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Review - the Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

I found this book hard to get into. It is quite chilling in places especially all the things Todd does when he is following orders. I'm not sure I really understood all of it and maybe it was just me being thick or it being a bit too clever. I will certainly be interested to see where it is going in the end.

next book - The hostage by Sophie Mckenzie ready for meeting her next Thursday!

waiting on wednesday - seers of light Jennifer DeLucy

waiting on wednesday hosted by breaking the spine

Description from goodreads.com
Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

Jennifer DeLucy has created a unique, enchanting tale of destiny and the ageless power of love in her debut novel, Seers of Light. DeLucy's novel charms readers with quirky characters, while sketching a haunting portrait of one woman's journey on the path of the supernaturally gifted. But be prepared. Once you&#…

Review - The sky is everywhere - Jandy Nelson

I loved the story It was gentle and quite slow paced but the characters were all very rich and it's not hard to fall in Love with Lennie herself and see why she does exactly what she does. I loved her Gram and her uncle and the fact that what could been seen as a disfunctional family can function perfectly well. While I usually hate poetry in a book this worked really well and added so much to the story. I would highly recommend this beautfil story to anyone as just fils you with a lovely warm glow despite being quite sad and moving in places. I am already excited for her next book.

In My Mail Box (3)

Hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com

I thought I was going to have a really quiet week this week. This all changed when I had to go to London at the end of the week. It was all very exciting and as you'll see below it has doubled my haul for the week

Swapped books from www.readitswapit.cou.uk

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

I have been waiting for this to arrive for ages and was actually getting quite annoyed about it and had almost written off ever seeing it but it is finally here!!!! Not heard too much about it but looking forward to reading it all the same

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

I absolutely loved the Uglies series - I don't really know why it has taken me this long to seek out more Scott Westerfeld. This looks like it will be eaxctly my sort of thing with the History twist and nothing like uglies at all. Very excited about this one



Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

- I have never read any Kelley Armstrong - This is probably an oversight on my part. I saw this come up on the top…

Review - a gathering light, Jennifer Donnelly

Although I didn't love this book it did have its merits. It was a gentle tale which gave nice insight into life at the turn of the last century in America. I liked the character of Mattie and thought that she was probably the best thing about the book. There were lots of twists and turns and it got quite fast paced towards the end of the book. I did buy this however thinking it would be like the Lake of Dead languages which it isn't. The murder mystery which I thought was at the heart of it was just a side show and I thought there could have been an awful lot more done with it. I did find the book confusing at times when trying to work out past and present in it. Certainly worth the read if you have the time.

Next book - the Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

waiting on wednesday

I have a huge amount of books on pre order (I went a bit mad) but this is the one I am most excited about (that said i am excited about all of them)

book description from goodreads.com

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge...This thrilling final instalment of this ground-breaking trilogy promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

I need this book now!

Review - Hunted PC and K Cast

I quite enjoyed this book on the whole and am looking forward to seeing where the series is going. My main complaints however is that the Casts seem to think the readers are a bit dim in that they have to remind us who everyone is - oh look these two are gay (yes we know) and the the twins they aren't really twins (we know). I could kinda understand that after in the first couple of books but we are now on book 5. I get annoyed a little bit with Zoey as she goes on and on about her boyfriend problems when it isn't really problems and more the fact that she can't make a decision. All that aside I enjoy the fact that the relationships between the characters and the harry potter stylee of the entire story. I do feel however that the format of each book is very samey and maybe the whole thing is being padded out to get an epic book detail. Maybe that is just me being cynical.

2010 debut author challenge

I have just decided to sign up for this challenge on the story siren's blog

I intend to read a variety of new books (which are on my goodreads to read list)

so far I have these books in mind ...
Before I fall - Lauren Oliver (finished June 2010)
The Sky is everywhere - Jandy Nelson (finished June 2010)
Firelight - Sophie Jordan
Infinite days - Rebecca Maize
Salvaged - Stefne Miller
Matched - Ally Condie
The Body Finder - Kimerly Derting
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
The secret Year - Jennifer Hubbard
Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken
Dirty Little secrets - CJ Omololu
Firespell - Chloe Neil
Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson

we'll see how it goes - I imagine I'll get going properly once the summer holidays hit!

