Feature and Follow Friday (15)

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

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6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

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I’ve been trying to be more organised with posting regularly lately, however i apologise because i’m definitely not being as good at replying to comments as i should be! So happy that term has finished, however it means that i’ve now got the dreaded easter to revise before exams in May, *gulp*. Hope everyone’s had a great week!

This Week’s Question is:

How have your reading habits changed in the past few years? Did you get interested in a new genre? Do you read more? Less? Why do you think your habits changed, if they did.

My reading habits have definitely changed in the last few years! Between starting uni in 2011 and up until this past summer around August (2013) i think i only read about a book a year. I just felt too busy and that i didn’t have time for reading whilst at uni. Ironically in my 3rd year, which should be harder than the last two, i started back up again. And i love it, reading after a long day in the labs (I study Chemistry) is the perfect way to wind down after lots of stressful events and even having this blog has helped me a lot this past year. I definitely read a lot more now, try and read maybe 3 books a week, however uni work can definitely get in the way of that and i’m slightly worried that when i do the ‘Masters’ year next year that i won’t have time for reading which will be sad. I’ve definitely become a lot more interested in the Dystopian genre as well, that may be due to the fact that there are so many more Dystopian books around nowadays, however i would say this is now one of my favourite genres so I’m really happy to have been introduced to it. If you have any other questions about my reading habits then please ask below, not really sure of what else to mention :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (24)

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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:

Stolen Songbird

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Release Date: 1st April 2014

From Goodreads:

“For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy…

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.”

Wow, cannot wait for this one. I’ve been eyeing up a lot of Strange Chemistry’s books recently but this one has been on my list for a while and not long is left! :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (18)

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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 on my Spring 2014 TBR List

Well, there’s definitely more than 10 i can tell you that much. I’m only including books that i currently have and am planning to read and not those that i am planning on buying and then reading. (If that makes sense) Anyways, without further delay, here are the current top ten books that i’m looking forward to reading!

10. Briar Rose by Jana Oliver

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Yay for fairytale retellings, Yay for Jana Oliver. That’s all thats really needed in a great book :)

9. The Ghost and The Graveyard by Genevieve Jack

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Very excited, hopefully it will be one of the good free e-books out there!

8. Red and Her Wolf by Marie Hall

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I’ve been reading a lot of Marie’s Kingdom series lately and cannot wait to start this one. It seems a bit more fantasy based and i am definitely game for that se we’ll see how it goes :)

7. The Three by Sarah Lotz

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Sounds very exciting and i can’t wait to get stuck in!

6. Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

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So happy i requested this from Netgalley, will be reading soon :)

5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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This book looks awesome, i’m glad i bought it and cannot wait to see what awaits me inside.

4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

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I have wanted this book for so long (those of you that have been here before may have an inkling of my Alice in Wonderland obsession). However amazon didn’t seem to stock it and i got really sad, i recently remembered that ebay was a thing and low and behold there it was. Now i’ve finally got a copy i am extremely excited to get reading, however am still trying to get the smoky smell out of the book before the reading journey begins. (The disadvantage of ebay)

3. Half Bad by Sally Green

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I may have forgotten the release date of Half Bad and when i saw lots of people having it in their Haul posts this week. It may have spurred me to go out and buy it immediately, that being said i cannot wait to start this book!

2. The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

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I received this book as a prize from the Dreamy December Days read-a-thon, i snapped this one up quickly as i was extremely excited about it but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I will definitely change this soon :)

1. World After by Susan Ee

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I have had this book for 3 months now and still haven’t read it… There is obviously something terribly wrong with me. I was so excited for the release and then i just haven’t gotten around to reading it. This will be remedied and SOON!

What are your top ten this week?

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Runes by Ednah Walters

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Series: Runes #1
Published by Firetrail Publishing on 20th May 2013
Genres: Gods, Magic, Mythology
Pages: 245
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Wow, Runes was so much better than i expected. I went straight out and bought (and proceed to read) the second book after reading this so apologies if my thoughts seem a bit jumbled at times.

Everything that Raine believed was real and ordinary in her life changes the moment that Torin St. James moves next door. His distracting and frustrating nature leads Raine to hit her neighbours custom made mailbox and she’s already late for school. However he offers to help her and when she comes home the mailbox seems exactly the same as before, how could he have bought and replaced the box in one day? Other things that start happening make Raine question if there is something strange going on with the sexy neighbour with the blinding blue eyes. However she has bigger issues to deal with, her team needs her to focus on swimming for the upcoming meets and her best friends Cora and Eirik still don’t seem to be able to get along. When a group of foreign exchange students arrive that seem to know Torin strange things start happening and people start dying, Raine seems to be the only one that notices something strange about them. Will she be able to stop whatever’s coming?

