Monday, 28 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Whose Books I Own The Most Of

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic.


This weeks topic is:

Authors Whose Books I Own The Most Of

This week is an interesting topic because it made me realise quite a few things about myself as a book buyer. I apparently have a horrid habit of buying all the books in a series or by an author before I have even tried one of the books to see if I have liked it. It's because of that that my numbers for this look like this:


10 authors
100 individual books
111 with duplicates
55 read
43 unread

I also realised that, although I read mostly young adult, most of the authors on this list are adult fiction authors. I don't know if that's because YA authors write less books, or because my favourite YA authors are relatively new and so don't have as many published yet. I think it's mostly the case of the latter. 


Jodi Picoult

21 owned & 21 read

I own 21 Jodi Picoult books, 25 if you count duplicates, because I love her books. The first one I read was My Sister's Keeper and immediately loved it. I went through a stage where I just hunted down more of her books and kept reading them. Then came the time when I had finally read everything she had released and then had to wait for the next book to release. It wasn't fun. Since I started blogging, I now read mostly YA and am eagerly awaiting her next book because it will be nice to read some adult fiction again.


Diane Chamberlain 
18 owned & 12 read

After my binge read of everything Jodi Picoult had ever written, I was lost. What was I going to read next? I had to go to good ol' Google for answers, and it recommend Diane Chamberlain. I tried the Bay at Midnight and quite enjoyed it, followed by The Lost Daughter, which I absolutely loved. So I then hunted down all of her books, she only had 5 out in the UK at the time, and devoured them. I've bought everyone of her books ever since. Now to find the time to read them all.


Anita Shreve

15 owned & 1 read



Yes, that's right, I bought thirteen books by one author before I had even read one of their books. Why? I am not even sure why. I think it was another author that was recommended to me during my Jodi Picoult obsession. I found them all in charity shops, so most of them cost between 0.50-£2, which is probably why I didn't feel bad buying them before I read them. I have read one, The Pilot's Wife, and I enjoyed it but it didn't amaze me. I plan to, one day, get to the other books.


J.K. Rowling

9 owned & 9 read

I technically have 13 books, when you count in duplicates. I don't own her adult fiction yet because I just haven't found the time to actually go read them. These are the 9 books I cherish above all others! I am kind of sad that I don't have Quidditch Through The Ages, it seems to have vanished! 



Colleen Hoover

7 owned & 4 read

I have three on ebook, which I have read, and then Maybe Someday I have in paperback, which I read and adored. I love her, she's one of the few NA authors I have found that I actually like. She is on my auto-buy list at the moment. I currently have Ugly Love on pre-order, which will bump it up to 8 books total. 


George R. R. Martin

7 owned & 1 read

I bought every single book before reading any, mainly because I watched and adored the TV show. I had also had them recommended to me by a guy at work. I have read the first and really loved it, but I am just put off by the size of these books. I am pretty sure that some of them weigh as much as I do!



Ally Carter

6 owned & 4 read

I bought 2 in a deal once and really enjoyed them, so I bought the next 2 that were out. I finished them all and enjoyed the series, but then I had to wait for book 5. I have a terrible memory, so by the time it was out I had already forgot most of the series. That required a binge reread and I just wasn't up for it at the time. I am still working up to it, I am not sure what I am waiting for. I also want to get the Heist Society books, I have read the first 2 and really enjoyed those too.


Malorie Blackman

6 owned & 6 read

Noughts & Crosses is one of my all time favourite series, I love it! I also really enjoyed Boys Don't Cry. Malorie has a ton of books published, all in different genres and for different ages and I am not sure why I only own 6 of them. 


Jean M. Auel

6 owned & 0 read

I know, another author who's books I bought before I even tried one. In my defence, the boyfriends nan recommended the series so I went and bought them. My defence for why I haven't read them: She lives in South Africa, I'm probably never going to meet her again and so she will never know that I never actually read them. I will... one day!


Abbi Glines

 
5 owned & 0 read

I know! I know!
I don't know why I buy authors books in bulk, before I have even tried one to see if I like them. I blame the Glines books one the fact I got two for £1 each, and the others were in a 3 for £5 deal. I can't so no to bargain books! I hate the covers I have, so I thought I'd use the other covers, which I also hate but feel are the lesser of two evils!



So there you have it. I found this week really interesting because of the 10 authors who made the list, I would only consider 5 of them authors that I really love. The others I haven't read enough or any of so I actually have no idea.

