February on Lipsyy Lost & Found // March Releases

Oh February, where did you go!?

Some good things happened in February; I got a job – maybe my dream job, even – we shall see! I still don’t have a start date as I have to undergo a series of security checks, so it doesn’t seem real enough to announce yet. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t pass the checks, but I don’t want to jinx it. So watch this space!

I was still really busy with working shifts this feb (six days a week!), which impacted on my blogging but hey-ho. There is now light at the end of the tunnel. Hurrah!

Feb 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 16
Books Read: 5

Reviews (4)

  • When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds, 2/5 (View)
  • Sixteen, Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas, 3/5 (View)
  • Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre, 2/5 (View)
  • The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: 3

  • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
  • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: When Mystical Creatures Attack!
Most Disappointing: When Mystical Creatures Attack!
Most Exciting: Red Queen
Most Swoon-worthy: Red Queen
Most Beautifully Written: Red Queen

Genres: YA (5/5); Fantasy (3/5); Contemporary (2/5); Dystopia (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/5); Digital (3/5); Hardback (2/5); Owned (2/5)

Friday Features:

  • Spell Out Your Name With Fictional Characters (View Post)
  • Alice, Alice, Who the **** Is Alice (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights:

    • Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl (View Post)
    • Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women (View Post)
    • Upcoming Event: Children’s Book Launch in Association With Born Free ( View Post)

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          1. This Week in Books 04.02.15 (View Post)
          2. Book Promo: Dumped ~ Stories of Women Unfriending Women (View Post)
          3. Top Ten Tuesday: I Can’t Believe I haven’t Started These YA Series Yet (View Post)

        Awards

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        I still haven’t received this after pre-ordering it so I’ve cancelled my order. Damn You, Amazon! I should know better by now…sigh!

        March Releases

        Here are some of the March releases I’m most excited about:

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        Available to buy or pre-order from Waterstones.

January 2015 on Lipsyy Lost & Found // February Releases

Better late than never, right?

Well, what to say about January…it came and went in the blink of an eye as always. It was a slow start for me as I took the first two weeks off from blogging, for a much needed rest, but I’ve thrown myself back into it with gusto. I also posted less in order to build up some content for the future in an attempt to BE.MORE.ORGANISED. Seems to be working so far…ahem.

January 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 12
Books Read: 5

Reviews (3)

  • Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber, 2/5 (View)
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, 4/5 (View)
  • Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: 2

  • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
  • Sixteen, Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: Frozen Charlotte
Most Disappointing: Mr. Miracle
Most Exciting: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Most Swoon-worthy: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Most Beautifully Written: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Genres: YA (3/5); Fantasy (2/5); Romance (1/5); Horror (1/5); Non-Fiction (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/5); Digital (4/5); Hardback (1/5); Owned (2/5)

Friday Features:

  • It’s all about the bass Thrones & Thorns (View Post)
  • Moustache Questions: About Me! (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights:

    • This Week in Books (RIP WWW Wednesdays) (View Post)
    • Lipsy Lost & Found Vintage Bookshop Now Open! (View Post)

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Anyone Can Betray Anyone: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Edition: Digital ARC, 320 pages
Publication Details: February 10th 2015 by Orion / Feb 12th 2015 (paperback)
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia; Fantasy
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review

OMG THIS BOOK!

I’d gone through a whole array of feelings about this book before I even picked it up. Firstly, from the cover alone I was so taken with it I couldn’t wait to read it. Then I started seeing it described as The Hunger Games meets The Selection via X-men, and my mind was blown. BLOWN.

But then, the hype just went a bit mad. It was all over the blogosphere and while I tired to avoid most of the reviews, I started to doubt my first thoughts and wondered if this was just another Hunger Games wannabe; all hype and no substance….

Thankfully, I was wrong. Red Queen, whilst having some flaws, ended up completely surpassing my expectations. And it made me want to throw it across the room (yet another downside to the e-book!), in the best possible way.

In Victoria Aveyard’s take on a dystopian future, there are two classes. The Redbloods, the lowly commoners who do all the physical and menial jobs, and are conscripted to fight in the war, and the Silverbloods, the ruling class, who all have different powers such as the ability to manipulate fire, water or metal – much like the X-MEN (which I LOVE).

