Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (17) - Dystopian Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

If you haven't been following Presenting Lenore's Dystopian August, get over there now! All month she's previewed some great dystopian/post-apocalyptic titles that will be released next year. Below are just some I'm looking forward to!


The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for
the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all. (summary from Goodreads)
The Other Life is expected to be published 1 February 2012.


Above by Leah Bobet

Matthew's father had lion's feet and his mother had gills, and both fled the modern-day city to live in underground Safe, a secret community of freaks, ghost-whisperers, and disabled outcasts hidden beyond the subways and sewers. Raised underground, Matthew is responsible for the keeping of both Safe's histories and the traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, the girl he took in, fell in love with – and can't stop from constantly running away.

But Safe is no longer safe: the night after a frightening encounter in the sewers, Safe's founde
r Atticus is murdered by the one person Safe ever exiled: mad Corner, whose coup is backed by an army of mindless, whispering shadows.

Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of unstable, crippled compatriots escape to the city that cast them out; the dangerous place he knows only as Above. Despite Ariel's increasingly erratic behaviour and with the odds against them, Matthew must find a way to rescue Safe from Corner's occupying army. But as his quest leads him through abandoned asylums and the dregs of urban poverty, Matthew discovers that the histories he's devoted his life to aren't true: Corner's invasion -- and Ariel's terrors – are rooted in a history of Safe much darker and bloodier than Matthew ever imagined.


And even if he manages to save both home and Ariel, he may well lose himself.
(summary from Goodreads)

Above is due for release 1 April 2012.


Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

When Los Angeles is devastated by a catastrophic earthquake, seventeen-year-old human lightning rod, Mia Price, finds herself at the center of a power struggle between two fanatical doomsday cults, one that wants to save the world, and one that wants to destroy it... and she will be the deciding factor in which cult succeeds at their aim. (summary from Goodreads)
Struck is expected to be released 8 May 2012.


Seriously, this is just a small number of great titles due out. Be sure to check out the others, like Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars, and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, which do not yet have covers or exact release dates. 2012 is shaping up to be a year of fantastic books!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (13)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do 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 away too much! 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 teaser!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

"And then I did laugh, even though the future was a dangerous place, because I loved her, and she loved me, and the world was beautiful and awash with pink light around us." p. 154

Say it with me now, "awww". What are you teasing us with this week?

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News: Teaser Trailer

If you missed it, the first ever The Hunger Games teaser trailer was aired during the MTV Video Music Awards today. Many of us sat through 2 weird and awkward hours to see it. Personally, I think it was totally worth it. It's not long at all, and doesn't show a lot, but that is the point of a teaser trailer after all! I love it, and it's built my excitement for March even more!

Enjoy!



So what do you think? Want more, right? I love their choice of scene. The music builds the anticipation; Gale's voiceover is great; and did you hear Rue's whistle at the end? Brilliant! I can't wait for more!!

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. (summary from Goodreads)

A Monster Calls is a stunning, beautiful, and heartbreaking story of love and loss that will stay with you forever.

I'm not sure I can fully express my thoughts about A Monster Calls. I simply want to say "I love it, read it now." From the moment I first heard about it, I knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint.

Every day Conor faces his mother battling cancer, and he feels he faces it alone. His father left them years earlier and is starting a new family; his grandm
other is unable to relate to him; and since his once best friend, Lily, told everyone at school about his mother, no one is sure how to treat him. Conor knows what a true nightmare - and monster - is, so when he's confronted by a monster he never expected, he's not scared. So, a deal is made. The monster will tell Conor three stories over time, and in return Conor will tell it a truth. But not just any truth - the truth. The truth that Conor can scarcely admit to himself let alone to anyone else.

