Sunday, 31 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#59) Harper Collins Edition: Part One & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

So, how was everybody's week? Mine was good! Firstly, I want to say, everybody who told me to read the Throne of Glass series, I HATE YOU RIGHT NOW. It's taking over my life.

Crown of Midnight
 That is all.  
 
 
For Review


Friday, 29 August 2014

Review: The Jewel




The Jewel
Author:
Publication Date: September 4th 2014        
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
 
A shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing; The Handmaid's Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.

Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess. Imprisoned in the opulent cage of the palace, Violet learns the brutal ways of the Jewel, where the royal women compete to secure their bloodline and the surrogates are treated as disposable commodities.

Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises, Violet enters a living death of captivity – until she sets eyes on Ash Lockwood, the royal Companion. Compelled towards each other by a reckless, clandestine passion, Violet and Ash dance like puppets in a deadly game of court politics, until they become each other’s jeopardy – and salvation.



I don't know what I was expecting with The Jewel, but it wasn't this. In a good way this time. It was a lot darker and twisted than what you'd think- especially with the gorgeous cover. In that aspect, I read Only Ever Yours by not that long ago, and The Jewel reminded me a lot of it- not in character or storyline- but the message behind the book. The way women (in this case, the Surrogates) are viewed and valued and used and treated in a world that has less morality than ours right now. It's deep rooted in power among the rich and Royal bloodlines.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Blog Tour: Crossing the Ice Guest Post & Giveaway




Welcome to my spot on the Crossing the Ice blog tour! Today, we have author Jennifer Comeaux on the blog, talking about what inspired her to use Figure Skating as the main feature in Crossing the Ice. Firstly, thank you for sharing, Jennifer, and give her a warm welcome guys. :)

 So, over to Jennifer!








 Crossing the Ice
Author:
Publication Date: August 3rd 2014

Falling hard never felt so good.
Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

This is the first book in the new ICE series.




 
I’d like to thank Kirsty-Marie for having me as a guest on her blog! She asked me to share what inspired me to write about figure skating in my new release, Crossing the Ice.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#60)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


 

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by ATOM
 
 
 






Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire



I *cough* much prefer the UK cover, because you know, it hasn't got the feel of The Nightmare Affair.


What're you waiting on?


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review: Of Monsters and Madness






Of Monsters and Madness
Author:
Publication Date: September 9th 2014        
Publisher: EgmontUSA
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.



 
I'm not going to pretend I know anything about the poem of Annabel Lee. I know it, of course, but I've never studied it, and although I do like poetry, it's not exactly my favourite thing in the world. I've seen Mary Lindsey's Ashes on Waves that made me want to read it, so when I saw Of Monsters and Madness I couldn't resist (I mean, have you read that title? Of. Monsters. and. Madness. It practically screams read me!) Besides, In the land of Gods and Monsters...I had Lana Del Rey's Gods & Monsters in my head the whole time (don't ask why, my brain doesn't know. And we're not talking about my love for Lana Del Rey, we're talking about the book, right? No more music talk.)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Day 21 (The 100 #2)







Day 21 (The 100 #2)
Author:
Publication Date: 25th September 2014
Publisher: Hodder
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can - together.

Now a major TV series on E4. In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can - together.



It's been 21 days since The 100 landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries... or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself
 



No spoilers for Day 21, but maybe slight spoilers for The 100.

I enjoyed The 100, it was a fun, simple, easy mindless read that I needed, I liked the characters, the plot and world-building was a little wish-washy. However, what I hoped would happen in the next with the plot development, didn't come through in Day 21.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#58) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

So, how was everybody's week? Mine was crap, good book and blog wise though!
 
 
For Review

 
 
 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Review: Altered





 
 
 
Altered
Author:
Publication Date: January 1st 2013        
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
 
When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
 
 

 

Altered, you were perfect in every way, my friend. Let's check the criteria, shall we?

·         4 hot guys in your basement? Check.

·         Well rounded characters that suck you in but hold their mysteriousness? Check.

·         Mystery? Check.

·         Badass fight scenes? Check.

·         Secrets? Check.

·         Betrayal? Check.

·         On the run? Check.

·         Danger?

·         Romance? Check.

·         Insta-Romance? Negative. (Though, you could argue that it is, but, there's 1) it's set after years of her finding the boys in the basement, so the romance with Sam, is not insta- and then there's that other reason.

·         Love triangle? Halle-freaking-ujah. Negative.

 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

7 Deadly Sins Tag


Thanks to the lovely Courtney @ Abibliophobic Tendencies for tagging me!






1) Greed

What is your most inexpensive book?
 

This one's hard, I've had a few good deals lately, and I do get some from friends/family, but I'm going with my favourite inexpensive one, which is my Collector's Edition of The Hunger Games (I actually had an Amazon voucher off Amber for Christmas and used it for that- so technically, Amber bought it.)
 
 
 

2) Wrath

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

 
 

JULIE KAGAWA, and when it comes to the Blood of Eden series, I'm sure you'll agree The Eternity Cure was mean, Kagawa, MEAN.  I love the series, I love how it concluded, but still. I've not gotten over that.
 

 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#59)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


 

Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by HarperTeen
 
 
 
 
To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series.

Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance.
 




I really enjoyed Spellcaster, like most of Claudia Grays', haven't read Steadfast yet though, since I was waiting on the final one being out before getting it.

What're you waiting on? :) 


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#37)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author: 
Publication Date: September 25th 2014
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster UK Children's
 From international bestselling author, Scott Westerfeld, comes Afterworlds, a brand new, thought-provoking, suspenseful thriller you won't be able to put down!

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack.

But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most

 
 
 
 
 
Only a handful of challenges remained- high school graduation, a perilous decision, and parental approval- before Darcy Patel would be packing her bags for New York City.
                                                     - Page 2 in ARC
 



Mom had just texted me: Tell me she's older than the last one. And not a Libra again!

Didn't ask her bitch day.

Um, what?

BIRTHDAY. Autocorrect fail.
                                                     -Page 5 in ARC





I'm only 240 pages into Afterworlds so far and not sure what to think about it really, but I have another 400 pages to go. I am preferring Darcy's side of things, and a kind of look behind the scenes of publishing, though.


What're you reading? :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Review: The Hit (AKA, I Am the Weapon. Previously, Boy Nobody. Previously, I Give Up on The Title.)


          



The Hit
Author:
Publication Date: 4th September 2014
Publisher: Orchard Books  

The explosive new thriller for fans of Jason Bourne, Robert Muchamore and Michael Grant.
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.
When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out.
And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

 
I'm going to start by saying WHY THE HELL DIDN'T I READ THIS SOONER?! Thanks for putting The Mission in the mail, Hachette. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise, and damn, I would've been missing out.
The Hit (Boy Nobody) is both a shocking and slightly disturbing story that could or could not actually be real. You sometimes hear about it, it's something conspiracists  see and fear,  it's something that happens in a fight for War. Parents die, children get recruited. It's serious business and it's handled well and efficiently. I haven't read a book that's kept my focus like that, one that I couldn't just put down, for a while. I wasn't expecting it in the slightest.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#57) & Recap: The Random Edition.

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

So, how was everybody's week? Mines basically sucked. Beginning of next weeks going to suck too, as soon as Monday & Tuesday's gone, hopefully it'll turn around.

In other news, I'm addicted to Chicago Fire, and I'm shipping already. I 'm a shipper whore, but we're all shipper whores here, right?

But, books! The Random Edition because well, the books are all random. Some part of a series. Series I haven't started.

I've also been meaning to do this stack for the past 3 weeks, I got there eventually?..

 


Friday, 15 August 2014

Review: Feral




 
Title: Feral
Author:
Release date:  August 26th 2014              
Publisher: HarperTeen 
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.
It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.
But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page





Oh Feral, what am I going to do with you? On one hand you were crazy and weird and pretty much what I love about these types of books. But then on the other hand, it was not at all where I wanted or thought it would go. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing it just really had this big build up that kept you guessing what was going on that by the time it was revealed it deflated.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Edible Books: Harry Potter Edition


 Edible Books is exactly as it says on the tin, edible books. No, really. Edible Books will be recipes inspired by food mentioned in books, with taste testing's of course (sorry, not by you, by us.) ;)
 

 

 
Hello again lovelies! It's Thursday, so it's Amber- and I'm back. The past fortnight we had a double edition of Cosplay Antics, so today is the first ever Edible Books post. Kirsty and I have started some layout planning for the next couple of months, for themes. We're playing safe for the first post, with a series that is a big part of ours- and everyone's childhood/life. It is in the title, so you should know what I'm talking about...Harry Potter of course! Recently, I have been re-reading the Harry Potter series, and last weekend I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London- Kirsty went back when it first opened up, so we've both been there now. That was the inspiration for this post, and to create and back some yummy noms. And let's be honest, who doesn't like Harry Potter?  You're crazy if you don't.



As I said before that little side-track, I've felt inspired, so while I was at the tour I was able to buy my very own Chocolate Frog, and while I did want to keep it, I ate it, because who wouldn't? Kirsty still has hers, she's an alien.  Since I ate it, I just had to put my own spin on it and see what I could do with it.


So, I present, my Chocolate Frogs.
This is the box the HP Tour keeps the Chocolate Frogs (and card in,) and of course I'm going to keep it to use as a prop for different things, which came in handy today with making the frogs. :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#58)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


 

Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by HarperTeen 
 
 
 
 
Dive into a world of enchantment and romance in this lush fantasy, which Stephanie Perkins, international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, called "an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire." Fans of Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare will fall in love with this captivating stand-alone novel from Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy.

