Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bookcase Showcase needs you to guest post



Are you an author, blogger or publicist?

Do you have a fantastic book collection?

Would you like to show it off?

I am looking for people to guest post on Bookcase Showcase. All you need to do is email me a few pictures of your book collection along with a little bit of commentary to explain the way they are organised, what your favourite are etc. Have a look through the previous bookcase showcase guest books which have been featured every saturday since June to see examples of the types of posts featured.

If you are interested please email me at kirstylouiseconnor (at) hotmail.com or contact me on twitter @overflowingklc

Friday, 30 December 2011

2011 review

2011 Overview

The Blog .....
This has been my second year blogging and I have enjoyed it as much as the first

Best bits of my blogging adventure so far has been
All my blogging friends. You guys make it awesome: Sarah, Lyndsey, Lynsey Emma, Clover, Carly, Liz, Caroline, Andrew, Jesse, Vicki, Viv and Cicely. What did I do before I had you guys to chat to about books??


Spending the night at Alnwick Castle. Defnitely one of the best trips I have ever been on ... I had high tea with the Duchess of Northumberland , dinner in a tea house and slept in a castle.


Meeting all the wonderful authors I met this year including: Lindsay Barraclough, Will Hill, Malorie Blackman, Harriet Castor, Paula Rawsthorne and Cassie Clare.

The Books ... 

BEST BOOK READ IN 2011:
 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This book is just so harrowing yet beautiful at the same time. It is also really informative and has a really poignant story to tell.

MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK READ IN 2011:

Crossed by Ally Condie
I so wanted it and when I finally did it was sooo dull.

MOST SURPRISING BOOK READ IN 2011:

The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove
Just such a beautiful book that I hadn't heard about before and really should have. As always another Catnip title that blew me away.

BOOK I WOULD MOST RECOMMEND IN 2011:

VIII
The historical fiction book I've always wanted to read. Amazing!

BEST SERIES OF 2011:

Eve Edwards Tudor series starting with the other countess
I love this series. It's Tudor yet modern at the same time. Love it.

NEW AUTHOR OF 2011: 

Lindsay Barraclough author of Long Lankin
Long Lankin was so creepy and so good and Lindsay is so lovely

MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF 2011:

The truth about Celia Frost
Read it in a matter of hours. Loved it. Really pacey with loads of twists

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2011:

Lola and the door next door
So excited to get this as I'd preordered the moment I finished Anna

BEST COVER OF 2011:

Haunting of charity delafield
It is gorgeous. I could just sit and look at it for hours

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF 2011:

The Statistical probability of Love at First Sight bu Jennifer E Smith
Cheating I know as a Jan 2012 release but it is so cute.

BOOK I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T READ UNTIL 2011:

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
I love Mary Hoopers books yet I had this sat on the shelf for at least a year? Why? It was awesome

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Blog hop winner is ....



Darren


Congratulations!! Enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Waiting on Wednesay: Everneath

Just look at the cover and tell me you don't want this ...

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Published by Simon and Schuster


Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Book Break ups 2011

I wanted to do a brief post to sum up all the books I have started this year but didn't review because I didn't finished them ...

Destined by PC Cast
I finally claimed my reading life back and gave up on this series. I hate the characters. I hate the made up non-swear words, I hate the pop culture references, the gay reference (because they are so stereotypical and I reckon actually quite offensive rather than the enlighten the Casts are going for)

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
I wanted to love this beautiful book because it looks so pretty on my shelf. In reality it was so bad I wanted to cry. A clear buffy rip off


The Last days by Scott Westerfeld
 I love Scott Westerfeld but I couldn't just get into it.... I'm hoping to give it another go at some point.


Mist by Kathryn James
A bit too fairyesque for my liking even though it was written beautifully.



Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Another case of me and fairy books not getting on




Misfit by Jon Skovron
I couldn't deal with the first person narrative in this one. It drove me crazy after page 3



The Scorpio races by Maggie Stiefvater
 I really wanted to love this one and hoping to have another go at it at some point.



August by Bernard Beckett
I really struggled to get into this as it felt more adult than young adult and I found I got bored.



