'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

Friday, 31 May 2013

Author of the Month

I've decided to start doing a monthly post to celebrate a different author each month. It's going to be based on the books I've read that month so be prepared for a load of gushing!

May's Author of the Month:

Emma Newman
Emma Newman

Emma is an author of Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy and short stories author; a woman that I think is incredibly talented. This month I read both of her latest books, Between  Two Thorns and Any Other Name. I absolutely adored them. They are wonderful captivating books and I really cannot wait to read the next one. The two books are published by Angry Robot Books - a publishing company of which I have yet to find a book that I have disliked! Emma writes short stories which fans can receive via emails and also makes them in audio if people prefer! She also had the Three Wishes idea on her blog in which fans submit three wishes and other bloggers/ fans try and make some wishes true! Emma helped me with one of mine and I am so very grateful. Check out her Three Wishes project here. A successful and talented author, I cannot wait to see what else she is going to come up with :). 

Emma's works:
20 Years Later
From Dark Places


REVIEW: Stung - Bethany Wiggins

Stung - Bethany Wiggins
Stung
In a world in crisis, children are the future. Part of the cure. Not now. Children are deadly. Marked one to ten. Fiona is a TEN. She just doesn't know it yet . . . She doesn't know her true strength. 

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But she has woken to find her entire world has changed - her house is abandoned and broken, and her neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. But instead the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts. They have been branded as a warning to unvaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected inside a fortress-like wall. Fiona has awakened branded, alone and on the wrong side of the wall . . .
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Harry Potter #15

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

REVIEW: After the Ending - Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue

After the Ending - Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue
After The Ending (The Ending, #1)
The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve. 
And more than anything, we have to find each other.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*DNF*

Waiting on Wednesday #28

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is a free week, so I have choosen: Top Ten books I wish I'd read during my childhood:

Monday, 27 May 2013

Favourite Covers so far in 2013

There are so many beautiful covers on books that I've read so far this year, so I thought I'd share some of them with you guys :).

Any Other Name (The Split Worlds #2) Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days, #1) Icons (Icons, #1) Ink (Paper Gods, #1) Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1) The Mad Scientist's Daughter Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1) Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

They're all soooo beautiful, I just need to begin buying those that I don't already have in paperback for my shelves. What covers are your favourites out of the books that you've read so far this year?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

REVIEW: The Bane (Eden #1) - Keary Taylor

The Bane (Eden #1) - Keary Taylor
The Bane (The Eden Trilogy, #1)
Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.

Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.

Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.

*Received in exchance for an honest review*
*May contain spoilers*

Showcase Sunday #37

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky 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!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Harry Potter A-Z: Forbidden Forest

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :). I wasn't online much yesterday so this weeks post is going to be on a Sunday instead.

F is for the Forbidden Forest


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Harry Potter #14


This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here. This weeks is FREE WEEK! Explore anything within the Harry Potter world you would like. I decided to explore:

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #27

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #17

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read. This weeks one I love. There are so many awesome covers about! So, in no particular order:

Monday, 20 May 2013

REVIEW: Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn

Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
Charm & Strange
When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. 

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable. 

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. 

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

COVER REVEAL: Antithesis - Kacey Vanderkarr

Antithesis - Kacey Vanderkarr
My name is Gavyn. 

Liam doesn’t care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me. 

My name is Gavyn. 

I lost my Liam. I’ve lost them all. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t show up again. 

My name is Gavyn. 

I had a life with Liam, but he couldn’t give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don’t expect he’ll forgive me for that. 

My name is Gavyn.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

REVIEW: The Ghosting of Gods - Cricket Baker

The Ghosting of Gods - Cricket Baker
The Ghosting of Gods
Jesse is an apprentice exorcist who defies his priests when he learns his sister is in danger even though she’s dead. When he’s exiled to a haunted world, Jesse must unravel the mystery of ghosts if he is to save her. He plunges into a deadly game of hide-and-seek. The players include denizens draped in monkish robes, ghosts with matted eyes, the dead who tunnel underground in terror, and...Elspeth.