I'm excited to see everybody else's lists and who makes it on them. Remember to leave a link to your own TTT post!





I'm currently celebrating July with a giveaway! I am giving 6 winners the chance to win a book of their choice, worth up to £10, from Book Depository. For all the details you can go to the original post.

I am also taking part in Book Badger's Summer Surge Read-a-thon. I even did an interview for it and have done a giveaway as well. You can win one of my favourite summer reads, to find out what they are then go over to the original interview post. Be sure to sign up for the read-a-thon while you are at it, it's going to be a ton of fun!








Films for Thoughts on Thursday: How To Train Your Dragon 2 9.5/10 Review
Five Friday Favourites: Secondary Characters
Summer Surge: Spell It Out & Twitter Challenges
My Weekly Book Haul: YALC Edition Part 1
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: 4.5/5 Review


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass #2): Review

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Buy This Book: Amazon / Book Depository

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her. (Goodreads summary.)

I have to start this review by saying that I pity all those people who had to wait for Crown of Midnight. The wait would probably have killed me, I was so happy I could read it straight after Throne of Glass. I am petrified by the thought of having to wait for any books in this series. I need them all, now! I have so many feels when it comes to this book that it will be pretty hard to articulate them, but I will try my best!

Me during part 1 of this book!
This is only book two, people. Book two! And I am already completely obsessed to the point where it's not even healthy. I even looked up Chaolaena fan art. I never look up fan art. I am turning into Cath from Fangirl and Throne of Glass is my Simon Snow. I would seek professional help but I don't want it. I just want Throne of Glass. Honestly, how am I expected to wait for future books in this series. How is anyone expected to go through that kind of agonising wait? HOW!?! Sometimes sequels of books you absolutely love can be ridiculously disappointing. Maas delivered me a sequel that was even more amazing than the first and that hit me in all of the feels.

So, because I know you're all wondering, what is Celaena up to this time around? She's now King's Champion and it's her duty to follow the King's orders. She's basically got to go kill whoever he tells her to because that's how he rolls. Plus, she's an assassin so it's kind of her job anyway. But, not wanting to follow the orders of a man she despises, Celaena doesn't kill her targets. She warns them and then fakes their deaths. This was revealed to me in the blurb of my book so I was losing my sh*t before I even picked the book up. The King had warned her that he would basically kill Chaol and everyone she cares about if she didn't do what he asked. How dare she risk Chaol's life? Does she not know that he is the fictional love of my life? Clearly not. But, I'm getting distracted, the point is that she doesn't kill the targets. Instead she tries to help them escape whilst still convincing the King she's doing her job. Along the way she'll find out about rebel groups and so much happens that it will make your head spin. It's amazing. READ IT!

I looked back on my notes I made whilst reading this, to help me write my review, and laughed so hard. I have never seen so many OMGs, what the fucks or exclamation points in so few pages. So much happens in this book and it really does kick you in all the feels. The happy ones, the sad ones, the OMG ones and everything in between. It made me unbelievably happy only to then go and gut punch me and make me want to cry. And I loved every second of it. What is Maas doing to me?

Chaol and Celaena in this book were almost too much for me. Almost. It is just rather obvious to me that they are totally meant to be, I was just waiting for them to realise it. The sexual tension between these too is ridiculous, it felt like the anticipation for those two to finally kiss might actually end up killing me. Chaol is just so determined not to cross the line with Celaena and it just makes the whole thing so much more fun. In all honesty, the first half of this book was completely dominated by those two. It was all Chaol and Celaena to me in the first half, I didn't see the second half coming at all.

One thing I absolutely have to mention about this book is how much more hardcore Celaena is. In the first book she was all talk a lot of the time, but we didn't really get to see how good of an assassin she was. I always wanted to see for myself why she had earned the title of Adarlan's Assassin. She didn't completely live up to the name for me during Throne of Glass. But she certainly makes up for it in this one. A flashback to a time in the Endovier mines blew me away. I finally saw just how dangerous, powerful and bad-ass Celaena was. I was beyond impressed and I no longer questioned why people feared her.

The emotional numbness set in at the start of part 2.
As I have mentioned, this book has two parts. Part one was full of so many happy feels that I was floating on a giant cloud of happiness. I was wrapped up in the good ship Chaolaena, completely oblivious to what Maas was about to throw at me. Part two pretty much broke me, how I continued reading is beyond me. My feels were just not coping very well by that point. Maas had thrown so many plot twists at me that I was pretty sure what I was reading wasn't actually happening. I thought it was all a trick or something. Maas couldn't be doing this to me, could she?

