Friday, 31 August 2012

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop - Hear by Jacqueline Abelson





HearBlurb (from Goodreads):
Lots of people can hear, but how many really listen?

At the age of 17, Charlotte Goode has issues. Serious issues. Despite countless surgeries, her parent's panic attacks, and a well-meaning oncologist, a rare genetic disorder means Charlotte must live with recurring tumors. Life isn’t supposed to be this way.

And just as Charlotte is learning to cope, she gets some devastating news: Tumors are growing on her auditory nerves. But, the necessary surgery will leave her completely deaf.

With the operation scheduled in a month, Charlotte prepares herself for a world without sound. A world without the violin she loves, without her best friend’s laugh, and even without her boss’s irksome tone. Charlotte's on a mission to take it all in, while trying to hire a band to play a benefit concert. Will it be The Bond Boys or Lennox?

Counting down the days until everything goes silent, The Bond Boys’ lead singer, Ron Cam, sweeps Charlotte off her feet. He’s pure charisma. Then there’s Matthew Lovelace of Lennox , who captures Charlotte’s attention with his music and “that” voice. What will she do?

Time is running out. Charlotte must find a way to leave the hearing world on a high note without missing a beat.



Hear by Jacqueline Abelson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hear(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Jacqueline Abelson.)
17-year-old Charlotte has neurofibromatosis. She’s had multiple surgeries to remove numerous tumours from her arms and legs, and the appearance of the slightest freckle has her parents rushing her to the hospital for an MRI scan.

But there’s worse to come for poor Charlotte. Her doctor has discovered tumours growing along her auditory nerves. They have to be removed before they cause too much pressure on her brain and kill her. But removing them will mean that she loses her hearing permanently.

Whilst this would be a struggle for anybody, for Charlotte it is even worse. She plays the violin, and works for a music magazine. Music is her passion and losing her hearing will change her entire life, more even than it would for anyone else.

Charlotte has bartered with her doctor - 4 weeks until she has the operation. 4 weeks to listen. But will 4 weeks ever be enough?

I really liked this book. Charlotte was so spunky, and coped so well with her diagnosis, even when it felt like it was the end of everything. It was inspiring to go along with her on her journey, as she faced something so terrifying, and I totally loved her character.

I also loved the storyline in this book. I haven’t come across anything like this before and I really enjoyed it. It was so different and fresh. I really didn’t want to put this one down at all. Surprisingly, the strongest emotion I had whilst reading this book was joy! Charlotte was so funny at times, and her observances and thoughts were so funny at times, I actually laughed out loud.

My least favourite character in the book was Andrew, Charlotte’s brother-in-lore. I couldn’t believe his selfishness. Who tells a girl who will lose her hearing in 3 weeks, ‘practice your violin later, we’re trying to sleep’. What a poo-head!

This book was really easy to read. It flowed so well, and was just really lovely. This is the sort of book that you look up from reading and wonder where the time has gone because you have been so engrossed in the story.

Overall; a fresh, engrossing young adult novel.
8 out of 10.


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Today I am Reading...The Doldrums by Piper Kelley

The Doldrums (The Gloom Trilogy, #2)






Blurb (from Goodreads):
Over the past year Poppy has made many trips back into Winsome, catching up with the friends she’s made. On the anniversary of her first visit to the kingdom, a gala is cut short when Augusta’s aide, Benny, is found gruesomely injured, and Poppy’s friend, Annie, has been abducted and taken into the mysterious goblin caves known as the Doldrums. Poppy decides that she must travel into the elaborate mountainside maze to rescue her friend and halt the efforts of an old adversary.



The Doldrums (The Gloom Trilogy, #2)

 


Thursday, 30 August 2012

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.




The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to books4reviews.)
This is the second book in the ‘Forest of Hands and Teeth’ series.
Gabrielle (or Gabry) is a teenager. She’s lived her entire life in a lighthouse, surrounded on 3 sides by water and on 1 side by the forest. Her mother is very different to the other people that live in the village, she claims to have been born and raised in a village in the forest of hands and teeth, a story that the people of the village reject as delusional. The reader knows this to be true though as Gabrielle’s mother is Mary – the main character from book 1 – ‘The Forest of Hands and Teeth’.

