Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Reads!

 
Happy Halloween everyone! Not everyday is Halloween therefore today I'm giving you a special post on scary books that will be perfect to read tonight! I personally love Halloween and would happily spend everyday in a costume with a black cat by my side. I am beyond excited for Halloween this year so I'm here to share the love. Here are some spooky reads for you:
 
 
Hollow Pike
Release Date: 2nd February 2012
Publisher: Indigo
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
Synopsis: Something wicked this way comes...

She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps... Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.
 
I loved this book and it's full of horror and suspense making it a perfect Halloween read! It's a book that will make you keep the light on, even more so, make sure you keep your curtains shut at night. You never know who or what could be watching.
 
 
White Crow
Release Date: 2nd July 2010
Publisher: Orion
Format: Paperback
Pages: 275
 
Synopsis: It's summer. Rebecca is an unwilling visitor to Winterfold - taken from the buzz of London and her friends and what she thinks is the start of a promising romance. Ferelith already lives in Winterfold - it's a place that doesn't like to let you go, and she knows it inside out - the beach, the crumbling cliff paths, the village streets, the woods, the deserted churches and ruined graveyards, year by year being swallowed by the sea. Against her better judgement, Rebecca and Ferelith become friends, and during that long, hot, claustrophobic summer they discover more about each other and about Winterfold than either of them really want to, uncovering frightening secrets that would be best left long forgotten.

Interwoven with Rebecca and Ferelith's stories is that of the seventeenth century Rector and Dr Barrieux, master of Winterfold Hall, whose bizarre and bloody experiments into the after-life might make angels weep, and the devil crow.
 
This is one book that will make your skin crawl. This is the only book that has made me scared while reading, I was gripping the pages not wanting to go on because I was afraid what I would find out. This truly is the perfect Halloween read.
 
 
Possess
Release Date: 23rd August 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 379
 
Synopsis: Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.


Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.
 
Possess is full of scary dolls coming to life and Demons whispering in your ear. It's one to send chills down your spine.
 
 
Dark Inside
Series: Dark Inside #1
Release Date: 24th May 2011
Publisher: Macmillians Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
 
Synopsis: Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to people. Michael can only watch in horror as an incidence of road rage so extreme it ends in two deaths unfolds before his eyes; Clementine finds herself being hunted through the small town she has lived in all her life, by people she has known since childhood; and Mason is attacked with a baseball bat by a random stranger. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it. For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive - at any cost!

Since mankind began, civilizations have fallen - now it's our turn!
 
Dark Inside and the sequel Rage Within are both brilliant! I will only put the first one on here, after all that's where you need to start. This book is brilliant and full of horror and suspense. The baggers are zombie like creatures that are out to get your brains! Be aware and do not stay out after dark!
 
Here's what I will be reading this Halloween:
 
 
Bad Taste in Boys
Series: Kate Grable #1
Release Date: 12th July 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 201
 
Synopsis: Someone's been a very bad zombie.
Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steriods are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town . . . and stay hormonally human.
 
This is more of a funny Zombie book but still it has zombies! I can't wait to read it!
 
 
Salem's Lot
Release Date: 1975
Publisher: Hodder
Format: Paperback
Pages: 751
 
Synopsis: 'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in 'Salem's Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to 'Salem's Lot hoping to cast out his own devils... and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of 'Salem's Lot.
 
Stephen King is the master of horror, and it seems fitting to read this novel on Halloween, doesn't it?
 
There you go then! That's my list of Halloween reads you should try! I hope you do! Is there any spooky books you wish to add to the list, leave your picks in the comments below!
 
Happy Halloween! 
Trick or Treat!
 
 

Monday, 29 October 2012

My First Guest Post!

Hey Guys! I'm just writing this post to let you know my first ever guest post went live today! Jim over at YA Contemporary is currently hosting an 'The Evil That Men And Women Do' theme week to celebrate Halloween. More information about the theme week can be found here. The theme week will focus on evil characters and the most chilling, terrifying YA contemporary fiction.
 
About a month or two ago, Jim asked if any bloggers would like to write a guest post so I volunteered, as it was a great opportunity. The subject of the guest post and theme week would be dark and realistic, and therefore slightly challenging. The guest post I wrote was the Top 5 evilest Men and Women in YA Contemporary fiction. It was a hard list to come up with and even harder to narrow it down to just the top five. I actually really enjoyed writing it and I'm rather proud of it, so please can you all go check it out. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my selections and whether you agree or disagree. Again a huge thanks to Jim for giving me this opportunity, I hope you guys visit during the theme week as some authors have written guest posts that are sure to be brilliant!
 
Follow the link to see my first guest post - Top 5 Evilest Men and Women in YA Contemporary!
 
 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Letterbox Love (#22) + Updates!

 
Hello there my lovely followers! I would like to apologise for the lack of content over the past few weeks. I've been rather busy with assignments for college and last weekend I had to complete three that were due in on the same day! Hence the lack of letterbox love last week. Also there hasn't been any reviews as it took me longer than expected to read The Casual Vacancy By J. K. Rowling, but now that's read and reviewed I should be getting back on track this week! Thank you all for sticking around and all UK and Ireland followers be sure to enter my giveaway for a copy of Breathe By Sarah Crossan, which is linked in the bar to your right. Also apologies for the bad quality photos this week below as my sister has taken my camera with her to France so I was left with just my iPhone!
 
Now onto Letterbox Love:
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
 
This is signed too!
-A signed Ten bookmark from Gretcheb Mcneil!
 
 
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower Goodie Bag
One Notebook, One phone case and one tote bag
These are all awesome, The film was fantastic as was the book!
 
Two Week Wrap Up:
Blog Tour or Guest Post: This or That with Leigh Michael
Blog Tour and Giveaway: Breathe By Sarah Crossan
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!
 

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Casual Vacancy By J. K. Rowling

 
The Casual Vacancy
Release Date: 27th September
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 503
 
Synopsis: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
 
Review: I'm really surprised by how much I loved this book! Let me justify this in more detail before you all shout at me. I am a huge J. K. Rowling fan, Harry Potter will always be one of my favourites but lets just get to the point. When the synopsis was first released, I was actually quite shocked at how boring it sounded, therefore I expected the novel to be a boring novel for adults where it mainly focused on the election. I believed it would be full of political rambling and mostly older folks chatting behind one another's backs. I can happily say I was so so wrong and I enjoyed this book immensely. Yes The Casual Vacancy is what the book revolves around but it isn't just focused on that. We get to see many different people live their lives and how they interact with one another, families, enemies, teachers, addicts, teenagers, the older generation. It is all in here and it is done so well. It is so real, I cannot begin to tell you how good it is with the reality of the situation. All of the characters were real, you could just imagine them in front of you doing whatever their character did best. I have to say I would like to read about these characters again but alas this is a stand alone novel. Also it is wrapped up nicely at the end.
 
The Casual Vacancy begins with Barry Fairbrother literally dropping dead, leaving his wife a widow and his children fatherless. His death has a bigger affect on the small village of Pagford then anyone could have imagined. The rumour of his death spreads like wildfire through the village and results in many different reactions. Barry was an outsider in Pagford, he grew up in the Fields, an estate that is inconveniently joined with Pagford. The true Pagford born did not like this outsider having a place on their council and were happy to see him go. Others were distraught as he was taking Pagford in a new direction, getting rid of all the remaining prejudice, towards the fields. Barry's death leaves an empty seat on the council and a few of the villagers begin to battle over it. This makes the village even more divided, causing friends to betray each other, families torn apart by secrets, couples challenging each other, teenagers at war with their own feelings. Everyone is affected and Pagford will not be the same. Lives will be changed forever, for better or worse.
 
There are many, many characters in The Casual Vacancy and at the beginning I was slightly confused by who was who as there were just so many, but by the end I'd  come to tell them all apart and got to know them all. This in itself must be really hard for a writer and even harder for it to be conveyed properly to the reader. J. K. Rowling has done it again by making some incredible characters who are all unique and more importantly very real. I'm still slightly awe struck by how well the whole thing has been done. It is structured brilliantly and the plot was interesting. The multiple narratives kept the pace moving quickly, allowing the reader to see all sides of the story and it was just fantastic! I would go into more depths of the characters but there were so many and they were all great!
 
Be cautious if you want to read this book as it does contain some dark themes. First of all there is sex, not much but it's there. Drugs play a key part in the book as well as one of the characters is an drug addict. There's abuse from parent to child. There is a lot of swearing, so be aware that it does pop up quite often. There's alcohol and underage drinking and smoking, there's teenagers what do you expect? They all like to break the rules. There's self harm and mental illness, which is heartbreaking to read about, especially as it hits close to home for me. These are a few of the dark subjects in the book but what's done well is that all of these things happen in real life. We may turn a blind eye but behind closed doors this happens, yes it may disgust us and upset us but this stuff happens. J. K. Rowling puts this out there and shows that reality is harsh and some people have to suffer through it.
 
