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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Tantalising Trailers: Tempest by Julie Cross

Title: Tempest
Series: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books
Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

I have already read it and I can tell you it is completely awesome. Go pre-order it, you honestly won't regret it. Read an Extract HERE

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Dark Angel by Eden Maguire

Title: Dark Angel
Series: Dark Angel #1
Author: Eden Maguire
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 4 Aug 2011

Synopsis: From Goodreads

Tania's heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation? 
Review here

Friday, 30 December 2011

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Forever by Maggie Steifvater

Title: Forever
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 13 July 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie StievaterIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Review here

Musical Moments: Official Book Theme Song: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Forever
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 13 July 2011

Synopsis: From Amazon

In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Summer Girl

Lyrics by Maggie Stiefvater (with an extra verse by J and P)
Music by J and P

I fell for her in Summer
From Summer she is made
She is my lovely Summer Girl

I'd love to spend a winter
But I'm never warm enough
For my Summer Girl

It's Summer when she smiles
I'm laughing like a child
It's the Summer of our lives,
I'll contain it for a while

She holds the heat, the breeze of Summer
In the circle of her hand
I'd be happy with this Summer,
If it's all we ever had, if it's all we ever had.

She doesn't cast a shadow,
Even in the Summer Sun
My lovely Summer Girl.

She can save me from myself,
She's my only saving Grace,
My lovely Summer Girl

It's Summer when she smiles

I'm laughing like a child
It's the Summer of our lives,
I'll contain it for a while

She holds the heat, the breeze of Summer
In the circle of her hand
I'd be happy with this Summer,
If it's all we ever had, if it's all we ever had.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication  Date: 3 May 2011

Synopsis: From Goodreads

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

Review here

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Series: Theatre Illuminata
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: 25 May 2010

Synopsis: From Amazon

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?
Review here

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Darkness Falls by Mia James

Series: The Ravenwood Mysteries #2

Author: Mia James

Publisher: Indigo

Publication Date: 29 Sep 2011

Synopsis from Amazon
Highgate When April's family moved to the sleepy North London village of Highgate, everyone told her it was the start of an amazing new life. They didn't know the half of it. Weeks later, her father was the latest in a series of brutal killings, someone has tried to kill her, and now her boyfriend, Gabriel, is dying too . . . Murder April couldn't save her father, but there's just a chance she can save Gabriel. There's an ancient recipe, hidden in a forbidden book, which holds the cure. All April has to do is find it. Somehow. Vampires But she has to keep a low profile. In a school full of vampires, where one of their own has been killed, they're beginning to suspect they have a Fury in their midst. April's blood might be deadly to vampires, but even that won't save her if they figure out who she is. Time is short, the stakes are high, and surviving school has never been so tough . . .
Review HERE

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Glass
Series: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: 7 April 2009

Synopsis: From GoodReads

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.

Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves -- her baby.

The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Musical Moments: Official Book Theme Song: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Title: Starcrossed
Series: Starcrossed
Publisher:  Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: 3 Jun 2011

Synopsis: From Goodreads

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

I absolutely LOVED this book Review here

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Series: Personal Demons
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 4 Oct 2010

Synopsis: From Amazon

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance even her closest friends and it seems like her senior year is going to be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can t stay away from him. What she doesn’t t know is that Luc is on a mission. He s been sent from hell itself to claim Frannie s soul. It should be easy all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t t stand a chance. But Luc has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials cant be far behind. And sure enough, it s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. But if Luc fails, there will be hell to pay...for all of them.

Review here

Monday, 26 December 2011

Musical Moments: Book Theme Songs: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Title: Texas Gothic
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Corgi Children's

Publication Date: 7 July 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

Review here

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Tantalizing Trailers: Fracture by Megan Miranda plus Extract

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

Fracture - First Chapter

Tantalising Trailers: Wereworld: Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling

Title: Shadow of the Hawk
Series: Wereworld
Author: Curtis Jobling
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads


Enslaved by the Goatlord Kesslar, young werewolf Drew finds himself on the volcanic isle of Scoria, forced to fight in the arena for the Lizardlords. With the help of an unlikely ally, he must find a way to break free - but who has ever managed to escape?

Meanwhile, Hector the Wereboar flees the forces of the Catlords. Now on board the pirate ship Maelstrom, the enemy's net is closing in. Haunted by the spirits of the dead, Hector is soon left wondering who the true enemy is . . .

I loved the first book in the series (review HERE)   

Tantalising Trailers: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

I know there is a lot of speculation about the insta-love concept but I really like the idea of falling in love at first sight (see I am not as cynical, bitter and twisted as you thought [ : p ] ) So when I first heard about this book the word that came to mind was AWESOME. I cannot wait to read it - yes I know I am deviating away from my love of paranormal romance to you know actual romance (the shock). I love the whole fate, destiny and co-incidence idea that lead us to where we should be.

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E Smith
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Amazon

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?

Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...

Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Doesn't it look brilliant.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Musical Moments: Alternative Christmas Songs

There is only so many chirpy Christmas songs you can listen to. The following songs make me giggle so I thought I would share. ENJOY


Monday, 19 December 2011

MG Monday: Guest Mini Review: TroubleTwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Title: TroubleTwisters
Series: TroubleTwisters
Author: Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: 6 June 2011

Synopsis from Amazon

Twin siblings Jack and Jaide discover they are pivotal to a secret supernatural organisation that protects the earth from marauding Evil! Portland might seem like a quiet coastal town, and their grandmother is perhaps no dottier than anyone else's, but it soon becomes apparent that the strange things going on around them are anything BUT ordinary. It's all very well discovering that you suddenly have magical powers, but when you don't know exactly what they are, or how to use them, then facing impending peril doesn't seem like a very good idea at all...


The Trouble twisters is an invigorating book that keeps you hooked on every page, from the first to the last, one of the best things about this book is the way it’s written. Its written so that it keeps you trying to guess how the hero or heroine gets out of that situation, it also leaves you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will happen to the main characters.

It’s the first of a series and I look forward to number 2. 

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 for the writing and the story.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

In My Mailbox 18/12/11

Can you believe this will probably be the last IMM of 2011. I have spent the last week putting all the books I want to read in 2012 in some kind of order and wondering how to go without sleep in order to actually be able to read them ALL.

Thanks to The Story Siren for hosting IMM weekly so I can give thanks for the lovely things that come through my door.

A wonderful surprise from the fabulous Viv at Serendipity Reviews

Spiced Vanilla Gift Set from The Body Shop
(I am so touched to receive this - and I love love love the smell of vanilla - Viv knows me well <3)


(ohhh witches, demons and time-travel)
(you probably already know I am a HUGE fan of Alyx's - so excited to read this one. It isn't part of The Drake Chronicles as it states on Amazon)
(Début and BBC Challenge)


(I put this on my library wish-list a few weeks ago and Kiki kindly sent it to me for me and the school library - thank you so much Kiki)


(thank you so much to Andrew of The Pewter Wolf for nominating me for this book - I am so touched)


Huge thanks to Luisa Plaja for these books.
Donations are one of the only ways we get new books into the school library and I am so very grateful.

(these zombie books have been on my library list for ages. the pupils seem to have a real thing for zombies *shrugs* Now I need to get my hands on the first book)
(Luisa kindly put this to one side for me when my copy went missing while on tour)

So that is some of the wonderful things that have come into my house this week.
This will be the last IMM til next year - can you believe that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Spotlight: 2011 Debuts I would like to see in the UK - Part 2


A continuation of yesterdays post where I drool over books that are available in the US but have yet to be published in the UK. All publication details are based on the US release.

Title: Spellbound
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 28 June 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

If you know me then you know this book has my name written all over it.

Title: Dead Rules
Author: Randy Russell 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 21 June 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

Till death

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.


But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.


Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.


But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.

Reviews are brilliant and make me droll.

UPDATE: I am extremely pleased to tell you that Dead Rules has been picked up by Querus for Publication in March 2012. SQUEEEEE

Friday, 16 December 2011

Spotlight: 2011 Debuts I would like to see in the UK - Part 1


So I have been putting together my OCD reading lists and wish-lists for next year and thought I would do a catch-up post for the 2011 debuts that have yet to be published in the UK that I am drooling over.

This might be a long post [ : D ] If it gets too long I will split it.

All publication details are for the US.

Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 15 Nov 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


Title: Hourglass
Series: Hourglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: 14 June 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

One hour to rewrite the past . . . 

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

I am seriously bemused as to why this hasn't been picked up in the UK. You know it has even been optioned for a movie yet still not published in the UK. I WANT IT.

Author: Mary Lindsay
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: 8 Dec 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Cover love and the story sounds amazing.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Tantalising Trailers: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

I loved Unearthly so Hallowed (Review HERE) has been on my wish-list from the moment I finished it. I am so excited to share the trailer with you.

Title: Hallowed
Series: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: 2 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

I cannot wait to read it

Book Break-Ups: Unleashed by Nancy Holder

Title: Unleashed
Series: Wolf Spring Chronicles
Author: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Publisher: Doubleday Children's
Publication Date: 8 Dec 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.


I am having such a hard time writing this review because I really had issues with it. The premise sounded brilliant but for me it didn't translate within the narrative.

Although I felt sympathy for the main character, Katelyn, for the loss of her mother I felt that there was more of a background story surrounding her death than was stated but this was never developed. Katelyn morphs into Kat when she moves in with her Grandfather, trying to build a new life to accompany the new town. I found her emotions/reactions and character in general to be inconsistent. Thinking about it now it was the inconsistencies with the characters that frustrated me the most about this book not only with Kat but with ALL the characters. I found myself wondering about their change in actions/attitude as it didn't seem to fit in with how they were portrayed earlier within the story.

There are a number of plot threads hinted at within the narrative, only one was really pursued while the others were like constant static noise in the background. It made me feel as if there was no true direction and that the plot had been left wide open to go off at any angle it chooses to in the future. I am all for plot twists but did feel that this story needed less possibilities or more answers.

On a positive note the writing is beautifully descriptive, the tension and atmosphere are well portrayed. However, it do not think it will be enough for me to continue with this particular series.

Thanks to Carla of The Crooked Shelf for the use of Book Break-Ups
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