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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Book Bangin' (#1)

Book Bangin' is a new feature hosted by Belle of the Literati where we talk all about our favourite book boyfriends. Now, how appealing is that? ;)
I came across a link to this post on Twitter and I am so glad I checked out that link, this feature sounds like so much fun. 

So, here are my and Gen's top book boyfriends, it was very difficult to even attempt to narrow it down, we both just kept thinking of more amazing, sexy book boys. To make sure we were able to fit in as many as possible we each had a few that the other hadn't read, and then split the list of shared book boys between us so that there'd be no crossover. This isn't to say that it made the task all that much easier, but anyhow, this is how the lists turned out...

Sam's Top Book Boyfriends:
(I had to limit myself further by only choosing one amazing boy per incredible author)
1. Jonah Griggs (On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta) - this boy is so damned cute! He is a cadet, he has a tragic past that continues to haunt him but he is adorable and romantic... just thinking about him makes me want to read Jellicoe Road again.

2. Daemon Black (Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout) - he is snarky and sarcastic, and out of this world HOT! He has better intentions than he lets on and knows how to lay on the charm! He is also so protective of the people he cares about.

3. Morgead (Night World #7: Huntress by L.J. Smith) - he is a bad-ass, leather wearing, motorbike riding, vampire gang leader, and quite possibly the most adorable book boy out there! He gets in these absolutely gorgeous excited states and, ahhh, he is just SO epically cute when he acts on them!

4. Ian O'Shea (The Host by Stephenie Meyer) - he is really protective, he has a strong sense of right and wrong, AND he has the most gorgeous blue eye!

5. Zach Goode (Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter) - he is a boy spy perfect at going undercover, he is swoon-worthy and mysterious

6. Patch (Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick) - he is hot, provocative, full of innuendos and 100% romantic! Plus he's fallen...

New Adult Top Book Boyfriend: Cam (Wait For You by J. Lynn) - he is sweet as anything, determined as hell, he cooks and he has a pet turtle named Raphael!

Adult Top Book Boyfriend: Zsadist (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3: Awakened by J.R. Ward) - he is tormented with a horrible tortured-filled past, he is scarred, but he despite being damaged, he is secretly sweet, such a bad-ass and adorably vulnerable.

Book Boy of the Month: (I picked two - one New Adult and one Young Adult)
Kyler from Frigid by J. Lynn - he plays the guitar and make a snowstorm steamy!!!
and
Lukas from Darker Days (Darker Agency #1) by Jus Accardo - his chivalry and gentlemanly behaviour *swoon*


Gen's Top Book Boyfriends:

1. Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy/ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead) - rebellious, smouldering and a total bad boy sums up Adrian perfectly. He is luring and has a sarcastic sense of humour which keeps me laughing, he is a total romantic at heart and can be quite a cute puppy at times, plus he is HOT, what more can you want in a man?!

2. Alex Fuentes (Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles) - sexy, smart-ass, bad-ass with a heart of gold, any girl would be very lucky indeed to have Alex by her side. He seems tough but when you really get to know him you see that he isn't what he seems.

3. Jace Wayland (Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare) - gorgeous, emotionally damaged and absolutely kick-ass. He is witty, intelligent and shows his vulnerable side on occasion.

4. Vincent Delacroix (Revenants by Amy Plum) - smart, worldly, rich, chivalrous, drop dead gorgeous and humourous with a dark secret and a sense of loyalty that overruns everything else.

5. Lucas Ross (Evernight by Claudia Gray) - hot tempered, loyal to a fault and astoundingly sexy. He likes to solve problems with his fists, act first and think later, as well asbeing understanding and kind- hearted.

6. Lee Takkam (Tomorrow Series by John Marsden) - he's a musician who is very intraverted but still shines through despite anything holding him back. He may not be totally drool-worthy  but he is sweet and kind and deterimed to stand up for himself and his friends, even when his life is in danger.

Book Boy of the Month:
Richard from Blood Ties (Darke Academy #2) by Gabriella Poole - cute, daring, adorable, vulnerable, srong and ENGLISH! AARGH Richard is simply gorgeous!! He is soooo sweet and kind and despite others sometimes looking down on him, he stands up for those he cares about and isn't afraid to stand up for his beliefs when  it counts.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #10: How Do You Choose What Book To Read Next?

Day #10...
Challenge #10: How Do I Choose What Book to Read Next:

That is a complex question to answer.Sometimes I can just put together a small pile of a few books, usually a series, and just fly through them one after another. Other times I just won't feel like there is anything on my shelves I want to read, even though there are always a couple dozen books I haven't read before.
Usually, I have a list of maybe a dozen books that I plan to read next, but in no particular order, and ARCs are always my #1 priority!

