Friday, 1 November 2013

Book Haul #7 & First Ever Giveaway!!!

In My Mailbox & Letterbox Love
 IMM is something that was started on TheStorySiren so click on the link and check out her blog if you want to find out more about it and how to participate. Letterbox Love was started over at NarrativelySpeaking and is a more UK based version of IMM. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week.
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Also check out Friday Finds 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 week I won!:
Remember When (Remember Trilogy, #1)Remember When 2: The Sequel (Remember Trilogy, #2)
Remember When 1 & 2 by T. Torrest

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class. 
This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he'd turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.
In case you live under a rock and don't know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he's the actor found at the top of every casting director's wish list. He's incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.
And not just to casting directors, either.
I can't confirm any of the gossip from his early rears out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept. 
I should know. I was one of them.
And my life hasn't been the same since.

Thank you so, so much to Kimberly Faye Reads for these two awesome Ebooks! This is actually the first giveaway I have ever won. She highly recommends them and so I am pretty excited, hope I absolutely love them too.


This week I borrowed:




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

When Oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides who will live inside the the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate.
Years later, society has divide into Premiums and Auxiliaries. Only Premiums can afford enough Oxygen to live a normal life. Dissenters to the regime are ejected from the Pod. 
Alina belongs to a rebel group. On the verge of capture, she is rescued by a Premium boy. They escape the Pod but with only two days' worth of air. Outside they unearth conspiracy on a breathtaking scale.
Everything depends on their survival.

I have already read Breathe before and ended up really loving it. Thankfully, Resist is the last book as it's a two part series, so now I can finally see how it all ends. Very excited.


The Killables (The Killables, #1)The Disappearances (The Killables, #2)
The Killables & The Disappearances by Gemma Malley

Everyone accepted that people were different physically.
But inside?
Inside, they were different too. You just had to know how to tell, what to look for.
Evil has been eradicated. The City has been established. And citizens may only enter after having the 'evil' part of their brain removed. They are labelled on the System according to how 'good' they are. If they show signs of the evil emerging, they are labelled a K... But no one knows quite what that means. Only that they disappear, never to be seen again...

I loved Gemma Malley's first dystopian series The Declaration, so I was excited to read The Killables. This will be my first reread of it, so that I can read the sequel. I'm obsessed with dystopian fiction right now, just can't get enough.



Rot & RuinDust & DecayFlesh & Bone (Benny Imura, #3)Fire and Ash (Benny Imura, #4)
Rot and Ruin/Dust and Decay/Flesh and Bone/Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry

Nearly fourteen years ago, a freak virus swept across the world turning the living into the undead. Benny Imura was only a toddler, but his last memory of his parents is tainted by the image of them becoming zombies, and he blames his older brother, Tom, for not saving them.
Now Benny is fifteen, and Tom wants them to put their difficult relationship behind them and work together in the "family business": as zombie killers. It's the last thing Benny wants to do, but he needs a job and he thinks it'll be an easy ride.
But when they head into the Rot and Ruin, an area full of wandering zombies, Benny soon realises that there's more to the job than just whacking zombies. And, as he's confronted with the truth about the world around him, Benny makes the most terrifying discovery of all, that the worst monsters you can imagine might actually be human...

This kind of sounds like the zombie version of Supernatural. Two brothers working together to hunt down some monsters. I have actually heard some really great things about the whole series so I am quite excited.



This week I bought:

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)
Hopeless & Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies...
That's what seventeen-year-old Sky realises after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she's never had before. He terrifies and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he's nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn't all who he's been claiming to be. When the secrets he's been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky's life will change forever.

I absolutely loved Slammed by Colleen Hoover, even though I was sure I wouldn't. So I couldn't stop myself from downloading these two. Very exciting!



Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real...
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies...

I couldn't resist this one. Have seen it so much lately and it was only £0.99 on Amazon, how could I say no!



This week I received for review:


Nil by Lynne Matson

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days- to escape, or you die.
Seventeen year old Charley doesn't know the rules. She doesn't even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she's lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought... and so is falling in love. With Thad's time running out, Charley realises that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

Was excited to receive this on Netgalley, but can't download to kindle so must work out where I can actually read this! Argh!



Faking Normal
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

This sounds really great, so was really excited to receive this through Edelweiss.



