Sunday, 27 January 2013

Stacking the Shelves #33


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your  shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. All links added here will take you to goodreads.

Well what a week it's been! I did treat myself to two books this week but my biggest treat was a box of books from the fabulous Bungle which contained two of my most wanted books of 2013! How lucky am I? So enough chatter, let's crack on!

Sally's shelves

So the first three books I got this week were Skin Deep By Laura Jarratt, Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan (Yay!!, I got me some Reyn love!) and Unremembered by Jessica Brody.

I also got At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin, What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, which I'm really looking forward to and how to save a life by Sara Zarr. And then....

I got a couple of adult books, namely Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Fenn and Dark Prince by Christine Feehan.  I also got Slide by Jill Hathaway which came with a bookmark. And then...

I got copies of The Gathering and The Calling by Kelley Armstrong and then... the fabulous Bungle gave me a copy of Requiem by Lauren Oliver! And look, it came with a ribbon round it and everything! I'll be writing a review soon but Oh.My.God. LOVE IT!!!

Bungle's Shelves

I was good yet again this week and I didn't buy any books! I'm staying strong.  I did get a complimentary copy of The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St. John through work.  It's not one I've paid attention to before but I like to be introduced to new books! 

So, quite a list this week and exemplary behaviour from Bungle! What did you get this week?

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Review ~ The Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman

 Title: The Noughts & Crosses series

Author: Malorie Blackman.

Published: A boxset of all four books; Noughts & Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross was released on 30th August 2012.

By: Corgi

First line of Noughts & Crosses: “Honestly Mrs Hadley,” said Meggie McGregor wiping her eyes, “That sense of humour of yours will be the death of me yet.”

Last line of Double Cross: I cried.

Fave line: That’s just impossible

The Noughts & Crosses series contains four books; Noughts & Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross.  I have to say I wandered blindly into these books whilst browsing through a store and I am so glad that I did, as late to the party as I am.  The added bonus of being so far behind of course is that you get to enjoy a series from start to finish in one sitting, which is exactly what I did over Christmas.

I’m calling these books a series but in truth they read as more of a saga.  The premise is nothing short of genius.  Blackman has taken the concept of racism in all its ugly truth, the irrational thought processes that created it and the political ideologies that perpetuate it, flipped them both on their heads and created a modern, provocative masterpiece that left me spellbound.

The Noughts & Crosses series follows three generations of two families, the Hadleys and the McGregors.  The Hadleys are black, or crosses, and are a highly influential family with Kamal holding a senior position in government which enables his family, a wife a two daughters to live a more than comfortable existence.  The McGregors are white, or noughts and live on the flip side of the coin.  As  the white underclass their place within society is predetermined and they face a constant battle against prejudice and oppression.   

The link between the two families comes from Jasmine Hadley and Meggie McGregor, the two mothers.   Meggie works for Jasmine and there is undoubtedly a sincere friendship between the two of them. Tragically for both women (although it is tragic for different reasons) their friendship only lasts for a short while but it lasts long enough to pass something special down to their children Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor, the main protaganists.   Their relationship develops over time from an innocent childhood bond to something more serious and committed and seems doomed from the outset.  The bond between their two races is frowned upon by both communities and neither is accepted into the other’s community no matter how sincere their intentions.  Even as the noughts fight back against the inequality that exists in society it is clear that the offers being made by government to ‘improve their lot’ are nothing more than token gestures the aim of which is actually to set the noughts up to fail.  Worse still for Sephy is the fact that it is her father who is responsible for the entire political farce. 

It is Callum who becomes one of the victims of the charade that Kamal Hadley has created.  Desperate to be more than the crosses decree he can be he gets the chance to attend the same school as Sephy. It doesn’t take long to see that his chances of successfully graduating are minimal to say the least. His treatment at the school is one of the defining moments in the book and his changing attitude towards the cross government.  One thing that doesn’t change, even though it falters badly at times is the relationship between Sephy and Callum.

Whilst Callum struggles to keep his head above water and his mother tries to keep her family on the straight and narrow it is clear that Ryan and Jude McGregor (father and son number two respectively) have grown frustrated with the inequalities that exist and have chosen to adopt more subversive means in order to be heard.  What follows is a chain of events that are nothing short of tragic and provides the setting for the next three books in the series all of which deal with the repercussions of the first instalment.

