'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, 28 September 2014

REVIEW: Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 14th August, 2014 (Originally Sept 2011)



First book in the addictive Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.
HALF-BLOOD is the unputdownable first book in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi - pure-bloods - have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals - well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem - staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

REVIEW: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Publisher: Picador
Source: Borrowed
Publication Date: 8th March, 2002 (Edition)


One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

Friday, 19 September 2014

REVIEW: If I Stay - Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Publisher: Random House Kids
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 7th May, 2009


Life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning...
A snowy road...
And suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone.
Except one.
As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Hide and Seek by Amy Bird

Today I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Hide and Seek by Amy Bird. This is her third novel and she's here today to share her top ten books that influenced Hide and Seek. Carina Press have offered up a fantastic giveaway so please do keep reading to the bottom!
 
 
The Top Ten Books that Influenced Hide and Seek

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I don’t think any contemporary writer of psychological thrillers can claim not to be influenced by this book. It has become genre defining. The plot twists, unreliable narrators, multiple voices, toxic relationships, and of course the sheer page-turning quality make it a touchstone for writers like me. In Hide and Seek, I use three first-person narrators, all of whom have secrets from each other, which lead to dangerous twists. It’s not about being derivative, it’s about learning from the masters and understanding the expectations of reader.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
As with the above, this is now a modern classic of the genre. It kept me awake until 1am with its twists, turns and clever structure. Plus it deals so well with the hidden secrets of people’s pasts and the question of memory, themes I also explore in Hide and Seek.

Harry Potter #79

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, 16 September 2014

REVIEW: Waiting for Doggo - Mark B. Mills

Waiting for DoggoTitle: Waiting for Doggo
Author: Mark B. Mills
Series: None
Publisher: Headline
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 20th November, 2014


No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.

Monday, 15 September 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: To All The Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han


To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 7th August, 2014


Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

REVIEW: The Iron Trial - Holly Black & Cassandra Clare


The Iron Trial
Title: The Iron Trial
Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Series: The Magisterium #1
Publisher: Random House Kids
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 11th September, 2014


From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.
From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

REVIEW: Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 11th September 2014


Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Harry Potter #78

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, 10 September 2014

REVIEW: Enchanted - Alethea Kontis


Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
Series: Woodcutter Sisters #1
Publisher: HMH Books
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 28th May, 2013


It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

Monday, 8 September 2014

REVIEW: The Tarot Reader - Laura Lam


Title: The Tarot Reader
Author: Laura Lam
Series: Vestigial Tales #3
Publisher: Penglass Publishing
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: August 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 Tarot Reader

“Cyan didn’t want to read fortunes.”

Cyan Zhu is the best tarot reader Riley & Batheo’s Circus of Curiosities has ever seen. Too good, some say. She reads the cards, but she can also tell more about her customers than they could ever suspect. Two people walk into Cyan’s cart to have their fortunes told and change her life forever: Oliver, a sailor with a pretty grin, and a mysterious man with a blurred face, who sends her terrible visions that might come true.

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…

Sunday, 7 September 2014

REVIEW: Siege & Storm - Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Grisha #2
Publisher: Indigo Books
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 6th June, 2013


Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run - but they can't run for ever...

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. Somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Harry Potter Blog Tour: The Half-Blood Prince

Today I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to share with you guys some exclusive and exciting content as part of the Harry Potter blog tour. As you all know, Bloomsbury have recently released some absolutely gorgeous new covers (I'm in love, seriously) and I'm so honoured to be a part of their promotion! This blog post is about all things Half-Blood Prince, Jonny Duddle and Sarah J. Maas! I think these covers are absolutely mind-blowing. I can't stop looking at them and would love to know what you guys think. If you want to know why Harry Potter means so much to me, please have a read here!











When Dumbledore arrives a Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort’s darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny...

Friday, 5 September 2014

REVIEW: The Fisherman's Net - Laura Lam


Title: The Fisherman's Net
Author: Laura Lam
Series: Vestigial Tales #2
Publisher: Penglass Publishing
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: July 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 Fisherman’s Net

A humble fisherman in a village of the coast of the island of Linde buys a trinket at the market, which he discovers is Vestige. The poor man soon becomes the best fisherman in the village and marvels at his newfound wealth. One day, he ensnares a most unusual catch: a Chimaera sea maiden that isn’t meant to exist. And he’s not sure if he can let her go.

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…

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Harry Potter #77 - I'm Back!

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.

Monday, 1 September 2014

REVIEW: The Snake Charm - Laura Lam

The Snake CharmTitle: The Snake Charm
Author: Laura Lam
Series: Vestigial Tales #1
Publisher: Penglass Publishing
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: June 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 Snake Charm

“To most, Drystan was just another buffoon in the collective of clowns. But behind the inane grin, he saw everything, keeping the secrets he discovered close, like precious gems to barter.”

Mutiny is brewing in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic. When Linden, the leader of the clowns steals one of the ringmaster’s most prized possessions, Drystan, the white clown, finds himself caught in the middle. Tasked with retrieving the Lethe, he’s forced to betray Linden or risk his troubled past coming to light. But the Vestige artifact has its own history and its own power. Drystan will learn what it can really do, and who it can hurt.

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