Waiting on Wednesday (#23) Unchained

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine

It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:

Unchained
(Nephilim Rising #1)
by J. Lynn

Publication date:
September 17th, 2013
Ebook

Description (from Goodreads):
Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! (#2)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is all about list-making, with a new topic each week.
This weeks Topic:
Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings in Books
For this topic I'm going to choose my five favourite beginnings and five favourite endings.
Beginnings:
#5. The Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
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#4. Ark Angel/ Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #6/ #1) by Anthony Horowitz
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#3. Hush Hush (Hush Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
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#2. Dont't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls #3) by Ally Carter
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#1. Obsidian/ Onyx (Lux #1/ #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Endings: 
#5. Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
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#4. Mercy (Mercy #1) by Rebecca Lim
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#3. The Third Day, The Frost (Tomorrow Series #3) by John Marsden
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#2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
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#1. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
- The ending  is probably one of, if not the, best I have ever read. 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #9: Why Do You Blog About Books?

Day #9...
Challenge #9: I Blog About Books because...
I have always loved reading, I began really reading a LOT when I was about ten years old, when I started reading about 50 or more books a year.

Stories are an escape and one of the few things that I can completely concentrte on without any effort at all. I started book blogging because I was becoming more involved in the online book community and learning so much, but I really wanted to be able to share my thoughts in a better way and be able to connect with other book fanatics as well as incredible authors.

Since beginning my book blog, I have been able to do both, and I am so happy and grateful to be able to continue to do so and have people actually read what I post :)

Monday, 29 July 2013

Cover Reveal: Gideon's Spear

Gideon’s Spear
(The Adventures of Finn MacCullen #2)
by Darby Karchut
 
For Finn MacCullen, it’s time to Irish up.
 
With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. “Come along, ye manky beasties,” he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. “I’ve a wee point to share with ye!” Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. “Faugh a ballagh!”

“The Spear!” Goblin voices screeched in panic. “The Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan!”
“Yeah, you got that right!” Finn yelled back.

When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy.

And woe to the foe he meets along the way.

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 Praise
for
Finn Finnegan
(Book One of The Adventures of Finn MacCullen)
 
“Overall, a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic." --School Library Journal
 
"If Lloyd Alexander had written The Ranger's Apprentice, the result might have been something like Finn Finnegan. Fantastic!" --Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter
  
"Finn Finnegan brings classic adventure into a modern day setting for a great read.” --Dee Garretson, author of Wildfire Run and Wolf Storm

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I really loved Finn Finnegan, it was such a hilarious novel and I can't wait to read Gideon's Spear!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #8: Quick! 15 Bullet Points About Things That Appeal to You on Blogs

Day #8...
Challenge #8: 15 Quick Bullet Points about Things that Appeal to Us on Blogs:
 
1. A catchy or interesting blog name

2. An inviting home page

3. A page dedicated to a review archive of every review the blog has done

4. A decent number of reviews for the amount of time the blog has been running (active)

5. A variety of authors read/reviewed

6. A side bar that shows interest to different series/authors and shows the different book blogging activities they participate in

7. Having a variety of posts, not only reviews

8. Not favouring only one or two particular authors or publishing companies, but supporting many or at least a slightly larger variety

9. When the blogger obviously reads a decent variety of genres, it shows that they are well read and you can trust their opinions

10. A page dedicated to links to author/character interviews and guest posts that the blog has conducted for easy access

11. A blog that isn't too cluttered but set out nicely, in a non-confusing way

12. When a blogger shows somewhere on the sidebar what they are currently reading, it's really nice to see and is definitely a feature that my co-blogger and I have been meaning to add for a long time (it will be added as soon as life slows down a bit, which should be by late November)

13. When the reviews don't only give a vague recap on the events of a novels but spin the description in a non-spoilery new light AND actually give opinions about aspects of the novel

14. When a blogger doesn't particularly like a series but they do not outright spurn it or at least give real, reasonable fully explained reasons for not liking the novel

15. When a blogger shows the books that they've bought or received for review. I think it's most appealing when a blogger shows what ARCs they have received and actually follow up with a review of the ARC

Sunday, 28 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #7: Talk About Your Book Blogging Quirks

Day #7...
Challenge #7: Talking about my book blogging quirks:
 
I tend to blog late at night, whereas my co-blogger is more for getting things done earlier in the day.