The mini-prĂ©cis above (and believe me, it doesn’t cover half of the things I’d like to say, but I’d just be re-writing the book!) doesn’t begin to describe how brilliant this first book and its sequels are.  Each and every character is superbly written and as such utterly believable.  The character of Lynette, Callum’s sister, was beautifully written from start to finish, I absolutely adored the relationship between Sephy and Callum and I wanted to slap Kamal and Jude into next week!  Noughts & Crosses left me feeling angry, frustrated, cheated, crushed and every emotion in between.   The story itself, whilst described as dystopian, is timeless.  Set some time in a potential future its core firmly exists in the past.  It bought to mind the story of Rosa Parks, the images of the clashes at schools in Arkansas in the fifties and literary classics such as I Know Why the Caged Bird sings and To Kill a Mockingbird. I appreciate that the role between the races has been flipped 180⁰ but the wrongness of the philosophy still applies.   The story is a multi POV which if anything makes it more poignant and the ending was nothing short of brutual, so much so I questioned whether I wanted to pick up Knife Edge, #2 in the series.  I’m so glad I did.  I’ll admit I didn’t get over Noughts & Crosses but I was equally enthralled by the next three books.   Very few books leave me speechless and it’s taken me three weeks to figure out what to write.  So the best I can say is if you haven’t read it yet, give it a try.  It’s heavy going but you won’t regret it.

5/5 - Just wow.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Cover reveal ~ blurred ~ Tara Fuller

 We were extremely excited to be given the opportunity to take part in the cover reveal for blurred, #2 of the Kissed by Death series written by Tara Fuller (left).  I actually have this down as one of my most anticipated reads for 2013 so to get an extra early sneak peak at the cover did make me feel a little bit special I must confess!

Just in case you haven't read inbetween, the first book in the series I've placed a link here where you can find all the information you need.  Buy it, you'll love it, trust me! If, on the other hand you have read it and are dying to find out what happens next then you're probably waiting for me to shut the hell up and tell you what to expect in the sequel. I shall make you wait no longer.  Here's the blurb!

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

And here's the cover!

Beautiful no? I love the band around Anaya's arm and I'm so pleased we get to hear more about Cash in the sequel as he was one of my favourite characters in the first book. That said, having read the blurb I'm already worried about him! I get the feeling there's going to be plenty of law breaking in book two!!  You'll find a link to the goodreads page for blurred here

The publication date for blurred is 2nd July 2013.

Many thanks to Tara and the team at Entangled Teen for giving us the opportunity to take part in the cover reveal.  We can't wait to get our hands on the next installment!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Stacking The Shelves #33


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. All links added here will take you to goodreads.

Sally doesn't have any books to share this week but don't be fooled by thinking she's been good, She has bought books but the snow has stopped the post man getting to her. I think Sally will have a lot to show us next week.

I guess this week it's down to me then. As you all know I'm not buying any books but that hasn't stopped me getting my hands on some awesome books this week. My first this week was a proof I got at work which was Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen, I really like the sound of this one! I ended up with some duplicate books recently so I swapped them for some I didn't have :) So I went for Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick because I have book 2 & 3 so I needed this one and I also got Night School Legacy by C.J. Daugherty, I can't wait to read this one, hearing really good things about it.

Smuggler's Kiss  Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)  Legacy (Night School, #2)

So that's it for this week, happy reading till next time!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Review ~ Shimmerspell ~ Kimberly Spencer

Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1)

Title: Shimmerspell
Author: Kimberly Spencer
Released: April 2012
Series: The Shimmer Trilogy
Source: free ebook

My rating: 3 stars

goodreads says:

When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But maybe some truths should never be revealed...

Opening line: "OK, who can tell me the additive inverse of twenty-seven?"

Closing line: "Tag Button; looks like you're it".

Shimmerspell is a short story at only 72 pages long, so as you can guess this will be a short review! To say this book is a quick read it's an action packed and I can't help but think had Spencer given it more time and married her 3 short stories together she would have had a rather good full story. I know, we're never happy, sometimes we really want a story to get to the point and we think a plot can be to slow and here I am wishing it had been slowed down and stretched out.

Jensen, our leading lady, has spent her life moving from place to place with her older sister who is a con artist. But Jensen just wants to settle and after she meets the mysterious Liam sparks shimmer and Jensen's world is turned upside down. Her sister disappears with a simple 'I can't take it anymore, don't take off your necklace' and Jensen is thrown into a world she never new existed.

