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Sunday 20 November 2011

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Title:- Mercy
Author:- Rebecca Lim
Publisher:- Harper Collins
First Published:- November 11, 2010


, a fallen angel who inhabits bodies. She has no prior knowledge on the body she inhabits so she must learn along the way who she has inhabited and how to act as her host would act.

The book begins as Mercy awakes in the body of Carmen Zappota, a shy, choir singer on the way to a yearly singing "camp" where several schools congregate together at the small town of Paradise to rehearse and perform at a yearly concert. 

Carmen is boarding with The Daley's, a grief-stricken family that was still trying to cope with the loss of their daughter two years prior. Lauren Daley, also a singer and touted the next best thing in the small town was kidnapped from her bedroom. Whilst the rest of the town and her parents believe that she is no longer coming home, Ryan Daley, Lauren's twin believes that he can still feel his twin's soul nearby. Ryan has dedicated his life in search for Lauren.

IMM #9

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's purpose is to showcase the books you've acquired/borrowed/purchased. 


All these things I've done by Gabrielle Zevin
If I Die by Rachel Vincent


The Bookaholic's Guide to Book Blogging
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Girl in the Mirror by Cecilia Ahern
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
Petals on the Wind by Virginia Andrews
Reckoning by Lilli St Crow
Dragon's Oath by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Friday 11 November 2011

Fateful by Claudia Gray Review

Title - Fateful
Author - Claudia Gray
Publisher - Harper Collins
Date Published - September 2011
Source - Harper Collins

Goodreads Synopsis 
The RMS Titanic might be the most luxurious ship in the world, but all passenger Tess Davies wants to do is escape her dreary existence as a maid. Trapped in a web of painful memories and twisted family secrets, Tess vows to make a run for it as soon as the ship reaches New York. A new world awaits...and a new life!

Her single-minded obsession shatters when she meets Alec. Handsome and mysterious he captivates her immediately - but Alec has secrets of his own. As she uncovers the darkness lurking beneath his sophisticated surface, Tess discovers a horrifying truth. Werewolves, once only the stuff of nightmares, are real - and they are stalking Alec. Tess' love for Alec puts her in mortal peril, but an even greater danger lies in front of her before their journey on the Titanic is over...

Fateful is another terrific book from the author of the Evernight series, Claudia Gray. The book just grabbed your attention from the very beginning, and it just had you hooked right to the very last page. It's fast-paced, well-written and just a beautiful book as it combined the historical aspects of the Titanic, added with paranormal young adult romance and this book just had it all!

Tess is a ladies servant working for the Lisle family, the eve of her boarding the Titanic, on her way to running an errand she encounters a very strange scenario that had her questioning all that she knew about the world she lived in. She also meets the dashing, despite somewhat being reluctant hero, Alec Marlowe.

Tess boards with the family she serves on the Titanic the following day only to find that her torturer from the day before along with her hero are also aboard the ship. Determined to stay out of trouble, she focuses on doing her job well...after all she doesn't plan to be in service to the Lisles for much longer. Tess strives to leave the family upon docking at New York City to begin a new life for herself.

However, a bunch of strange things begin happening to Tess and she soon discovers a range of secrets, romance and danger within the ship. The story follows Tess as she slowly deciphers the secrets aboard the Titanic and by doing so she falls in love with Alec, the son of a steel entrepreneur. However, their love affair is obstructed by more issues rather than just the class difference between them.

This book is amazing and I devoured it every minute I got. Tess was an amazing protagonist, she was truthful, heroic and a sweet girl. Alec was the perfect gentleman and hero and I was very impressed with his attitude. There are many other secondary characters that made this story whole, including Myriam, Tess' cabin room mate, and Lady Irene, the Lady that Tess serves. I enjoyed Lady Irene as she stood up to her parents, were kind to the servants and saved Tess several times.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the historical and paranormal aspect, and the romance between Alec and Tess. Definitely a must read!

Monday 31 October 2011

IMM #8

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to showcase your newly acquired/borrowed/purchased books. 


The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater Box Set

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire #2)
Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire #5)

Sunday 23 October 2011

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Title:- Lament
Author:- Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher:- Scholastic
Date Published:- January 3rd 2011

Goodreads Synopsis:-
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind...

Lament is a story of forbidden love. Dee is a very shy but musically talented teen, at the preparation of one of her performances she meets a strange and secretive young man, Luke Dillon. They perform a duet together and that's when Luke entered Dee's typical suburban life...that's when things changed and when all things as Dee knew it ended. 

IMM #7

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to showcase your newly acquired/purchased/borrowed books. 