The Casual Vacancy will not be the right book for everyone, I know a few fellow bloggers didn't like it. It will not be right for everyone. I am very surprised by how much I loved it and the impression it left on me. J. K. Rowling has just proved again that she is a fantastic writer and can write about even the grittiest subjects. The Casual Vacancy is a realistic novel about the harshness of life. J. K. Rowling has proved once again her talent as a writer and I look forward to whatever she produces next, not matter how long I have to wait!
 
 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Omens By Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has treated us to another cover reveal of hers yesterday and this one is for her first book in a new adult series. Omens will be the first book in the Omens and Shadows series and will be published next year. Check out the cover below!
 
 
Omens
Series: Omens and Shadows #1
Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: US: Dutton UK: Sphere
Format: Hardcover
 
Synopsis: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
 
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
 
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
 
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
 
This sounds so interesting doesn't it? What i also find intriguing is the English village on the cover, and the English shops! I can't wait to read it!
 
What do you think of the cover? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Loki's Wolves By K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr

I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr so for them to be writing a book together is fabulous! It also sounds so interesting and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Check out the cover below:
 
 
Loki's Wolves
Series: The Blackwell Pages #1
Release Date: 7th May 2013
Publisher: UK: Atom, US: Little Brown
Format: Paperback/Hardcover
 
Synopsis: In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters—wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds—all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history—because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids—led by Matt—will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
 
Oh I love how it looks old! Leave your thoughts on the cover below! 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Breathe By Sarah Crossan Blog Tour + Giveaway!

 
Welcome to my stop on the Breathe Blog tour! Each blog will have a question for Sarah Crossan and on each tour stop you will find the answer. Also if you're from the UK or Ireland you can enter to win a copy of the book, further down in this post!
 
My Question: Two of your main characters fall in love during the course of the book. Do you have a favourite fictional couple?
 
Sarah Crossan: My favourite fictional couple are Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. Elizabeth never changes for him; he has to accept her as she is, and when he does, he realises that she totally rocks! Mr Darcy doesn’t change all that much either apart from being a tad less curmudgeonly. Real love doesn’t ask you to be someone you aren’t—Austen taught us that!
 
Thank you Sarah! I totally agree! Here's more about Breathe:
 
 
Breathe
Series: Breathe #1
Release Date: 11th October 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
 
Synopsis: When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.
 
You can find my review of Breathe By Sarah Crossan Here!
 
 
About the Author:
 
 
Sarah Crossan grew up in Ireland and England, and then moved to the US, where she now lives. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Since completing a Masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.
 
 
Giveaway:
Bloomsbury have kindly offered the prize of one paperback copy of Breathe to one of you lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is use the rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is for UK and Ireland only! The prize will be sent out by Bloomsbury so I will not be held responsible for lost packages. By entering this giveaway, you give me permission to pass your details over to Bloomsbury so they can send out your prize. Good Luck!
 
 
 
Thank you to Sarah for stopping by and to Bloomsbury for hosting the Blog Tour!
 
 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Blog Tour and Guest Post: This or That With Leigh Michael

 
This or That with Leigh Michael
 
Leigh Michael is a debut author… so you probably don’t know much about her. Let’s change that! Take a look at the 10 facts below. To learn even more, be sure to check out The Wormhole from October 8, Reader Girls on October 22, and Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers on October 27 Enjoy!
 
Cat or Dog
I like cats, but I choose Dog. More specifically, I’d say goldendoodles (like mine).
 
Chocolate or Fruity
Fruity. I know most girls prefer chocolate, but I dunno, I’m a Swedish Fish, Starburst, Twizzlers, and gummy bear kinda gal.
 
True Blood or The Vampire Diaries
Vampire Diaries.
 
Sookie Stackhouse Novels or The Vampire Diaries
Sookie Stackhouse Novels.
 
Pepsi or Coke
Coke
 
Apples or Oranges
Apples.
 
Mac or PC
Mac. All the way.
 
NFL or NCAA
I love watching college football. Really, I prefer collegiate sports versus professional ones (with the exception of MLB).
 
Edward or Jacob
Edward.
 
Morning or Night
Morning. However, this wasn’t always the case. I used to be a night owl, but I’m slowly becoming a morning bird.
 
