doorstep delights #5 {the MEGA edition}

30 October 2013

Doorstep Delights. is a weekly feature {well, i try! It usually ends up being a fortnightly post but you can do it as often as you like really, there's no limit} , hosted by me, where i show everyone all the books//book related swag i have received that week for review, books i have bought or borrowed from the library, or even books i have won or been given.  If you want to join feel free to, just make sure you put the button on the right somewhere within the post and mention that it is hosted by It Was Lovely Reading You.
Thank you. -Happy reading xo-
Can anyone even remember when i last did a book haul?! It seems like ages, and i have a humongous pile of books to show you now..I have linked them all for you *sigh* {do i get a cookie?} although it took aaaaagggggeeessss...I'm pretty sure i've missed some books out but i really couldn't remember what i'd got since last time so sorry. But without further ado, here are all the books i *think* i got this past few weeks. Or...this past month? Haha i really don't know.
*A massive thank you to Harper Collins, Orion, Quercus, Amber, Penguin, Bloomsbury, Random House, Ruby, Curious Fox, Zoe, Kate Maryon, Zoe B, Guardian Children's Books, Lisa M Forester, Holly Smale, Templar, Hot Key, Rachel, Hodder, Erin Albert, Macmillan, Sharon Sant and Chicken House.
What did you get this week? Link me up and i'll take a look! Have you read any of the books i got? What did you think?

the book list: what I'm taking on holiday

26 October 2013

I am going to be going on holiday today, so i decided to share with you all the books i am taking with me. (NOTE: I am going away for a week and the journey there is LONG, hence the amount of books).
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. - from goodreads
what can i say other than ASDFGHJKL ALLEGIANT. All i've been doing is dodging spoilers so far, and i've managed to evade the *huge* one some people have stumbled upon. THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU LITTLE MUNDIE FOR RUINING SOME PEOPLE'S READING EXPERIENCES *shakes fist* I've heard so many scary things about the ending but ahhhhh...
It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.
But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.
Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.
- From Goodreads
Having just done the 1920s in my history GCSE I am SUPER excited to read this, I've heard loads of good things about it and i do love a bit of historical fiction. Also, the cover is gorgeous and big books are perfect for long journeys!
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.
This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.
There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.
These people are dangerous.
And wanted. Desperately wanted.
Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.
But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive ... - from goodreads
This book looks awesome. I have a hardback. I'm also a fearsome dreamer. Need i say more?
The Bourne Identity meets Inception in this futuristic YA thriller.
For years, Elissa has suffered nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she's promised a cure, and an operation is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, Elissa discovers the truth: she's seeing the world through another girl's eyes. A world filled with wires, machines and pain. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl. A girl who looks exactly like her. A twin she never knew existed. Elissa and her twin Lin go on the run, but even after changing their looks and clothes, they're barely a step ahead of the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking them down. For Lin and Elissa are too valuable to let go, and the dark truth at the heart of it all is too shocking to risk exposing...
-from goodreads
I've been wanting this book for absolutely ages and then Amber very kindly sent it to me, i may have jumped up and down in delight...(this book had BETTER be good...;))
Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear.
In one extraordinary summer the lives of two young people will change forever, in a tense and gripping historical drama from Lydia Syson, the author of the acclaimed A WORLD BETWEEN US. - from goodreads
As i said before, I LOVE historical fiction, andd i've heard great things about this! :D Although i have Lydia Syson's debut novel as well, i decided to take this one, not sure why..I think it appeals to me more? :)
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival. - from goodreads
To be honest i had actually never heard of this book until i stumbled upon it in The Works, it was 3 for £5 and it looked interesting so i decided to buy it. When i got home i looked it up on goodreads and read some reviews. It looks like my sort of thing so i am excited to read it and am really glad i happened upon it. :)
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. - from goodreads
So there's kind of a funny story to go with this book. When i got it i stroked the cover (it's so pretty!), saw the two faces on it and got all excited to read it then put it in my bookshelf for later. A while later i was color-coded my book shelf (^_^) and took the book out, but saw two weird, objects looking like they were sucking stuff out of each other on the cover, no faces. It was still the same book but i got kind of freaked out thinking, OMG THE COVER CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED WHO DID THIS AAAH. And as i was holding it i tipped the book slightly downwards and the faces appeared again (because of the different angle it changed my perspective on the cover image) so then i was all O___________O WHAT'S HAPPENING, until i realized it was just the way you look at it that depended on what you see... #awkward (and yes i am hash-tagging in a blog post. ;P)
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. - from goodreads
This is another book i snapped up as it was on offer at Waterstones and...i liked the cover...also it reminded me slightly of Angel by L.A Weatherly which i enjoyed. I looked it up when i got home and all the reviews look amazing and, it's a pretty short book, which will be a nice break from the massive ledgers i'm taking with me!
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. - from goodreads
When i got this i was really excited for it, having heard rave reviews for it, then i started hearing mixed opinions on it, some were totally against this book, some loved it. My dad read it before me and he said it was ok, 'nothing amazing', one of my friends's DNF'd it, another gave it 5 i was kind of torn between wanting to read i to see what i thought, and not wanting to be let down. But now..i guess it's time for me to dive in and see for myself what everyone is talking about! If nothing has an AMAZING cover..;P
Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practice the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.
Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.
Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series. - from goodreads
Having one this i had to put it on the side so my review books could take priority so I hadn't been able to read it yet but now..I do! :)
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. - from goodreads
I won Prodigy, the second book in this series ages ago on Megan's blog and only just got the first one, finally! I haven't heard such good things about the first one as I have the second to be honest, but i'm going to give it a try, and even if i don't like it amazingly, i will still probably read the second, just to see if what everyone said is true. ;)
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team. - from goodreads
HISTORICAL FICTION FTW! Having LOVED Rose Under Fire when i read it about a month ago i decided i was definitely taking it with me. I would have read it earlier but i didn't think i could cope with reading two of Elizabeth Wein's novels one after the other! I have heard most people saying they enjoyed this book better than Rose Under Fire but i don't think anything can top it! Apparently Rose Under Fire was much more emotional and gritty than Rose Under Fire but some people connected to Code Name Verity more, we shall see! ;)
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. - from goodreads
I HAVE WANTED THIS BOOK FOR AGES AND AGES AND AGES, and then the awesome Rachel gave it to me..a HARDBACK no less (i am obsessed with hardbacks) *strokes cover* I am soooo excited to read this!! At first i though it was only published in the UK and then when i realized it wasn't it was too late to get a review copy and i didn't have any money (i still don't -.-) so i couldn't buy it and now..HOORAY! I HAVE THE BOOK AND I CAN READ IT AND...
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place... - from goodreads
I think i'm taking a bit too many historical fiction books but..whatever... I loved The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and this looks quite cute too, i can't actually remember reading Noah Barleywater although i have; but the cover looks similar and it's a nice short book, HARDBACK...i can't wait to read it! ;D
And that's it! Have you read any of these? How many books do you usually take on holiday?

