Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Weekly Book Haul & 2 Giveaways: 31/12/2013

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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.
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Christmas Haul Part 1

Embedded image permalinkChristmas was AMAZING, especially as far as books were concerned. I was kind of spoilt rotten, and it proved that my boyfriend does actually listen to me. He was also amazing enough to tell my parents books I wanted and they got me some too. I got 25 books in total, and I apparently have 3 pre-ordered but I am not allowed to know what they are until they arrive! Seeing as I have so many, I think I may split them up over two or three weeks. 

Not to mention that I received a signed book plate and bookmarks from the amazing Melissa Landers, author of the 5/5 star Alienated! It was sent all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio to me here in London and I was so excited to receive it. It's going straight into my hardback copy when it is released! 
My wonderful eldest sister got me a Harry Potter bracelet, which I adore. It has the Deathly Hallows sign on it, as well as a golden snitch and two owls. Plus it came with a death mark tattoo, which will come in really handy next Halloween, because I really want to go as Bellatrix Lestrange!


Christmas Books

So pretty! 

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Some summers are just destined to be pretty.
When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother's best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad's brother, Jeremiah, Belly's heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

I am so excited to finally own this series myself, I adore this whole series! 

Not a Drop to Drink
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


Finally!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
Angelfall & World After by Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
Shatter Me & Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

So unbelievably excited for this one!

The Archived (The Archived, #1)
The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2)
Ashfall & Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Pivot Point by Kasie West

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Have heard so many wonderful things about this one! 


Angelfall Giveaway

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)

My boyfriend bought me Angelfall and World After for Christmas, but had a problem with World After when it arrived. It has the tiniest dent in the back cover from where it has obviously got knocked around the box in transit. He got in touch with TBD, because he knows I am so particular when it comes to books, and they sent a replacement. Now I have two copies, and looking at the 'damaged' one, it's barely noticeable and I wouldn't have been that bothered. But seeing as I only need one copy of it, I am going to give that one away. I will also throw in a paperback copy of Angelfall to the winner as well. So just remember World After has tiny bit of damage to the back of it. As I will be sending by post, this giveaway is UK only
The tiny damage! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

200 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway

I have reached a big milestone for me, which is 200 followers on Bloglovin. To think just a few short months ago I had none at all, well it kind of blows my mind. Thank you for all your support, your comments and recommendations. I have found so many amazing blogs, bloggers and books since starting my blog. It's probably the best thing that I have done all year! 

To celebrate I want to do a little giveaway. So I am offering one winner the chance to win £20 worth of books from Book Depository. That way I can do an international giveaway and you can pick the books you want. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

72 comments:

  1. Uggggh I have no idea :-0 There are usually way to many choices! And it would depend on my mood :-)

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    1. That's okay, I change my mind all the time too :)

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  2. THE ARCHIVED is such an awesome book! And I started reading ASHFALL the other day - it's good!

    Mara A. @ The Reading Hedgehog

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    1. I am planning to get to The Archived soon, I think I'm holding out for the sequel because I hate having to wait! I'm happy to hear you're enjoying Ashfall, I'm really looking forward to that one :) Thanks for checking out my post.

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  3. So many amazing books! Hope you enjoy them all! I LOVED Angelfall and World After, Hatter Me is a rough start to the series but Unravel me is soo worth reading (just keep that in mind).

    S.Huston @ Head In The Clouds
    http://readbookswilltravel.blogspot.com

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    1. I will keep that in mind and definitely make sure I give Unravel Me a go, even if I don't completely enjoy Shatter Me - hopefully I will love them both. I'm excited for Angelfall and World After, they all look so good. Thanks for checking out my post :)

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  4. Holy smokes those are some amazing books you got over the holidays!!! Hope you enjoy!!!! Thank you for stopping by to comment and follow! Following you back!!!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks so much for taking the time to follow and comment back :)

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  5. Hmm.. I think I'll go with (if ever I'll won) All of our Yesterdays by Christin Terill :D Congrats! And Happy New Year! :D

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    1. Thanks! Best of luck and thanks for taking part in the giveaway :)

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  6. Congratulations on the milestone! That's pretty great. I have Pivot Point and Not a Drop To Drink and Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but have not read any of them! I'm so behind on released books LOL.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. For the giveaway - I'm not sure. Probably Days of Blood and Starlight, or Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Ask me later if I win - IF haha. Thank you and congratulations again!

