Book Haul/Fortnightly Round-up

30 September 2012

For Review:

Dance Of Shadows by Yelena Black (ARC) : I've already read this...I got it on Wednesday and finished it the same day...I loved it so much but you're going to have to wait a long time for my review I'm afraid as it's requested I review it nearer the time it gets published....sorry!
Slated by Teri Terry : This book looks amazing! I had a little peek at it when I got it and I can't wait to read it so thank you to Teri Terry for sending it to me!
What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) : Squueeeee! I went crazy when I pulled this out the package and saw the lovely finished copy just waiting to be read! I have wanted to read this every since I first heard about it so when I got the chance to review it I literally jumped over the moon in happiness!! OMG ZOE I GOT WHAT'S LEFT OF ME!!!!!! *goes to squeal over it again*.
Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Crewel World ##1) : And another long awaited book that my hands have been itching to turn the pages of! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Luisa for sending this for me to review for Chicklish!
Blink Once by Cylin Busby : I've not heard much about this so I'm pretty excited to read this and don't you just love the cover?!

Belated 6 Month Blogversary + Surprise GIVEAWAY!

28 September 2012

You're probably wondering why on earth I am talking about my six month Blogversary now, when it is passed six months...but to be only just occurred to me!
A seed was planted when Gena Showalter's lovely assistant offered to give me a copy of one of her books for me to have a giveaway for all you lovely people. I immediately accepted...who doesn't?!...and then sat thinking about when I was going to host it.
I thought it should be for a special occasion and I was hoping to collect books to give away for my 1 year blogversary but I didn't want to keep you all waiting (see how kind I am?!) and decided to hold a six month blogversary giveaway instead!
So here I am, rambling on about how this giveaway came about and I can tell you're all sat on the edge of your seats, willing me to get on with it and tell you all what you'll be winning..well..I won't keep you waiting any longer!

You lucky people are going to have a chance of winning...

Interview With Hanifah From DoodleRainbow.

25 September 2012

Today, I have the lovely Hanifah from Doodle Rainbow to answer some questions I have given her.
"I'm Hanifah, a teenage girl from the UK ^^
I'm an artist, bookworm, writer, baker, nerd, dreamer and all round weirdo. Oh, and I love rainbows c:"
How did you discover book blogging?
I don’t know, it just happened! I only really found out about it after I started my blog, as it isn’t just a book blog, but a kind of random weird stuff I do type blog x3

 Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Well; I’m Hanifah and I’m 15 going on 16 years old. I love reading, writing, drawing, painting, baking and dreaming, and my blog is pretty much all of those things rolled into one. I post things I’ve baked, drawn, written and sometimes little musings of mine. ^^

Who inspired you to start blogging?
No one in particular. I’ve wanted to start a blog ever since I was about 10, but I never really did it. I think the thing that pushed me to actually starting a blog was breaking up with my best friend. I was feeling lonely and rubbish and I guess I wanted to shout out to the world, share my feelings with someone.

How did you think of the name for your blog?
I love doodling and I love rainbows! Magic. ^^

What's your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing is that I get to post or write anything I like and pour my soul out without the real life shyness that holds me back from doing so in real life. The worst thing is getting what I want to say into written word.

Do you think you are like any fictional characters?
Um… none come to mind. One day, I’ll write a book with a character just like me me so I can say there is. ^^

Do you like to read or daydream?
I absolutely love doing both <3 p="p">

 If you wrote a book someday, what do you think it would be about?
I have so so many ideas, but the main character would definitely be a girl. It would probably be set in either Victorian or medieval times. It would have lots of adventure and would quite possibly be a fantasy or fairytale.

