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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a blog hop hosted by Crazy For Books. Please click on the link or button above for rules to join this hop.

This week's question is non-book related, but one that's very dear to my heart:-

Do you have pets?

Yes I do have pets. I've got 2 furbabies, both females. A 7 year old Maltese Terrier, Nikki and a nearly 18 months old American Staffordshire, Buffy. They are my babies as I don't have children and I love them oh so very much.

Here's a rare pic of my two girls together, however, Buffy (right) is no longer that size, this was taken over a year ago when she was less than 6 months old. I cannot believe how big they get so quickly. I miss them both being puppies.

Friday, 26 August 2011

TGIF #1


TGIF is a feature by GReads where you recap the week's happening in your blog and answer a question. Please click the link for the rules and to link up.

This week's happening:-


Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?
Young Adult Fiction and Chic Lit. At the moment I'm really into dystopian and paranormal.

Fave authors include:- Melina Marchetta, Isobelle Carmody, Richelle Mead and JK Rowling just to name a few.

Feature & Follow Friday #4


I'm so annoyed as I did a Feature & Follow Friday post last week which also included the Book Blogger Hop and TGIF questions only to forget to post it, it was on draft!!! So I didn't forget to do it, I just forgot to post it LOL apologies.


"Feature & Follow Friday" #FF is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to expand your blog following amongst bloggers. There are rules to enter so please click on either of the hosts' links to join. This week's question:-


In some books like the Sookie Stackhouse series the paranormal creatures in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the woreld. Which mythical creature do you wish this would happen in real life?


Personally I wouldn't mind Vampires to "come out of the closet". I personally, ideally and imaginary world thinking, wouldn't mind being a vampire. Only because you get to stay young forever, hence I get to be with the love of my life forever as I simply don't feel that one lifetime is enough to spend with him. Then you also have the fact that because you have lived through so many eras you would be a lot smarter and you'd be able to invest in things you know will do well, hence you will live your "forever" life richly. Then there's also the powers of being a vampire. However, if I had a choice I'd also choose The Vampire Diaries vampire because they are able to go out in the sun, I couldn't imagine living in the dark forever as I love the sunshine and more a day person more so than a night person LOL.


I also wouldn't mind JK Rowling's world/characters to exist.


Here are the featured blogs this week:-



Caught in the Pages



Thursday, 25 August 2011

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbisson


Title:- Here Lies Bridget
Author:- Paige Harbison
Publisher:- Harlequin Teen
Genre:- Young Adult


Bridget Duke is the most popular and meanest girl in school. Adults, teachers and fellow students alike are intimated by Bridget...until Anna Judge arrives. Days after the new girl's arrival, Bridget soon became a leper at school. Her friends no longer worship her, Teachers are no longer standing for her disruption, other students no longer does as she asks and Liam Ward, her first and only love can't even look at her.

Depressed, she makes a choice to end her life. She changes her mind but a second too late, but instead of finding herself going towards the light or her life flashing before her eyes she lands in a board room with the Anna Judge herself judging Bridget Duke for the life that she has lived. Forced to enter the shoes of those lives she has ruined/touched, she must now face the consequences of her actions.

I was swayed to reading this book as I saw it in a lot of the blogs I read, the awesome book cover and ofcourse the enticing synopsis but I was deeply disappointed. I merely gave this book 2/5 in Goodreads. The theory of this story is brilliant but the way it was exercised lacked in depth.

Firstly Bridget Duke was a character, even towards the end was unlikable. Whilst I understand that is the point of the book, I was hoping that our protagonist would get to a likeable stage but I failed to get to that point. Others may have admired her or liked her at the end, but I didn't.

The progress of the story was disappointing, I felt that the author was dwelling on the aspects of before the accident too much, we didn't get to the part where she was to repent for her actions until right at the end, so ofcourse that part felt disappointingly rushed. From the synopsis it felt like that, that part of the story would at least be a main focal point. I really would have enjoyed it more had the Author allowed the redemption part of the book to come a bit sooner, maybe then I would not have disliked Bridget so much, that at the redemption part I felt no sympathy for her.

"The Girl in the Steel Corset" by Kady Cross



Author:- Kady Cross
Series:- The Steampunk Chronicles
Publisher:- Harlequin Teen
ISBN:- 978-192179312-7
Genre:- Young Adult Fiction


Finley Jane, a Lady's maid in 1897 London fights with a darker and dangerous entity within, one that comes out when she feels threatened. Lord Felix, the son of her Employer was unfortunate enough to feel the wrath of this "other side" of Finley when he tries to take advantage of her. Finley finds herself standing beside an unconscious Lord, mere moments after her anger overtook her. Finley's "other side" decides for them both that it's best to run away from the situation, a situation that could have her arrested...or worse!