My first ever
Giveaway!

To celebrate finally getting a replacement laptop, after mine unceremoniously died on me last week, I am going to host a giveaway. I will be giving away a copy of one of my favourite books ever, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma but also your choice of a book from Book Depository up to £10. This is open internationally and I'm excited to see what book you would pick. One winner will win both.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


On the blog last week:

Feature & Follow Friday
Insurgent by Veronica Roth: The Review
2014 TBR Reading Challenge
Musing Mondays
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Spoiler FREE)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Spoiler FILLED)
WWW Wednesday
Best of the Bunch: October 2013

Thanks to everyone who followed me this week. I will thank you all personally on my Top Ten Tuesday post next week. 

89 comments:

  1. That was a hard question. I really want to get loads of books. So today, I'd really love to have my own copy of A note of madness. And a lot more. Have a goood day x

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    1. Glad to find someone who loves Tabitha Suzuma as well! Good luck and thanks for taking part! =D

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  2. Oh nice!! I loooooove Alice in Zombieland! I was quoted in the paperback! That was actually the first time I was quoted. I received an ARC of it last year too, but when the hardcover release came out the quote page wasn't there! :( This year I did notice the appearance of the quote page in the paperback so I bought a copy of that for myself as well!

    Very nice haul!!

    Awesome contest too! At the moment I am thinking I might go with Home for the Haunting by Juliet Blackwell!

    My STS will be up on Sunday, if you remember, be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Wow that's really amazing, I would probably have bought ten! =D

      Thanks for entering and good luck! I'll try to remember to stop by your post too =D

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  3. I really hope you enjoy Hopeless and Losing Hope. They are fabulous books.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to both, I loved Slammed.

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  4. Wow, you really stacked up on the books this week! You have some amazing reads! I also have a contest up to win Corsets and Clockwork: A book of 13 steampunk romances written by various authors! http://www.thefictionfairy.com/2013/11/giveaway.html

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    1. Thanks, I hope I love them all! Thanks for stopping by and I will check out your giveaway too!

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  5. I loved Breathe, but I really need to read Resist. And Alice in Zombieland is fantastic, hope you enjoy! Have fun reading! ~Pam

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    1. Thanks, hope I love them all. I loved Breathe too, so I'm really excited for Resist =D

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  6. You've a lot of reading on your plate. Hope you enjoy all you got. Thanks for stopping by my StS.

    brenda

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    1. I know, I need to stop borrowing books, they are quickly piling up like crazy!!! =D

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  7. I enjoyed Breathe and hope you do too.

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    1. I've read it before and really enjoyed it but want to reread before Resist. I'm really excited to see how it ends!

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    1. I can't find that one. I found Uprising by Lisa Stasse - is it that one? If not let me know =D Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  9. I have been wanting to read the disppearences for the longest time, I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. Oooh amazing haul this week, all great books from the library! I can't wait to read Faking Normal, it looks really interesting. Thanks for stopping by my STS.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Thanks, I work there so I am constantly bringing books home, it's kind of a problem! Thanks for checking mine out too.

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  11. I've read Losing Hope and Hopeless, and Alice in Zombieland. All 3 I loved :)

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    1. Good to know, I loved Slammed by Colleen Hoover and read the whole series, so I'm quite looking forward to that. Alice in Zombieland just looks really interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. So many amazing books this week. You should start with Rot and Ruin! It is amazing!!! I hope you enjoy all your reads.

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    1. I'd heard it was really great, so I am actually really excited to read them all =D Thanks for the advice, will move them closer to the top of my tbr pile!

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  13. Nil sounds pretty interesting, but I cannot stand it when NG books can't be sent to your Kindle. That's the whole point! I love the covers for Breathe and Resist. Hope you like the second one as much as the first. Great haul and happy reading!

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    1. I know, I was really disappointed and now I have to find some other way to read it. Not sure if I can be bothered with the effort lol. I'm really hoping Resist is as good as the first one, don't want to be disappointed. Thanks for checking out my post =D

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  14. Loving the cover of Breathe and Resist! I haven't read Hopeless and Losing Hope yet but I liked Finding Cinderella and I hope I can get around to reading both books soon.

