Friday Feature: 5 Rabbit Books I Haven’t Read!

Happy Easter Everyone!

I’ve been pondering what to do for today’s Friday Feature all week. I wanted to do an Easter special, because y’know, four glorious days off work deserves at least that but I kept coming up blank where Easter-ish books are concerned.

It turns out, I’m not really big on rabbits – something you have to associate with Easter, right? So I thought I’d educate myself and post a top 5 of books featuring rabbits.

If you’ve read any of them, let me know if they’re worth a read.

5. When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

ff1 This is a book about a brother and a sister. It’s a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it’s a book about love in all its forms.

In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence- a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.

4. Masquerade by Kit Williams

ff2 Somewhere in Britain Jack Hare lost the Moon’s gift to the sun. Solve the riddles, unravel the puzzles, and see if you can figure out where.

3. Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary Wolf

ff3Gary K. Wolf creates a wonderfully skewed and totally believable world made up of equal parts Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, and Walt Disney. A riotously surreal spoof of the hard-boiled detective novel. Packed with action and laughs. Wolf s cult classic, highly praised novel is the basis for the blockbuster Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

2. Redwall by Brian Jacques

ff4Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge – the evil-one-eyed rat warlord – and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends. . . . .

1. Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

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Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

 

And here is one that I have read, and recommend:

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

ff6Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life stories inspired by her discoveries of fascinating, hidden scraps of the past. Here an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits, a plague ballad, surgical case notes, theological pamphlets, and an articulated skeleton are ingeniously fleshed out into rollicking, full-bodied fictions.
Whether she’s spinning the tale of an English soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon’s attempts to “improve” women, a seventeenth-century Irish countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an “undead” murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those men and women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.

Divergent, The Movie: A Rant

I famously hate all of the movie adaptations of books I love, so don’t let this put you off seeing it…

 
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I’ll keep it brief:

  1. NO HOT MAKE-OUT SCENE ON TRAIN
  2. What was wrong with Four’s voice (and he totally wasn’t hot enough)?
  3. NO HOT MAKE-OUT SCENE ON TRAIN
  4. All the Dauntless transfer boys looked the same. It was confusing
  5. Worst tattoos ever
  6. The fighting was lame
  7. SERIOUSLY, THERE WERE NO HOT MAKE-OUT SCENES

But other than that it was OK I guess…

 

*I thought Shailene Woodley was actually pretty good, and I liked the music.

 

WWW Wednesday! 16.04.2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Wednesday, already! And, just one more day to go until a lonnnnnnnnnnng weekend for me! If you can’t tell, I’m very excited about this!

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to this week and just look how pretty these covers are together!!

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Currently Reading: After much indecision between this and Scarlet, I started Insurgent. I had to after watching the Divergent film – which I’m doing a quick post about soon.

Recently Finished: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett which was…I don’t even know….I’m trying to put my thoughts in order! And The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass which I reviewed here.

Up Next: Definitely Scarlet by Marissa Meyer! I also have After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts which I keep pushing back (sorry!!!), and Cutlass by Ashley Nixon for a blog tour in a week or so. Busy, busy.

Leave your link and I’ll come visit :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish (but not books) Wishlist…

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is Top Ten bookish (but not actual books) that you wish you own.

1. I’m guessing this will on the top of most people’s list but I NEED my own library, preferably in a room that used to be a ballroom, with mirrored walls. Or failing that, all of these: Amazing Home Libraries

2. A window seat with a pretty view.
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3. Some amazing book ends. Like these:
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4. To arrange my books by colour – and to all be the same size!
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5. I’ve wanted a Peter Pan tattoo for about 10 years. This will happen. Soon!

6. My own library stamp for loaning books, like this one from Etsy.

7. A Penguin Books deck chair for reading outside in the summer.
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8. A throne for reading. Everyone needs a reading throne, right? Maybe something like this…
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9. An e-reader that is actually a book. As in, you can download any book onto it, but it still looks and feels like a book. Does this exist? It must exist. If not, COPYRIGHTED.

10. To read every book like this:

The Selection Stories [insert squeal here] by Kiera Cass.

18172471 (1)Two novellas set in the world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are now available in print for the first time. The Prince and The Guard both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer’s love. This collection also features exclusive bonus content, including a sneak peek at The One, the eagerly anticipated third novel in the Selection series.

Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen’s life within the palace walls–and the truth about a guard’s world that America will never know.

Just in case you’ve missed my previous fangirling installments, I’m a teeny bit obsessed with Kiera Cass’ The Selection Series, certainly more obsessed than any 30 year old should be (shudder)! But I’ve never been one to read novellas, especially when they’re only available online, so I was pretty stoked when this was released last month to add to my collection of pretty covers.

Oh Maxon. Swoon.

There’s not a great deal to The Prince and The Guard really, but they still quenched my Selection thirst and will tide me over until The One is released next month.

Both novellas let us see the selection process from different perspectives than the books. In The Prince, we see Maxon prepare for the arrival of the girls, his anxieties and fears. And we also get more of an insight into his relationship with the king.

I liked finding out what he thought of America and the other girls, and becoming king. He’s just so cute, and slightly damaged which obviously hot. TEAM MAXON all the way.

In The Guard, we get a better insight into the royal guard and Aspen’s plans to win America back, set at the time of the second book, The Elite. We also see more of the sinister underbelly of the court, and the rebel attacks.

Also, there was this weird part about the guards taking drugs to enhance their abilities, which never really developed into anything but was a welcome element of intrigue. Hopefully it’ll develop into more in The One.

I think it would be hard to recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read the books, but it could be a good taster. The series is definitely not for everyone, but I think it’s a masterpiece in YA trash. I can’t get enough.

Is it May 6th yet???

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Disclosure?: Nope, I bought it!
Title: The Selection Stories
Author: Kiera Cass
Details: Paperback, 227 pages
Published: February 4th 2014 by HarperTeen
My Rating: 4/5

Friday Feature: Labyrinth Mania

Labyrinth, the 1986 Jim Henson film starring David Bowie (swoon) and Jennifer Connelly (it’s not fairrrrr) is clearly the best film there ever was.

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So just imagine my excitement when I discovered that not only is there a book ‘based on the film’-why is that not a thing anymore?- there is also a sequel in manga form. And it is amazing.

So far, I’ve only managed to get Vol 1 and 2 and have been on the look our for the other two for about three years now…they seem quite rare, and pricey! I refuse to pay £20 for a manga comic, even if it does look as cool as this:

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Just look at Jareth. Woah.

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You can read the first two volumes online at Manga Here.

And that is my gift to you all as we head into the weekend. Big Yays.

View the series on Goodreads

Not Your Average School Ski Trip…

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

spr4It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Well, getting hooked on this series was probably inevitable. Some hot vampires and a kick-ass female lead, in a high school setting…now, where have I seen that before!? I was really impressed with the first book in this series though, as I wasn’t expecting it to be so rooted in Vampire Lore. (You can check out my review of book 1 here.)

Frostbite, continues where we left off. Rose is getting closer to becoming an official guardian and trying to keep her distance from hot russian Dimitri, whilst Lissa is sickeningly in love with Christian and trying to control her weird Vamp powers.

It’s Christmas (yay) and they are all forced (not that you wouldn’t go willing by the sounds of it) to spend it at an exclusive ski resort to keep hidden from the deadly Strigoi who are still picking off the Moroi royalty one by one. Of course! Where else would one go?

I was pleased that this book has a prologue that went over what we’d learned thus far; the gospel according to Dhampirs, Moroi and Strigoi if you will (I still can’t pronounce them), to remind us of all the intricacies involved in their society and the stigma that comes from certain choices, should they make them. However what I wasn’t OK with was all of the other catch-up sessions in the book. The prologue was perfect, I really didn’t think we needed the rest.

There were a few other things I was disappointed with in this book as well, maybe disappointed is a bit harsh considering I couldn’t put it down, but I felt like all the dark shiz that made me love the first book was gone.

Now they know what Lissa’s deal is, there’s no self-harm (which is obviously a good thing but it made for good reading!), no dead animal corpses in her dorm, and now that Lissa and Rose are permanently back at St Vlads (yes, we’re on nick-name terms already, I move fast) no hot ‘dirty’ feeding sessions. Bore off.

But, I digress. Overall, Frostbite wasn’t boring at all. With the focus taken off Lissa and Rose a little, we get to explore some of the minor (and new!) characters a bit. There’s definitely more of Christian, Lissa’s boyfriend, who I’m really hoping is going to turn out to be evil, right? Because if not what is he good for?-Creating tension between Lissa and Rose I guess, but it was a bit meh.

