September 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found/ October Releases

September hasn’t been my best month, reading wise and beyond.

I had a successful month free of booze (hurrah), but I also had to start job hunting, which left less time to read than usual (not hurrah). However, I’m trying to see the whole palaver as an opportunity. On to bigger and better things…I hope.

But for now, let’s just get on with the stats…

Total Posts: 24
Books Read: 5

Reviews (5):

  • Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie, 4/5 (View)
  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, 3/5 (View)
  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah, 5/5 (View)
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, 3/5 (View)
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: N/A

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: Of Scars and Stardust
Most Disappointing: Prince of Thorns
Most Exciting: Of Scars and Stardust
Most Swoon-worthy: Shadow Kiss
Most Beautifully Written: Of Scars and Stardust

Genres: YA (3/5); Thriller/Mystery (2/5); Dystopian (1/5); Supernatural/Paranormal (1/5); Fantasy (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Paperback (3/5); Owned (1/5); Borrowed (2/5)

Friday Features:

  • Book Event Envy (View Post)
  • Horror October: Ghostly Guest Posts & Slimy Submissions Wanted (still open!) (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights:

Most Viewed Posts:

 

Added to the Shelves:

I lifted my book buying ban to buy some books for Horror October…and The Maze Runner for good measure.
septbuys

Netgalley Approvals:

septnet

Awards

botm - sept
cotm - sept

mlft - oct

October Releases

Here are the October releases I’m most excited about:
octcoll

Available to pre-order from Waterstones.

Advertisements

Book Promo: Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman

Today’s book promo comes from best-selling author Michele Gorman whose previous books include Single in the City and The Curvy Girls Club. With her forthcoming book, Perfect Girl, she had me at ‘Cinderella meets Falling Down’…

perfect
 
Title: Perfect Girl
Author: Michele Gorman
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
Format(s): Paperback; e-book
Expected Publication: October 14th 2014 by Notting Hill Press
 
Links:
Goodreads
Notting Hill Press

Purchase:
Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all.

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the “W” in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?

With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man’s world.

Book Trailer


 
Perfect Girl is available to pre-order from Amazon, at just £2.49/$4.13 for the Kindle edition.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

how
Title: How I Live Now
Author: Meg Rosoff
Series: N/A
Edition: Paperback, 194
Publication Details: November 30th 2004 by Wendy Lamb Books
Genre(s): YA; Dystopia
Disclosure? Nope, I borrowed it!

Goodreads
Purchase

“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.

How I Live Now has been a long time coming for me. Meg Rosoff has been on my radar for ages, and I really enjoyed her panel at YALC UK, but I’d not picked up one of her books until now.

And woah. I wasn’t expecting that. I kind of thought it was just going to be another YA dystopian romance, but it was so much more.

How I Live Now is about war, as seen through the eyes of Daisy.

Daisy is an American teen, who finds herself in the English countryside visiting her aunt and cousins, as she hasn’t been getting on with her step-mum. And whilst she’s happy to be away from them, there’s also a deep-rooted feeling of abandonment. She is a complex character, with a lot of issues, but I loved her sarcastic, moody personality, it felt very real. She was strong and weak all at the same time.

Daisy’s aunt, who is somehow involved in the government and the war, has to go away, just as bombs go off in London, leaving Daisy alone with her cousins, fending for themselves. But as the war intensifies, and the power is cut off, they are happily cocooned in their farm.

They make fires, gather food, and swim in the lake, and Daisy starts to enjoy herself. It’s like she feels content for the first time in her life, which has a lot to do with Edmund, whom she felt connected to from the moment they met.

I didn’t realise quite how controversial this book was until I read some of the reviews on Goodreads. People are welcome to their opinions of course, but I feel like a lot of them have missed the point. Yes, Daisy has an eating disorder. Yes, Daisy and her cousin, Edmund fall in love, and yes, they have underage sex and smoke cigarettes.

But How I Live Now doesn’t glamourise these things. The point isn’t that these things are OK. After being truly starving, Daisy realises how stupid she was to refuse to eat. It takes a war for her to be able to adjust her thinking, such is the strength of her mental illness.