Do you have anything in common with Leigh? Sound off below in the comments :)
Also, be sure to stop by Leigh Michael Books on October 31stfor a Trick or Treat surprise!
 

 
Series Summary: Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.

She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.

With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?
 
Purchase Information:
Sprite (Annabelle’s Story Part One) can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes& Noble
 
Kin (Annabelle’s Story Part Two) can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
 
About the Author:
 
Leigh Michael is an author of YA fiction. She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before writing her debut series, Annabelle's Story. Leigh lives in Washington, DC with her husband and goldendoodle. Please learn more about Leigh and her works at www.LeighMichaelBooks.com.
 
Contact Info:
 
Huge Thanks to Leigh for stopping by! I really recommend her books as I loved them! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!
 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

UK Cover Reveal: Scent of Magic By Maria V. Snyder

I can't believe I missed this when it was released on Friday! I am a huge Maria V. Snyder fan and Scent of Magic is one of my highly anticipated reads of this year! Now we have the cover and it's gorgeous! Check it out:
 
 
Scent of Magic
Series: Healer #2
Release Date: 18th December 2012
Publisher: Mira
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
 
Synopsis: Hunted, Killed—Survived?
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avery of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avery is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avery will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avery is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.
 
I love this cover! It just looks so good! I am a huge fan of all of Snyders UK Covers, they really are the icing on the cake! All of them are in my list of favourite covers and this has just been added too!
 
Here's the first cover for comparison, Which is also awesome!
 
 
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
 


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Letterbox Love (#21)

 
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
 Another Small haul this week! Apologies for the lack of reviews, I'm currently battling my way through The Casual Vacancy! Anyway I'm hosting two awesome blog tours this week and a giveaway so be sure to check back then!
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
 
Thank you Hodder for sending me this!
 
Huge Thanks to Frank for sending me this signed and personalised copy! I love it so much!
 
Thanks to Jill for sending me this!
 
This book is huge! Plus it has a gorgeous cover! I need to read the first two books but I can't wait! Thank you to puffin for this!
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
 
Also the winner of the Forbidden Mind Giveaway has been emailed! If you're Samina, check your email inbox Please!
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!

Friday, 12 October 2012

US Cover Reveal: Dance of the Red Death By Bethany Griffin

I loved Masque of the Red Death when I read it earlier in the year and I am super excited for the second book to see what happens next! This week the US cover for Dance of the Red Death, book two was revealed and it's rather unique! It fits in so perfectly to the first cover and the colours look great together! I might have to buy the US edition just for the cover! Without further ado here it is:
 
 
Dance of the Red Death
Series: Masque of the Red Death #2
Release Date: 23rd April 2013
Publisher: US-Greenwillow, UK- Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
 
Synopsis: The sequel to Masque of the Red Death, which Melissa Marr called, “Haunting and beautiful.” Araby Worth is poised either to save her city, or to abandon it. In a novel that embodies dark, sexy, tragic, and fearless, Bethany Griffin concludes her incredible, atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story.
 
 
Araby Worth’s city is on fire. Her brother is dead. Her best friend could be soon. Her mother is a prisoner, her father is in hiding. And the two boys who stole her heart have both betrayed her. But Araby has found herself, and she is going to fight back. Inspired by one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most compelling stories, “The Masque of the Red Death,” Bethany Griffin has spun two sultry and intricate novels about a young woman who finds herself on the brink of despair but refuses to give in. Decadent masquerades, steamy stolen moments, and sweeping action are set in a city crumbling from neglect and tragedy. A city that seeps into your skin. Dance of the Red Death is the riveting conclusion to the dark and fascinating saga of an unforgettable heroine.
 
Oh my, doesn't it sound brilliant!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
Here's the first cover for comparison!
 
 
What do you think of the cover? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
 
 


Monday, 8 October 2012

Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down By Chris Ould

 
Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down
Series: Street Duty #1
Release Date: 1st October 2012
Publisher: Usborne
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
 
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Ashleigh Jarvis is so scared and running so fast that she doesn't see the truck that knocks her down. Holly Blades is sixteen and a new type of policewoman - a T.P.O. or Trainee Police Officer - a new team of teenagers, recruited early and fast-tracked into the police force. After only two weeks on the job, Holly is first on the scene of the road traffic accident. But when her routine assignment of accompanying Ashleigh to hospital reveals a shocking secret about the young girl, Holly becomes convinced that there is more to the incident than she first thought. Unable to persuade her superiors that they should dig deeper however, Holly is forced to embark on a course of action which may reveal the truth, but which could also end her career in the police before it has really started...

