Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#17)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.
 
 
 
 
 
She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...
 
 
 
Mine. Now. Please? :)
 
What're you waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday (15)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Author:
Release date: March 5th 2013        
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Place:  59% in Kindle.





Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not...









 
 
I'm trying to look at that cover as least as possible. Creeeeepy.
What're you reading today? :)
 
 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Review: Mind Games

Mind Games
Author:

Publication Date: February 19th 2013        
Publisher: HarperTeen   


Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.


In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.





Mind games is either cleverly executed, or a damn right crazy mess with the most ironic and appropriate title.
It's hard to summarise, so I'm not even going to try. It's also the most confusing to get a hold of. You're thrown into the thick of it and it moves so fast with little explanation that can drive you insane, and I was about to give up within the first couple of chapters because pretty much all the characters are unlikeable. Really, really unlikeable.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Stacking the Shelves (#16) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 
How's everyone's week been? Read anything good? Mine started off okay, and kind of veered off somewhere from the middle of the week. But, it's getting better, and apparently we're expecting a 'major Atlantic storm' (not my words), which has already started, and some felting has already come off the roof, and it's going to get worse. Yay, blackout time!
 
So I have a major book this week, which I am seriously so excited about. If you're a fan of the amazing Amy Plum, you probably know she does these Contest Monday's, and, well, I won one two weeks ago...and the prize was...

An ARC of Faking Normal!
 
 
 
For Review 
 
 
What did you get this week? Oh, and Happy Halloween! :)
 

 

 A recap of posts this week
 
 
This week I have read:

Friday, 25 October 2013

Review: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Author:

Publication Date: January 6th 2011 (first published June 9th 2009)      
Publisher:  Orchard
 

When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth




It's been a year since Macey McHenry, a direct descendant of Gillian Gallagher, the founder of the Gallagher Girls Academy, and being the daughter of a soon to be vice president of the United States, she's used to being in the spotlight. Whether she likes it or not. Inviting Cammie to Boston so watching her father accept the nomination for vice president more less boring, with appearances' and statements she has to do, but things go wrong when up on the roof they get wrapped up into a kidnapping plot. Macey's used to attention, but she doesn't like this. A narrow escape leaves both Macey and Cammie with bruises, a broken bone and a serious head injury, but it also leaves them changed, and everything's quite not the same anymore.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#16)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.
 
 


Though I wasn't exactly a fan of Acid (I never finished it) but I think mainly that was because I wasn't in the mood to read it at the time,  so I'll have to retry at another time, but The Fearless sounds awesome.




 
 
The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother - and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.




What're you waiting on? :)




 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday (14)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Release date: October 17th, 2013  
Publisher: Random House Children’s UK
Place:  52% in Kindle.

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveller from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?










What're you reading this week? Link me! :)

 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: Just Like Fate

Just Like Fate
Author:

Publication Date: August 27th 2013        
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her long-time crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...



Now I can say I've read all of Cat Patricks, up to this point, and I can honestly say that Just Like Fate is one of her strongest. I can't compare Suzanne Youngs' since I haven't read any of hers yet, but I think that's why this one was so strong.

Usually, when having two different writers, I expect it to feel different when it's the same perspective, and maybe fall apart in some places, but it didn't. Caroline's voice was eerily similar, though different experiences happen, the essence is there, and that was a really good surprise.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Stacking the Shelves (#15) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 
How's everybody's week been? My reading week has been pretty good.
Book wise, just one for review and bought some this week (and I was doing so good with the no buying until you read what you got.) but I caved because I need to know what I'm missing out on one of the series'.
 
For Review
 
 
                                                                            
 
 Bought



 
 
 
What did you get this week?
 
 

 A recap of posts this week
 
 
This week I have read:
 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author:

Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press


Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .



With her French class on their way to France, Colette Iselin knows somehow that this trip will change her. After going from being secure to a small cramped apartment and shopping for clothes in thrift stores, she just wants to go away and forget about all of that, with her friends by her side. What she didn't bargain was getting tangled within a gruesome string of murders of prestigious kids with rich blood, with more than their decapitated heads in common.
And Colette being next on the list.

Right, now I wouldn't call this paranormal. I mean, it is. But apart from the quick flashes of ghosts, and gruesome murders by said ghost...

Feature & Follow (#4)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly bloghop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

 
This weeks Question:
"What are some of your favorite magazines?"

Since magazines aren't exactly cheap for it's worth anymore (especially the gossip ones, which you can find online anyway.) I don't really buy any. But I used to when I was in school, walking home afterschool, our shop block was five minutes away, so I'd used to go into the paper shop on a Friday and buy one.



Weird mix right? And yes, I used to hang out in the Mosher corner. I do miss my black hair.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#15)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.
 
 





Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.

Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.





Creepy, with an extra dose of creepy cover.

