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Review: Tiger’s Quest

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder (9th June 2011)
Blurb:

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest. This time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse.

Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger’s Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

TIGER’S QUEST is the second book in Colleen Houck’s superb series THE TIGER SAGA. It tells the story of Kelsey an average teen who comes across two Indian princes who have been cursed to spend their lives as tigers. In TIGER’S CURSE (review) Kelsey and Ren embark on a quest to break the curse, and along the way come across Ren’s brother Kishan. In TIGER‘S QUEST, which continues not long after the end of the first book, Kelsey undertakes the second quest with Kishan.

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ICYMI Sunday 8 – The One Where The Book Ban Imploded

April 13, 2014 24 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

This week has been both a fun and sucky week. The first couple of days of the week I didn’t feel partiuclarly well, so I didn’t get a lot of reading or blogging done. On the Wednesday I travelled down to London for The London Book Fair, and had a fantastic time – I got to say hi to Faye of A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, and I had a little wander of London itself and I may have stopped off at a few bookshops. After the London trip I have been exhausted, and I also have myself a nice little rash which I have to have a blood test for *sigh*. So yeah, this week has been both sucky and fun :)

On the blog this week:

What else is going on?

  • Rosamund Hodge author of CRUEL BEAUTY announced a new book deal – a two book retelling of ROMEO AND JULIET. You can find more info here.
  • On YA Interrobang Nicole Brinkley talks about the importance of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel SPEAK almost fifteen years after its publication.
  • Penguin Books UK has been nominated in the Social: Arts & Culture category of the Webby Awards. You can find out more (and vote) here.
  • Gollancz has secured the World Rights to publish illustrated diaries celebrating Terry Pratchett’s DISCWORLD. You can find out more and see the gorgeous cover here.
  • The Guardian has teamed up with Legend Times to offer an all-new monthly literary prize for self-published novels. For more information and how to enter follow the linkie.
  • TED and Simon & Shuster have agreed to co-publish a 12-book collection of TED books with one book published every one-to-two months from September 2014. For more info click here.
  • The Guardian in their Children’s books section has an interview with Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury author and illustrator of WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT which has been in publication for 25 years.
  • Anthony Horowitz is again writing in the world, of the world’s great fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes in his new book MORIARTY set to be published on October 23rd. You can find more info here.
  • Nominations are now open for the Queen of Teen Award, you can find out more info and how to nominate here. Nominations must be in by April 29th.
  • BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour will feature J. K. Rowling as a guest editor – the first in 60 years – during “takeover week”. You can find out more info here.
  • Scholastic have launched The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing which is open to unpublished authors of books for children aged between 7 and 12. For more info and how to enter follow the linkie.
  • The Independent reports that forty leading writers have sent the UK’s Secretary of State for Justice protest postcards with the names of the book that they would most like to send to a prisoner. You can find out more and the suggested titles here.
  • Sue Townsend the author of THE DIARIES OF ADRIAN MOLE has died you can find The Guardian’s obituary for her here.

There are a couple of new awards that were announced this week which I think sound potentially interesting for those who write. I loved the WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT interview, I have fond memories of my Mum reading me that book as a child. J. K. Rowling being a guest editor on Woman’s Hour also sounds like it could be interesting, so I will have to keep an ear out for that. I was sad to hear about the death of Sue Townsend, although I have to confess I’ve never read any of her books.

As the title of this post suggests, my book buying ban has kind of imploded…

London and its gorgeous wonderful bookstores got to me. I visited Waterstones Piccadilly, Foyles, and Forbidden Planet. I promised myself I would only buy five books max… I came home with fourteen. Oops!

  • NIGHT BROKEN (A MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL, 8) by Patricia Briggs
  • RISING DARKNESS (A GAME OF SHADOWS NOVEL, 1) by Thea Harrison
  • KINKED (AN ELDER RACES NOVEL, 6) by Thea Harrison
  • FANTASY LOVER (DARK HUNDER 0.5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • DARK LOVER (A BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD NOVEL, 1) by J. R. Ward

  • MURDER OF CROWS (A NOVEL OF THE OTHERS, 2) by Anne Bishop
  • DARK VISION by Debbie Johnson
  • RAGS & BONES edited by Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt
  • STOLEN SONGBIRD (THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY, 1) by Danielle L. Jensen {review}

