Fanciful Cover Friday (3)

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Fanciful Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at Fanciful Fictions. Each week a new theme will be released and then it is our job to find our favourite covers based on the theme and share them with others.

This week’s theme is: ROBOT/MACHINE

This one was quite a bit tougher than i originally anticipated. There are a few well known robot covers such as Cinder and Mila 2.0 that have been released fairly recently. However i wanted to try and show some of the covers that are less seen.

1. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve and Adam

I really really like this cover. I really enjoyed the jigsaw of the apple and the metal parts incorporated in. I liked the simplistic design of the background and the incorporation of the binary numbers. I also really like retellings and have a feeling that this could be extremely interesting to read. We shall see :)

2. Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

freak of nature

I got this book a while ago from Netgalley and the cover was definitely a large part of why i was interested in it. However i did also really enjoy the story and would really recommend anyone to check it out, it was a really quick read :)

3. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Revolution 19

Ok, so this isn’t the most “robot-y” of covers. However i’m saying that her eye counts and its so striking! It just captures my interest and makes me want to know more about the book and the girl that’s on the cover. Also what exactly is happening in this world, the font style makes it seem slightly militaristic and that also seems very interesting.


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Waiting on Wednesday (47)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

Magonia

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Release Date: 28th April 2015

From Goodreads:

“Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?”

I really, really want to read this. I want to know why Aza was taken to earth as a baby (i’m assuming) and what her role is in Magonia. I’m also interested to see if she can ever see her family again or tell them what has happened and if she does if they believe her or think it to be another side effect of the medicine. Also the cover is beautiful :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Showcase Sunday (31)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

My not buying any books this week didn’t really go to plan. Though i did buy Something Strange and Deadly back at the beginning of March and Reckoning cost me £2.80 or something equally low! I’ve heard great things about Something Strange and Deadly and cannot wait to get into the story and hopefully trilogy in general. Reckoning also really caught my interest and i am looking forward to learning more about the characters and how they develop :)

These are the books i acquired this week :)

Bought:

Something Strange and Deadly Reckoning

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Fanciful Cover Friday (2)

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Fanciful Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at Fanciful Fictions. Each week a new theme will be released and then it is our job to find our favourite covers based on the theme and share them with others.

This week’s theme is: GREEN

So i’m taking this to mean Green being the focal point of the cover, however if you want to do eco friendly books etc.. then please feel free! The theme’s are open to interpretation and i’m really interested to see where other people go with them!

1. Stolen Songbird by Sanielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird

I absolutely adore this cover, the green dress, the glass rose, the structures in the background. I even love the font. The cover drew me to this book immensely, however the story was also great so if you haven’t read it i’d recommend checking it out!

2. If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If i Die

I really like the green dress and wisps on the cover, the doodle style writing is also enjoyable. I’m less bothered about the awkward people reaching towards each each. I think i’d prefer the cover if it was just the girl in the dress, but we can’t have everything.

3. Envy by Gregg Olsen

Envy

This cover is a bit creepier, however i’m really liking the simplicity of it. It makes me want to know more about why the girl is in this tiny room alone in the bathtub and what happened to her. It definitely stands out and will make me remember the title.

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Waiting on Wednesday (46)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

Becoming Jinn

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Release Date: 21st April 2015

From Goodreads:

“Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.”

I can’t remember when i last read a good Genie book, i haven’t read that many as that market isn’t yet saturated with them, however i have a feeling that after this book that may change! I’m definitely interested to see how Azra develops and more about how the Jinn operate in this world.

What are your picks for this week?

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Showcase Sunday (30)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

I have a few books to share with you guys this week, however the majority were ordered back in January ( i sent them to my home address rather than my uni address) so it’s nice to finally be able to hold them. I really can’t wait to read both Ensanred and Frotstfire as i’ve been anticipating them for quite a long time! It’s also nice being back home for easter, though i’m travelling back to uni on tuesday so am really not here very long.

These are the books i acquired this week :)

Bought:

ensnared FrostFire Strange Sweet Song

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Fanciful Cover Friday (1)

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Fanciful Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at Fanciful Fictions. Each week a new theme will be released and then it is our job to find our favourite covers based on the theme and share them with others.

This week’s theme is: LONG HAIR

I’m liking the theme, i currently have a list of enough themes for a year and just used a random number generator to choose the first couple to start with. I’m hoping to get at least one Rapunzel retelling in here because it’s long hair. We’ll see how it goes

1. My Name Is Rapunzel by KC Hilton

5.5"X8.5" Post Card Template

I’m very happy to get a Rapunzel retelling into this theme, her hair is both the focus and not the focus due to it being tied up. However it’s very pretty and i like that, plus i definitely couldn’t braid my hair like that.

2. Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury

This cover immediately stood out to me, the hair is the main focus of the cover and it almost looks like it’s transforming into flames, which is cool. I really like the red hair against the white dress and think the cover is nicely tied up.