I really loved this world. When you break it down it isn’t anything new, but the combination of ideas from other worlds made it original in its own way. It was a little bit Noughts & Crosses (Malorie Blackman) as well as being understandably likened to The Selection and THG.

Mare isn’t talented, unless you count stealing. She doesn’t have a skill like her sister does so she’s destined for a future in the army, just like her brothers and her best friend Kilorn. She hates the Silverbloods as much as anyone for taking them away. But one night she tries to steal from the wrong person – a handsome cloaked stranger – who listens to her story and can offer her a better life.

The stranger… is Cal, the prince and heir to the throne, and Mare finds herself with a job at the palace. But this isn’t any ordinary palace. It just so happens that Mare has arrived in time for the Queenstrial, where silver nobles will fight it out (with their powers) in the arena, for the princes hands in marriage (oh yes, there’s two of them to swoon over!).

Without giving away any massive spoilers all I’ll say is that somehow, Mare finds herself engaged to a prince, disguised with silver dust and the constant threat of execution hanging over her head.

INTENSE!

I seriously couldn’t put this down. The action was good, the whole on-off love/hate romance thing was pretty hot and man, it was just so good. HOWEVER, there were so many things that didn’t make sense. A few of them did by the end, but there were some definite annoying plot holes.

For example, there wasn’t really any need for the noble Silverbloods to train in the arena every day. They use the Reds to fight on the front line, so why do they need to train, and compete against each other so much? I felt like this was just an easy way to get more action into the plot and be a bit more Hunger Games-esque. It was a bit gratuitous.

Also, they change Mare’s identity (making her a Silver Noble) and swear her to a life of secrecy, but it’s not like no one will notice her – she is filmed on a few occasions – which is shown in the Red villages… and they make her fight in the arena, where blood is often spilled, so how do they expect her to not be exposed? ARGH!

Another huge thing which got my goat is that the Queen(the big baddy)’s power is mind manipulation. She can get into your mind and see all of your memories and thoughts, not to mention make you do anything she wants, and yet Mare and others are planning a rebellion under her very nose – errrr how!!!?

And while we’re talking about war and rebellion, I don’t think we’re ever even told why the war began. Something was mentioned about the Lowlanders being the ones they’re fighting against but that’s about it. Maybe this will be explored more in the next book, who knows.

But anyway, I need to breathe.

All of these things added to my enjoyment of the book, because y’know PURE GOLD in ranting material. I was really tempted to give this ALL THE UNICORNS, but the only reason I didn’t is because I predicted a major twist from quite early on. I need to stop thinking so much!

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Red Queen is available to preorder from Waterstones now, and the paperback is due to be released Feb 12th.

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!

This Week in Books 28.01.2015

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Happy Wednesday everyone. Here’s what I’ve been up to in bookland this week!

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Now: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse ~ Chris Riddell

These books are so aesthetically pleasing, pictures don’t do it justice, but trust me, they would look amazing on any book shelf. And I’m pleased to say that I’m enjoying the story too!

Then: Frozen Charlotte ~ Alex Bell

So, so, good! If you like to be creeped out, I highly recommend this one. I reviewed it earlier in the week.

Next: ???

Either Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre, or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, which are both advanced review copies I need to start ASAP.

New on the Shelf

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

I didn’t make any requests, buy, or borrow any books this week as I’ve got way too many to be getting on with. Well done me!

New on the Wishlist

Taunting the Dead ~ Mel Sherratt
I found this book on the lovely Cleo’s blog, who is a bit obsessed with murder and mayhem – in the best possible way! It stuck out for me as it’s set near my hometown.

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Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.

Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries to cover up their actions on that fateful night. Before long, Allie homes in on Steph’s ambitious and powerful husband, Terry. Convinced he’s hiding something, she interviews him again and again—only to find that she is falling, despite herself, for his smooth charms.

As the trail grows hotter, along with Allie’s feelings, the web of deceit pulls tighter and more bodies begin to pile up. Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

The Only Ones ~ Aaron Starmer
It was the cover that drew me to this book which I stumbled upon on Time Travel Times Two, and it sounds really unique so I had to add to my wishlist.

