'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

5th Annual End of Year Survey: 2014 Edition

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
The lovely Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner has hosted an end of year bookish survey for the past five years and I've loved doing them! This is this years one, don't hesitate to fill it out too and link up on Jamie's post! 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Most Anticipated Releases of 2015

I love this time of year. It's coming up to the time for a fresh new year, new start and most importantly, new books! I love browsing Goodreads and publishing companies websites for the upcoming releases and exploding with excitement over the beauties that are coming our way. I've put together a list of books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in the new year! 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide #1: Books

Today I thought I'd do a quick post on bookish gift ideas for those that you love! Today's one is going to be a book-based guide, with something a little different tomorrow.

For the Fantasy Lover
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Buy from The Book Depository

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Harry Potter #91

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

REVIEW: Captive - A. J. Grainger

CaptiveTitle: Captive
Author: A. J. Grainger
Series: None
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 29th January, 2015


I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.

Dad isn't here. No one is, but me.
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world's most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.
Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit - and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .
A thrilling, well-crafted, ever-relevant story from a talented new voice in YA fiction.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

REVIEW: I Was Here - Gayle Forman

I Was Here Title: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: None
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 29th January, 2015


From the bestselling author of If I Stay - this summer's YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.
As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it with it sensitivity, genuity and honesty.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

REVIEW: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Series: None
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 6th November, 2014


Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She's no longer daddy's little girl - and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in 'hilarious' pranks. Which hardly seems fair... especially when Frankie knows she's smarter than any of its members. And to prove this, she's going to teach them a lesson.
 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Harry Potter #90

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

REVIEW: Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 28th January, 2014


Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the first in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice.
Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars, generations of people who spend their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that, one day, people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.
Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down at Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.
But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

BLOG TOUR: Jenny Oliver's Christmas Top Ten

Today Jenny Oliver stops by the blog to share her top ten signs that shows it's Christmas.

I Know It’s Christmas Because… 

1) I’ve been to a Winter Wonderland section of a garden centre and nearly bought a hat that sings Christmas tunes or a tree wearing shades that dances.

2) I’ve helped my mum bake a million mince pies that I will still be defrosting in February.

3) I’ve bought everyone’s presents except my husband’s and dad’s because they want such specific, boring gifts that I can barely bring myself to hand over the cash.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

2015 Debut's I Can't Wait to Read


As you may or may not have seen, I've decided to host a 2015 Debut Author Reading Challenge.
Today's post just highlights the debut's that I absolutely cannot wait to read in 2015! There are so many amazing ones coming out and I want to draw some to your attention that you may or may not be aware of!

Monday, 8 December 2014

REVIEW: Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Publisher: Harper 360
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 4th December, 2014


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2015 Debut Author Reading Challenge

Hey guys! Today I'm introducing a new challenge for 2015 to my blog:

 Debut Author Challenge! 
The reason this has come about is that I've been browsing through my Goodreads shelf for 2014 and noticed that I read a LOT of series or stick to the same authors that I've read numerous times before. I thought it would be a really great idea to start up a challenge that celebrates debut authors! They're the ones that most need our support in the early stages of their bookish careers, and I know I've read some cracking debut's this year and can't wait for more for 2015.

The Rules
1. This challenge will run from January 1st 2015 to December 31st 2015
2. The books have to be the debut book of an author, preferably 2014+ 
3. There will be a linky at the beginning of every month to post up your reviews/ posts on the books
4. Please link up your sign-up posts in the linky below and grab the badge for your blog! 
5. You can read as many or as little books as you like - that choice is yours
 6. You must have reviewed a debut author at least once to enter the Debut Author Challenge Giveaway

Giveaway you say? 
I've decided that, to celebrate those wonderful debut authors, I will be hosting a giveaway at the end of 2015 for all participants of the Debut Author Challenge! There will be options to add as many reviews as you like to the giveaway so the more debuts you read, the more chances you'll get to win! I promise I'll make it a good prize - more info on the prize to come! 

Levels
1 - 9 - Bronze Reader
10 - 19 - Silver Reader
20 - 29 - Gold Reader
30+ - Platinum Pro-Reader

Check out my Goodreads Shelf for upcoming debut author ideas!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Harry Potter #89

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

REVIEW: There Will Be Lies - Nick Lake

There Will Be LiesTitle: There Will Be Lies
Author: Nick Lake
Series: None
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 1st January, 2015


In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.
Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.
All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

Monday, 1 December 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Goddess and the Thief

Today I have the lovely Essie Fox on the blog to talk about her research for her novel The Goddess and the Thief.

