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Currently reading: Vulture by Bex Hogan.

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Moving House - Silence To Follow!

Hey guys! So, if you follow my Twitter page, you might know that tomorrow I'm moving! This as some of you know is very exciting for me and my family as we don't really like the area we live in and have found a house pretty much like our old one. On it's own. Peaceful. Quiet. Private - which is a very big deal for myself! So as we are moving, there's a lot to do. I've already packed over 200 books and have around about 100-130 left to go. Wow. Way more than I honestly thought I had! Still! All in good fun! Over 100 CD's and same for DVD's. You don't actually realise how much stuff you have until you move!

Anyway, the reason for this post is that it's going to be a bit quiet around here. I've had this week off work and have done more reading in 2 days than I have in the last 2 months which for me is great! Work takes over lives far too much! And I have 2 weeks off around Christmas - HEAVEN!!! - so more reading to be done and reviews to be written. But yeah, as we're moving and have a lot of things to organise we might not have the internet for around 2 weeks while AOL sort it out and change it over - why it's going to take 2 weeks I do not know... It did last time too. Crazy really. They said it might be less but it's unlikely! Annoying!

So all I'll have to rely on is my phone, and I don't quite fancy racking up a massive bill, so I'll only be on Twitter for a bit. Annoying, but still. 

I am so so so excited to be moving and can't believe this is the last post I'll make here! I have been in a bit of a reading slump the last few months. Just can't seem to get the will to read loads and I think it's this place. I've never had it like this before! But it's a peaceful place we're going to and there's going to be a lot less noise - which does distract me from reading, I get so annoyed at noisy neighbors! :D Next time you hear from me, I hope for it to be a review. And it'll be in a new house! 

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Hollow Pike

Folk who follow me on Twitter will have heard me rant about how far away February 2012 is and it's only because of this book... Hollow Pike by Mr. James Dawson (is now the right time to announce I have a work colleague with the same name... Creepy...) who is very funny and well worth a Twitter follow! Check him out, but in the meantime, get a ganders at that cover (what a beaut!) and the synopsis...

Lis London moves to Hollow Pike looking for a fresh start. She's intrigued by the town's sinister history of witchcraft, ritual and witchfinders. But when a fellow teen is murdered in the woods in what appears to be a ritual killing, Lis starts to wonder whether the witches are really history after all... Who is the mysterious figure caught on camera in the trees at the time of the murder? Could he be the killer? And do Lis's ominous nightmares of being murdered in the forest mean that she might be the next to die?

It's out in February, published by Orion Childrens Books and you can pre order on Amazon, The Book Depository and Waterstones!

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Random House UK Announce A Bright Dystopian Future

Earlier today I got an email that almost made me shiver with excitement, from the lovely Lauren at Random House UK, as they revealed some of their latest acquisitions. Some dystopian beauty's set to hit the bookshelves in 2012 and 2013! Check it out!

Starters by Lissa Price, an American screenwriter, publishing in April 2012, is an action-packed thriller set in a world where eternal youthfulness can be had – at a price. One girl has the ability to bring it all tumbling down . . . RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Heather Shapiro at Baror International and will be launching globally alongside Random Inc for a truly international campaign.

A post- apocalyptic Los Angeles is the setting for Struck by Jenifer Bosworth, publishing in July 2012. After the city is devastated by an earthquake, Mia Price finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between two fanatical cults; one that wants to save the world and another that wants to destroy it. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb of the Rights People, acting on behalf of FSG.

Sangu Mandanna’s debut The Lost Girl publishes in early 2013 and centres around Eva, a feisty teen girl who technically has no true identity of her own. Eva is forced to abandon everything she's ever known and loved, finding herself torn between two worlds. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Sarah Malloy of A.M. Heath acting on behalf of the Elizabeth Kaplan agency.