I will edit this asap

Review - Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Book description from Amazon

They say that when you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me

Sam Kingston is dead. Except she isn't.

On a rainy February night, eighteen-year-old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wakes up in her own bed, on the morning of the day that she died.

Forced to live over and over the last day of her life the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party she desperately struggles to alter the outcome, but every morning she wakes up on the day of the crash.

This is a story of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love... a little too late.

BEFORE I FALL is a brave and complex novel about the territory between life and death. As astonishing as The Lovely Bones and as luminous as Jenny Downham s Before I Die, it will make you want to live every day as if it were your last.

It took me a while to get into this book. I actually sto…

In my mailbox (2) + review of Moth diaries

In my mailbox hosted by the story siren

Slow week this week on the book front. I am actually quite annoyed as i should have had a couple more books through from readitswapit.co.uk but two different people haven't bothered to post the books out grrr and as my birthday's coming up I don't want to buy anything (although I have been editing my amazon wishlist in anticipation with help from goodreads.com). The one and only book I did get this week was the Moth diaries which was compelling enough for me to read by the end of the week so I have also included a review as well.

Story description from Amazon.co.uk
At an exclusive girls' boarding school, a sixteen-year-old girl records her most intimate thoughts in a diary. The object of her obsession is her room-mate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy's friendship with their new and disturbing classmate. Ernessa is a mysterious presence with pale skin and hypnotic eyes. Around her swirl dark secrets and a series of ominous disasters. As fe…

review - untamed house of night

All I can say is wow - after dawdling along for 4 books the series has finally kicked off - very exciting and fast paced. I want a grandma just like Zoey's. Very excited to see where this goes. Will be starting the next book very soon.

The short second life of Bree Tanner

I was very excited about this book coming out as I have been a fan of twilight from very early on. Some of the reviews I have seen so far have criticised the length etc but Stephenie Meyer never intended it being a full book and I don't think ever really intended to write it at all. A fab little addition to the twilight world which adds to the story seeing the world and events from another point of view. A fast little read which is well worth it.

Hush Hush

I ordered this book from Amazon after not being able to get it from readitswapit. Definately worth spending money on and so good that I have now preordered the second one. I can see why it has been compared to Twilight being set in a similiar setting with characters of a similiar age and a similiar style of writing. However it isn't really all that similiar at all being quite a different story. It started out quite slow and built itself up to the point where I couldn't read it fast enough. very excited to seeing where this goes.

Review If I stay

A fab little book that I got through in a matter of hours. I really enjoyed the book as I though the characters were really believable and down to earth. The family unit had a real warmth to them which made the whole story even more heart breaking and the main relationship of Mia and Adam was lovely. A real page turner

in my mailbox

I love the idea of in my mailbox as a fab way to keep tabs on the books you have coming in and out over a week. These are the books that came into the house for me this week.

I have had quite an impressive week this week all in all on the book front thanks to the fantastic readitswapit.co.uk.

I am a little worried however that I may not get far through them before I have to stop reading altogether when exam marking season hits!

Bought from Amazon
Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
The short second life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
Tempted P.C and Kristin Cast
Burned P.C and Kristin Cast
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
The Book Theif - Markus Zusak
The Time Traveller Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

A pretty impressive haul from Amazon - I have been trying to swap hush hush for ages on readitswapit and finally gave up on it this week and brought it on Amazon. Beautiful edition - I have already read it and will review on here asap. I have had Bree Tanner on pre order for ages. I love the Twilight series (my w…
This is my first post on a blog - I have been inspired by the many different blogs I have come across online where people have reviewed books they have loved and thought of starting my own. I first came across them after using readitswapit.co.uk (a fab website). I love reading and this fab site has allowed me access to a huge variety of new books and ignited my love for reading once more.