the day :). We had a few slight hiccups but overall it was good. The problem came when the shutters came down and all of the heat was trapped into one space. Yesterday was roughly 30 degrees plus the cooking equipments temperature. I ended up getting heat stroke on the way home :( it was awful! Bit weary about going back in today for another 7 hours but eh, money is money and I so desperately need it right now to help fund the Masters! 



This week I planned on fitting in as many memes as possible but I can't seem to find one for Thursday :( boo. I was enjoying doing them as well! Never mind, I'm sure Friday will have one. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is progressing nicely having read 80% of it. It would have been finished last night if it wasn't for the almighty attack of the heat stroke! *Fingers crossed* for tonight. The only sad thing is that the second book is yet to be released so it seems there will be a what feels like long wait for it. The book seems to be taking us towards a cliff hanger which will be incredibly frustrating! Following the Goodreads challenge it's going to be difficult to know what to start next as nothing that I have waiting to be read is a stand alone book! Haha.

Time to go get ready for day two of sweltering kitchen and sun heat!

xxx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

WWW Wednesdays!

I've been blogging for roughly two months now and this weekly meme keeps appearing so I thought I'd give it a go this week! Seems like a week full of memes for me :). Wednesday's meme is hosted over at Should Be Reading, she is keeping me very much occupied this week!

This one is simple. All that has to be done is to answer the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers are:

Daughter of Smoke and BoneWhat are you currently reading?
   This book is amazing so far! I'm 67% of the way through and am dreading coming to the end. The follow up isn't available to buy yet! Boo. It's a book that I've had for awhile but hadn't got round to picking it up and now I'm wondering what took me so long?! The only downside is that the book is on my Kindle. Look at that amazing cover! I may have to buy it at some point just to have it on my book shelf :).




OthersWhat did you recently finish?

  I was a bit weary at first when buying this book. It isn't something I'd usually snap up but for 50p it seemed worth it just because it intrigued me! Having finished it I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it despite the 4/5* rating given on Goodreads. It is a crime novel with hints of the supernatural, for instance there is a clairvoyant (a 'genuine' one apparently) but it misses something. I think I just missed all of my paranormal characters! Despite this, it deserves the rating as it succeeds in deeply disturbing you (as it sets out to do). The worst is reading the author's summary at the back confirming that it is based on a true accounts!

Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1)What do you think you'll be reading next?

 This is my next read. It's a book which was one of three set to me to read as part of a challenge within a group on Goodreads. I am looking forward to reading it although it's a little different from the usual! I gave the cover the benefit of the doubt as it isn't the most eye-catching but hey that doesn't mean the inside isn't going to be amazing :). The challenge is to read, rate and review the book. There is to be a twist at the end of the challenge so we shall see how it goes!



Post your links to your WWW Wednesday posts! I'd love to read about your WWW's of the past week :).

xxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Teaser Tuesday!

Whilst flicking through the blogs I follow, I came across a meme that I hadn't seen before on Shreya's blog at Chocolate Coated Reviews. It's a really cute meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. It consists of the following:

*Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I thought it sounded like fun! :D

So my first ever Tuesday Teaser comes from Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Teaser 1:

'It was then, turning around in the street, that she began to feel that something was off. It was a soft sensation of wrongness, but it was enough that her steps stammered to a halt and she looked around.'

Teaser 2:

'... the puppeteer sat alone, ten feet tall and sinister, with its cruel carved face and wooden hands the size of snow shovels. Karou peered behind it-it was clad in an immense trench coat-and no one was there, either. "Hello?" she called, surprised that Zuzana would have left her creation unattended. But then, 'Karou!' came from inside the thing, and the back seam of the trench parted...'


So that's my first ever Teaser Tuesday done! The book so far is awesome, something really different :). The review will be up sooner rather than later since I'm already over 40% after only a few hours!

xxx

Monday, 23 July 2012

Decisions Decisions!

This morning I finished reading James Herbert's Others. It isn't a book I'm going to be reviewing but was certainly worth the 4/5* rating I have it on Goodreads. The book was something of a break from the supernatural/ fantasy land that I'd been living in for the past few weeks. Needless to say, halfway through the book I was craving my vamps, shape shifters and magic - clairvoyance wasn't really a great substitute for it! Choosing the next book to read was a difficult task, I narrowed my options down to:

Previously bought:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone     A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 1 of 2)    A Hunger Like No Other

Freebies up for review:
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes     Legend of the Chosen (Destiny's Kingdom #1)

It took me awhile and a few change of minds but I finally settled on Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I originally picked up and stuck my bookmark in George R. R. Martin's third book within his series but I could not for the life of me remember what had happened in A Clash of Kings and - as ashamed as I am to admit it - I did not want to re-read the first two books all over again in order to just pick up the third. Not really in the mood for a hefty read right now! Shamelessly, I am going to be browsing online to catch up on the second series of Game of Thrones before reading that book - there is nothing worse than reading a book out of necessity rather than out of actual want. (The same reason for me skipping over my to-be-reviewed pile! They can be the next books, they sound amazing! Look them up :) ).

