Monday, 31 December 2012

December Wrap Up Post!

December Reviews:

My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

The Great Gatenby by John Marsden

Losing Lila (Lila #2) by Sarah Alderson

Fate (Tattoo #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2012 Review List!

Here are all the books I've reviewed this year. They are listed alphabetically by the authors first name. Click on the title if you wish to see the review :)

Our Reviews

A -
Allison Rushby - (Living Blonde #1) Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend
Allison Rushby - (Living Blonde #2) The Seven Month Itch
Allison Rushby - (Living Blonde #3) How to Date a Millionaire
Ally Carter - (Gallagher Girls #1) I'd Tell You I Love You. But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Ally Carter - (Gallagher Girls #2) Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Ally Carter - (Gallagher Girls #3) Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover
Ally Carter - (Gallagher Girls #4) Only the Good Spy Young
Ally Carter - (Gallagher Girls #5) Out of Sight, Out of Time
Alyxandra Harvey - (Drake Chronicle #1) My Love Lies Bleeding
Ambelin Kwaymullina - (The Tribe #1) The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
Angela J. Townsend - Amarok

B -
Becca Fitzpatrick - (Hush, Hush #1) Hush, Hush
Brenna Yovanoff - The Replacement

C -
Claudia Gray - (Evernight #1) Evernight
Claudia Gray - Fateful

D -

E -
Elie Wiesel - Night
Elizabeth Eulberg - Prom and Prejudice

F -

G -
George R.R. Martin - (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) Game of Thrones

H -
Hailey Abbott - The Bridesmaid

I -

J -
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Covenant #0.5) Daimon
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Covenant #1) Half Blood
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Lux #0.5) Shadows
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Lux #1) Obsidian
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Lux #1) Obsidian
Jennifer L. Armentrout - (Lux #2) Onyx
J. Lynn - (Gamble Brothers #1) Tempting the Best Man
J. Lynn - (Gamble Brothers #2) Tempting the Player
Jennifer Lynn Barnes - (The Squad #1) Perfect Cover
Jennifer Lynn Barnes - (The Squad #2) Killer Spirit
Jennifer Lynn Barnes - (Tattoo #1) Tattoo
Jennifer Lynn Barnes - (Tattoo #2) Fate
John Marsden - The Great Gatenby

K -
Kady Cross - (Steampunk Chronicles #0.5) The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Kady Cross - (Steampunk Chronicles #1) The Girl in the Steel Corset
Kate Kaynak - (Ganzfield #1) Minder
Kelley Armstrong - (Darkest Powers #1) The Summoning
Kelley Armstrong - (Darkest Powers #2) The Awakening
Kelley Armstrong - (Darkest Powers #3) The Reckoning
Kim Harrison - (Madison Avery Trilogy #1) Once Dead, Twice Shy
Kim Wilkins - (Gina Champion Mysteries #1) Bloodlace

L -
Lia Habel - (Gone with the Respiration #1) Dearly, Departed

M -
Melina Marchetta - On the Jellicoe Road

N -

O -

P -

Q -

R -
Rachel Caine - (Morganville Vampires #1) Glass Houses
Rachel Caine - (Morganville Vampires #12) Black Dawn
Rebecca Lim - (Mercy #1) Mercy
Rebecca Lim - (Mercy #2) Exile
Rebecca Lim - (Mercy #3) Muse
Rick Riordan - (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan - (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) The Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan - (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) The Titan's Curse

S -
Sarah Alderson - (Fated #1) Fated
Sarah Alderson - (Lila #1) Hunting Lila
Sarah Alderson - (Lila #1.5) Catching Suki
Sarah Alderson - (Lila #2) Losing Lila
Simone Elkeles - (Perfect Chemistry #1) Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles - (Perfect Chemistry #2) Rules of Attraction
Simone Elkeles - (Ruined Trilogy #1) How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Stephenie Meyer - (Twilight Saga #3.5 - Eclipse Novella) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