This sums up most of my part 2 feels:


The first half of this book has all of the intrigue and mystery that you need. It keeps you guessing, shows you how hardcore Celaena is and is so good that you can't put the book down. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more, and it helped that it was all about the good ship Chaolaena to me. Maas delivered on everything and I had nothing to even complain about if I had wanted to.

Then came part 2.

It was gutting and devastating, it just about destroyed me. I am not quite sure how I continued reading it. A part of me didn't trust what I was reading. Maas is a genius when it comes to plot twists, so I naturally thought there was another plot twist around the corner that would piece my broken heart back together. The second half just had more twists then I could keep up with. I had a bit of a mini-meltdown when reading it, I think my boyfriend began to suspect I had lost my mind. I had



4.5/5 Butterflies

I loved this book from beginning to end, but messing with my Chaolaena loses it 0.5. I also do this because 1. I will still give it 5/5 on Goodreads, as I round up 2. I know I need to save that 5, I will be needing it. These books are absolutely amazing and I can't express all the love that I have for them. All I can say is that Harry Potter will always be the ultimate series to me, nothing will ever touch it. But, Throne of Glass is the only series that has ever come close to it. I am obsessed! I can see myself at midnight releases for these books, breaking down the door to get the next book! I can't recommend this series enough. You need all the feels in your life! 



Saturday, 26 July 2014

My Weekly Book Haul: YALC Edition Part 1

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Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.


I am finally back after my week off and I am so behind on everything. It's pretty daunting but, oh well. My week off was spent doing a lot of different things but the most excited was YALC! That's the UK's first ever Young Adult Literary Convention, in case you didn't know. And it was amazing. I loved every minute of it.

I keep saying that I am going to do a YALC post about it all but that's not happened so far. I will do it, I will. One day. Maybe. Maybe not. But I will tell you that I came home with far too many books, lots of bookish swag and a lot less money in my bank account than I started with. I brought home such a big haul that I am going to have to split it up over 2 weeks because I can't fit it in one haul. I probably could, but it's Friday night and I have work tomorrow and I'm lazy.

She's just too cute!
I have been rather distracted this week by the edition of a new kitten, who is utterly adorable. She was originally named Lilo but it doesn't seem to suit and I keep calling her Lola for some reason. It's sticking and I've started to prefer it. My other cat, who we thought would be okay with it, hates her. She just hides upstairs now and only comes down to eat. She then proceeds to hiss at the kitten for ten minutes and then back away super slowly. It shouldn't be funny but it is.


The Throne of Glass tote makes me so happy! 
The above haul is just from day one at YALC!




TeaseTease by Amanda Maciel

A gripping, controversial debut about the nature of bullying.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.
At least, that's what everyone seems to think when Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. But Sara is sure she hasn't done anything wrong, because Emma brought it on herself. Sara is adamant that she was the victim - not Emma.
Inspired by a true story, TEASE is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt you long after the last page.

I bought this from the Books With Bite table, where they were doing 2 books for £10 deal. I got this one as I have seen a lot of brilliant reviews for it.


The Mission by Alex Zadoff

He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability. 
And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth. 
The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff's Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.

If I am completely honest, I bought this thinking it was the first in the series. It's had so many different covers and name changes that I get really confused. I got the first from Netgalley instead and plan to read both soon.

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

I absolutely hated Fangirl, but I had to queue up to get my copy signed for Amanda, who I was giving it to. So I bought this in the hopes it might actually turn out to be as good as everyone says it is. Fingers crossed!

More Than ThisMore Than This by Patrick Ness

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

I really wanted to meet Patrick Ness and get all my books signed, but I couldn't deal with the crowds and heat by then. I'd queued for Rainbow Rowell for so long, my feet were sore and seeing the length of his queue after just broke me. I went home after that and slept for 12 hours straight, I was that exhausted. After seeing Ness on the panel at YALC made me realise how absolutely hilarious he is though. So sad I didn't get to meet him.


A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.

I caved and got the edition with pictures, even though I detest the size, shape and general feel of it. I hear the pictures really add to the story, so I ended up buying it.

