Saturday, 31 July 2010

Author interview - Emma Michaels author of the Thirteenth Chimes

 Dear all

I am very excited to bring to you my first author interview with Emma Michaels author of the Thirteenth Chimes.

As a Book Blogger turned author Emma Michaels started her blog in December of 2009. With the support of her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers she was able to not only write her first completed novel but start off a new career as an author.  With her Debut novel, The Thirteenth Chime being released August 13th 2010 and future releases planned Emma Michaels aspires to one day make it to the top ten of the New York Times Best Sellers List. With her fiancé at her side and her small white Chihuahua, Hope, she writes, reads, reviews and tries to live everyday to its fullest, whether in the pages of a good book or reaching out to others through her words. 

Emma's debut novel looks amazing. I personally love reading debut authors novels which is one of the reasons why I signed up the The Story Siren's debut author challenge (albeit late) this year when I first started the blog.

Description from Goodreads.
No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.  In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.  The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge. With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago.  Hatred never dies

 Here's what Emma had to say for herself (for the record she is the nicest lady you'll ever have the opportunity to talk to.

Q) Describe your journey from a blogger into a publisher author?

A) I began blogging shortly after I began querying my first book. I have always loved books and for me, it was a natural and wonderful step to take in sharing my thoughts and feelings on books with others who would in turn do the same with me. What I really love about my blogger experience is that I was able to share all of the journey with fellow bloggers and blog readers. All of you were with me from the first step I took until I arrived at my destination. Now the true journey begins for my debut novel, "The Thirteenth Chime", and I hope all of you will continue with me on this journey!

Q) Where did you get inspiration for your novel from?

A) I had the inspiration for the book shortly after coming to Washington one night during a bad storm that knocked the power out in my area. We went next door to share a few candles and for the company. Lightning flashed and thunder shook the house, lighting up the room we were in even through the draperies. Then the the sky was silent. The silence made my breath catch and in the next moment, the antique grandfather clock in the house began to chime. The sound echoed throughout the house and made my heart jump into my throat. I unconsciously reached out to hold someone's hand, yearning to feel a bond, and it was in that moment that "The Thirteenth Chime" was born.

Q) Describe your main character Destiny.

A) Destiny is a curious character to me. I'm a girl too, and in many ways I can relate to her thoughts and actions, but on the other hand there are some ideas of her I disagree with, especially pertaining to David. She is, in many ways, the swinging pendulum of the book. She felt that her life had finally gotten in order where she wanted it only to have chaos find her. Although it is David who comes to help her, I think most of the credit in helping Destiny goes to Stephanie, who in many ways is the most human of the trio. No matter where the future will lead Destiny, I'm sure she will never be the same after what she faces in "The Thirteenth Chime".

Q) I love the cover of the thirteenth chime. Was it the design you originally had in mind for the book?

A) Yes! I was very fortunate in how supportive the publisher was of my cover idea and the artist who did the cover did an AMAZING job!

Q) Which of your favourite authors have you gained inspiration from when writing?

A) The first YA book I ever read and truly enjoyed was by Tamora Pierce. She has been a huge source of inspiration for me and I really enjoyed getting to meet her in person.

Q) Which five characters from books would you invite to a fantasy dinner party and why?

A) George Cooper (from "Song of the Lioness"), Rosto the Piper ( Beka Cooper ), Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter), and Briar (Circle of Magic). The reason why is because they are the five most mischievous characters I can think of - just imagine the party! Two rogues, two tricksters and just a pinch of thievery.  Plus, I can't help but be curious what would happen is George, Rosto and Briar got their hands on some of Fred and George's magic shop items. Oh goodness, that would make an interesting fan-fiction.


Q) To sum up explain why everyone should read The Thirteenth Chime in 100 words or less.

A) Readers will find there is a sense of realism to the characters that is unlike anything else on the market while staying true to the true paranormal theme of the book. It is a new and original idea, without another one like it on the market (as far as I know.) For readers who want to experience something unlike any other book they have ever read, the essence of "The Thirteenth Chime" delivers straight to the heart.
Thank you so much for the interview and to everyone reading!!! Your support means so much to me!!!!!


Sincerely,

Emma Michaels

http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com



Friday, 30 July 2010

Review - Tempted - PC and Kristin Cast

Not a bad read. I would put it in the same category as those rubbish shows you watch on TV because secretly they are entertaining even though you'd never admit to it. I don't like the fact that the books are quite similar in format - e.g. slowly slowly big up how fab Zoey is, gasp these two are gay, grasp what is Zoey going to do about her boy problems then something finally happens in the end. I do like the overall storyline of this series but felt (like I did with the previous book) that there is a sufficient amount of padding put in to ensure an epic book deal. Zoey can be very irritating and the readers are treated like 5 year olds when it comes to thing like swearing (what the hell is bullpoopie about - it makes me cringe to even type it out) and the fact that some of characters may or may not be having sex or that some of the character are gay. Big deal, I don't actually care. I am interested to see where the series goes in the end but wish they would just get on with it.