This is basically a summary of my bookish thoughts for the day - so many books, too many choices. It takes far too long to just pick a book to read, especially considering they are mostly first of a series and I know once I start a really good series that's it! I'm sucked in and gone and there are so many books just left sitting on the shelf :( boo. I'm working the Olympics football Wednesday and Thursday though so that will provide more monies to spend on lovely, lovely books! I still have to give Jeaniene Frost's second book within her Night Huntress series as promised to the lovely ladies of 'Paranormal Romance with a Kick'. Apparently it's a lot better than the not so great introduction to the series! But that's a book for another time... back to Laini Taylor, Karou and her new world.

xxx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Review: 'Blade Song' - J. C. Daniels


J. C. Daniels – Blade Song

Blade Song

Synopsis:

Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake. 

So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money. 

Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead. 

If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…

My Review: 5/5*

Show off Sunday is here!



This week has been insane! It doesn't feel like it was only Monday that I graduated followed by the graduation ball Wednesday and then working Swansea City Football Club's celebration of their 100 years last night at the Liberty Stadium! Despite this, I have of course found myself some time to get my hands on a few new books, set myself a few challenges and almost finish my second book of the week :). The only thing I'm working on to get done by tonight is my review of the wonderful Blade Song by J.C. Daniels.

So here we go, Showcase Sunday once again as hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea where we all get a change to show off the wonderful books we've purchased/ received this week and read up on all the goodies our fellow bloggers have snatched up! This week has unfortunately lacked in actual books but I have bought a few Kindle books to read and received a book to review :). These include:

Worlds Burn Through (The Chronicles of Nowhere #1)  Legend of the Chosen (Destiny's Kingdom #1)  Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1)



The first is a book I nabbed off Amazon for a mere 77p! Bargain! Legend of the Chosen is a book which I have offered to review on Goodreads and the final book is one of the three offered to me to read for a challenge which I am participating in (also on Goodreads) within the group Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick. Unfortunately, Worlds Burn Through is going to be taking a back seat whilst I catch up on reviews, finish a few challenges and actually read the building stack of books I have to read. Need to stop buying! I promise to buy no books this week. Hold me to that, yeah?

This has been my week in books! How did you all do? :)

xxx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Liebster Award! :)

I just logged onto my blog and had the wonderful surprise that Elgee over on the lovely blog; Musings Over Nothing had nominated me to participate in this award :). As my first award you can imagine I'm just a little bit excited!

 

So, having read the blog post, it is an award for us bloggers who have less than 200 followers :). I think it is a lovely idea - a massive boost for us who have only just started out! There are a few steps to take part in in order to complete the award:


  • - The blogger must thank the presenter of an award with a tag back.
  • - Each blogger must post 11 facts about themselves.
  • - Each blogger must answer the 11 questions posed to you by the presenter of the award and provide 11 for the next bloggers which you will tag.
  • - Choose 11 bloggers and link them to your post.
  • - Ensure the bloggers are aware that you've tagged them by posting on their blogs.
  • - NO TAG BACKS! :)


My first section is the 11 facts about myself:
  1. I have recently graduated from Swansea University with a degree in English Literature: 2:1 babyyy!
  2. I am a lover of archery.
  3. I want to sell my recurve bow and go to the Dark Side: compound! Hating god damn 70meters >.<
  4. I used to write and illustrate my own little books when I was younger; wish I had the patience to do it now!
  5. I am convinced that Royal Owl Mail messed up and that my Hogwarts letter is still out there SOMEWHERE.
  6. I haven't been abroad since I was two years old *gets worlds smallest violin out*.
  7. I WILL travel one day! Australia, New York, Bear Valley, Paris, Rome, Athens, Iceland... God so many!
  8. Bit of a bookaholic, don't know if you can tell? ;)
  9. Shopaholic, whether it's books or clothes or shoes or make up or bags or.... err :P
  10. Massive nerd - I love to research books and already planning my masters dissertation!
  11. Finding it difficult to accept that if I want the publishing career I aspire to have, I may have to live in London... boo! 


