Monthly Archives: September 2013

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One Year Blogoversary! Shadowhunter Pack International Giveaway

I can’t believe that it’s been one year since I started blogging, I’ve met amazing people and read amazing books! Lately, it’s been hard to find the time to write, what with back to school and mock exam mania. However, even though this next year is going to be super busy, I’m going to try and keep up with comments and reviews. Which is going to be so hard.

There are some new secret features and posts I’d like to implement, and I’ll hopefully be scheduling a lot more and have a rhythm instead of random posts. Which is what it feels like at the moment. I can’t promise that with every week comes a barrage of new posts, but I can make the promise that without the quantity of posts, comes quality. I would rather post twice a week with good, quality posts than five times with just  ’filler’ posts. I don’t want to write them and no one wants to read them. I am guilty of writing filler posts in the past and I feel like some of my posts of late have been quite boring. Well, I’m working my way  to changing that!

My monthly newsletter should be launching soon, I was just waiting for enough people to sign up to make it worthwhile. If you want to get my monthly newsletter with exclusive interviews, giveaways and useful information about books coming out that month, type your email address in the sidebar. It’s only once a month and I obviously will not spam anyone.

So onto the giveaway!

The City of Bones film released more than a month ago now, and my review for that should be up soon! I’m slowly but surely catching up. Up for grabs I have City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Shadowhunter’s Guide and a HUGE thanks to Sari at Walker Books, for sending me this: The Little Book of Quotes. 

This is an international giveaway, you can enter every day, and you can either enter with the Rafflecopter below, or alternatively, if you don’t like Rafflecopters simply leave a comment at the bottom of the post. Good luck!

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Who wouldn’t want to lick see the face below in book form?

 

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Thank you so much guys, I couldn’t have done it without you <3.
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Beautiful Book-Related Jewellery From Etsy

Etsy is an online shop that sells mostly handmade things, and is very famous for it’s jewellery based on Young Adult books. I surf but I’ve never bought anything (I have no money), but here is my wishlist for the beautiful jewellery that I gaze at longingly every so often. Click on the picture to go to the link.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I think these pieces of jewellery are lovely and simple!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

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Isn’t that tree gorgeous? I am so envious of people this talented.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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My friend bought me an awesome Mockingjay broach for Christmas, and if you can’t get access to Etsy, I recommend buying one, they sell them at local bookshops. Especially with Catching Fire releasing soon, they should be selling them everywhere.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

 

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My friend has the ring and she wears it almost everyday as her lucky charm, I think the small inscription in Elvish is awesome.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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There are so many quotes I can pull from The Fault in our Stars that I love, but one of my favourites is ‘I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once’. 

 What book-related jewellery do you love? Give me you recommendations and tell me your favourite from my list!

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Book Blitz: Kinetic by S.K. Anthony~International Giveaway and Excerpt

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Kinetic by S.K. Anthony
Series: The Luminaries, #1
Publication date:  September 2013
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
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Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.

A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything…

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What a gorgeous cover! I’m so happy to have Kinetic on the blog, below is an excerpt and international giveaway–good luck!

Excerpt:

 Coming to my feet, I ran into the vault and found myself at the bottom of what seemed like three floors. It was filled with storage units, all next to each other. It reminded me of prison cells, each of them with their own armored doors. I smelled more smoke coming from above, so I ran up the first set of stairs and let my nose guide me. I saw the figure trying to melt one of the armored doors, and I launched myself at him. He was ready for me, though, so I found myself thrown across the room like a ragdoll. I pretended to be injured as he approached me, and when he was close enough, I kicked his feet from under him and he fell, hitting his head on the concrete floor. I jumped on him and pinned his hands down just as he looked up at me.

And there he was, Nick Logan. My ex-husband.

I stared at the face I’d once loved, now with a patch covering his left eye and scars running all the way down his jaw. They were almost hidden under his days-old beard and wild, dark hair. His deep hazel eye looked at me, empty, daring me to speak first. I punched him. 

 

About S.K. Anthony

S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2013 TBR List

This meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, I encourage you to join in!

1.  The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, if you haven’t picked this series up and you like YA Paranormal, you need to!

2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth, I still haven’t read this!

3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, is there anyone not excited for this?

4. Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, came out today! I love her Lux series, so I really want to read her new release.

5. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, everyone seems obsessed with this book, so I feel like I must read it and discover what the hype is all about!

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6. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I desperately want to know what happens after another huge cliff-hanger.

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Aren’t the new covers just gorgeous?

8. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I just read Under the Never Sky and I really enjoyed it!

9. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I adored the first one, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading next one!

10. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I hear a lot about Libba Bray and thought I’d read this one first, and if I like it, I’ll try some of her other novels.