Review - Need - Carrie Jones

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear

 I found this book really slow to get into. It's not that I disliked it but I wanted something to happen. It finally did in the last third and boy did it happen. The entire section where Zara knows something is in the house but doesn't know what is really really creepy. I didn't really warm to any of the characters except Issie because she was so cute. Jones does have her own spin on the genre which is nice especially the idea of evil pixies. I will be reading the next book but am looking for a bit more action and bit more character development for it to be a more interesting read.

Fab Friday Findings (1)

Hello all

I have been thinking of doing a few original features on the blog and this is what I have come up with. On Fab Friday Findings I will add a little post about something I have found or discovered over the week that I think you ought to know about. At the moment I am leaving it quite open what that may be - be it a book, a blog, a website or anything else that takes my fancy.

Today's pick is www.artyfax.com. This technically isn't a new find as I used to work for them a few years ago (they have a shop alongside the website) but I love the owners, I love the stock (I used to buy for them - it was an awesome job) and I generally love artyfax!

Why should you log on?
  1. Whatever you buy, be it small, large, on the web or in person you will get the best customer service anywhere. Jenny who runs the shop is the best person I have ever worked for and she loves her stuff.
  2. They sell pilgrim jewellery - not really cheap but not expensive either - I love the stuff and have loads. My favourite piece is the turquoise butterfly bracelet. They actually sell a huge range of jewellery but I am in love with pilgrim. That said I have some gorgeous pieces of A and C jewellery too.
  3. They sell teddy bears  - Jenny treats them like her children that she has to adopt out. The most impressive one is Odin the 6 foot plus bear (they do have mini ones too!)
  4. They do amazing furniture and mirrors and the such like - I have an awesome turtle mirror at home in my bathroom.
  5. They do a huge selection of Yankee candles. I am not a candly type of girl but they are fab.
  6. The postage on jewellery orders is free.

 Oh and exciting news - check back tomorrow my first author interview with Emma Michaels - author of the Thirteenth Chime.

Doubly exciting on Sunday I am going to be featured on Amy's blog
http://myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com on her show me the shelves Sunday!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Review - Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness

I was quite looking forward to this book after hearing some great things about it however for me it didn't live up to expectations. The first two thirds of the books focus on the war. Nothing really happens and it just goes on and on and on. I found myself skimming huge sections and giving up completely on 1017's parts. I just didn't see the point on using up over 400 pages on it. The final section was bit more interesting but by this point I didn't care and just wanted it to be over. The ending was semi interesting but didn't set the world alight for me at all. Certainly not worth the time and effort.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Review - Glimmerglass - Jenna Black

I enjoyed this book muchly, a fab little introduction to what could be an awesome series.

The book was extremely fast paced with hardly any let up throughout. I like the character of Dana you could see that she had obviously put up with a lot throughout her life but she wasn't perfect (like any other teenager) and often got herself into silly situations because of her own stupid mistakes.

I loved the setting of Avalon and how it was written as if it was matter of fact real. You can almost imagine walking in and around the place especially as the history was well researched and tied in well. When the idea of the Seelie and Unseelie courts was first mentioned with their red and white roses I immediately thought of the war of the roses and a few chapters on there it was!

I didn't really see the significance of the Faeriewalker deal but got it in the end although I still don't fully get it and assume it will be something that will be drawn out in later books.

I enjoyed the secondary characters my favourite being Kimber and Keane. I loved the girly but rock hard edge that Kimber brought to the story along with her whole back story that made you understand her a little more. I enjoyed the bad boy edge of Keane and hope that he is included much more in the future. I didn't fully like Ethan (although I assume he is the one we're all supposed to be drooling over) as I though he was too arrogant and smarmy.

If I was recommending this book to anyone I would certainly describe it as an introduction to the world of Avalon and Faerie. An awful lot happened and for me I would like a bit more background and detail to fully grasp everything that happened.