A coven scientist, Elspeth is both respected and feared for her abnormal spiritual powers. Jesse needs--craves--the knowledge of ghosts which she possesses. But is Elspeth a spiritual prodigy, or dangerously insane? The coven scientist begs him to trust her. He doesn’t. But he wants to.

Caught in a world on the brink of spiritual evolution, Jesse struggles to understand Elspeth even as frightening contacts from his sister force him to face the secret, shattering meaning of a verse he knows well: Blessed are the poor in ghost.

DNF
*Received for review from the author*

Harry Potter A-Z : E is for The Epilogue

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :). I wasn't online much yesterday so this weeks post is going to be on a Sunday instead.

E is for The Epilogue

19 years later... 
So this epilogue to conclude the series brought about much tension when it was first read. Some readers absolutely loved it. Others (myself included) really did not like it. It was far too brief and it felt like it wasn't necessary and that it was only tacked on to prevent others creating/ writing their own endings to the series. Now that I'm older, I can totally understand why she has done it. For something which has taken J. K. Rowling so long to write and something which has been so close to her, it is totally understandable to want to ensure that they get the ending that she had set out for them.

Showcase Sunday #36

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky 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!

Friday, 17 May 2013

REVIEW: Any Other Name - Emma Newman

Any Other Name - Emma Newman
Any Other Name (The Split Worlds #2)
Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William - a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family's intentions for them both. 

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency - a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules - and none of them favourable to Society. 

Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife's employer - something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.

*Copy received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Net Galley and Angry Robot Books*
*If you haven't read Between Two Thorns, don't read this review*

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Harry Potter #13

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here. This weeks is:

                  Favourite Harry Potter Film
I find this one so incredibly difficult. I know which films it narrows down to but I have no idea how to pick between them! The two films that I absolutely adore (and I count the last two films as one; they're one book!) are Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2. The winner of this post tends to change on the day or depends on what film I've most recently watched. I think I'm going to go with:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

REVIEW: The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
'I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there.'

After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald's succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.

Waiting on Wednesday #26

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Amazing Films Released Soon

There are some absolutely AMAZING films coming out this year and I thought I'd make a quick post just to FREEEAAK out about them. I love going to the cinema so am so happy that there are so many awesome films about at the moment.

 
Fast and Furious 6 
Eeek I LOVE these films! Jam packed with action and lovable characters, there is nothing to dislike.Sexy men, beautiful women and hot ass cars. Vrooooom tell you where I'm headed Friday! 

Top Ten Tuesday #16


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you). I'm finding this one quite difficult so it's gonna be as many as I can think of. I try to avoid 'realistic' books that deal with tough subjects. I'm such a baby. So, in no particular order:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Showcase Sunday #35

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky 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!


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Adult Dystopia Challenge


This is inspired mainly by Ula at Blog of Erised's Dystopia Reading Challenge, but it's kind of an open ended challenge. What the challenge is going to be is to just make our way through a massive list of adult dystopian literature. I discovered this list through a tweet by Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm and this amazing list of 70 books is thanks to Leeswammes! I'll be crossing out the ones I've read as I read them to keep track. I'd never have found so many amazing adult dystopia's without this list. I will also create a linky for reviews :). Don't forget to grab the button too (created by Ula!).
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Harry Potter A-Z: D is for

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).


D is for Diagon Alley

I know I was originally going to pick ones that were slightly obscure but I just have to write about this wonderful place. D came with so many options; Dobby, Dedalus Diggle, Durmstrang, Dursley's... but I think this one is a winner.

Friday, 10 May 2013

UK GIVEAWAY: ARC of Angelfall - Susan Ee


The lovely people at Hodder and Stoughton have been kind enough to offer you guys a chance to win a special and limited print ARC copy of the amazing post-apocalyptic novel Angelfall.

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

REVIEW: Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman

Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1)
Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Net Galley & Angry Robot*

COVER REVEAL: Secrets of the Moon - Kristy Centeno

Secrets of the Moon - Kristy Centeno
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 7th July, 2013

Thursday, 9 May 2013

COVER REVEAL: Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Allegiant - Veronica Roth
[Image courtesy of Epic Reads]
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.