Gritty, gripping and completely compelling, "Street Duty" brings the very real world of the police force into the teen arena.
 
Review: I'm honestly quite surprised by how much I liked this book! It was so much better than I thought it would be! The only thing that put me off was the cover, it just doesn't seem to fit too well for me, after reading the book I can see why it is, what it is but I think it could have been better. Anyway past that the synopsis is very intriguing and it interested me right away. After all how many young adult crime books are there with a female heroine? Not many. It was great to see a young female take her place in the mainly male world of police officers. Don't get me wrong I know there are plenty of women Police officers but It's interesting to see a male writer tackle a female police officer instead of a male one. Nevertheless Ould does a brilliant job writing this novel! Another thing that is really interesting is that he has written a few episodes of the bill amongst other TV programmes. He has gathered all of his experiences together to create this incredible fast paced novel about youth crime in the modern world.
 
Street Duty follows Holly Blades, a trainee police officer who is trying to figure out how the police force works. Straight away Holly is taken to the scene of Road Traffic collision where a young girl has been run over. The thing that Holly finds odd is that the girl is wearing no shoes. Why would she be wearing no shoes on a cold night? What was she running from that made her miss the sight of the truck that knocked her over? So many questions confront Holly as she realises that this wasn't just a typical accident it was actually so much more. Holly and her fellow police officers have to weave the way into the girls life and find out all about her, even if that means crossing into the estate, home of the Kaddy boys, a city gang. She needs to find out the truth before it's too late.
 
There were many characters in this novel but it never gets confusing, each character was distinctly unique. I also liked how it was written from multiple perspectives giving the reader an insider look to the case and the people tangled up in it. The characters were all great, Holly was my personal favourite. She had such a strong need for justice for Ashleigh, the girl who was run over. She knows something isn't right and she battles on to find the truth even when her elders tell her to stop. She's strong willed and won't give up when she knows she is right. We also got to see into the minds of Drew Alford and Ryan Atkins, two gang members who are rivals. It was interesting how well their thoughts and feelings reflected those of similar people in the real world.
 
I think Chris Ould has a amazing YA crime novel under his belt here and I think many people should read it, it really shouldn't be missed! Street Duty Case one: Knock Down is a thrilling fast paced novel about Crime in the modern world. The novel really is a page turner that keeps the reader engrossed from page one. I loved how easy it was to bond with the characters. The multiple perspectives kept the book quick moving and kept the reader guessing. It was written so perfectly and it’s wrapped up nicely at the end. I cannot wait to read the next adventures of the TPOs!
 
 

 

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Letterbox Love (#20)

 
Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.
 
A smaller haul this week but all of these look so good! I've been rather busy with college this week so i apologise that the blog hasn't been as active as normal. Thank you for dropping by today and remember to enter to win an ebook of Forbidden Mind here!
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
 
Thank you Hodder for sending me this!
 
I have heard so much great stuff about this book and now I have a copy! I am beyond excited to read it! What makes it even more awesome is that the author is only 18 years old! Thank you so much to Harper Collins for this!
 
I wasn't expecting these so they were a surprise! They all sound really interesting so Thank you to Indigo for sending them out!
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
Giveaway, Blog Tour and Guest Post: Forbidden Mind By Kimberly Kinrade
 
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!
 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Cover Reveals: The Elite, The Prey and Night School Legacy

There has been some awesome cover reveals this week. I'm posting them all together here, they are The Elite By Kiera Cass, The Prey By Andrew Fukuda and Night School Legacy By C.J. Daugherty! Without further ado:
 
 
 
The Elite
Series: The Selection #2
Release Date: 23rd April 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
 
Synopsis: The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
 
I like this cover more than the first one, the colours just fit so well together!
 
 
The Prey
Series: The Hunt #2
Release Date: 31st January 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
 
Synopsis: For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.
 
This is the UK Cover for The Prey! I wasn't sure about what I would think when the new cover design came out for the Hunt but I think it really works for The Prey. The Water element is shown so well and I really like it!
 
 
 
Legacy
Series: Night School #2
Release Date: 17th January 2013
Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
 
Synopsis: In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn't hurt...But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could've imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart...
 
Oh I love the building on this cover and the snow! All of it!
 
So which one is your favourite? I would love to see what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments!