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Currently reading: Vulture by Bex Hogan.

Sunday 27 March 2011

Themed Weeks; A Follow Up

Hi guys! I announced a few weeks ago that there will be a monthly feature on EoB starting in May where for a week it'll be themed. Reviews. Guest posts, so and so. I didn't get many decisions so decided for it to be fair, I'd pick the first theme and then leave the competition open till 24th April. So that's what I've done. So do tweet or email me your suggestions to pick the themed month for June!

Anyway, I put a bunch of themes that me and my mate could come up with into a hat... okay, a glass... and picked one out at random. And out came:

(Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, for those who aren't fans of abreviations!)

So expect to see that sometime in May! Also, any titles you can suggest will be welcomed! 

In My Postbox #31

In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren, and all links take you to Amazon UK.

Well the clocks changed today in England. Forward an hour. So we've lost an hour. Of sleep. Of whatever else we have to do today. And on my only day off work this week. How considerate! :D Haha. Anyway, happy Sunday guys! The second week of IMP in a row! Woo! Anyway, I got lots of exciting things through my postbox this week, so without further ado...

Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John (Paperback)
I read this back last Summer when the amazing Nina at Orion sent me a proof copy for review (said review can be seen here!!!) and now she sent me over a paperback copy, out in shops right now, because... I'M QUOTED! :D :D :D

(I apologise in advance for the bad pic quality. Took it on my iPod as my camera just made the text all blurry!)

Seriously, check it out, it's a brilliant book! Thanks Orion!!

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Described to me in an email from Walker books as: It is a powerful narrative filled with magic, love and revenge with a valiant female lead set in fairy tale Japan; this text turns Cinderella on its head and discloses both love’s beauty and its terror simultaneously... I just knew I had to give it a shot. Out in July! Be sure to check it out! Thanks to Walker Books for this!

Also got some very cool things non book related...

Deluxe Edition from HMV! So cool. It folds out and is in a digi pack.

Seriously! I know a lot of people write her off, but this album is incredible. A right party album. Her best yet, in my opinion. Even non Britney fans I've played this to are loving it. Very dubsteppy and poppy at the same time. :D

And... something I am majorly insanely excited about....

MY NINTENDO 3DS!!!!!!!! :D YAY!!!!!
After months of waiting, having pre-ordered back in January my copy was finally delivered on release day... FRIDAY! Came with Nintendogs and Cats in 3D! Sadly I had to wait till gone freaking 7 thanks to work! But anyway, it's cool! I love it. It's proper 3D. So so cool! :D Can't wait to get some more games for it, and they've announced they're gunna be releasing films in 3D for it! :D AMAZING!

So there you go! That's what I got this week through the letter box! What did you guys get?!

Wednesday 23 March 2011

News: Inheritance Book 4 by Christopher Paolini Announced!

At long last!!! Check out the press release below!!!

Random House Children’s Books announces
final book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle

London (23rd March 2011) The fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini’s global bestseller Inheritance Cycle will be published this autumn. Following the number one bestselling novels EragonEldestBrisingr, the book will be called INHERITANCE.
‘The burning questions asked by fans around the world will be finally answered in this last instalment,’ said Christopher Paolini. ‘All will be revealed!’
INHERITANCE will be published in the UK on Tuesday 8th November 2011, simultaneously with the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, priced £18.99. It will also be available in ebook and audio editions.

Philippa Dickinson, MD of RHCB in the UK says, ‘We are extremely proud and excited to be publishing INHERITANCE. Christopher Paolini's books are an incredible worldwide phenomenon and readers have been eagerly awaiting the final instalment in the cycle. RHCB are anticipating a huge amount of interest in what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.'   

Publication will be backed by a major marketing and publicity campaign, including cinema advertising, innovative and content-rich digital marketing activity, a book video trailer and media coverage.

All Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK, EragonEldest and Brisingr have been international publishing sensations. The first three books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide, including more than 4 million copies in the UK and Export markets.

Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr will be reissued in paperback in the UK on 7th July with new cover designs that breathe new life into John Jude Palencar’s stunning artwork. 

Woo! Can't wait! Really excited to see how it all ends! And I am loving the cover! :D Anyone else excited??!!?!!?!

Monday 21 March 2011

A Round Up: Scorpia Rising Second Trailer, Time Riders 4 and Oceans of Blood

Okay, so it's time for a bit of a catch up on all things bookish!