 

What are you Autumn/Fall TBR? They can either be books releasing or simply books you’re wanting to read in Autumn. Join in with Top Ten Tuesday or comment below!

 

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Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #1)

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #1)Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #1
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on 28th February 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?
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Geek Girl is an incredibly fun and feel-good book. It follows Harriet Manners’ shenanigans and mistakes in the model world. Harriet is impossible to dislike, she funny, quirky and (obviously) geeky, I had such a good time reading about her. I was ‘late to the party’ reading this, hearing rave reviews, but I never got the chance to pick it up. Well I finally did and I read it so quickly, it’s really easy to read and if you’re looking for something light—it’s perfect. Sometimes I get bogged down in Urban Fantasy, YA and Paranormal books, and I need a refresher, this was just what I was looking for. Also, the good thing about getting to a book late, is that you don’t have to wait for the sequel for as long. Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) is set for release near the end of September. YAY!

There is a slight romance undercurrent that gave this book another intriguing layer, but it’s not the main focus. There are also friendship woes and bullying incidents. Harriet is a major geek with only one friend, so it was surprising when she got picked up by a model agency. When I was reading this, I thought it was very unrealistic, until I read Holly Smale’s bio and realised that that had actually happened to her!

Geek Girl is littered with geeky facts, and pop culture references like Lord of the Rings, which made me smile. It’s inventive and completely different to any Contemporary YA I have ever read before—it’s like a chick flick and reminded me of The Princess Diaries, where a young girls life changes over night and suddenly they’re the next big thing. Throughout the novel, Harriet never forgets who she is, or loses herself, in fact she downright protests being a model in the beginning—as she was actually thinking about being a palaeontologist.

I loved her relationship with her dad and her step-mother, it was amusing and surprising. Her step-mother was really practical and her dad was so funny, it really added something to the storyline and characters. I also love the cover! It’s so fun and adorable, it looks brilliant on my shelf!

Overall, Geek Girl is a must-read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was the perfect read for a lazy Sunday and it left me smiling after I’d read it.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Love to See as a Movie/TV Show

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this is a fun meme, every Tuesday!

10. Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I recently read this and I think it would be such a feel-good, chick flick to watch!

9. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I don’t know about you, but I’d really like to see a really attractive actor play Daemon’s arrogant snarkiness, and it would be great to have a book blogger lead female. I think it would work as both a TV show and film, but I’d love to see it as a TV show.

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I can’t be the only one who wants to see this on the big screen. Having said that, City of Bones didn’t exactly go down so well, but I would still love to see this world come to life.

7. Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I would be the fist one lining up for this film. Internal conflict, external conflict, misunderstandings, it’s the perfect recipe for a romantic film.

6. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. These are already becoming web-series, so I’m not sure how they’re going to turn out. I hope they become popular so they can be made on a bigger budget and we can see them on our TV’s.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. These would work really well as a series, because they’re quite action-packed and interesting.

4. Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield. I would cry so much at this film, it would be emotional and I ‘d love to see it.

3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Okay, so these aren’t my favourite books, the characters are really mild and the whole thing is BLAH. However, I think they have great potential for a TV series, because they can only make them better, right? Seriously though, if they improved them slightly, I think I’d really enjoy watching this.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. The TV show got cancelled and I’m still not happy, the premise is fascinating and I wish they were still going to film them.

1.   Paper Towns by John Green. First comes The Fault in our Stars, next comes Paper Towns? Let’s hope so.

 

What are your Top Ten books that you’d love to see as a movie or TV show?

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Review: Acid by Emma Pass

Review: Acid by Emma PassAcid by Emma Pass
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Published by Corgi Childrens on 25 April 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 431
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley
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2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
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I really enjoyed this Dystopia world, I thought it was interesting and engaging. Jenna is the protagonist and I really enjoyed the amount of times she changes identities and goes undercover, because it’s not something I read often in YA. Surgeons entirely change her face’s appearance at least twice, which seemed offhanded and casual; and even though it’s possible to do so in the present day, I’ll admit that it threw me a bit. Jenna is your typical Dystopia heroine–strong, and fought for her beliefs to stay alive. She didn’t really have any choice. In the second half is where I found Jenna to be the most brave and courageous, I can’t say anything without spoiling it, but it was a really interesting plot twist that changed my out-look on the story.

The plot and overall conflict of Acid was intriguing, but I think at times the characters were lacking a little bit in the depth department, simply because everything was fast paced and happening so quickly. It never really slowed down enough to focus on minor details or the complexity of Jenna or anyone else’s character. However, it was a gripping novel, full of twists and turns, with scene changes and also slow, tense parts that kept me reading.