Dreaming Anatasia by Joy Preble
The Russian Historian in me wanted to love this one. Unfortunately I just didn't click with the main character



Torment by Lauren Kate
Got bored. Gave up easily. Hoping Hadley will read and review it for me as he loved the first book.



David by Mary Hoffman
This one felt too much like work so I got bored and gave up



Flawless by Lara Chapman
Another one where I really didn't care about the main character so lost interest quickly



Liar by Justine Larbelestier
I actually hated the main character in this. I wanted to stab her with sharp sticks



Invincible by Sherilynn Kenyon
I was just utterly confused and I think I needed to read her adult series to get it as my friend who is a uge fan of her took it from me and loved it


Montacute House by Lucy Jago
Another one that felt too much like hard work so I got bored


  Chime by Franny Billingsley
I don't know why but I just didn't like this one 

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
I have learnt that Fairy books and I do not like each other. I learnt it whilst reading this book!

Monday, 26 December 2011

British Books Challenge 2012: A reminder!



Dear all...

Please remember to sign up for the British Books Challenge 2012. I'm hoping this year will be awesome and I have some fantastic prizes lined up for participants

Go here to sign up

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas



I hope your day is relaxing and book filled!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Bookcase Showcase needs you!



Are you an author, blogger or publicist?

Do you have a fantastic book collection?

Would you like to show it off?

I am looking for people to guest post on Bookcase Showcase. All you need to do is email me a few pictures of your book collection along with a little bit of commentary to explain the way they are organised, what your favourite are etc. Have a look through the previous bookcase showcase guest books which have been featured every saturday since June to see examples of the types of posts featured.

If you are interested please email me at kirstylouiseconnor (at) hotmail.com or contact me on twitter @overflowingklc

Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: Dark parties by Sara Grant

Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Published by Indigo



Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...

Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most


Dark parties is one of those books which will totally surprise you as it twists and turns in its narrative leaving you unsure at first about what kind of book it actually is.

***

Neva is one of those characters you are meant to fall in love with meaning you want to get behind her and her cause completely which I totally did. She lives in this 1984esque world where people are controlled by the government in their every waking moment. History has been rewritten, people go missing never to be spoken of again and the youth of the protectosphere are encouraged to procreate like crazy to build up a dwindling population.

Neva and her friends don't buy into this idea. They know there is lots that the government isn't telling them and are determined to find out more at the risk of being arrested or worse becoming one of the missing themselves.

The main plot of the story follows Neva as she tries to find out more about the world she actually lives in. She risks everything to do so and ends up in several situations which are extremely nasty and unplesant and the price she pays for trying to uncover the truth is extremely high. There are several scenes which are truly horrific and show the complete power of the government over the people who live under them.

The end of the book adds in several twists which I never saw coming and whilst ends the story quite nicely leaves lots of spoce for more books to follow on from it which I hope do follow in the future.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Review: Torn by Cat Clarke

Torn by Cat Clarke
Published by Quercus
Challenge: BBC


Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.

Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…

Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.

Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever...

A compelling story of guilty secrets, troubled friendship and burgeoning love.


***
Cat Clarke is one of those authors who I absolutely love as it is completely effortless to read her fantastic books because the characters are well written, the story flows brilliantly and is engaging from the very first word right through to the very last.

The main storyline follow
s a group of girls who are involved in a prank gone wrong and looks at how they try to cover up the horrific consequences of it. What I found harrowing about this book was that the storyline was realistic in that you could see how it might actually happen and how it was eye opening to see how easy it was for some of the characters to be involved in such a horrible thing and go about covering up without any outward remorse.

The storyline reminded me of the film 'The Hole' which is based on a book by Guy Burt and just like that film I loved the message the story had about both the different ways people deal with guilt and the price of popularity and friendship.

Alice is an interesting character as she is instantly likable and easy to relate to throughout the story. I found it interesting to see how she dealt with the aftermath of the accident and found myself empathising with her. I did like seeing the background to the relationship between her and Tara and how telling their story was about the lengths people go to to be popular.