There's a nice little twist that comes with this Fae story which is that of King Aurthur and the Lady of the Lake. It just added something that bit different from other Fae stories and had the story been longer this is something that could have really developed.

The characters are fun and likable with a lot happening in all their lives. There are many twists and turns throughout this short story and as I said it's action pack. I thought this made the story a little overwhelming at times just because so much was happening. It didn't put me off though and I read the story rather quickly and downloaded book 2, Limerick. right after.


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Stacking the Shelves #32


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. All links added here will take you to goodreads.

Sally and I have both been rather sick this week so we've got a quick STS for you. I was looking forward to my week off work and I ended up with a horrible cold which still hasn't gone! And Sal had another lot of dental surgery which was more intense then the first time. Both on the road to recovery but it's been a pants week for us!

Bungle's shelf

As you all know I'm on a strick book buying ban so I have bought no actual books this week but I still managed to get my hands of four titles. I was send Unremembered by Jessica Brody and Vortex by Julie Cross for review from Mcmillan which I'm so grateful for and very excited to read! I also got 2 ebooks, I picked up Limerick by Kimberly Spencer for 99p, I read the first and rather liked it, for a short story it was a descent read. I also downloaded Branded by Keary Taylor, I've seen this about on a few blogs and it was free on ibooks so I thought I would give it a try :)

Sally's shelf

I only got one book which is really good for me! I got, and read, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I've been meaning to get my hands on this book for ages and I'd heard some fab things about it, all of which are spot on! Can't wait for the sequel! That said, there are quite a few big releases over the next few weeks so I'm restricting the purse strings and focusing on the big prizes for the foreseeable! It'll be an epic fail but it's worth a go eh? Watch this space...

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)  Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)  Vortex (Tempest, #2)  Limerick  (The Shimmer Trilogy, #2)  Branded (Fall of Angels #1)


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Review ~ The Perks of being a Wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Title: The Perks of being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Released: this edition August 2012 (first published 1999)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Source: Purchased

My rating: 1 star

goodreads says:

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

My thoughts:

Sometimes a book should come with a warning and this is one of those books! I was expecting a light hearted funny coming of age novel having not really read much about the actual story. But this is a very deep book with often dark subject matter that for some people could be rather disturbing, I know my mum could never read anything like this for example. Anyone who has been through any of the issues faced in this book may also not wish to read it.

I know this story started as  general fiction but with the release of the film it has been place in teen sections and I'm not sure  I'd be happy with my 13 year old child reading stories such as this. I think the book should have an age on the back. But that's just my personal opinion! As most of you know I work in a Waterstones and I have placed a Not for Young Readers sticker on this book.

I know we go through the story with some normal teenage things as it were, but then again not all teenagers are about smoking, getting high or drunk, I know I wasn't. But I can over look that because I know lots of teenagers are all about experimenting and wanting questions asked. But the others things we see happen are just a little too much for some people! Not nowhere on this book does it truly tell us what Charlie is about or anything to do with his life, not even a 'there a secrets to be told' or 'memories to unlock' nothing just nothing at all!!

I think people need to be warned about what really happens, had I known I wouldn't have bothered to read it and it take a lot to say that because I know authors put a lot of hard work into their stories. I think though it's not really the authors fault here. It's the lack of information we are given about Charlies story.

I was always expecting something big and you knew it was coming, you could feel it building within the story but that is not the big revelation I was expecting! Parents have asked me at the shop what the story is about and I've been very honest because I feel it's my job to be. I would never stop anyone reading anything they wished but I've no problems saying wait till they're a bit older.

This book deals with suicide, which I don't feel is really ever explained, molestation, drug use abuse & domestic abuse, which to me felt a little like it came out of no where, homosexuality which is totally fine but I wanted to know why Charlie just let his best friend constantly kiss him, because he was sad!? seriously!? My friends get sad and we don't have a kissing party, mental issues, rape, first sexual experiences, pregnancy & abortion and well, more and more.

I can see why other readers would say this is the perfect book for teenagers but for me its not, well not for the young end of the teen age range. And it's ok to say well it's young adult really or just general fiction but if you market a book for the teen section, and in most bookshops in this country we only have a teen section and not a young adult section well then, you're just inviting anyone to pick this book up.  

So there's my review, my very strong feeling about The Perks of being a Wallflower. As always it's just my humble opinion and I of course don't expect others to agree but this book just really annoyed me because I felt like I was lied too, like I didn't know what I was letting myself in for!