My answers to the questions put to me by the presenter of the award:
1.     If your life were a book, what would be the title?
Haha, hard question this! Probably Uncorked Thoughts just as what my blog is called or something really lame like that. I have an awful habit of saying stuff without thinking! Sometimes it's funny, usually it's just embarrassing. It seriously summarises me the easiest.
2.     Name a book that is on your wish-list for a long time?
The Blackdagger Brotherhood: An Insiders Guide – J. R. Ward. I neeeeeed to just buy it!

3.     What is the next immediate thing you are going to do with your blog, (other than posting)?
Immediate? Nothing really, how boring’s that? The next thing I’ll do except post is either comment back on something/ change the currently reading picture!

4.     One feature/design you like from another blog, (Specify the link)
 I absolutely love the 'meh books' section Shay has on her blog: 365 Books a Year. Seriously, it's genius, we should all have them!

5.     How often you post and how often you visit other blogs?
Not near as often as I should! It’s awful, it’s something I really need to start doing more of to be honest.

6.     Do you read the blogs you follow?
I do indeed.

7.     How long have you been blogging?
Two months at the most! Still a proper little newbie to this blogging business.

8.     What are you reading / doing right now? (other than answering this)
I’m reading James Herbert’s Others. It’s a very meh book at the moment. I’m also putting off taking my lovely little Jack Russell for his walk!

9.     Do you sneak peek the last pages of a book, ever?
I have done, it’s something I TRY not to do because it just ruins the book! My worst memory of someone else doing it FOR me was the final Harry Potter book – they posted the ending on MySpace (ahhh those were the days lol!) Needless to say, I was absolutely livid at said person.

10. What is one thing that you do exceptionally well? Be honest.
Haha, complain! Nah, I dunno. You tell me? I read pretty damn well considering I have a degree in it ;). Seriously, I can’t even answer that! I don’t know!

11. Are you addicted to technology?
Aren’t we all? :)


Here are my 11 questions for those that I will be tagging:
  1. Do you have a Goodreads? If so, how would you rate the site?
  2. What is your favourite genre to read?
  3. Book or Kindle?
  4. What's your opinion on the prices of books?
  5. Fiction or Non-Fiction?
  6. What is your pet peeve?
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey: Come on, bash out your opinions!
  8. Where is your favourite place to go out to eat?
  9. How are you finding blogging? (As in, getting followers, following people, what to post, how to make it bigger and better etc.)
  10. Why do you think fantasy/ sci-fi/ gothic literature is looked down on in comparison?
  11. And, the best thing about having a blog is...? :)


 So now I am going to list the lovely people which I nominate for this award! :) (P.S I'm sorry if I've re-nominated you if you've already done it!)

  1. Becca
  2. Emily
  3. Charlene
  4. Karen
  5. Nobonita
  6. Soma
  7. Keertana
  8. Maida
  9. Leona & Megan
  10. Angela
  11. Haley

    Now that you've done this, feel free to grab any of these buttons for your lovely blogs! :D

              


    xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

While I'm At It....

Since I'm adding what challenges I'm doing I thought I'd add the one I'm taking part in on Goodreads. The challenge is to set yourself a goal of a certain number of books to read within the year. Mine is 60 books to read in 2012. So far I'm a little behind on that  but this summer is certainly helping to speed the process up a bit!

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Leah has read 59 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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Here is a list of the books which I have read so far:

Peter Ackroyd - Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem
Kelley Armstrong - 13
Kelley Armstrong - Angelic
Kelley Armstrong - Hunting Kat
Kelley Armstrong - The Hunter and The Hunted
K. Armstrong, L. Handeland, K. Harrison, L. Sands - Dates From Hell
Margaret Atwood - I'm Starved for You
Margaret Atwood - The Penelopiad 
Aphra Behn - Oroonoko
Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Shannon Delany - Two and Twenty Dark Tales
S. M. Boyce - The Grimoire: Lichgates
Kristin Cashore - Fire
Kristin Cashore - Graceling
Kendra Leigh Castle - Shadow Rising
Barbara Chase-Riboud - Hottentot Venus
Cynthia Joyce Clay - New Myths of the Feminine Divine
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
J.C. Daniels - Blade Runner
Daniel Defoe - Roxana
Eve Ensler - The Vagina Monologues
J. G. Farrell - The Siege of Krishnapur
Richard Flanagan - Wanting
Jeaniene Frost - Halfway to the Grave
Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches
James Herbert - Others
Rachel Hore - The Memory Garden
Elizabeth Hunter - A Hidden Fire
E. L. James - Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James - Fifty Shades Darker
Ben Jonson - Volpone
Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules
D. H. Lawrence - Women in Love
Sarah J Maas - Throne of Glass
Gemma Malley - The Declaration
Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles
John Milton - Paradise Lost: Book 1Alexander Pope - Eloisa to Abelard 
Judith Post - Empty Altars
Chris Rakunas - Tears for the Mountain
J. D. Robb - Conspiracy in Death
Nora Roberts - Morrigan's Cross
Veronica Roth - Divergent
Jennifer Selzer, Daniel Huber - Legend of the Chosen 
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare - The Tempest
Belinda Starling - The Journal of Dora Damage
Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater - The Scorpio Races
Michael Sussman - Crashing Eden
Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke and Bone
J. R. Ward - Crave
J. R. Ward - Envy
J. R. Ward - Lover Reborn
J. R. Ward - Rapture
J. R. Ward - The Blackdagger Brotherhood: An Insiders Guide