Being warm, usually by sitting infront of my heater, and comfortable is optimum for motivated blogging.

Everything on the blog has to be set out in a way that fits my personal logic. Links to books by the same author, and/or in the same series HAVE to be located together. 

My co-blogger and I co-operate and often consult each others opinions, especially if one of us is writing a review on a book that we have both read as we're able to bring different points to the table.

ARCs are prioritised when reading and reviewing. We also try to review every book in book series that we enjoy and review as many different books by as any different authors as possible to expand both our own reading experiences and our capabilities when it comes to recommending novels.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #6: Describe How You Shop for Books

Day #6...
Challenge #6: Describe how you shop for books...
 
Online shopping: 
When I shop online, if it's the Book Depository, I search the names of authors I have read before to check for new books, or check out the names of authors I've heard a lot of buzz about. From there, I pick the cover that I like best and the format I want. On Amazon, I only buy ebooks, due to the costs of shipping to Australia, and, again, either search for new books by familiar authors, or go through all the suggestions.

In-store shopping:
Shopping in-store is so much fun. I actually way prefer physical copies of books to digital, you can't really get past the feel of a new book in your hands when you pick it up to buy and then get to open the pages for the first time. When shopping in-store, as per usual I will look for familiar authors, but I will also look out for something to catch my eye, maybe the colours or picture on the books' spine or the word of the title. Covers are quite important as they are what is supposed to give some kind of insight into what the novel is about and what the story will be like, plus a pretty cover doesn't hurt :) 
But really, it all comes to how the blurb describes the story as to whether or not I will actually take the book home to add to my shelves.

Friday, 26 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #5: Recommend a Tear Jerker

Day #5...
Challenge #5: Recommending a Tear Jerker...
A great tear jerker (the best), in my opinion, is:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

This novel made me tear up SO much! 

The entire series is brilliant and will forever remain one of my favourites and the reason I picked The Deathly Hallows as a tear jerker is because it is the last book in this series, an overall ending for the characters and story-line but a devastating end to so many characters that we never thought we'd lose.

 These are characters which we have become intrinsically attached to and seen develop over so many books. These characters were certainly a part of my own childhood, as they have been for millions of others too, and losing them was shocking and devastating.

The Harry Potter series in itself is unforgettable, but The Deathly Hallows just perfectly caps it off and, I think, definitely leaves tears in your eyes.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge! Day #4: What is the Last Book You Flung Across the Room?

Day #4...
Challenge #4: The Last Book(s) I Flung Across the Room...
 
I don't throw books, much as I would really sometimes like too,  but books I really have wanted to throw across the room were Evermore by Alyson Noel and Embrace by Jessica Shirvington.

What I didn't like at all about Evermore was the fact that the main character was seemingly "perfect," her looks and everything, the only things keeping her from being perfect and popular were mainly her choices, she chose to act like a loner, and she chose to keep the scar marring her looks yet was very self pitying. I found all the characters to be incredibly shallow and vain as well. The story was like a shallow, alchemist version of L.J Smith's Night World story 'Soul Mate,' at least in my opinion, the story was quite similar, although the ending was kind of ridiculous with how it was accomplished by the main character.

What drove me insane about Embrace was mainly the main character Violet, she was so self-pitying, just constantly! She continually make stupid, avoidable choices and blames the wrong people for things they were supposed to do. She allows herself to be manipulated and despite going on and ON about certain values and was hesitant she has about a VERY important  issue, she becomes a complete hypocrite and forsakes all of it for no real reason other than that she could and in the end, she doesn't regret ANY of it and everyone else completely forgives her like she could do no real wrong at all. I HATE characters like that, so hypocritical!

I know my views on these novels are in no way popular and I don't expect them to be, but it is how I honestly feel and I really don't mean offence by them.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani

Book One in The School for Good and Evil series
Publication date: May 14th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 488
Date read: , 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Magic
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Format: Ebook




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(Description source: Goodreads)

“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”


This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.


But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

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“She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition, passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor!
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“I’m not a princess!” she snapped, fixing her collar.
“If you say so,” the prince said, eyes drifting downward.Agatha followed them to her gashed legs, waterfalls of brilliant blood. She saw blood blurring— Tedros smiled.
“One . . . two . . . three . . .”She fainted in his arms.
“Definitely a princess,” he said.”
 


The first thing that attracted me to The School for Good and Evil was the amazing cover! It's so gorgeously detailed and it picturesquely depicts the dual natures of the schools perfectly! The thing that made up my mind about having to read this novel was the blurb, so mysterious and intriguing...