fangirling for ... #1

21 October 2013

Fangirling For... is a weekly feature where, hosted by me, where i highlight upcoming books i am eagerly anticipatingIf you want to join feel free to, just make sure you put the button on the right somewhere within the post and mention that it is hosted by It Was Lovely Reading You.
Thank you.
-Happy reading xo-
I read Zenn Scarlett pretty much based on the cover, i'm going to be honest, i hadn't read many sci-fi books (barely 5) in the last couple of years, i didn't really enjoy that genre but i decided to give it ago, second chances and all that. The blurb looked promising and the cover was breath-taking. I started the novel with no expectations whatsoever and finished with a completely new perspective of the genre. Maybe i did enjoy sci-fi...if it was like Zenn Scarlett..
Series: Zenn Scarlett #2
Author: Christian Schoon
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Expected Publication: April 1st 2014
Zenn Scarlett’s novice year of exoveterinarian training on Mars isn’t quite going to plan…
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things at the Ciscan cloister get any worse? Yes. Yes they could: Zenn’s absent father Warra Scarlett has suddenly ceased all communication with her. Desperate to learn what’s become of him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra.
With her is Liam Tucker, a towner boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her dad, Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy. Braving a gauntlet of lethal environments and unearthly life forms, her courage and exovet skills will now be tested as never before.
With the fate of entire worlds hanging in the balance, Zenn is racing headlong into trouble… again. - from goodreads
Fast forward about a month and i heard there was going to be a second book (YAY!) with a really pretty name (DOUBLE YAY!) and then i saw the cover (TRIPLE YAY). Seriously. I never thought i'd say this but i am SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK IT IS A SCI-FI BUT I DON'R CARE I REALLY WANT IT NOW AND APRIL IS WAY TOO LONG TO WAIT.
Maybe i should just dive into the cover?
Or just imagine what it will be like.
*strums lip*
I could bribe the author to give me an advanced copy?
*stares into distance wearing a look of steely determination on face*
i could wait?....
What are you fangirling for? A book from series? Or a novel you have heard so much about that you just want to read it already!?

