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Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder (4th August 2011)
Source: Secret Santa
Blurb:

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver is the first book in the trilogy of the same name. It tells the story of Magdalena “Lena” Haloway, a girl who is less than a year away from her eighteenth birthday when she will receive the cure for “amor deliria nervosa” – love.

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

July 19, 2014 4 comments

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Book 1)
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Secret Santa
Publisher: Hodder (23rd May 2013)
Blurb:

It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Including making a deal with the enemy.

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

ANGELFALL is the first book in Susan Ee’s dystopian PENRYN AND THE END OF DAYS series. It tells the story of seventeen-year-old Penryn whose disabled younger sister Paige is kidnapped by an angel. The story follows Penryn on her quest to reclaim her sister, who she is determined to protect at all costs.

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Review: Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

July 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Title: Dark Lover (A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel, #1)
Author: J. R. Ward
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Piatkus (3rd February 2011)
Blurb:

In the shadow of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD . . .

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead . . .

Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunder that threatends to consume them both . . .

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

J. R. Ward’s series the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD is considered one of the series to read if you are a fan of the paranormal romance genre. I have been a fan of the paranormal romance genre for a while, but for various reasons haven’t read Ward’s series yet. DARK LOVER is the first book in the series it tellls the story of Wrath the king of vampires and Beth Randall the half-human daughter of one of Wrath’s fighters.

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ICYMI Sunday 16 – Books and Bikes

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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 last couple of weeks have been okay. I really enjoyed watching Dolly Parton at Glastonbury on the TV, I think she put on a real good show. I also enjoyed watching the start of the Tour de France yesterday, it was nice to see all those people out to watch the race! I’m also really looking forward to being at YALC next weekend – I will only be there on the Saturday though!

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • An amusing comic for Philip Pullman fans here.
  • Boingboing has an article in which ‘C. S. Lewis explains why you should be proud to read children’s books’ which you can find here.
  • The New York Times has an article about the American Academy of Paediatrics new recommendation that children should be read aloud to from birth here.
  • Entertainment Weekly reimagines some literary classics as YA books here.
  • J. K. Rowling’s latest novel as Robert Galbraith THE SILKWORM sells 21k in its first week! You can find out more here.
  • The Guardian reports here that the filming of FANTASTIC BEASTS is to be shot in the UK.
  • The Boston Globe has a really hard Children’s book and YA lit quiz which you can have a go at here.

Not a lot of links this week, especially when you consider that the above is two weeks worth of links that have caught my attention. Saw the Philip Pullman strip, and I just had to share especially after reading the comments. I also thought that C. S. Lewis made some interesting points in the section quoted on Boingboing. I was also somewhat bemused by The New York Times article, but that was probably because my parents always read to me as a child and encouraged a love of reading – and I know not everyone does this, but I still think it’s weird. There are some really amazing re-imagined covers and I was happy to see that Rowling still did well sales wise despite the Amazon/Hachette dispute. The Boston Globe‘s book quiz was…interesting. There were quite a few books I hadn’t heard of and/or not read, but I still enjoyed trying to guess. I didn’t do particularly well, but then I didn’t expect to either once I saw the questions.

No books for me this week, but hopefully I’ll have a couple (or so) to show next week.

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: Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

July 3, 2014 1 comment

Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder (10th November 2011)
Blurb:

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging give cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections – leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, Tiger’s Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

TIGER’S VOYAGE is the third book in Colleen Houck’s superb THE TIGER’S SAGA. It continues the story of Kelsey Hayes American girl who comes across two Indian princes who are cursed into tiger form – Ren and Kishan – and helps them try to break the curse. By the beginning of TIGER’S VOYAGE they have already completed half of the tasks required to completely break the curse, but the final task came with a terrible price – the repercussions of which play out through the book.

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Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

June 26, 2014 1 comment

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse (2nd August 2012)
Blurb:

SIX MONTHS AGO, NIKKI BECKETT VANISHED INTO AN UNDERWORLD KNOWN AS THE EVERNEATH.

Now she’s returned to her old life for another six months before the Everneath comes to claim her. Nikki longs to spend this precious time  reconnecting with the people she left behind – her family and friends and, most importantly, her boyfriend Jack, the one person she loves more than anything.

But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smouldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki home, hoping to take her back to the Everneath . . . this time for ever.

Now Nikki only has six months for goodbyes she can’t find the words for, six months to  make the hardest decision of her life, six months to find redemption, if it exists . . .

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton is the first book in the EVERNEATH TRILOGY It tells the story of Nikki Beckett a high school student who returns from the Everneath to find that six months have passed. She has just six months to say her goodbyes – to her family and friends – before she leaves permanently, when the Everneath claims her back.

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ICYMI Sunday 15- A Late Posting (Sorry)

June 22, 2014 3 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 week of ups and downs. The weather has been nice and sunny, which I have liked from the relative safety of being inside but not really appreciated when I’ve ventured out in it. The hot weather has also left everyone a little grumpy, but hey-ho.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • YA Interrobang has a list of ‘Ten Stories Inspired by Greek Mythology” which you can find here. I think they including some great books in their list.
  • S. E. Smith wrote an article on The Daily Dot titled ‘The real story behind the war over YA novels’ which you can find here. Smith puts forward the argument that there might be a reason why so many adults read YA fiction – that it might, actually, speak to them in a way that adult literature fails to.
  • In an article on The Guardian YA author CJ Daugherty asks the question ‘Should boys read boys?’. Daugherty responds to those who argue that boys should just read books written by men here.
  • The Guardian reports that ‘Sherlock lives in the public domain, US court rules in case of the heckled brand’. You can find the report here.
  • Sharleen Spiteri the leader singer of Texas talks about her love of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee here and Human Rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti talks about her love for the book here.
  • The Guardian readers share some of their bookshop memories here.
  • J. K. Rowling responds to a tweet about Lord Voldemort’s sex life (or lack thereof) here.
  • Jess of Jess Hearts Books, Vicky of Books, Biscuits and Tea, Carly of Writing from the Tub and Michelle of Fluttering Butterflies are hosting the first YALC Readathon. It runs from the 23rd to the 29th June. You can find out more and sign-up here.
  • Author Julie Kagawa talks about her new book TALON (which comes out later this year) here.

So the discussion of adults reading young adult books seems to have devolved into boys should read books by men because girls have cooties, obviously. Not really sure what I think about the US court ruling re SHERLOCK. I think there’s potential for the ruling to be problematic regarding future copyright cases. J. K. Rowling’s response to the comment on Twitter was brilliant!! I would have signed-up to the YALC Readathon as I desperately need to, but I don’t have any copies of the books to hand – I need to rectify that soon-ish.

And finally, I do actually have one book this week. Mum was super awesome and picked this book up for me.

  • THE SILKWORM (A CORMORAN STRIKE NOVEL, 2) by Robert Galbraith [Goodreads]

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: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

June 19, 2014 3 comments

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Title: Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1)
Author: Yelena Black
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury (12th February 2013)
Source: Faye of A Daydreamer’s Thoughts as part of her blogoversary giveaway.
Blurb:

An elite academy with the darkest of secrets.

A dancer with a talent she never wanted.

A legacy she can’t escape.

Vanessa Adler is dancing in her sister’s footsteps as a student at the exclusive New York Ballet Academy. Margaret Adler disappeared three years ago and Vanessa is searching for answers.

Dance is in Vanessa’s blood, in her soul – and perhaps it holds the key to the mystery. But the academy is a sinister place, plagued by fierce rivalry and scandal. Finding her sister is going to be dangerous, and the sexy, charismatic Zeppelin Gray may lead her far beyond the truth she is looking for . . .

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black is the first book in the series, with a sequel coming out in Winter 2014. It tells the story of Vanessa Adler, the younger sister of Margaret Adler who attended the New York Ballet Academy and then mysteriously disappeared. Three years after this Vanessa follows in her sister’s footsteps and attends the academy, determined to unravel the mystery and find out exactly what happened to her sister.

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Review: Coco’s Secret by Niamh Greene

June 12, 2014 2 comments

Coco’s Secret by Niamh Greene

Title: Coco’s Secret
Author: Niamh Green
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin (15th August 2013)
Source: Penguin Ireland
Format: Finished Copy
Blurb:

Coco Swan has always been embarrassed by her name . . .

With a name like Coco, people expect you to be as exotic and glamorous as the famous designer, not an ordinary-looking small-town antiques dealer who could win an award for living cautiously.

But when a vintage Chanel handbag turns up in a box of worthless bric-a-brac, Coco’s quiet world is suddenly turned upside down. Where did it come from? And is it just coincidence that it’s the same bag Coco’s late mother always wanted for her?

When Coco discovers a mysterious, decades-old letter hidden in the bag’s lining, she sets off on a quest to piece together the story behind it, stumbling across secrets that span three generations as she goes.

Could the beautiful Chanel bag be about to teach Coco more than she wants to learn? Or will it show her just where her heart can take her if she lets it lead the way?

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

COCO’S SECRET by Niamh Greene tells the story of Coco Swan who lives in Ireland and runs an antiques shop. Coco bids on and wins a box of odds and ends at a local auction, in which she later uncovers a vintage Chanel bag that contains a letter which sends her on an adventure.

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ICYMI Sunday 14 – The a “little bit” of news

June 8, 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 quite a quiet one irl, but on the plus side I do seem to have my reading groove back! It’s been interesting seeing people’s BEA wrap-up posts and hauls over the last week or so, it looks like there are going to be some really awesome books to look forward to later this summer/autumn. I am finally nearing the end of my tbr pile, so there might be some book buying from me soon. Maybe.

On the blog the last couple of weeks:

What else is going on?

  • Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student talks about ‘Books as a Mirror for Attitudes towards Mental Health’ here. It’s a very interesting look at how books could be used as a medium to help lessen the stigma associated with Mental Health.
  • Leigh Bardugo author of the GRISHA series has released her UK tour dates and spots, which you can find here.
  • The Bookseller reports that the Foyles outlet at St Pancras International Station is to close on July 31st when the lease expires. You can find out more information here.
  • The Guardian reports than ‘Ebooks [are] on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018here.
  • Nick Ripatrazone posted a list of ’55 Thoughts for English Teachershere which is quite an interesting read if you like your literature.
  • Penguin Random House reveals what their new logo looks like here.
  • Helen Musselwhite is the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards. You can find the winning illustration here or read more about it here.
  • In response to a tweet by Richard Dawkins The Guardian asks ‘Are fairytales damaging to children?’ here. And this is my response kinda – it’s something I wrote re fairytales a while ago. Would love to hear your thoughts though.
  • Shelf Awareness has an interesting article about Amazon vs. Hachette with comments from Stephen Colbert, J. K. Rowling and many more. If you’re interested in reading their comments you can find it here.
  • C J Daugherty talks on The Book Seller about the stigma of writing YA and how she thinks UK booksellers could help change that here.
  • Dianna Anderson wrote an article titled ‘Why Criticizing Young Adult Fiction is Sexist’ in which she responds to Ruth Graham’s article in Slate, and puts forward the suggestion that YA literature is just as important as adult literature and just as diverse. You can read her article for yourself here.
  • The Guardian asked some authors to pick what books they would choose for their GCSE set texts, which resulted in some interesting choices. Hilary Mantel’s response in particular is an interesting one. You can find the authors and their picks here.
  • Alexandra Petri also responds to the criticism of YA in the article ‘Ashamed of reading YA? The fault lies not in our stars but in our stores’ which you can read here.
  • On a slightly lighter note, BuzzFeed has a brilliant post about people’s reactions to watching THE FAULT IN OUR STARS film titled ‘Everybody Who Saw “The Fault In Our Stars” Really Hates John Green Now’ which you can find here.
  • The Guardian has a timelapse video that shows the relocation of Foyles’ flagship bookshop (and you get a sneak peek inside the new store). You can find the video here.
  • Orli Vogt-Vincent asks if ‘LGBT relationships [are] the last taboo for teen fiction?’ You can read what she has to say and (if you want) respond here.

So yeah, as you can see there was quite a lot going on in the book blog/vlog sphere this week.

I think the furore over whether it’s “right” if adults read ya fiction is a tad disappointing. I haven’t actually read the article (nor linked to it) because I don’t want to give it any hits, and also because I’m of the opinion that it’s a waste of my time – obviously I disagree. However, some of the responses (which I have included) are interesting and raise some interesting questions.

No books for me this week.

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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