 Can you tell us the funniest story you have relating to your blog?
It really isn’t that funny, but: When somebody from blogger tagged me and asked me to tag some other people back, and I did, they didn’t respond, and I realised you can’t tag people on wordpress x3

 If you had one day to live, what would you do?
I would write letters to everyone I knew. I would write to friends and family telling them what they meant to me and how much I loved them, and I would write to people I had wronged asking them to forgive me. Then, I would just say my prayers and prepare to die… there isn’t much you can do in a day :(

What are your top 5 favourite books?
Even choosing just five is so hard! So, I just had to do six because I couldn’t choose one to remove.  Here goes (in no particular order):
-       Private Peaceful (by Micheal Morpurgo)
-       Coraline (by Neil Gaiman)
-       Shadow of the Minotaur (by Alan Gibbons)
-       The 13 Treasures (by Michelle Harrison)
-       The Goose Girl (by Shannon Hale)
-       The Sisters Grimm series (by Micheal Buckley)

 If there was a sudden alien invasion, which book would you save and why?
War of the worlds (by H.G.Wells) because it tells us they’ll all die from human infections ;)

Favorite book characters? 
Ani from The Goose Girl (by Shannon Hale), Katy from What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge) , Coraline from the book of the same name (by Neil Gaiman), Puck from The Sisters Grimm Series... plus loads more XD

What are some of your favorite blogs to visit?
Yours (hehe), Emily's Chronicles, Sunday's Breeze and Totally Neevie

Which movie that has been based on a book is your favourite?
Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Just pure awesome.

If you could meet any fictional character for a day, who would it be?
Piper from The Girl Who Could Fly (Victoria Forrester) so she could teach me to fly.

You read books, but do you write them?
Yessir, yes I do!

What are your hobbies aside from reading and blogging?
Baking, drawing, painting, dreaming and talking. ^^

Who Would Play You In A Movie Of Your Life? 
Emma Watson :D

Quick Questions:Ebook, audiobook or print? Good old print
Dogs or cats? Cats!
Inside or Outside? Outside
Romance or thriller? Thriller for sure!
Favourite book cover? The 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison 

REVIEW: The Girl In The Mask by Marie Louise Jensen.

16 September 2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Published: 1st March 2012
Number Of Pages: 311
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished Copy.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, 18th Century.

Sophie's duty is clear: look pretty, behave well, and find a husband as soon as possible. But Sophia hates the social whirl of balls and masquerades - so under the cover of darkness, she secretly swaps her ball gowns for breeches and turns to highway robbery.When one man begins to take a keen interest in her, Sophia must keep her distance - or risk him unmasking her secret life...~From back of book.

 "Stand and Deliver! Hand over your valuables if you value your life!"

Set in Georgian England, fifteen-year-old Sophia is trapped by the limitations of living in a man's world. Forced by her father to give up everything she loves, Sophia is ordered to make a new life in Bath. By day, she is trapped in the social whirl of balls and masquerades. By night, she secretly swaps her ball gowns for breeches, and turns to highway robbery to get her revenge . . . When one man begins to take a keen interest in her, Sophia must keep her distance, or risk unmasking her secret life..~From Goodreads.

I was ecstatic when this book came and landed on my doorstep..well, inside my porch..I had recently read and reviewed a Marie Louise Jensen book before after I had bought it and had loved it, (You can find my review in the ''Review Archive'') so I was curious to see if her most recent book lived up to my expectations.
I warmed to Sophia immediately. She was so likeable and...just like me! She loved to read and we see her passion for reading from the first page. Her care-free life was enviable; read, mess around with her favourite cousin, horse-back rising and pistol shooting, but the unannounced arrival of her father from the West Indies, a stern, harsh man, shatters her perfect world around her.
To punish them, Sophia's father sends Jack to the army, and drags Sophia off to Bath, to teach her how to act 'like a proper, lady'. I despised Sophia's father from the moment he first arrived. He was mean and horrible and he whipped Sophia..just because of her 'un-ladylike conduct' while he was away. My fury threatened to boil over when he burnt her books,poetry and plays, he burnt her precious books!! To me, that is the highest form of evil (!!) and I can just imagine what I would do if someone burnt all my books!..He was so stuck up and sure of himself, determined to believe that by burning her books and taking away her freedom she would eventually bow down to his ideas of a young woman's life. He wasn't proud of his daughter, or happy at all that she showed great potential as a student and was a promising learner. He put her down instead, telling her that her time studying mathematics, Latin and Greek was a time that had been wasted, targeting her as to why she hadn't done any embroidery, or watercolours; and reminding her that her job in life was to be a wife, nothing more and nothing less. All in all..he made me furious!I loved the way Marie Louise Jensen evoked her characters and I also thought the setting was written very powerfully, I could almost smell the rotten water of the Bath springs and the whiff of eggs in the stale air and the scene set before Sophia seemed to come alive before my eyes. Houses of all shapes and sizes jumbled around in a maze of bustle and activity. Little shops and well dressed, refined ladies sampling syllabub's and jellies and men and women frolicking in dirty baths. Bath blossomed before me and stayed like that, vivid and graphic until the last page was turned.