And finally, children’s librarian Emma Pass, releases ACID in early 2013. This action-packed novel introduces us to Jenna Strong, a truly kick-ass heroine who is serving time in an all-male prison for the murder of her parents. Set one hundred years in the future in a Big Brother style society; Britain is now under the control of ACID – a terrifying all-seeing police force. RHCB acquired world rights from Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books.

Ruth Knowles, Commissioning Editor comments, ‘Dystopian fiction is a much-talked about genre, particularly with the release of The Hunger Games movie next spring. We have acquired some fantastic futuristic thrillers that we know will appeal to this audience, and are confident that RHCB will have some of the most exciting novels in the genre. The worlds within them are very different from each other, but all completely hook you in from the first page and do not let go.’

All I can say is that if these books are as good as they sound, bring them on! :D Good old Random House!

Monday 14 November 2011

The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

ARGH! The first official full length trailer of the long awaited adaptation of Suzanne Collin's utterly epic distopian novel, The Hunger Games, has at long last been released. And lawdy lawdy it is AMAZING. It has me so so so freaking excited. Already I cannot wait for Catching Fire and Mockingjay! God! MOCKINGJAY  WILL ROCK! Roll on March please!

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Angel Fire by L. A . Weatherly

Written by: L. A. Weatherly.
Published by: Usborne.
Format: Paperback.
Released: 1st October 2011.
Rating: 5/5.

Official synopsis: "Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn't alone, though. She has Alex by her side a trained Angel Killer and her one true love. But nothing can change the fact that Willow's a half-angel, and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she's treated with mistrust and suspicion. She's never felt more alone...until she meets Seb. He's been searching for Willow his whole life because Seb is a half-angel too. This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance."

First of all, let me start this review by saying that I absolutely love Lee (L. A. Weatherly) and Angel was one of my top reads of 2010. It certainly had my expectations at an all time high. I've never been so excited about a book that has romance in it (normally I HATE those sort of books, but there's something about this series that just captivates me and makes me forgive the fact that it is a love story...) so I was a little bit worried when I finally sat down to read this 700 page, beautiful looking tome. I have just 4 words to say to sum up how I truly feel about this book.

I. Am. In. Awe.

Yep. I am in awe! This book slayed me - and that is a very good thing. It made me feel so many things in such a short space of time that looking back I dunno how I coped and I'd like to know how other readers coped too! Haha. The ups and downs of Alex and Willow's relationship, knowing that essentially, for them to be enemies in the real world, that their love is wrong, and then for the deliciously described and atmospheric Seb to come on in and shake everything up. Wow. 

I now, after reading Angel Fire see this trilogy like the building of a house... Angel laid down the foundations, and now Angel Fire has built the skeleton before fleshing it out, albeit one almighty task... and now I can just feel next year's Angel Fever coming along and blowing everything to smithereens.

L. A. writes so beautifully. You can tell that every single word has been agonised over, that it's there because it earned it's right to be there. I want to thank her for yet another stunning reading experience. Because it was stunning. Never before has a book about romance ever hit me like this. I'm not that sort of person. I prefer my fantasy. And while the trilogy has a massive sense of fantasy, it also has a sense of realism that I think at times we all relate to, and it pulls me in.

A serious contender for book of the year. One of my favourites I've read this year and definitely had one of the biggest impacts. And I don't want to EVER hear anyone compare these books to Twilight. These books >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>gt;>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TWILIGHT... End of.... Okay?

Lee, you rock, please don't change. To put it simply, I cannot wait for Angel Fever. The next 12 months waiting for this book are going to be one colossal pain in the ass!

(My thanks also to the lovely people at Usborne for sending out my copy and for quoting my review of Angel yet again! :D)


8th November. Today. Means only one thing...


Yeah! I am so freaking excited for this book. It feels like it's taken years (it has... but I'm meaning from the publication announcement earlier this year) and to finally know it's here is insane. Only today did I realise I have several copies coming! One in the boxset I ordered, the signed limited Waterstones edition and on my Kindle. Insanity but has to be done for such an awesome looking book and hopefully it doesn't disappoint!