Letterbox Love #27

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

Happy weekend! I tried to be good, and then I discovered a website of half price books and it all went downhill from there….    

 Received for Review:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Winter Knights by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Clash of the Sky Galleons by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Thanks to Random House! Time Between Us is a duplicate copy but I’m sure it will find a home somewhere. The other three are the first in the Edge Chronicles, and the new covers are amazing!

Red Rock by Kate Kelly

Amber by Julie Sykes

Yet more amazing Curious Fox titles! Their catalogue just keeps getting more and more exciting. 

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Bought:

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Truly Madly Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Skinny by Donna Cooner

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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! 

A Bookish Survey: A to Z

Lots of people have been taking part in the A-Z survey created by Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner, and I thought I’d give it a go! Sounded like fun 🙂

a to z survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

By far my most read author is Robert Muchamore! According to Goodreads, I have read 22 of his books. Blimey! 

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I think I actually liked it more than the first…

Currently Reading:

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I mostly drink fruit juice. Though in the winter there is nothing nicer than curling up with a book and some white hot chocolate!

E-reader or Physical Book?

My kindle is useful when commuting, but I am definitely a physical book gal. There is nothing better!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I’d love to say Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but truth be told I was way too shy to have a boyfriend back then!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Hidden Gem Book:

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. The illustrations! ❤

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I began working at the library. Before then, I used to reread a lot of the same books again. It taught me to be more adventurous with reading!

Just Finished:

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I do try and read all genres of YA, but when it comes to adult books I’m much more picky. I don’t read many literary fiction, historical or heavy fantasy/scifi.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (870 pages). This is one of my favourite books of the series as well 😀 

Major book hangover because of:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Number of Bookcases You Own:

One official bookcase. I also have some shelves and keep some under my dressing table!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Any non-fiction book by Torey Hayden. Her books were my inspiration to originally be a speech and language therapist.

Preferred Place To Read:

On the train; its the only place with minimal distractions! Or else in bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” from Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Reading Regret:

Not starting a blog earlier! Or reading more variety as a kid.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

All of them? Off the top of my head, Michael Grant’s Gone series, Ally Condie’s Matched series and Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Only three?! The Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella,  Race to the Pole by James Cracknell & Ben Fogle and the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Rainbow Rowell. Ever since I discovered Attachments I knew her writing was special, and it has just grown and grown and every book is that little bit better!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan! It sounds AHMAZING and I only have two more weeks to wait! 

Worst Bookish Habit:

From a blogging point of view, it would definitely be not writing reviews! Abandoning half-finished books perhaps?

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson.

Your latest book purchase:

Skinny by Donna Cooner.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Faking It by Cora Carmack. I just HAD to finish it. I adore her books so much ❤

Well that was my survey! Please link me up to yours if you’ve taken part too 🙂

Readathon: Bout of Books 8.0 Goals

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Bout of Books 8.0 begins on Monday, and I’m really excited to be taking part. I haven’t been reading a lot lately as I’ve been busy with work things, but hopefully this will help me get back on track. 

Goals

I plan to read three books

I want to participate in at least one Twitter chat

Complete two challengers

Write two reviews

Comment on as many Bout of Books posts as possible and make some new friends! 

Book List

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I’m taking this opportunity to read as many review books as I can! I’m really excited about Every Day so I expect that will be one I read first. 

Are you taking part in the readathon? What are you planning to read? 

Waiting on Wednesday #36

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

Pieces of Me

When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It’s through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.

There are quite a few after-death books in YA fiction, but organ donation is a bit different. Pieces of Me sounds really cool and I really like the cover!   

Due to be released by Delacorte Press in February 2014.

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

Book Blitz: Keeping Her

Eek! I’m so excited for Keeping Her by Cora Carmack, the continuation of Garrick and Bliss’ relationship.

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)

Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren’t quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

Check out the first chapter plus some bonus Garrick POV scenes from LOSING IT.

Also, Cora Carmack is planning to donate 20% of all her royalties from this book to the charity Planting Peace for the life of the book. You can find out more about Planting Peace here:  http://www.plantingpeace.org/. Planting Peace is a progressive nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Although the organization operates on a global level, they emphasize the power of one; the ability that each person possesses to make a difference in the world.

Author Bio

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

http://coracarmack.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/CoraCarmackBooks

https://twitter.com/CoraCarmack

http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/index.aspx?imprintid=518003

https://www.facebook.com/WmMorrowbks

https://twitter.com/WmMorrowBks

BUY LINKS:

 Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Giveaway

There will be two winners. One will win a set of signed copies of LOSING IT and FAKING IT and the other will win their name as a character in an upcoming novella by Cora Carmack scheduled to release in early 2014! This is an International giveaway!

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Letterbox Love #26

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

Welcome to my book haul this week! I haven’t received any ebooks or books from the library, but I was bad and bought quite a few this week!   

 Received for Review:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone 

Thanks very much Random House! If this is anything like Time Traveller’s Wife I will adore it.