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

    Chel @ The Procrastinator's Corner

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    1. I'm excited for both, I enjoyed her other books and have downloaded Finding Cinderella, so fingers crossed that I love them. Thanks for stopping by =D

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  15. WOW, AWESOME Haul! So many GREAT books! I don't know how you'll pick which one to read first...lol! Ummm...So many great books out there, but I would probably choose, NEVER FADE By: Alexandra Bracken. Thanks for stopping by my STS & My ALLEGIANT Alternate Ending Post too @ Addicted Readers, Here's the link if anyone's interested: http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/2013/11/allegiant-what-ive-been-waiting-for.html

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    1. Oooh good choice, I really want to read The Darkest Minds myself. Never Fade has a really nice cover as well =D Thanks for checking out my post and taking part in the giveaway, good luck as well!

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  16. I loved Breathe so so so much! I have Resist and I need to review it. Hope you enjoy your books from this week! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for checking mine out too. I really loved Breathe too, want to reread it before I start Resist though. Then I can review both for the blog. =D

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  17. Ooh, I wasn't aware that Breathe/Resist was a two book series, I'm so looking forward to Resist! Enjoy it :)

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    1. I'm kind of glad as I won't have to wait for any more books, but sad because it's the end. Hope we both love it =D

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  18. Lovely haul! Breathe and Resist are great, and I hope you love them. I can't wait to read Faking Normal! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I loved Breathe the first time I read it but want to reread it before I read Resist - otherwise I'm sure there will be bits that I have forgotten!

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  19. Wow, so many great books this week. Alive in Zombieland is great. Hope you love Nil, I got that too.

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    1. Hope I love Nil too, as long as I can find some way to read it first!! =D

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  20. i really liked hopeless and i hope you do too! so awesome that you got losing hope. it's on my wishlist and i'm hoping the e-book will get cheaper before i buy it. sadly, i'm out of funds right now. thanks for stopping by my sts! happy reading :)

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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    1. I really loved Slammed so I hope I love these two as well! I know, it was quite cheap on Amazon so thought I would buy both together! Hope you can get it soon =D

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  21. Wow!! You picked up a ton of books this week. Remember When sounds really cute. I will have to check those out.

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!!

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    1. I thought so too, was so shocked when I actually won them. Let's hope I can get to them soon.

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  22. Breathe and Resist are so good. Just about to post my review on Resist. Rot and Ruin is spectacular too. I still need to finish the series... I am being stubborn about it because I found out a spoiler I don't want to happen. It Bummed me out. Enjoy your reads.

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    1. I hate spoilers, especially ones that really put you off reading the book. I'm hoping I love Resist as much as I loved Breathe when I first read it. Am looking forward to Rot and Ruin =D

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  23. Thanks for stopping by my STS! Breathe is good, I have to find the time to read Resist. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for taking part =D I really loved Breathe when I first read it so I am excited to reread it and finally be able to see how it all ends in Resist.

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  24. I have Hopeless on my Kindle but I'm sort of afraid to read it lol

    Remember When sounds really good.

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    1. I have no idea what it is going to be like but I really loved Slammed, so I am hoping I enjoy it. I'm worried it will make me cry though!

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  25. The Breathe series sounds interesting! I wasn't a big fan of Hopeless. I love Colleen Hoover, but I didn't like this story very much. (But I seem to be the only one, so you'll probably like it, haha!) Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. :)

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    1. I'm a tiny bit unsure about it, but because I enjoyed Slammed so much I thought I would give it a try. Thanks for taking the time to check mine out too =D

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  26. I have the first book in the Breath series but I haven't gotten the second one yet. The Ro & Ruin books look really good too. Awesome giveaway also!

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    1. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking part. Have followed you back! Good luck and get thinking about what book you want, in case you win =D

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  27. Looks like a good haul this week! Just based on the books you've got from the library, I must say I'm jealous! Looks like a good library. :)

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    1. I did have to order some in but we do have a great young adult section, I work there and am in charge of ordering in the young adult books ;) So that probably helps as well! Thanks for stopping by.

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  28. Ah Hopeless & Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover I keep seeing them to be honest but i havent found the chance to check them out! =(

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    1. I finally gave in and got them on the Kindle, as they were quite cheap at the time. Hope you can get your hands on them soon! =D

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  29. i want to read alice in zombieland so bad! so lucky!