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    2. I am so, so, soooo behind on released books too. I am so happy that I am not the only one! :) Makes me feel a lot better. Thanks so much and best of luck with the giveaway!

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  7. woah so many books! I just finished Angelfall a couple days of ago and it was AWESOME!! Those covers for the Summer I Turned Pretty are so cute! I want that version! If I won your giveaway I would want the book...hmmm this is so hard! The Archived or Pivot Point! Both have been on my TBR for a while now.

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    1. I am looking forward to Angelfall and World After, it seems like such an amazing series. Good luck with the giveaway, thanks for taking part!

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  8. Both Not a Drop to Drink and Pivot Point are on my wish-list :) You got a lot of great books for Christmas, so great! I have read Angelfall, but not the 2nd book yet, and I am in love with the Shatter me series :)

    Happy reading, and also Happy New Year!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I know, I got everything I wanted! I'm looking forward to reading all of them, but Shatter Me is one of the ones I am really excited for.

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  9. Such an awesome haul! I love Angelfall & World After. Ashfall & Ashen Winter are great too. Hope you enjoy all your books! :)

    And thank you for the awesome giveaway! I'm not sure which book I want the most. Maybe Dare You To by Katie McGarry.

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    1. I hope I enjoy them all too, so excited for them all. Good luck for the giveaway, thanks for taking part :)

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  10. So many great books! Angelfall and World After, Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Pivot Point. Have fun reading! ~Pam

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    1. I will! I am so excited for all of them, I'm not sure where to start! :)

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  11. Just look at all that booky goodness! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Colletta

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  12. Wow! Congrats an all those amazing books!! I need a boyfriend like yours...lol! Well, I'm married, but my husband just gets me a gift card, or money, But I guess that's even better with my husband because he would get them all wrong anyways...lol! Men, Ugh! ;)

    Anyways, Congrats on hitting 200 followers on Bloglovin! Its always great when you hit that certain number that you never thought you were going to get!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS @ Addicted Readers! Happy New Years!

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    1. Oh, this is for the giveaway part: I'm most looking forward too Cured by Bethany Wiggins! It's the 2nd book in the Stung Series!! Stung, oh I LOVED it!!
      Rafflecopter name: Vannah Batista

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    2. I haven't heard of Stung, I will have to look it up :) I know, it fell like a really massive milestone - although, I never thought I'd reach 10 followers! I was really surprised when he did so well with the Christmas books, I was quite worried before I opened them. Good luck for the giveaway :)

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  13. SO many great books!! I need to read Shatter Me and Unravel me because the author is doing an event near me in February and I really think I'll like them! :) I am so jealous of all your Christmas gifts, great haul!! :) Happy new year!

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    1. I am hoping to love Shatter Me & Unravel Me, I've heard lots of good things! I know, the boyfriend did good :)

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  14. Great haul! We both got spoiled this Christmas ;) I got Angelfall too! And of course looking forward to Not a Drop To Drink!
    I got pretty much all the books I wanted but I still am really looking forward to the upcoming release fragile Spirits!

    Have a Happy New year! Thanks for stopping by my STS!

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    1. I know, I can't believe how many amazing books I got this year! I am excited for them all, but Not A Drop to Drink is one I have been wanting to read for so long now. Thanks for stopping by my post :)

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  15. OMG! Awesome haul! I'm so jealous! I only got Paranormalcy for Christmas from my mom. Still a great book though. English books are not really easy to get because I live in Belgium. Le sigh.

    Happy reading!

