Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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Don’t worry, I’ll still be popping in over the next week, and I have some Top Ten’s of 2011 posts all lined up for you starting on Boxing Day. They were a lot of fun to put together, although it was difficult to just choose ten after reading so many great books this year!

Have a good one!

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited

Published: 2nd May 2011

Format: Paperback

Pages: 435

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 6.5/10

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‘In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?’

Pretty good, but didn’t blow me away. I think that sums up how I ultimately felt about Unearthly.

Which is kind of what I expected, but then again, everyone insisted that this was the paranormal book to read if you don’t tend to get on well with books such as Hush, Hush, Fallen etc.

Unearthly is definitely in a league above these, but I still found my attention wandering at certain parts. Read more

Mid Winter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my blog followers and fellow book lovers!

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In My Mailbox (26)

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

Probably my last mailbox before Christmas, I’m holding off on buying any books as I’m expecting some from family (as I’m sure you all are too!) The two books I ordered a month ago from FishPondWorld have finally showed up, and I can’t wait to read them.

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Published: 29th November 2011

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 305

Genre: Dystopian, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 6.5/10

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‘What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.’

Legend, I have to admit, let me down. I’ve been waiting to read it since I first heard about Marie Lu’s dystopian months ago and while it’s definitely a page turner, it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped it would be. I’ve heard there’s already a film in the works and I can see why. Legend feels, and reads, like an action movie. Lots of fight scenes, your basic dystopian plot, but lacking that certain something that makes it really great. Read more

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

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

Book Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 4th August 2011

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Genre: Supernatural, Paranormal, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 16+

Rating: 8/10

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’17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust – her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone – there are others out there just like her – people with special powers – and her mother’s killer is one of them…’

I’ve been very lucky lately in that I’ve read several very good books in a row recently, which doesn’t happen often. I bought Hunting Lila purely because I hadn’t read a single negative review. Even the Goodreads ratings are overwhelming positive, which is pretty rare. After reading it for myself, I’m not at all surprised it’s so popular, Hunting Lila is a fun, flirty read and looks like it could become a great series.  Read more

In My Mailbox (25)

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

I wasn’t expecting to have much of a mailbox for this week (or the coming weeks) but a book I ordered a while back from FishPondWorld turned up and I also hit the library (which I don’t do often because ours is tiny and not well stocked).

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Mini Book Review: Variant by Robison Wells

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Published: 4th October 2011

Format: e-book

Genre: Science Fiction, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 14+

Rating: 7/10

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Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong. 

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive 

Where breaking the rules equals death. 

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape-his only real hope for survival; may be impossible.’

I saw this cover on NetGalley and my immediate thought was ‘Oooo‘ and ‘Want’. Luckily, Harper Collins was kind enough to grant me my request (even though I failed at getting this review out before the publication date).  Read more

December Releases

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

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Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

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27th December 2011

‘Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some. 

I have been excited for this for a while now. The synopsis reminds me a little of Perfect Chemistry and God knows I’m always on the look out for a new contemporary romance that can compete with Simone Elkeles! I wasn’t going to order any books this month with Christmas round the corner, but I will certainly be picking these up with the (inevitable) book vouchers I will get! Read more

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