  • BATTLE MAGIC (THE CIRCLE REFORGED, 3) by Tamora Pierce
  • INTO THE STILL BLUE (UNDER THE NEVER SKY, 3) by Veronica Rossi
  • THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE (THE THRONE OF GLASS, 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  • SEA OF SHADOWS (AGE OF LEGENDS, 1) by Kelley Armstrong
  • FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say?! They all looked so pretty, and most of them were continuations of series that I’m reading. The few that aren’t I got because I had heard a LOT of good things about them on a lot of blogs, and I wanted to see for myself if they lived up to the hype.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Review: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

April 10, 2014 3 comments

Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Title: Falling Fast (Flynn #1)
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (1st March 2012)
Source: Orli
Blurb:

When River auditions for a part in an inter-school performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself falling for Flynn, the boy playing Romeo.

River believes in romantic love, and she can’t wait to experience it. But does Flynn see things the same way?

The path of true love never did run smooth . . .

Rating: * (1 star)
Review:

FALLING FAST by Sophie McKenzie is the first book in a four book series focusing on the potential romance between River and Flynn. Shakespeare’s play ROMEO AND JULIET seems to play a large part in the first book – and potentially in the rest of the series. I got my copy of this book from Orli as part of my Valentine’s Day Ninja Book Swap gift.

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ICYMI Sunday 7 – The one where I bent the ban

April 6, 2014 6 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

This week has been a relatively quiet one. I decided I’m going to attend The London Book Fair on the Wednesday – so keep an eye out for pics on my Twitter and Facebook – and booked tickets, which turned out to be more complicated than it should be… I’m going to be at a family meal later today, so it may take me a while to respond to your comments.

On the blog this week:

  • 4 star review of STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen

What else is going on? Not a lot, but hopefully something will be of interest.

  • Fancy some “warm fuzzies”? Then check out Jen Campbell author of WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS list of things children say in bookshops here.
  • #BOOKNERDIGANS website is up and running, you can check it out here.
  • Project UKYA’s April Extravaganza has kicked-off. It started on April 1st – apparently, it was no joke. You can find out more and check out some fab posts here.
  • Julie Kagawa talks about what NOT to do if you want a favour from your favourite author here.
  • The cover for THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS by Anna Kashina (the second book in the MAJAT CODE series) is revealed on the Angry Robot Books website along with an exclusive guest postyou can find more here.

The list of things ‘children say in bookshops’ was an interesting read. It was fun to see how some kids saw the world. Project UKYA’s April Extravaganza looks like a lot of fun. I was sad to hear about how a fan treated Julie Kagawa after asking a favour.

And, oh yes, this week I have a couple of picture books for you to gander at.

  • BIG BEAR LITTLE BROTHER by Carl Norac, Illustrated by Kristin Oftedal
  • BOOT & SHOE by Marla Frazee

I saw them in The Works and had to buy them because they looked so goregous. It only cost me £1.99 for both books which I thought was a nice bonus.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

April 3, 2014 3 comments

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy #1)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Genre: Swords and Sorcery, Young Adult
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: Strange Chemistry via NetGalley
Format: e-ARC
Blurb:

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

- Blurb taken from Strange Chemistry website.

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

STOLEN SONGBIRD is the first book in Danielle L. Jensen’s MALEDICTION TRILOGY. It tells the story of Cécile, the daughter of a farmer, who dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and being an opera singer. On the eve of her achieving her dream she is kidnapped and brought to Trollus, where her whole world changes.

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ICYMI Sunday 6 – Mothering Sunday Edition

March 30, 2014 4 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY!

Most of us in the UK have combined Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day – there’s some interesting history to the day. I got my Mum some flowers and a card, we also had lunch out :)

This week has been pretty blah. I haven’t felt like reading (boo!) but there has been some gorgeous sunny days in which to bask. On the whole this week has been a good one – I hope yours has been too.