Gabrielle’s world is a little different to Mary’s in book 1, Gabrielle and her friends have only ever really heard about the Mudo (or unconsecrated) at school, and haven’t had the real-life experiences that Mary had. Gabrielle has always been taught to fear what lies beyond the fence though, and the thought of her friends going over the wall to visit the old roller coaster makes her feel sick.

Her best friend Cira, and Cira’s brother Catcher are both going though, and when it seems like Catcher might return her secret feelings for him, Gabrielle allows herself to go along with their plan, and follows them over the way and to the amusement park.

Gabrielle’s world is soon turned upside down though when a ‘breaker’ (a newly turned unconsecrated that is ‘fast’ and can run), bites one of her friends, and then goes after the rest of the group. Gabrielle is saved by Catcher, but he is bitten during the scuffle, and Gabrielle sees her life crumbling before her very eyes.

Gabrielle runs, but the others are caught by the ‘Militia’ (the men who guard the fence). Those that are bitten are killed, and those that aren’t are imprisoned to await their punishment. Catcher is missing though, and when Cira begs Gabrielle to go back into the forest and look for him, Gabrielle knows that her life will never be the same again.


I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure where the author was going to go after ‘The Forest of Hands and Teeth’ and I was surprised to find that so much time had passed between book 1 and book 2, and that we now had a different lead character.
Gabry is not a brave girl; in fact she’s scared of entering the forest, and wants to stay safe within the fences of the village where she knows it is safe. Like many teenagers though she is swayed by the boy she has feelings for, and follows her friends into the forest. She soon realises what a mistake this is, and wishes that she could go back in time and change things.
We don’t hear much from Mary initially, although we do get some revelations from her later on in the story. I wondered initially who Gabrielle’s father was, but it turned out to be a much more complicated situation that I could have imagined, and I wondered exactly how much time had passed between the end of the first book and the start of the second.

Similarly to the first book we have a sort-of love triangle situation going on. In the first book this was quite a complicated affair between Mary, her best friend Cass, and the brother’s Travis and Harry, and in this book it’s between Gabrielle, Catcher, and a boy called Elias who comes to Gabrielle’s rescue when she goes back outside the village looking for Catcher. Once again though things are never simple, and when not running for her life, Gabrielle agonises over her feelings for the two boys.

I felt really sorry for Gabrielle throughout this book, she just has so much thrown at her, and everything she has ever wanted or loved seems to be taken away from her, even if this was in part due to poor decisions on her part. First she has to deal with friends being infected, dying, or being locked away to await punishment. Then she learns things about herself and her family that she never knew before which leaves her unsure of who she even is anymore, and then there’s even worse to come! Poor Gabry really does go through an awful lot in this story, and you can’t help but feel for her.

I did feel that the story slowed down quite a bit in the middle, and even dragged a bit at points, which is why this wasn’t a 5 star book for me. Things did pick up again towards the end though, for a gripping finish, although we were left with a bit of a cliff hanger. I have to say that I’m intruiged to find out what will happen in book 3, although I hate to think how things could possibly get worse for Gabry and co. in this hell-ish zombie-filled wastleland.
8.5 out of 10.






De Dödas Strand (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)Κύματα νεκρών (Το δάσος με τα χέρια και τα δόντια, #2)The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)Śmiercionośne Fale (Las Zębów i Rąk, #2) 
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)De Hongerige Golven (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2) 

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Today I am Reading...Storm by Brigid Kremmerer


Storm (Elemental, #1)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys - all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.


 

Really enjoying this one!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Syrenka Blog Tour - Betrayal by Amber Garr






Betrayal (The Syrenka Series, #2)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world.




Betrayal by Amber Garr

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Betrayal (The Syrenka Series, #2)
(I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Syrenka’ blog tour. Thanks to Amber Garr and Bookshelf confessions)
This is Book 2 in the ‘Syrenka’ series, and starts a few weeks after the end of book 1 – Promises.

Eviana has taken over as clan leader, following her parent’s death. She’s unsure of her new position, but doing her best; while trying to come to terms with the fact that her boyfriend Brendon is taking time away from her.
Forced to prove her worth to the council by demonstrating her new found powers, Eviana finds herself shipped off back to Jeremiah’s house to learn about using her powers, along with the mysterious Graham, a British boy who was the youngest member of the council before Eviana and Kain joined. Eviana finds herself strangely drawn to Graham, even if he is infuriating at times, but has her doubts as to his loyalties.
When Lucian starts attacking multiple mermaid clans, Eviana knows that she has to do something, but what can one teenage mermaid do against the sort of forces that Lucian has? And how many have to die before Lucian is stopped?