Waiting on Wednesday - The Thirteenth Chime - Emma Michaels


No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.  In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.  The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge. With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago.  Hatred never dies
http://emmamichaels.blogspot.com 

I want this book. It looks awesome

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

check this giveaway out

http://sparkling-reviews.blogspot.com/

Review - Firespell - Chloe Neill

I loved this book. The ideas are original and interesting and the whole story was wonderfully written. The setting of St Sophia's and the whole world built around it was fantastic. I enjoyed the first part of the book just getting introduced to Lily and Scout. Lily is a brilliant main character feisty without being arrogant, cool without being bitchy. I loved the character of Scout and all of her quirkiness. The second section of the book was fab when you finally started to find out what was really going on at the school and all about the world of the Dark Elite. The final section where it all finally kicks off is really when the characters come into the own. The novel ends leaving you with lots of questions about Lily, her parents and the dark elite. An unputdownable,  fast paced, engaging novel that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. A definite must read.

Review - Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

I simply loved this book and I'm going to find it hard to put into words to properly explain how much I loved it.
The main central theme / driving force of the book was the relationship between Sam and Grace which I absolutely loved. He is wonderfully gorgeous and them are quite simply made for each other. Each time they come up against an obstacle your heart breaks a little bit for them. I enjoyed the characters of Isabel and Cole and thought they were fab. The end is awesome (despite making you want to sob) and leaves you aching for more. The fact that the book was quite slow throughout didn't bother me in the slightest. Roll on the next book!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Cley Windmill

I'm not one for doing personal posts but wanted to share this with you.


This evening my husband and I are staying at Cley Windmill for our first wedding. I love it there muchly as it is where we got married and it is beautiful (although I'm not convinced the weather is going to hold out). The room we are in is right at the top (you have to climb a ladder to get to it) Looking forward to having a drive along the coast and a bag of fish and chips. Norfolk is awesome for that and it means that I don't feel like I'm missing out on a holiday this summer as I have a few of these days planned.

In my mailbox (7)

In my Mailbox is hosted by the awesome story siren at www.thestorysiren.com 
all descriptions stolen from www.goodreads.com 

Slow week this week (I spent most of the week in a field camping so access to book shopping was limited)

From www.readitswapit.co.uk - I love this website

The Secret circle - LJ Smith

The circle's power has lured her home
Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

Been meaning to read her stuff for ages - will get there eventually

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 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.

was actually recommened this author by Sophie McKenzie - I think she has co written a book with him. I thought this one looks good.

The girl with the dragon Tattoo


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Not my usual type of book but I have heard good things and it is definately the type of book my mum likes so thought it was worth getting

From www.amazon.co.uk


Linger - Maggie Stiefvater


Continues the story of the wolves of Mercy Falls. . .

It's about after. What happens after you discover there are werewolves in the wood, after you've fallen in love for the first time, after you've lost what you think you can't live without, after you've become someone you can't live with


so incredibly excited about this - I have already started it and hope to get some time over the next few days to really get stuck in.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Review - Evernight - Claudia Gray

I enjoyed this book quite a lot despite it being another in a long line of vampire books. It started off very slow and I was a little bored until it suddenly twists about half way through. Without giving the twist away all I can say is that it finally puts things into perspective and makes you understand everything that has gone on before with a little more clarity. The final section was extremely fast paced and engaging and left me wanting to find out what happens next. I wasn't keen on the main char cater although I could relate to her somewhat. I didn't really believe the connection between her and Lucas and would have liked a bit more background on them and their relationship. I loved the character of Balthazar and will be proudly waving my Team Balthazar banner when I finally do get through the next books in the series. Not the best series in the genre but a nice engaging read nevertheless.

Next book - Linger (mini excited dance!!)

Friday, 23 July 2010

Review - Forget you Jennifer Echols

Back in civilisation! (been off camping all week). I got a bit of reading done.

I enjoyed this book a far bit but for me it wasn't in the same league as going too far. The thing that stood out for me in this book is that it is definately aimed at the older end of the young adult audience. It was full of sex and I personally thought it was perhaps a little too much in places for the audience it was aimed at. While I'm not saying that any of it was too extreme in anyway (and actually reasonably realistic throughout) I envisage younger adults picking it up and being highly influenced by it and doing things they ought not to. I suppose I would have been happy had it had a warning on it that it was that kind of book to warn off younger teens. The characters were less lovable, a bit complicated and more in depth than I would expect in a girly read. I loved love triangle idea but never really got why Zoey had the problems she did chosing which way to go. Not a bad read at all and well worth the time and effort to pick it up.

Next book - Evernight by Claudia Gray. Already half way through after giving up with Thirteen reasons why (couldn't cope with double narrative) and Never Let me go (got very very bored)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Review - Numbers Rachel Ward

I was very excited about reading this book as I thought that it sounded awesome as a concept. Sadly for me it didn't live up to expectations. I didn't warm to the main character at all. Yes she had her share of problems but so do a lot of people. I thought the entire main part of the story was very childish. While not a prude I thought that was an excessive amount of swearing for a young adult book (it would certainly put me off recommending it to teenagers - yes I know kids swear but I don't want to endorse it). I am still interested to read the sequel as I do like the ideas behind it but I'll wait until I can get it cheap rather than buying it full price.

