'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 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #41

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. Happy Christmas Eve guys! I hope you have a fantastic few days and looking forward to hearing how everyone's days went :)

This weeks is quite a difficult one, I read so many amazing books!

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013 :)

Monday, 30 December 2013

REVIEW: The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire - Abigail Gibbs

The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire - Abigail Gibbs
The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1)
One moment can change your life forever...

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape...no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price...

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Harry Potter #45

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 in the Harry Potter section of my blog here

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

REVIEW: Christmas at Carrington's - Alexandra Brown

Christmas at Carrington's - Alexandra Brown
Christmas at Carrington's (Carrington's #2)
Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handbags, is reluctant, but quickly realises that the show could give Carrington’s a new lease of life. With Christmas around the corner, she’s also hoping that the season will deliver her the perfect Christmas present, in the form of Tom, the store’s dishy boss.

When the film crew arrive, things start to go wrong. One of Tom’s old flames, Zara, is working on the show and then, to top things off, Tom and Zara are sent off to Paris and New York for a spot of extra filming. When Georgie settles down in front of the box to watch the first show, worse it to come – Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light and she is horrified to learn what Tom has been up to.

Georgie fears this is turning out to be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa might have a got a little surprise in store for her stocking this year – but she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out!
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper Collins*

Top Ten Tuesday #40

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. Happy Christmas Eve guys! I hope you have a fantastic few days and looking forward to hearing how everyone's days went :)

This weeks is such an easy topic!


Top Ten Books I wouldn't mind Santa bringing me :) 

Monday, 23 December 2013

REVIEW: The Almost Girl - Amalie Howard

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
The Almost Girl
Seventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, a parallel world to Earth.

A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier and in a race against time to bring Caden home, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows.

Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was destined to be?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Strange Chemistry*

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :). Today's is the last post so I hope you've enjoyed them!

Z is for Zonko's Joke Shop
“They make a fuss about Hogsmeade, but I assure you, Harry, it's not all it's cracked up to be. All right, the sweetshop's rather good, and Zonko's Joke Shop's frankly dangerous, and yes, the Shrieking Shack is always worth a visit, but really, Harry, apart from that, you're not missing anything.”

"Zonko's Joke Shop was a favourite place for Hogwarts students to shop on Hogsmeade trips as it carried "jokes and tricks to fulfil even Fred and George Weasley's wildest dreams." Such products were Dungbombs, Hiccough Sweets, Frog Spawn Soap, Sugar Quills and Nose-Biting Teacups.

During the events surrounding Lord Voldemort's second rise to power, Zonko's was closed and boarded up. Fred and George visited Hogsmeade with an eye towards the possibility of buying the premises and turning it into a Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes outlet."

Friday, 20 December 2013

REVIEW: Impostor - Susanne Winnacker

Impostor by Susanne Winnacker 
Impostor (Variants, #1)
Tessa is a Variant with extraordinary abilities. She could be a hero, but all she wants to do is fall in love ...

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she's spent the last two years with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. There she trains with other Variants, such as long-term crush Alec, who each have their own extraordinary ability.

When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. Tessa hates everything about being an impostor - the stress, the danger, the deceit - but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she'd do anything to keep.

Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Hodder*

SHADOWPLAY Blog Tour: Laura Lam on The Grey of Gender

 I'm over the moon to have Laura Lam on my blog today. I adore both of her books; Pantomime and Shadowplay so I'm really excited to have Laura talk about a topic that I am absolutely fascinated by and enjoy discussing. Here is Laura talking about:

The Grey of Gender

Before writing Pantomime & Shadowplay, I was interested in gender, but now I’m passionate about it. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I was always surrounded by different sexualities, races, abilities, and gender presentation. But for all of that, when I decided to write about a character who fell between genders, I knew I needed to learn more. I am always consciously aware that, as a cis-gendered woman, I am very much an outsider looking in, and my goal is to tread carefully and with respect. I’m not sure I always succeed, but I do always try.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

REVIEW: Enders - Lissa Price

Enders - Lissa Price
Enders (Starters, #2)
With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie's life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too ...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?
This is the thrilling sequel to "Starters".
 
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Random House*

Harry Potter #44

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 in the Harry Potter section of my blog here

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

REVIEW: Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge: Sign Up Post

2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge!

Emily @ Falling for YA is hosting a much needed challenge for 2014 - a challenge which will help us get motivated and tackle that ever growing pile of E-ARCs. This is absolutely perfect for me because my NetGalley ratio is absolutely shocking! I get lost in the physicals so it's time to put that right.