I enjoyed this book. I love Eviana, and I totally love Kain. I really think that Eviana should have married Kain instead of running off with Brendon, although it is debateable as to whether things would have been different if she had.
I found the surprise arrival of Graham to be interesting, but was a little disappointed that Eviana had feelings for him. She already has Brendon and Kain to think about, and in my opinion a third love-interest wasn’t really needed. I also was in two minds as to who Graham was and what his intentions were anyway.
I have to say that I did see the twists in this instalment coming, although that didn’t ruin the story for me. It is pretty obvious that someone is going to betray Eviana from the title! Maybe a different title would have decreased the chances of me guessing the ending!
Overall; this was a good second book, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the final instalment ‘Arise’!
7 out of 10.



About the Author - Amber Garr

 Amber Garr

Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
 





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Today I am Reading...The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan


The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?


This is the third book in the 'Forest of Hands and Teeth' series, and so far it is pretty dark and depressing. So hope we never have a real-life zombie apocalypse! Don't think I could cope!


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer


 
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Host (The Host, #1)Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.


As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.


Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.







The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Host(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. I also own a paperback copy of this book.)
Wanderer is a soul – an alien life-form that requires a host to live – like a parasite. Wanderer has lived many different lives on many different planets, she’s been a bear, a flower, a ‘see-weed’, and now she has come to earth.
Wanderer has been implanted in an adult human host – Melanie, only what Wanderer doesn’t though is that Melanie is unlike any of her previous hosts – Melanie won’t just stop existing, she will continue to fight to get her body back, and Wanderer must find a way to co-exist or get rid of Melanie, who is making her life difficult.
The Host is the story of Wanderer (or Wanda), and Melanie, and their fight – to save the human race, to become truly human, and to fins true love.

I love this book. This is the second time I’ve read it and I love it just as much now as I did the first time I read it. It really makes you think, and it’s one of those books that you just can’t get out of your head. You’ll finish it, start reading something else, and your mind will keep drifting back to this instead.
I loved Wanda. She really is such a gentle, peaceful, loving creature, and is so self-sacrificing if she thinks it will help someone else in some way. I love the way that she fights for Melanie, even though she initially doesn’t want her in her head, and I love the way that she fights for Melanie’s family when she realises that being in Melanie’s body means that she shares Melanie’s feelings.
The other characters are also quite diverse and quite different, and ultimately very human. I did find Melanie a little childish at times, but I think I’d be pretty childish too if someone else took over my body!
I loved Wanda’s stories of the different planets that she’d lived on, and the different beings that she had lived as. They were all so varied, and there was such a wealth of different ideas and experiences.
I really enjoyed the storyline in this book, although in places it does seem as if it takes a long time to get anywhere, although this does make sense really as obviously it takes time for trust to build; especially between warring species.
I have to say that I am not that big a fan of twilight (sorry), but this I love, so don’t be put off if you don’t like twilight.

Overall; I loved this book and I will definitely read this one time and time again.
9 out of 10.


 

Today I am Reading....Fairy Metal Thunder by J. L. Bryan


Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
A rock & roll fairy tale.

Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn't seem interested in him at all.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl of his dreams, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic they can't control.

Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood and turned Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends supernatural bounty hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie...a small unicorn named Buttercake.


 

This is such a cool story so far!
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Monday, 27 August 2012

Madly Series by M. Leighton - Blog Tour! (and Tour Wide Giveaway)


Blurb (from Goodreads):
Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

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Madly by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly (Madly, #1)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
This is the first book in the madly series, and introduces us to Madly and her friends.
17-year-old Madly is a mermaid princess. She’s going to school in a place called Slumber with her friends Aidan and Jersey, and everything is fine until one day she gets a shooting pain in her arm and head, and the pearl on her wrist turns black. Investigating, Madly finds out that the reason for this is that several ‘fairytale’ character prisoners have escaped from the jail in her home town of Atlas, and are holding her family hostage. Now it’s up to Madly to find a way to recapture the prisoners and save her family.

I enjoyed this book, although it’s really more like the opening few chapters of a book rather than a story in its own right (there’s no end as such), it’s more a bit of a teaser for Madly and Wolfhardt.
I liked Madly and how headstrong she is, and the introduction of the very lovely Jackson seems set to become a fiery romance! Can’t wait to find out more about Atlas, the prisoners, and of course, Jackson!
This book will definitely leave you wanting more!
8 out of 10.