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review ~ Dash & Lily's Book of Dares ~ Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Released: October 2012 (first published 2010)
Published by: Mira Ink
Source: Purchased

My rating: 4 stars

goodreads says:

"I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please."

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a cosmic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Opening line: Imagine this: You're in your favorite bookstore, scanning the shelves.

Closing line: "Wake up, Dash."

I read some very mixed reviews of Dash & Lily before buying my copy but there was something about it that made me want to read it. I actually bought it a while back read to read over Christmas. Its my favourite time of year and I wanted something to fit, and a Christmas read was perfect. As I said I read some mixed reviews but I actually really enjoyed this story.

I think I read this book right after The Perks of being a Wallflower and the upbeat light-hearted funny laugh out loud moments were just what I needed! Perks left me feeling rather depressed and I don't think I've ever said this but I wish I'd rather not read it. So along comes Dash & Lily and they 'perked' me right up! I loved the setting of the book, the premise, the characters and the sheer hope of it all!

It was really exciting to read about Dash & Lily and the things they would have each other do! The Santa moment was just brilliant! But the secondary characters make this book just as much as our main pair do because without them the Book of Dares wouldn't be possible. Cohn & Levithan do an extremely exceptional job with all the characters in this story.

Throughout Dash & Lily's story you're really routing for them and you want them be be perfect for each other and it seems they are until a spanner is thrown in the works. When they finally meet Lily, our good girl, is as drunk as a skunk and all our hopes are, well, dashed!! It seems that is it for the two and Dash doesn't need to see anymore. I loved that Cohn & Levithan were not afraid to build hope and just pull the rug right from under us. It really made me feel for Lily and I was just thinking, Dash, this isn't her, you don't know what's been going on, don't judge her! I know!! haha!

I really enjoyed Dash & Lily's Book of Dares and if you love Christmas like me then you'll be happy reading this book any time of year. A real lighthearted funny read!!


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Review ~ Insignia ~ S.J. Kincaid

Insignia (Insignia, #1) 

Title: Insignia
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Released: July 2012
Published by: Hot Key Books
Series: Insignia #1
Source: Publisher

My rating: 4 stars

goodreads says:

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom's drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone's been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he's offered the incredible--a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom's instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he'll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he'll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom's always wanted--friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters--but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid's futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

Opening line: New town, new casino-same old plan.

Closing line: And he'd definitely never expected to ever have to tell someone, "All right, no killing and eating me, okay? I'm ready to go."

In a nutshell I think the best way to sum up this book is by saying if you loved, and understood, The Matrix then you'll love this book! It's also perfect for any gamers out there, I know my boyfriend would love it!

I wasn't sure what to expect from Insignia because even though I like a good sci-fi film I don't tend to read them but I really enjoyed this story. First off I loved that it comes from a guys point of view, Tom, and secondly he's a really likable character. He's not perfect by any means but you just can't help love him. I found myself feeling sorry for him at the star of the story and could only hope things would get better for him!

There are so many elements to this story and I loved them all. Even though there were hints of possible relationships nothing along those lines happens and it was rather refreshing! I was really intrigued by how the implant showed people information about others and loved that there was a possible spy in the mist. But not everyone is as they seem!!

Kincaid has done an excellent job in creating this high tech world and a world war 3 like you couldn't imagine. The attention to detail is amazing and I really believed in the characters, their stories and what what happening within this story. I know other people had thought this was going to be a one off book but I knew that was going to be more, you could see the story building all the time and I feel like there are still questions to be answered.

I rather like the world which Kincaid has created and I look forward to returning to it with the release of Vortex later in the year.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Stacking The Shelves #31


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. All links added here will take you to goodreads.

Bungle's Shelf

This year I've made a resolution to not buy any books for at least 6 months (I'll try and go for 12 months). Now this might sound crazy considering that I work in a bookshop and have a book blog but I have at least 250 unread books on my shelves so I've enough to be getting on with. BUT I didn't say I wouldn't buy ebooks or that I cannot be sent books by lovely publishers and other bloggers :) I think I'd make a good Fairy, don't you!? So I did get a book this week but I didn't realise it was book 3 in a series of 4 but it's ok because it's an ebook and I'll be buying the other 3 :) So my book this week is While it Lasts by Abbi Glines. As you know I love The Vincent Boys/Brothers so I'll read anything Glines does from now on!!

