Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers get the chance to post their own lists of the chosen theme for that week.
This week the theme is Top 10 Books On My Spring 2013 TBR List :) 
In no particular order..

1) The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
2) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
3) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
4) Slammed by Colleen Hoover
5) Easy by Tammara Webber
6) Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
7) Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
8) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
9) A Million Suns by Beth Revis
10) Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Let me know if you have read any of these books and your opinions on them in the comments ;)

Friday, 8 March 2013

COVER REVEAL: Hell's Hollow by Summer Stone

I am excited to reveal to you the cover of Summer Stones debuting novel Hell's Hollow. The description of this book is really intriguing and I hope to check it out as soon after it is officially released! :)

Title: Hell's Hollow
Author: Summer Stone
Publication date:
March 2013
YA Paranormal

When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.

Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she's in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women's fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!
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Friday, 1 March 2013

Player by Laura DeLuca

Title: Player
Author: Laura DeLuca
Publication Date: 12/12/12

Joshua Handover had it all. He was handsome, rich, athletic, and had always been popular with the ladies. Yet, until he gets paired up with his beautiful but shy lab partner, Rosa, he never allowed himself to fall in love. As the chemistry between them grows, Josh realizes that his player days have come to end. But it seems his change of heart has come too late. Not only is Rosa leery of his bad boy reputation, he has four vindictive ex-girlfriends who are on a rampage. At first he doesn’t take their threats seriously, but then his tires are slashed, someone tries to poison him, and one of the girls turns up dead. Josh doesn’t know who to trust, but one thing is certain. It definitely isn’t worth the price he’s paying to be a player. 

Someone else came over to offer Nadine their congratulations, so Josh said goodbye and went to his locker to get his backpack. He figured he would meet up with Andrea and Rosa in the parking lot. He fumbled with the combination before finally getting the door to swing open. Something glittered on the top shelf and caught his eye. He reached for it, and a small scrap of paper fluttered to the floor.
At first he wasn’t sure what he was holding. It was a pink plastic tiara with some big gaudy plastic jewels. It was the type of thing he had seen in dollar stores for little girls’ birthday parties. It was practically broken in half, and the edges were sharp. Josh pricked his finger on the jagged point, and a few drops of blood welled from the small wound. He put his finger in his mouth as he bent to pick up the paper that had fallen. When he read it, the broken crown suddenly made sense and he wondered how he could have been so naïve. He should have realized from the instant he saw it what it meant.
“Josh decided to play around. Now one of his girls is under the ground. Another has a big bump on her head. And by the end of the dance, the queen will be dead.” 

I don't know about you but this excerpt has really intrigued me! I'm a sucker for a good romance but this is your chick lit with a twist.. Definitely going to check it out!  (‘∀’●)♡

If you are interested in buying Player, then please check out these links!
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About the Author:
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. She loves writing young adult novels, because it keeps her young at heart. She is the author of three published works including Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, and Phantom, and has several more projects in the works.

Author Links
For more information on Laura DeLuca and her books please visit her website here.


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Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan

Title: The Prophecy
Author: Rachel Deagan
Publication date: 08/02/2013
YA Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction
“The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”

Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.

In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves - and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.

Excerpt:  Trees swept by Devin as he ran. Their gangly tendrils grasped at his clothes, tearing scratches at his skin. He almost welcomed it. The ache to have physical contact with something, anything, burned as a residual longing deep inside of him, but that was what the men wanted. They knew his touch would kill, and he would not fall to that level.

It hurt, knowing he had to always stay away, but he refused to care. No one gave a crap about him anyway. The abuse and torture from Lament and his crew proved that was true, but they would not break him.

He would not become their weapon. They could go to hell.

The sound of footsteps moved behind him, and he quickened his pace, scrambling as best he could through the darkened branches. Sweat broke across his brow, and his lungs heaved for air. Even in the cool, night breeze, the gray tee shirt he wore clung to his chest, hot and damp. It had seemed like hours since he had broken free of Lament’s hell-hole prison of a lab, and he had no idea where he was headed. All he knew was that he had to run. He couldn’t live like that. He would not become a monster.

If only he could find a way to blend in and hide amongst the canopy of darkness, perhaps the idiots would pass him by unseen. Maybe he could be free.

He couldn’t go back. He would rather die. 

About the Author
Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the 'dreamy' one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.

To me this book looks really interesting I will definitely be checking it out soon!
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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

March - To Be Read!

Hello guys! ヾ(^∇^)
As March is rapidly approaching (wtf I swear only yesterday it was the start of the new year?!!) I have decided to post my March to be read list. I will start doing this at the end of each month :)
So here goes...!

1) Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles 1#) By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
 This book I actually purchased around two years ago. I just never got round to reading it (ノ´д`) (So disgraced) But I actually went to watch the movie last week and wow! Truly was amazing I would recommend it to anyone! So hopefully this book will be one of the first I read this month!