Griffin King, Duke of Greythorne and his childhood best friend Samuel Morgan are riding around in their velocycle when they literally run over a girl. The danger oozing from the unconscious girl attracts Griffin in a strange, magnetic way and he finds himself wanting to look after the girl, while his friend does all to dissuade him from taking in more "problems".

Griffin and his friends; Samuel, Emily O'Brien and Jasper Reen have been investigating recent criminal activities within London. Activities that are being perpetuated by automatons (robots) and Peelers (Police) believe that it's a character that calls himself "The Machinist".

The group soon realises that the girl Griff brought home is no ordinary maid, they soon see the advantage in her joining their team. Sam on the other hand has a strong dislike for the girl that he fails to trust, he will do anything to ensure that his friends are safe, even if that means getting rid of Finley Jane.

According to the author, Kady Cross, this book is a cross between "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" and the "XMen", this is the perfect description of this book. Whilst I was highly intrigued by this book due to it's enticing title, beautiful cover and interesting synopsis, I was slightly disappointed. This is my first adventure into the steampunk genre so I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I still gave it 4/5 in Goodreads.

I certainly didn't dislike it, but I had such high expectations for this book that it slightly disappointed when it didn't meet my expectations. I think that's the problem when books are publicised so much, readers end up having unrealistic expectations.

I did like the idea of the world that Cross created, it was very original and I'm sure that in Book 2 this series will be more intense. My favourite aspect of the story are it's characters, they were so likeable and their friendship and team work is what keeps you turning the pages, you just want to see what happens to each of the characters.

The mystery in the book was quite good too, it unfolds in perfect timing. However, once the perpetrator's character makes the appearance in the book, I kind of guessed he was "The Machinist".

This book is what made me decide on the mini-review as I have wrongly judged "first books" in a series before, only to be proven wrong when the consecutive books in the series are released. So I will leave it for now, till book 2...



Monday, 22 August 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?



"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. To participate link to yourself here. Book Journey also encourages participants to visit others participating, and by doing so you go into a draw to win a book of your choice. Please check out all the details in the link provided above.
Didn't get much reading done this week, it's been a stressful week. Hope to do better this week.
Last Week's Reading:-
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Currently Reading:-
Future Reading:-
Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Heist Society by Ally Carter
*Linked to Goodreads

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?


"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. To participate link to yourself here. Book Journey also encourages participants to visit others participating, and by doing so you go into a draw to win a book of your choice. Please check out all the details in the link provided above.
As I was writing this post I just saw that in last week's post I was the winner!!! I visited a total of 90 blogs!
Anyway, I'm now participating in "In my Mailbox" and thought that maybe since both are Monday meme and they are very similar in purpose that I may start joining the two together. This week's IMM was quite large in size so I've kept separated, but what do you all think? Do you combine your weekly meme? What do you think of combining IMM and "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?"
Last Week's Reading:-
Hex Hall 2 Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Currently Reading:-
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Future Reading:-
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Heist Society by Ally Carter
*Linked to Goodreads

Monday, 15 August 2011

In My Mailbox #2


In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to show off the books that you have purchased/borrowed/obtained in the last week. Further information can be found in the IMM link above and you can add your own IMM post link here.

Won




I'm REALLY excited as this is the very first time I've EVER won anything. I want to thank Lisa from Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me for hosting this wonderful giveaway and thank you for my prize! It's come just in time for Maria V. Snyder's Signing this week. THANK YOU!

Library


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (not in pic)
Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Inner Circle by Kate Brian
Legacy by Kate Brian
Ambition by Kate Brian
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

Bought


Supernaturally by Kiersten White
Everlasting by Alyson Noel
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden
The Book of Lies by James Moloney
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

*Books linked to Goodreads

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Gripped Into Books 1000 Follower's Giveaway


Gripped into Books is having a "1000 Follower's Giveaway"with 5 prize packs to choose from! So check it out and good luck!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #3





"Feature & Follow Friday" #FF is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to expand your blog following amongst bloggers. There are rules to enter so please click on the button above or either of the hosts' links to join. This week's question:-

How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? Or if you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

As a teen I used to average a book daily, most are series' that I mentioned in the previous #FF so not long reads. I've gone through stages in my life, late teens and early 20s where I didn't read as much, but I've never stopped reading. However, as of late I've gone back to reading nearly as much as in my teens, I average about a book every 2-3 days now. In the period where I did not read as much, two series got me back into devouring a book per day; The Harry Potter series and Twilight series.