I really loved Raine as a main character, she’s very aloof as to what’s going on at first and more focused on trying to make Eirik her boyfriend, however for the second half of the book she’s pretty awesome and i really like the way that she deals with the impossible situations she’s put into.

I have to admit i wasn’t as keen on Cora for the first part of the book, she seems to just use Raine for her computer and not be as good a friend as she could be. However this is soon cleared up and you realise that her and Raine are great friends and that you were mistaken at the beginning.

Eirik is also kind of interesting, however he is definitely overshadowed by the lovely Torin. He and Raine definitely seem better off as best friends then a couple.

Torin is one of my new favourite characters in a series, he just seems awesome and tries to keep Raine away from the trouble that she doesn’t understand. And when it’s too late he tries to let her know of what may be coming in the only way that he can.

I really enjoyed the use of Norse mythology in this series, i haven’t really seen many books with this involved and it definitely made it stand out and the story became much more interesting after certain facts were revealed.

Runes is really well written and once you get stuck into the book it is nearly impossible to pull away from, i read the first two books back to back because i needed to know what happened after the cliffhanger of an ending of Runes. I would highly recommend this book to any fan of mythology within books and just anyone that likes a slightly different read to the current stream of the same books we have going on at the moment.

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Showcase Sunday (16)

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

So…I may have gone slightly overboard this week on the whole book front… Oh well :)

For Review:

Thank you Netgalley

Cherub- The recruit Devil in the Croner Riot Feather Bound A Kiss in the Dark Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea The three The Dead Ground Don't even think about it The Lost Boys

Bought:

Gerard's Beauty Red and her wolf Jinni's Wish Immortals

Free-ebooks:

Becoming Red The Ghost and the Graveyard Alone Hook's Pan A Moment Branded Better Off Dead Into the Darkness

And picked up some cool looking free ones too :)

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Feature and Follow Friday (14)

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

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1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}

2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers

3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.

4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed

6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

8. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

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Heya guys, hope you’ve all had a great week :) Sorry that my answer for this week is so poor!

This Week’s Question is:

Unfortunately as i’m living in a student house our garden isn’t the nicest, it’s just a mass of gravel and no chairs or anything to sit on. When i’m at home over the summer i have a few spots but can’t get pictures of them ready in time for this so i’m sorry.

Instead i mainly just read on my bed, boring right? I’m aware, sorry that i couldn’t give a more interesting answer and i can’t wait to hear where you all read as well!

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Gerard’s Beauty by Marie Hall

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Series: Kingdom #2
on July 28th 2012
Genres: Fairy Tale Retellings
Pages: 188
Format: eBook
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A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Gerard’s Beauty follows where Her Mad Hatter left off. There’s a short mention of Alice and Hatter being happy at the beginning, however you don’t really hear about them in this book as this is all about Gerard’s story. This book also contains a lot less sex than the previous book, probably mainly for a reason that you will discover quite early on in the story. But i won’t spoil anything for you ;).

Gerard is one of the biggest womanisers in Kingdom, however this time he has gone too far. Danika is forced to seek him out and send him to earth in order to try and protect him when he was caught with his pants down with the daughter of Prince Charming. Danika gives him the name of his “perfect match” however he no longer believes in love and only uses women for one thing since Belle broke his heart. Yes Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.  Belle and Gerard were meant to be together, however it turn’s out that Gerard and the Head Godmother, Galeta may have had a bit of a falling out and Gerard’s story was rewritten, with Belle choosing the Beast and his money over Gerard. Ever since Gerard has been unable to trust women with his emotions, especially smart women (as Belle was smart) and has gone for the dumb and willing type. However it doesn’t seem like that will fly for long as the women that Danika has chosen for his is none other than:

Betty Hart is a librarian in a small town that is done with men after a painful breakup that has left her ex’s current girlfriend (Gretchen) leaving threatening voicemails on her phone. She also has a bit of a thing for anime and attends regular LARP conventions dressed up as characters from comic books. She also looks after her down-syndrome nephew for her brother when he has had a long day at work and they have lots of fun together. The last thing that Betty wants at that moment in time is a man. However when Gerard turns up at her library beat up and stinking of alcohol, she is slightly intrigued and after seeing him sitting outside the library for over a day takes him home to give him a home cooked meal, shower and clean clothes to change into. What she ends up getting is so much more…

I really enjoyed the second book in the Kingdom series and have already purchased the remaining three and plan on finishing them soon. I really like the different directions that the books seem to be going and the ways in which the fairy tale characters are perceived. I would highly recommend this book for any fans of fairytale retellings and this series in general!

