'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

Monday, 31 March 2014

Bookish Chat: Getting Into Publishing

Today's Bookish Chat is about getting into publishing. Well, trying to get into publishing and how difficult it seems to be. This is just me talking about how I'm feeling a little put out and how it occasionally feels like I'm never going to get in.
A career in publishing is something that I dream about and have done since I started my English degree at university. Since then, I completed it and got my 2:1 then went back and got a Merit for my MA in English. I wanted to continue exploring books that I love in great detail. I wasn't ready to close the door on reading books academically. Doing my BA and MA has given me an even greater appreciation for the written word. I love how clever so many novels are. I love seeing the hidden meanings in books, but most of all I love sharing this love with other book lovers. It's this sharing and this promotion that I long to do. There is nothing that I want more than to have a job as a Publicist. Nothing at all.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

REVIEW: A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold - George R. R. Martin

A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold
George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 2)
The Starks are scattered.

Robb Stark may be King in the North, but he must bend to the will of the old tyrant Walder Frey if he is to hold his crown. And while his youngest sister, Arya, has escaped the clutches of the depraved Cersei Lannister and her son, the capricious boy-king Joffrey, Sansa Stark remains their captive.

Meanwhile, across the ocean, Daenerys Stormborn, the last heir of the Dragon King, delivers death to the slave-trading cities of Astapor and Yunkai as she approaches Westeros with vengeance in her heart.

Showcase Sunday #71

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! 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Harry Potter #57

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


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Under Nameless Stars - Christian Schoon

The fantastic Christian Schoon is back on the blog for the release of his second book in the Zenn Scarlett series, Under Nameless Stars. This book sounds as fantastic as the first and we have an exciting extract from the book to share with you. As an awesome extra, Strange Chemistry is hosting a fantastic giveaway to win a copy of Under Nameless Stars!
Under Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett, #2)




Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn’t quite going to plan…
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the Ciscan cloister get any worse? Yes. Yes they could: Zenn’s absent father Warra Scarlett has suddenly ceased all communication with her. Desperate to learn what’s become of him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra.
With her is Liam Tucker, a towner boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her dad, Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy. Braving a gauntlet of lethal environments and unearthly life forms, her courage and exovet skills will now be tested as never before.
With the fate of entire worlds hanging in the balance, Zenn is racing headlong into trouble… again.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #51

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

Monday, 24 March 2014

REVIEW: A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow - George R. R. Martin


A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow 
 George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3, Part 1)
Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast.

The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cruel Lannisters, who have his young sisters in their power.

Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the Wall is breached, no king will live to claim it.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Showcase Sunday #70

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! 

Friday, 21 March 2014

REVIEW: Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
Front Cover
From the New York Times best-selling author of Every Day, another thoughtful and original perspective on the things we do for love. The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They're hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They're not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He's not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Electric Monkey*

REVIEW: Amy & Matthew - Cammie McGovern

Amy & Matthew - Cammie McGovern
Amy & Matthew
Amy loves Matthew and he loves her back. This is their story.
Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can’t walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit – a girl capable of truly loving and worthy of being loved in return.

Matthew has his own set of challenges – a mind consumed by unwanted repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals and a crippling fear that he can't explain. But underneath all of the anxiety lies a deep seed of hope for someone to come along who believes in him…

This is the story of Amy and Matthew. It may not be a fairy tale romance or set in an imagined world far from our own. But the love they share is real. And yes, there's magic in it.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Pan Macmillan*

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Harry Potter #56

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

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #50

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

REVIEW: Stolen Songbird - Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird - Danielle L. Jensen
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)
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.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Strange Chemistry*

Showcase Sunday #69

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! 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

REVIEW: Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper Teen*

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Harry Potter #55

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

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #49

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

I'm cheating a bit this week and picking a huge genre: young adult. I have a varied taste so this just means I can showcase my ultimate Top Ten Books in the YA Genre.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Showcase Sunday #68

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! 

Friday, 7 March 2014

COVER REVEAL: Delete by Kim Curran

I am very, VERY excited to share the cover for Kim Curran's final book in her Shift series and man is it an incredible cover! This series is absolutely phenomenal and it has gorgeous covers to match. As a warm up, here are the covers to Shift and Control:


Dun, dun duuunnnnnn....

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Harry Potter #54

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

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

REVIEW: Far From You - Tess Sharpe

 Far From You - Tess Sharpe
We are delighted to be able to reveal the cover for one of the most exciting debuts of 2014, Far From You. This brilliant debut novel from Tess Sharpe will be the book everyone is talking about in 2014! Don’t believe us? Here’s a sneak peek at Far From You: 
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days … 
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend Mina died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for a drug addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer. But can she track them down before they come for her?
Far From You will be out where all books are sold on the 27th March. We know that seems like a long way away, but we will be bringing you more teasers, extracts, competitions to help pass the time! 
In the meantime, tell us what you think of the cover!
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Indigo Books*

Top Ten Tuesday #48

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

This is where I admit my shame of not reading books by SO many popular (and probably awesome) authors. So here's the list:

Monday, 3 March 2014

Disney Princesses of Westeros

I absolutely adore Disney and A Song of Ice and Fire so when I stumbled across a redesigning of the Disney Princesses in the style of the popular series, I was so excited. Many of you may have already seen them originally on Buzzfeed but I thought I'd share them with those of you that haven't :).

REVIEW: A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin

A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky - a comet the colour of blood and flame - five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

LGBT Month

Ula @ Blog of Erised linked me to this and I definitely cannot wait to take part in it. I've only read a handful of LGBT books but have always wanted to go further into the genre. This is the perfect challenge to get me back into reading the books and raising awareness. Follow the links to Laura and Cayce's blogs to join in! 

Showcase Sunday #67

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! 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Fairytale Survey

This survey was created by Mel @ The Daily Prophecy. This sounds like so much fun so I just couldn't resist filling it out - I love surveys! Hop on over to her blog to check out her answers and to join in with the survey :)
 

Margaret Atwood Reading Challenge


Refreshing this challenge a little - this is something I set myself to do in my very first few months of blogging but seems to have slipped away from my attention. I plan on working my way through Atwood's books in their entirety. I've read very few so far and plan to work on this a.s.a.p. Feel free to join in if you wish to read more Atwood :). I think I'll go back over the others and write up reviews for them at some point too! 

February Recap: The Month of GRRM