Saturday, 31 May 2014

Blog Tour: Branded Teaser


I loved Branded as it was, but now it's been revamped with a new gorgeous cover and is longer than the original. Today, we have a teaser to share. :)

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Friday, 30 May 2014

DNF Review: Paranoia

Paranoia
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Publication Date:  June 8th 2014        
~A copy was provided by Flux and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~




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In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working...until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn't have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker's life.

When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They're emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they're even killing other people--all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what's happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger...because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn't the only one that could be lost.

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You can read my review of Insomnia here. Though, I wouldn't, it was one of the first I ever reviewed and it is awfully written.



Oh, Insomnia, I did like you, but sorry Paranoia. It is not happening.
This one I really am so disappointed on, as I said, I did like the first, Insomnia. But where I wasn't too bothered about the believability and found relatable in Insomnia, I found really unbelievable and annoying in Paranoia.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Blog Tour: Rain

 
 
 
 
 
 
      Welcome to my stop on the Rain blog tour. Firstly, thank you to Christie for inviting me along, unfortunately due to my schedule I couldn't review Rain, so we came up with a guest post for today! So, I asked Christie what ten books that she thought everyone should read or have on theirs, and ones that would be on her bucket list.
 

Top Ten Book Bucket List

Top Ten Books on my bucket list:
1.       A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2.       Stolen by Kelly Armstrong
3.       The Year of Chasing Dreams by Lurlene McDaniel
4.       The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
5.       Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
6.       Breakable by Tammara Webber
7.       Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
8.       Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
9.       Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout
10.   Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

 




Now, my question to you guys is...
Q: What would be on yours?


 

 

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Buy Rain: Amazon

Publication Date:  May 6th 2014 by Christie Cote (first published May 3rd 2014)
 


 
 
 
 
 

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Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.
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Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is her first book.
 
Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.
 
 
 


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#46)

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






 
 



 
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Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can't have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra's hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can't, fates far worse than death await.

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Ugh, fuck you redesign. Now my hardback won't match. :(

 

 
Why Tor Teen, whyyyyy?
 

What're you waiting on?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Review: After the End

After the End
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Publication Date:  May 6th 2014  
~A copy was provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~




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She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

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After The End was an average read for me, which is so disappointing because I enjoyed the Revenant series and was so looking forward to something new from Amy Plum. With the synopsis, and what you think is a pretty interesting one, and what I thought would end up being a good conspiracy story ended up being like a homeopathic 101. 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Review: We Were Liars (Yes, that one.)


We Were Liars
Author:

Publication Date:  May 15th 2014        
Publisher: Hot Key Books
~A copy as provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~










 
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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
 
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So, I've been wanting to read We Were Liars for ages, but waited. The first time I read it was with the #liarsliveread on twitter, and reactions really are everything. And emotions are everything, and those hours were well spent. We had to post our reactions to certain pages.

 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#45) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

How was everybody's week? Mine's been pretty slow, but I've checked a few books of my schedule, so yay! I've also been in Once Upon a Time withdrawals (the finale, people!) so I started watching Haven and it's weird, but my kind of weird. It's good.


 
For Review
Edelweiss:


 

 

 

 

 
(Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss)
 
 

Poor things all on it's own.

What did you get this week? :)

   

 A recap of posts this week

    Friday, 23 May 2014

    Cover Reveal: Madly, Deeply.




    Today we have a gorgeous cover reveal for the surprise upcoming novel from Erica Crouch, which started out to be a short story for an anthology, but became it's own, Madly, Deeply.


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    It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea... Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together. With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.

    Thursday, 22 May 2014

    Review: Run



    Run
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    Publication Date:  May 1st 2014        
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    ~A copy as provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~



     
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    What if you discovered that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie?

    Rylee is fifteen. She comes home from school one afternoon to find the most shocking thing possible - her father dead, with a knife through his heart, and a key clutched in his hand. Her mother's purse is on the counter, but she appears to be long gone. A message in blood is written on the floor... RUN.

    With her brother in tow, Rylee begins a dark journey, one that will uncover horrific and chilling crimes and lead her to an unexpected and gruesome discovery about her real father and what - or who - is behind his insatiable desire to kill. By the journey's end Rylee's childhood is a long way behind her...

    RUN is the first title in the new Vengeance series, following Rylee as she begins to piece together the story of her life and to avenge unpunished crimes - starting with her own. This is DEXTER with a feisty female protagonist unlike any other in contemporary young adult fiction

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    Run, is a special one my friends. You know I'm weird, right? You know I like serial killer books, right? You know I loved Dear Killer for that very reason, right? Don't judge. ;) This book was made for me.
    Whereas Dear Killer was set in the mind-set of a teenage serial killer, it wasn't quite as disturbing as Run. I know. Hard to believe. Being in a teenage serial killers head, what's worse or creepier than that? Run. That's what. It's also really inappropriate to say I laughed . (But I'll get to that reason later, because you know, I don't make it a habit to laugh at murder books. I'm not that weird.)

    Wednesday, 21 May 2014

    Waiting on Wednesday (#45)

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






     


     



     
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    The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world's bestselling mystery writer!

    After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

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    Because I just love the series, okay? Don't look at me like that.
     

    What're you waiting on?

    Tuesday, 20 May 2014

    Review: The Three



    The Three
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    Publication Date: May 22nd 2014        
    ~An advanced readers copy was provided by Hodder and Stoughton in exchange for an honest review~





     
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    Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

    There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged.

    And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone.

    A message that will change the world.

    The message is a warning.

