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Review - 13 to Life - Shannon Delany

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only ...more Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early

*** I really enjoyed this book. It's a really original twist on the werewolf theme w…

Review - Blue Noon - Scott Westerfeld

The Midnighters have emerged victorious from their greatest challenge. They now know much more about the secret history of Bixby and, with the halfling dead, the Grayfoots' link to the darklings has been severed. But the cost is high. Rex's horrific experience in the desert has left him damaged, painfully suspended between light and dark. Melissa's violation of Dess's mind and the shameful revelations of her past deeds have shattered the uneasy bond among the five teenagers. What they need now is some time to heal, but what they get is the surprise of their lives when the blue time arrives in the middle of the day. It seems the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling, and soon the dark creatures will break through to hunt after centuries of waiting. And as if that wasn't enough for Jessica to deal with, her little sister, Beth, is becoming more and more determined to crack the secret of midnight - a goal that could have consequences more dire than…

In my Mailbox (12)

In my mailbox is hosted by kristi at www.thestorysiren.com - she rocks

I didn't receive loads of books this week but the ones I did were awesome and ones I had been waiting for, for a while. While making the most of my last week of not being at work I have read all of them (well I will have done in an hour or two) which was also helped by the fact that my cold came back and I have had a couple of days about the house not doing a lot

From www.amazon.co.uk (all preorders)

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (very excited about this)


I am number four - Pittacus Lore   (very very excited about the film coming out next year)


The Legacy - Gemma Malley (awesome series that I love brilliant dystopian fiction)


The Candidates - Inara Scott (this looks awesome - I am about 1/3 through and loving it)

Expect reviews for all of these soon! I intend to read as much as possible during my final three days of freedom - I literally do not know how I'm going to manage going back  after 5 and half weeks of…

Review - Captivate - Carrie Jones

Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, ...more Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his

*** A very short review because I got quite bored through this as nothing actually h…

Fab Friday Find

eclectic eccentricity

I have been wanting to do a friday post on this little website find for a while. Some of you may know that in a former life I worked selling Jewellery both in a shop and online. One of my favourite things was buying for the shop. Our boss would take a couple of us to a trade fair with a price budget and tell us to get things. I was literally like a kid in a toyshop.

This is a brand I would have recommended they stock if I were still buying from them. All the Jewellery on the website is handmade and a little bit different. I ordered something not all that long ago and it was fab, arrived quickly and securely.

My favourite piece to long for at the moment is this necklace which is only £16.50. Awesome

Review - Fallen - Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she ...more There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her. 

*** I have been very keen to read this since I saw in in the bookshop. The cover is awesome.

This series has potential but you really have to stick with this book as it is very very slow to get going.

The …

Waiting on Wednesday - The legacy - Gemma Malley

When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs, but corpses in a horrible state. It appe ...moreI absolutely loved this series when it first came out. I recently got a beautiful first edition signed copy of the first book. I am looking forward to this lots!!

When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs, but corpses in a horrible state. It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs promising eternal youth are failing to live up to their promises. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. When Richard Pincent of Pincent Pharma suggest that the Underground has released the virus, something has to be done to put the story straight and once and for all alert everyone to the truth.

Review - The Rescue - Sophie McKenzie

The third title in a thrilling new series about four teenagers with psychic abilities, from Red House Book Award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie.

*** This series is improving with each book. It picks off where the last one left off with the 4 teenagers of the medusa project heading of to a camp in spain. I really enjoyed the fact that this book was for Ed's point of view as he has been a character who hasn't really developed all that much so far. I really enjoyed seeing him grow into his ability throughout the story. As with previous books the story is a very quick read. It is probably better for a younger age target audience as I find them a ...more This series is improving with each book. It picks off where the last one left off with the 4 teenagers of the Medusa project heading of to a camp in Spain. I really enjoyed the fact that this book was for Ed's point of view as he has been a character who hasn't really developed all that much so far. I really enjoyed seeing …

Review - Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson

description stolen from goodreads.com

Torn between two destinies? Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and
...more Torn between two destinies? Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf. As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, …

In my mail box 11

Slow week this week on purpose I need to get through my TBR pile! Off to London this weekend so I will probably find some fab things there!

