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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Stacking the Shelves #19

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Books for the week!

Publisher - Many thanks to Pan Macmillan

The Book of Days by K.A Tucker; my review

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, book 2 in the Worldwalker Trilogy


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Courtesy of Author and The Fantastic Flying Bookclub
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams; my review


My #OTSPSecretSister gave me Red Queen AND The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly, this was my first ever box so she totally spoilt me! 

For those that do not know the #OTSPSecretSister it is somewhat a Secret Santa for the book blogging community but it goes on for 6 months, if you want to join the next round click here for more info. It's International too! 

Have a Great weekend! 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Zeroes by Westerfeld, Biancotti & Lanagan ~ Book Review + Giveaway


by Scott Westerfeld + Margo Lanagan + Deborah Biancotti 

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Released: September 23, 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Softcover 496 pages
Source: Publisher
Buy It Now: Publisher | Booktopia | Book Depository

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.

~ Review ~  

I am a huge Scott Westerfeld fan so when I heard about this book I knew I had to get my grubby hands on it and boy was I not disappointed. Like all other Westerfeld books I have read in the past this was definitely astounding, well written, great characters and lots of action! I truly loved it and was seriously amazed at how well three writers could write a book that read this well, it was well written and flowed nicely which is not what I would expect from a book written by multiple Authors.

Zeroes takes us on an adventure with six American teens who all have superpowers and were all born in 2000, this is where their similarity ends. Each teen has a different power and a different personality to boot. Together the team were simply playing on their powers, doing fake "assignments" to further improve their power and to gain a better understanding as they were truly just learning about themselves, however, an unfortunate team drama shattered their group, separated and no longer corresponding with each other...until now!

Zeroes was seriously astounding and I cannot wait for the second instalment! The characters are very dimensional and the premise of superpowers but the price you have to pay for these powers are very intriguing. I loved seeing these"heroes" not be so "heroic" and perfect, making stupid decisions, but working together to fix the problem as they arise. I love the team work, despite the drama from the previous year and no longer being "friends" they still came together immediately when one of them was in danger, I loved this aspect of friendship.

What I really love about Heroes is the reality of the characters, it is unlike the thousands other teen superhero stories we have watched or read in the past, these superheroes are geeky, totally selfish, and all the other adjectives of a teen, on top of that they've been blessed/cursed with superpowers, so we are seeing these teens coming to terms with their superpowers and totally screw up alot on the way to their self discoveries. It is truly refreshing to see these teen superheroes in a very realistic manner, hence why the story was so captivating to me. It is unlike the other plot lines done before with world changing, world saving teen superheroes, not at all!

Zeroes is a well written, fast-paced, action pack start to what I could imagine in becoming a fantastic series! The characters were all real and likeable, their fumbling through their superhero status and powers is what I truly loved about this book. The writing is great, coming from three spectacular Authors, and it flowed smoothly despite it being written by three Authors. I cannot wait till the release of the consecutive books.

Many Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini ~ Book Review

In celebration of the release of Fire Walker, book 2 in the World Walker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini, published by Pan Macmillan Australia, I decided to post a review of Trial by Fire before posting my Firewalker review. Please stay tuned for my review of book 2, Firewalker and don't forget to check out Josephine Angelini's other books, the Starcrossed series.

Trial by Fire

by Josephine Angelini

Series: WorldWalker Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi + Fantasy
Released: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.


Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini is the first book in the World Walker Trilogy. This trilogy is definitely going to be a must read for me. I absolutely adored the original concept and the extremely loveable characters.

Lily Proctor is thrown into an alternative universe when a silly self-pity wish to disappear from her world took her there. In the alternate universe she finds her alternative self, Lillian, and along with Lillian she finds some answers to her illnesses and allergies, along with other much complicated things about what she supposedly can do for this new world she has found herself in. Lily only wants to go back home, but as she meets more people in this world it seems more and more impossible to go home as everyone is trying to use Lily for their own gains, including herself, Lillian. 