Review: Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale

15 October 2013

Series: Geek Girl #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: September 26th 2013
Pages: 356
Book: For Review
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Contemporary, Humour
Goodreads || Author Info
Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.
With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.
Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.
Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good? - from goodreads
Page 22: AWKWARD
Page 33: Go Harriet!!
Page 47: Haha OMG
Page 67: "Like Cinderella, I believe it is my turn to stop cleaning hearths." "Harriet." dad points out, "You don't even make your own bed." LOL
Page 86: I say those words too...
Page 148: I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT. slimy boy.
Page 181: Maybe ''walking disaster'' should be your new nickname Harriet...I feel for Yuka right now..
Page 200: FOR THE LOVE OF DINGLEBATS did she really just say that?!
Page 213: There's no tables for you now...
Page 224: Oh my sugar cookies you are SO gullible!..
Page 228: Heck..whose was that handwriting?!
Page 242: Oh Harriet.
Page 262: Wow. Yuka - you're serious..
Page 281: Oh Wilbur my little butter crumpet, you are just..
Page 293: YUKA ITO YOU ARE VERY COOL (but can you please cut Harriet some slack?!)
Page 301: Well what can I say? They are models.. -_-
Page 306: Well actually it's been one second and i'm already feeling awkward for you..
Page 313: Yuka you are one brave woman..
Page 323: Oh my mini-humbugs Yuka smiled!
Page 335: O_____O
Page 350: UH >.<
Page 353: Nick <3 nbsp="" p="">Page 360: Right, i give up too..
Page 370: "Really...for diddling...for shiddling diddling...for diddling shiddling middling piddling? NEW YORK? OH MY DONKEY CAKES! Are you Mckidding me? i am the king of interested!" *promptly dies of laughter*
Page 373: Bunty...and Yuka? ANNABEL?
Page  387: *turns to find a blank page* NOOOOOOO.

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”
Harriet Manners is back, and she couldn't be more of a walking disaster. Trying to decide how to mend her broken heart, or if she actually wants it to be mended, and wondering how she is going to cope with the new baby is one thing; but throw in the school holidays, complete with an absent best friend and a modelling job in Tokyo with her strong minded grandma (or so she thinks) is on another level altogether.
WARNING: Do not eat or drink while reading this book. You may find those substances appearing out of ones nose due to excessive laughter.
This book...oh, where do I start! I thought Geek Girl was good, but Model Misfit was on a whole other level. Holly Smale has managed to face the terrors of second book syndrome with ease and well and truly knock it out. You read the first book, so you think you know Harriet? Get to know her better in the second book.. You think you love Lion Boy? Well...there is no end to that boy's charm i can tell you. You think Wilbur was funny in Geek Girl? HAVE YOU HEARD THE DUDE REALLY GO ALL OUT?! You think you know all there is to know about Yuka Ito, the small and deadly fashion designer? Well you don't.
The characters in this book were really developed and each was given more of a spotlight which i really loved. Even the secondary characters weren't forgotten and I enjoyed watching the relationships between them all get tested and strengthen as a result. The relationship between Nat and Harriet we got to appreciate more as we see them have their ups and downs but get through their problems in the end, and it shows us that you can still be best friends even if you are completely different, as long as you are willing to work on the friendship and not give up at the first hurdle but support each other.
Toby, my little just don't give up do you?! Some of the things he does for Harriet made me just want to hug him because even though he may seem a little ''odd'' he shows in this book that he isn't just an obsessive, he really genuinely likes Harriet and he shows what a good friend he is when she most needs it. Although...some bits...AAWWKKWAARRDD....;)
I don't really want to talk about Nick otherwise i'll probably spoil something, knowing me ;p but..LION BOY!! <3 nbsp="" p="">Geek Girl: Model Misfit definitely doesn't disappoint. Holly Smale's writing is so fresh and smooth and addictive. I literally couldn't get enough of her facts and Wilbur-isms and I loved how the words flowed smoothly and didn't feel forced, the book was funny because she made it funny, she didn't force anything and that's what i liked. Holly Smale is naturally a person with a quirky sense of humour and because she has first hand experience with being the geeky teen model, awkwardly ploughing her way through the business while desperately trying not to fall over in her stiletto heels,  the book feels genuine and radiates ease and comedy; and because of that the moments that Harriet feels awkward, the cringey moments, the romantic ones, the disasters that happen, we feel them as if they had happened to us.