All in all a crackingly good read which I enjoyed thoroughly and would completely recommend to others.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Midwinter hop: Signed ARC of Daughter of and Bone by Laini Taylor giveaway

I am very excited to be hosting a giveaway for my one of my favourite books of 2011 on my first ever hop giveaway hosted by I am a reader not a writer and Oasis for YA



Up for grabs I have a signed UK paperback ARC of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Please note this ARC was one sent to me for review and has been read by me once but is still in fantastic condition because I love my books dearly and take care not to bend the spine or damage them in anyway. It was hand signed by Laini at the UK blogger event held by Hodder which one of lovely blogger friends went to.


The giveaway is international. You don't need to be a follower but you get an extra entry if you are. Please fill the form in below to enter. I am asking for addresses up front to make it easier for me to get the prizes sent out. I will not use your address for evil and will delete all stored information as soon as the competition is finished.

 If you are visiting The Overflowing Library for the first time please check out the British Books Challenge 2012 here


To see all the other blog hop giveaways look at all the links below

The declaration series by Gemma Malley

I wanted to do a bit of a showcase of books I read before I started blogging and loved but will probably never have the time to reread anytime soon so on the odd occasion one of these posts pop up ...


I read the declaration by Gemma Malley and loved it. For me it does everything a good dystopian book should do (this was even before I knew such a thing as dystopian existed). Anna is a surplus. She lives in a world where no one dies but as a pay off no one is allowed to have children. Anna's parents however were selfish and did so anyway and had to be punished for doing so. As a consequence Anna has spent her life in an orphanage like institution treated by the staff like she is the lowest of the low. It isn't until one night that Anna finds out everything isn't quite like it seems and her whole world is turned upside down.

The thing I loved about this book was that it actually could, in the not so distant future, happen. It makes a good comment on our health care system, on the role of big corporations and government intervention into the daily lives of citizens.

The book itself was also brilliant because it read like an awesome stand alone but actually then sparked off two more books which I enjoyed just as much.

A brilliant series which I would highly recommend.

Monday, 19 December 2011

British Books Challenge 2012: Recommendations

I thought I would do all those of you thinking of joining up for the British Books Challenge a post about my favourite British Books to give you some ideas about what you could read if you sign up for the challenge.

So in no particular order (because I love them all) here are some of my favourite British Authors

 Stolen by Lucy Christopher.
I read this before I started blogging and loved it. The whole concept was totally unique and I loved getting under the skin of the main characters.


The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Another one I read before blogging and loved it entirely. Yes I will admit a lot of my intial love for this book came from falling in love with the cover but the stuff inside is just as good


Before I die by Jenny Downham
This is one of the very few books that has made me cry because it's beautiful. I was also epically excited as it has scenes set in Cromer which the geeky part of me loved!


Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough
This is one creepy book written by one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. Loved every page.

0.4 by Mike Lancaster
I'm not a huge Sci Fi fan but I loved this. Really creepy and highly unnerving.


The truth about Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne
Another author that I met and who was lovely. I loved this books because it was really pacey and had loads of fantastic twists.


VIII by Harriet Castor
I loved this book because it is the type of historical fiction book I have wanted someone to write all my life (even though I didn't know it until I read it)


Someone else's life by Katie Dale
A new one for me. This is out in 2012 by a debut author. I got it and read it within the space of a few hours because it was awesome.

I also could have added the epicness which is Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and the Noughts and Crosses series to this list but I'm assuming that I'd be going some to find someone who hadn't read or at least knew how awesome they all were.
To sign up to the British Books Challenge 2012 go here
To see a larger list of books by British authors go here

Sunday, 18 December 2011

In my mailbox (72)

I got some fab books this week


Saving Daisy by Phil Earle (UK paperback)
I am so excited about this one as I loved Being Billy. Just about to start it later today.


Night School by CJ Daugherty (UK paperback)
This one looks awesome




Variant by Robson Wells (US paperback)
I've heard good things about this one so looking forward to it


Stolen away by Alyxandra Harvey (UK paperback)
I loved Haunting Violet but am worried about thsi one because I really don't get on with fairies

While you are visiting don't forget to sign up for the British Books Challenge 2012 here