Trial by Fire started a bit slow for me, I do enjoy Josephine's writing but I just didn't get into the plot at first. There was a lot of scientific explanations and I was just not following at the beginning. However, as I've said in previous reviews, I find this is quite common in first books in a series as the Author needs to fundamentally lay down the foundation for the story, so I have to be fair to say that once the story got going, so around the 9th chapter it was certainly fast-paced, action-packed and very much a page-turner. 

Josephine Angelini's talent really shines through in this book as it was filled with in-depth descriptions on how things worked, I find that in many Sci-Fi or Fantasy novels the readers are simply expected to believe in the world that is created, Angelini however, ensured that we are well versed into the history and the making of the world in the Worldwalker Trilogy, whilst I found some of these parts dull and boring as I'm not that good with Science, I did appreciate it for the world building, and it smoothly came together at the end. At the time of reading I was like "when will the action begin," but upon reading the entire book I certainly don't think it would have been the same without the background information as we wouldn't have been able to understand the why, what and when of this alternate world/universe. 

The original concept and plot was also something to seriously applaud as it was so original and I am sure that it hasn't been done before. So yes, we have witches but a lot of the things they could do had a scientific explanation, so imagine that the best science tricks were simply explained as "magic" and that's what you have. This was truly enjoyable to read as it was unlike any other witchy book I've read. 

Last but certainly not least was Josephine's writing of the characters, oh the characters in Trial by Fire were totally relatable, likeable and I just loved Josephine's creation of her characters and their interactions. As a reader I was soon immersed in their lives, their feelings and I just enjoyed this journey with Lily, Juliet, Rowan, Tristan, Caleb and even Lillian! 

Trial by Fire is the first book in Josephine Angelini's second series; Worldwalker Trilogy. This is definitely a must read for YA fans that enjoy paranormal witch stories, with a hint of fantasy and Sci-Fi. It's a wonderful read, but persevere through the first few chapters if you feel like your getting bored because the story does pick-up as soon as the world creation and concepts are formed and it truly is worth the wait. 

Read Trial by Fire's first SIX Chapters FREE click below

Stay tuned for the upcoming review of book 2 of the World Walker Trilogy
Fire Walker 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer ~ Review

The Witches of BlackBrook

by Tish Thawer

Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: XPresso Book Tours

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

~ Review ~  

Three sisters lived as witches at a time when the Salem witch prosecution was very much alive, Trin, the oldest of the three and the most powerful was sent to the pyre for helping a woman save her child, but as she burnt at the pyre, being such a powerful witch she cast a spell to send her and her sisters to the future, unfortunately it didn't go as well as she thought and they got separated and for decades after that they continue to look for each other in each of their different lives.

The Witches of Blackbrook reminded me somewhat of Charmed the TV series with 3 witch sisters who would do anything for each other with the strength of their magic somewhat linked together. This book was truly addictive to read, I read 70% in one sitting. It was short, fast-paced and quite exciting with  many twists and turns to keep you constantly guessing. I was loving the writing style as Thawer weaved the past and present together in the form of flashbacks to help the readers with the mystery element of the story.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed The Witches of Blackbrook for it's suspenseful and original plot line I found the characters lacking a bit of depth, I didn't feel like I really got to know many of the characters apart from the protagonist, Trin, and I also felt that the ending was slightly anti-climatic and left me with more questions than answers. However, I must keep in mind that this is the first book in the series so Tish may weave more of the story in consecutive books.

The Witches of Blackbrook is still worth picking up with its great and original story line, mysterious elements and Thawer's awesome writing technique it'll definitely keep you turning the pages.

Many Thanks to XPresso Book Tours for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Book of Days by K.A. Barker ~ Review

The Book of Days

by K.A. Barker

Website | Goodreads | Publisher | Twitter

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Steam-punk
Released: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Format: Softcover 392 pages
Source: Publisher
Buy It Now: Amazon | Publisher

Most people believe the best way to forget someone is to throw them down a well. Or lock them in a room with eight keys, or bury them at a crossroad in the thirteenth hour. But they’re wrong. The best way to forget someone is for them never to have existed in the first place.

