Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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've entered the world of Seers, you will never be the same.



Put quite simply I want this book. I am annoyed that you can't get it in the UK and will probably have to buy it any pay excessive custom charges on it to get it from the US. GGGRRRRR

PS I am grumpy (if you couldn't tell) as I cannot read much this week and next as I am marking GCSE papers to a reasonably strict deadlines and because I am not allowed to buy any books either as my birthday is coming up (which I will be at school until late for gggrrr again)

Monday, 28 June 2010

True blood give away

check this giveaway out!

http://thereadingsofabusymom.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-win-true-blood-collection.html

Sunday, 27 June 2010

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)

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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 100 books of the day and thought I'd give it go. For reasons you'll see below I am probably now tied into the entire epic series!

Books from www.Amazon.co.uk

I had a bit of a freak out earlier this week due to my lack of books so had to go and buy some. The three I got were quite exciting indeed.

The Hostage by Sophie McKenzie.

I didn't intend on buying this as such at the moment as I have a huge backlog of books to read anyway. However I had to change my mind as I found out that Sophie McKenzie is coming to my work to do an afternoon with the kids. (before you get excited it is a closed event - I will report back though) I am more excited than the kids so have bought this ready for signing. I believe the event was actually organised by the lovely people at the children's book centre (If any of you ever come to Norfolk this place is amazing).

Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness

Another book that I didn't need but Amazon.co.uk had the signed version so I got it. Available here. I am looking forward to this one quite a lot as I have just started the book before it. Beautiful edition too!

The Sky is eveywhere - Jandy Nelson

I got this only got this because the reviews I have seen online have been good. I am certainly not disappointed. Before even opening it the edition I got is the most gorgeous book I have ever seen. It looks like someone's diary and has colour pages of Lennies poem scattered throughout adding to the story. I have actually already managed to read this book (and did it in open evening on the train to London. I would highly recommend and will review it soon.

Books from Forbidden Plant

This is where things get exciting. I ended up in London this week (well I did know I was going but it crept up on me). It was my annual weekend working for the exam board (I mark GCSE papers). usually I don't actually get to do much of the tourist scene as I'm working but I did catch a show and managed to get into Forbidden Planet. I love this place and managed to pick up the following signed gems (yes signed! squeals with excitement). They do have a few of the things I'm going to mention available on their website but if you're in the area it's worth popping your head in. They have an amazing book section and often have signed copies just hidden in with the normal shelves so you have to hunt!

I picked up the following books (which I won't picture as I am struggling to get the uploading thingy to deal with them today.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead (They actually had a lot more different books signed by her)
Frostbitten by Kelley Armsrong
Ironside by Holly Black (hidden up in the shelves)
The dead girls dance by Rachel caine (again they had a lot of Rachel caine signed)
The Last days by Scott Westerfeld

Most of these are no good to me in the short term as they are from series I haven't started but I am excited all the same. Living in Norfolk means it is very rare any authors visit (except good old Philip Pullman but he is a norfolk boy at heart).

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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!

Monday, 21 June 2010

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.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

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 stopped after day 3 and read another book in the middle of it. My main complaint to start was that I found the main character a bit irritating. She's the typical popular girl going along doing what she likes and not really giving a damm about anyone else along with her 3 carbon copy friends. However I did start to warm to her on about day 4 of the groundhog dayish chapters. I loved her relationship she had with her little sister and the fact that she started to see that what she was doing was wrong (although I loved the day she she really went for it super bitch styleee). I loved the story line with Kent especially as you saw the character grow. Lovely moving ending - very poignant. Lots of twists and turns and well worth reading.

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 fear spreads through the school, fantasy and reality mingle into a waking nightmare of gothic menace, fuelled by the lusts and fears of adolescence. And at the centre of the diary is the question that haunts all who read it: Is Ernessa really a vampire? Or is the narrator trapped in her own fevered imagination?


Not entirely sure what this book was actually about and a it worried that it was just too clever for my brain to comprehend. The main character was a bit of a moaner who spent a lot of time obsessing over the fact her friend had a new friend and didn't really seem bothered by things that should have upset her like people dying. That said it was quite compelling and I was keen to finish it. It might be the case that I simply need to think about it a bit more before I really get the point of it.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

books for swapping

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please look through the books we have for swapping - technically in my other half's name but I hijack it a lot!

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 wonderful husband brought me the first one years ago before it got big because he thought I looked like the girl on the cover - the same cover picture freaked me out!) Again another book I have already read during the week. The two house at night books were another example of me giving in after I couldn't get them on readitswapit. I have now read the first 3 books and got a bit over excited ordered these and pre ordered as far forward as I can. I reckon the next book I pick up will be the fourth one of these. The final three I ordered as a leaving present for my student - she has been a fab help at work and I am horrified that I am going to have to manage on my own now that her University course has finished. She is really into reading (although I think her tastes are a little more grown up than mine) and I though these three would be perfect.

From www.readitswapit.co.uk (I can't tell you how much I love this site)
Untamed - P.C and Kristin Cast
If I Stay - Gayle Forman
Prom nights from Hell - Cabot, Meyer et al
Medusa Touch - World book day book - Sophie McKenzie
Before I fall - Lauren Oliver
A gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly

a fab haul this week - I brought home a load of books from work that I'd been given a presents but never read and then taken in as I didn't have space at home for them and thought someone else would read them. Turns out they weren't keen either - put them on readitswapit and have swapped most of them already. As above I have been hooked on the house of night series so pleased to get one on here. I have been looking for if I stay for a while and finally got it this week. I have already read it during the week and it was a fab swap. Prom Nights from hell is one that my other half swapped for me. While I quietly excited because Stephenie Meyer has added to it I'm not entirely sure what to expect. Medusa Touch is one I won't read for a while - I recent read the first in the series and am led to believe that there are others that first into the series first before i love on to this. Before I fall arrived this morning. I am very excited about this one and am only putting off reading it as I think it might be similiar to If I stay and I don't want to read them too close together and confuse them. Finally a gathering light is a book that has been recommended to be by Amazon for ages now. the cover looks like Lake of Dead Languages which is what drew me in. No idea what to expect but looking forward to it all the same.

presents (sort of)
Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sweet scent of Blood - Suzanne McLeod

Both these books were given to me this week. The first by my husband's friend (and second poshest person I know) who got it in turn from our ex lodger who in turn was given it by his father who found it in the Royal Academy in London where he works. It has a postcard in it explaining it is like one of those book crossing books. No idea what to expect but have been told it refers to Cromer in it so I'll give it a go. Final one is one my husband picked up at the local library when they were having a clear out he saw it and thought I'd like it. I haven't even looked at the back but I'm sure I'll get to it soon enough.

idea hosted by story siren
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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.