Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best Books of 2011

I reviewed 46 books in 2011 (a number I hope to at least triple in 2012!), and of those 46 books I gave 5 Owls to 20! Wow! Almost half! I'd say that makes 2011 a fantastic reading year! Of those 20 books, these are my Ten Best of 2011, in order...or as much order as I could reasonably give considering I love them all!! Choosing is so hard...

1. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

7. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

9. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

10. Hushed by Kelley York

Did any of these make your Best of 2011? What books would you have on your list?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (22)


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: The New Year is here — and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

I've been thinking about my New Year's Resolutions for a couple of weeks now. Usually I don't make any because I never, ever stick to them. For 2012 however, I'm going to try harder. Look - a resolution right there! As for my blogging resolutions, they've definitely been on my mind.

  • Be better organised - Plan ahead! Have reviews written early! Posts scheduled weeks in advanced!
  • Post at least 2 reviews a week - I definitely need to review more, and that has a lot to do with the above resolution too! I'd prefer to post reviews 3 times a week, so hopefully I can work my way towards that!
  • Read more, buy less - Pretty self explanatory, right? I just keep buying more and more books, so my TBR pile gets bigger and bigger, and it impacts my reading because I keep feeling pressured. So, no more buying a heap of books until I've read a huuuuuuuge chunk of my TBR pile!
  • Comment more - I keep track of a lot of blogs, and I read a heap of posts a day...but I hardly ever comment. I don't know if it's that I'm too shy or that I don't think what I have to say is worthwhile...whatever it is, it's time to get over it and comment, comment, comment!
  • Learn HTML - While I'm pretty happy with my blog, I would like to learn HTML so that I know I can revamp by blog whenever I want.
  • Become social media savvy - I have a Twitter and Goodreads account, but my use of them is minimal. I need to get out there more!

Do you have any New Year's Blogging Resolutions?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

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 can't wait for...

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan!

When a vampire shows up at Mel's high school, it's up to Mel to keep her best friend from falling in love with him. Add a mysterious disappearance, a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and poignant. (summary from Goodreads)

When I first heard about this one I just had to snicker. Especially considering the authors and their claims about how they came up with the idea, etc. I don't doubt it's going to be worth a lot of laughs and for that I'm really looking forward to it. There are quite a few comments about this over on it's Goodreads page, some where people seem to be taking it a little too seriously, which surprised me. Personally, I'm liking everything about it as it's all obviously in fun. Plus, having read some of the 'rewrites' Sarah Rees Brennan has done on her blog - like Teen Wolf & Jane Eyre, for example - which had me laughing until I cried, I can't help but be earger for this one!

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan is due out 3 July 2012.

What are your thoughts about this book? What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (30)

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!


Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

"'So why haven't you kissed me?'
'I was waiting until your face was splattered with chocolate so I could lick it off because that would make you mine forever.'

I swallowed hard.

'There're raw eggs in there,' I said stupidly.
He raised a brow.

'You can get E. coli from raw eggs.'

He grinned. 'I'll take my chances.'"
p. 33

Way more than 2 sentences...but I just couldn't cut that. I love this scene - makes me giggle and go all gooey all at once! I don't doubt I'm going to adore this book.

What's your teaser?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee

Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace - and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.

Queen Victoria has a little problem: there's a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending
off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary's onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary's most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn't be higher - and she has everything to lose. (summary from Goodreads)

The Traitor and the Tunnel is another thrilling addition to a magnificent series that will, as always, leave you desperately wanting the next book!

It's been 7 months since the events of The Body at the Tower - Mary Quinn hasn't seen James Easton since that night she revealed some of the truths about her past and is now working on a case at Buckingham Palace, disguised as a domestic maid in the hopes of solving a string of petty thefts. But after weeks with no apparent clues Mary fears this may be her first unsolved case, which only adds to the worry over the strained relationship between Miss Treleaven and Mrs Frame and the future of the Agency. When James gets the contract to shore up the sewers beneath the palace, Mary can't seem to avoid running into him - especially as he seems intent on renewing a relationship with her. When they discover a secret tunnel into the palace that appears to be in use, they must work together again to discover its intent, as well as face their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, Bertie, seems to have taken Mary's kindess as an invitation for a much more intimate relationship. But all of this pales in comparison when one of the Prince's friends is murdered by a Chinese sailor...who happens to be named Lang Jin Hai. Could this man be Mary's long lost father? Mary is determined to get answers at any cost, as what began as a case of mere petty theft quickly spirals into something much more than Mary could have imagined.