Friday, 16 July 2010

In my mail box (6)

IMMB is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com (book descriptions from Amazon and Goodreads)
I am posting this early as I have a nutty weekend coming up I am out most of tomorrow and busy getting all the jobs I need to get done (including packing) before I can go off camping next week (you won't therefore hear much from me over the next week).

I have had a fab week bookwise!

Books I received as presents

My birthday was last monday so I got a nice selection of books as presents. I was very excited most of the day (despite the fact that I was stuck at work until 8pm ish). I am a nightmare with presents and have to open them very quickly so being at work almost killed me as I didn't get them until late.

Sookie Stackhouse / True Blood collection - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in a little bar in Bon Temps, a small town deep in Louisiana. She's funny and pretty and well-mannered, but she doesn't have that many close friends - mind you, that's not so surprising when you consider how few people can appreciate her abilities as a mind-reader. It's not a quality that has the guys beating down her door - well, unless they're vampires or werewolves or the like . . . but they're not just supernatural freaks, some of them are friends, even family.

I have actually already read the first one of these. I had my eye on this collection for a while but had been put off after watching the series. I got the first one off readitswapit.co.uk to try it out and enjoyed it. All the things I hated about the series weren't in the book so this is now a series I will look forward to getting through the others.


Necropolis - Anthony Horowitz

I think the person who got this for me thought it was the first one in the series - it isn't. Beautiful edition I will get to it eventually but haven't looked at a description or anything on purpose.

Mignighters series - Scott Westerfeld




Description for first book
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 destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

I loved The Uglies series - I don't know why I haven't sought out more Westerfeld before now - very excited

Beautiful Dead Book 3 - Eden Maguire

Quite excited for this the only snag is I haven't got the second book yet so deliberately not looking at the back. I love the covers of these books and enjoyed the first one quite a lot.

Fallen - Lauren Kate
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 wanted this for a while - actually got this from my Mother in Law (after 9 years she has finally discovered my Amazon wishlist - last year I got anti winkle cream and a china pig from Oxfam). Very excited about it.


Books from Amazon.co.uk


I got paid for a bit of the work I have done this summer for the exam board - so I treated myself. They incidently arrived on my birthday in a huge box so it just added to the excitment. I did the story siren's excited dance.


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 chance for her to seek answers.  Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry

Very excited about this - that said I mostly bought it as I loved the cover.


My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.   A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

Loved the cover - very excited about this


Eyes like Stars - Lisa Mantchev 


All her world's a stage.  Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.  She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.  She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.  Until now.  Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known. Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Love the cover again - very excited


Firespell -  Chloe Neill


As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face… When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster. Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet

I looked at this whilst in London in Forbidden Planet. It looks awesome.


Need - Carrie Jones


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear

Been trying to find this on readitswapit for a while and given in. Looks fab


Glimmerglass - Jenna Black


Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie. Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go

Love love love the cover for this - it is sparkly!! Heard good things so looking forward to it.
 
Numbers - Rachel Ward 

Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

Another book I have wanted this books for a while and given up looking for on readitswapit. Started it already and seems good.

Forget You - Jennifer Echols



WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?  There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug

I bought this simply because I loved Gone too far. 


Exciting swag!!!!!


I also got something a little special this week. I contacted Maggie Stiefvater a few weeks ago asking her for a prize for work for a review competition. The wonderful lady sent me no less than 15 signed bookmarks for the kids. I am too good to them. At the moment I just keeping getting the out of the envelope and staring at them longingly (I can't wait for Linger to arrive)


That's it - mental week - Looking forward for the 6 weeks hols to get through them - lots of time shall be spent in the garden in my hammock reading through them all!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

don't worry!!

Just a quick post - I am still here - just very very busy. I will be posting IMMB at weekend which will be a very very exciting post indeed!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

In my mail Box (5)

Gonna keep this short - final deadline for exam board marking and I have lot to do. I deliberately haven't got a lot this week as I am hoping for many exciting things tomorrow! (I get more excited about birthdays than anyone else I know) This took much will power on my part especially as I went round two fab book shops today - waterstones in cambridge and Heffers in Cambridge.

Got from www.Readitswapit.co.uk

My love lies Bleeding - Alyxandra 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.

Looks interesting


Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
Not YA but I have read all of his other stuff - Mum has actually nicked this already so I don't know when I'll get to read this.

