This Week in Books 16.09.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Hope you guys are having a good week!

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Now: Vengeance Road ~ Erin Bowman

I’m not very far into this, but I have high hopes!

Then: This Crumbling Pageant ~ Patricia Burroughs// The Reckoning Stones ~ Laura DiSilverio

I had mixed feeling about This Crumbling Pageant, my review will be up next week, and my review of The Reckoning Stones went up yesterday.

Next: ???

I’m not really sure this time. As a reward for finishing off nearly all of my outstanding review requests, I think I’ll pick up something off my physical TBR bookshelf. I have Golden Boy, Alice in Zombieland, and Don’t Look Now amongst many, many others…

New on the Shelves

I was approved for the following titles via Netgalley:

Seize the Night ~ Various, Edited by Christopher Golden

I’m mega happy I got approved for this collection as I want to review it for my annual Horror October.

seizethenightA blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.

Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

Corrupted ~ Lisa Scottoline

This is the third book in the series and I haven’t read the previous two but it sounds like that won’t be an issue from Goodreads. I couldn’t resist after reading the synopsis

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Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn’t like to fail.

Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn’t free Jason, and to this day it’s the case that haunts her.

Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn’t been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn’t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures–of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Light that gets Lost ~ Natasha Carthew

This looks and sounds right up my alley!

thelightthatA small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there’s no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he’s only small, he swears that he’ll get revenge one day.

Years later, Trey enters a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It’s packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey’s been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he’s he not here for saving: this is where he’ll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark.

Expected Publication: November 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week in Books 12.08.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: My Soul Immortal ~Jen Printy

Really enjoying this so far, it’s pretty addictive!

Then: Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell

I’m so glad I stuck this one out. I didn’t love it at the beginning but I did by the end! My review will up next week.

Next: ???

It’s back to the review request pile, so the next one will be Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: I am completely broke at the moment so I’m back on a book buying ban!

Netgalley: I was approved for The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore which was my WoW pick last week. That’s twice in row that’s happened. Whoop! More info here.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Our Lady of the Ice ~ Cassandra Rose Clarke

I haven’t read anything by this author (The Assassin’s Curse; The Pirates Wish) yet, but I’ve fallen in love with the cover and premise of this one!

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Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.

Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.

Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.

But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over… Expected Publication: October 27th 2015 by Saga Press

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week in Books 05.08.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell

I’ve only just started this, but it’s adorable already.

Then: The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey

I finished this at the weekend, but I’m still not sure how I felt about it! My review will be up next week, hopefully!

Next: ???

It’s back to the review request pile, so the next one will be Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: The only book I bought this week was a pre-order. One of my favourite musicians is Patrick Wolf, and he is releasing his first book of poems and art. Eeeeek can’t wait to get my hands on it!

ghostregionmock_copy_2_grande“I belong, here in the ghost region, all alone on the shore, this changing line between land and sea, between a cease fire and a war”

A new book written by Patrick Wolf, a collection of poems, journal entries and reflections from of the period between Lycanthropy and The Magic Position when Patrick Wolf produced and wrote the album “Wind in the Wires” a decade ago from the age of 21. Recently uncovering many volumes of poetry, streams of consciousness, drawing and prose, Patrick has curated and translated them into a portrait of a time of adventure and misadventure he has entitled “The Ghost Region”. Inspired in form by the freeform of Ferlenghetti’s “A Coney Island of The Mind” and Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves”, this is a beautifully made 93 page perfect bound book. The front cover is one of a series of paintings made near Lands End during a lyric writing retreat in 2003. Within the book are previously unseen drawings and self portraits from this time.

Netgalley: I was approved for The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder which was my WoW pick last week. So happy I got approved for this one. More info here.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Poison Artist ~ Jonathan Moore

I can’t remember where I came across this book, but it sounds soooo good! It’s not out until next year though 😦

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A tale of desire, obsession, and deadly mystery, with echoes of Vertigo.

Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he is drinking whiskey at the speakeasy House of Shields when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers, and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her.

As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial murder investigation. The police are fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One man vanished from House of Shields the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can’t offer any information. But he is secretly helping the city’s medical examiner, an old friend, understand the chemical evidence on the victims’ remains. Caleb’s search for the killer soon entwines with his hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes.

The Poison Artist is a gripping literary thriller about obsession and damage, about a man unmoored by an unspeakable past and an irresistible woman who offers the ultimate escape. Expected Publication: January 26th 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week in Books 29.07.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

I hope you’re all having a good week!

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Now: The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey

This has been interesting so far but I’m not loving it yet!

Then: The Dark Heroine ~ Abigail Gibbs

I loved parts of this book and hated others. My review will be up next week.

Next: ???

I finally sorted out my outstanding review requests so the next one will be Wonder Light by R.R Russell

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: I didn’t buy any books this week.

Netgalley: I was approved for Lost Girl by R.L Stine

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Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new instalment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults.

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago.

Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror. Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The World According to Anne ~ Jostein Gaarder

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When sixteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be some truth to what she is seeing.

Anna is haunted by visions of the desolate world of 2082. She sees her great-granddaughter, Nova, in a wasteland peopled by ragged survivors, after animals and plants have died out.

The more Anna sees, the more she realises she must act to prevent the future in her visions becoming real. But can she act quickly enough?