Blurb (from Goodreads):
Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?



Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly, #2)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
This is the second book in the ‘Madly’ series, and picks up right where the first book(Madly) left off.
Madly is desperately searching for the escaped ‘Lore’ from the prison in Atlas. She’s working with Jackson, and trying to ignore her feelings for him, but it just isn’t working, and she can feel a mating tie forming, even though her parents will go mad.

The escaped ‘Lore’ that Madly is tracking is Wolfhardt – from the story of ‘Wolfhardt and the Straus Maiden’ (or little red riding hood to us non-mers). She thinks she’s found the key to trapping him again when she works out who the Staus maiden’s descendent is (a girl called Kellina), but things are never straight forward, and it seems that Aidan (who is to be Madly’s betrothed in only a few short weeks), seems to have feelings for Kellina!

Now Madly must put her feelings aside and concentrate on catching the escaped Lore. But can she do it without endangering Kellina? And what will happen between her and Jackson.

I enjoyed this second instalment in the ‘Madly’ series. The story continued on from the first book, and so did the attraction between Madly and Jackson!
Jackson, Jackson, Jackson… what a yummy male lead! Jackson is just fab, and every look, every touch, every kiss, the reader feels right along with Madly. I am totally on ‘Team Jackson’ here! Madly totally has to end up with him, even if it is forbidden!

Whilst reading this book my boyfriend asked me what I was reading, when I told him the storyline, and about the mermaids and werewolves, he told me I was mad! But I’m not mad! (Well maybe a bit). But as nuts as it sounds that’s really the storyline, and it really works!

The end of the story once again leaves us hanging, and I’m so glad that the next book is already available! I can’t wait to find out what happens next, how Madly will capture the next escaped lore, and what will happen between Madly and Jackson!
Overall; a great second instalment in the ‘Madly’ series.
7.5 out of 10.



Madly & the Jackal (Madly, #3) 
Blurb (from Goodreads):
How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

 

Madly & the Jackal by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly & the Jackal (Madly, #3)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
This is book 3 in the Madly series and kicks off where book 2 Madly and Wolfhardt left off.
Madly and Jackson are off to visit Atlas – to return Wolfhardt to the prison, and hopefully sneak in and make contact with Madly’s father the warden Major. There’s also the next escaped Lore to track and capture, and Madly and Jackson’s forbidden love affair to drool over!

This third instalment in the Madly series was great! I loved the trip to Atlas and everything that happened there, and I loved the developments in Madly and Jackson’s relationship. They are such a cute couple and when they’re alone, they’re seriously hot! Jackson really is just the sweetest, and Madly just has to end up with him at the end!

The developments in the storyline were also good; 1 lore down, 7 to go, and Madly is having a tough time of it. Kellina and Aidan’s involvement in this instalment was unexpected but added an interesting new twist, and I can’t wait to see how they will continue to be involved in the future. This is a short review cause I really don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for you, but I really enjoyed reading this series so far!

Overall; really enjoyed this third instalment, can’t wait to find out what happens next!
8 out of 10.


The Author - M. Leighton:

M. Leighton(Courtesy of Goodreads Author Profile)

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. I believe that I'm shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can't be sure because I haven't met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

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Blurb (from Amazon):
Impossible Bonnie Wyndham, expelled from her last three schools, knows she's only been accepted at sports-mad Almonside because she's a superb rider. She doesn't intend to stay long. Just long enough to prove she's the best. But equally Ruth Caradon, her tough, soft-spoken riding instructor, doesn't intend to let Bonnie get the better of her and queen it around Almonside. Or -- is their conflict about something different altogether?
A riveting study of a power struggle, with a nail-biting show jumping background, from the author of The Bewitching of Alison Allbright.

'The momentum begins to build from the very first lines and never flags at all....Highly recommended.' - REVIEWSHEET

ALAN DAVIDSON's other works of MG/YA fiction include THE BEWITCHING OF ALISON ALLBRIGHT, MARINA IN A GREEN DRESS and A FRIEND LIKE ANNABEL.




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Today I am Reading...The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.



Excited to see where this one goes!

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Loads of pretty covers for this one! 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Kindle Freebies...Today 25th August 2012

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Does anybody else love the cover to Princess Alessa and the Frog War?