'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

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Showcase Sunday #50

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! A bit of a busier week this week and today is the day that I leave for Nottingham to start my Internship with Angry Robot Books! I'm really excited and really nervous haha.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

REVIEW: The Red Queen Dies - Frankie Y. Bailey

The Red Queen Dies - Frankie Y. Bailey 
The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery
The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders.

With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.
DNF at 41%
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

R is for Ravenclaw


Friday, 27 September 2013

REVIEW: Broken - A. E. Rought

Broken - A. E. Rought
Broken (Broken, #1)
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Harry Potter #32

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 here.  
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.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #39

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #30

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten Best Sequels Ever. This is difficult 'cause I tend to love later books in the series, but these are ones that have really stood out for me o far. So, in no particular order:

Monday, 23 September 2013

GUEST POST: Rosie Best's Influences

Today I'm excited to host a wonderful author, Rosie Best, as she shares with us her influences on her amazing book, Skulk. Rosie is published by Strange Chemistry and Skulk is her first novel. 

Top 5 influences on Skulk

5. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Another brilliant urban fantasy, although much more recent, Rivers of London influenced Skulk in that it showed a London I absolutely recognised, from the diversity of the characters to the scrupulously researched architecture and history details. It’s a police procedural urban fantasy, The Bill meets Harry Potter, and it’s brilliant.

4. Hellblazer

Hellblazer is a graphic novel urban fantasy series about John Constantine, a magician in a grubby trench-coat who is perpetually harassed by demons, ghosts and all sorts of oogly things. He generally manages to save the day, at least sort of, but with a death count that’s so absurdly high it’s already a running non-joke within the first few books. It’s fantastic, and occasionally really, really nasty - definitely rated M for Mother of God, What Did I Just Read - but it’s also a big influence on the grimier, nastier corners of London in Skulk. Let’s just say the artists on Hellblazer are masters of the art of drawing bodily fluids.

3. London itself

This is sort of cheating, but it’s absolutely true... a good chunk of Skulk’s locations were put in because I’d been there or heard about them and thought they were interesting places where cool stuff could happen! Places are very inspiring to me, and the great thing about London is that it’s so diverse and there’s something strange and interesting to see almost everywhere if you look properly. How could I resist using the Shard, or the abandoned tube stations, or the beautiful Embankment, or the Finchley Road all-night McDonalds?

2. Banksy

I should really say, Banksy and all the other graffiti artists and all the brilliant people who take photos of their work and spread them around the web. I really enjoy street art of all sorts and I’ve definitely been influenced by all sorts of artists in the way Meg and her graffiti hero E3 work. Banksy is top of the list - you can buy Banksy postcards at any tourist tat shop on Oxford Street so it’s quite hard not to be influenced by him even if you’re not writing about graffiti artists. His razor-sharp political insights really appeal to Meg, though, and it’s great that there’s a graffiti artist famous enough that you can reference him in a book and everyone will know pretty much what you’re talking about.

1. Neil Gaiman

I feel almost silly bringing him up yet again, because I keep namechecking him in interviews and I know very few people who don’t love at least one of his books - but it’s true, Gneil is a huge influence on my writing in general and Skulk in particular. Neverwhere was one of the first urban fantasy stories I ever encountered, and I doubt Aldwych would feature in Skulk if it hadn’t been for Down Street.

About Skulk

Skulk
When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

A really enjoyable book! Here is my review. 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Classics Retold: What you waiting for?

Another post showing off something influenced by Alice in Wonderland. This one is Gwen Stefani's music video for What you waiting for? :)



REVIEW: Teardrop - Lauren Kate

Teardrop - Lauren Kate
Teardrop (Teardrop, #1)
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Random House*

REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland - Melinda DuChamp

Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland - Melinda DuChamp
Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland  (Fifty Shades of Alice Trilogy #1)
BEYOND 50 SHADES OF GREY...
Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he's also quick and careless in bed, and doesn't give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he's not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn't understand her own needs. She's heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she's read about in runaway bestselling books.

BEYOND 9 1/2 WEEKS...
Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys--or girls--down here. Only those who indulge in secret, forbidden, kinky fantasies. 

BEYOND PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES...
Alice is confused and frightened and... aroused. She is bound. Teased. Spanked. Toyed. Brought to the limits of sexual endurance. And during her trials, she begins to understand her body's needs for the very first time.