Sarah Waters - Fingersmith
Sarah Waters - Tipping the Velvet
W. B. Yeats - The Collected Poems


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

It's official! :D

Monday the 16th of July between 10:00am - 12:00pm I was officially made an English Literature graduate! The ceremony was absolutely lovely. A few letters to add to the end of my name? Leah Rhiannon Woods Ba Hons has a certain ring to it! Lol! So, so happy! It makes the three years of hard work so, SO worth it and I cannot wait to get back to my studies at masters level. Far too much love for English Literature. If truth be told I don't quite know what to do with myself with this new found freedom! It's been lovely reading my own books for the first time in years but I miss researching topics which interest me and being set certain books to read in which, occasionally, I find stuff I truly love. If it wasn't for my degree I wouldn't have discovered my love of Gothic and Uncanny literature, Daphne du Maurier, Maggie O'Farrell, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare (which I HATED during my school years)... the list goes on. The icing on top of a truly amazing day was one of my lecturers getting the recognition they deserved: Dr Sarah Gamble received the Distinguishing Teacher award for her dedication and range of skills she's offered to the students and the university. An amazing woman: lecturer, researcher, published work, kick boxer, teaches women's self defence. How on earth she fits it all in is beyond! Myself and a few of my friends voted for her to receive this award and it was nice to see someone get the recognition deserved :).


The most expensive but at the same time priceless pieces of paper I will ever have!
Here are a few cheeky snaps from the day!:

   

   
 

One of the best days ever with my friends, family and boyfriend. I cannot wait for the Graduation Ball tonight as a final celebration of my undergraduate career! :)

xxx



Review: 'Shadow Rising' - Kendra Leigh Castle


Shadow Rising - Kendra Leigh Castle

 
Synopsis:

As one of the Grigori, a noble vampire dynasty shrouded in mystery, Ariane has spent her life hidden away in the desert. Like all of her kind, she is a watcher, fated to observe, forbidden to act. Yet when her best friend Sammael vanishes, she defies all rules and flees her safe haven to bring him home.

A shape-shifting assassin for the House of Shadows, Damien Tremaine is hired to locate Sammael. His hunt for the wayward Grigori leads him to Ariane, the rogue vamp who stands between him and his bounty. Damien never lets emotion interfere with his work, but a single touch from the sexy, beguiling vampire shatters his self-control. Drawn together by their common goal, what begins as an alliance of necessity soon becomes one of desire. But when the secret at the dark heart of the Grigori comes to light, Damien and Ariane must make a choice that could bind them eternally...or tear them—and everything they care about—apart.

My Review: 4/5*

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Time to show off!

So here we go: Showcase Sunday as hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. The time of the week where I get to show off the books I've bought/ received and read all about the lovelies everyone else has gathered :). 
Blade Song
 
This week, the wonderful site of Net Galley has treated me with the book which I am currently reading, that is; Blade Song by J. C. Daniels. Once I'd read the synopsis I HAD to have the book! It sounded like the right balance between the paranormal and the life of crime. Very much looking forward to sinking my teeth into it. I will admit, the cover doesn't do much for me, but here's hoping the synopsis lives up to it! I will be sure to review it following the review I will be writing about Castle's Shadow Rising.
 


 Once again I found myself wandering out the local The Works bookshop - something which is always dangerous. £1.99 for a book or £5 for three. There isn't many book lovers that can turn that one down. So this week, I've treated myself to the following:


  The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)  The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)  The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)  Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell, #9)   

So yeah, it's been a pretty successful week! Having not long read and watched Collins' The Hunger Games it has reignited my love of Dystopian literature and one I read the cover of Dashner's work - which recommended him to The Hunger Game lovers - and then read the back, I couldn't resist snapping up all three books of the trilogy! It's unusual that I buy more than one of a trilogy but I couldn't resist! Kava's is an average crime story of a detective trying to uncover the mystery of several drug addled teenagers deaths. A bit different from my usual reads that's for sure!