2) Captive In The Dark by CJ Roberts - I purchased this book last month and have still yet to read. You can blame my snail pace reading for that. Seriously I am sooooooo slow (what is me).

3) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - I recently also went to watch Warm Bodies in the cinema which I also lurvedddd. So I will definitely be checking out the book next month!

4) Slammed by Colleen Hoover - I love the whole taboo teacher/student romance concept. (Give me any taboo themed book and I am guranteed to love it) So I am super excited to get my hands on this! Two friends have also recommended this book to me so hopefully it will be read soon!

Like I mentioned before I read at snails pace so I will only be posting these 4 for now. But who knows what would happen ;) I am actually going abroad mid March for 4 weeks and I always read lots when I'm abroad so I may be able to actually be able to stick to my 2013 reading challenge (50 books) ( ´∀`)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: 01/03/2012
Book Description: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Review:  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is without a doubt one of the most funniest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You would be surprised since its called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl but this book is not all about dying. If you are one of those people who don’t enjoy reading “dying books” then you can still enjoy this book.

What I liked: Ahhh where to begin. The first thing that gripped me was the cover. So.. Colorful! The inside of the book was also formatted nicely and looked really cool.  It definitely stands out on my book shelf.
I also adored the characters! The book is written by the male protagonist Greg Gaines as he tells his own story about his own experience. I really enjoyed this writing as style as we got to see all of Greg’s thoughts and got to know his unique but hilarious personality first hand. Although Andrews didn’t create a handsome sexy male protagonist I still found myself really caring for Greg a lot. I really felt empathy for his character. His “best friend” Earl Jackson was equally as obscenely hilarious. I loved the two contrasting personalities between him and Greg. I loved how the book didn’t hold back on the crude language. We really did get to experience everything these two young boys said and did.. It was entertaining to say the least.
So that brings me onto the aspect I loved the most which was the humor. You may be thinking .. Why? Didn’t you enjoy the actual plot more? To be truthfully honest the plot wasn’t all that amazing. Neither was it meant to be. Like I mentioned before the book is written by the protagonist Greg Gaines and he says himself he is not a writer. He just wanted to tell his story. His brutally honest personality and awkwardness was really refreshing to read. The emotions in which Greg and Earl felt, particularly towards the end of the book felt so raw. I feel like this is a book anyone could enjoy.

What I didn’t like: There is nothing I disliked about the book. Nothing! Only suggestion would be give us more! The book ended way to quickly for me I just wanted more
(*´▽`*)  (write a sequel please Jesse Andrews thank you love you)

So to conclude… read this book! READ IT. I have not ever seen this on book blog before so it would be interesting to see others opinions on it. You honestly won’t regret it!

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Review - Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: 26/05/2011

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

Review: I adored this book. I can’t tell you how long its been since I've really became so absorbed into a book. I literally couldn’t put it down. At first (for some absurd reason) I was kinda reluctant to pick this up and read. This is mainly because one of my friends said the main guy in it is not attractive at all as he has a buzz cut (to each their own). But with another friend nagging at me to read I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did.
What I liked: The whole plot was perfect. From such a simple idea for a YA romance Jamie McGuire really described everything realistically and vividly. The pacing was great, it had the perfect amount of drama, romance and humor you could ever want to find in a book. I’m a sucker for a love hate relationship and this book… (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ my feels.
I also loved the characters. The male protagonist is Travis Maddox. He is described as “sexy, built, and covered in tattoos”. What more could you ask for ;) He really is oozing in testosterone. Although I have read a couple reviews on goodreads where people were “creeped” out by his full on, possessive and clingy personality, I digress! Fight for your woman man! Do what needs to be done. I admit a few times in the book he does become violent and is described as throwing furniture about, beating up guys but that’s all part of his personality and charm. I like how Abby the female protagonist is really the only one who keeps him calm and level headed. Yes their relationship was intense, even described as a disaster but that’s the point. The book is called Beautiful Disaster for a reason. I also loved all the secondary characters: America, Shep, Finch. McGuire really took the time to develop each character and give them all their own personality.

What I didn’t like: I’m finding it hard to state what I didn’t like simply cos there is barely anything I could criticize. However If I was really going to be a picky bitch I would say the ending could have been better. I felt it ended too quickly with Abby suggesting such a huge life-changing idea at only 19 years old. I kinda felt she was going against her moral code she kept throughout the book. But hey, fuck i,t if you are that much in love.. Who knows what you would do.  (´ ▽`).。o♡

Ahhhhhhh I would honestly recommend this book to ANYONE. It is amazing, my new baby hfdsjhk definitely up their with some of my faves. I cannot wait to anymore books in this fabulous series!

5/5 Stars