Challenge Guidelines
  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. 
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it's not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion
  • Throughout the year there will be giveaways for Challenge participants, make sure to check in regularly and follow this blog so you don't miss any!
  • If you have any questions tweet Emily @FallingForYA or e-mail Emisbookblog@aol.com
Levels
Aluminum – 5 books
Bronze – 10 books
Silver – 25 books
Gold – 50 books
Platinum – 75 books
Diamond– 100 books

I'm going to go for Gold - 50 books. I've managed to read 115/100 books so far on my Goodreads Challenge so I'm pretty confident that this will happen! :)

The Books 22/50

Armstrong, Kelley - Sea of Shadows
Cass, Kiera - The Elite 
Cummings, Lindsay - The Murder Complex
Curran, Kim - Delete
Douglas, Helen - Chasing Stars
Ewing, Amy - The Jewel 
Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore - The Apple Tart of Hope
Forman, Gayle - I Was Here  
Grainger, A. J. - Captive 
Graudin, Ryan - The Walled City 
Harvey, Alyxandra - A Breath of Frost
Johansen, Erika - The Queen of the Tearling
Jordan, Sophie - Uninvited 
Lake, Nick - There Will Be Lies
Maas, Sarah J. - Heir of Fire 
McGovern, Cammie - Amy & Matthew
Patel, Carrie - The Buried Life
Raasch, Sara - Snow Like Ashes 
Rutkoski, Marie - The Winner's Curse
Scott, Julianna - The Seers
Smith, Jennifer E. - The Geography of You and Me
Stevens, Robin - A Murder Most Unladylike

Top Ten Tuesday #39

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is:


Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I read in 2013 

Monday, 16 December 2013

REVIEW: Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
I HAVE DONE BAD THINGS.
I CAN'T TAKE THEM BACK, 
AND THEY ARE PART OF WHO I AM.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Showcase Sunday #59

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, 14 December 2013

REVIEW: Divergent - Veronica Roth

Divergent - Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Harry Potter #43

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 in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.  

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

REVIEW: Speechless - Hannah Harrington

 Speechless - Hannah Harrington
Speechless
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thanks you, Harlequin Teen*

End of Year Book Survey

best books 2013 end of year survey
I've seen this pop up on loads of blogs lately so thought I'd take part in it! Jaime @ Perpetual Page Turner created this survey for everyone to take part in as an overview of their year in books. I've read so many amazing books this year and I love surveys so looking forward to filling this in! 

*Note: images belong to Jaime and the survey includes all books read this year, not just 2013 releases

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

REVIEW: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Indigo*

Top Ten Tuesday #38

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is:


Top Ten books that are on my Winter TBR 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Bloomsbury 2014 YA Wishlist

I've seen a few blogs posting about the books that they cannot wait for from a variety of publishers catalogues. I thought I'd join in and show off the lovely books that are soon to be coming from Bloomsbury in 2014! I've linked up to Goodreads with the ones that have a GR page if they tickle your fancy too!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Showcase Sunday #58

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! Today's features my birthday gifts too from last Thursday!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

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

Y is for The Yule Ball
"The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to - er - let our hair down."

'The Yule Ball is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament. It is a formal dance held on the evening of Yule (the pagan Winter solstice/Christmas celebration) of a tournament year, and is opened by the tournament champions and their partners. At Hogwarts, where the Yule Ball was held in 1994, only students of fourth year or above were permitted to attend, though younger students could also go if an older student invited them to accompany them. The ball begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at midnight.'

Thursday, 5 December 2013

REVIEW: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)
One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale. 

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title — and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. She's leading a double life: She has the rare ability to sense the s├Čthichean — the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans — and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her abilities and her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons — from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols — ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with the gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder — but she'll have to save the world first.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Gollancz*

Harry Potter #42

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 in the Harry Potter section of my blog here

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #47


"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, 3 December 2013

INT CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

EARLY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I thought I'd share some festive spirit that I'm feeling right now and offer all of you an international Christmas giveaway. The rules are the same as usual:


  • Must be 13+ to enter.
  • Please leave an email address to contact you on if you're the lucky winner.
  • I reserve the right to disqualify anyone who breaks the rules of this giveaway.
  • Fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter and the winner will be randomly decided through the same site.
  • The winner has 48 hours to contact me about the giveaway otherwise another winner will be picked.
  • Please double check that The Book Depository ships to your country before entering.


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Dystopia Reading Challenge 2014

Dystopia Reading Challenge 2014

The wonderful Ula over at Blog of Erised is once again hosting a challenge for 2014 which challenges us to read as many Dystopia books that we can in 2014!  You can find the full set of rules over at Ula's blog. Just click the name of her blog above. At the end of the challenge Ula is hosting a giveaway to celebrate. 

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

I'll once again be going for Leader because it seems to have gone really well this year! 

Top Ten Tuesday #37

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is:

Top Ten books 2014 Releases I'm Dying to Read

Monday, 2 December 2013

REVIEW: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper 360*

NetGalley November Round-Up



NetGalley November was hosted by Laura at Bookish Treasures, Kayleigh at K-Books and Faye at Daydreamer's Thoughts. The aim was to read as many NetGalley books in November as we can to try and conquer that to-read pile! The goals are:

Easy: 1-4
Medium: 5-10
Hard: 11-15
Difficult: 16-20
Netgalley Superstar: 21+

I'm went for Medium as I tended to read roughly 9-10 books a month. Here are the books:
PanicCruel Beauty

These are the books that I managed to read alongside a few others before I started the challenge. Pretty happy with that! :) I absolutely adored most of these books and had a wonderful introduction to 'chick-lit' with Lindsey Kelk's book. Successful month!

Completed: 8/10
Shadowplay - Laura Lam
Taste of Darkness - Maria V. Snyder
Pawn - Aimee Carter
I Heart Christmas - Lindsey Kelk
Panic - Lauren Oliver
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Perfect - Rachel Joyce
The Palace of Curiosities - Rosie Garland
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge