YA Book News: The Independent

June 26th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

The Independent has written a fabulous article about Patrick Ness here.

In My Mailbox (5)

June 26th, 2011 § 19 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

I’ve had some great books this week:

Bought

Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

I decided it was time I read some of her other books, given that I love the Perfect Chemistry series so much!

Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore

The third book is this great series! I’ve become a bit addicted to these – they are fun, quick reads and it’s about kid spies! Why wouldn’t you read them!?

I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison

If it’s anything to do with Jane Austen I will read it lol. This book looks like a lot of fun and a light summer read – I’ve been reading a lot of Dystopian’s/Fantasy lately and have been craving something a bit different.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean

OK – strictly not YA and some truly terrible titles, but sometimes a girl just fancies a bit of trashy romance to read.

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

I’ve read so many good reviews about this and have been dying to read it for a while now.

The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

The cover of this one has been catching my eye for a while now, and after reading such a glowing review over at The Book Smugglers, I knew I had to grab it. So I spent a lovely hour or two in Foyles and picked this one up.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Another one I’ve had my eye on for a while. This one was in the must read section of the bookstore and its a signed copy as well!

Hold me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride

This was on my wishlist the other week and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer lol

On My Wishlist (3)

June 25th, 2011 § 7 Comments

On my Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City where you get to chat about some of the books you desperately want but haven’t actually got round to buying yet!

Here’s what’s on my Wish List this week:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

‘Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.’

I’ve been craving some light summer reads lately and everyone seems to agree this is a great one! Although – not so keen on the protagonists name! (Belly? Seriously?)

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

‘Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….’

This one sounds like fun, I’m hoping for some dark humor. Plus the cover is simply fantastic!

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

‘After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.’

A modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice? Gimme.

YA Book News: Patrick Ness wins the Carnegie Medal!

June 24th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Patrick Ness has very deservedly won the Carnegie Medal, an award given annually to a ‘writer of an outstanding book for children’, for his book Monsters of Men! 

I am beyond excited because as you probably know, I consider the Chaos Walking trilogy to be amongst the very best books I have ever read (and I kind of go on about them way to much!) In accepting the award he also slammed the latest library cuts – so he is officially, like, a hero.

Book Review: You Against Me by Jenny Downham

June 24th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

‘If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s been accused of a terrible crime and you’re the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn’t that what families do? When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn’t do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.’

You Against Me is a powerful and moving story. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and I’m very glad I finally did.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Waiting on Wednesday (4) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

June 22nd, 2011 § 14 Comments

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight any upcoming releases you are eagerly anticipating!

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and I’m in the mood for a cute, fun, summer read, which all the reviews have assured me this is. Plus – one of the main protagonists has my name (I’m less enthusiastic about the name Roger), it has the word ‘epic’ in the title, and its about a road trip (I don’t know why I find this concept so exciting but it’s very American and one day I should like to have a road trip myself, preferably with a cute boy in tow. You know – once I can, like, drive or whatever). And have you seen this cover!? Love it.

So there you go – that’s my WoW this week. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is out July 7th and a cool blog tour is coming up soon, kicking off over at the amazing Daisy Chain Books on July 4th!

‘Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.’

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

June 21st, 2011 § 4 Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why I love Book Blogging!

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by the fabulous Broke and the Bookish

Well, I fairly new at this book blogging business but I can tell you why I already love blogging about what I’m reading!

1. Discovering fantastic new books and authors that you won’t find just by browsing the bookstores! I may have only been doing this for just over 3 weeks but already my TBR pile is bordering on the ridiculous and I love it!

2. The Community. I love having somewhere I can come and gush about something I’m reading/have read or a favourite character and have people feel the same way, rather than receiving the ‘she’s unhinged’ side-eye.

3. Inspiration to try books I normally wouldn’t look twice at (and discovering that actually I really do enjoy good Sci-Fi or Contemporary Fiction)

4. Knowing about new and upcoming releases months in advance!

5. Discovering there are crazy book events where you can meet authors and get ARCs! One day – I shall be there with you all at BEA!

6. Given me a sense of purpose – not only in my day to day life as I’m job hunting but blogging about books has also reinforced my dreams of owning a bookstore some day.

7. I enjoy writing and getting my thoughts/feelings about a book out – it’s kind of therapeutic.

8. Increased my computer skills – figuring out how to use WordPress and Twitter (finally!)

9. Getting in contact with authors and publishers – it’s early days but I’ve already exchanged some lovely emails with people and that makes me happy and is kinda cool!

10. Finally – fellow bloggers. I’m new here and just making friends but people have been very welcoming, helpful and friendly and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) creating some lasting friendships!

Book Review: Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

June 21st, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.’

I can’t remember now which blogger (or multiple bloggers), first convinced me to read these books, but I’m sending a big fat thank you out there to whoever you were! I would never have discovered these on my own, (for some reason I’ve never been drawn to contemporary YA – though thats changing quickly) and Simone Elkeles has quickly become one of my favourite authors. She certainly knows how to bring the swoon! « Read the rest of this entry »

Teaser Tuesday (2)

June 21st, 2011 § 3 Comments

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading, inviting you to share a teaser of the current book you’re reading.

‘I stared at the scene and felt a cold knot forming in my chest. People were dancing with air, with empty space, didn’t they see that? Here was a room full of married couples ignoring the person they loved and choosing to be sensual with a fabricated form of reality.’

~ page 85

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Book Review: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

June 20th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

‘Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she’s inherited her mother’s magical talents, and despite Stepmama’s stern objections, she’s determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa’s intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat’s magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat’s reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?’

First of – I’d just like to point out how much I love this cover! The colours are scrummy and it stands out as having had a proper designer/illustrator working on it compared to a lot of book covers I see. It really captures the fun, magical, impish feel to the book. I’d pick it up in a bookstore in a heartbeat.

Despite being a book aimed at a younger audience than I would normally read, I really enjoyed Kat, Incorrigible. I can definitely see hints of Jane Austen, or rather, Pride and Prejudice, throughout – and being a Jane Austen fan, I did love Burgis’ unique spin on some beloved characters.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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