Waiting on Wednesday (30)

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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:

Crown of Ice

Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

Release Date: 9th September 2014

From Goodreads:

“Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.”

Yay, retellings are my favourite anyway but this sounds like it would be a fantastic retelling. Plus my love of winter makes the cover and overall setting of the book appeal more to me :) Definitely looking forward to this YA fantasy and there’s only a few weeks left :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Showcase Sunday (20)

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

So this week i received the book that i had ordered and expected, however i’ve been awaiting it’s arrival for a while and it means that i can continue to read the three books in the series that i have that come after this one :) I also received “The Copper Promise” from Headline over at Bookbridgr and am extremely excited about being able to review it.  Sorry about not being able to link up.

Received:

The Copper Promise

Bought:

Silver Borne

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (29)

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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:

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Release Date: 2nd September 2014

From Goodreads:

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?”

Am so excited about this one! I love stories that start off with the main character being considered ‘weak’ , however they actually possess some sort of inner strength and end up being super badass and cool :) We’ll see if this is actually the case or not soon enough, but until then i’m hoping for an awesome story :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (21)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.

This Week’s Question: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Ooh, now this is a tough one. I want to start off by saying that I, in no way mean think these books are necessarily bad. They just aren’t really to my taste anymore and i am probably not going to read them in the near future (it may change in the far future). If any of these are your favourite books then i am sorry and if you think that a book that’s on here deserves to be off then please discuss your reasons in the comments below. I would love to get into some bookish debates over this.

10. Matched by Ally Condie

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I tried it and just couldn’t make myself continue. I think i’ve read too many of this type of dystopian and i just couldn’t get into the characters at that moment in time. I’ve heard lots of people that did like this book and series though so maybe it’s just me :)

9. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

The Warded Man

I bought this book years ago and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Thats pretty much showing me that it’s not going to happen.

8. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

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This is a book i bought fairly recently, however currently i’m just not as into it as i was when i bought it. At first it seemed really interesting but the more i read the blurb the less interested I’m becoming. We’ll see.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is another book that i’ve had for years and have just never gotten around to reading. I’m not sure why and so many people have recommended this, however i’m just not feeling it.

6. Alone: The Girl in the Box by Robert J. Crane

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This was a free ebook i bought when i was going on a free ebook buying spree. That pretty much explains it.

5. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

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This sounds interesting, however i currently want more fantasy with my faeries and i feel like this book just isn’t going to give me what i’m after.

4. Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis

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Another free ebook and i’m kind of out of the whole vampire phase now, it’s a shame. A few years ago i would have probably loved this!

3. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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This book i was really sad about. I really wanted to love this book and series and had heard so many great things. Unfortunately i read the first few pages and had to stop. Her writing style is just not for me. It’s a shame because i really like the plot and premise of all her books, but i just can’t read them. Maybe i’ll try again in a few years and my tastes will have matured.

2. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

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I won this book free on Goodreads and was extremely happy, however i’m not really into these kind of books at the moment. Maybe sometime in the future but definitely not right now.

1. Switched by Amanda Hocking

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I really liked the look of this book when i received it, however since then i’ve stopped myself from reading it on several occasions, i’m guessing that i’m not as keen on these type of books anymore? Not really sure.


What are your top ten this week?

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COYER – End of Scary Stories Readathon + Update

COYERHi guys, i participated in the Scary Stories by the Campfire over the weekend, however i didn’t really do as well as i had hoped and only managed to read one book that fit the criteria.  On the bright side i managed to read four other books (all from the same series) this week and was very happy. Unfortunately i’m not going to really be able to update on my progress for COYER from today until the 21st as i have friends coming over from England to visit. I live in Jersey (the country, not the state) but have tried to put together a few posts during the time.

Books Read For Readathon:

The Wrong Girl

The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer – 218 pages

Books Read Also:

Blood Bound Iron Kissed Bone Crossed Silver Borne

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs – 326 pages

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs – 307 pages

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs – 300 pages

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs – 368 pages


TOTAL COYER PAGES READ THIS WEEK: 1,519 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ PREVIOUSLY: 5,524 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ OVERALL: 7,043 pages

How’s your COYER going?

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Showcase Sunday (19)

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

Right, bit of a haul here. I got sucked into The Works summer deal of 6 books for £10, i just couldn’t resist! There are also a few others that i decided to purchase, and a couple of free ebooks for the Scary Campfire readathon for COYER. This probably means that i won’t be buying any books for a while so it may be a few weeks till my next showcase sunday post. However i do still have the 5th Patricia Briggs book in the post so i’m hoping it’ll arrive soon so i can continue the series :)

For Review:

Thank you Netgalley and Sophie Davis Books

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Bought:

Physical

River Marked Frost Burned Alice through the Zombie Glass The Dark Legacy of Shannara Dance of Shadows The 100 Darkest Mercy The Iron Legends Till We Meet Again

e-books

Spirit Legacy

Free e-books

Child of the Ghosts Scary Mary The Wrong Girl

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (28)

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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:

Gates of Thread and Stone

Gates of Thread and Stone

Release Date: 5th August 2014

From Goodreads:

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

So, not sure if this really counts as a WoW as it came out yesterday. But i’ve been watching it for a while and am so excited that i decided it doesn’t really matter. Anyone else heard much about this?