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at www.thestorysiren.com

Friday, 9 July 2010

Review - Going too far - Jennifer Echols

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting at all (I thought it would be a little more girly). I loved the character of Meg and her crazy rebelly ways and warmed towards her more and more as the story went on. I liked the contrast between the two relationships she had with both Eric and then John and how completely different they were. The book kept you hanging on and I didn't see the twists coming at all. I loved the ending and thought all in all it was a gorgeously happy lovely heartwarming little tale. I will be keen to read more jennifer echols.

undecided on next book - seeing what the weekend brings with it as I have a huge amazon order in. Off to Duxford tomorrow for Flying Legends so doubt I'll get a lot of reading done!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

author event - Sophie McKenzie


Today I met Sophie McKenzie!!!!


The Norfolk Children's book centre organised an event at our school. I was lucky enough to have a free afternoon and managed to get over and spend the afternoon with her and the kids (I was like an excited big kids myself - I love blood ties). She arrived early and had a spot of lunch with her publicist while she signed my books and chatted about the types of books she was into. She was interviewed by 5 or 6 of our kids then big an afternoon session with them. She started by introducing herself and her background as a writer. It was clear from what she said about how much she loves what she does. She then played a would you rather game to introduce the ideas of psychic abilities which are featured in her medusa project books. She read from her third medusa project book and then took questions from the kids about all of her books. It was a wonderful afternoon and lovely to hear her talk about her stories and how much she loved them and her characters. She was fab with the kids and was very happy to sign a variety of books, bookmarks and postercards for them. She littered her conversations with jokes and stories and came across as a very geniune lovely person.

On a side note any of you who are Norfolk the children's book centre often do signings in the evening at different events with a variety of children's authors. If you join their book club you can go to then from free or you can buy tickets for them. All details are on their website. Also if you are in the area it's really worth a visit. The staff are lovely (including some of my gorgeous ex pupils on a saturday) and it really is a little haven for book lovers. I believe even if you're not in the area they sell books on their site too.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Review - The space between trees - Katie Williams

I fell in love with the cover of this book and it was probably the only reason why I bought it. (the black trees are all cut on on the cut with the purple bit being the first page). I did enjoy the whole story a fair bit although I do get a bit annoyed with books that don't really have a point. I liked the main character and could totally see where she was coming from in the things that she did but I couldn't say the same for her friend. I though she got away with too much considering what she did. I would certainly recommend it as a book to read and will be looking out for new things the author writes.

Undecided on my next book as of yet.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

In my mailbox (4)

IMM is hosted by the fab story siren at www.thestorysiren.com

A slow week on purpose - exam marking has halted most of my reading (it took over a solid 9 hours yesterday).

From www.readitswapit.co.uk

Going too far - Jennifer Echols

Description from goodreads.com
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...

Is it wrong that I'm actually put off by the cover now I've seen up close that she has one of those dodgy eyebar thingys. I will read it but I'm freaked out!!!!

Prey - Rachel Vincent

Description from goodreads.com

Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…

Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.

Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.


I actually haven't read one of this series for ages - so long ago I can't remember. I'm hoping I'll pick up where I left off without too much issue

From Amazon.co.uk

The space between trees - Katie Williams

I saw this on the Story Siren's IMM a while ago and fell in love with the cover (the trees on the front are all cut out). I am already a little way through and enjoying it enough. My husband is less than impressed that there is a new American trend to call girls Hadley and is hoping it doesn't catch on here - This is the third thing he's seen (including a barbie doll and another doll) and he is not happy!

description from goodreads.com

Not your everyday coming-of-age novel

This story was supposed to be about Evie how she hasn't made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself but it isn't. Because when her classmate Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe's murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes and Evie's life is never the same again.

Oh and the big news of the week - I am now a proud owner of a library card - haven't had one of those since I was 11!! I will have to use it in the summer.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

My first award

The lovely asamum awarded me this today!

She is probably the reasons I got into blogging to start with after I came across her on a www.readitswapit.co.uk . I am now hooked and slightly obssessed. Check out her page here

She has passed onto me a set of rules to follow so here it goes

1) thank and link to the person who gave the award to you
2) pass on the award to 15 other bloggers
3) contact other blogs to tell them you've awarded them it too
4) state 7 things about yourself

I'm going to have to go away and think about the above - I'll edit this post in the next day or two - Back to the GCSE marking!!!!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Review - The Hostage - Sophie McKenzie


While this series is not as good as some of the other sophie McKenzie books I have read they sre still a good read if you bear in mind they are aimed at a younger audience. They are quite fast paced albeit a bit predictable. I hope the characters are developed a bit more as I'm not all that drawn to any of them at the moment.