Haunting, gripping and magical, The World According to Anna is a fable for our time. Expected Publication: 12th November 2015 by Orion

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week in Books 22.07.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

I’m back to business as usual after a busy couple of weeks. But that’s not busy in the reading sense, unfortunately!

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Now: The Dark Heroine ~ Abigail Gibbs

There was a huge buzz – good and bad – surrounding this book when it first came out, and I was always intrigued by it. I picked a copy up from a charity shop a few weeks ago…can’t resist a vampire romance, obviously.

Then: Horns ~ Joe Hill

The last one I finished was Horns, which I really liked but it went on a bit. My review will be up next week sometime. I also finished Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl. I posted a mini review at the weekend.

Next: ???

I still need to sort out my outstanding review requests – I’ll be posting about them this week. I don’t know which is first on my hit list yet.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: I didn’t buy any books or make any requests this week!

Wishlist: I did add a couple of books to the wishlist though:

I saw Flunked on the great Pages Unbound and had to add it to my list!

flunkedFull of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?

I first saw Guardian of the Dead over at Wingedcreature Reads and was stunned by the cover. It sounds great too!

guardiansSeventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline.

But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of killings that share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie’s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, “You need it. It will save your soul.” Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies in an epic battle for immortality.

Debut author Karen Healey introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a fresh, strong voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Māori mythology, romance, and betrayal.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Dead House ~ Dawn Kurtagich

deadhouse This debut by Dawn Kurtagich sounds all kinds of good!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known. Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week in Books 24.06.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: The Bones of You ~ Debbie Howells

I was hooked on this straight away! It’s out at the end of the month.

Then: The Testimony of a Hanged Man ~ Ann Granger // There is no Dog ~ Meg Rosoff

I finally finished The Testimony of the a Hanged Man, which I was reading at lunch times. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t massively exciting. I also finished There is no Dog, which I was a bit disappointed in.

Next: ???

I really don’t know this time actually. I have Horns by Joe Hill, Reckless by Devon Hartford, and whole load of reveiw requests at the top of my list!

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: The first thing I did when I got home from my holiday was to buy book 2 in the Samantha Smith series by Devon Hartford. The first one was totally addictive.

recklessNow that Samantha Smith has confronted the demons from her dark past in Fearless, she’s excited to jump into adulthood with newfound confidence and friends Romeo, Madison, and Kamiko.

Samantha passionately hopes that her dreams of becoming an artist are more than girlish fancy. All she has to do for them to come true is change her major from Accounting to Art, but she fears her parents will fly off the handle when she reveals her intentions.

Christos Manos, the ultimate bad-boy boyfriend, is committed to staying by Samantha’s side, nurturing her and helping her discover her potential, no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way.

When Samantha’s life starts to unravel, Christos is the only person she can turn to for the emergency support she needs. But Christos is fighting his own dark demons, tangled secrets he’s kept hidden from the beginning.

Samantha will be tested to the limits of her resilience, and must discover how truly Fearless she can be in the name of love.

Netgalley: I didn’t make any requests this week.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Sky Key ~ James Frey & Nils Johnson- Shelton

skykey Ahhhh I can’t wait for the second Endgame book!

Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.

Queens, New York. Aisling Kopp believes the unthinkable: that Endgame can be stopped. But before she can get home to regroup, she is approached by the CIA. They know about Endgame. And they have their own ideas about how it should be Played. Ideas that could change everything.

Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia. Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt narrowly survived an attack that leaves him horribly disfigured. He now knows something the other Players do not. But the Aksumites have a secret that is unique to their line. A secret that can help redeem humanity—and maybe even be used to help defeat the beings behind Endgame.

London, England. Sarah Alopay has found the first key. She is with Jago—and they are winning.But getting Earth Key has come at a great cost to Sarah. The only thing that keeps the demons at bay is Playing. Playing to win.

Sky Key—wherever it is, whatever it is—is next. And the nine remaining Players will stop at nothing to get it.

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by HarperCollins

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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This Week In Books 03.06.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: The Almost King ~ Lucy Saxon // The Testimony of a Hanged Man ~ Ann Granger

After a pretty shaky start, The Almost King has picked up, and I’m enjoying it. I’m stiiiiiiiilllllll going on my lunchtime read too.

Then: The Quality of Silence ~ Rosamund Lupton

I misread the release date for this and thought it was out this week rather than the beginning of July. Fail. But, that just meant I got to LOVE this book even sooner. It was so good! My review will be up on a couple of weeks, nearer to its release.

Next: ???

I’ll be choosing from my holiday reads which I posted about here.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: After last week’s binge, I didn’t buy any books this week.

Netgalley: I was really happy to be approved for The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell this week, as it was my ‘Waiting On’ pick last week.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Girl Who Just Appeared ~ Jonathan Harvey

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This sounds crazy good!

Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she’s always felt she was someone with no history. All she has is the address of where she was born – 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. When Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent, she travels north and moves in. And in the very same flat, under the floorboards, she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers. Could these papers be the key to her past?

Liverpool – 1981

Fifteen-year-old Darren is negotiating life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is raising. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him, Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.

Moving between the past and the present, Darren and Holly’s lives become intertwined. Will finding Darren give Holly the answers she craves? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

Expected publication: July 17th 2014 by Pan

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

If you still do a similar WWW post (or just want to join in, leave your link/answers in the comments, OR why not tweet using #ThisWeekInBooks, and I’ll come and visit!