Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mini-Reviews: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Title -  What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
Author - Kat Zhang
Genre - Young Adult, Dystopia
Publisher - HarperCollins
Pages - 343
Source - NetGalley
“Addie was warm and radiant next to me, making up half of us. But I - I was Eva, Eva, Eva, all the way through.”
It's been a long time coming to get to read this book. I was in a quandary what to read at the time; something easy, romantic, contemporary possibly, but Kat Zhang's What's Left of Me screamed to me on my Kindle. The concept of the plotline was so fresh and unique that I never seizes to amaze how dystopians can be quite unlike you have ever read before. Addie and Eve are two souls in one body roaming the streets of present day. Classification; Hybrid! The society doesn't except them both remaining in the same body at the age of 16. They should have settled leaving one, the more dominant to take control. However, Eva lurked around always seeing through Addie's eyes but never being her... and that can be very frustrating as the character and as the reader.When Addie is invited to Hally's house one day, there life completely changed, leaving them in a state of flux between two persona's  neither one having any real control over their identities any more.

Kat Zhang's debut novel reminded me of the essence of being a twin. I was that essence of being a twin, once. Sharing with another must be frustrating  difficult  to contend with such diverse personalities. What I loved was that no matter who was dominating the situation you would observe from Eva's perspective, her thoughts and feeling would be more personified than those of Addie's. Though in all honesty is it weird to say that I preferred Eva to Addie?!

Unlike many Young Adult dystopian's that I have read, the concept is a contender. Kat's premise of the plotline was very well written and the pace of the novel wasn't too fast or slow, but just right for the build up of the novel. Despite my best intentions to read this book in quickly, it took me a week to read due to my work, but that didn't reduce the rating of this book! There's only one question that left me... How is this story going to progress! I will be intrigued to find out!
Rating: 4

Title - The Fault in Our Stars
Author - John Green
Genre - Young Adult
Publisher - Penguin Books
Pages - 312
Source - Library
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
This is a highly anticpated novel of the year and Goodreads Book Choice of 2012. I've been very reluctant reading this book because of its hype as I generally don't enjoy them as much as I desperately want to.

John Green's novel are legend, they may be extreme, blunt and unlike anything you may have read before though they show on crucial thing that people let by, realism. Books maybe to escape reality and immerse yourself into something untold, beautiful and strange yet John has this skill to create such truth and love into one that it changes your concept of this novel.

Hazel, diagnosed with  Stage IV thyroid cancer, at the age of 13 has had no easy life. Walking around with her oxygen tank oblivious to the natural of order of things, Hazel has become susceptible to the people around her for too long and now she wants to be independent  to live an to love. Hazel's character is just astonishing, her pain, her health and her life has been suspended by something that is part of her. I personally don't like to dwell on the fact that I found it hard at times to contend with her. Her bluntness it what fears me, she doesn't beat around the bush about death or the near-death experiences that she has has to battle with. She just lives with it and I think I envy her for that. Augustus was part of the Support Group and the instant he saw Hazel, he knew. He is the symbol of normal that Hazel wants. He has such a kind and comical nature that its hard not to burst out laughing at times.

This has been a very controversial book across the world as its been classed as 'sick-lit'. I completely disagree! Lucy from the Queen of Contemporary has had her say the Daily Mail and it was very influential piece of what books now-a-days have an impact on the younger readers. John Green holds a message, that even I can't describe. Cryptic I know, I would pick it up now if you haven't, you really can't miss out on this beautifully written story.
Rating: 4
Thank you to HaprerCollin's providing a copy of What's Left of Me for an honest review.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Showcase Sunday (#18)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.

Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week


Wow! Its been a weird couple of weeks and I haven't had a chance to review or showcase some the beautiful books I have received over the past few weeks! I've been very busy with my YA Display which you can see here, so thank you to all the contributed and helped!

For Review:


  

 Fractured by Teri Terry
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
Nobody by Allen Zadoff (Not in Picture)
Bought:
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

From NetGalley/Edelweiss


Witch Fire by Laura Powell
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hopper
The Bane by Keary Taylor
The Rules of Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Exile by Rebecca Lim
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey




Well it's been a productive few weeks I'll say.. I would say this is somewhat a manageable pile from others that I have showcased in previous post... I wish! Anyways, I'm very excited to read all of these books; Dreams is part of an Blog Tour from the publisher which I'm very eager to start straight away. Heist Society, I was very lucky to receive from the publishers as I've seen a huge response of Perfect Scoundrels and my love for Ally's Gallagher Girl's series.. which I hear is sadly ending this year! I haven't bought a book in ages as I seem to be using the library more often but Level 2 has had such brilliant reviews that I had to buy myself a copy. I've had an account with Edelweiss for a while and its very rare for me to receive copies from them so I'm happy to receive both Chantress and Legacy of a Clockwork Key! Aside from my review books I also received some signed personal swag from Sarah Crossan, author of Breathe

A Big Thanks to Bloomsbury, Harlequin, Hachette, Black & White Publishing, Simon and Schuster, Disney Book Group and Sarah Crossan!



Well... What do you think? Have you read any of these novels? I would love to know... Leave me a link to your Sunday Post and I will be sure to see what you received!?


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Display

Hello guys! 

First I would like to say Thank you for your contributions to my Display and helping my choose the YA Books! I couldn't believe the response as well! Also Thank you to those who I have contacted about Summary Statements of their books that they have chose;

  • Jessica at BookedUp
  • Sophie at A Day Dreamers World
  • Kyra at Blog of a Bookaholic
  • Lucy at Queen of Contemporary
  • Zoe at Bookhi
  • Rebecca at Rebecca-Books
  • Rebekah - The Reflective Bookworm
  • Jasprit - The Readers Den
  • Henrietta - The Leisure Reads
  • Shirley - Shirleey's Bookshelf
  • Aa'Ishah - Reading Under the Stars
  • Sam - Realm of Fiction
So a MASSIVE THANK YOU all, I couldn't have done it without you! So without further ado I will unveil the Masterpiece I have created in my library! Enjoy! And I hope you enjoy it! 

  The Display as a whole! THIS IS ONLY A SELECTION OF THE BOOKS! 


 Your Summary Statements including some publicity of my blog! :)

I'm also hosting a competition for the best 3 reviews and prizes are a YA Book each! How cool is that!? I can't wait to do more displays! 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? 



Monday, February 18, 2013

My BRAND New Graphic Site!


Hello guys, I have some brilliant news for you all... I have now started a brand new graphic site called The Graphicness.

I have been very invisible over my priorities of my book blog recently because I have been setting up this website plus My portfolio... So I look forward to writing more reviews in the next coming weeks!

I've been designing graphics for about year since using PicMonkey and then I upgraded to Photoshop in September of last year! But first before I say anything about the type of graphics I design I would like to say a MASSIVE Thank you to Amelia Robinson... a very talented graphic designer of The Graphic Files. She designed my header of my book blog and I absolutely loved it! She has influenced and inspired me create this site and I owe it her who has had to put up with my emails and guidance over Photoshop and graphics! She is my tutor and and I'm forever greatful!
So this is a shout out to all my Book Blogging Friends and anyine else who would like to view or request a graphic from myself aka The Graphicness!

Thank you for the support and if you would like to contact me regarding a graphic or any queries please email at: thegraphicness (at) outlook (dot) com


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cover Reveal/Waiting on Wednesday (#16)

Title: Teardrop (Teardrop #1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 22nd 2013

Summary:

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. To see what your most anticipated novel you waiting for.


This is my first WoW of 2013 and what I way to kick it off...I adore the cover with a passion. The dress into water is stunning... I would love to create something of that intricacy! It's just beautiful and unique and refreshing, pun intended! I like many others have loved Lauren's Fallen Series and I really can't wait to get my hands on this one. It's something very different from her other plot-lines yet she hasn't strayed too far from outside her comfort zone. I think this will be a major hit in time to come! 

What is your most anticipated and eagerly awaited novel coming up? Leave me a link and I will be sure to pop on over...



Sunday, February 10, 2013

300 Follower's Giveaway Winner!

Hello, all!

Sorry for the delay on the winner. Its been manic at college at the moment, hence not a lot of posts!

Thank you so much for all the entries, comments and the new followers I gained from it!

This is my first Giveaway ... So I was a little scared of what to do... but it was fairly staightforward! Haha.

So without further ado... Drumroll please......

Zoe C... You are my winner!

Congratulations! 

And a MASSIVE Thank you to all that entered!


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Promo: Manipulation by Jolene Perry

Title: Manipulation (Shadows #2)
Author: Jolene Perry
Release Date: January 2013
Format: Paperback/e-book


Summary from Goodreads:

Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants.
Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at... Even with his unusual ability.

Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on.

As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble



Insight (Shadows #1)
Release Date: 09/03/12 
Paperback/e-book 
367 pages 

Summary from Goodreads: 

Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships.

Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy.

With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause…
Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows. 


About the Author

Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.

Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.

She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French. She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.

Website / Blog / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Tumblr

Excerpt - I’m a Lover of the Language

When I read books I highlight. I do it on my kindle, and I mark up my “real” books. Every. Time. I. Read.So, when I’m writing, I highlight or set aside a few lines I like as I go. Actually, they’re not always lines I love, but lines that say something about the character or about the story.Here are a few lines I set aside while doing my final edits of Manipulation:

Now I’m staring at her again. Her petite nose, thin, straight body and deep eyes. She’s gorgeous. Like flawless, looks like she stepped out of a magazine gorgeous. Why am I here?

Better question.

Why is she here?
- DEAN

I suddenly feel like I’m being interrogated, or going through the approval process of an eleven-year-old, which is a bit more terrifying than it sounds.
- DEAN

I flop against the wall of the elevator as the door closes. Not even a real kiss, and I feel weak. When did I turn into this guy?
-DEAN

I smirk and sit back in my chair. He takes the couch. And for a moment, just a moment, I wish we were sitting on the couch together, accidentally brushing our legs against one another, or arms, maybe our fingers would touch, maybe he’d take my hand. But neither of us will let that happen. There’s too much to be afraid of from the other. I went from jumpy nerves of anticipation to maybe a bit of sadness of how easy things could have been between us if we didn’t share this thing we do.
-ADDISON

The floor to ceiling window looks straight onto Park Avenue. It was such a thing of pride when we moved in. Now I think it’s ridiculous. Just something else my dad can mark on his checklist that shows how important he is. Daughters in private school, check. Gorgeous wife who is also successful, check. More cars than parking spaces, check. Don’t actually drive anywhere, check.
-ADDISON

If I could be less real with Dean, less myself, I could do whatever he wanted. But I can’t be less real. Not with him. All I can be is me.
-ADDISON


This is such a brilliant insight into the world of language and love... If you would like to hear more then enter the Giveaway for a chance to win 1) Paperback copies of Insight and Manipulation (International) 2) Paperback copy of Manipulation (US Only) and 3) eBook copies of Insight and Manipulation for Kindle or Nook (International) Click below to enter! 


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Calling ALL Book Bloggers...


I NEED YOUR HELP!

As you may know I'm a part-time Librarian aside from my other work and college studies during the week. As part of my many duties at the library I was inspired to do a display based on YA Books, from a range of genres; Contemporary to Paranormal.  

But that means I would need to chose them and I wouldn't even know where to start. So that's where you come in... I've had so many great opportunities reading the books your recommend and love and now I need you to chose. List your TOP 3 YA books you've read and would recommend. It would have to be of CURRENTLY RELEASED Books so that my colleague and I can order them in. I'm looking to display between 10-15 books with a change every week, depending on the issues that we have.

So I would love to hear your favourites and I will be sure to mention you in a the display. It doesn't matter if some are repeated  between you, I will at the end do a pole if its a very tight decision. I would love to hear all of your decisions, latest by the end of the week.

I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for taking to time to help me out... How could I chose so little books from a wide range of astounding authors. 

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Blog Tour - Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane


Welcome to my stop on the Indigo Awakening blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!
Title: Indigo Awakening
Series: The Hunted, #1
Author: Jordan Dane
Published: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 12/18/12
Format: Paperback/e-book, 304 pages
Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.
Trailer

Jordan Dane Bio 

Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two lucky rescue dogs. 
Social Media Links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest
Thriller/Crime Fiction Blogs: The Kill Zone
YA Blogs: ADR3NALIN3 / Fringe Dweller


Excerpt 

Rayne expected her sister Mia to hurl a snark attack on her target-rich environment, but when she didn't say a word and walked over to the only well kept part of her existence—the one new thing she had spent money on—she braced for snark 2.0.
"Oh, my Lord. What is that?" Mia peered into a tall cage, lit with UVB and heat bulbs on a timer, which dominated a corner of her small apartment. Her sister's face scrunched into a tight ball of disgust as she glared into the scaly face of her pet iguana.
"That's my roommate, Floyd Zilla. Don't get too close. He hasn't eaten."
To make her point, the iguana lashed out its tongue and lunged toward Mia, making her jump. Rayne snorted a laugh.
"That thing probably carries diseases," her sister said.
"So do you, but hey, for what it's worth—" Rayne forced a grin and lied "—I think he likes you."
Mia narrowed her eyes and didn't say anything more about Floyd, but when she headed to her kitchen, Rayne rolled her eyes and slumped onto a bar stool, watching her sister look through her fridge and pantry. After Mia held up a box of Scooby-Doo Mac & Cheese—with a raised eyebrow—she looked as if she expected an explanation.
Rut roh. Busted.
"That's for Floyd," Rayne lied. "He's on a high-carb kick."
Mia rolled her eyes and said, "Well, at least you've got fresh fruit, but what's with the parsnip?"
"Uh, the fruit and parsnip are Floyd's stash, too. He's hard-core vegan. I make him a special salad and fruit mush since he's got no teeth. Wanna try some?"
"That figures. The lizard eats better than you do." Mia sighed and shook her head at the rest of her food. "Hot Pockets, ramen noodles, Ben & Jerry's. Are these your idea of groceries?"
"That's only my breakfast junk."
Mia grabbed her jumbo bag of Skittles and hung them in front of her nose. "Breakfast?"
"They go in my cereal. Gawd." Rayne took back her Skittles. "Besides, I get my major food groups at Mickey D’s like most of America. My way of pitching in to save the economy, one Big Mac at a time."
"You think that's funny, but I don't see the humor. You're almost eighteen. I expect…more."
"Who are you to expect anything from me? I moved out. Why I did isn't a secret, not between us, so you've got no right getting your Spanx in a bunch over how I live."

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