Book Review: India Dark by Kirsty Murray

Publisher: Templar

Published: 1st January 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Genre: Historical Fiction, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 14+

Rating: 7.5/10

Source: ARC

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Madras, 1910: Posey Swift and Tilly Sweetrick are caught up in a scandal that will change their lives forever. Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, they travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves, and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?

Is anyone else drooling over this cover? Because it is gorgeous. Even though I have an ARC, kindly provided by Templar, I’m very tempted to buy the published book simply so I can have that cover on my book shelf!  Read more

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 5th January 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale,  YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 7/10

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

Cinder will most likely be a hit with young readers this year. A cool concept, a fairy tale re-imagining, and a 21st century cyborg cinderella,  with a Star War’s like feel to it, there’s a lot to like about Cinder. I raced through it, and found it an entertaining, if light, read.  Read more

In My Mailbox (27)

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

I have a gigantic, fabulous Mailbox to share this week. Because – Christmas treats!!!! Also since I’ve only bought the odd book the last couple of months, I treated myself, hit the library and borrowed some books of my Aunt!

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January Releases

Here are some of the upcoming books I am particularly excited about!

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer.E Smith

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5th January 2012

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

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December Wrap-Up

Its time for my December Wrap-up!

Best of the Bunch in December

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I know, I keep picking books that I haven’t got round to reviewing yet, but rest assured, there will be one, because this book took me completely by surprise – I just haven’t had time over the holiday period to write anything up.

This is a beautifully written, unique and passionate story. Stiefavter’s writing just gets stronger and stronger. I was wary because I didn’t particularly enjoy Shiver, but I absolutely loved The Scorpio Races.

Best of the Bunch is a great end of the month meme hosted by Lyrical Reviews

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Top Ten 2012 Books I Cannot Wait to Read

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Top Ten 2012 Books I Cannot Wait to Read

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

My final Top Ten! I’ve really enjoyed putting these lists together, and hopefully posting them in a way that was interesting for you guys to read!

2011 has been such a fantastic year reading-wise for me. I discovered book blogs, found a whole load of new books and fantastic authors and had so much fun creating this blog and chatting about YA books with you guys.

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Top Ten Characters of 2011

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Top Ten Character Awards of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

I could have chosen so many characters this year that I loved, but I picked out the ten that really touched me, the ones I fell in love with, admired, made me laugh, or who I simply didn’t want to say goodbye to. Read more

Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2011

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Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

Ah Book Boyfriends. What’s a good book without someone to swoon over?!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my Top Ten Swoonworthy Guys of 2011. Enjoy. Read more

Top Ten Book Covers in 2011

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Top Ten Book Covers of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.ce

I think this might be my favourite category this week. As an illustrator, I love well designed covers, and as you can probably guess from my own personal choices, I’m not a fan of the overdone, ridiculous looking model in a designer dress that unfortunately seems to be the trend at the moment. No wonder boys don’t want to venture into the YA section!

If a book has a cover that is like a work of art, I, more often that not, will buy it regardless of the story inside.

But I have to admit, I have found that if a publisher has put that much work into the design of a book, it tends to be because it is worth reading.

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Top Ten Books Read in 2011

Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

This is almost cruel. Cruel I tell you! I can’t pick just 10!

Soooo I cheated. A little bit. I created a Top Ten… and an Honorable Mentions list, which… also has 10 books on *whistles*.

I’m pretty sure on any given day if you asked me my ten top reads this year it would keep alternating between these 20, depending on my mood. Because I loved them all. Loved loved loved. And those I put under the Honorable Mentions certainly deserve to be read just as much as those on the official top ten.

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