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    1. I know, I died from book happiness! My boyfriend thinks I am crazy though :) I can't wait to read them all.

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  16. 25??? That is seriously awesome! You got some great ones in there too! Happy Reading! Oh, and thanks for stopping by my STS!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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    1. I know, I was so excited... I think my family and boyfriend think I am crazy, but if they'd got me all books and nothing else, I would have been totally happy! :)

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  17. Thanks for the giveaways! For BD, I think I'd love Pivot Point or Split Second, which comes out soon.

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  18. Congrats on the followers! AND on that massive haul. I am quite jealous of some of the books there (like Pivot Point). And approve of others (Angelfall is fantastic), Hope you love them all!

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    1. I hope so too! I am really looking forward to reading them all. Thanks for checking out my post :)

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  19. WOW that's an amazing haul! I must start on Ee and West asap, had the books for a really long time now.
    Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm hoping to get to those soon too :)

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  20. Wow you have even more than me! There are some lovely book covers amongst them. (i love pretty covers.) Pivot Point sounds very good. I have seen that mentioned before. My one click finger is twitching again.

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    1. I LOVE pretty covers too. My one click finger has been a little too happy lately, it's just too easy! :)

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  21. You got a lot of awesome books!! :) The book I want most for 2014 is Cress by Marissa Meyer.

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    1. I think a lot of people are eagerly awaiting that one :)

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  22. That's quite the stack! Pivot Point sounds so intriguing, I need to snag a copy from somewhere! :)

    ~Remy @ Books In Her Head

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    1. I've heard so many good things about Pivot Point, I'm really looking forward to it!

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  23. Wow, great selection! I love that you got so spoiled book-wise over Christmas. Doesn't that just make it even better? I'm so excited to read the Tahereh Mafi books - I'll be keeping an eye on your blog to see what you think when you get to them, too!

    New GFC follower - so glad you stopped by my blog so I got to discover yours!

    M from Backlist Books

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    1. Thanks so much! I was so unbelievably happy to receive so many amazing books. It definitely made the day that much better!

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  24. So jealous of your World After! Wish I could enter that contest. But I'll enter your 200 follower one, and maybe if I win that, then I can order it! Thanks for stopping by my STS earlier!

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  25. Cress by Marissa Meyer :D
    (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)

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  26. Whoa, what awesome books!! I loved Shatter Me and Unravel Me, and Pivot Point was a very fun read too! Enjoy all your new books. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  27. That is awesome! Your boyfriend is definitely a keeper if he gets you the most awesome 25 books ever! Thanks for stopping by my blog ::)

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    1. I know! I'm not sure how he will beat this next year... 26 books ;)

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  28. A wise man's fear by patrick rothfuss!:3

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  29. Wow great haul! So many awesome books there! Enjoy them :)

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  30. Wow awesome books you got there! I hope you enjoy everything. I'd really love to win a copy of World After by Susan Ee. I read Angelfall already and it was so great.

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  31. I really wish I could enter the Angellfall/World After contest!
    I wouldn't know what book to choose to be honest. There are so many I want! :)

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    1. Sorry that it's only UK only... stuuuupid postage and packaging! Good luck for the other giveaway :)

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  32. Those are some awesome books! Ahhhh! I've been wanting to read Angelfall for quite some time now. Everyone seems to enjoy it! I really liked Not a Drop to Drink, but it was a slower read, it's not very action packed, but I really enjoyed the premise behind it. Happy reading!!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to Not A Drop To Drink, glad to hear you enjoyed it even if it was a slower read.

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  33. Ha ha, your boyfriend does sound really awesome. ;D<3
    As for your books, Shatter Me! Unravel Me! Pivot Point! Not A Drop To Drink! I've heard great things about those!
    I hope you'll enjoy all your books & thanks for stopping by my STS!! :D<3

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  34. So many books...am definitely jealous! :) Loved both Shatter Me and Angelfall, but haven't yet read Unravel Me or World After. Happy reading!

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