3. Towering by Alex Flinn

Towering

Yay, another Rapunzel retelling! I really like the entirety of this cover, Rapunzel looking off into the distance, the crumbling tower in the background and most of all her hair. It definitely stands out and captures your attention, it looks so healthy! I just really like this cover :)

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My Most Anticipated Releases of April 2015

Most Anticipated Release April 2015

April is the best month of the year, mainly due to it being Birthday month, but its also always easter and that means time off (well it’s meant to mean study for exams but meh). There are some great books coming out in April and i’m extremely excited to be finally able to get my hands in some *cough*all*cough* of these books in the next few weeks. April 28th seems to be a mammoth day for publishing and so it’ll be a great end to the month :)

My Most Anticipated Releases of April 2015 (in no particular order):

1. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

(Publishing: April 14th by Henry Holt & Co. )

Dream a Little Dream

So i think this book has been published before but in german? Anyway, i haven’t heard of it and it’s at least being re-released in April and i thought it sounded interesting! It seems to follow a girl called Liz whose been having very strange dreams lately, however are they really just dreams or is something else at play here?

2. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

(Publishing: April 21st by Feiwel & Friends )

Becoming Jinn

Becoming Jinn seems to follow a young Jinn named Azra as she comes of age and develops her Jinn powers and learns all about what her destiny is. However it seems like Azra may be more powerful than anticipated and we get to watch her journey as she realises who she’s meant to be. I love a good jinn/genie book and can’t wait to get stuck into this one!

3. Rook by Sharon Cameron

(Publishing: April 28th by Scholastic Press )

Rook

Rook looks like it will follow Sophia, forced into an arranged marriage to save her family. However both her and her new husband are not as they appear and both seem to be linked to this Red Rook Feather, it is left when traitors against the revolution are sprung from their prison cells. I really cannot wait to learn a bit more about whats happening, i love that the blurb hasn’t really spoilt anything for us and leaves a lot to be discovered.

4. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

(Publishing: April 28th by HarperCollins )

Magonia

Aza is a girl that has never really fit in, diagnosed with a mysterious lung disorder as a baby, the smallest tasks are a chore, including breathing and talking. One day she sees a ship in the sky and thinks she can hear someone calling her name, later she is “lost” from the normal world (not really sure what that means, we shall find out) and appears to have travelled to Magonia. A nation of trading ships high above the clouds. She is powerful here and the ailments that were a burden on earth have now disappeared. I’m really interested to see how Aza travels to the new world and how she ended up on earth in the first place? We shall see.

5. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Gray

(Publishing: April 28th by Atom )

The Girl at Midnight

The story seems very similar in a way to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and follows a girl called Echo, helping a race of ancient beings who she calls family. (I currently can’t work out if she is also part of this race or human etc..) She is a pickpocket and theif by day and when she finds out the Avicen (her race) need a special object to win the war against another supernatural race she volunteers to go and find it with her thief-y ways. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun to read and looking forward to getting stuck into it.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

(Publishing: April 28th by Razorbill )

An Ember in the Ashes

The story seems to follow a girl called Laia, when her brother is arrested for treason and she goes undercover as a slave in the military in order to get information to help save her brothers life. Sounds interesting, definitely want to know more about the world and how they got to be where they are now.


What are the books that you’re most looking forward to in April?

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Waiting on Wednesday (45)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Release Date: 28th April 2015

From Goodreads:

“History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.”

For one the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Also i really like the idea of calling cards as a symbol and the red rook feather seems like a very interesting idea. I really want to find out more about who Sophia and René really are and there parts in this rebellion of the revolution and just more about the world in general!

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March 2015 Monthly Recap

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 Books i received this month (this will also be covered in my monthly book budgeting post in more detail):

Showcase Sunday #26 – 9 free ebooks and 6 eArcs for review

Showcase Sunday #27 – 2 bought ebooks, 2 bought hardbacks and 3 eArcs for review

Showcase Sunday #28 – 1 bought hardback, 1 hardback for review and for 1 eArc review

Showcase Sunday #29 –  1 bought paperback


Bought book i’m most looking forward to reading:

Days of Blood and Starlight

Review book i’m most looking forward to reading:

Shadow Shadow


Books I read this month:

   Cry Wolf Alpha and Omega daughter of smoke and bone briar rose Those Above Made For You


Books I reviewed this month:

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons – 4.5/5 stars

Those Above by Daniel Polansky – 3.5/5 stars


Other posts this month:

February 2015 Monthly Recap

Most Anticipated Releases of March 2015

March 2015 – Book Budgeting


Challenge Update for the Month:

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

3/12 books read

1/12 books reviewed :/

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

1 extra credit used

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

2/50 books read

1/50 books reviewed

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Made For You by Melissa Marr

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Up to date with the 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, however am really falling behind on the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, i know need to read about 5 netgalley books a month to aim to reach my target…


Goals from last month:

  • Read at least 8 books in the month  – Unfotunately not quite reached, however i did read slightly more books than February. 
  • Post at least 1 review a week – Again not quite reached, i posted about a review every other week…
  • Read a book for the 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge and at least 2 books for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge – I read the books for the RAC and only needed to read one more book for N&ERC. 
  • Write a book blogger lifestyle post – Failed
  • Be more active on social media – Again not really completed. 
  • Have at least a weeks worth of posts already scheduled. - This one has been achieved, 1/6 isn’t too bad… 

Goals for next month:

  • Read at least 8 books in the month – I’m going to keep this as my target for April
  • Post at least 1 review a week – Again i’d like to get back to this schedule.
  • Read a book for the 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge and at least 3 books for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge – I’ve tried to ramp up the number of books required for the N&ERC to get me closer to the goal.
  • Write a book blogger lifestyle post – This is still definitely something i want to start doing.
  • Be more active on social media – Again i’d love to chat to everyone more!
  • Have at least two weeks worth of posts already scheduled. – I’ll see if i can improve on March

 

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