This Week in Books 08.04.2015

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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.

I hope you guys had an excellent Easter, and got to enjoy some time off work. I ate too much, drank too much and generally just lazed around with friends…it was great!

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Now: Blood Red, Snow White ~ Marcus Sedgwick.

I’m so glad I finally started this!

Then:  Frostfire ~ Amanda Hocking

I enjoyed my first foray into the kingdom of Trylle but also had some issues with it. My review will be up soon.

I also finished Hold Me Closer by David Levithan which will be this week’s Lazy Saturday Review.

Next: ???

Heir of Fire if I’m in the mood, or Ice Kissed, the second book in the Kanin Chronicles which is an ARC for review.

New on the Wishlist

Linking up with Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm

I added The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd to my wishlist this week, after the lovely Amanda gushed about the sequel in her Wednesday post last week.

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Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

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 – hurrah!!

Netgalley: This week I was approved for The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.
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On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.

Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness

Where nothing grows

Where no one lives

Where tears freeze

And night will last for another 54 days.

They are looking for Ruby’s father.

Travelling deeper into a silent land.

They still cannot find him.

And someone is watching them in the dark.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here ~ Patrick Ness
Ahhhh I got very excited about new Ness this week!! August is too far away!

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What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions… Expected publication: August 27th 2015 by Walker Books

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring To-Be-Read list

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

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR list.

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, but I ran out of time. You know how it is. I really wanted to do this list though, so let’s just pretend it’s still Tuesday for a minute, yeah?

Not all of these are released this Spring, but they are the ones I have lined up that I’m most excited about. Click on the links to go to the Goodreads pages, and no date = already released 🙂

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  1.  The Heir ~ Kiera Cass: (May 5th – HarperTeen) OBVS.
  2.  Fairest ~ Marissa Meyer: Apparently this is already released, but I had it on pre-order and it still hasn’t arrived…grr hurry up!
  3.  Heir of Fire ~ Sarah J. Maas: Why haven’t I started this yet? It’s been sitting on my shelf for ages.
  4.  Miss Mayhem ~ Rachel Hawkins (April 7th 2015 – Putnam Juvenile): I’m loving Rebel Belle at the moment so will deffo carry on the series.
  5.  Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda ~ Becky Abertalli ( April 7th 2015 – Balzer + Bray): This is on the top of my Spring wishlist.
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  7. What She Left ~ T.R. Richmond (April 23rd 2015 – Michael Joseph): I have a NetGalley approval for this, sounds dark!
  8. Golden Boy ~ Abigail Tarttelin: I bought a second-hand copy of this not so long ago. I think it might break me though.
  9. Blood Red, Snow White ~ Marcus Sedgwick: This is one of Sedgwick’s older books that slipped through the net for me, I borrowed it off a friend.
  10. The Silvered Heart ~ Catherine Clements (7th May – Headline): Another NetGallley title I have lined up. LOVE the cover.
  11. Hold Me Closer – David Levithan: This just arrived in the post. YAY! 🙂

 

This Week in Books 11.02.15

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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: The Ghosts of Heaven ~ Marcus Sedgwick //When Mystical Creatures Attack! ~ Kathleen Founds

I love Marcus Sedgwick so I’m really excited about this one. Not to mention that the book is SEXY. I still have no idea what it’s about though…

When Mystical Creatures Attack! is also a bit of a weird one – but I’m trying really hard to get into it. It has a unicorn on the cover so – hello!

Then: Me & Mr J ~ Rachel McIntyre

I wasn’t completely sold on this one, but parts of it were enjoyable and it was written well. Lovers of contemporary YA will probably enjoy it. My review will be up next week.

Next: ???

As always, I’m not sure. There are lots of options; Heir of Fire, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Girl with all The Gifts are at the top of the pile at the mo

New on the Shelf

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

I was relatively well behaved this week. I’m still waiting on the arrival of Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles). Where are you??? And I bought a second hand copy of Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin which was my wishlist pick from last week.

I didn’t make any Netgalley requests or borrow any from friends.

New on the Wishlist

When My Heart Was Wicked ~ Tricia Stirling
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I saw this on the wonderful Over the Bookshelf’s WWW Wednesday post and I WANT!

“I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins. But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good.”

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She’s a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter’s heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the “old” Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Ship ~ Anotonia Honeywell
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Thanks to Cosmochicklitan for bringing this book to my attention!

Children of Men meets The Handmaiden’s Tale: a dystopian epic about love, friendship and what it means to be free.

Welcome to London, but not as you know it.

Oxford Street burned for three weeks
The British Museum is squatted by ragtag survivors
The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed

The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you will be shot.

Lalla, 16, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised Lalla and her mother that they will escape. Escape is a ship big enough to save 500 people.

But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows.
Where are they going?

What does her father really want?
Expected publication: February 19th 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Valentines Schmalentines

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

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books, but I couldn’t really think of much considering I don’t read a whole lot of Romance. So I decided to do a list of Romance books that I actually do want to read.

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Which of these need to be at the top of my wishlist???

 

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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.

The topic for this week is:The Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year.

Ooooooooh so many, so, so many. Most of the books I really want are ones that I never got round to buying…I hope Santa has a bottomless sack! 😉

Dear Santa,

I have a been a very good girl this year, so if you would be so kind, I would like these books in my life…(in no particular order).

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More Than This – Patrick Ness: I always need more Ness in my life!

Of Scars and Stardust – Andrea Hannah: This was my second favourite book of the year, which I had as a digital advance copy but I need to own a physical copy. I wanted to read it again as soon as I’d finished it!

Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins: It looks so pretty and sounds bad-ass too!

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas: So much love for this series but I just keep forgetting to buy it!

The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare: I never did finish TMI but Alec and Magnus Bane were totally my favourites.

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The Jewel – Amy Ewing: I need to fill the void that The Selection trilogy has left and this sounds like it could be up to the job. There’s too long to wait until The Heir is released!

Subversive Horror Cinema (Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present) – Jon Towlson: I don’t buy a lot of non-fiction books but one or two always end up on my Christmas list. I’m a huge fan of cinematic horror and this sounds really interesting to me.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz: I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book. It’s been on the top of my wishlist for a while now.

The Girl Who Walked on Air – Emma Carroll: I loved Frost Hollow Hall and have been meaning to buy this one, the second book by Emma, since it was released. I have failed.

The Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness: It makes me sad that I don’t own these books. I borrowed them off my friend Di but I definitely need my own copies ASAP!

March Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

I’m still working on reducing my TBR pile, not increasing it, but these are the books I found in March that reeeealllly want to buy!

Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: Tempest Books
Why: There’s a prince called Tristan (swoon), plus the Cover!

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Found on: Exploring All Genres
Why: I can see boobs and Buffy…nuff said.

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Found on: MegaMad 4 Books
Why: I haven’t read any of Melissa’s books yet but I’ve seen some of The Witches of East End TV show and liked what I saw. This Vampire series of hers sounds good!

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Found on: Required Reading
Why: This book set in the 60s and 70s about Intersex/gender identity looks amazing. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before.