And as for the romance and the sex, it’s not gratuitous. Daisy knows it’s wrong, she tries to not want Edmund, but they are drawn to each other too much, in almost a magical way. To me, all this says is, you can’t help who you fall for, and I think under different circumstances they would find it hard to be together. But being left to their own devices, the war brings them together, and inevitably tears them apart.

unicorn rating 4

How I Live Now is available in paperback from Waterstones now.

WWW Wednesday 24.09.14

www_wednesdays4

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 are my answers this week:

wwwcoll

Currently Reading: I’m reading Rush of Shadows by Catherine Bell for an upcoming blog tour, which is about the clash of natives and settlers in 19th century California. Early stages but it’s really interesting so far. I think it’s going to be an emotional one.

I also started Needful Things by Stephen King which is my first Horror October read. It’s sooooo long and the font is sooooo small – such a shock after all the YA I’ve been reading – but I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

Recently Finished: I finished How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff which was both thought-provoking and great. My review will be up at the weekend.

Up Next: I’ll be reading Doll Bones by Holly Black next. A definite answer for once! (Wonder if I can stick to it!?)

Leave the link to your post and I’ll do my best to come and take a look!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read this Autumn

toptentuesday 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 books on my Autumn to-be-read list

Some of these are my reads for Horror October, and some are just the ones at the top of my TBR pile.

tttautumn

tttaut2

Limited Offer: New Book Deals

I’ve been pretty slack in my promotion of Waterstones since I entered into their affiliate programme, but they have some amazing deals on at the moment which I couldn’t resist sharing.

Starting your Christmas shopping early? Fed up of Amazon? Give Waterstones a go. They offer international delivery, free to the UK.

You can click on the titles for book info and/or to purchase.

Half Price on Selected New Releases & Pre-orders

water1

The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse

Publication Date: 11/09/2014
Sale Price: £8.99
RRP: £16.99
Teaser: Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter…

You can also download a preview of this book here.

water2

Awful Auntie by David Walliams

Publication Date: 25/09/2014
Sale Price: £6.49
RRP: £12.99
Teaser: A page-turning, rollicking romp of a read, sparkling with Walliams’ most eccentric characters yet…

water3

Us by David Nicholls

Publication Date: 30/09/2014
Sale Price: £10.00
RRP: £20.00
Teaser: Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together…

waterstones

Jamie’s Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver

Publication Date: 23/09/2014
Sale Price: £15.00
RRP: £30.00
Teaser: Jamie’s new cookbook brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes from around the world….

Paperback Deals

autumn_banner_cta
Browse the full selection here

Signed Special Editions

signed3

signed2

signed1

Browse the full selection here.

Lazy Saturday Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

sk
Title: Shadow Kiss
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Edition: Paperback, 460 pages
Publication Details: November 13th 2008 by Razorbil
Genre(s): YA; Paranormal Romance
Disclosure? Nope, I bought it.

Goodreads
Purchase

It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even “bigger” secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

These books will be the death of me. I swear not a lot happens for 300 pages and then BAM just before the end Richelle Mead hits us with a brick and makes it impossible to not buy the next book. What’s up with that!?

In this, the third book in the series, everyone is concentrating on graduating to become fully fledged Moroi Guardians, or for the Moroi themselves (vampire royalty) just staying alive long enough to be assigned on of the said guardians.

A lot of the story surrounds the last test for the trainees, a six week long field experiment where they’re assigned a Moroi to protect and can be attacked at any time by the guardian teachers pretending to be the crazy, murderous vamps known as Strigoi. Rose can’t wait to prove herself, but one thing is getting in the way – Mason’s ghost, and he’s not the only thing she is seeing.

I enjoyed Shadow Kiss. It just sort of ambled along nice and pleasantly for a while and then the shit hit the fan and I have no words. Mead upped the ante in respect of the action, and the romance, and I need to know what’s going to happen next with Dimitri and Rose, and Adrian and Lissa. Ahh too many good characters!

The more I read of this series, the more it stands out in the vampire genre. There’s definitely a lot more to it than you’d think, but I feel like the plots are getting thinner as it goes on.

unicorn rating 3

The Vampire Academy Series is available in paperback from Waterstones now.