My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #4)


Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire #4)
Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire #6)
Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #6)
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series #2)
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series #3)
Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres (Night Creatures #2)

*Linked to Goodreads

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #3 ~ Books Whose Cover/Titles Made Me Buy It

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday a question/topic is posted and you list your top ten answers. You can link to your Top Ten Tuesday post here

Top Ten Books That Whose Titles or Covers Made Me Buy It

  1. Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike
  2. The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
  4. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Die for Me by Amy Plum
  6. Wither by Lauren de Stefano
  7. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  8. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  9. Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
  10. Here Lies Bridget by Harbison Paige

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Title:- Forgotten
Author:- Cat Patrick 
Date Published:- June 1, 2011

Goodreads Synopsis:-
I remember forwards. I remember forwards, and forget backwards. My memories, bad, boring, or good haven't happened yet. So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens - until someone dies. And after that, it will be forgotten. Here's the thing about me: I can see my future, but my past is blank. I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I'll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won't happen till this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind - just like the boy I love. I can't see him in my future. I can't remember him from my past. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much.

London Lane's memory resets every 4.33am. To be able to live 'normally' she writes herself a note daily before bed and reads it in the morning before she starts her day. Everything is written on her notes including the mundane and the boring, but I suppose if you can't recall the day before, such notes would be vital.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. To participate link to yourself here. Sheila also encourages participants to visit others participating, and by doing so you go into a draw to win a book of your choice from Book Journey's Reading Cafe.

Past Reading
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Currently Reading
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
Exile by Rebecca Lim

Future Reading
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

*Linked to Goodreads

Monday 10 October 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. To participate link to yourself here. Sheila also encourages participants to visit others participating, and by doing so you go into the draw to win a book of your choice from Book Journey's Reading Cafe.

Past Reading
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres

Currently Reading
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks
My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey

Future Reading
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

*Linked to Goodreads

IMM #6

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've purchased/obtained/borrowed in the last week. You can add your own IMM link here.

Saturday 8 October 2011

Friday Weekly Features

To-be-read's:- How big is your pile? Which books keep getting pushed down the stack, but you keep meaning to read it?

A room joke.

I've currently got a lot of books from the library, many are part of a series' so I keep waiting for consecutive books before reading the first book to the series, so a lot keep getting put back at the bottom of the pile as I'm still awaiting for the next book/s.

However, just a few that have been put at the end of the pile because of library books are Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer and Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter. I've read book 1 for both of these series but because they were bought I'm not in a major rush to get through them like I am with my library books. 

If you could pick one character from a book, movie or television show to swap places with, who would it be?

From Television Shows:-
Adrianne Maloof from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
She's filthy rich but still very down-to-earth.

The Kardashians
I'd love the opportunities that they have. Due to their Father's legacy they have so many open business opportunities that many of us normal folks don't have LOL.

Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White - I LOVE her job!

Bella from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - Who doesn't want a rich, handsome, forever young man? Unlike others I actually find the whole Edward Cullen character swoon worthy and I'd love my Husband to be more like Edward Cullen minus the sucking of blood.

This week's Featured Blogs are:-

Thursday 6 October 2011

Bookworm Santa

The Magic Attic

Bree from The Magic Attic and Michelle from Book Briefs is hosting Bookworm Santa aka a Secret Santa but sending out books. 

Rules & Conditions:- 

  • If you sign up for this event, you're PROMISING us that you will, no matter what, fulfill your end of the agreement and send over a book to the blogger. If you have any problems, please come talk to one of us.
  • International people are more than welcome to join :)
  • Sign-ups close at the beginning of December
  • Please do not reveal yourself to your assigned blogger until after December 25th
  • You MUST send over a book before December 10th so that it can arrive to the blogger's house in time for, or a little after Christmas on December 25th.
  • The book MUST be in perfect condition, and listed in your assigned blogger's wishlist.
  • This isn't created as a way to 'get new books.' Our goal through this is to help create new friends.
  • Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you're more than welcome to join us :)
  • You can sign up through THIS FORM. 
Please check out the original link though as it's got more information.

Spread the Christmas cheer everyone and join! 

Saturday 1 October 2011

Friday Weekly Features

What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favourite character?
Going with the premise that the movie won't wreck the book, I'd like to see a lot of great books turned into a movie. I'll list a few of my faves:-

Friday 30 September 2011

Variant by Robison Wells

Title:- Variant
Author:- Robison Wells
Publisher:- Harper Collins
Publishing date:- October 4, 2011
Source:- Netgalley

Available from BookDepository now or via pre-order through Amazon.

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible. - Goodreads
Benson Fisher has been moved from foster home to foster home, so when he finally got accepted for a scholarship at Maxfield Academy, he thought that this was the beginning to his future. He is now able to begin his new life, no one will know him as the "poor orphaned child", he will have a story and he won't be excluded, he may even play a sport, he may even get a girlfriend...

Monday 26 September 2011

IMM #5

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've purchased/obtained/borrowed in the last week. You can add your own IMM link here.

*Linked to Goodreads

Burn Bright by Marianne Pierres
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Entwined by Heather Dixon

Thursday 22 September 2011

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title:- Saving June
Author:- Hannah Harrington
Publisher:- Harlequin Teen
First Published:- May 1, 2011
Source:- Netgalley
Genre:- Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’ 

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why. 

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California. 

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs. 

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.


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