doorstep delights #10

27 June 2014

I think it's been a good two and a half months since my last doorstep delights post, maybe more; so sorry. Lots of people kept asking me when my next one would be so I did it, I did it, and putting all these books away after taking their photos made me collapse from exhaustion. Although, I then decided to re-do my bookshelf and will be *hopefully* doing a bookshelf tour soon, sometime, someday- But onto the books:
WRECK THIS JOURNAL EVERYWHERE [I love this book and the fact that it is smaller makes me love it even more because I don't then have the added stress of needing to thinking of large things to create inside it. Anyone want progress pictures?] |
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR [read, review to come.]
DOROTHY MUST DIE [has been on my wishlist for so long and now I have it and I started it and I can't make myself carry on: help]
RUIN AND RISING [I read this last night, the whole thing; I finished at midnight, will write my review today and will carry on wallowing in the pit of feels for a long long time to come.]
LANDLINE [As you should already know, I read this book, loved it so much, have written my review which is to come, and continue to spout quotes from it in every day life: sue me.]
WINGER [This book, just, erm. No wOrDs. Read it.]
PICTURE PERFECT [Read it. Loved it. Review already up. [click here.]
THE WINNER'S CURSE [Now I know what all the hype was about. I need the second book already! Review to come, and if you're smart, you'll read it soon. And if you're not smart, why are you reading my blog? It's only for smart people..]
And now to the thanks, because this post is already extremely long: Thank you to Penguin, Usborne, Templar, Zoe, Orion, Hodder, Harper 360, Indigo, Rachel, Hot Key Books, Bloomsbury, Chicken House, Marie Louise Jensen, Kendra Leighton, Quirk Books, Guardian Children's Books, Harper Collins, Book Bridgr, Macmillan.

words + emotions = feels

23 June 2014

Today I thought I'd do a fun little post which sprang to mind after finishing Code Name Verity - well, not after I'd finished, after I got to that page. You know the one. And I was thinking how there are so many one word lines, or phrases that can reduce a bookworm to tears because of memories associated with a book or a character; or a line from a novel could trigger someone to burst out laughing in reckless abandon: well, here are my top five words // phrases that, paired with my emotions = feels.
KISS ME HARDY - and oh the tears, why do they never obey me? Stay where you are.
OKAY - the amount of times people say this to me and I have an internal break-down is insane.
*KISS/PUNCH*- just thinking about this character makes me smile.
ALWAYS - if you don't know why then really? Where have you been living?
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? - not a book, but Olaf.
Books make me smile. Books make me laugh. Books make me cry. But sometimes, it is not the entire novel that has an effect on me, but the words, the phrases; after all - it is the little things that count. What things words and phrases ensnare your heart?

behind the scenes // TBR

19 June 2014

I really hate these photos but ah well. the lighting was terrible but i wanted to get this done so you're going to have to deal with what you've got. xD this is, of course, not my whole TBR, if i did my whole TBR it would have taken too long to sort out but these are the ones at the *top* of my pile, the ones I have had on my TBR the longest - some have been there a good half a year..thankfully, they are not in one huge pile, they are in civilized smaller piles in my bookshelf. my TBR never seems to get smaller though as:
a] i always seem to be getting new books.
b] i am an extreme mood reader. so books can potentially get left on my TBR pile for over a year before i pick them up. it's not good. but i can't help it. being a mood reader is who i am..
how big is your TBR pile? infinite? or are you good at keeping on top of it?

what type of reader are you?

14 June 2014

i was just thinking about all the different types of readers there are in the world, all the different types of readers i know who have their own little quirks that define their reading style and then suddenly it was a post and i had decided to do a graphic [my first one!] on it. thank you brain. i know my graphic is terrible with a capital t but i tried. and i like some of them [some i hate but ah well]. which are your favourites? and what type of reader are you? i'm a book eater/mood reader. also. please *appreciate* my graphics. [even if you don't like them]. heh no. do you like this style of post? would you like to see more of ?