There is a little bit of romance, but not huge amounts, but enough to satisfy me, because I like my under-lying romance. If there were any more, it would seem forced, as there aren’t many opportunities in Acid for there to be many romantic scenes.

Acid is very fast-paced, there’s always something happening and Jenna is always on the move or undercover. The Dystopia world was fairly extensive, and had very interesting elements to it. Once reached the age of 16, teenagers are required to be partnered with a random person of the opposite sex to live with the rest of their lives and they’re called ‘Life Partners’. Eventually, the couple get a notification to say that they are ready to have a baby, and that’s that. People don’t think anything of it, it’s simply the norm. Note: opposite sex, no same-sex relations at all, and it always makes me sad to see society go back a couple of steps from where we are now. I find that in a lot of Dystopia books, life is restricted like this and the new government controls them. Every aspect of people’s lives were monitored and listened to, with England having been completely cut off from any other countries and all citizens ignorant on what life is like outside of our small country.

It was extremely refreshing to read a book set in the UK, and I was so glad to read another UKYA book! Lucy at Queen of Contemporary is always insisting we read more UKYA books, and I know I don’t read enough. I’m trying to support books written by UK authors, as well as books that aren’t American, because I read a lot of books written by American authors.

I seriously recommend Acid, if you’re on a Dystopia trip right now. It is a standalone novel, so no pesky wait for another book; it’s gripping and you don’t have to invest loads into it, because you know it’s going to wrap-up nicely.

Rating: 4 Stars

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Review: Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1)

Review: Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1)Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend
Published by Penguin on November 29th 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
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Oh look, another Dystopian book that I loved. Legend was really fantastic!

I loved June and Day, there were a fantastic combination. June was very determined once her brother died and that was something that I admired. I completely related to the relationship with her brother, and actually wished we’d seen more of their relationship but he dies quite early on.  June is the only one to have ever gotten a perfect score of 1500 on her test, which ensures what direction her life will take. She’s practically a genius, and also rather arrogant at the start, but she learns more about herself as the novel goes on, which makes her re-evaluate her opinions on certain things and changes her. Throughout Legend, she makes perceptive observations and can detect things the average person can’t, that let us piece together different aspects about a person’s character. She was very capable, and soon realised how corrupt the Republic was, because she had to work directly with them. I always find it hard in these novels to believe that everyone, including all soldiers, are evil. However, Thomas had exactly the same awful beliefs as everyone else and I really wanted him to be different–but he wasn’t and I now hate his character. At some points, Legend has a detective novel likeness to it, with Metias’ death she’s left with a lot of questions, and this is where her genius nature comes into play.

Legend is told in two perspectives–June and Day’s, and I loved reading both of those views. In other books, I sometimes get bored of one person or their situation, and scan that chapter, but I was always captivated no matter the point of view. It was incredibly interesting and funny to see each character from each others point of view.

Day is so funny, and incredibly brave protecting his family, we get a couple of flashbacks with him which made his character more complete and I liked the insight into his past. I’m interested to know more about his past and June’s, because there are a few loose ends, especially involving June’s parents.

I loved the ending, and I’m really excited about where this series is going. The third and final book is releasing in November, so I need to read Prodigy before then!

This book has action, romance, corruption, death and I loved every second of it. It’s highly recommended if you’re in love with Dystopia’s at the moment.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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August Monthly Wrap-Up

This month has been great for reading, I’ve read some amazing books…and a couple not-so-amazing books. But all in all, these books were delightful!

Books I’ve read this month include:

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 Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1) Review to come

Two very enjoyable points of view, and the main heroine had really interesting perceptions about people.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter, how amazing these books are, I actually am in love with the characters and their shenanigans.

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 Acid by Emma Pass–Review to come

Jenna Strong goes undercover multiple times–seriously, more than 3–and I love to read about undercover ops.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1)

There were so many elements of this book I adored, including the intriguing Fantasy world.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1)

I can tell this is going to be a favourite series of mine, no wonder everyone loves it.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril (Cassandra Chronicals #1)

Time travel done really well–not something I’d seen before in the YA genre.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #2)

I loved this book. FULL STOP.

This Northern Sky by Julia Green

Quite slow, and didn’t really reach a destination, but a good read all the same.

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Shadows by Paula Weston (The Rephaim #1)

Finally! An angel novel done really well. Here it is if you’re looking for one.

Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

This is an angel novel done…not particularly well, but I’m interested to see how the story continues and will carry on with the series.

 

I’m really happy with what I read in August, and can’t wait to read what I have planned this month. September has finally come and the air is getting chilly, school is arriving and it’s getting dark earlier. That means more time snuggled up reading!

What have you read this month, and what did you enjoy? Got any recs for me? *Wiggles eyebrows*