The Girl In The Mask was a poignant, exciting read that kept me hooked from page one. Filled with drama and mystery and packed with secrets, lies, uprisings and highway robberies this book is a definite page turner!!greeing to give me this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Favourite Middle Grade Book: Guest Post By Cliona

13 September 2012

Today I have the lovely Cliona from The Bookster Reviews to fill us in on her favourite middle grade books. Click on the link to go to her blog but before you do this awesome post!

My favourite middle grade books

I LOVE Middle Grade books. I can't choose between MG and YA because that's much too hard! - but I think that Middle Grade books have a quality that YA books just don't have. I don't know what it is, but it's there! So I'm here today on the fantastic Ebony Black Lines to talk about a few of my favourite midde grade books and series!

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
This is one of my favourite ever series - it's funny, intriguing and the characters are awesome! I love Greek mythology and one of the reasons why I love reading these books is learning all about Greek gods and monsters - it's fascinating!

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
This is an odd (but brilliant) book. It's a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, but it's told in short stories that all sort of run into one book. It's really fun to read, and I loved it!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio ( Oh I adored this book too! Read my review HERE )
This book is absolutely amazing! It's about a 10 year old boy with a facial deformity and his life, and it's wonderful! It's one of the best books I've read this year (and indeed ever!) and I'd really recommend it for all age groups!

A Year Without Autumn ( Yes! This book rocks! )
This is a great and original time-travel book. It's fantastic! It's not at all what I was expecting, it's quite heartfelt and is really enjoyable.

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
This is such a cute little book, with wonderful illustrations. Lauren Oliver is an amazing author and it's written beautifully! 

A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis
A fantastic book, with an awesome main character! Kat is feisty and funny, and I love reading about her adventures. 

Thanks so much for the lovely post Cliona!
What are your favourite middle grade books?
Don't Forget To Smile!! :D 

Showcase Sunday #1 - 'The I Requested Too Many Books Edition'.

09 September 2012

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits And Tea.

As this is my first ever Showcase Sunday I am going to do the last two weeks of a great opening! LOL. I got a ton of books that I am now banning myself from reading until I have reviewed the books I have already read but unfortunately, I have library books too which I can't keep my hands off...
Due to the amount of books, I am just going to list them and write a word or two next to them, and then link them back to Goodreads...So..without further ado! *drum roll*

Sent For Review:

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland ; This book looks amazing and the cover is beautiful don't you think? I got a picture of the cover on the postcard Jane Eagland sent me too. :)
Whisper My Name by Jane Eagland ; I love historical novels so thank you Jane Eagland for sending me two of your books!
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine ; Thank you so much to the lovely Kathryn for sending me her d├ębut novel! I have already read it but..I haven't reviewed it yet *blushes* sorry! I will do it as soon as I can I know you're all dying to read some more of my amazing reviews! ;)
The Weight Of Water by Sarah Crossan ; This book is written entirely in verse...yes I know, fabulishious! I have read this one already but I promise you I am working on it...inside my head at the moment.. *.*
Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas ; I've read many different, controversial reviews about this book so it'll be interesting to see what it's like, but I have to admit I squeed when I saw it had come in the post - I think I've been attacked by the Throne Of Glass hype disease so thank you lovely lady over at Bloomsbury! :D