BLOG TOUR // Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky

10 June 2014

Sarah Sky's top ten gadgets: Jessica Cole’s an average teenager, except when she’s modelling and helping out her private investigator dad on surveillance jobs. When the former MI6 spy vanishes mysteriously, the 14-year-old takes matters into her own hands.Following her dad’s trail to Paris, her investigation leads her to AKSC, the beauty headquarters of former supermodel, Allegra Knight, and a conspiracy involving an MI6 double agent. Jessica needs her wits about her and lots of gadgets to help give her the upper hand against dangerous adversaries.
She has a mini arsenal including a laser ring; a powder compact which contains X-ray vision and an electromagnetic pulse device; a flame thrower disguised as hairspray as well as a lipstick which doubles as a torch and tracking device.Every spy needs great gadgets - it's a staple of the genre. Here are some of the most memorable:
1. The bowler hat in Goldfinger. Who can forget that particular fashion accessory sported by Oddjob? Lined with razor sharp steel, it slices through the head of a statue like butter and proves deadly for Bond girl Tilly Masterson. Adaptations to accessories are famous in spying history. At the height of the Cold War, the KGB developed lipstick guns and pistol gloves.
2. Dagger shoes in From Russia With Love. You wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a kick from Colonel Rosa Klebb. The knives hidden in her shoes were tipped with poison. In 1978, Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov, died in a London hospital after a ricin pellet was fired or stabbed into his leg - reportedly via an umbrella.
3. Submarine car, The Spy Who Loved Me. The Lotus Esprit could travel underwater - pretty handy when you're being shot at on dry land and need a quick escape. It also had a torpedo launcher. In 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show, Swiss company Rinspeed unveiled the world's first car called sQuba that could be driven on land and in water.
4. Jack Bauer's phone in 24. I like my Samsung, but Jack's phone never needs re-charging and he always seems to have a hotline to the President. His PDA (personal digital assistant) was pretty handy in previous series - it could decode encrypted messages and access top secret info in seconds. Sorry, Samsung, but I want Jack's latest toy. In the mean time I rather liked playing with the encrypted mobile phones at a recent West London security conference. So did the 'spooks' there too.
5. Iron Man's suit. Billionaire Tony Stark builds a suit that can fly, carry a variety of cool weapons and gives him incredible strength. This isn't as far out as it seems. In America, an advanced robotic exoskeleton is being developed that will enable soldiers to carry colossal loads with very little effort. In Afghanistan, prototype versions are already entering combat trials.
5. Hammer hands and stompers, Spy Kids 4The high-tech gloves have the punch force of a hammer and the boots also give the wearer super strength. Again, advancements in robotics could produce something similar in the future. In the US, the ultra-light exoskeleton attaches to the outside of a soldier's body with its own titanium legs, which transfers the weight of any load.
7. All of Sydney Bristow's gadgets in Alias.  Marshall Flinkman's gadgets include a coding machine that could take a speck of skin from a finger and create a code based on the DNA. The gadget man also produced earrings that emitted an infra-red pulse and a radio frequency scrambler that looked like a cigarette lighter. There's probably someone just like Marshall, dreaming up a new mind-blowing gadget at MI6 right now.
8. Explosive chewing gum in Mission Impossible 1. Ethan Hunt uses the red and green coloured gum to blow up a gigantic fish tank in a restaurant and a helicopter in the movie. Just don't chew the gum. Really don't. In Spy Kids, electric gumballs also gave adversaries a nasty shock. During World War 11, a bizarre Nazi assassination plot involved attempting to kill Winston Churchill using explosive chocolate. Yes, really.
9. Contact lenses in Mission Impossible 4. The possibilities would be endless for spies if they had the facial recognition contact lenses from this movie. In America, real-life experiments have shown that implant technology can give normally sighted soldiers amazing extra senses such as night vision and even the ability to see magnetic fields.
10. Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. Okay, so it's not technically a gadget and it doesn't belong in the spy genre, but it's still immensely cool. Which modern day spy wouldn't want one of these? Scientists are already attempting to create invisibility cloaks. But current designs can only hide objects at specific wavelengths of light or microwaves. 

take back the skies || the savages || the girl who walked on air

08 June 2014

Title: Take Back the Skies
Author: Lucy Saxon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: June 5th 2014
Source / Format: For Review, Finished Copy
Find: Amazon || Goodreads
Summary: Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all.. -goodreads
Fox, is the word that fell from my lips as I finished the last page. What came next was a sigh, and then - Why? The 'epilogue' was a little confusing, knowing that there was a second book coming; and some of the things that happened to the main character seemed a little out of her age-range: I thought the author could have done with making her older, maybe sixteen or seventeen; but still. I loved the book. Take Back the Skies is a whirlwind of action and adventure, including some of my favourite plot twists in a novel: namely, a main character masquerading as a boy. Before I had read this book I'd seen some less than favorable reviews of it and was surprised to remember them after I'd read it myself; nothing really irked me other than the age problem and while I've also seen some reviews saying that the book wasn't good because the author was only a 'kid' when she wrote it - to that I say what? This is the kind of book I wish I had thought of and written; the plot was sound, the characters were relatable and the twists and turns were a breath of fresh air. ★ 
Title: The Savages
Author: Matt Whyman
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: June 6th 2013
Source / Format: For Review, Finished Copy
Find: Amazon || Goodreads
Summary: They'd love to have you for dinner . . .
Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel - as does their sinister taste in human beings... -goodreads
I'd heard so much about this book before I finally picked The Savages up, so I was excited to see whether Matt Whyman would fulfill my expectations - he did. This book was shocking in the way it delivers dark comedy without qualms - but even more so because I was eating as I finished this book - and promptly had to stop. Not a good idea. Rule 101: when reading The Savages, do not eat...or drink for that matter. This book delves a lot deeper than the initial outlay of humour and satire, there's the underlying message of extremism, identity crises and financial dealings; and overall - made for a satisfactory novel that I can't wait to see how it develops in the next book: American Savage. ★ 
Title: The Girl Who Walked On Air
Author: Emma Carroll
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: August 7th 2014
Source / Format: For Review, ARC
Find: Amazon || Goodreads
Summary: Abandoned as a baby at Chipchase's Travelling Circus, Louie dreams of becoming a 'Showstopper'. Yet Mr Chipchase only ever lets her sell tickets. No Death-Defying Stunts for her. So in secret, Louie practises her act- the tightrope- and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. All she needs is to be given the chance to shine.
One night a terrible accident occurs. Now the circus needs Louie's help, and with rival show Wellbeloved's stealing their crowds, Mr Chipchase needs a Showstopper- fast.
Against his better judgement, he lets Louie perform. She is a sensation and gets an offer from the sinister Mr Wellbeloved himself to perform in America. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie's bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus . . .
Fans of Frost Hollow Hall will love this epic adventure, where courage takes many different forms. -goodreads
Fresh, fun, fantastic: The Girl Who Walked on Air is a book filled with hope and adventure - the characters are lovable and the plot is as wonderful as the beautiful cover it is protected in. All in all, I loved the book, the story line, and the message behind it. While this book is aimed at middle grade readers, I surprised myself by falling hook line and sinker for it, and reading it all straight after I received it, for beneath the outer 'shell' of determination and bravery so often emanated by the main character Louie, there is a soft, sweet tone to the story about finding yourself, blossoming into yourself, and understand that while you may feel forgotten and worthless - there is always somebody who cares; whether you may know it or not. 
Thanks so much to Bloomsbury, Hot Key Books and Faber & Faber for sending me these books free of charge in exchange for an honest review