Quote Love:
"I'm not sure you're geographical knowledge of the afterlife is very strong, do i need to draw you a map?"
"Maybe this is what happens to the butterfly and the frog. Maybe they go to so much effort to grow wings and legs and run away, and when they see a little bit of the world they just feel sad and lonely and end up hopping straight back home again. Where they belong."
*Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
*Thank you so so so so much for Nikki from Fiction Freak for coming up with the amazing idea of 'Mini-Freak Out posts and for letting me do them too. :) You can see all her hilarious funny Freak Outs right here.

50 Facts About Me: Tag

10 October 2013

  1. I am really bad at these sorts of things. but thank you Amber for tagging me!
  2. I love typing in all lowercase. but when i'm in the mood..CAPS LOCK FTW
  3. I cannot stand the feel of velvet.i just. EURGH.
  4. I am not allergic to anything. except...bad books..
  5. I'm 5ft nothing...#shortie4life
  6. I've been home-schooled my who life. Yes, my whole life. ;) BUT. I'm going to be starting college next year. NOOOOOOO.
  7. Public speaking is my biggest enemy
  8. Sleeping is probably my favourite hobby. (Besides reading. art, writing and sport). Consequently, my bed is my best friend...
  9. I am one of those stereotypical British tea drinkers...actually. Not so much. I only drink herbal tea...
  10. If i were to list all my favourite books and authors, my pen would run out.
  11. I AM TERRIBLE AT TAKING COMPLIMENTS. Praise me and i will turn bright red..(actually i don't think i blush but, you know, hypothetically..)
  12. I am a broke cabbage..(if you don't know what i mean you are obviously not cool..)
  13. I'm also a proud sloth...
  14. And a crayon, and obviously a unicorn..
  15. I hath NEVER been to a cinema, in my life.
  16. I love photography. A lot. So i really should get a proper camera, THAT ACTUALLY SWITCHES ON WHEN I PRESS THE POWER BUTTON. >.<
  17. I lurrvvee sports. However i quite horse-riding after one wasn't for me..*whispers* the horse hated me...
  18. I have the best bloggy friends ever. Don't even try and deny it. ^_^
  19. I have obsessions..with..a lot of things...
  20. I love the name Ocean....I also love the ocean. However I have a fear of sharks...MOVING ON.
  21. I hate it when people don't speak in correct English.
  22. I am the worst mathematician this side of the UK..(actually, make that the whole of the UK..)
  23. I am a junior black belt in DON'T MESS WITH ME. Muahahahah. ;P
  24. I love Irish, British, (and sometimes) Australian accents
  25. I absolutely hate travelling on planes. Ironically, i really want to travel the world.
  26. I have never understood why people think its cool to swagger around with their trousers basically pooling around their ankles..WHY WERE BELTS INVENTED? Oh that's right. To wear them...
  27. One day i want to put an unlit cigarette in my mouth and tell someone, 'it's a metaphor'.
  28. I am a perfectionist. In every way possible. If something isn't to the standard i want it..YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT I WILL DO.
  29. Failure is my biggest fear. And no. I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. Gah..all you book bloggers think you're such good therapists....
  30. Some day i want to be a published author.
  31. I lead a secret life as a shadowhunter.
  32. I have survived The Hunger Games, twice. Don't believe me? WELL WHY IS PRESIDENT SNOW KNOCKING ON MY FRONT DOOR WITH A WHITE ROSE IN HIS HAND?!
  33. ....And i am a fully fledged witch.
  34. But I hide this behind the passive face of a mundane/muggle. (take your pick - i prefer mundie.)
  35. Can you tell i'm trying to use up as many points as possible even though i could have put all of the above four into one? -_-
  36. I used to do gymnastics when i was little, but stopped when i was 8. Now I can no longer do the splits..*sobs*
  37. I have had 11 teeth out all together. It. Was. Painful.
  38. I am pretty good with pain. Thankfully. 
  39. #BraceFaceAlert
  40. I have ever taken public transport alone. So i am dreading the day when I do, because I will probably get lost...Probably? I WILL get lost..(anyone want to offer to drive me to school?!)
  41. I am really bad with directions. One of the reasons being: whenever i am in the car going somewhere i'm always reading, so i never know how to get places because i wasn't paying attention.
  42. Following on from that: I don't get travel sick, and i love reading in the car, (other than my bed that's probably the other of my favourite places to read.)..I pity all of you who can't..;P
  43. I blame books for ALL THE FAILINGS IN MY LIFE.
  44. I actually really really disliked the first Harry Potter book. I still do. It's the only one of them i have never re-read..*cowers* don't kill me!..
  45. I may or may not have a fear of enclosed spaces....GET THAT BOX AWAY FROM ME!
  46. I have run out of facts about me..
  47. EXPECTO PATRONUM *unicorn materializes out of my wand and takes a message to the creator of this tag: "WHY DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE SO MANY POINTS"
  48. *I hear a knock at the door*. Mr Dursley shouts: "NO POST ON SUNDAYS. WHO IS IT?" (it's a Sunday while writing this). *I open the door* A wizard stands there: "I have come to arrest you for using magic outside of school"
  49. Sugar Cookies.
  50. "Can i just pack a few bottles of Pringles to take with me to Azkaban?"
I tag:
Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines
Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now
Zoe @ Zoe B and the Splendiferous Book Blog
Fi @ Books For Birds
Nova @ Musings of a Blogder

