Monday, 31 March 2014

Best of the Bunch March 2014

Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted here on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favourite book of that month.

I always put up my post on the last day of the month, but remember, you can add your link in anytime in the following month.


March 2014

This month I have read-

  • Ash by Malindo Lo - 4 of 5 stars
  • Acid by Emma Pass - 4.5 of 5 stars
  • Invisibilty by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan - 4 of 5 stars
  • Once Every Never by Lesley Livingstone - 4 of 5 stars
  • The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle - 4.5 of 5 stars
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan - 3.5 of 5 stars
  • Dark Star by Bethany Frenette - 4 of 5 stars
And the winner of Best of the Bunch March 2014 is...


...drumroll...


...The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle! 




The Hallowed Ones  by Laura Bickle
Goodreads

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community?

The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.



I really enjoyed this book. It's spooky, atmospheric and terrifying- a frightening vision of a world in the midst of an apocalypse from the perspective of one of the most closed off groups of people on the planet. I loved finding out about what was happening in the world through the limited view that the characters had. I read quite a lot of vampire books, but this one felt unique and quirkily different. 
And I loved the characters in the book as well. Despite not knowing much about Amish life and traditions before starting this book I was quickly and easily immersed in this world, and spent the whole book rooting for Katie- the sweet and likeable main character. Would I recommend this book? A resounding "yes". 

That was my Best of the Bunch pick for this month. What has your month been like?
Let me know! Who gets your bananas?




Thursday, 13 March 2014

Best of the Bunch February- The post that should have been!

This is the month I have moved house, and it has been totally crazy for me lately. I want to start blogging regularly again and this is the BotB post that should have gone up at the end of March- if I had had an internet connection. 

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Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted here on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favourite book of that month.

I always put up my post on the last day of the month, but remember, you can add your link in anytime in the following month.

February 2014

I only read five books this month, which is shockingly bad- normally I can read around 9-10, which just goes to show how little time to myself I have had recently. I am all moved in to my new place now and busily sorting out my new flat.

This month I have read-


  • Jenny Pox by J. L Bryan - 3 of 5 stars
  • Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A Tucker - 5 of 5 stars
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis - 4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cress (Lunar Chronicles, book 3) by Marissa Meyer - 5 of 5 stars
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - 3 of 5 stars
It was obviously a case of quality over quantity as I read some amazing books!


And the winner of Best of the Bunch January 2014 is...


...dramatic pause...


... Cress by Marissa Meyer!



Cress  by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.



This series is so clever... and so cool! I loved it from the very first page, and when I finished reading this book I felt both uplifted and despondent- happy because the book was so good, and sad because I have to wait over a year until the next one!  This book is a flawless and well deserved 5 stars. I hope to find time to write a full review that will do this book justice.

Honourable mention goes to...
Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A Tucker. I adored this story, I was totally engrossed and moved, and I know that this book will stay with me for a long time. Fantastic read. 

That was my Best of the Bunch pick for this month. What has your month been like?
Let me know!

(No linky this month- leave your links in the comments section)

Friday, 28 February 2014

Best of the Bunch February 2014

Yeah, I still have no internet connection- normal service will resume from next week.... I hope!



In the meantime please bear with me, and for now, link up your posts in the comments section.

Thankyou!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Best of the Bunch January 2014

Apologies for the late posting- I have had no internet connection all week!


Well, I have had a busy month this January despite there not being any evidence of it on the blog!

I am house-hunting, and helping plan my sister's wedding, and I have also been to Paris for a weekend-


Aside from that it has been extra busy at work and I am shattered!

I have still been reading well though, and this has been my January in books-

January 2014


  • Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs - 3 of 5 stars
  • Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs -3 of 5 stars
  • Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs - 3 of 5 stars
  • Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore -4 of 5 stars
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam -4.5 of 5 stars
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick -5 of 5 stars
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman -4 of 5 stars
  • Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton -4 of 5 stars
  • The Mephisto Mark/ Only You Mephisto Covenant, book 3) by Trinity Faegan -3 of 5 stars

And the winner of Best of the Bunch January 2014 is...


...dramatic pause...


... My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick!




My Life Next Door  by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Goodreads


"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


I actually read this book on the recommendation of a fellow blogger who had it as her Best of the Bunch pick last month. I pestered the library to buy a copy of the book, read it and loved it. It's romantic, has a great plot, excellent characters and is really well-written.  

That was my Best of the Bunch pick for this month. What has your month been like?
Let me know- link up below!
Thanks!




Saturday, 4 January 2014

Exciting New January Releases

These are some of the new books coming out this month that I am most excited to read...

Most hotly anticipated


Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Glow, book 3) Goodreads


Book 2 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger- but I'm desperate to know what happens next. I'm very excited to see the conclusion of this series, and I've already pre-ordered the book. 


Also released this month

(Please note these are the UK covers and release dates)



  • Enders by Lissa Price (Starters, book 2)
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrines, book 2)
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam (Pantomime, book 2)- I absolutely loved Pantomime- I can't wait to read this.
  • A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games, book 2)- Book one was published as Sister Assassin in the UK
  • Unhinged by A.G Howard (Splintered, book 2)
  • Erased by Jennifer Rush (Altered, book 2)
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter- I have read this already and loved it.
  • Timestorm by Julie Cross (Vortex, book 3)

  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I really like the sound of this one.
  • The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver. This is the start of a new fantasy series. It is not being published in the UK (as far as I can tell), but it deserves a mention because I loved Kluver's other series. 

  • Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton. A new series set in the 1800s.
  • Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. This is a new series about a girl whose genetic test reveals she is destined to become a murderer. 


Any of these that you are looking forward to? Are there any that I've missed off this list that you are excited to read?

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