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  30. Lots of great ones! I really want to read Alice in Zombieland - I've heard nothing but excellent things. Happy reading!

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  31. Yay for Alice in Zombieland! I have that myself and I've heard epic things! And I loved Hopeless and Losing Hope! Breathe and Resist were okay reads for me, but I hope you enjoy them! Happy reading!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm really hoping I love Hopeless as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. Ooh, what a great week! I'm going to be reading Colleen Hoover's series soon, too! I read Finding Cinderella, the novella, and just loved it, so I decided I should get to that. :) I want to read Sarah Crossan's books so badly! They look so good! Happy reading!!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. I really enjoyed Breathe the first time I read it, it took me a little while to get in to it but I ended up really loving it. I downloaded Finding Cinderella as well, I plan to read it after Hopeless and Finding Hope - glad to hear it's good though! Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. Awesome haul! And the Rot and Ruin series is really great! Thanks for stopping by my post as well!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear Rot & Ruin is good, I am quite looking forward to reading those =D

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  34. Very curious to see the reviews for Nil. I've not heard anything yet. I'm also curious about Resist and Breathe. I love the covers! I've heard mixed things but plan on getting into them eventually. Hope you like the Rot and Ruin series! I've read book 1 but none of the others yet. Great haul.

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    1. I'm hoping Nil is good, once I figure out how I can actually read it! I really enjoyed Breathe when I first read it, excited to reread it and finally finish the series with Resist. Thanks for checking out my haul =D

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  35. All of these books look pretty good. I have had my eye on a couple of them for awhile, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet. Can't wait to hear what you think!

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    1. I know what you mean, most of these will probably stay on the TBR pile for a while. I shouldn't really get any more when I have so many left to read; but I can't help myself =D

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  36. Great haul! I have been meaning to read Crossan and Maberry for ages now.
    Enjoy all the new goodies!

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  37. All the books sound so good!Hope you enjoy them.Thanks for stopping by my STS.Happy Reading!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

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  38. Wow such a great haul. Your library finds were great. Thanks for stopping by my Weekly Wrap Up yesterday and sharing yours!

    As for the book I'd like to win hmm I'd actually really liked a book called Apocalypse Cow but also The Farm is one I've had my eye on awhile now as well.

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    1. Oh I can't believe you picked that one! I saw it on at another library when I was on relief there and instantly sent pictures to everyone at my branch! "Forget the cud, they want blood." - GENIUS!!! Such a brilliant cover and tagline too. Thanks for taking part and good luck =D

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  39. So jealous of Nil, is it just that one that won't download to kindle? I really liked Alice in Zombieland, it wasn't my favourite, but it was really good. :) Hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by mine! Hmmm, What book do I want to get my hands on? I'd pick a hardback copy of The Fault in Our Stars. :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. Yeah, just that one =( which really sucks as I really want to read that one. I'm intrigued by Alice in Zombieland. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway, good luck! Great choice in book as well ;)

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  40. I've been seeing NIL everywhere! Been jealous bc that book sounds awesome. Yay for the Rot and Ruin books. Haven't read them myself but I heard they're crazy good. Enjoy Alice in Zombieland! I enjoyed it! Minus the insta-love

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    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada

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    1. Yeah it sounds really great, hopefully I can work out some easy way to read it =D. I've heard such great things about Rot & Ruin, excited to read them. I can sympathise with the hate of Insta-love - I hate it!

      Thanks so much for stopping by =D

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  41. What a stack! I read the Breathe duology - pretty good. I have to read more by Maberry! Enjoy

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    1. I really enjoyed Breathe when I first read it, so I'm very excited for Resist! I've heard great things about the Rot & Ruin series, so I hope it's great too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  42. You grabbed a decent amount of books yourself. :) Thanks for stopping by my STS and congrats on your first giveaway!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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  43. Great haul! I have Alice in Zombieland in my HUGE to-be-read pile!

    Here's my Mailbox

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    1. I know, TBR piles never seem to get any smaller, only larger and larger over time!

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  44. I enjoyed reading Alice in Zombieland even though it's nothing like Alice in Wonderland. I hope you'll enjoy it too! (:
    Enjoy all your lovely books & thanks for stopping by my STS post last week! :D

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