I bought


I bought a lovely hardback copy of Private Peaceful as I love the book and only had it in paperback. I have the 5th book in the Horowitz series  so found this secondhand so thought I'd get it.

frrom www.readitswapit.co.uk

I read the first one of these a while ago and found this on readitswapit.

from abebooks.co.uk



I got a lovely hardback version of this which was signed as I loved it and only had it in paperback.

Review - The adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E Pearson

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?

Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions—questions no one wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?

In this fascinating novel, acclaimed author Mary E. Pearson presents an unforgettable look at one human life and a glimpse into a possible future that may be closer than we think

*** This was a fantastic book. I am deliberately only going to write a short review as I don't want to give anything away. The story is based on the story of Jenna a girl who has been in a coma following an accident. The story twists and turns throughout and keeps you guessing throughout. It deals with a range of moral questions whic…

Fab Friday Find

Fab Friday Find is my weekly post where I share with you fab things I have found out about I think you should all know about

www.truffleshuffle.co.uk-  
A fantastic website which does Tshirts, jumpers and other things with retro cartoon characters and the like
This website is literally awesome - They send stuff out really quickly and their stuff is awesome.

My favourite (which I am wearing as I type this) is

Review - Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a ch…

Waiting on Wednesday - raised by wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I have had this book on preorder forever. I can't wait until it finally hits the UK!

Description from www.goodreads.com

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped? 

Review - The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family. 

*** This book is completely awesome. I have been hearing good things about it for a while and wasn't at all disappointed with it. I doubt this review will do justice to how good it is.

The story focuses around Kyra and her life in a religious cult called the chosen ones. She is told early into the book that she has been chosen to marry her uncle who is 60 years older than her and is horrified at the prosp…

Reviews - The Secret hour and Touching Darkness - Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour

Nobody is safe in the secret hour. Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.
Time freezes. Nobody moves. For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time. These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School. Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it. A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected…

In my mailbox (10)

I wasn't going to buy anything this week! It just sorta happened.
IMMB is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com
all links go to www.goodreads.com


From http://www.reaveleybooks.co.uk 
This is an awesome website specialising in modern first editions

How I live now - Meg Rosoff
Before I die - Jenny Downham
The Declaration - Gemma Malley
I have read all three of these before and loved them so I thought I would invest in them as signed first editions.

From www.amazon.co.uk

13 to life - Shannon Delany - Had this on preorder for ages and very pleased it is already here!

From www.readitswapit.co.uk

Ash - Malinda Lo - The cover of this is beautiful.

Charity shop find

The charity shops in Norfolk are rubbish - I found this awesome gem in Ely in one of their many charity shops


The prophecy of the sisters - Michelle Zink

From Topping and company.
A fantastic bookshop in Ely. I loved it so much and am tempted to drive the over 2 hour drive every weekend just to visit the gorgeous children'…

Review - My love lies bleeding - Alyxander Harvey

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.

***

I don't like to write less than good reviews but I just didn't get on with this book. The ideas behind it are original and could be very engaging but the story just doesn't deliver. I feel it was too rushed with too much content. I didn't warm to any of the characters as I didn't feel there was enough for me to get to know them. The…

Fab Friday Find (3)

Just a quick Friday finds post - I am off out today for a trip to Cambridge (I think my credit card might suffer) and am staying over for my friend's wedding in the evening.

I found this lovely little website this week that does modern first editions (many of which are signed). Not the snazziest website you'll ever see but they offer brilliant service and are mega friendly. I got some awesome signed books from here which I am very very excited about (I'll show you them on Sunday)

http://www.reaveleybooks.co.uk

Review - Salvaged - Stefne Miller

'My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying... 'Mom?' My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear. Her voice calmed. 'Get out of the car, Attie.' Her words sounded crisp and clear. I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire. 'Get out, Attie!' 'Mom?' Everything went dark.' Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why? When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fig…

Waiting on Wednesday - Clarity - Kim Harrington

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by breaking the spine 

 This book looks awesome - I want it, I want it now! The cover is beautiful and go wonderfully on my shelf with all my other gorgeous books. The plot sounds awesome and I love debut authors. As soon as Amazon.co.uk have it available I shall be preordering it  (knowing my luck it'll be US only).