We were back to just one post on the blog this week:

What else is going on? Not as much as last week (phew!) but hopefully there’s something interesting…

  • Last week YA Interrobang created a list of ‘Ten Male Protagonists’ aimed at those who claim there are no male main characters in YA books. See which books they picked here.
  • BookRiot showed off what comes in their Quarterly Box – and it does look gorgeous, but I cannot tell if it ships internationally or not. If you want to look at the pretty, or subscribe and get your own box you can find more here.
  • E. Kristin Anderson talks about ‘The new face (or lackthereof) of YA book covers’. You can find her thoughts here. It’s a really interesting post, and I can’t say I’ve noticed this trend yet – but give it time!
  • Colleen Houck announces the authors taking part in Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt as well as the date it starts and what to do. More info can be found here.
  • The nominations for Alpha Showdown are OPEN and will be until March 31st 2014. Want to nominate someone or find out more, then just follow the link.
  • If you’re a John Green fan then you probably know this already but… Fox 2000 have made a deal for Green’s novel PAPER TOWNS which reunites the FAULT IN OUR STARS team. You can find out more here.
  • According to The Guardian, the previously unpublished Tennessee Williams short story CRAZY NIGHTS is to make an appearance in the US magazine The Strand. You can find out more here.
  • Gail Carriger talks about Twitter Etiquette here & I must confess I am guilty of breaking some of them – oops!
  • Publisher’s Weekly has a preview of the books (picture, middle grade and young adult) that are slated to be published during autumn in the US. If you want to take a peek at what titles we have to look forward to, you can find them here. Titles are split by publisher, just as a heads-up.
  • Del Rey UK have an extract from DARK VISION by Debbie Johnson available here on their website for anyone interested – the link also shows the blurb and cover if you want more info. You can also see some Debbie Johnson’s Q&As here.

Hopefully there was something interesting for everyone. I found the list of male protagonists interesting, because although I know there are a lot out there I think I would struggle to name ten off the top of my head – but maybe that’s a gender thing?! Gail Carriger’s Twitter ettiquette was a funny and informative read, at least I think so. And I’m contemplating getting my hands on a copy of DARK VISION.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Review: The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison

March 27, 2014 3 comments

The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison

Title: The Hollows Insider (The Hollows #9.5)
Author: Kim Harrison
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager (1st September 2013)
Blurb:

ENTER THE WORLD OF THE HOLLOWS LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlander rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.

To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees – to say nothing of demons – humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.

One misfired spell that burned off his hair is all it took to send investigative reporter Devin Crossman on a mission to uncover all the secrets of Rachel Morgan and expose them to the world.

Collected here are all his notebook entries and a treasure trove of evidence, including maps, species profiles, magic spells, documents from Inderland Security, Takata’s song lyrics, Betty Bob’s recipes, Ley Line Charms, entries from the Were Registry, articles from The Hollows Gazette, and many more documents that cast light into regions of the Hollows that have never been revealed.

But Crossman’s one-man war has not gone unnoticed . . .

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

THE HOLLOWS INSIDER by Kim Harrison is a guide-book come side story to her superb Urban Fantasy series THE HOLLOWS, which follows the story of Rachel Morgan. THE HOLLOWS INSIDER tells the story of investigative reporter Devin Crossman, who gets caught in a misfired spell. The book documents his research into the witch who cast the spell (Rachel Morgan) and the conclusions he draws. Unfortunately, Crossman’s research does not go unnoticed.

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ICYMI Sunday 5 – The one with a new Harry Potter Cover link!

March 23, 2014 7 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

My moods have been all over the place this week, and Mum and Dad have been awesome about it. It’s partly down to grief and partly down to tiredness/lack of food/no energy. It’s also meant I haven’t really felt like reading this week, which sucked but hopefully next week will be better.

We were back to just one post on the blog this week:

What else is going on? I seem to have found a lot of “news” this week again – it seems to come in swings and roundabouts! I hope there’s something interesting on here for you.

  • Guardian Books had a “fiendishly difficult” St. Paddy’s Irish fiction quotes quiz, which you can find here if you want a go.
  • Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books are hosting a LGBT Month in April. If you want to sign up or just find out more then follow the link here.
  • Angry Robot Books are giving away ten copies of THE BOOK OF THE CROWMAN on Goodreads, you can enter here.
  • The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the finalists for the seventh annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, but this was not without controversy, as it has emerged that one of the finalists is Rush Limbaugh – a controversial radio talk show host. You can find out more here about how the CBC and ECAR responded to the criticism.
  • Simon Kids UK shared the cover of ON SUDDEN HILL by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies on their Facebook page. You can find the gorgeous cover here.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien translation of BEOWULF to be published in May after 90-year wait. The Guardian has an article about it, which you can find here.
  • On her blog Julie Kagawa is giving away a signed copy of FOREVER SONG and one of her dragons. The giveaway is international, and you can find out more about it here.
  • According to The Bookseller, Amazon Publishing UK plans to release more than 500 titles this year. You can find out more about that here.
  • BIBLIOdaze have an article titled ‘Things YA Readers Are Sick of Hearing & How To Respond’ which is an interesting read that you can find here.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation talk about the U. S. Copyright Office updating the copyright act and what it means for everyone here.
  • Amy Lynn Andrews discusses on her blog how as an Amazon Associate you may be unwittingly breaking the Terms of Service – you can find out more here.
  • Bloomsbury have got some fantastic new jackets for the HARRY POTTER series, which have been created by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle. These new covers will be published on September 1st 2014. You can see the cover and find out more here (there’s also a Q&A with Duddle).
  • The Guardian Books Blog talks about ‘The underrated books whose reputation you want raised’ which has some interesting author picks. You can find the post here.
  • Brain Pickings has an article based on Neil Gaiman’s TED talk in Vancouver in 2014 (along with video) where Gaiman talks about the art of fear in children’s books. You can find out more here.
  • The Guardian Book Blogs discuss spoilers and the impact they can have on books. You can find more here.

Fifteen things I found interesting this week – wow. I’m really excited about the new editions of the HARRY POTTER series – depending on how the rest look, I may have to invest in them. I’m also curious about Tolkien’s adaptation of BEOWULF, as adaptations are always interesting in terms of what is kept in and what is taken out. As far as books and spoilers go….well, I think a spoiler can mean you won’t read a book because you know what will happen – but that’s just my opinion, I’d love to know your thoughts.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Review: This Is What HAPPY Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

March 20, 2014 4 comments

This Is What HAPPY Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: This Is What HAPPY Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Headline (4th April 2013)
Blurb:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

It’s June – seventeen-year-old Ellie O’Neill’s least favourite time of year. Her tiny hometown is annually invaded by tourists, and this year there’s the added inconvenience of a film crew. Even the arrival of Hollywood heart-throb Graham Larkin can’t lift her mood.

But there is something making Ellie very happy. Ever since an email was accidentally sent to her a few months ago, she’s been corresponding with a mysterious stranger, the two of them sharing their hopes and fears. Their developing relationship is not without its secrets though – there’s the truth about Ellie’s past…and her pen pal’s real identity. When they finally meet in person, things are destined to get much more complicated. Can two people, worlds apart but brought together by chance, make it against all the odds?

Spanning one fateful summer, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel proves that life – and love – are full of unexpected connections and happy mistakes.

Rating: ** (2 stars)
Review:

THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE is the second stand-alone novel from author Jennifer E. Smith. It tells the story of Ellie O’Neill – a seventeen-year-old who lives in a coastal town in Maine. The story takes place between June and July, whilst a film crew (and the typical holiday makers) invade the town. The narrative is split between emails between Ellie and her mysterious pen pal, and chapters following the story of Ellie and her pen pal.

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ICYMI Sunday 4 – I’m holding a Giveaway!

March 16, 2014 5 comments

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

The first week of March has been a good week. The book I pre-ordered has arrived, but more of that later, and I seem to be slowly hauling myself out of my reading slump. Yay! :D  Whoops! Apparently I was more tired than I thought when I wrote this last night. You can definitely tell that spring is arriving in the UK, there’s been plenty of sun and blue sky this week – although the mornings haven’t always been as nice as the afternoons, with mist and such. I seem to have got back into the reading groove, which I’m pleased about. Hopefully I’ll keep it up this week.

There were two posts on the blog this week:

What else is going on? Not a lot of news this week compared with last, but I think there’s still some interesting stuff.

Not as much news this week, but there are some interesting things going on. I’m in two minds about THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES news, but I guess I’ll have to wait until October to know for sure. And I really enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s interview. No new books from me this week – I’m still playing catch-up with my tbr, but the pile is getting smaller so hopefully I’ll be able to get new books soon-ish.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

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