Here are the featured blogs this week:-

Signed "Passion" by Lauren Kate Giveaway!!!



In honour of Lauren Kate's recent Australian tour I'm hosting a giveaway for ONE SIGNED copy of "Passion".

She was wonderful in person and I'm so glad and lucky to have met her. Here is my post for the signing that I attended.

Apologies for the delay, but this is my first proper giveaway and I didn't know the inner workings of Google Docs and so forth. Thank you to Lisa from Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me for holding my hand through the process.

Giveaway Rules:-
Must be a GFC Follower
Ends midnight August 31, 2011 (Australian time GMT 10+)
Open Internationally
Winner will be drawn via Random.Org
Winner will have 48hrs after notified to get in contact with me before a new winner is drawn


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

YA-Aholic 600 Giveaway


Ya-Aholic is having a 600 Follower Giveaway it's International and the winner will be able to choose from 12 YA series, and the winner will get the 3 books of the series. So it's an awesome giveaway! Check it out.

Monday, 8 August 2011

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren. It's main purpose is to show off the books that you have purchased/borrowed/obtained in the last week. Further information can be found in the IMM link above and you can add your own IMM post link here.

Library Books


The Kiss of Death by Marcus Sedgwick
My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Confessions by Kate Brian
Untouchable by Kate Brian
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards
My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey


Bought



Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Die for Me by Amy Plum
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Study Series Box set by Maria V. Snyder
Also bought Lauren Kate books for the signing, post can be found here.

We Fancy Books Pre-Order Giveway


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One of the blogs that I follow, We Fancy Books is having a very original giveaway. They're in a pickle where they do not know which books to pre-order, after all there are so many excellent books yet to be released. So for the giveaway, you have to vote which book you think they should pre-order, the winning person will then get that chosen pre-ordered book as well. Check out all the details by clicking on the link, or the button on the top of this post or my sidebar.

Good luck!!!

Lauren Kate Signing



In honour of "Passion" being released, author Lauren Kate has been touring. Prior to arriving in Australia she was in the Philippines (where I was born) and she has now since moved on to New Zealand. You can find out where she'll be signing here.

So on Sunday July 31st 2011 at Parramatta Dymocks I was able to meet Lauren Kate and get my "Fallen" trilogy signed! She was fantastic and the turnout was great! Here's a pic of the line, courtesy of Dymocks.

I had arrived so early as I had a prior engagement in the area, but I was at the front of Dymocks from 1pm (signing begun at 2:30 pm), at 1.30pm when no one was still in line I went out to the car to do some reading, returned at 2.10pm and there was at least 50 people in front of me! So I was quite annoyed to say the least...but it was certainly worth the wait.

The books below is what I got signed.

Now to finish this post off, I'm going to be giving away a signed copy of "Passion", (pic above) however, I'm yet to figure out how to do the form, so please bare with me and hopefully I'll work it out before this week ends. I'll have a blog post specific to the giveaway, so stay tuned!

It's Monday! What are you reading?


"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. To participate link to yourself here. Book Journey also encourages participants to visit others participating, and by doing so you go into a draw to win a book of your choice. Please check out all the details in the link provided above.
Last week's reading:-
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Currently reading:-
Hex Hall 2; Raising Demons otherwise known as Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Future reading:-
The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Books are linked to Goodreads.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Fiction Book 200 Follower Giveaway!!!

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Lalaine from Fiction Book, also an Aussie book blogger is hosting a "200 Follower's Giveaway". You can win up to 2 YA books and there are heaps to choose from! Check it out and don't forget to enter...GOOD LUCK!!!

100 Followers Giveaway by Mimi Valentine



Mimi Valentine from Diminutive Valentine is hosting a 100 Followers Giveaway. There are some fantastic YA books to win so don't miss out! Check it out and ofcourse Good Luck!!!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #2


"Feature & Follow Friday" #FF is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to expand your blog following amongst bloggers. There are rules to enter so please click on the button above or either of the hosts' link to join. This week's question:-

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?)

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal and The Nancy Drew Series is what I read as a child (that's showing my age LOL) and that's really got me into reading. There has been MANY books that have changed my life through the years but that's the one that shaped me as a reader.

Here are the featured blogs this week

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