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Waiting on Wednesday (23)

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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:

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After the End by Amy Plum

Release Date: 6th May 2014

From Goodreads:

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.”

Wow, i cannot wait to get a hold of this one. Futurisitic-type dystopian + secrets it just sounds so promising and i definitely will be pre-ordering this to see how it goes. I feel like there is definitely going to be more to the story then first meets the eye :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (17)

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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 All Time Favorite Books in the YA Genre

Right so this was a hard question to start back up with, especially because i sometimes have trouble trying to define what the genre of particular  books actually are. Also choosing a genre that people are interested in and then choosing only 10 books from that area. Also there will be lots of books on the list that i’ve talked about a lot previously. I haven’t really read much in a while so apologies for using the same books. I plan on getting more caught up with the current trends soon. (if anyone has any recommendations let me know!) So with that lets go:

10. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I loved this book the first time i read it and still do, i’m still bumbling through Allegiant and still not really sure what i think of it. Hopefully i’ll end up loving it as much as i did the first book in the series.

9. Vampire Academy

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Another book you’ve heard me go on and on about. This book solidified my love of all things vampire (except for the ridiculous sparkly kind) and this list would not be complete without me mentioning this series at least once.

8. Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

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This book was the last book i reviewed before my impromptu absence and i really enjoyed reading about this book and what the characters were going through. Definitely something i would recommend :) (Plus the cover is really pretty)

7. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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I was worried when i heard about the “spin-off” series from The Iron Fey, because i really enjoyed the first series and was worried that the second series wouldn’t really have an identity of it’s own. However i was definitely wrong and this series would be a great stand-alone series without even needing to read about Meghan and her adventures before (though i would still recommend taking a look!)

6. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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Wow, Wither really opened my eyes about the potential future of mankind is we continue to mess around with technology and the human body. That and it was just an awesome book. It’s not for the faint of heart or those that cannot deal with sadness, however i absolutely adored it. The only reason this isn’t higher up the list is due to my dislike of the next book in the series.

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I absolutely cannot wait for the release of The One. I still haven’t read The Elite, however i feel like i need to soon, i’m becoming too impatient! This book had lots of light-hearted fun in and is definitely something that i will pick up and read over and over.

4. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Well, if your not already aware of my massive obsession with Alice in Wonderland retellings, you haven’t spent enough time on the blog :). I picked up this story hopping for a great retelling with an awesome zombie or two added into the mix. What i got was so much more. I wouldn’t call this a retelling at all, but an entirely different story, and an awesome one at that. The Zombie part is definitely the main focus of this book and is definitely worth a read.

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee

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I still have yet to read World After, i’ve had it for over 2 months now and i don’t know what i wrong with me. Angelfall was such a great success and i loved the book so much that i think i may be worried that i will be disappointed with World After. Regardless, if you have yet to check this book out (and i hope you haven’t) then go buy it yesterday and read it so we can talk more about it. If you didn’t enjoy it, that’s your opinion, though i’m struggling to find people that did(/didn’t? i’m confusing myself, i mean that most people i have talked too really enjoyed the book)!

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I love a good fantasy book, throw in assassins and a tournament and just plain awesomeness and i’m hooked. I really need to read Crown of Midnight soon and would recommend this book to any fantasy fans!

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard

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What do i really need to say? I’ve talked about this book and praised it so much that i think you all know what i mean. This book has everything that i love in a book: Alice in Wonderland Retelling? Check, Craziness? Check, Hot as Hell Morpheus? Check. What more could you really want? :)

What are your top ten this week?

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Computer Troubles

Hi guys,

Just a quick update to let you all know that i’m currently having a few problems with my laptop (a.k.a. my trackpad has decided to go on vacation and leave me to try and deal with the aftermath) I’ve ordered a mouse and am borrowing my housemates for as long as she’ll let me (I love you Selina :) ) however if i don’t reply to your comments it’s not because i don’t appreciate them. (Because i really, really do! Thank you guys soooo much, i love hearing other peoples opinions) It may just be due to me not being able to access them. I’ve already written my next couple of posts and scheduled them so i may be late linking things up if i can’t get hold of a mouse. But i promise i’ll do it asap when i do!

Right sorry for my rant, my laptop has been having far too many problems lately and it sucks :P

Hope everyone is well and everything is ok!

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