Madame Marisol’s Unreality House was where you brought people to make that happen.”

When Tuesday wakes from sleep for the first time at sixteen, she opens her eyes to a world filled with wonder – and peril. Left with only a letter from the person she once was, Tuesday sets out to discover her past with the help of her charming and self-serving guide, Quintalion.

Along the way she runs into one-legged mercenaries, flying cities, airships, and a blind assistant librarian. But danger lurks amidst the steam. The leader of the merciless Daybreakers is hunting her, convinced that she killed the only woman he ever loved. Tuesday will need all her wits about her to survive long enough to find out who she is and her connection with the mysterious Book of Days: a book that holds untold power…

~ Review ~  

Turning the last page of this book was truly astounding and left me mind hasn't stopped reeling from how it all came together at the end. The Book of Days by Australian Author K.A. Barker is truly a treat to read. It is so engrossing, original and the concept and characters within the book cannot be compared to any other book I've read in the past, that is truly how original this book is!

The Book of Days by KA Barker begins with a girl being released from Madame Marisol's Unreality House where people go to be forgotten, she does not recall who she is and the only clue she had to her past identity is a letter from her past self begging her to forget who she was and to live a new life. This is where we are introduced to Tuesday, the name she decided to call herself as she couldn't recall her past name, and Quintallion, the strange man that showed up at Madame Marisol's Unreality House to pick up Tuesday despite him not knowing who she was or why he was picking her up. This is where their adventure begins as Tuesday seeks to find her true identity and Quintallion comes for the ride, almost immediately they are faced with disaster, a strange reunion and a new friend.

The Author truly created a magnificent story line that keeps the readers captivated and glued to its pages. The mystery was superbly written with enough clues unfolding in a timely manner, it kept me guessing and I loved it! It's like having something in the back of your mind but not quite being able to put your finger on it! I cannot wait to re-read this book in the future, now knowing the ending I want to see the clues I missed the first time.

The whole book was imaginative, from the concept of the Unreality House, to the Fortune City, the Book of Days and the Days themselves...WOW is all I can say, I'm yet to find a book apart from The Harry Potter series that blew me away this much with the imagination in the concept, plot and world creation as The Book of Days has.

The characters were well written and I found myself falling in love with them all, the camaraderie amongst the group was truly heartfelt and it was truly a pleasure to be part of their journey. I even had a love hate relationship with Sterling and empathised with his heartbreak.

The Book of Days by K.A. Barker is seriously a must read for all those that enjoy YA Fantasy with a dose of Steampunk. The originality and imagination within these pages are truly astounding and it's certainly something one must experience. As Author, John Marsden writes about The Book of Days:-

All Hail K.A. Barker, for giving us something so dazzlingly different! And funny too!

Many Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia 

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Stacking the Shelves #18

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Posting has been sparse for me lately I've got a 6 months old son and I've just been working part-time so it's been very busy, need to get back to the whole getting into schedule and routine, but I will be very soon! 

Books for the week!

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

OMG started this book and it's AHHH-MA-ZING so grab it TODAY!

Huge Thanks to Allen & Unwin!

The School for Good & Evil by Soman Chainani

Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns by John Green Collector's Edition Box Set

Huge Thanks to my #OTSPSecretSister! 

OTSP Secret Sister is a "secret santa" between book readers over a 6 month period! For more info, the next round commences in February 2016, but you need to get in there early so read up on it today! It's the best experience and I'm looking forward to getting to know my sister more :) 

Here's the complete Birthday Package from my lovely Secret Sister! 

That's it for me this week...till next time,

Have a Great weekend! 

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Em & Em by Linda Budzinski ~ Blog Tour Review

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Em & Em by Linda Budzinski 

About The Book

Em & Em

by Linda Budzinski

Release Date: September 15, 2015 
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher/Author through Chapter by Chapter

The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper's editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends - well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her - and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is - Em or Em.


