Monday, 31 December 2012

My Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2013!

Welcome to the final post in what's going to be a series of the Top or Best of my reads in 2012 and also what I'm looking forward to in 2013. Of course these are all of my own personal opinions and I would love to hear your thoughts on my selections.
 
This final post is going to feature the debut novels I cannot wait for that are released in 2013! This post will only show debut novels, if you're looking for sequels etc then check out my previous post. Anyway, there have been many debut authors who I've been following for a while now and finally in 2013 we will be able to see their work. I love that the readers get to go on this journey with them. In no particular order, here are my most anticipated Debut Novels of 2013:
 
 
 
Series: The Falconer #1
Release Date: 30th May 2013
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
 
Synopsis: Lady Aileana Kameron can sing, paint prettily, and murder the fae as easily as dancing a waltz. But how far is she prepared to go for vengeance . . . ?

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18 year old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events - right up until a faery kills her mother.

Now it's the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways.

But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Nor is she at all prepared for the revelation he's going to bring. Because Midwinter is approaching, and with it an eclipse that has the ability to unlock a Fae prison and begin the Wild Hunt.

A battle looms, and Aileana is going to have to decide how much she's willing to lose - and just how far she'll go to avenge her mother's murder.
 
I've followed Elizabeth May's photography for a couple of years now and when I found out she was writing a novel I was so excited! 2013 is the year I will finally get to read it! It's also set in scotland and I love how beautiful everything is there! There is so much in this book that I'm looking forward too!
 
 
Release Date: 6th June 2013
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
 
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all - not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.
 
I found out about this through Amy's blog and ever since I've been dying to get my hands on a copy! It just sounds so good, doesn't it? The whole idea is so unique and I'm so excited for it!  
 
 
 
Release Date: 5th March 2013
Publisher: Tor (US)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
 
Synopsis: 16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli’s dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
 
I can't wait for this! I love the cover, it really pulls me in and the book itself sounds so awesome!
 
 
 
Release Date: 29th January 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
 
Synopsis: Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.
 
It was the cover of this book that really drew me in and after reading so many contemporaries this year, this sounds brilliant!
 
 
 
Release Date: 2nd April 2013
Publisher: Abrams
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
 
Synopsis: In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
 
I love a good ghost story and this one seems to be a good place to start! Just look at the creepy cover!
 
 
 
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Release Date: 2nd January 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 312
 
Synopsis: The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.
 
Here's another fantasy novels that's been buzzing on my radar all year! I can't wait to pick it up!
 
 
 
Series: The Madman's Daughter #1
Release Date: 29th January 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
 
Synopsis: In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.
 
Another gorgeous cover and a title that screams at me! This is at the top of my list for next year!
 
 
 
Release Date: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Point
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
 
Synopsis: Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP meets THE SIXTH SENSE in this spine-tingling, unforgettable debut.

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.
 
I stumbled upon this recently and it just sounds so interesting!
 
 
 
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 361
 
Synopsis: An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.
 
This is a book that reviewers have said so many good things about and I just want to read it already!
 
Well there you go! My Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2013! There are so many good books coming out next year that it was so hard to narrow it down but there you go! I would love to hear which books you're looking forward to most in 2013, leave a comment and let me know. There's still time to check out my other posts in this series! For now though, I wish you all a Happy New Year! Have a good one!
 

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Letterbox Love (#27) - Christmas Edition!

 
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.
 
Woo! This is a Christmas Edition of Letterbox Love! It will feature all the brilliant books I received over the Christmas period. I hope you all had a smashing time and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  Also apologies for the bad photos this week, it was kind of a last minute rush when putting things away!
 
Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
 
 
I love Sherlock so much so this is perfect!
I've always loved Claudia's character and to see the story from her point of view would be brilliant!
Yes! I'm a Doctor Who Geek and I needed this!
My sister actually received this and I kinda borrowed it!
 
 
I received so much Brave stuff but this book is just so gorgeous!
 
 
-Exploring Britain's - Historic Houses
I love History too and I have a very keen interest in all old buildings!
 
 
Downton Abbey, is such a great program! I needed this companion book in my life.
I received this from my Nan and it's full of great information!
 
 
This is a book I asked for as I love King's work and would love to read his writing advice.
 