I think Conor made this book for me. Of course I felt for him, but it was more that my connection to the story - what feelings I expressed, what I thought about what was happening or was going to happen - relied on Conor. I saw the world of A Monster Calls through his eyes. I felt no sympathy for Lily because Conor felt none; I was instantly wary of his grandmother because of how Conor felt about her. This isn't entirely unusual, but when I read a book, even if I feel immensely for a character or two and am completely hooked by the story, I still try to think things through and piece bits together. In this way I can see the two sides to the same story, as it were, or make a realisation before a character does. But that didn't happen so much here, at least not until a long while into the book. Because of this, A Monster Calls was a truly emotional rollercoaster, and it effected me in ways very few books have in the past.

Conor learns a lot through the course of the book. Each story the monster tells has an underlying message or lesson that Conor is unable to see at first, as he's so sure in what he already believes. Yet they help to make him - and me - view things a little differently. Conor is a great character, truly strong. I guarantee he'll stay with you long after you've turned the last page. His truth, when it is finally revealed, resonates. I spent much of my reading of A Monster Calls blinking back tears and swallowing around what felt like a large rock in my throat. Before the end I literally had to stop reading, put my head down, and just cry. Really, really cry. I can think of only one other book that has ever made me lose it that much. Honestly, I was still crying after I finished this one!


The writing and art of A Monster Calls work together to create an absolutely stunning and truly atmospheric piece of work. Ness uses words sparingly, and I'm amazed by just how much he is able to express with so little. The art compliments the story brilliantly, building on the impact of Ness's words. Black and white, and stark, it stands out sharply.
As I got lost in the story, so I did in it's art, often staring at each piece and taking it all in before continuing to read.

I cannot recommend A Monster Calls enough. Trust me, you need to experience it for yourself. My advice is to have tissues ready. A Monster Calls is beautiful, and it's words and art will cut right to your heart, leaving a lasting impression. As Ness says in his - also near tear-inducing - Author's Note..."So go. Run with it. Make trouble."

Rating:

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published date: 27 September 2011
Pages: 205
Format: e-Galley

Many thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (14)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

A great week this week, many that I'm really looking forward to reading. I wasn't expecting to find so many when I went out shopping, but I couldn't leave without them!

Bought:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Twisted by Gena Showalter
Silvermay by James Maloney

NetGalley:

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

I haven't heard much about those last two, but they sound interesting! What did you get this week?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (4)


Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in
question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Oh! An easy, no need to think about it, question!

UNICORNS!

Yep, unicorns. I have loved unicorns all of my life. As a child I had a book full of photographs of unicorns that I'd look through over, and over, and over again. I'm pretty sure I still have it, actually. In hindsight, the book is full of photos of horses with fake horns stuck to their heads, but back then I honestly believed unicorns were real...but in hiding. I think I believed in unicorns even after the awful truth about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were revealed.

I had unicorn jewellery, unicorn toys - everything unicorns. Oh, unicorns.

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So, I'm not very happy with Blogger at the moment! I spent time over the weekend writing and scheduling posts for throughout this week as I knew I wouldn't be able to log in. This was my first time doing this. I had it so one post a day would show up! Lo and behold, I log in tonight and nada. Not one post. Worse, all I could find when I went looking was my Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts - which are now live under past dates! I had two reviews written, one for Monday and another for Thursday, and I'm fuming because they've just disappeared! I've been struggling through a review writing slump the last couple of weeks, so I was so happy to get these done...and now I have to re-write them! I've never had such a problem before, despite seeing many complaints on Twitter. I'd say Blogger definitely needs work regarding scheduling posts! So my apologies for the lack of review posts this week. I'll get them written and up as soon as I'm able!

I feel kind of bad unloading this on my Follow Friday post. I just needed to get it off my chest! Welcome to any new visitors! I hope you like my blog, and if you follow me, I truly appreciate it! It's not like this always, ok? Have a great weekend! And please share what mythical creature you want to come out of the closet!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week my choice is another one that's been talked about a lot and isn't too far away...

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon!

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRĂ­s.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction. (summary from Goodreads)

I've been hearing nothing but good things about this one, so I'm definitely getting it as soon as it hits shelves!