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (20)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.

This Week’s Question: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read (High) Fantasy

I really love a good fantasy novel but haven’t read nearly as many as i should have. My list will contain some current favourites and people may find some of the books on my list not to their taste of ‘real fantasy’. However all of these stories i have thoroughly enjoyed and i hope that if you choose to read any of the books on this list, that you will also enjoy them :) Also for those that don’t know what high fantasy means, it involves the main world of the novel to be different to our own. i.e. The Mortal Instruments Series is an Urban Fantasy as it is mainly set in the ‘real world’. There are many books that i wish i could include on this list, however i have not yet gotten around to reading them myself so cannot recommend. (*cough*LordoftheRings*cough*)

10. All the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis

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When i was a lot younger my dad gave me a box set of all 7 of the Narnia books. They were the first real taste of fantasy that i had and i could not get enough of them. If, like many people, you have only read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe you are missing out on a truly incredible series. I used to love reading about all the adventures that went on and would recommend starting with The Magician’s Nephew which really sets up Narnia for the remainder of the series.

9. The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows

Right, so this isn’t going to be top of the list for a lot of people, however i really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Again, i thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the remainder of the series :)

7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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When i first read Eragon i absolutely adored this series, i’ve currently only read the first two books and i haven’t checked them in a while. But if you want an awesome story with dragons, this is a book you definitely should read. (Also if anyone claims there was a movie, it is lies. Whatever that was, it was not Eragon :P)

6. Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Wow, this was one of the first series that i read of this genre and i subsequently proceeded to reread it when finished. I’m not even sure where my copies are anymore, but one things for sure. This is definitely a series you should check out :)

5. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

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Potentially aimed at a younger audience, though i’m pretty sure if i read them now i would fall in love all over again. If you want the whole princesses and dragons and general awesomesauceness that comes with epic fantasies, then please check this series out. I treasure my copies of this series :)

4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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I have read both Graceling and Fire and they both took my breath away with the fantastic plot and setting of these books, if you have not yet jumped onto the Graceling bandwagon there is no time like the present.

3. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

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I can’t even really remember what happens in this series, i’m thinking about rereading it in the next week or so. However the feelings i get when i look at the books on my shelf are so intense and remind me of how i felt whilst reading, the happiness and sadness and frustration. Any book that makes me feel those emotions just by looking at the spine on my shelf deserves a place on this list.

2. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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The Study Series is one of (if not #1) my favourite series ever. Yelena and Valek and Ari and Janco and everyone in this book is written so well and the plot is just so interesting and i’m starting to ramble. But i can’t describe my love for this series enough. The third in the trilogy even had an ending which didn’t leave me feeling frustrated, like so many endings do nowadays. I’m a bit apprehensive about the “rebirth” of this trilogy, however will be preordering and devoting each book once it’s released.

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This series is probably the newest on this list and the one i’ve most recently read. However that does not diminish the feels i get for this book and the series as a whole. It is already in contention for one of my favourite series’ ever and i literally cannot wait until Heir of Fire is released in about a month’s time. The world building alone in these books is incredible and you real feel for a character that another author could not make you sympathise with. Definitely a must read!

What are your top ten this week?

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COYER – End of New to Me Readathon + Update

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Hi guys, i participated in the New to Me Readathon over the weekend, the goal was to read books written by authors that were new to you. I didn’t do too well on the daily updates during the readathon, however i did manage to read 2 books, which i’m really happy about. Hopefully my slight slump in reading is finally coming to an end :). I also managed to read two extra books in the week which brings my total for the week to 4. It’s not great, but it’s getting there :)

Books Read For Readathon:

branded The Ghost and the Graveyard

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki – 314 pages

The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack – 308 pages

Books Read Aswell:

Bitten Incarnate

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – 448 pages

Incarnate by Jodie Meadows – 374 pages


TOTAL COYER PAGES READ THIS WEEK: 1,444 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ PREVIOUSLY: 4,080 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ OVERALL: 5,524 pages

How’s your COYER going?

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Showcase Sunday (18)

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

I’m so excited for so many of these books :) All of the Netgalley one’s look so interesting and i cannot wait until i start reading them :). Also Night Broken by Patricia Briggs is the 8th in the series, i’ve read the first 4 and really enjoyed them so by having this book it should encourage me to read the remaining three in between :) I read Iron traitor as an e-ARC and really enjoyed it so am happy for it to join in my collection and have already finished Stolen Songbird and really really enjoyed it. Am looking forward to seeing what Sea of Shadows is like! :) In all i am extremely excited about all my books this week.

For Review:

Thank you Netgalley and publishers :)

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Won:

Thank you so much to Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun, i received this book as part of her 1 year blogaversary

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Bought:

 iron traitor Stolen Songbird Sea of Shadows

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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