T -
Tahereh Mafi - (Shatter Me #1) Shatter Me

U -

V -
Veronica Roth - (Divergent #1) Divergent
Veronica Roth - (Divergent #2) Insurgent

W -

X -

Y -

Z -

Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Top Ten Covers of 2012

I decided to do a quick post to highlight some incredible book covers. The covers I have selected here are ones that have either been revealed this year, or the book has been published this year.
Here are my favourite book covers from this year:

 .10. Losing Lila

This cover is really eye-catching and bright, it has a great colour scheme that follows perfectly on from the cover of Hunting Lila, plus it is so accurate to the story: showing Lila running. The thing that I love most about this cover is that the title is over the top of the side-mirror of a motorbike, and if you've read this series, you know who that bike is representative of.... Alex! 

The Selection .9.

This cover is gorgeous, the colours really stand out, especially the pink, and the layout of the cover is perfect.  The dresses  are so pretty and gorgeous and I love how the tiara sits above the title. This cover is just so pretty, it really draws you into really wanting to read it.

.8. Fury  

This cover looks as ethereal as its main character! The colour scheme is really quite stark, with really bright at the same time, and with the way the character is looking forward, it seems really promising for the story. It matches perfectly with the rest of the books in the series (which is a big deal to me).Also, it's not shown here, but the way the back of the girls dress fans out over the back cover is so, so beautiful. Plus, who can get past that title font!

Bitter Blood .7.

This cover is both elegant and sinister and is, as all Morganville Vampires covers are, gorgeous! The girl on the front cover is  styled in a slightly old fashioned way, and definitely a dark way. I love that she has a darkly intense expression and looks deep in thought as Claire often is.

.6. Dearly, Beloved

This cover clearly shows that the cover model has a distinct old fashioned style to her. She is definitely elegant in the way she is looking. The designs around the edge create such an intricate framework for the cover, the set out just simply works perfectly all up, as well as in conjunction with the story.

Darkest Minds .5.

This cover shows a real play on colours, the cover models faces shows a real contrast of light and shadows, with the coloured embellishment positioned well , over the temple, to really back up the "Minds" part of the title.The background colours are another source of contrast put together to frame the face in a kind of relief. The girls' expression really works to draw you in, wanting to read the novel just to decipher that look.

.4. Mind Games

This cover is both simple and complex, the main face is simple in the fact that the expression is obviously daring, while all the background images adding a real complexity that could be seen as being slightly creepy. They are like puzzle pieces being fitted together to make something whole. The colours are beautiful and also incredibly mysterious, with the shading adding a darkness, an eerie feeling.

Opal .3.

This cover is dark, mysterious and utterly gorgeous. The cover model are beautiful and fit the descriptions of the two main characters perfectly. One of the most amazing parts of this cover is the nearly completely translucent figure in the background looking on - the Arum. It's creepy  and incredibly intriguing all at once and really makes this cover amazing. Plus, the colour theme of this cover matches the gemstone that the book is named after.

.2.The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

This cover is dangerous, intense, beautiful, dark and haunting all at once, I absolutely love it!. It's so captivating and is originally what drew me to reading this novel, even before I read the blurb. It is, also, such an appropriate cover for the story and has a real wild aspect to it. It is simply incredible!

Apollyon .1.

This cover is just SO damn gorgeous. It's like the flower has justburst to life out of the darkness, smouldering in spite of the background, the way it stands out is amazing. I love how there are sparks coming off of the ends of some of the petals. 
This cover  works so perfectly with the rest of the cover in the book series and really what else can you expect from a JLA book cover, they are all always simply magnificent!

New Arrivals! (#31)

My Christmas Haul!

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
The Selection by Kiera Cass
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere #3) by Melina Marchetta
At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E. Feist
Awakening (WICCA #5) by Cate Tiernan
Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

And this gorgeous Mockingjay pin from the Hunger Games!

And a new ARC!

