Sunday, 31 August 2014

Best of the Bunch August 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.

August 2014


So I'm actually writing this post on August 25th as I'm going to be away on holiday (woo hoo!) and I'm not sure if I'll have any internet access or not. Hello people from the future!

I know I've been terribly lazy this August, and have ended up writing no book reviews, and have actually read very little. 

This month I have read-




  • Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, book 5) - 5 of 5 stars
  • Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (Waterfire, book 1) - 2.5 of 5 stars

Obviously my pick of Best of the Bunch for August 2014 is 

Silver Shadows!





I love this series and this next installment was just as engrossing. I practically devoured this book to find out what would happen! 

What was the best book you read in August? If you write a monthly wrap-up post feel free to link it up here. Or let me know in the comments which book was YOUR favourite this month. I am not back until September 7th, but link and comment up, and I will read and return all comments as soon as I am able to.

Happy reading!



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #42 - Alienated

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper where we will post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.


This is another case of major cover lust. But alien exchange students? Talk about a mix of cultures! I'm definitely curious about this one and would like to know more about it- if anyone else has read it and  would recommend it?
I do really like the sound of this book though and it is firmly on my wishlist. 



Alienated  by Melissa Landers
Goodreads

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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Looks good right? Anybody read this one already? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #41 - The Girl Who Never Was

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper where we will post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.



The first thing that attracted me to this book was the gorgeous cover- but actually the more I hear about it, the more intrigued I am. I think it sounds very sweet and quirky. Fairy books are often a bit hit and miss with me, but I would like the chance to give it a try. 



The Girl Who Never Was  by Skylar Dorset
Goodreads

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.

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Looks good right? Anybody read this one already? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Exciting New August Releases

These are some of the books releasing this August that I am most looking forward to reading...

Most hotly anticipated



The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies, book 5) Goodreads

I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to the newest installment in these character's adventures.

Also released this month
UK publication dates


 

  • The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson. The author of the novel Tiger Lily which I loved. This is being published under the title The Vanishing Season in the US and other parts of the world.
    • Deliverance by C.J Redwine (Defiance, book 3)
    • Water Born by Rachel Ward (The Drowning, book 2).


    • Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans (Level 2, book 2)
    • Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (Earth, book 3)
    • Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff. I LOVE the US version of the cover of this book. This one is a bit... meh. 

    • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
    • Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini




    Imports
    These are books due to be published in America this month that look amazing- but no UK publication date yet. 



    • Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn.
    • Forget Me by K.A Harrington. Love the sound of this one- a spooky thriller.
    • Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. 


    Are there any books that I've missed off this list? Which new releases are you most looking forward to this month? 

    Thursday, 31 July 2014

    Best of the Bunch July

    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.

    July 2014

    This month I had challenged myself to read at least 9 books, publish at least two book reviews, and write at least one "fun" post. This is a repeat of the challenge from June... which I failed.  


    This month I have read-




    • The One by Keira Cass (The Selection, book 3)- 4.5 of 5 stars
    • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha, book 3)- 4.5 of 5 stars
    • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's, book 2)- 4 of 5 stars
    • The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden, book 3)- 5 of 5 stars
    • Of Triton by Anna Banks (Syrena, book 2)- 4 of 5 stars
    • One Tiny Lie by K.A Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths, book 2)- 3 of 5 stars
    • Hexed by Michelle Krys- 2 of 5 stars
    • Adaptation by Malinda Lo- 4 of 5 stars
    I reviewed-


    Darn it! 8 and a half books- so close!!  I am pleased with my 3 book reviews though. NEXT month I will DEFINITELY read 9 books or more!


    My pick for the winner of the title of Best of the Bunch July is...


    ...drumroll...




    ...The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa!







    The Forever Song  by Julie Kagawa
    Goodreads

    Vengeance will be hers.

    Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

    Monster.

    Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

    In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

    THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.
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    These books are always dramatic and moving, and I love the main character Allie. 

    I read a few really great books this month. What was the best book you read in July? If you write a monthly wrap-up post feel free to link it up here. Or let me know in the comments which book was YOUR favourite this July. 


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