'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, 31 May 2014

GIVEAWAY: 30 Copies of Station 11

The wonderful Ula @ Blog of Erised has a mammoth giveaway going on for 30 people to win a copy of the highly anticipated Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel. The book sounds fantastic so pop on over to Ula's blog to enter!

T&C's: Must be a participant of Ula's Dystopia Reading Challenge and a resident of the UK or EU.

‘Station Eleven is a firework of a novel. Elegantly constructed and packed with explosive beauty, it's full of life and humanity and the aftershock of memory.’ Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls 

‘Disturbing, inventive and exciting, Station Eleven left me wistful for a world where I still live.’ Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist 

The team at Picador Books have 30 copies of Station Eleven for UK and Europe participants in the Dystopia Reading Challenge 2014. Station Eleven is the hotly buzzed novel from Emily St. John Mandel, an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

On her inspiration behind the novel, Emily says: “This is a world in which art and beauty have managed to survive, where people still care about what was best about the lost. It’s a book about what endures and what’s important to us. I meant Station Eleven not just as a post-apocalyptic novel, but as a sort of love letter to the world in which we presently live.”

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Harry Potter #66

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, 28 May 2014

COVER REVEAL: Captive by Aimee Carter

Harlequinn Teen just revealed Aimee Carter's latest book cover, Captive. It's the second book in the Blackcoat Rebellion series and it is absolutely stunning! I am in love with it! 

Haven't read Pawn? Check out my review!

Captive


For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Release Date: 25th November, 2014

What do you guys think?

REVIEW & BLOG TOUR: Branded - Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki


Branded - Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
Branded (Sinners, #1)

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. 

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. 
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

Friday, 23 May 2014

REVIEW: Goose - Dawn O'Porter

Goose - Dawn O'Porter 
Goose (Paper Aeroplanes, #2)
It's a year and a half on from Paper Aeroplanes, and Renée is now living with her Aunty Jo. They even have geese, and Renée likes to sit and watch them, wondering if she'll ever find 'the One' - someone who will love her no matter what, and be there for her no matter how bad things get. 

She and Flo are in their final year at school, and they've got some tough choices to make - like will they go to university? And if so where - and will they go together? Renée's usual ambivalence on the matter shocks Flo, who had assumed they'd continue as they were, the best and closest of friends, forever. She feels as though she needs Renée's support more than ever, so when a handsome young boy enters Flo's life, she finds herself powerfully drawn to his kindness, and his faith. 

Renée and Flo's friendship will soon be tested in a way neither of them could have expected - and if Paper Aeroplanes was a book about finding friendship, Goose is the novel that explores whether it's possible to keep hold of it.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Harry Potter #65

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, 21 May 2014

REVIEW: The Book of You - Claire Kendal

 The Book of You - Claire Kendal
A terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep.

Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.

Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.

Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

But how do you protect yourself from an enemy no one else can see?

Monday, 19 May 2014

REVIEW: We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart 
We Were Liars
We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

REVIEW: Mutant City - Steve Feasey

Mutant City - Steve Feasey
Mutant City
Fifty years ago, the world was almost destroyed by a chemical war. Now the world is divided into the mutants and the pure. Mutants must fight for survival in a scarred landscape, while the privileged pure live out a life of disease-free perfection.

Thirteen years ago, a covert government experimental facility was shut down and its residents killed. The secrets it held died with them. But five extraordinary kids survived.

Today four teenagers are about to discover that their mutant blood brings with it special powers. They are heading straight for Mutant City with rival factions close behind. One by one, they face the enemy. Together, they must stay alive . . .
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Glaze - Kim Curran

Today I have the beautiful Kim Curran on the blog answering questions on her latest novel; Glaze!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

REVIEW: The Geography of You and Me - Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me 
Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography Of You And Me
For fans of John Green, Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Ockler, THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is a story for anyone who's ever longed to meet someone special, for anyone who's searched for home and found it where they least expected it.

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.

And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Headline & Bookbridgr*

Harry Potter #64

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.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Showcase Sunday #75

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, 10 May 2014

REVIEW: Revolution 19 - Gregg Rosenblum

Revolution 19 - Gregg Rosenblum
Revolution 19 (Revolution 19, #1)
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper 360*

Friday, 9 May 2014

REVIEW: Paper Aeroplanes - Dawn O'Porter

Paper Aeroplanes - Dawn O'Porter
Paper Aeroplanes (Paper Aeroplanes, #1)
It's the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn't be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo's jealous ex-best friend and Renée's growing infatuation with Flo's brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

REVIEW: Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Harry Potter #63

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, 7 May 2014

REVIEW: Poison - Sarah Pinborough

Poison - Sarah Pinborough
Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms, #1)
A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards.

Poison is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairy tale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time,Grimm, Snow White and the Huntsman and more.

Monday, 5 May 2014

REVIEW: A Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens

A Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong, #1)
Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, RH Kids*

Sunday, 4 May 2014

REVIEW: Glaze - Kim Curran

Glaze - Kim Curran
Glaze
Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Kim Curran*

Showcase Sunday #74

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, 3 May 2014

April Recap: The Month LBF Happened

April has been good to me to be fair. I've got myself plenty of books to be going on with for the next forever, went to London Book Fair where I finally met Ula (Blog of Erised) as well as several other lovely bloggers, met Malorie Blackman and got my old tatty copy of Noughts and Crosses signed as well as learning lots of things about the publishing industry. It was the best time ever and I really can't wait to go to more bookish events!

Not only did LBF happen, but I took part in my very first readathon and it was brilliant! It was so much fun and really can't wait for the next one. The challenges were brilliant and original - gutted I've missed out on past ones! On the blogging front, myself and Ula (Blog of Erised) have sorted out most of the niggely bits for the event we're hosting in June; Mental Health Awareness Month. I'm really excited about it and publishing companies have already been so, so, so helpful, amazing and lovely with offering up lots of books for giveaways and plenty of guest posts/ Q&As. Can't wait! Interested in signing up? The sign up post is here:


MHAM

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Harry Potter #62

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.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Sign-Ups


Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Month is something I've been tweeting about quite a lot lately and I'm really excited to share with you guys what I've got planned. MHAM is a month in which myself and Ula @ Blog of Erised  want to spread awareness about mental health issues and how they affect people. We're really excited to be hosting this MH month; it's something which is close to both of us and I hope you guys want to take part! Here's some information about the month on the blog:

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
It's an idea that me and Ula came up with to draw attention to all things MH. It doesn't get enough attention and there's still far too much stigma attached to it! I thought the best way for us book bloggers to do this was to dedicate June to reading and reviewing/ discussing books that discuss Mental Health. There's going to be a variety of things going on on mine and Ula's blogs, as well as others. There will be guest posts, interviews, giveaways, challenges and all sorts of events going on as well as reading books that explore issues of MH!

When is MHAM happening?
It starts June 1st and runs through until the 30th of June.

What are the rules?
There aren't any rules really! Whether you're a blogger, vlogger, on Goodreads, an author or anything feel free to take part! The more the merrier. The aim is to spread awareness about Mental Health!

What books are there on MH that I can read?
I've been preparing a shelf on my Goodreads profile especially for this month! Here's a little list to get you guys started. Just follow the link for more :)

Playing Tyler - T. L. Costa
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick
Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen 
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Amy & Matthew (Say What You Will) - Cammie McGovern
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini 
The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer


We're going to be using the hashtag #MHAMJune on Twitter when talking all things MH! 

If you're participating, use the code for the button below!
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