Released on March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Point

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch ...moreDescription stolen from www.goodreads.com
Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It's a gift.  And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother —…

author interview - Siobhan Curham

Yesterday I posted by review of Dear Dylan, a book kindly sent to be by Siobhan Curham herself for review. If you would like to read her book for free (and I think you really should) go to her website www.siobhancurham.co.uk where you can download it for free.

About the author: Siobhan Curham is an experienced writer and a respected life coach. Her first book was the non-fiction Antenatal & Postnatal Depression, published by Vermillion, which was swiftly followed by a series of novels, Sweet FA, Frankie Says Relapse and The Scene Stealers,which were published by Hodder & Stoughton. She has written and directed for the theatre, is Writer in Residence for 13 London schools and runs weekly writing workshops for two London councils. She currently works as a story deviser and commissioning editor for a children’s fiction development company and lives with her family in North West London. Dear Dylan is her first novel for Young Adults which she self published.

Q) What inspired you to …

Review - Dear Dylan - Siobhan Curham

“I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well ...more“I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself?”

Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is consigned to six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtland, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close. And when Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help. But in the faceless wor…

In my mail box (9)

IMMB is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com check out her blog it is fab! All links go to www.goodreads.com

This week has been an awesome week!

 From www.bookdepository.co.uk


Sunshine - Robin McKinley

I hadn't ever used this website before but it is fab. I have wanted this edition for a while as the cover is beautiful and sort of sparkly. It is the US edition rather than the UK one which is a bit dull. I haven't read anything of hers so excited to get into this one.




For review

Dear Dylan - Siobhan Curham

“I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself?”  Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is consigned to six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed …

my library pics

I have nicked these pictures from a guest post / feature I did for Amy's blog http://myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com/ last weekend.

These pictures will help you to see why I have given my blog the name I have.


When we moved house last year we found had a little strange room off the kitchen which we didn't know what to do with. It was too small to be a dining room and we didn't need a study. We ended up turning it into our library. Between us we have hundreds of books and we have bookcases stuffed everywhere in the old house and the way we have been now in one room is fab. The picture above shows you our little library from a variety of different angles. I will admit most of them are not mine and are my husbands (I have read a lot of his though). It's a peaceful little room set apart from the rest of the house. I often curl up in the big chair in there for a few hours. We are running out of space rapidly and I may need to invest in bespoke floor to ceiling book shel…

Fab Friday Findings (2)

Fab Friday Findings is a newish weekly post of mine to tell you all about new things I have recently discovered that I think you might like to know about

Today's fab Friday find is UK book tours

http://ukbooktours.blogspot.com/

I have been waiting for a site like this is for ages and here it is

The site is run ny Lyndsey and it is a book tours site exclusively for bloggers in the UK. I am so pleased about it because it is really really difficult to get ARCs in the UK. I have had several requests for them turned down purely because I am in the UK. We are all very jealous of all you American bloggers with all of your shiny ARCs and we want some of the action!! Anyway this site is fab and I have already signed up for several books which I am very very excited about.

Review - By the time you'll read this I'll be dead - Julie Ann Peters

Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she's determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for "completers"- www.through-the-light.com.  While she's on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she's not on the Web, Daelyn's at her private school, where she's known as the freak who doesn't talk. Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she's waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she's made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won't give up. And it's too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life. Isn't it? National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.(description from goodreads.com)


I can't say that I enjoyed this book as I don't think it was one you are meant…

Waiting on Wednesday - The Candidates - Inara Scott

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrit...moreDancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt.  So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden. But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies.  So why are they treating Dancia like she's specia…

Review - Killing God - Kevin Brooks

Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn't fit in and she couldn't care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it's al...moreDawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn't fit in and she couldn't care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it's all God's fault. When Dawn's dad found God, it was the worst time ever. He thought he'd found the answer to everything. But that wasn't the end of it

I quite enjoyed this book. A quick read which doesn't really seem like it is going anywhere until the very end when everything finally kicks off. I must admit I did see the twist coming but not the ending. I liked the main character Dawn and could sympathese with her (although not really relate to her). Well worth the time and effort.

Review - Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.  Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.  Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless

I loved this book despite starting off thinking I probably wouldn't. I'd heard a few …

In my Mail box (8)

In my Mail Box is hosted by Kristi of www.thestorysiren.com 

Fab books this week despite being limited in number

From Amazon.co.uk

Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a ...moreScarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has …