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Waterfire Saga is an epic new series set in the depths of the ocean where six mermaids seek to save their world.
Written by Carnegie Medal winning author of A Gathering Light, Jennifer Donnelly.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be about reuniting with handsome Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Instead she finds herself haunted by strange dreams foretelling the return of an ancient evil, and dealing with the deaths of her parents as assassins storm the betrothal ceremony, plunging the city into chaos.
Led only by her shadowy dreams and pursued by the invading army, Serafina and her best friend Neela embark on a quest to avenge her parents' death and prevent a war between the mer nations. In the process they discover a plot that threatens their - and our - world's very existence.

I only got this because of the 2 book deal that Books With Bite were doing, but it's a book I probably will end up giving to my little cousin to read. 


Terra's WorldTerra & Terra's World by Mitch Benn

A science fiction fable for the young-at-heart from stand-up comedian and satirical song-writer Mitch Benn.
No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster.
But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviously, we're appalling, but until we manage to kill every other living thing on the planet there are some truly wonderful places on Rrth and some wonderful creatures living in them. Best take a look while they're still there.
But on one trip to Rrth our alien biologist causes a horrendous accident. The occupants of a car travelling down a lonely road spot his ship (the sort of massive lemon coloured, lemon shaped starship that really shouldn't be hanging in the sky over a road). Understandably the Bradbury's crash (interrupting the latest in a constant procession of bitter rows). And in the wreckage of their car our alien discovers a baby girl. She needs rescuing. From the car. From Rrth. From her humanity.
And now eleven years later a girl called Terra is about to go to school for the first time. It's a very alien experience...

After seeing Mitch Benn perform a musical, rock version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I probably would have bought any book he was selling. Even if that book consisted of just the word the written over and over again for 500 pages. Seriously, I would have! Hilarious guy.

Breathe (Breathe, #1)Resist (Breathe, #2)Breathe & Resist by Sarah Crossan

When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

I have read Breathe and really enjoyed it, so I jumped at the chance to finally buy both books and get them signed by Sarah. 


Apple and RainApple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.
A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.

I had an eARC of it, but the hardback was so pretty and I got to buy it before the release date so... I had to have it!





Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)
Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

This isn't out till September so I died of excitement when I saw they were selling it at YALC!


Vivian Versus America (Vivian Apple, #2)Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (Vivian Apple, #1)Vivian Versus The Apocalypse & Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle

A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-­year-­old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated 'Rapture' -­ or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church's thrall for too long, and she's looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed 'Rapture', her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling...
Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been 'left behind', they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving 'Believer' gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the 'New Orphans', Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

I've been tempted by these a few times. Hot Key Books are awesome and were doing great deals on their books at YALC, so I ended up buying these.





These were all the freebies I got from my first day at YALC. I obviously don't have to review them all, but I'll try my hardest to anyway.

High and DryHigh & Dry by Sarah Skilton

Framed for a stranger's near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.


The Young World (The Young World Trilogy, #1)
The Young World by Chris Weitz

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

I am super curious about this one, very excited to see if I end up loving it or not.


There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.
Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.
All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

This isn't out till January next year and YALC was the first time I had even heard of it. The little blurb in the ARC didn't actually reveal anywhere near as much as the Goodreads summary. I am definitely intrigued.

The Cure for Dreaming
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

This one was recommended by the YALC team and I am very excited to try it!


AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

They were handing out copies of this with TFIOS movie posters.



And Books With Bite were putting this short story in their tote bags, which you got when you bought books from them.

Rock War: The Audition
Rock War by Robert Muchamore

Two kids, one band, one crucial audition. 
Noah's a natural on the guitar, and he'd give anything to get through the Rock War audition. But when he betrays his best friend to join another band, he knows he's crossed the line. 
Will he risk their friendship for the sake of musical stardom?
Introducing new characters, a never-before-seen band, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Rock War auditions, in a story written especially for World Book Day.




I'm currently celebrating July with a giveaway! I am giving 6 winners the chance to win a book of their choice, worth up to £10, from Book Depository. For all the details you can go to the original post.

I am also taking part in Book Badger's Summer Surge Read-a-thon. I even did an interview for it and have done a giveaway as well. You can win one of my favourite summer reads, to find out what they are then go over to the original interview post. Be sure to sign up for the read-a-thon while you are at it, it's going to be a ton of fun!








Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: 4.5/5 Review
Films for Thoughts on Thursday: How To Train Your Dragon 2 9.5/10 Review
Five Friday Favourites: Secondary Characters
Summer Surge: Spell It Out & Twitter Challenges