I have loved this series right from the get go, and have been beyond desperate to read this latest installment since finishing The Body at the Tower. I knew before I even started that I would love it, and Lee certainly does not disappoint in any way. The Traitor and the Tunnel jumps right in and keeps moving at a fast pace until the very end. I could not put it down, though that isn't much of a surprise considering that I also read the previous two books in one sitting! Lee simply does no wrong with these books. I adore her characters, I love her plots, the intrigue keeps me on the edge of my seat, and the romance between Mary and James drives me crazy...and I enjoy absolutely every second of it!

I'm sure I've said this before, but Mary Q
uinn must hands down be one of my favourite heroines. She's been through so much in her life and yet her fighting spirit shines. Every book sees her in a tough situation that she braves her way through. Here she faces her hardest and most personal case yet. Mary's finally discovering the truth about her father's disappearance is highly emotional and heart-wrenching. Her stoic bravery in the face of hardship is always admirable, but it's nice to see her softer side too. The raw emotionality of her feelings throughout The Traitor and the Tunnel had lumps forming in my throat and tears in my eyes. Lee has developed such a well-rounded and complete character with Mary, and I love how every book sees her grow and change just a little. I feel like I know Mary so well, but always look forward to learning more. Every time, I'm desperate to see things work out in Mary's favour - especially personally. She may always solve the case, yet I've always been left a little heartbroken for her. I found myself so connected to both Mary and the story that I was - again - reacting physically and vocally! Lee really knows how to twist me up inside, and her surprises had me a bit of an emotional mess by the end of this book. To know with what emotion though, you're going to have to read it!

If ever asked, I will most definitely answer that my favourite thing about The Agency series is the relationship between Mary and James. Their romance sets my blood boiling - in good and bad ways! It equally thrills and frustrates me! I've really enjoyed the development of their relationship and Lee only adds to it through The Traitor and the Tunnel. The attraction and tension between them is as high as ever, so much so that there's a feeling throughout the book of it having reached breaking point - that this time their relationship has reached the point of now or never. Where the mystery and suspense of the petty thefts, the secret tunnel, and the Chinese sailor are truly compelling, by the end of the book I was most eager for the outcome of Mary and James's personal relationship. I know which way I wanted it to go, but didn't feel confident that Lee would provide me with what I wanted most. At one time I couldn't handle the worry, so gently put my Kindle down, and to no one in
particular - though family members were about! - stated that I would never get over the utter devastation if it didn't end my way...then proceeded to stomp my feet, shake my fists, and growl a little. Yes, I had a minor tantrum so as to get it out of my system in order to be able to proceed reading. All I will say of the ending is that it was surprising and went a long way to ensuring that I'm on tenterhooks for the next book in the series! Without doubt, Lee knows how to leave readers satisfied and yearning all at once.

If you're a fan of The Agency series, you will love The Traitor and the Tunnel. Full of all of the intrigue and high stakes we've come to expect from these mysteries, Lee raises the bar emotionally in terms of both Mary Quinn's past and future. Questions are answered as more are raised, especially in terms of Mary's family, her role with the Agency, and the future of her relationship with James. This book - this entire series - is a gripping and entertaining read that I can't recommend enough!

Rating:

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published date: 28 February 2012
Pages: 384
Format: e-Galley

Many thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

MERRY
CHRISTMAS!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas full of love, laughter, good company, yummy food and lots of great pressies!

In My Mailbox (30)

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

A couple this week, and I've been looking forward to them!

Bought:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - signed!