My books this week are quite different from what I've been reading lately, but I'm looking forward to reading something a bit different to the fantasy/ paranormal genres. I've read an awful lot of them lately and following Blade Song it will be a refreshing change to read something a little different. The plan is to possibly set myself some form of Dystopian or Margaret Atwood challenge. I've always wanted to read her books but have only managed a sorry amount of two! Pathetic ha. So that will be the next goal :).

This has been my weekly buys so I'm looking forward to reading about everyone else's! 
xxx

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Graduation Day is looming!


Well it's been a few days since I last posted a blog about anything and everything, so here we go :). I've had a pretty uneventful week but the boyfriend is FINALLY back from good ole Yorkshire! Ordered a dress for the graduation ball, didn't like it, took it back. Ordered another one after a looooong day in Cardiff searching for a dress but then went out to the local town and found one for a third of the price! Happy days. BUT, couldn't cancel the order in time so that will have to be returned as soon as it arrives.

On a more successful note, GRADUATION MONDAY! Ahhhhh, it's so insane that three years of university has passed and I am on my way to studying a masters! So unbelievably excited to be moving on with things. Nervous about the ceremony, it's a definite flat shoe occasion, if anyone is going to go sprawling across that stage it's gonna be me. That much is inevitable. So excited for the graduation ball on Wednesday too! Needless to say there isn't going to be a lot of reading time this week. It's going to be great to see friends from university again but sad as it may well be the last time we're all together :( boooo. I wish I was a fresher again!

Whilst in Cardiff myself and my boyfriend picked up our Olympic passes - eeeek excited! We're going to be working the Olympic football in Millennium Stadium which will be AWESOME. The money is definitely desperately needed. Had an interview at a clothing shop the other day but it seems that I didn't get it. I wish employers would at least send out a generic sorry we don't want you email, you know? I can't imagine it's much effort. Wack one out as a template, copy and paste and change the name! Job's a goodun. Despite this, working the Olympics will be incredible! Very much looking forward to it despite all the online training :).

Looking forward to Showcase Sunday tomorrow to show off a few of my lovely purchases and freebies from this week :).

xxx

Monday, 9 July 2012

Review: Fifty Shades of... Wtf?


Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James


Synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. 

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms. 

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

My Review: 2/5*
*spoilers*

Sunday, 8 July 2012

That time of the week again :)

So, it's the time of the week again where I'll be taking part in Showcase Sunday where I will be showing off all the books - or lack of as this week has shown - that I've bought! This lovely meme is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea :).


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
This week has been relatively uneventful in my purchasing of books, but I will admit, I've given into the book that's been headlining  EVERYTHING lately. Yup, I've started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I am 64% into it and honestly can't see me buying the next two.... thank God this one was free! Fingers crossed for the book to progress because it is so ridiculous. Seriously, WHO lets's men treat them like that?! Especially for a first timer... It is literally like an x-rated Twilight,  minus the sparkly vampires and scantly clad werewolves. Worst bit is, I liked Twilight. 

Anyway, this isn't what the blog is about! I've spent the week finishing and posting up some review so next week should be a lot better for freebies :). I've put in a request to read the second book in Boyce's Grimoire trilogy - *fingers crosseeedddd* the first one was amazing!

Post a comment on here and let me know what you've all been reading this week :).

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Review: Chris Rakunas - 'Tears for the Mountain'


Tears for the Mountain - Chris Rakunas


Synopsis:

On Tuesday, January 12th 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti. The United States Agency for International Development estimated the death toll to be somewhere between 46,000 and 85,000 people, with 220,000 injured and over 1.5 million homeless. Many organizations, both from the U.S. and abroad, responded to the appeal for humanitarian aid. Dr. Stephen Schroering and Chris Rakunas went to Haiti to deliver over 21,000 pounds of medical and surgical supplies to the New Life Children's Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and several other hospitals. In Tears for the Mountain, Chris recounts his mission to deliver these supplies to the earthquake-ravaged island nation. Chris discusses both the triumphs and heartbreaks of the trip, the problems with distributing aid in a nation lacking the most basic infrastructure, and his unexpected encounter with a notorious Haitian warlord. A portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to the New Life Children's Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

My Review: 4/5*