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    I didn't know what to expect from The Three, contemporary mixed in with horror? Paranormal? It's what was great about going into it, the synopsis is pretty vague and no way is it an open book. That being said, It's inevitable that when it comes to Armageddon, The Four Horsemen and the end of the world, we are, at some point, going to point straight to Religion. However, I just didn't expect The Three to rest heavily on it. And it did. For most of it.  

    Monday, 19 May 2014

    Review: Love Letters to the Dead



    Love Letters to the Dead
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    Publication Date:  May 1st 2014
    ~A copy was provided by HotKeyBooks in exchange for an honest review~








     
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    It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person - any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain - he died young, and so did Laurel's sister May - so maybe he'll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people - Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart... it's like she can't stop. And she'd certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it's like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time - and how her family has shattered since May died.

    But much as Laurel might find writing the letters cathartic, she can't keep real life out forever. The ghosts of her past won't be contained between the lines of a page, and she will have to come to terms with growing up, the agony of losing a beloved sister, and the realisation that only you can shape your destiny. A lyrical, haunting and stunning debut from the protégé of Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER).

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    Love Letters to the Dead is as personal as it gets and for me I had a hard time detaching myself from it because in all retro respect, Laurel could've been me. Or you. Or everyone else. A lot of shit happens in this world, and by the synopsis, you don't even get half of it. And that was the shocking thing because while I was reading it, I picked up a few little hints here and there but I still wasn't expecting it.

    Sunday, 18 May 2014

    Stacking the Shelves (#44) AKA, the lazy edition because I just finished We Were Liars.

    STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

    How was everybody's week? Yup, this is the lazy edition, so no links or recap because I joined the #liarsliveread and haven't long finished We Were Liars and ohhh, so many feelings. Can't. Function.
     
    Bought (for the kindle)



    (Because Christy @ Christy's Love of Books sold it to me)





    (Because Cait @ Notebook Sisters says so)



      What did you get this week? :)

    Friday, 16 May 2014

    Review: Poppy



    Poppy
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    Publication Date:  May 8th 2014        
    ~A copy was provided by Bloomsbury Childrens in exchange for an honest review~




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    England, 1914. Poppy is fifteen, beautiful and clever, but society has already carved out her destiny. There's no question of her attending the grammar school - it's too expensive and unsuitable for a girl. Instead, Poppy will become a servant at the big house. And she'll 'keep out of trouble'. But Poppy's life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love - with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war. Nothing could have prepared her for that. As she experiences what people are capable of - the best of humanity and the very worst - Poppy will find an unexpected freedom and discover how to be truly her own person
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    I do love Historicals, mainly because it's a way of learning without actually feeling like you're learning, because you're not reading a textbook, you're not reading information. You're reading about a life in that era, about the war and the way of treatments, you're learning while reading something you enjoy. Although it's researched, and of course, might not all be accurate, but...

    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    We Were Liars: Read-Along #lliarsliveread

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Hey, you...psst, yes, you...
     
     




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    A beautiful and distinguished family.
    A private island.
    A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
    A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
    A revolution. An accident. A secret.
    Lies upon lies.
    True love.
    The truth.

    We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Read it.
    And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

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    Have you read We Were Liars by  yet, or just want to read it for the second, third, fourth...time? (Come on, you know you want to.) I'm joining HotKeyBooks, other bloggers and readers in a read-along under #liarsliveread this Saturday (17th) at 1PM (BST)/ 5AM (PDT) on twitter.

    So join, come say hello, laugh at our reactions (because you know, that's going to be fun). Plus, my review for it is going to mainly be a reaction review because you obviously need to read the book to understand it. So. Go. Do. It. Read. Now. (Or Saturday) ;)

    So, see you there! Or read you there? I don't know, I'm leaving now.






     

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014

    Waiting on Wednesday (#44)

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






     


     





     
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    The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion and turn their lives upside down all over again.

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    You know the thing I loved about The Secret Diamond Sisters? Reading about Vegas. And how happy am I that there's blue on the cover this time. Favourite colour.
     

    What're you waiting on?

    Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Review: Life By Committee



    Life by Committee Life by Whatever strangers tell me to do next because I don't have one.
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    Publication Date:  May 13th 2014        
    ~A copy was provided by Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review~






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    Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

    Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

    Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

    Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

    But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

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    Secret: I want to hit this book.
    Assignment: Do it.
    Ohhh, there are a lot of things I have to say about Life By Committee. So, the good news or bad news first? Hmm.

    The good news? It's short, and for a fraction there, you might think it has some deeper meaning.  Kudos.

    Monday, 12 May 2014

    Review: Cuckoo Song



    Cuckoo Song
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    Publication Date:  May 8th 2014 
    ~A copy was provided by Macmillan Children's in exchange for an honest review~





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    The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak.
    'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'
    When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out.

    Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late...

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    This was one crazy ride my Cuckoo's.
    By the synopsis you know it's going to be creepy, along with the creepy cover itself, and of course it's that kind of creepy that drew me in, because creepy is my thing. I'm going to be using creepy a lot.

    Sunday, 11 May 2014

    Stacking the Shelves (#43) & Recap

    STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

    How was everybody's week? So, I had my third auto-approval last week from Hachette Childrens, and I got my first approval from Tor, which I'm super excited about because it's one I was really hoping I'd get approved for, so yay! :)
     
    For Review
    Edelweiss:



     

     

     

     
    (Thanks to  Spencer Hill Contemporary, Algonquin Books and Edelweiss)
     
    For Review
    Netgalley:




    Unwept, Sweet Unrest and Of Scars and Stardust
    (Thanks to Tor books, Flux and Netgalley)



      What did you get this week? :)

       
    
     A recap of posts this week