Leigh Fallon's Carrier of the Mark is due for release 4 October 2011.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (12)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do 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 away too much! 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 teaser!

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

"They pelted her with the rocks, coming at her from every direction, bruising and cutting. Nothing had ever hurt this bad. One eye began to swell, but she could see Alex through the other, standing just behind Missy, laughing." p. 13

Seriously, is that not an intense beginning to a book? Crazy! What's your teaser this week?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel

She knows only Sam, a mysterious teenage boy. He is her sole companion; her whole life. She was born, already a teenager, lying outside a burning building in soot-stained clothes, remembering nothing, not even her name. He showed her the necklace she had on, the one that named her: Abby. Sam brought her to live in his cave-palace, where he gives her everything she needs. He loves her. He protects her from the world outside, from everyone who wants to hurt them, like the denizens of Circle Nine, Dante’s deepest circle of hell. But even in a charmed, brand-new life like Abby’s, change will come. Sam falls ill. A new girl comes to stay, and Abby begins to question Sam’s devotion. With doubt comes emotional turmoil, changes in perception, and glimpses of her past identity. In this courageous psychological thriller, Abby tells the story of living her new life and discovering her old one, while grappling with an ever-changing reality. (summary from Goodreads)

Circle Nine is a mystery that will keep you guessing right to the end and unable to stop reading until you get there!

Right from the beginning readers know that all is not well in Abby's world. What she thought was a perfect life has been revealed as a lie, and in the centre of it is Sam, the only person Abby thought she knew and could trust. Fourteen weeks ago Abby woke up in the middle of a street with no memory, a house burning near her and the face of an angel peering down at her. His name is Sam and he takes her to a beautiful palace hidden in a cave where he loves and protects her. He tells her the outside world is terrifying and unsafe, and Abby trusts his word, never once questioning him. But as the time passes, slowly things begin to change. Sam's behaviour deteriorates as he is unable to procure his Medicine. Abby sees flashes of dirt and decay where once there was beauty and cleanliness. The face of an unknown girl haunts Abby and pushes her to piece together the truth. What Abby finds will shatter everything she believes and change her life forever.

I wasn't sure what to expect going in to Circle Nine. The summary intrigued me, but I'd read reviews where the reader felt confused by it's plot. I'm glad I decided to read it though as I really enjoyed it. Heltzel has created one tension filled story and once I started reading I didn't move until I'd finished it. She weaves a fine mystery, giving readers just enough to make them think and want more, but not enough to ease the suspense and spoil the reveal. Much of the truth is in fact quite clear; instead it is the how of it all - how Abby and Sam came to be - that makes up the mystery. By the end I thought I'd had it figured out, but I'm pleased to say I was wrong. Not too far off though, and that made it all the more surprising. I'm trying not to give anything away, so I do hope this all still makes sense! This may be one of the more disjointed reviews I write.

While I couldn't quite connect with or relate to Abby, I did feel for her. That didn't stop me from wanting to shake some sense into her though! Sometimes it frustrated me how easily she accepted Sam and what he told her. As I'd started to piece together the truth before her, I was on the edge of my seat through most of the book waiting, and begging, for her to open her eyes and see! Then when she did my heart broke for her. As for Sam, I never once liked or trusted him, just as we are never meant to. Well, I certainly hope we were never meant to! His secrets were all too obvious, and boy did they make me mad.

Heltzel created a fine line between the real world and Abby's fantasy world, even though they were shockingly distinct from one another. The food sticks with me even now, as does her introduction to Sid. Told from Abby's point of view, I can see where it might have been confusing, as she herself couldn't make sense of it. For me though it built the tension of the whole story, much like the mystery. I simply needed to know the answers and refused to stop reading until I had them. It's hard to write that I enjoyed this book when so much of it was shocking, even sickening. Major kudos to Heltzel. It all balances on a fine line, that's for sure, but I for one think she mastered it.

