In case you’ve been hiding under a rock…. I’ve moved!

In case you’ve been wondering why there haven’t been many posts around here this week, its because I’ve moved! I now have my own domain over at snugglingonthesofa.com 

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I’m hoping that if you follow via Bloglovin they will transfer your feed across, but if you follow by other ways you will have to follow again I’m afraid. Please join me over at my new site, where I’ve currently got two giveaways; 1 Interational for a book of your choice and another for UK and Irish followers for a signed copy of Every Day or City of Fallen Angels. 

I look forward to seeing you all there! Please let me know what you think of the new site. I’m still getting to grips with the design and plugins and whatnot, so if you have any recommendations or tips I’d be hugely grateful.

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Waiting on Wednesday #48

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

The One Safe Place

In this near-future dystopia with echoes of “The Giver” and “Among the Hidden,” Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it s soon clear that it s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour “The One Safe Place”; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

For a YA book, The One Safe Place sounds really sinister. Can’t wait to find out more about it!         

Due to be released by Algonquin Books in April 2014 (US) and Orion in January 2015 (UK).

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Letterbox Love #38

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

This week I received some awesome books for review! And I squeezed in a library visit too.  

Received for Review:     

Stray by Monica Hesse

Tribute by Ellen Renner

Blindsided by Natalie Whipple

Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell

Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy

Thanks to Hot Key Books for sending this amazing selection! 2014 is gonna have some awesome books. 

Twinmaker by Sean Williams

Thanks to Electric Monkey for sending over this stunning finished copy.

Library: 

Take Two by Meg Cabot

Angelfall by Susan Ee

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Bookish Brits: My Introduction Video

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I am really excited to share with you my introduction video to Bookish Brits, where I talk about some of my favourite things. Bookish Brits is a vlogging collaboration between ten UK bloggers. We will be posting videos on YouTube five days a week, as well as extra content on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Please follow on any of these platforms to get access to my future videos as well as vlogs from all the other Bookish Brits.

Waiting on Wednesday #47

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

A moving new middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES.

When Lucy’s family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera’s lens, as her father has taught her — he’s a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he’s judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special — or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn’t want to see: his grandmother’s memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.

Half a Chance looks like a fun summer book. And about photography too! Sold.         

Due to be released by Scholastic in February 2014.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Book Review: The Rule of Thirds

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by Chantel Guertin

Published: October 2013 by ECW Press

Version: Ebook from publisher and Netgalley (review my own, honest opinion)

Rating: 4 sofas

Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa—and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteering placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humor and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye, Honesty Pact), and—perhaps most stressful of all—her new love interests (yes, love interests plural). Will Pippa make it to Vantage Point without having a panic attack? Will either one of the guys prove less sketchy than her last boyfriend? Can she and Dace figure out a way to dream big and be best friends? One thing is certain: real life is a lot more complicated than a photograph.

I would love to be good at photography. I did have an SLR camera at one point, but I was too lazy to carry it anywhere (it was massive). My digital camera suits me just fine, but after a year I still have no idea how to use most of its features, and I use it way less than I would like to. So straight away I relate to Pippa, who has the confidence to photograph pretty much anything, and quite often has a camera slung round her neck.

Overall I quite liked Pippa. She had a lot of emotions to deal with, and I think it gave her character depth. I didn’t really have any preference for any of the side characters though- her best friend or the love interests. So it did kinda turn into a one man show for me. That being said, the hospital and photography elements really made the story unique from other contemporaries. 

I felt that the book could’ve done with a sequel or a suitable epilogue. There was a character that never really got any punishment or bad karma for their wrongdoing, and I would’ve liked to see that happen. I also felt that there were more adventures in store for Pippa, but that also shows how much I liked her as a character.

A fun contemporary that also contains heartbreak and sadness, I really enjoyed A Rule of Thirds. The photography element is what really made it special for me. 4 sofas!

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Letterbox Love #37

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

I was good this week and didn’t buy any books :-) 

Received for Review:     

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Thanks to Harper 360 for sending over this gorgeous hardback!

Gifted: 

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

When I said that I had never read a Sarah Rees Brennan novel, my lovely friend Caitlin offered to buy me one. So thanks very much to Caitlin for this!  

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you!