Another Way to Fall by Amanda Brooke

This looks really cute and sad and the cover is gorgeous! Many thanks Harper Collins 

Bought:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Reached by Ally Condie

Wonder by RJ Palacio

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron

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Won:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison

The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton

Thanks very much to Caroline from Big Book Little Book! 

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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! 

Book Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)Confessions of a Murder Suspect

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Published: September 2012 by Arrow

Version: Hardback from library

Rating: 2 sofas

James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family . . . and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can’t trust anyone—maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?

I remember when I first picked up James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, how excited I was that he was writing YA books. As one of the wealthiest authors in the world, he is known for producing (writing is debatable) over 150 books. Although the last books went a bit downhill, I did really enjoy the series, and loved how quickly I soared through them. 

So imagine my delight when I discovered he was writing a new YA book. Alas, it was not meant to be. Mr Patterson is very clever in that many people will buy a book just because his name is on the cover. A lot of others will pick this up for the intriguing title, cool cover or interesting blurb. But you have been duped.

Firstly, the print in this book is so large, it is probably only about 100 pages or so in a normal book. I do like the short chapters, but here it just seems an excuse to use another page. As a result, the story or plot is virtually nonexistent. It is basically a look into Tandy’s family history to try and detect who may have killer her parents. We see things from Tandy’s perspective and her memories are often quite random and disjointed from the rest of the story. I found this to be more and more annoying throughout the book. I was starting to hope that Tandy was the killer, so that she would either get jailed or die at the end of the book. 

All the Angel family (can you not pick a different name per series?!) have “enhanced” powers. Although this trait is itself quite interesting, it makes for a lot of similar characters to his Maximum Ride series. And herein lies the problem; from the cover, the book looks really intriguing. A teenage murder suspect? And a girl? But alas, the story is so predictable that there is no suspense and eager turning of pages. I did finish this book, but only because it was so short. 

Overall I think the story lacked any real substance. The main character was irritating, and the memories made for a disjointed storyline. It was quite predictable, I shall be really disappointed if it gets turned into a series. Unfortunately I have to say the best thing about this book is the cover. 2 sofas! 

Waiting on Wednesday #35

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

Burn Out

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure. 

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in. 

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must figure out who she can trust in order to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Burn Out sounds like an amazing dystopian/sci fi thriller. I hope this gets a UK publisher soon!   

Due to be released by Egmont USA in April 2014.

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

Top Ten: Books I Wish Could’ve Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Today I am sharing with you the books I wish could have had sequels. I really enjoy standalones and the freedom they bring of not having to wait a year or years to find out what actually happens. However, there are some stories that I would just love to see more of the characters. These are in no particular order! 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: One of the first books I thought of that I want a sequel to. Are you listening Rainbow?! This book was so perfect and emotional, but those three little words just left me wanting more! 

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan: I thought this was a really beautiful story, and had some really awesome characters. Tony especially could do with his own book, and it would be great to see more of Paul and Noah. 

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer: To anyone who hasn’t read this already, READ IT. It is the perfect book for readers, as the book characters COME ALIVE.  Who wouldn’t want more book characters coming to life?! 

   Eleanor & Park   Boy Meets Boy   Between the Lines

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks: Although I don’t think the book really warrants a sequel, it is written so beautifully. The concept and voice is so unique, that I think I would love more books from this perspective. 

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel and Ape House by Sara Gruen: Both these books have an entirely different writing style, but they contain a common theme: MONKEYS. I just adore reading about apes and their ability to communicate with humans. More monkey books please!

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend   Half Brother   Ape House

Thats my choices this week. But wait, I hear you say, thats only five (technically six)! Well, in my opinion, virtually all books have sequels nowadays. And those that don’t either are for good reason (because I didn’t particularly enjoy them) or are just perfect entities that I just don’t wish to see more of. But more than likely they already have a sequel. Do you prefer a series or standalone? Do you agree/disagree with my choices? Link me to your TTT below! 

Letterbox Love #25

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

I’m going to try and post a weekly book haul so that I don’t have as many to talk about at once! We’ll see how that goes… 

 

Received for Review:

Every Day by David Levithan 

Thanks very much Egmont! I can’t wait to meet David in October and so excited for this.

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle

The Rig by Joe Ducie

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

The Elites by Natasha Ngan

THE ELITES! Thank you SO much to Hot Key Books for all these pretties! I’ve heard amazing things about the Elites so far, and all the others look amazing too 😀 

Bought:

The One That Got Away by Lucy Dawson

Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd

Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad

Gloss by Marilyn Kaye

Freebies:

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter (free with Shout magazine)

Library:

What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse

Ebooks: 

The Name On Your Wrist

The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley. This is the winner of their Movellas Award and I’ve been told it is absolutely amazing.  

 

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?  How do you like a book haul vlog as opposed to an actual post? I’d love to hear from you!