What are you waiting on this week? :)

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday (13)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

I had this awesome teaser, but it's a bit of a spoiler, boo. :( But, gorgeous cover alert!

 
Title: Cruel Beauty
Release date: January 28th 2014        
Publisher: Balzer + Bray       
Place:  11% in Kindle.


Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.



 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Review: Countdown

Countdown
Author:

Publication Date: October 1st 2013 by
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
 
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape.


                                                                                          GAME OVER
 
Kira Jordan, a thief and orphan, her family being murdered years before, is unwillingly thrown into the game of Countdown and being an orphan in a game like Countdown is dangerous, because it means no one will miss you, and that's why Kira was chosen. Waking up in the dark she finds she is not alone, and that she's also chained. Rogan Ellis, a convicted murderer in Juvie awaiting to be transported to Saradone upon his 18th birthday has nothing to lose, and that's why he was willing and chosen.
Not knowing whether to trust him, or what the hell is going on, Kira's reluctant to help free him from the chains.
 
Until the Countdown begins.
And now they have to work together to survive.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Stacking the Shelves (#14) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 
After the last insane two weeks on the books front, it is quiet! Only two this week, one I've already started, since I'm a tour stop. :)
 
 
 
 

 
So, that's it this week. If you're in the UK, don't forget to enter my Antigoddess giveaway!
 
What did you get this week?
 
   A recap of posts this week
 
 
This week I have read:
 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Antigoddess Giveaway (UK only)

Hachette UK kindly sent me a finished copy for a giveaway! The giveaway will run from the 12th-20th October, and unfortunately for now, UK only.


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 11 October 2013

Review: Antigoddess

Antigoddess
Author:

Publication Date: September 10th 2013
~A copy was provided by Hachette, in exchange for an honest review.~

Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.



*Note: I was doing a giveaway with the review, but I've had too much caffeine and after this am going in a dark room because I have a migraine coming on. Giveaway will start tomorrow!*

I would love to tell you I hated this. I would, and gladly do so. I had this huge expectation in my head since I finished the Anna series and heard about Antigoddess, and though I had this expectation, I didn't know what to expect. It was nothing like my expectation, in the best way possible.

I read this slower than usual, because I wanted to read it but then I didn't. I just had this feeling, and as soon as I started I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I am, and then again, I'm not. Not because it didn't live up to my expectation, because it did and a lot more, but maybe disappointed is not the right word. I'm feeling like I did after The Girl of Nightmares, that same bitter sweetness.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#14)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.
 
 
 
 
 
What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
 
 
I love the concept of fate and destinies, of different paths but ultimately ending up on the same one, even if you detoured for a little while. It's always that question of what if? What if that didn't happen, would I be were I am now? Are two people destined to be together, no matter what? I find it fascinating so Fates should hopefully be an interesting read.
 
 
What are you waiting on? :)
 
 
 

 


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday (12)




Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
 

 
Title: Unbreakable
Author:
Release date: October 1st 2013 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers       
Place: 54% in Kindle.


When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.




I've just finished this Unbreakable, but I'm using it anyway.



 
Link me! :)
 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Review: After Eden

After Eden
Author:

Publication Date: November 7th, 2013
~A copy was provided by Bloomsbury Childrens UK, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.~

Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she's hooked. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So why doesn't he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he's taking in her.

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan's bedroom - a biography of her best friend - written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose ... and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success

 






When Ryan Westland comes into Eden Anfields' life, she finds him strange. He doesn't recognise popular food, or important icons of history or anything a modern twenty-first century American guy should already know.
Unless he lives in a cult.

Or a religious sector that limits his information.

Though he drives.
Both she considers, and are viable, as his sisters just as weird as him, until she returns his jacket one afternoon and accidentally takes one of his books home with hers and finds one that catches her eye with an author whose name she knows.

Her best friends.

After Eden's set in Cornwall, which I've never actually been (shocker), it's a pretty popular holiday destination here, so I went in with no expectations.

I was still disappointed.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Stacking the Shelves (#13) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Last week, I didn't mention since I didn't want to make my post too long, but there was a redraw and I won Strange Chemistry's Friday the 13th giveaway! They arrived Monday...



(Thanks Strange Chemistry!)
 
 
 
I also picked up a few more Harper titles on Edelweiss, because I have no self-control.

 
 And finally...
 
 
        I bought;
 
        Hachette also sent me a paperback copy of Antigoddess. (Guess who'll be doing a giveaway this week?) :)
 
 
What did you get this week? Link me! :)

 

       A recap of posts this week
 
 
This week I have read:

Friday, 4 October 2013

Feautre & Follow (#3)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly bloghop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

 
This weeks Question:
 "What book (or TV show or movie) have you not read that seemingly everyone else has?"


So hard to just pick one, so I've gone modern/classic.



                             A Clockwork Orange

What about you? :)