While it Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)  Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)  The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)  Elemental: The First (Primord, #1)

Sally's Shelf

I got three books this week and only paid for one so I like to think that's really good shopping! The first book I got was one of my most anticipated for 2013 and that's Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I loved Under The Never Sky and though I'm only a few pages in it looks like this one will be just as good! Note we also have Aria on the cover here in the UK (which I love BTW). I'll be reviewing this one as soon as I'm done.

I also got two books for review from netgalley. I picked up the last in the last in The Goddess Test trilogy, The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter. I've enjoyed this series which is not surprisingly a
twist on Greek mythology. When we last met Kate we had discovered she was pregnant. Now in this last book her pregnancy has all sorts of repercussions that put herself, those she loves and civilisation as a whole at risk. Am hoping that Kate really comes into her own in this one. I have great hopes for her. I also got Elemental: The First by Alexandra May. This book came out in Nov 2012 but I understand that there will soon be a sequel winging it's way to us. I love stories that are set in the UK, especially when they're in placed that I know as this one is. It tells the story of Rose Frost who becomes plagued by dreams when she moves in with her grandmother. But why? Hmmm...
Based around Stonehenge and the Salisbury Plains Elemental looks to have all the mystery and intrigue one might expect from some a location and there's also the rather intriguing Aiden Deverill...Sounds good to me!

So that's what we got this week, now we're off for a peek at your new books before settling down to carry on with what we're reading. Happy reading everyone!


Friday, 4 January 2013

Vortex Extras from Macmillan

Vortex (Tempest, #2)

Title: Vortex
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Tempest
Published: Jan 2013
By: Macmillan

goodreads says:

Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

I really enjoyed Tempest, there seemed to be so much happening and what about that ending!? I just need to know what happens next!! To mark the release of Vortex Macmillan have some really exciting things for you to read over on their blog follow the links for:~

First chapter of Vortex:

Vortex playlist:

Deleted scene:

Extract from Holly's Diary:

Diary entry from Jackson's agent training:

Very excited to see all these extras, we hope you are too!!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Bungle's most anticipated for 2013

So Sally did an awesome post yesterday for her most anticipated books for 2013, and although you'll see some of the same books here you'll also see some differences. I love that Sal and I have the same taste but also different tastes, it's what makes our blog work I think. You can see what Sally is most looking forward to this year here. Now let's get to my most anticipated books of 2013! These are in no order. All blurbs are taken from goodreads.

GoddessGoddess ~ Josephine Angelini

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)
If I Should Die ~ Amy Plum

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Legacy (Night School, #2)Legacy ~ C.J. Daugherty

In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn't hurt...But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could've imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart...

SplinteredSplintered ~ A.G. Howard

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Vortex (Tempest, #2)Vortex ~ Julie Cross

Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires, #14)Fall of Night ~ Rachel Caine

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make.

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)Dance of Shadows ~ Yelena Black

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed...

PantomimePantomime ~ Laura Lam

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

The Beautiful and the CursedThe Beautiful and the Cursed ~ Page Morgan

Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series and Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy will devour The Beautiful and the Cursed, a wholly original interpretation of gargoyle lore.
It was bizarre and inexplicable, but after it happened no one spoke of it and Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for Paris with her mother and younger sister, Gabby.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house her twin brother Grayson found for them isn't a house at all. It's an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that one could almost mistake for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson is missing.
Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson's whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some secrets of his own.
There's one secret about the city that he can't keep hidden, though. There's a murderer on the loose. And every day Grayson is missing means that there's less of a chance he's alive.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead--she can feel it deep in her soul--but she knows he's in grave danger, and that it's up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.
Only the path to him is more than she could ever imagine.

A Witch Alone (Winter Trilogy, #3)A Witch Alone ~ Ruth Warburton

Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out?

For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden.

But as Anna delves deeper into her history, she begins to fear that the truth about what set her mother running may be darker than she ever suspected. With the witches of the world on the brink of war, Seth gone, and her friend Abe wanting more from her than she can possibly give, Anna is in crisis.

As the clouds around her gather, Anna is torn between friends, family and rival tribes of witches and – at the last – between love and magic.

I've also got to mention Dracomachia which is the 2nd book in the Seraphina series by Rachel Hartman and Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3 which is still untitled! So there it is, just a few of the books I'm looking forward to this year!

What do you think of mine and Sally's lists? We'd love to hear which books you are most looking forward to reading this year.

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