Sophie is incredibly beautiful in appearance and she knows it too, she befriended the town's strangest girl, the one who lives in the cemetery, Agatha. Sophie knows the town's legend of children being kidnapped, two every four years who end up the focus of fairy tales, one a princess or hero, one a villain  and this year Sophie hopes it her turn to be whisked away to become a princess and she sees Agatha as the sure pick for the School for Evil. Agatha, though, would rather just be left alone. 

Sophie's wish comes true, well... partially anyway, upon arriving at the school there seems to be a mix up about which girl belongs in which school, but is it really a mistake?

I really like Agatha's character, she's unconventional, a little strange, but completely strong and wholly defiant. Sophie is another matter, she is obsessed with becoming a princess, and obsessed with getting her prince. The story is told from Agatha's point of view, as well as Sophie's and another third point of view, but I won't tell you whose... surprise is always fun.

Every character is interesting, even the secondary characters are given their own motives and emotions that you actually get to experience throughout the novel, these insights really expand the story and add so much more meaning to the ultimate plot. Plus, some such characters who you may not think it possible of in the beginning, do become endearing, quite unexpectedly so. 
 The plot itself is gripping and Oh So intriguing, The School for Good and Evil really is a novel you can just keep on reading. I love a novel that conveys some kind of deeper meaning and The School for Good and Evil absolutely delivers, showing what it really means to be Good, that things are always so clearly defined, it dispels stereotypes and depicts the true meaning of friendship! 

The story takes twists and turns and brings you along with it by way of being incredibly descriptive, so much so that you can picture the story the whole time you're reading. Chainani's writing style brilliantly creates settings, such descriptive writing also may happen to result in temporary blurry vision (my eyes slightly welled up at certain points).
I half didn't want to finish the story, it's an easy read that is BEYOND easy to enjoy! When I got towards the very end I actually could not believe there were so few pages left, I just kept thinking 'where have you gone?' 

I have to say: I LOVED the ending, it really wasn't something that I quite expected but Chainani really pulled it off well and now I am really invested in ALL of the characters and am desperately awaiting A World Without Princes!


“What's the one thing Evil can never have...and the one thing Good can never do without?” 


I rate The School for Good and Evil Five out of Five!!

Waiting on Wednesday (#22) United We Spy

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:


United We Spy
(Gallagher Girls #6)
by Ally Carter

Publication date:
September 17th, 2013

Description (from Goodreads):

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

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The Gallgher Girls series is beyond amazing, I have been reading it for about 4 or 5 years now, and it is going to be SO difficult to say goodbye to these gorgeous characters, but I know the story line will be absolutely genius so I cannot wait to delve in to the last Gallagher Girls adventure: United We Spy!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #3: Who Are Your Book Blogging BFFs?

Day #3...
Challenge #3: Who is my Book Blogging BFF?

My book blogging BFF is my co-blogger Gen, she and I talk books, agreeing and disagreeing on things but managing to always get along :) My co-blogger is awesome!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! (#1) Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me NOT pick up a book

I have been seeing this meme around for a long time now and have always wanted to take part -I love lists- so from now on this meme shall be a weekly occurence on Book Savvy!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is all about list-making, with a new topic each week.

This weeks Topic:
Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me NOT pick up a book

#1. Non-fiction (majority of the time)

#2. Cheating/ multiple boyfriends

#3. Love triangles

#4. Religion

#5. Over-the-top drug use (that doesn't serve as a meaningful message)

#6. Anything with sex as the ONLY storyline and has no real plot

#7. Slow-paced

#8. Hypocrisy

#9. Popularity (books where the main character is outstandingly popular - they are usually very vain)

#10. Clingy-ness

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #2: What's Your Bedtime Reading Ritual

Day #2...
Challenge #2: My Bedtime Reading Ritual...
 
I have a really bad habit of staying up WAY too late!
 Half the time when I'm reading at night, if it's a really good book, I get really caught up in the story, so much so that when I finally look up (usually once I've finished the novel) it will be the early hours of the morning. One of the longest nights of reading I've managed was staying up until 5am to finish a book despite the fact that my alarm for school goes at 7.30am. Though this year I have been trying to go to bed earlier.
 
 

Monday, 22 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day #1: 15 Book Related Confessions

Found this while browsing blogs, thought I might join in for fun :) Hosted at Good Books and Good Wine
I will try to keep up with this challenge for the next 15 straight days, so make sure to keep checking back if you're interested in my answers :)

Challenge #1: 15 Book Related Confessions... here goes...