A few days ago I posted the trailer for Anthony Horowitz' long awaited final Alex Rider adventure, Scorpia Rising (for which I am uber massively, super amazingly, humdingingly excited for!!!). Well now Walker Books have released the second trailer and it's blooming brilliant. I love how much they're putting in to this book, the promo and everything so far, the designs, it's all so top notch. Bravo, Walker, Bravo! 11 DAYS TO GO!

Now, towards the start of the year, I brought Time Riders by Alex Scarrow. I'd been meaning to do so for a long long time but finally, I got around to it. I read it. Loved it. And have a review written in my notebook somewhere, which just needs to be taken from rough to final and will be coming soon. Looking forward to reading the second book, Day of the Predator and Book 3 released earlier this year, The Doomsday Code. But now Alex has announced the title and cover for Book Four! Out on 4th August, The Eternal War looks set to take on the American civil war. Check out the awesome cover below! I for one am looking forward to it!

And finally, something else exciting coming in in the next few months! The second book in Darren Shan's The Saga of Larten Crepsley! I loved Birth of a Killer when it came out last year and have been looking forward to this for ages! Ocean of Blood is out in May and below is the brilliant cover! Darren always has such brilliant covers! Bravo Harper Collins!

Exciting stuff, eh?!

Sunday 20 March 2011

In My Postbox #30

In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren, and all links take you to Amazon UK.

Hey everyone. Happy Sunday! Hope everyones had a good few weeks since my last In My Postbox post! I am in the process of writing reviews, getting them ready and stuff to post so hopefully that will be coming soon. Also, there's just 1 week left to send me your suggestions for the first themed week, coming in May! Tweet me your suggestions @EmpireofBooks or e-mail me empire-of-books [at] live [dot] co [dot ] uk! :) Anyway, here are all the books I've gotten over the last few weeks!

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
The Shadowing: Hunted by Adam Slater
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Mar
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce
One Dog and his Boy by Eva Ibbotson
Flip by Matyn Bedford

Now the cover for Flip is pretty damn cool! It's got 2! One on the front... and one on the back! Check it out. A blooming brilliant book as well (review is on my To Do list!)

Also got some pretty cool CDs as well worth a little mention, as they did come through the postbox...

Alexis Jordan by Alexis Jordan
19 by Adele
21 by Adele
Goodbye Lullaby by Avril Lavigne
Who You Are by Jessie J (SIGNED!!)

So there you are, all the exciting things that graced my postbox the last few weeks! What cool stuff have you guys got? Leave a message, link me to any IMP and I'll do my best to check it out and comment, and in the mean time I hope everyone has a great week, keeps safe and has lots and lots of happy reading! :)

Saturday 19 March 2011

Cover VS Cover:

UK // US

Changeling by Steve Feasey was re-branded Wereling for the US, so for a starteRs I already prefer the UK edition because the title just fits so so well!

I read the book a few months ago on my Kindle, and have since purchased the second book, which I am currently waiting to get around to. A review is soon to follow, it's on the to do list! But in the meantime...

I think it's a given which one is the winner this time. The colouring. The overall image. The effects on the cover. The feeling it evokes. The UK just has to win. The US cover lacks something. It's dark and brooding, which fits the feel of the book, but it just doesn't give that urge to read which the UK one gave me!

So there we go, Steve should be very proud of his UK team for creating such beautiful work.

Friday 18 March 2011

News: Scorpia Rising Trailer

If you like me are eagerly counting down the days till the release of Scoripa Rising, the ninth and final Alex Rider book by the legendary Anthony Horowitz, and are one of the lucky ones who haven't read it yet, (Yes, I'm looking at you The Book Zone!!!!) then here is the brand spanking new trailer to whet your appetite! Roll on 31st March!

Sunday 13 March 2011

Themed Weeks

Hey guys! Sorry for the silence around here but it's all changing very soon and I am introducing something new into the mix! Every month for an entire week I'll be reviewing books on one particular theme! It could be anything. Death, friendship, sexuality... Anything so long as it's YA! And this is where you come in!

I want you guys to tweet me your best suggestions and the one I pick will win a prize! Oh yes!

Prizes are still to be decided and I haven't finalised all the details but wanted to get kickstarted. First week will be in May and I need to get ahead in order to get and read the books in time!

The deadline is 27th March with a winner being decided shortly after! Just tweet me @EmpireofBooks! :)