This Week in Books 01.03.17 #TWIB #CurrentlyReading

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we share what we’ve been up to in bookland this week and look ahead to next. 

Bloody Hell it’s March! How did that happen?

Anywayyyy… here’s what my week has looked like:

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Now:  All the Good Things ~ Clare Sita Fisher // The Mercy of the Tide ~ Keith Rosson // The Time Machine ~ H.G Wells

OK so I don’t usually have this many books on the go at once but I started The Mercy of the Tide and although it’s really intriguing it didn’t hook me in. And then the lovely Clare Fisher (who is doing some writing group sessions at my work) gave us some proof copies of her debut novel so I started that on my way home on Friday and I haven’t been able to put it down! I’m also still going on The Time Machine at lunch-times. Whatever they are.

Then:   Wintersong ~ S. Jae-Jones 

I still have no idea how I feel about this book. I loved parts of it, but not others, and it was just…weird. Maybe in a good way. IJDK!

Next: ??? 

Probably The Invisible Hand which I received from the publisher last week!

New on the Shelves

I’ve been very restrained this week and haven’t bought or borrowed any books. The only new additions were All the Good Things as mentioned above and this beauty which was a belated birthday present…LOVE!

I’m Waiting on…

 

Wicked Like Wildfire ~ Lana Popovic

The beautiful cover of this debut is what caught my eye. I’m not huge on teen witch books, but this one sounds like it could have potential. What do you think?


wickedlikeAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.

Expected Publication: August 15th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

So that’s my week in books, now why don’t you tell me about yours!?

Leave your answers or the link to your post in the comments and I’ll take a look 🙂

This Week in Books 07.12.16 #TWIB #CurrentlyReading

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

Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of December!

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

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Now: The Christmas Party ~ Georgette Heyer

I’ve only just started this so not much to report yet.

Then:  The Silent Songbird ~ Melanie Dickerson

I enjoyed this quick read but it was all a bit too Christian for me! My review will be up on Monday.

Next: ??? 

I’m not entirely sure this time. It really depends on my mood.

 

Waiting on Wednesday

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

I really hope I get approved for a copy of this as I really loved the first book, Into the Dim. It’s a long wait until its release. 

 

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

New on the Shelves

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves)

The only books I bought this week were presents so I won’t share those.

From Netgalley: 

The cover of this book is pure LOLS. I’m a bit obsessed with Scotland and men in kilts so I couldn’t help but click the ‘request’ button when i saw it. It’ll be good for a laugh if nothing else!

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So that’s my week in books, now why don’t you tell me about yours!?

Leave your answers or the link to your post in the comments and I’ll take a look 🙂

This Week in Books (03.08.16) #TWIB

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

Happy Wednesday! I’m hoping to get back to a normal schedule from now on – hurrah!  If you’re joining in with TWIB don’t forget to leave the link to your post so everyone can come and take a look. 

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Now:  The Seeing Stone  ~ Kevin Crossley-Holland

I’m still reading this one. It hasn’t captured my attention as much as I thought it would but I really want t finish it. I’m still hoping it will get better…

Then: When Everything Feels Like the Movies ~ Raziel Reid.

I managed to finish this super-quick read. It’s the first book I’ve finished in a while! I liked it but didn’t love it. My review will hopefully be up on Monday. 

Next: ??? 

I think I’ll go for The Song of Achilles (which is featured below), but I may well change my mind!

New on the Shelves

I borrowed this from the library. I’ve heard really good things about at!

songof Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Waiting on Wednesday

(linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Chemist ~ Stephenie Meyer

 

I’m actually really excited by this. I’m probably in the minority when I say that I loved The Host, and the Twilight books will always be one of my favourite guilty pleasures. I’m pleased Meyer is trying different things. The Host was a lot more Sci-Fi than I expected her to go, and I personally think she did it really well. Let’s see if she can add action/ thriller to her repertoire.

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In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors. 

Expected publication: November 15th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

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

If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

This Week in Books #TWIB

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

Happy Wednesday to you all. Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

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Now: The Glittering Court ~ Richelle Mead // Deception ~ Naomi Chase

I didn’t expect to get so sucked into The Glittering Court but I definitely am. Deception, is an urban fiction book which is popular in the library where I work so I promised a few of the guys that I’d read one before passing any judgements (they’re very trashy!).

Then: The Colour of Milk ~ Nell Leyshon // Can You Keep a Secret ~ R.L Stine

I really enjoyed both of these. I’m a bit behind on reviews atm but they’ll be up soon. 

Next: ??? 

Definitely Murder at the 42nd Street Library 

New on the Shelves

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves)

Borrowed: Turbulent Priests by Colin Bateman

This is one of very few books in Bateman’s back catalogue that I haven’t read, so when I saw it in my library I had to take it home!