Em & Em by Linda Budzinski is not just a pretty cover, although I absolutely love the cover! Em & Em as the name suggests is somewhat of a coming of age story as a girl in a very serious and mysterious predicament tries to figure herself out.

Emily has witnessed a crime in her hometown of Jersey Shore, forced to move away and be in the Witness Protection Program she, along with her sister and Mother are relocated to a small town and Emily is renamed Ember, hence, Em & Em title. 

I really enjoyed Linda's writing style, she flipped back and forth between present and past and whilst the main story is the present life of "Ember" she flips back to give us little insights into "Emily's" old life, so we are slowly given glimpses on what could've happened to land her in the predicament that she is in. I loved reading this because I was so keen to find out the mystery behind what actually happened and what she actually witnessed, but I also enjoyed reading it because I got a glimpse on how Emily was and how much she's grown since she was Emily.

Linda was also very creative and informative in the Photography aspect, Emily is a Photographer so she goes in depth in describing this as this was Emily's creative release outlet and despite not being a photographer I'm an artist in other ways so I totally appreciated that part too. 

I also loved the secondary characters and the book certainly wouldn't have been the same without them, most especially Claire and Charles, definitely my two favourites. 

Em & Em by Linda Budzinski really grasped me from the beginning right till the end, the mysterious aspect certainly had me glued to its pages but as I was so concerned about what happened with the crime before I knew it I was heavily invested in the characters and the relationships they were forming. Will definitely be checking out Budzinski's other books in the future. 

About The Author

Linda Budzinski

I live in Northern Virginia with my amazing husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer).

I grew up in a tiny town called West Grove, in southeastern Pennsylvania. In the second grade, I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. I majored in journalism in college and now work in marketing and communications.

I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”

My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

I am represented by the wonderful Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger Inc. My first novel, THE FUNERAL SINGER, was released in September 2013 by Swoon Romance, and my second, EM & EM, will be released on September 15, 2015.

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Like it Never Happed by Emily Adrian ~ Top Ten

Like It Never Happened

by Emily Adrian

Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, High School, Chick Lit, Theatre, Fiction


Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

1. Blue Bic ballpoint pens Everything I write, I first write by hand, and these cheap, no-nonsense pens have served me well since high school. Occasionally someone will gift me with a fancier writing   utensil—which can be nice for letters and lists—but for frantically writing three thousand words of narrative in one sitting, I need these. 

2. This guy Hank and I first met on February 3rd, 2011. It was my first winter in Canada (I’m originally from Oregon) and I thought getting a puppy might ease my homesickness. (A strategy I totally recommend.) I fell in love with Hank at first sight. He was slower to warm to me, but once I proved my ability to open a package of hotdogs, he agreed to stick around.

3. A lot of coffee My husband is really horrified by my daily habit of downing two or three cups of coffee before breakfast. My parents do it too. I guess it’s a family tradition.

4. A lot of chocolate This is another addiction of mine. I can’t really remember the last time I went twenty- four hours without chocolate.

5. Enormous bookshelves These shelves are from IKEA and have some masculine Swedish name, like Sven. They get the job done.

6. A bathtub. I’ve lived in some pretty tiny apartments but have so far never had to go without a tub. I’m a fan of reading in the bath—yes, even when using an e-reader, and no, I’ve never dropped it in.

7. The maroon leather jacket pictured here. I bought this in Kensington Market in Toronto about four years ago. I feel best equipped to deal with the world when wearing this thing.

8. This hot sauce This is just a good investment. If your food doesn’t taste like anything, you can make it taste like habanero chiles!

9. Summertime Winter really upsets me. I don’t get any kind of cozy and/or sentimental feelings thinking about snow or scarves or pumpkin-flavored beverages. I’d like to live someplace where it’s always a minimum of seventy degrees.

10. Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye I mean, technically I lived the first twenty years of my life without this book, but since then I’ve read it every year. If you ever suspect you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be a kid, read this. 

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Emily Adrian was born in 1989 in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked as a receptionist while secretly writing books.
Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.


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