My only complaint would be that I am seriously unhappy with the ending. It's left very open, and as such, is meant to be hopeful. Now, I may simply be too pessimistic here, but I just don't believe in that hope and so it left me frustrated. I'm interested to read what others thought, as I'm not usually pessimistic! I do try to see the good, but here I couldn't quite get there.

Overall, Circle Nine is an intriguing and shocking mystery that will keep you questioning everything until Heltzel is ready to reveal her secrets. She certainly hooked me!

Rating:

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published date: 13 September 2011
Pages: 260
Format: e-Galley

Many thanks to Candlewick and NetGalley!

Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge; 2011 YA Contemporary Challenge

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Another quiet week. But good news is I'm so close to being over my slump, so thanks everyone for your words of advice!

NetGalley:

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.

An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...


Starcrossed is rooted in well-known Greek mythology, expanding on the story of Troy and the Trojan War to offer an original and epic tale of destiny that will keep you turning the pages and wishing for more.

Helen Hamilton has grown up knowing she is different, able to do unexplainable things. All her life she's suppressed this knowledge, wanting nothing more than to go unnoticed and finally leave Nantucket. The arrival of the Delos family causes quite the stir - gorgeous and mysterious, everyone wants to get to know them. But when Helen first lays eyes on Lucas she doesn't want to get to know him - she wants to kill him. And she tries. Shocked by her reaction and terrified of the visions haunting both her waking and sleeping hours, Helen's life will never be the same again. As her attraction to Lucas grows, she finds herself caught in the middle of a centuries old feud, fated to play a pivotal role. Helen is about to find out just what it will cost to make her own destiny.

Oh my, does Starcrossed begin with a bang! No insta-love here, folks! Well, not between our heroine and hero at least - you yourself may actually experience some insta-love for this book. Instead, between Helen and Lucas, we are treated to an explosive case of insta-hate! While I was expecting something of the sort, the scene was more than I could have imagined. The summary is not wrong when it states that Helen wants to kill him with her bare hands! It's certainly a different beginning to what is set to be quite the epic romance, and it had me desperate to keep reading.

This intensity continues throughout the rest of Starcrossed and it's my favourite thing about the book. Angelini's writing pulsates with feeling. Each description feels utterly real, and even now I can still picture many of her scenes in my head, clear as day. In some ways, I feel like I've watched a movie rather than read a book, it is that vivid. The moors; the fight scenes; Helen's dreams; the tension between Helen and Lucas; the Furies; so much of it came alive in my imagination, it was almost palpable. Angelini describes fog rolling in, and I squint as if it surrounds me!

It's not only her descriptions that entrance to the point of physical reactions, either. I had a lot of fun getting to know Angelini's characters! Though it wasn't all gushing love - sometimes they frustrated me so much with their obliviousness to what's right in front of them that I'd shake my book. I suppose it's a good thing I never wanted to rip into a character, or I'd be buying a new one! Seriously though, Helen is so easy to connect to, I think my stomach and heart actually formed a literal bond to hers, dropping and skipping beats and feeling heavy along with her. I loved her relationship with Claire best, and I'm truly looking forward to where Angelini takes it throughout the rest of the series. I can't say much about the Delos boys - Lucas, Hector and Jason - other than 'woah'. Hot, funny, strong, smart...did I mention hot? Nuff said, right? And Cassandra and Ariadne won me over instantly! Every character has a major role and they all standout at some point while reading. Including the villainous Creon, who sends shivers down my spine he's so creepy.

What impresses me about Starcrossed is the strong role of family - both the best and worst. Helen's mother plays a major role, and the Delos family is big and all there. I'm so charmed by Noel - I'd give just about anything to eat at her table, I tell you what! I really like that there's simply more than the Earth-stopping, greatest love of eternity as a focus of the story. Sure, Helen and Lucas's relationship is at the centre of the story, and in many ways it's the 'be all end all', but there's so much more at stake and Angelini details this. Caring for so many great characters, I'm more invested in this book than usual!