And sorry if you've already been tagged...double tagged means you HAVE TO DO IT NO EXCUSES. ;P

Cover Reveal : The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

07 October 2013

Series: The Naturals #1
Publisher: Quercus
Published: November 7th 2013
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller, Contemporary, Romance, Action.
Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.
Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites.
For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be... - from goodreads
Today i am doing my first ever cover reveal and comparison, for the amazing book, The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. To be honest, i'm not really a fan of people on book covers, although i do have some exceptions, this one i'm ok with..because i think the girl in the black clothes gives you a sense of what type of book it will be and and i LOVE the colour scheme, the pink writing is really vibrant, capturing your attention, and because it is on the black background it's even more bold. AND, i have to admit, the quote on the cover REALLY captured my attention. Hehe i'm a massive Gallagher Girl Series fan so having Ally Carter quoted on the cover definitely drew my interest!
However, I do also like the US cover, as it seems to be even more relevant to the story and is probably more likely to draw in fans of the mystery/thriller, CSI-lovers. It makes it all seem more freaky and suspenseful whereas the UK cover, with it's pink writing and model-esque girl on the front seems to imply crime, but not very hardcore, girly crime you could say!
One thing i don't like is how small the quote writing is though, i don't think it would have worked to have it any bigger BUT, Ally Carter's quote seems to small...;))
I also do like the colour scheme on this one, much less vibrant and the grey/white background suits the air of mystery and warning the black box with the yellow tape creates. The word police on the ribbon also gives it an edge of danger too.
So...that's my cover reveal and comparison, if it was rubbish, I agree, because it is the first one i've ever done. LOL.
What do you think of the covers? Do you like people on the cover of your books? And, going from the blurb, which cover best represents the story inside?
Leave a comment below and make sure to check out the book when it gets published!

REVIEW: Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur & Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon

01 October 2013

Publisher: Puffin
Published: August 8th 2013
Book: For Review*
Pages: 229
Format: Hardback, Finished Copy
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Family, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Contemporary
'We're moving to your house - the one from your dream'.
Siena sees what isn't there; collects what's left behind.
'Lucca led me to his room, and then just stood in the middle, waiting for me to notice something'.
Her brother Lucca is three and hasn't spoken for over a year.
The doctors think he needs a fresh start, that's why her family left Brooklyn. But their new home feels hauntingly familiar - and when Siena finds an old pen, the story she writes is not her own . . .
Can Siena's discovery of past secrets help break her brother's silence in the present? -summary from goodreads
Suzanne LaFleur is one of my favourite authors of all time, having captivated me with her debut novel: Love, Aubrey, and nearly everyone knows this. So when i heard she had written another book i jumped at the chance to read it.