There you go! All my Christmas books except those I received from my secret Santa! They will be in a post next week!
 
Weekly Wrap Up:
 
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!
Happy New Year!
 

Friday, 28 December 2012

My Most Anticipated Releases of 2013!

Welcome to the fourth post in what's going to be a series of the Top or Best of my reads in 2012 and also what I'm looking forward to in 2013. Of course these are all of my own personal opinions and I would love to hear your thoughts on my selections.
 
This post is going to showcase my most anticipated releases of 2013. This post will include all sequels, stand alones and books starting a new series etc. But it will not show debuts because that post will be up in a few days. There are so many books I can't wait to read next year so these are only a small few but these are the ones that really stand out to me right now. Because these are out next year, not all covers or descriptions will be available right now, so apologies in advance. Unlike my other posts I will include the synopsis of the book here so you can see what awesomeness there is to look forward to in the coming year. Here they are in no particular order:
 
 
 
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Release Date: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Synopsis: Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
 
 
 
Series: Soul Screamers #7
Release Date: 19th March 2013
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Synopsis: What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America?

It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she–and her gang–make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken...
 
 
 
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Release Date: 19th March 2013
Publisher: Walker
Format: Hardback (US) Paperback (UK)
Pages: 496
Synopsis: In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it's too late. As Jem's health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves — even if it means never seeing the other one again?
 
 
 
Series: Fire and Thorns #3
Release Date: 2013
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback
 
Synopsis: Unavailable at this time.
 
 
 
Series: The Grisha #2
Release Date: 4th June 2013
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback
 Pages: 448
 
Synopsis:Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
 
 
 
Series: Finishing School #1
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
 
Synopsis: It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail's legions of fans have come to adore.
 
 
 
Series: The Progran #1
Release Date: 30th April 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
 
Synopsis: In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
 
 
 
Series: Riders of the Apocalypse #4
Release Date: 16th April 2013
Publisher: Graphia
Format: Paperback
 
Synopsis: Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?

Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world’s only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.

This heart-pounding final installment of the Riders of the Apocalypse series looks at the value of life, the strength of love, and how a small voice can change everything . . . forever.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Release Date: 2013
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
 
Synopsis: Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.
 
 
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Series: Earth Girl #2
Release Date: 15th August 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
 
Synopsis: The highly anticipated follow-up to Janet Edward’s sensational YA sci-fi debut, Earth Girl.

18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?
 
 
 
Series: Cainsville #1
Release Date: 20th August 2013
Publisher: 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.
 
 
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Series: Lorien Legacies #4
Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Format: Hardcover
 
Synopsis: Not available.
 
So there you have it, my most anticipated releases of 2013! Just thinking about them makes me so excited! I would love to know what you're waiting for next year, leave a comment below! Check back on Monday for my most anticipated Debuts of 2013.
 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

White Horse By Alex Adams

 
White Horse
Series: White Horse #1
Release Date: 29th April 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
 
Synopsis: When I wake the world is gone. Only fragments remain. And then I remember...

Then:
Her life may have taken a couple of wrong turns but thirty-year-old Zoe is trying to make the best of what she has. A part time cleaning job to pay for college, a weekly appointment with her therapist to straighten out the problems in her life. The same problems that any thirty-year-old girl would have. Nothing major. Nothing too life threatening. A few bad dreams. It's all going to be fine.

Now:
There is no other thought but survival. And so begins a treacherous post-apocalyptic trek across a desolate world in search of a life for her unborn baby.Through the remains of what was once civilization, Zoe crosses continents strewn with fellow survivors, knowing the only thing that can keep her sane is normal human decency. But acts of kindness are few and far between in a world where untold horrors exist around every corner, where food and water is in desperately short supply, and the only chance of happiness is half a world away.
 
Review: When I first saw this book, bear in mind it had the US cover at the time, I believed it was a YA post-apocalyptic novel. First things first this is not a YA novel, in no way has this been written to be aimed at a younger audience. One of the things I loved about this book was the writing, how it was harsh and hit straight to the point but also the way it flowed so well. It's one of those books where the writing itself is mature, detailed and full of depth. You can tell just how much time Alex Adams has put into her writing to perfect it to convey the correct emotion. This novel was on top form from start until finish, the whole thing was rather haunting. White Horse deals with many dark topics, it is the end of the world after all. We see people change in these dark times and how even now they still have needs. So many lessons need to be learnt and many people cannot be trusted. It truly is survival of the fittest.
 
White Horse is written in two different time segments. You have before the end of the world which is Then and Now, which is after the Apocalypse. This allows the reader to see into Zoe's world and how her normal routine went and all the relationships she had. Her life is disrupted when a strange jar is found in her apartment. Seeking help from her friends she does not dare touch it herself. Her mind begins to play tricks on her so she seeks help, the thing is she cannot bring herself to tell him the truth about the jar and her suspicions. After all nothing could possibly go wrong, right?
 
In the now part of the novel, Zoe is currently pregnant and she wants to find the father of the baby. She sets out to trek around the world in hope to find him alive. After all the plague and war have killed so many, there are very few survivors. Zoe is trying to keep her humanity in check and not fall into the darkness that will switch it off. Not far into her trek she encounters a rather nasty doctor, whose humanity has long been distinguished. She must keep her baby safe and find her way to her partner. Trouble is around every corner and things will not goes as smoothly as she liked.
 
Zoe is a very interesting heroine. She's very mature and tries to stay calm and collected, but the past will soon catch up with her. Grief and sorrow for her loved ones will hit her, also fierce protection for her child. The most important thing is the reader wants Zoe to survive, we become attached and with her back story we just cheer her on even more. We want a happy ending for her but in the end of the world can it be possible?
 
Right, the villain is the Swiss. He is a seriously creepy man who wants to experiment on all the plague survivors. He literally cuts them open while they're alive, his humanity is long gone. Instead he thinks he's playing god while saving the future race at the same time. There was just nothing likable about him at all. He was one scary antagonist that sent chills down your spine.
 
I'm going to talk a little bit about what led to the end of the world in White Horse as there were more than one factors in the destruction. The first one being a plague or disease named White Horse after  one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the rider also known as pestilence. This man made disease was distributed to humanity and soon it spread to a world wide plague. This disease will either kill the host or mutate them into some very frightful things. Both will lead to the destruction of the individual. The second thing was scientists trying to control the weather, this lead to shift in the environment of which the final result would be very catastrophic. Then there is war too, it is always devastating and this is no different. Each of these plays a key role in the Apocalypse and brings about the end of the world in White Horse.
 
White Horse is an incredible debut novel about trying to keep sane in desperate times. It also shows the importance of clinging on to your humanity until the very end. There are many tough truths and life lessons in the novel and each are of high importance. The writing is superb and full of depth. I really did love this book and I hope this review does it justice.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

 
Hello my lovely followers! This is just a quick post to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a truly wonderful day full of fun and cheer! The blog will be running normally over the holiday, as I've scheduled many posts to go live! Once again have a Magical Christmas and I want to thank you for sharing it with us here at Read, Write and Read Some More!
 

Monday, 24 December 2012

My Top 12 Reads Of 2012

Welcome to the third post in what's going to be a series of the Top or Best of my reads in 2012 and also what I'm looking forward to in 2013. Of course these are all of my own personal opinions and I would love to hear your thoughts on my selections.
 
Right, now this is the big one, My Top Reads in 2012. This can include debuts, old books, new books, borrowed books, all books, all genres, no limits. This is where I showcase my favourite books of the year, and because it's 2012 I've chosen my 12 favourites. This list has been very hard to narrow down as it's been a fantastic reading year for me. Also this list is in no particular order, if I had to do that I would be sitting here all day trying to figure it out. So without further ado, My Top Reads of 2012:
 
 
 
This book will stay with me forever. It's one i can relate to in so many ways and it's just written perfectly. Like I mentioned in my review, this is my book. It will be the one that stays with me where ever I go. It had and has such a strong effect on me I wouldn't ever want to leave it behind. The writing is beautiful and the whole novel just flowed flawlessly. Just check out my review and then get your hands on a copy. Consider it my holiday gift to you.
 
 
 
The epic finale to my all time favourite series. Oh how i did not want to depart the Otherworld, alas it had to happen. Kelley Armstrong wrote the perfect ending in 13, the perfect ending for the plot, her characters, the series and also herself. It couldn't have been dealt with any better. The Women of The Otherworld series is one I recommend to all paranormal fans.
 