Despite being influenced by Greek mythology, Starcrossed really is it's own story. As I'm sure many readers are, I am familiar with the basics of the Troy story (thanks to school and Brad Pitt, yes). Many times throughout the beginning of this book I found myself trying to put it together with what I knew - which character represented whom, what happens to them, etc. I couldn't help myself even though I wondered how this would effect my reading. In some ways it meant things were a little more obvious to me, and so I caught on before Helen did. While there are connections, it's not long before Starcrossed comes into it's own though. I soon got so immersed I was focused on Angelini's world, and only her world. Her twists, characters and storyline work together to create a surprising and impressive plot that adds to the original myth.

Starcrossed is a fantastic and layered start to what is going to be a huge series! The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting and so it has left me wanting so much more. The sequel, Dreamless, is due out next year and I have a feeling it's going to be bigger and better - especially with the introduction of some Gods that Josie has hinted at on her blog, including Hades and Morpheus! I'm looking forward to it, that's for sure.

Rating:

Publisher: Macmillan
Published date: 31 May 2011
Pages: 514

Challenge: 2011 YA Debut Author Challenge

Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (3)


Follow Me Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

First answer is Harry Potter, which is not a surprise. I always answer these kinds of questions this way! I'd love to be a witch attending Hogwarts - preferably one who survived the final battle, thanks. I also always ask if I can be Draco Malfoy's wife. I can't help it! Though I don't think I'd ever name my son Scorpius, thanks. I get visions of a black-leather-wearing dominatrix-looking boy, a la the Farscape series. If you've seen it, you so know what I mean!

But how about something a little different this time around? Yes, Harry Potter will always be my first choice, but just to make it interesting tonight! I think all of my Follow Me Friday answers so far have had something to do with Harry Potter! So...

Maybe a love interest for Puck in The Iron Fey series? Or the love interest for Hector in Starcrossed? I'm noticing a theme here! Huh. I'm a romance junkie. Cast me in a Harlequin type Regency romance where I'm the smart, sassy, not-so-damsel-in-distress who wins the heart of the rake after many - MANY - steamy interludes, and I'm set!

EDIT: I've been thinking about this, and I've decided on another option. Still Harry Potter...it'll re-write The Deathly Hallows, but my role is to save Severus Snape! Yes? Yes!

How about you? What book and role would you choose?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week I'm waiting on an Australian title that is almost due for release - I should've showcased it a while ago! I'm sure you've already heard of it...

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart!

I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.

Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.


Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?
(summary from Goodreads)

Yay for Aussie authors! This sounds brilliant, and I can't wait to read it. I've been following Rhiannon's blog for ages, so I'm very eager! I also adore the cover!

Rhiannon Hart's Blood Song is due for release on 1 September 2011.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Trailer: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

There's not many books I'm more desperate to read than Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races! Especially after watching - many times - another of Maggie's gorgeous self-made trailers. This is stunning. The art and the music, it's all simply perfect. It makes my heart pound.



What do you think?

The Scorpio Races is due for release 18 October 2011. You can pre-order your personalised signed AND doodled in copy from Fountain Bookstore. They do ship internationally, if you give them a call and ask!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Another very quiet week this week - which is a good thing in a way, as I have so much catching up to do.

Bought:

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (Kindle edition)


I just can't seem to shake myself out of this review writing slump, and I find that it's beginning to effect my reading too. Have you found yourself in a slump before? How do you get out of it? Any ideas?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (2)


Follow Me Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?


My habits have mostly changed only in what it is I read now compared to when I was a teenager. I've pretty much consistently remained an avid reader. When I was a young teen/tween (11-14) I was so into horror. I read every scary book geared towards teens in my library and then went on to borrow extensively from other libraries in the state. I love, love, loved Christopher Pike. I never actually crossed into reading the very popular horror titles for adults however. During this time I also read a lot of Harlequin/Mills & Boons type regency/historical romance, that my mother lent me. From there I got into more contemporary adult romance titles, like those by the spectacular Nicholas Sparks. My last few years as a teenager the only YA I remember reading was anything and everything by John Marsden (author of the Tomorrow, When the War Began series) and a favourite book of mine, The Day After Forever by Erin Skiffington. Of course then at 18, Harry Potter came along, but that still remained my only foray into children's lit for some years. When Twilight was released - which I'm sure is a common and somewhat cliched reason! - I began reading YA more widely, and now it's pretty much all I read. I still enjoy some good ol' romance and Nicholas Sparks here and there, but my shelves are definitely overflowing with YA.

Have your habits changed at all? Please share your thoughts, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

Another great one this week that I simply can't wait to read...

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges!


St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart? (summary from Goodreads)

A mix of historical and paranormal, yes please! Want, and now!

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges is due for release 10 January 2012.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do 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 away too much! 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 teaser!

Misfit by Jon Skovron

"Jael holds her necklace up to see how the lightning reflects off it.
But it doesn't. Instead, it almost seems to absord the light. In fact, there's something about the center that plays tricks on her eyes. It almost looks like something is moving in there."
p. 34

Please share your teaser!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Author Signing - Lauren Kate

This week Lauren Kate, author of the Fallen series, visited Brisbane! I attended her signing yesterday at Dymocks at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, which was fun.

LinkLauren was really lovely. She chatted to everyone, signed our books, and took photos with anyone who wanted one. I was impressed with how smooth it all ran. Thankfully I arrived early and wasn't in line too long - boy, did that line grow in minutes!


Lauren told me how much she'd been able to travel as an author and how much she's been enjoying her book tour. I told her I hadn't read Passion yet, but was looking forward to finding out more about Luce and Daniel. I also told her I found Luce really frustrating, which made her laugh. She said she did too, but was glad to have Luce grow. I truly liked the way she talked about her characters as if she had no control of them. When I told her that I had some inklings about Luce, she said that book 4 - Rapture - was a surprise to her, but that she hopes I like how everything turns out. Now I'm so intrigued!


It was great meeting Lauren, and I'm definitely looking forward to attending more author signings in the future!

In My Mailbox (11)


In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

A great lot of books this week! I went to Lauren Kate's signing at a shopping centre here in Brisbane and with 5 book stores I knew I wouldn't be walking away empty handed!



Bought:

Supernaturally by Kiersten White
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (Had to buy this one as I love it so much! My review!)
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (Found this for $5!! Wow!)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (Another $5 bargain!)


Won:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - with thanks to Dymocks!

What did you get this week?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Follow Me Friday (1)



Follow Me Friday
is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers as well as follow their blogs. If you'd like to join in the fun, create your own Follow Me Friday post, then visit this week's Follow Friday posts (here and here) and sign the linky. Don't forget to also follow this week's featured bloggers!

This is my first time joining in the Follow Me Friday fun, and if you're new to my blog, welcome! Please say Hi!

This week's question is...

Q. Talk abo
ut the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

There are two series that immediately jump to mind for me, and they are Ann M. Martin's The Babysitter's Club and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, for different reasons. When I was young, I remember having really bad nightmares. To help try and stave off these bad dreams, I'd read The Babysitter's Club before bed, or if I did wake up after such a dream, I'd read some before going back to sleep. These books comforted me and were the first to teach me how valuable books are.

The Harry Potter series is pretty much my all time favourite series of books. I was 18 when I first read The Philopher's Stone. One of my best friends actually gave it to me as a present for my 18th. I've always loved reading, but I wasn't reading as much during Uni - outside school books, at least. Harry Potter not only reignited my love of reading but it also started me on my path to reading children's and young adult fiction.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm waiting to read...

Fracture by Megan Miranda!

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine

-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death. (summary from Goodreads)

I have yet to read Before I Fall, but I've heard nothing but good things about it...and I love If I Stay! So I am definitely adding this to my TBR list!

Megan Miranda's Fracture is due for release on 3 January 2012.