MY RESEARCH PROCESS FOR WRITING THE GODDESS AND THE THIEF

The Goddess and the Thief is a Victorian novel narrated by Alice Willoughby, a young woman living in Windsor in the home of her spinster aunt; a fraudulent spirit medium. In fact, the only true psychic is Alice, the young woman born in India, where she lived with her father, and ayah– or nanny – who cared for the child when her mother died. That ayah told stories of Hindu gods and those stories still haunt Alice’s dreams – especially when meeting with a man by the name of Lucian Tilsbury. He has also lived in India but has now come to England on a quest to steal – he would say reclaim – a sacred diamond plundered at the end of the second Anglo Sikh war. Alice will unwittingly play a part in that theft – after which she will be in danger of losing her freedom, her sanity – and something else she did not want, but which she has come to dearly love.

The story of The Goddess and the Thief came about when I decided to write a mystery set in Victorian Windsor – inspired by the backdrop of houses, streets, and the river paths I often walk, having lived in the town for many years.

I already had a vague idea that my novel would be based around a theft involving Queen Victoria, when my little gang of thieves would manage to enter the castle walls. But what would they want to steal? What could possibly be so important for them to even contemplate a crime as audacious as that would be?

I began by researching the internet, wondering what might have been Queen Victoria’s most valuable possession. And that was how I came to find references to the Koh-i-noor diamond which is now on display in the Tower of London as part of the Crown jewels – having first been brought to England when displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851, after which for some time it had been worn by Victoria as a brooch.  

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Harry Potter #88

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #57

It has been a LONG time since I took part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme. Things have been pretty hectic and will remain so into the New Year for me so please bear with me! Hopefully I can share a little more about this soon, but today we're all about our top ten winter reads.

Monday, 24 November 2014

REVIEW: Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 21st October, 2014


The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

REVIEW: The Ghosts of Heaven - Marcus Sedgwick

The Ghosts of HeavenTitle: The Ghosts of Heaven
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Series: None
Publisher: Indigo Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2014


The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.
It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant greendale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world as a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors the hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. And so, their journeys begin...

Friday, 21 November 2014

Harry Potter #87

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

REVIEW: The One - Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)
Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 5th June, 2014


The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The Walled City and its Characters

Today I have the lovely Ryan Graudin on the blog with a very special and unique guest post. Ryan has given us an inside into her three protagonists, Jin Ling, Dai and Mei Yee through quotes and why these quotes reflect their character.

I went through THE WALLED CITY and picked out quotes that help explain each of my three main characters! They’re all very different, but each has an integral role in the novel.

Jin Ling: “I can stab a man, but I can’t let one die. Not on my watch.”

Jin Ling, as you can tell from this quote, is a fighter. She has to be, to live on the streets of the Hak Nam Walled City, which one of my other character’s describes as “A recipe of humanity’s darkest ingredients—thieves, murderers, addicts—all mashed into six and a half acres of land.” Jin Ling disguises herself as a boy to survive and spends her days stealing food, earning money through drug runs, and searching the Walled City’s many brothels for her older sister, Mei Yee. Though she’s tough as nails, she also has a soft side, which only comes out around her sister and her cat, Chma. Though her mantra for survival in the Walled City is, “Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife,” she is very lonely, and starts, out of sheer necessity, to trust one of the most mysterious figures in the Walled City: a boy named Dai…

Friday, 14 November 2014

REVIEW: The Elite - Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)
Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 23rd April, 2013


Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Harry Potter #86

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

BLOG TOUR: Prisoner of Night and Fog Cover Secrets

Today I have the lovely Anne Blankman, author of Prisoner of Night and Fog on the blog to share a couple of book cover secrets as part of her UK blog tour.

Cover Secrets

I have a confession to make--one of my favourite parts of the publication process is getting a book cover. Let's face it, covers these days are as gorgeous and elaborate as movie posters. Plus, there's something incredibly moving about seeing the book you've written captured in a single image.

So when I found out that Headline, my UK publisher, wouldn't be using my US cover but would create a new one, I got a little excited. Okay, I may have squealed. And pumped my hands in the air. Don't get me wrong--I adore my US cover. But getting to have two covers? That's amazing. And lucky me, I love both covers so much.

UK Cover
US Cover
I also love learning the secrets that go into making covers, so I thought I'd share some of mine with you today!

Most people don't know this, but the US cover is actually a self-portrait. That's right, the model and photographer are the same person! I think that's why her expression feels so intimate. In a funny coincidence, her name is Anni, which happens to be my nickname!

Have you noticed the "Little Red Riding Hood" vibe in the UK cover? Well, in the 1920s, Adolf Hitler liked to call himself "Herr Wolf." After he became Chancellor, he liked to go around whistling "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?" The graphic designer, Bekki Guyatt, brilliantly captured that sense of a wolfish predator and his prey in the cover. And the shoutline... It gives me chills every time I read it.