Won:

Zellie Wells Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel - signed! Won as part of the awesome YA Scavenger Hunt! Thanks so much, Stacey!

What bookish things did you receive this week?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News: The Hunger Games Song

This morning it was announced that the first song from The Hunger Games soundtrack has been released! It's called Safe & Sound and is a collaboration between Taylor Swift, the Civil Wars, and producer T Bone Burnett. So far it's available exclusively through iTunes - but not through it's Australian store! Which is a bummer, but hopefully that will change soon.

In the meantime, have a listen through YouTube!


What do you think? I'm liking it...I'm going to give it a few more listens so it really sinks in!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (21)


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 had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

Easy peasy! Harry Potter of course! No question. Going to Hogwarts, getting my first wand, learning to fly, brewing potions (which I'd probably suck at, honestly), instant travel, interacting with magical creatures...and so much more! Oh, I always get sad after answering these questions that it's not actually possible...as far as I know!

Now, as Harry Potter is no doubt such a common answer (nothing wrong with that, of course! What's not to love, right?), some other books I'd gladly get lost in would be Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. A resounding YES to any of those. The magic, the intrigue, the characters, even the battles...sign me up please!

How about you? What book would you choose to spend eternity within?

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Good luck!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cover Reveal: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

With thanks to Entangled Publishing, I have the pleasure of revealing the awesome cover and summary of Tiffany Truitt's Chosen Ones today!

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt is expected to be released April 2012. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads To-Read Shelf!

What do you think? It's a definite must-read for me!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News: Capitol Colours Nail Polish

Have you heard? Lionsgate, in conjunction with China Glaze, is releasing a line of The Hunger Games nail polish, known as Capitol Colours! This is just all sorts of cool!

Today they released an ad with Effie Trinket as the face of the collection!

I must confess, I love it. Effie looks amazing! Though the colours aren't as wild as I would have imagined considering Effie and the Capitol. Add to that the 'support' of the Capitol, as it were (certainly Katniss is not the nail polish wearing type!)...and well, I can see why some might be unimpressed. But in all fun, I'm loving it and look forward to purchasing some new nail polish!

What do you think?

Waiting on Wednesday (33)

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, waiting, waiting for...

Robin Wasserman's The Book of Blood and Shadow!

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.
(summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't that summary leave you going "ooooooh"? I know it did me! Intrigue! Prague! Murder! Lumen Dei! Gimme, gimme, gimme! I tell you what though, with all these books due out April 2012 I better start saving my pennies!!

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman will be released 10 April 2012.

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday! (5)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings
These are books I'm desperate to read - and own - and that I hope I get for Christmas! I don't expect anyone to buy books for me (they wouldn't know where to start!), but my fingers are crossed for gift cards and vouchers!!











Any books you're hoping Santa brings you this Christmas?

Teaser Tuesday! (29)

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 Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

"There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and it's not often they turn out to be the same moments. But when Peg Gratton turns around and chalks my name on the list, white on black, I know, without a doubt, that it's an image I'll never forget." p. 65-6.

I have desperately been waiting for The Scorpio Races - my order was originally misplaced, so it's taken a little longer for it to get to me - and it finally arrived today!! I can't wait to read it!

What teaser have you shared this week?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce c
ompetition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
(summary from Goodreads)

Experience magic and the wonder of falling in love with Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.

Le Cirque des Reves travels the world and is an experience people never forget. It shows up only at night. One evening the circus isn't there, the next morning it is. There is no distinct schedule, where it will be and for how long is a mystery. It is also
only open at night. Filled with characters, illusions, acts and tents that transport you to another world of wonder, the circus is as if a dream. Le Cirque des Reves is unlike another and so much more than it seems. In actuality, the circus is the venue for a years long competition between two magicians, students of another two whose game has been ongoing for longer than anyone might realise. But as Celia and Marco compete over the years, they develop a relationship they or their mentors never could have imagined. A relationship that has far reaching consequences to all around them, including Bailey, who first experiences the circus at a young age. Bailey's life becomes inexplicably attached to the circus - and Poppet, a young girl raised within its gates. So come on in and visit Le Cirque des Reves - and be changed forever.