Finn Finnegan (The Adventures of Finn MacCullen #1) by Darby Karchut

Thank you Spencer Hill Press for the ARC and this awesome swag!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

New Arrivals! (#30)

Some amazing books arrived this week!
Last Breath (Morganville Vampires #11) by Rachel Caine
Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta

Friday, 14 December 2012

Cover Reveal: Boyfriend Camp

Boyfriend Camp by J.K. Rock

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?


Camp Boyfriend is the first in a new series published by Spencer Hill Press on July 2nd, 2013 in both ebook and paperback formats.

Camp Boyfriend does sound quite interesting and I definitely would not mind checking it out one bit :)
What are your thoughts on this description and cover? 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

New Arrivals! (#29)

I was able to add a couple more of the Morganville Vampires books to my bookshelf this week!

The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine
Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires #4) by Rachel Caine

This is one series that I will always truly 100% recommend, it is brilliant! Dead Girls' Dance is definitely one of my absolute favourites!

Monday, 10 December 2012


Publication date: December 31st 1989
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of Pages:155
Date read: July 3rd 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: Bought 

(Description source: Goodreads)

Maybe deep down every kid knows his parents want him to be the Pride of the School, the Captain of Cricket and Tennis and Rowing and Darts and Knitting and anything else that's going down.
They don't want to know about the fact that you've had more detentions than any other new student in the history of the school, that you're going out with a girl who doesn't wear a bra to PE, that the Head Swimming Coach is some kind of Nazi whose last job was training the shark in Jaws.

Erle Gatenby has been sent to boarding school to straighten out, but there's about as much chance of that happening as there is of his giving up smoking... or drinking... or falling through the Art Room roof.

Erle's a full tank of petrol... and wild, sexy Melanie Tozer is about to light the match.

Erle Gatenby has been kicked out of his previous school and now must attend Linley boarding school, it isn't ridiculously strict but Erle loves to push the boundaries and do things his own way, which probably isn't always the best way to go about things at times. 
But his strong personality and persistence stands him in good stead to make new friends and enemies alike and gives him the courage to pursue the gorgeously stunning Melanie Tozer. 

By either his wits or just plain old good luck, Erle lands the girl and finds a heart- warming and strong bond with Melanie that makes him happy for once and fills him with a desire to be the best that he can be. Their passionate, adoring love is gorgeous and through the downfalls of everyday life they are the light in each others lives to keep going. 

This quick and enticing novel is hard to adjust to at first, with what I found to be a strange writing style and use of language (I'm not sure whether it is due to my gender or the time in which it was written). But I soon adjusted to it and really came to like both Erle and Melanie, amongst others, at characters.

I will warn that for younger readers there is a risque (sexual) scene or two as well as Young Adult themes (and references) and to read at your own rick/ maturity and to please be aware of this. I know that this particular book is not to everyone's taste but I really enjoyed The Great Gatenby and found it to be witty as well as serious in places. 
"Everyone gazed at the girl, who was sitting on the arm of a chair in the middle of the room. Her parents were red with humiliation. The girl stared right back at the Housemaster. I fell in love with her on the spot."

I rate The Great Gatenby Four out of Five!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

New Arrivals! (#28)

This week, I found some great sounding books by authors I've never read before!

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

Has anyone read either of these books before? 

What books did you buy this week?

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Dollhouse Asylum Teaser Trailer!

The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray sounds so intriguing, especially after seeing this teaser trailer, I can't wait to get my hands on it!
It is being published by Spencer Hill Press in 2013, but before then, just to intrigue everyone, SHP is releasing a full length trailer for The Dollhouse Asylum on Valentines Day! February 14th, 2013!
I personally cannot wait to see it!

Anyways, here is the teaser trailer for The Dollhouse Asylum, it's just a snippet of the full trailer mentioned above. Enjoy :)
Let me know your thoughts on this teaser trailer, and how excited you are for the full trailer, in the comments!