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him

 

 
 
 
Alright, Alright. I'm totally cheating, I've already read it, and loved it. So sue me. I just can't wait to buy a copy. ;)
 
What're you waiting on?
 
 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#36)




Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author:
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014        
Publisher: Harper Children’s
 This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika—from laughter to tears, and everything in between.





 
"Seriously? Shouldn't we call someone?"

"Yeah, we should call that hot new debate teacher and ask him if he's heard that song by the Police about the 'young teacher, he's subject, to schoolgirl fantasy..."

"You're crazy."

"Crazy for that debate teacher."
-8% in Kindle


 
Chip Rider is the second potato on the popular guy front. He's blond and blue-eyed and looks like a Ken dolls had a baby with a Cabbage Patch Kid.
-16% in Kindle




 
This was so hard to choose today, I'm 28% in and have so many highlights, it's a pretty hit or miss story and the way it's written, and I don't know which side I'm on yet, so we'll see.
 
What're you reading? :)







Monday, 11 August 2014

Review: Amity (Just Say No)





Amity
Author:
Publication Date: August 26th 2014         
Publisher: EgmontUSA
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.


 
So, I'm keeping this short because 1) there's not much to say about it and 2) it's hard to even know what to say because not much actually went on.

If anyone asked describe Amity in one word it would be disturbing. Because if I said this was disappointing, my house might kill me. Firstly, let's talk about the false marketing shall we? It sounds like an Amityville Horror retelling, looks like an Amityville Horror retelling, the house is described like Amityville and It's even called Amity, so guess what it is?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#56) & Recap

STSmallStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

So, how was everybody's week? Mine was okay-ish. I was supposed to be doing a physical stack this week (as I said last week) but I'm ill, and that requires energy. :( So ebook stack it is, again. But hey, I got my first approval from Disney-Hyperion!
 
 
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Friday, 8 August 2014

Review: Dangerous Boys (OH.MY.GOD)






Dangerous Boys
Author:
Publication Date: August 14th 2014        
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

 Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces




Dangerous Girls was on my radar last year, and although it had all these amazing reviews I didn't think it was for me. When I saw Dangerous Boys and thought why not? Why not indeed, because oh damn. I just- NO WORDS. So this will probably be a rambling review because it's one of those that are hard to talk about without spoiling, but is so freaking mind blowing that I just want to spoil it. But, I won't. Because you seriously need to read it for yourself and get all the feelings because it is amazing and twisted with a heavy dose of psychology and is it bad to say how much I freaking love how twisted it was? It has some serious shit going on, and something like this you shouldn't really love but I did, because it was fascinating and  see? Rambling.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cosplay Antics: MCM Part 2

 
Cosplay Antics will be a behind the scenes look into what Cosplay really is, the creations of favourite characters from books/graphic novels/manga/anime/Disney as they are being made and the final product before meets. We will also be including some guest posts from other Cosplayer's.




Back last week in my MCM Part 1 post, I talked about how I created and made my Classical/Dapper Mickey Mouse. Cosplay outfit for MCM back in May, this week I'll be showing you how I made the rest and the final product.

Note- I cannot use a sewing machine, so everything I do is glued or hand sewn. Not bragging or anything. ;)
 There were a ton of things  I had to do to complete the outfit, which included;

  •  Top Hat with ears,

  •  Bow Tie,

  •  Shirt,

  • Waist Coat,

  • Pants/Trousers,

  • Boots and Spats (boot covers)

  • Cane.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#57)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


 
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life
 





A twin. Taking over the other twins identity. Need I say more? Yeah, one thing more. WHY 2015, HUH? :(

What're you waiting on?


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#35)

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author:
Publication Date: September 4th 2014        
Publisher: Orchard Books
 
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power.

The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive.

Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

A sweeping romance with a spellbinding twist - from a talented new voice in YA fiction




I hope, also, that they remember none of it would have happened had my mother not turned her back on magic. Or had my mother left me alone in my grandmother's cottage. Or had my mother, drunk on the cult of domesticity and stuffed to the bring with 1860's mortality, not been so determined to see me a proper lady.




So, if the people of my island blame anyone, better her than me.
                                    -Both taken from page 20 in ARC



It was a slow start from me, but such beautiful writing, but it picked up and it's pretty amazing, by the time this is posted I've probably finished it, and it's one of those that you don't want to carry on reading because it means it'll end. :(


What're you reading? :)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Review: Between the Lives






Between the Lives
Author:
Publication Date: July 8th 2014        
Publisher: Orchard Books
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~


The perfect life or the perfect love. You choose.

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she shifts to her 'other' life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she's a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she's considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments that bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she'll choose?

A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives - this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience.




While I did really enjoy Between the Lives, there was something missing for me that kept me from really loving it, I don't even know what it was either, or maybe it was just a few little issues, but still, it was different from what I was expecting (in a good way). A girl who lives two lives, a parallel world type, so you think fun, right? That's what I thought, turns out it's not as fun as you think.