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Dan Starkey investigates the birth of a new Messiah on a small island off the coast of Ireland. Back together with his wife Patricia and the baby — Little Stevie — that resulted from her affair, Dan accepts a curious commission from Cardinal Daley to investigate the tiny island of Wrathlin, where the inhabitants appear to believe that the new Messiah has been born. The child in question turns out to be a girl called Christine, and the local population has become as defensive and generally crazy as the cast of The Crucible. At first it’s just funny for Dan and Trish, but fairly soon the mood turns very much darker. Packed with Bateman’s trademarket mixture of jokes, shocks and tenderness, Turbulent Priests is his best novel yet.

Review copies from Netgalley: 

I really liked Carey’s TGWATG, and we’ve just booked him for a World Book Night event at work so I hope I can read this in time – and it’s set in a prison!

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 Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.


It’s a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Loving the sound of this one from  horror writer Jason Arnopp.

The Last Days of Jack Sparks

jacksparksJack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.

In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances.

To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.

It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy.

Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack’s final hours.

Read on and decide for yourself what really happened to the notorious Jack Sparks – in this razor-sharp tale about the dangers of mocking what you don’t believe . . .

Expected Publication: July 28th 2016 by Orbit

 So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours? If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

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!

This Week In Books 25.03.2015

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

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Now: What She Left ~ T.R Richmond.

I’ve only just opened this, so nothing to report yet but looking forward to it.

Then: Rebel Belle ~ Rachel Hawkins

I really enjoyed this quick, quirky read. My review will be up next week.

Next: ???

Maybe Heir of Fire or Hold me Closer. Or Blood Red, Snow White. Ahh so many!

New on the Wishlist

I’m still working my way through Mead’s Vampire Academy series, but when I saw this on the excellent Obsessive Bookseller’s blog I had to add it to my wishlist.

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For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews)

Purchased: So my book-buying ban took a hit last week when I randomly found a The Works shop on my travels. They had some books for £1 and also a 3 for £5 offer. It was rude not to, right!?

Here’s my haul:

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Netgalley: I didn’t request any advanced copies this week (pat on the back)!

Borrowed: I didn’t borrow any books this week either.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) ~ Rachel Hawkins
I’m really waiting on this one after just finishing the first book. It was a blast!
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Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life. Expected publication: April 7th 2015

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!

This Week in Books 04.02.15

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

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Now: Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death ~ Chris Riddell //Me & Mr J ~ Rachel McIntyre

Early days with both of these but enjoying them so far.

Then: Red Queen ~ Victoria Aveyard

I am so glad the hype didn’t ruin this book. I loved it! But I also have a LOT to say in the review. It will be up on Monday, closer to the release date (Feb 12th).

I also finished the first Goth Girl book and I’ll be reviewing book 1 & 2 together next week.

Next: ???

Once again, I’m not sure. There are lots of options. I really want to start The Ghosts of Heaven soon, and all the other books I got for my birthday. Plus I caved in and bought some new books too…

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews)

My book buying ban is on hiatus because, well, the release of Fairest crept up on me. And it’s not like you can just order one book from Amazon. I’m sad that Fairest hasn’t turned up yet, but these two arrived yesterday:

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However, I didn’t make any Netgalley requests or borrow any from friends, so that’s something, right?

New on the Wishlist

Golden Boy ~ Abigail Tarttelin
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This book appeared on quite a few Top Ten Tuesday lists last week as a good book club read. I need it. Right now.

Max Walker: blue-eyed boy or girl next door?

To the outside world, Max Walker is a golden boy: a loving son and brother, the perfect student, captain of the football team and every girl’s dream boyfriend.

But Max was born intersex – neither fully boy nor fully girl. Now something terrible has happened to him, the consequences of which have left him questioning his true identity.

Can the people around him – his girlfriend, his classmates, his ambitious parents – accept him for who he is? Or will Max’s secret life tear his world apart?

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Selection Stories #2 ~ Kiera Cass

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Obviously I’m ultimately waiting on The Heir which is due to be released in the summer, but that’s way too far away for my liking. So I’m pining over this novella collection in the mean time with a much kinder release date of March 3rd.

Two novellas set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, now available in print for the first time! In The Queen and The Favorite, discover untold stories from the lives of two of the Selection series’ most beloved characters.

Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince. In The Queen, follow Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly, through the Selection that made her a beloved queen.

Marlee Tames came to the palace to win Prince Maxon’s heart—but her own heart had other ideas. The Favorite goes behind the scenes of Marlee and Carter’s life together, from the fateful night their secret was discovered to the events at the end of The One.

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!