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Like the other children who have journeyed to the village of Xibalba, Martin Maple faces an awful truth. He was forgotten. When everyone else in the world disappeared one afternoon, these children were the only ones left behind. There’s Darla, who drives a monster truck; Felix, who used string and wood to rebuild the internet; Lane, who crafts elaborate contraptions for live entertainment; and nearly forty others, each equally brilliant and peculiar.

Inspired by the prophecies of a mysterious boy who talks to animals, Martin believes he can reunite them all with their loved ones. But believing and knowing are two different things, as he soon discovers with the push of a button, the flip of a switch, the turn of a dial…

A whimsical apocalyptic fable that carries readers to a future world without adults, a journey filled with dark humor that every reader will want to take.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Death House ~ Sarah Pinborough
I wasn’t overly impressed with Poison – the first book I read by Sarah (although the book itself was so pretty), but I follow her on Twitter and really like her take on things, so I’m hoping this new YA horror book from her will be more to my liking. Loving the freaky cover.

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Toby’s life was perfectly normal… until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.

Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts.

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 21/01/2015 (RIP WWW Wednesdays)

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I only realised last week that WWW Wednesdays is no more. Sad face.

I really like having a weekly reading round-up and Wednesday always worked for me as I used to get most of my reading done over the weekend. Things have changed a little now with different work patterns and such, but I think I’m going to stick to Wednesdays regardless.

This also means that I can tweak the format for my own. Mwahahahahaha…

So here’s what Wednesdays will look like on Lipsyy Lost & Found from now on (I’m basically cramming 3 memes into one because I don’t like doing too many!)

This Week in Books


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Now: Frozen Charlotte ~ Alex Bell

OMG this has been such a pleasant surprise, if being totally creeped out can be pleasant (it can in my world). I’ll be finished with this today and I’m itching to review it already!

Then: The Darkest Part of the Forest ~ Holly Black

Loved!!! My rather rambling review went up yesterday.

Next: ???

On the ARC front, I need to start Red Queen, but I also got so many awesome books for Christmas & my Birthday (post coming soon!) that I can’t wait to start.

New on the Shelf

Titles Approved from Netgalley:

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The Alex Crow ~ Andrew Smith
Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story of his summer at a boys’ camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow. Released March 5th 2015 by Electric Monkey
 

Me & Mr J ~ Rachel McIntyre
Fifteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.

Lara’s life is far from perfect, but being an upbeat kind of person she saves her venting for her diary. It’s the only place she can let out her true feelings about the family dramas and hideous bullying she has to face every day.

And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with. The one person who cannot love her back … can he? Released February 5th 2015 by Electric Monkey

Borrowed Books:

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Thanks Dora!

New on the Wishlist


I saw this post on Flavorwire about books that will make you more interesting – not that I necessarily agree that reading certain books can make you more interesting – but I definitely wanted to add a few of them to my wishlist regardless.

The one that completely stood out though, was this:

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White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family. And then there’s the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by Miranda’s father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But the Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.

With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

I’m Waiting on…

 
(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

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Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

I can’t wait to get my hands on this! I think I’ll have to reread Seraphina first though. (Oh what a chore, not!)

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny? Released March 10th 2015 by Random House Children’s Books

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases

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 2015 Releases that I can’t wait for.

Excuse the lack of pictures/links in this post. It was a rush job before I left for work this morning – you know how it is. But I really wanted to do this list – because, excitement!

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1. The Heir (The selection #4) – Kiera Cass: Obvs. Released in May. SAD FACE.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black: Released January 13th

3. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard: Released Feb 10th.

4. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) – Marissa Meyer: November 2015 – TOO LONG!

5. Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman: March 10th

6. The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows: March 10th as well!

7. The Girl at Midnight – Melissa Grey: April 28th

8. My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga: I’ve heard good things about this from fellow bloggers. Feb 10th

9. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness: There’s not much info about this one yet…but NESSSSS! August 2015

10. Second Life – S.J Watson: Feb 12th.