BEYOND THUNDERDOME...
This isn't the fairy tale you grew up reading. This isn't for children at all.
This is for those with dark desires, who wish to explore erotic excess beyond the plain vanilla of everyday life. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole, if you dare...

Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland is slightly longer than the Lewis Carroll version, roughly 32,000 words or 115 paper pages long. Melinda DuChamp is the pen name of someone you may know.

Showcase Sunday #49

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! Nothing bought again this week - a miracle considering The Dream Thieves is out! (But I can't find it in shops :( )

Saturday, 21 September 2013

A-Z Harry Potter

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

Q is for Quick-Quotes Quill
Probably one of the most despised items in the entirety of the Harry Potter series. The Quick-Quotes Quill is the quill used by Rita Skeeter in order to publish incredibly sensationalist and well, absolutele bullshit newspaper article about a variety of characters. In many scenes of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, readers see the embellished articles written by this woman, from bashing Hermione, to making Harry out to be mentally unstable, and even abusing and outing Hagrid's ancestry. Yep, this Quill does not have a good name. 

‘From the moment the article appeared, Harry had to endure people... quoting it at him as he passed them, and making sneering comment.

“Want a hanky, Potter, in case you start crying in Transfiguration?”

“Since when have you been one of the top students in the school, Potter. Or is this a school you and Longbottom have set up together?”’


Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin
M is for Mirror of Erised
N is for Nicolas Flamel
O is for Occlumency 
P is for The Potters

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Mini-Reviews: Follow the White Rabbit - Kellie Sheridan

Follow the White Rabbit -  Kellie Sheridan
Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness, #1)
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you NG and Patchwork Press*

Harry Potter #31

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 here.  
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

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #38

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

REVIEW: How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
How to Be a Woman

It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking. 

Top Ten Tuesday #29

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten books on my Fall 2013 TBR List. In no particular order:

Sunday, 15 September 2013

COVER REVEAL: The King - J. R. Ward (UK)

The King (BDB #12) - J. R. Ward
The King - Black Dagger Brotherhood Series 12

I love it, I love it, I love it! It fits in perfectly with the other UK covers :D it's so great! Soooooo excited for this book!

Showcase Sunday #48

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! I haven't purchased anything this month, saving up ready for Nottingham!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

A-Z of Harry Potter

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

P is for The Potters
This post is more for Harry's parents than Harry himself. I love this couple and I'd really love to know how they ended up together following Snape's memory. They are so dedicated to defeating Voldemort and the love that Lily transfers to Harry is so pure and beautiful. I just wish that Rowling would give us a little time with this couple to learn about them, to learn about Petunia and Lily, James, Lupin, Sirius and Wormtail. It would be so interesting to see where all these wonderful characteristics came from!

“Beside him, making scarcely a sound, walked James, Sirius, Lupin, and Lily, and their presence was his courage, and the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other.”


Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin
M is for Mirror of Erised
N is for Nicolas Flamel
O is for Occlumency 

Friday, 13 September 2013

COVER REVEAL: Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) - Debra Driza

Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) - Debra Driza

As far as I can tell, there isn't a synopsis for this book yet (*cries*) but aaaahhhhh how beautiful is this cover? I cannot wait to read this book; the first one was absolutely amazing and I really loved living in this world that Driza created. The release date for this book (according to Goodreads) is May 13th 2014. 

Classics Retold: Alice in Wonderland Make-up

As part of classics retold, I thought I'd share some Alice in Wonderland inspired make-up :)

Face
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Nails
Alice in wonderland nail artINK361 - A web interface for Instagram and so much more.Alice in Wonderland NailsAlice in Wonderland artkokoro nails: ALICE IN WONDERLAND NAIL ART : a nail art blog by a nail polish obsessiveAlice in Wonderland Tea Cups Nails

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Classics Retold: Splintered - A. G. Howard

Splintered - A. G. Howard
Splintered (Splintered, #1)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Harry Potter #30

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 here.  

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #37

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #28

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten books I'd love to see turned into films.  

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Showcase Sunday #47

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! This is my first Showcase Sunday in over a month, so I'm not going to show everything I bought/ received in a month, just this weeks :).

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Harry Potter #29

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 here.