#1 I am obsessive compulsive about books, if I buy them new they have to be in perfect condition, and I let very few people touch or borrow my books for fear of them getting damaged or marked in any way. All of my books, if bought new, still look brand new. Dog-earring pages is a never, even creasing the spine the tiniest bit drives me nuts and I hate it when people needlessly open books way further than is necessary - it easily damages the novel.

#2 I need relatively fast paced novels, a slow paced novel or a novel where not much happens bores me beyond belief, I NEED things to happen!

#3 I have a bad habit of not being able to concentrate on only one thing at a time, so, as it so happens, I am probably still currently reading at least half a dozen novels. Even if I haven't picked up the book for months or even a couple of years, I can still remember, most of the time, exactly where I'm up to in each particular novel.

#4 I rarely find it necessary to reread a novel, I have a really good memory so that, as mentioned above, even if I haven't [picked up a novel in years, I can still remember at LEAST the basic story line and the characters. I started reading Inkspell by Cornelia Funke in 2009/2010, and though I stopped about halfway through (due to becoming extremely fed up with one of the characters), I still remember exactly where I was up to when I stopped reading it and could pick it up again at any time, if I really wanted to, and finish reading it.

#5 I am really not a fan of love-triangles, I find that there is always one person that the main character is meant to end up with, and the other person is just an annoying obstacle/plot device, it drives me insane to see a character going for the other person when it is more than obvious that it won't work out because it's not who their meant to be with.

#6 I can't stand characters who don't have any morals or go against their morals for no reason, other character traits that I absolutely HATE in a main character is vanity, selfishness, self-pity and a knack for placing blame upon ANYONE other than themselves. I always feel like throwing books in which the main character makes an absolutely stupid and easily avoidable mistake and dwells in self-pity only for other characters to immediately forgive them and reassure them of how great they are, blurrgghhhh!

#7 I collect books for sure, I have many shelves although I never feel as though I have enough books, there are still too many out there that I know about and have yet to buy, or have yet to learn of... the number of books I currenty own is approxiamately... 400, though this is counting omnibuses as only one book and does not include doubles, books I have yet to add to my shelves or any of my ebooks.

#8 I try to branch out to as many different kinds of books from as many different genres as possible. If I read one book by an author and really love it, I will make every effort possible to read every other one of that authors' novels, even if I just read a sample of the authors' writing and love, I will make that same effort. Example of authors like this are: Jennifer L Armentrout, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ally Carter, Meg Cabot, Gabrielle Lord, Kelley Armstrong, Kiersten White, Sarah Alderson, Kate Kaynak, etc. Authors who have yet to write/publish a second novel but that the same effort apply to are: Kimberly Ann Miller, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Lisa Amowitz and Soman Chainani.
 
#9 I have been to book signings for Rachel Caine (that was the first book signing I ever went to!), Cassandra Clare, Becca Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Lim, Derek Landy and John Marsden. I also own about 29 signed books :)

#10 I may happen to slightly obsess over owning books in certain covers only. An example of this is the WICCA series by Cate Tiernan, there is only one set of covers for that series that I like and those happen to be the 2002 (I think) covers, the rest I cannot stand, so I searched for those versions of the series in every single book store I went into and shopped all over the net until I had found each of the 15 books in those matching covers that were in good condition.

#11 I really dislike "perfect" characters, to me they just don't seem real and don't make for having, in any way, realistic stories or issues. Flawed characters all the way, they are so much more relatable!

#12 I am actually not a fast reader, I just read a LOT!

#13 I started actually reading a substantial amount of books (as many as I could finish) when I was in Grade 4, so I was about 9 or 10 years old.

#14 I am not a fan of omnibuses, I prefer to own each book separately, especially since it makes it easier to find my favourite scenes in each story to reread over just that scene whenever I want.

#15 I will choose my own books to read over doing homework at least nine times out of ten, if not even more often :)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

New Arrivals! (#40)

What I got this week!

 Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan & Justine Larbalestier
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
The Hunt (The Hunt #1) by Andrew Fukuda
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I very much like the sound of Team Human :)

Under the Never Sky sounds amazing, I can't wait to find out more about this Perry!

I love the cover of The Hunt, hopefully the story beneath it will be just as good, the blurb has me hopeful :)

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#21) Origin

This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:

Origin
(Lux #4)
by Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication date: 
August 27th, 2013

Description (from Goodreads): 

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

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Another book in the Lux series, I want and I want now :)
I need this book, after Opal.... dying!