'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Saturday, 25 October 2014

REVIEW: The Perfectionists - Sara Shepard

The Perfectionists
Title: The Perfectionists
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Perfectionists #1
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2014


In Beacon Heights High, Nolan Hotchkiss is king. His charm, wealth and good looks are deceptively seductive, and many are the students whose lives and reputations have been ruined by it. All while Nolan continues to reign, unquestioned and undisrupted. Until now, that is.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker seemingly don't have much in common. Each has their own friends, dramas and goals. But one thing they do share: they all have a deep hatred of Nolan Hotchkiss. And they all think it's about time he paid for what he's done. They come up with the perfect murder - a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking ... until they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed - in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?

Friday, 24 October 2014

REVIEW: Lips Touch - Laini Taylor

Lips Touch
Title: Lips Touch
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: None
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 23rd October, 2014


In Victorian times, goblins offered sumptuous fruits in exchange for maiden's souls... and were usually successful. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy young women? Discover the answer in GOBLIN FRUIT. In SPICY LITTLE CURSES a demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test the curse placed upon her.
And in HATCHLING, six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

REVIEW: The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

Title: The Cure for Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters
Series: None
Publisher: Amulet
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 14th October, 2014


Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

Harry Potter #83

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Friday, 17 October 2014

REVIEW: The Card Sharp - Laura Lam

The Card SharpTitle: The Card Sharp
Author: Laura Lam
Series: The Vestigial Tales #4
Publisher: Penglass Publishing
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 15th September, 2014


Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Card Sharp

“He always mourned that moment, when the high began to fade. It was like he moved from who he wanted to be to having to face the reality of who he was. He’d rather feel supernatural. More than Drystan Hornbeam, a seventeen-year-old-boy who had made a lot of foolish mistakes and didn’t seem to be changing his habits anytime soon.”

Before Drystan became the White Clown of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, he was a Lerium addict struggling on the streets of Imachara. When a mysterious woman gives him a chance at a new life, he takes it, even if it means falling even deeper into the dark underbelly of the capital of Ellada. Drystan knows that selling Lerium to the powerful men and women who bet at the high stakes card tables is perilous, especially when he still battles his own addictions. Yet when he meets a man who can help him learn to cheat at cards and swindle them out of enough money to start a new life, he dives headfirst into more danger.

Vestigial Tales are stories set in the world of the award-winning Micah Grey series. Step behind the circus ring from Pantomime, the theatre of Shadowplay, and more…

BLOG TOUR: Cathy Kelly's It Started With Paris

Today I have the lovely Cathy Kelly on my blog to talk to us about her latest novel, It Started With Paris.

Congrats on yet another corker of a novel! Starting off with a bit of a generic question – what influenced your writing and ideas for It Started with Paris?  

I wanted to explore the unromantic world of former husbands and wives, so I started with a gloriously romantic proposal on the Eiffel Tower – and then shifted into the lives of a 29-year-old woman named Leila, who is devastated after being dumped by her music industry husband. Six months on, she’s still miserable – but pretending not to be. Then, I thought, what about a woman who has the divorce everyone admires and likes her ex, sees him and they’ve brought up their kids together and wonderfully. So Grace was born. This lovely, very grown-up lady sees her son getting engaged, spends more time with her ex, watches how happy he is with his new partner and finds herself wondering: were we right to divorce. I guess the book is about questioning ourselves about choices we make and how we get on with life afterwards. Sort of a book exploring how falling down is not important, it’s whether you can get up again or not. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Harry Potter #82

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.