book review // raging star by moira young

06 June 2014

Series: Dust Lands #3
Title: Raging Star
Author: Moira Young
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: May 2014
Pages: 344
Source // Format: For Review, Paperback
Summary: When the star reader, Auriel Tai, challenged Saba to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton, Saba was so confident in her purpose. Then she met DeMalo and he confounded all expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo and Saba had an intense and passionate encounter - physical, emotional and psychic - that changed her life, and now he wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few.
Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop his dangerous New Eden project. Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother Lugh, anxious for the land in New Eden, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia.
What chance do they have? Saba must act. And be willing to pay the price. -goodreads
Reading this book ruined my heart. Reading this book destroyed me. Reading this book was like fighting in a boxing match with my hands tied: i would get knocked down, i would get up. I would get knocked down, I would get up. The bruises i now have on my heart as a result of Raging Star is insane. The twists and turns, the heart-stopping, breath-stopping moments; the sadness, the pain, the love and the desperation filling this book know no bounds. Moira Young has probably written one of my favourite 'final-book-in-a-series' with this end installment of the Dust Lands Trilogy. Blood Red Road has been likened to both The Hunger Games and Divergent [although i don't know why - this series stands in a league of it's own] but this book blew their final books out of the water. The plot twists in this book gave me heart palpitations. Moira Young is able to successfully weave together many, many different stories into one coherent, beautiful whole and all i can say is wow. While there is a raw, rough undertone running through the length of the series, the novel streams effortlessly along all at the same time; the emotions erupting from the book enveloping and wrapping you up until you cannot resist and you let yourself fall into them and embrace them. Raging Star satisfies everything i have ever wanted in a final book and has pushed the boundary of my expectations for novels like these sky-high. I cannot fault this book. It engrossed me from page one and took me on a rollercoaster journey of feelings that ensnared my heart utterly and completely. 
Thanks so much to Scholastic for sending me this free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
postscript. the only thing i don't like about this series? the new covers. i much prefer the old ones.

book review // siege and storm by leigh bardugo

02 June 2014

Series: The Grisha #2
Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Indigo [imprint of Orion]
Publication Date: June 6th 2013
Pages: 386
Source // Format: For Review, Paperback
Summary: Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can't outrun Alina's past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina's gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.-goodreads
Is Leigh Bardugo a secret Sun Summoner? Because she has managed to dispel the darkness that is the Second Book Syndrome with an ease that rivals Alina's. Siege and Storm, while not as crisp as the first novel was breathtaking in it's development of plot and character and all i can say is i am in love. If you haven't read this series, you need to now: it delivers action, emotion and humour with a unique zest that lingers in your mind long after you have read the last pages; in short, it is un-putdownable. 
The introduction of some new characters [who have quickly become some of my favorites] made this book all the more thrilling, and also supplied a lot more comic moments than the first which i appreciated a lot. I mean, Sturmhound - you're never going to meet someone *quite* like him. All in all, i cannot recommend this book enough and if you read it, you'll know why too. So grab a cape and dive in - but first make sure to flourish it. [that feeling can't be beat.] Siege and Storm is an undeniable page-turner, complete with epic battles, obstacles that never fail to appear wherever you look, cliffhangers and tender moments; this book stayed with me long after i had finished it - I absolutely cannot wait for the final adventure!