While I only mention Celia, Marco, Bailey and Poppet above - as they are the main characters - there are a heap more memorable characters thro
ughout The Night Circus, each with their own significant role to play, within the book and the circus both. Characters like Widget, Poppet's twin brother; Tsukiko, the contortionist; Herr Thiessen, the clockmaker; Isobel, the fortune teller...and that's still only a partial list! I adored Morgenstern's characters. Each is distinct and unforgettable, and while I might be hard-pressed to remember individual names sometime in the future, I doubt I'll forget the traits that makes each of them stand out amongst each other. It took time to really get to know them. Early on I found myself taking moments to remember who was who. I liked this about The Night Circus, though. It meant each character grew on me and I enjoyed slowly immersing myself in their story too. I will admit to favouring some characters over others. I'm completely in love with Celia and Marco. They're love story took my breath away and I know I'll be rereading it for that - I'm a hopeless romantic. I also adored Bailey, Poppet and Widget. I was always eager to get back to a chapter told from their point of view.

It was easy to connect with the awe and amazement of the story. It jumps from year to year, from their past to their present and back again, and also from point of view to point of view, so it may take some getting used to at first. Once I was hooked, I never wanted to stop reading. Sometimes I had to however, and I always made sure to leave it right at the end of a chapter, and it'd remain in my thoughts until I could read more. You'll
want to be sure and take your time with The Night Circus. As desperate as you might feel to learn all of the answers and find out how it concludes, it's worth savouring every word. Morgenstern has created art with her words. Every description imprints on your imagination. You will feel breathless; heartbroken; hopeful; saddened; angered; astonished; joyous; loving...and so much more. The Night Circus really is not just a book to be read but one to be experienced.

I can't even begin to suitably describe Le Cirque des Reves. I'm speechless at how a writer can capture and create such a thing. This circus is it's own character. It grows and changes as the story and characters do, reflecting every feeling of the moment. It is truly magical. I love how Morgenstern has included chapters from a second pers
on point of view to describe the circus, as if we're actually wandering through it one night somewhere. I tell you, I'd give anything. Oh, how I wish Le Cirque des Reves was real! At one point it was mentioned that it visits Australia...I cheered. This book is the embodiment of the circus - hence, the title, I guess! - and it weaves an enchantment.

Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus is wonderful, brilliant, fantastic, emotional, gorgeous, breathtaking, lyrical - any good word you can think of, it is it! The Night Circus is magic, pure and simple. It's had a lasting effect on me. I want to go out and visit a circus. I want to fall in love. I want to experience magic and wonder. I want to create. I can't recommend it enough. Experience it for yourself, and believe!

Rating:

Publisher: Doubleday
Published date: 13 September 2011
Pages: 387
Format: Kindle edition

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (29)

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

A quiet week again, just the one book - but one I've been waiting months for!!



Bought:


Everlast by Chad Michael Murray, personalised and signed!

I love that message..."Aspire to inspire"...kind of perfect. Plus, Chad Michael Murray! My A Cinderella Story and One Tree Hill loving self is a tad giddy!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Follow Me Friday! (20)


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: When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)

I am such a book hoarder! I usually keep them, and so any spare space I have is covered in books (which is why my brother built more shelves for me, pictured here! Actually, they're full now...) I still have heaps in boxes from moving until I get even more shelf space! There are rare times, when I might not have adored the book or it didn't leave a lasting impression, that I don't keep them. In that case I give them away, usually to a charity like Lifeline, o
r donate them to my old library. I actually just went through some of my piles of books and am sending them a package next week! But if I liked or loved the book, just enough that I can tell someone "oh yes, I remember it, it's about..." or if it's part of a continuing series, then I definitely keep it.

How about you? What do you do with books once you've read them?

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While you're here, feel free to enter my latest GIVEAWAY! Win a copy of Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff (aka The Space Between) and The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler! Open internationally, and you don't need to be a follower to enter! Ends 31 December. It's easy, so be sure to check it out here!

Good luck!