We also get more of Mason, who grew on me throughout the book, he’s pretty adorable. And then there’s the introduction of tall, dark, mysterious and probably deadly Adrian who seems to be stalking Rose a bit. Well, who wouldn’t!?

AND OF COURSE, there’s Dimitri. Oh delicious Dimitri… Richelle Mead you really are spoiling us!

I liked that they didn’t get together too quickly (because you know, it’s wrong), but I really hope it’s not going to end up being a whole on/off, on/off thing for the next 4 books too.

I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS right now. Sigh.

One thing I wasn’t expecting however, was that Rose started to annoy me a bit in this book. I like a protagonist that is confident, but in Frostbite, her self-assuredness (that’s not even a word is it? Bitca!) got a bit too much. She’s constantly pointing out how hot her body is, like anyone actually ever says that to themselves all the time! Pfft, anyway…

No matter what, I couldn’t put Frostbite down. It definitely has some flaws but I’m too far gone to care. I’m invested in Rose, Dimitri and Lissa, and GIVE ME THE NEXT ONE NOW.

Ahem. Please.

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Disclosure?: Nope, I bought it!
Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Details: Paperback, 327 pages
Published: April 10th 2008 by Razorbill
My Rating: 4/5

WWW Wednesday! 09.04.14

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

We’ve made it to another Wednesday, hurrah! Here’s what I’ve been up to this week.

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Currently Reading: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett. Early days yet. It’s definitely taking a bit of getting into but it’s going to be either amazingly epic, or awful. Plus, I also started The Selection Stories which is kind of distracting. Oh Maxon!

Recently Finished: I finished The False Prince which I really liked despite having some issues with it (review here) and Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead which was great but not as great as the first one. Review will be up in the next day or so.

Up Next: Battle of the sequels continues – Either Insurgent or Scarlet. Uber excited about both. On verge of Fangirling.

Let me know what you’re reading, or leave a link to your post and I’ll come and take a look :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week. This week the topic is Top Ten UNIQUE books that you’ve read (can be in terms of plot, style or character etc.)

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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey: This was the first book I read that uses a stream-of-consciousness style of narrative. It is a work of fiction but written as a memoir, which is a pretty unique, powerful tool.

Water by Terra Harmony: I really need to read the rest of this series. I didn’t love this book, but I’d never read anything quite like it. It’s an eco-fantasy novel in which a girl gets kidnapped by what I could only see as a cult. It was strange, and horrible in places, but I sort of enjoyed it.

The Corporeal Pull by Sara B. Gauldin: This is another book that I liked but didn’t love, but I also found really unique. It’s a love story that transcends time and space. I thought worked on some levels but not on others. However, it’s one I’ll remember for a long time, which can only be a good thing.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Dystopian YA books are everywhere these days, but this was truly ahead of the game. In Ness’ world, everyone can hear each others thoughts and yet somehow, nothing is as it seems. It is written from the 1st person perspective of protagonist Todd, bad spelling and rambling thoughts n all.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley: I found this book unique because it puts a young woman protagonist together with a vampire, yet it’s not concerned with romance, nor are the vampires seen as attractive. Refreshing these days.

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Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo: This book is amongst the most visceral of books I’ve read. It’s a beautifully written, often disturbing novel exploring gender roles, oppression and colonialism on a small Cabribean island. Elements of the plot were unique, as was the writing which used vivid descriptions of smells to entice or repulse the reader.

Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui: Granted I haven’t read much Japanese fiction, but for me this book was unique for the simple reason of how insane it was. Futuristic, innovative, and down-right creepy, this book is about a dreams taking over reality when a psychotherapy device is stolen. Weird.

The Book With No Name by Anonymous: It’s by anonymous for starters. And has no name. And, the only way I can describe it is if Quentin Tarrantino and Robert Rodriguez got tanked up and decided to write a b-movie in novel form. It’s completely Batshit!

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: A story within a story… and I loved how the text was printed in red and green to differentiate between Fantasia and the real world.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: There was something pretty unique about the relationship between Katsa and Po in ths book. It was realistic, natural and healthy. Something that’s rarely found in YA series.