 
 
This is the first book of Snyder's that I read and it's the one that made me fall in love with her work. I now own all of her novels and am in the process of reading all short stories. She is a very talented author, who can work across genres, which is a talent in itself. (Her Insider series is dystopian and it's brilliant.) Back to the book, I don't know what to say, everything was just great in it. It's an incredible book set in a well fleshed out fantasy world which you can fall into for hours. It too is one I will love for a long while, if not forever.
 
 
 
The Gathering Dark is Leigh Bardugo's debut novel and it is truly enchanting. It's a very unique YA fantasy novel and one of the best debuts I've read. Just look at the cover for a start, it easily reflects the richly detailed world of the Grisha but also the darkness beginning to seep in. It's a gorgeous cover that reflects and even better book. If you haven't read this yet, I do recommend it.
 
 
 
These books just keep getting better and better. I just love the premise behind the novel and how the Garde have all different powers. It is just so awesome. Excuse me while i go and geek out again. This sci-fi novel isn't just for boys, I loved it. The girls in the novel have a fair share of action and excitement. I love these novels and I cannot wait for the next one, whenever that will be out. The whole background in these novels is incredible, it is so vast and detailed. It just makes the novels even better. I'm getting all excited just remembering what happened, maybe we should go to the next novel?
 
 
 
Earth Girl is a dystopian novel that has so much more depth than the other dystopian novels floating around. This is not your typical dystopian novel, it's not based on romance like most are today. No this one is all about the adventure and the pressure of proving yourself when you know you are different. Jarra is a very feisty main character, one who will not step away from a challenge no matter how dangerous it will be. Earth Girl is an incredibly well written novel with believable characters and an intriguing plot, you should all read it!
 
 
 
This is the sequel to Dark Inside and it's even better than the first book. It's dark, spooky and will cause a chill to go down your spine, sending shivers through your body. It's a post apocalyptic novel about a group of teenagers trying to cling on to their humanity while the world falls apart around them.  It's a heart-pounding, hair-raising roller coaster of fear and scary truths, that make the reader grip onto the book from start until finish.
 
 
 
This is another novel that left such an impression on me. Pushing the limits contains life lessons that some people have to learn when they are way too young. It shows life is cruel and hard but there are things worth fighting for. The characters were incredible in this book, they were so fleshed out and real, I could practically hear their brains ticking over with each thought. If you please read my review of this, it conveys my emotions so much more than I'm doing now.
 
 
 
This too was an incredible addition to the Graceling Realm series. In my opinion it's the strongest book of the series. Bitterblue is just an incredible character, we've watched her grow so much since the first book and now we see her as a wise young queen who will lead her people the right way. Its a book about secrets and lies and the harsh truths which you can never be prepared for. It's a beautifully written book, with wise advice and an intelligent heroine!
 
 
 
This is one of the lesser know books on my list but it is very good. It's a rare gem hidden in a pile of books. I wasn't expecting it to blow me away but it did. A Long Long Sleep is all about moving on from the past while trying to cope with a whole new future. This may sound simple but try it after being stuck in a stasis for 62 years and then being awoken to find all your friends and family long gone. There's mystery woven into the plot as well, after all how did she get put into a stasis and left for 62 years. Just thinking about this book makes me want to read it again. I freaking loved it.
 
 
 
I loved everything about Throne Of Glass, the strong willed, kick ass main character, the fast paced action, the plot that reeled you in but most of all the writing itself was rather astounding. This cover is rather kick ass is it not? Well the story is too so you wont be disappointed.
 
 
 
This is most beautifully written novel I've ever read. Lauren DeStefano is a very talented writer and one who has a way with words. Wither is a truly breathtaking debut novel, that pulls the reader inside and doesn't stop to let them look back. The world was well described and so different to what I was expecting, the haunting reality of what could happen in the future will hit you hard and see that it isn't as impossible as it seems. If you love the written word then this novel is one for you.
 
There you go my lovelies, My Top 12 Reads of 2012. It's been a brilliant year for me book wise and it was really hard to narrow this list down but there you are! I would love to hear your thoughts on my selections, just leave a comment below. Check back later on in the week for my anticipated reads of 2013.