ICYMI Sunday 15- A Late Posting (Sorry)

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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

ICYMI Sunday 9 – The ban is back

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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 EASTER!

This week has been a quiet week, which has been nice 🙂 I managed to finish one book this week and make inroads into another which I am very happy about – steps in the right direction, finally.

On the blog this week:

What else is going on?

  • The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, you can find out who won what here. At the bottom of the article there is also a link to the Nominated Finalists.
  • Business Matters on the BBC World Service discussed whether winning a Pulitzer Prize helps book sales, you can find out more here.
  • Jennifer E Smith is interviewed in The Guardian about her new book THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME, if she believes in love at first sight and where she finds inspiration. You can read the interview here.
  • A survey commissioned by the Reading Agency has found that 63% of men don’t read as much as they think they should. You can find the article here.
  • The Guardian has a list of female characters who are admired by men, you can find the list here.
  • SF Signal asked some authors if they could only read one author for life who would they pick? You can find out how the authors picked.
  • Julie Kagawa was interviewed on GoodReads by GoodReads users.
  • GoodReads has now enabled US, Canada, and Australia members to add books purchased on Amazon to their GoodReads shelves – you can find out more about the new feature here.
  • The Guardian asks ‘What are your reading habits and quirks?here.
  • Simon Kids UK revealed the covers of THE THIRTEEN CURSES and THE THIRTEEN SECRETS here.
  • CJ Daugherty has a prequel to her NIGHT SCHOOL series up on Wattpad called THE DAY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. You can find it here.
  • George R. R.. Martin has released an excerpt from his upcoming companion novel books to his SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series. You can find out more about it here.
  • Brain Pickings talks about J. R. R. Tolkien’s little known children’s book here.
  • You can find a fantastic response and expansion of JK Rowling’s comments about Susan from C. S. Lewis’s NARNIA series here.

There was some interesting news this week. As per normal I haven’t read any of the Pulitzer Prize books. To be honest, I’d be surprised if a book whose name I recognised won. Both author interviews are fun, and the final bit of “news” is part monologue and part stream of consciousness. I quite enjoyed it, though I have to confess how Lewis handled Susan in NARNIA had never occurred to me before.

After last week’s buying spree, there were no books for me this week and the ban is back in place.

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

Looking forward to 2013

So, I did a post Looking Back at 2012 so I thought I it only fair that on the first day of 2013 that I did The Top Nine Books I Cannot Wait To Get My Hands On In 2013 to even things out – this list will include both books that are already published, and books that will be published in 2013. All dates are taken from Amazon.co.uk, and all blurbs are taken from Goodreads.com

If I Die by Amy Plum

If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum [YA]

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Published: 1st May 2013

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead [YA]

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Published: 12th February 2013

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter [YA]

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

Published: 7th February 2013

Eona: Return of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

Eona: Return of the Dragoneye (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman [YA]

Finally able to embrace her true identity, Eona has already won a massive personal victory. However, a major battle still rages for control of the empire. After slaughtering his own family, High Lord Sethon has seized the throne. Left unstopped, his relentless ambition would leave the whole country in ruins.

Although she is new to her powers, Eona is now the resistance’s only hope. She must learn to harness the mysterious strength of her Mirror Dragon if Emperor Kygo is to claim back his kingdom. Yet knowledge comes at a price. Who can she trust, and how long can she resist the terrible truth of her ancestor’s prophecy?

In the second book of the stunning Dragoneye duology, Eona’s quest for self-discovery leads her on a perilous and devastating journey in which ties of love, loyalty and legend are shaken to the core.

Published: 4th August 2011

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

Published: 5th March 2013

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Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright #2) by Gabrielle Zevin [YA]

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve–and her heart–will be tested as never before.

Published: 11th April 2013

Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer

Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2) by Scott Speer [YA]

Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She’s trying to juggle her ordinary life—high school, family, friends—with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed’s girlfriend.

And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She’s been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever—and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war. . . .

Published: 1st April 2013

Night School: Legacy by C. J. Daugherty

Night School: Legacy (Night School #2) by C. J. Daugherty [YA]

In the last year, Allie’s survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It’s the one place she’s felt she belongs. And the fact that it’s brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn’t hurt…But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could’ve imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie’s family – from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother – are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart…

Published: 3rd January 2013

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa [YA]

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Published: 6th January 2013

Those are the nine books I am most looking forward to getting my hands on in 2013. Have I missed any books on my list? What books are you looking forward to in 2013? Let me know in the comments!

Giveaway: Die for Me & Swag!

I have an extra copy of Die for Me by Amy Plum, the first book in her Revenants trilogy, and some swag to give away. There are three prize packs up for grabs.

Bundle 1

Bundle 1
  • A copy of Die for Me by Amy Plum
  • A signed Die for Me bookmark
  • A signed Until I Die bookmark.

Bundle 2

Bundle 2
  • A signed Die for Me bookmark
  • A signed Until I Die bookmark
  • A Dark Parties bookmark
  • A Night School bookmark
  • Night School swag
  • A Witch in Love swag

Bundle 3

Bundle 3
  • A signed Die for Me bookmark
  • A signed Until I Die bookmark

For a chance to win one of the three prizes, all you have to do is read the rules below and fill out the form.

Rules

  • To enter this competition you must be 13 years old or older.
  • This competition is open internationally (except where prohibited by law)
  • +1 entry if you promote this giveaway on your twitter, blog, or tumblr. (You must provide a link so I can verify this)
  • The giveaway runs from 1st September 2012 10:00 BST to 13th September 2012  12:00 BST. The winner will be announced on the blog and emailed on 14th September.
  • The winner will have 72 hours from the 14th September to respond to my email, if they do not respond within that time a new winner will be chosen.
  • Each entry will be assigned a number. The winner will be picked by The True Random Number Generator at Random.org
  • TheFlutterbyRoom is not responsible for any loss or damage of the book/swag in transit.
  • TheFlutterbyRoom reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time without any prior warning.
  • TheFlutterbyRoom reserves the right to disqualify any entry at any time.
  • Please do not leave any identifying details (such as full name, or email address) in the comment section.

The competition is now closed!

Good luck!!

Review: Night School by C. J. Daugherty

Night School #1

Night School by C. J. Daugherty

Title: Night School (Night School #1)
Author: C. J. Daugherty
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher:  Atom (5th January 2012)
Blurb:

Allie’s world is falling apart . . .

She hates her school. Her brother has run away. She’s just been arrested. Again. And now her parents are sending her away.

But instead of hating boarding school, Allie is happy. She’s making friends. And there’s Carter, a brooding loner with whom she feels an instant connection.

Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Her classmates – and maybe some of the teachers – are hiding a secret. And soon it begins to feel like a very dangerous place . . .

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Review:

Night School is C. J. Daugherty’s debut novel, and the first book in her Night School series – the second installment is expected to be published in the UK in January 2013. In it we are introduced to Allie who is slowly falling apart after the disappearance of her brother.

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