Monday, June 19, 2017

Check it Out: 20th Anniversary Harry Potter Editions


  


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I don't know about anyone else, but when I went to the bookstore last weekend I came across these amazing Harry Potter Books.  20th Anniversary Editions! So I had to share:
Aren't they amazing?!!  
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling
 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling
 Click on each of them and they will send you across to Book Depository.   

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition : 20th Anniversary House Editions - J. K. Rowling
I've only just bought the latest starry ones and unfortunately don't have room at the moment to own a second set.. YET!  But I'll make room I swear.

That's not all though.  They've also released the Hogwarts Library with new covers too!!

 https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Hogwarts-Library-Box-Set-J-K-Rowling/9781408883112?a_aid=Spellboundbybooks
Image result for quidditch through the ages bookImage result for quidditch through the ages book newImage result for fantastic beasts and where to find them book
   


So as you can tell, I'm super excited to see these new covers out. Fingers crossed you'll have room on your shelves for a beautiful set :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Upcoming Events: Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane 2017

Lifeline Bookfest events



When: 24th June-2nd July
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Times
Saturday 24th June: opening at 7.30am to 6.00pm
Other weekend days: 8.30am-6.00pm
Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday late night shopping: 9:00am to 9:00pm 

This is well worth the time to stop in and see.  I've been a few times before and if you are a booklover like I am, you will find yourself in heaven.
Bear in mind your poor bookshelves may not be able to handle the strain of bargains you will pick up here.

All Funds raised will support Lifeline and UnitingCare Community program

Check out the link here: Lifeline Bookfest


I hope to make it here.  I might see some of you there :)

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Trailer: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

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Stillhouse LakeSynopsis:
 Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

 
I'm really looking forward to this one.  Rachel Caine has to be one of my all time favourites!!
You can expect this out on the 1st July 2017
 
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Seven Books I can't wait for! But aren't out yet!


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I love lists!  I'm a shocker for always having a list written down, whether it be a to-do list, shopping list, wish lists, Christmas lists... you name it.  One of my favourite however, are the books that I want and need! So without further ado, here are the seven books I can't wait to read, but aren't out yet ... (Here in Australia )

1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Release Date: 24th July 2017


Cover image - Zenith
Synopsis:
 There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she's just Andi, their captain and protector.When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew's resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a powerful bounty hunter connected to Andi's past and a harrowing betrayal.



2. How to Disappeaer by Sharon Huss Roat

Release Date: 21st August 2017


How To Disappear
Synopsis:
From the author of Between the Notes comes a story that shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn't as great as being the person you truly are. Perfect for fans of Vivi Greene's Sing and Susane Colasanti's Now and Forever.

Vicky Decker's social anxiety has helped her to master the art of hiding in plain sight, appearing only to her best friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky's isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people's photos and posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious.

Instantly, she begins to get followers, and soon, Vicky has made a whole new life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she amasses online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her-#alone and #ignored in real life. To help them, and herself, she must stop living vicariously and start bringing the magic of Vicurious back to life.

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3. The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

Release Date: 1st August 2017



Cover image - The Secret History Of Us
Synopsis:
“Jessi Kirby's books just keep getting better and better, and The Secret History of Us is her best yet. It beautifully touches on all the most important things in life-love, family, friendship, memory, and bacon. I loved it.”-Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything

In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn't remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can't remember how she got there. She figures it's because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she's lost more than just the last week of her life-she's lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends' perceptions of her, the one person she hasn't heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who's been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self...whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can't help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn't remember living.

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4. All the Things that Could Go Wrong by Stewart Foster

Release Date: 29th June 2017



Synopsis:
There are two sides to every story

Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he’s taking it out on the
nearest and weakest target: Alex.

Alex is struggling. His severe OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when Dan
and his gang are waiting for him at school . . .

Then the boys’ mums arrange for them to meet up and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother. Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays – what could possibly go wrong?

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5. Build up Season by Megan Jacobson

Release Date: 31st July 2017


 The Build-Up Season
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who's as complicated as she is.

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6. Wreck by Fleur Ferris

Release Date: 3rd July 2017



Wreck
Synopsis:
Amara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?
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7. Warcross by Marie Lu 

Release Date: 12th September 2017



Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

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Hope you enjoy my list of books!  What books can't you wait to get your hot little hands on!  Leave a comment below!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Trailer: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)Synopsis:
In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Thirteen Reasons WhyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Genre: Young Adult / Realistic Fiction / Mental Health
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 27th December 2016
ISBN: 9780141387772
Stand Alone/Series: Stand alone
Pages: 336 pages
First Lines: "Sir?" she repeats.  "How soon do you want it to get there?"

Synopsis:  
The #1 New York Times bestseller and modern classic that's been changing lives for a decade, gets a gorgeous revamped cover and special additional content.

You can't stop the future.
You can't rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

My Thoughts:
I did watch the tv show first.  See here for the quickie review on the tv show! Part of me always likes to read the book first.  You get so much more out of books than movies / Tv Shows!  The book is obviously different as well, because a tv show tailors to a wider audience of both readers and non -readers.

First thing: the way Hannah chooses to go is different.  I'm not going to say how because I don't want to ruin it for you but that's the first thing.  The other part is Clay listens to all the tapes in one night in the book as opposed to dragging it out in the tv show.  For the book, I think it was a better choice to have it play out in one night otherwise the book would have dragged on and became boring.

When the tapes begin in the book, I could hear Hannah Bakers voice from the show, because the tapes in the book seemed word for word.  It was good!  Though I can't help comparing the tv show to the book, I did like tv Hannah Baker that little bit more.

For me, I put the book down about halfway through.  I'm not sure whether it was because I knew how it was going to end, or whether I lost interest a little bit.  I'd like to think it was the first reason.  Obviously I did pick it up but there was a moment where I didn't think I was going to finish it.  I'm glad I did though.

Like the tv show, and most of you, I was itching to get to Clay's tape.  I think that's what drove me to pick the book back up.  I knew what it was going to say, but like any other story, you always take away something different each time you read a book.  This was also where I really fell in love with the other character Tony.  He's compassionate towards Clay and a genuinely caring person.  You also get to see the other side of Clay that is empathetic and sensitive.  All in all, if you've watched the tv show you should read the book.  Just remember books always hold more than a tv or movie can ever portray.  This was a great read.

Not sure I'd recommend it to anyone under the age of 15 though because it touches on things like suicide, bullying and rape.


Book received from:  Purchased.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Trailer Agent Nomad: The Elevent Hour

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Agent Nomad #1: The Eleventh HourSynopsis:
Spies. Secrets. Sorcery.

Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test.

Now her codename is Nomad, and she’s training to become a secret agent for HELIX.

No one can know that sorcery exists. No one can know that HELIX protects humanity from the Inductors.

And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her. If they find her, they will kill her.

But there’s a traitor inside HELIX, and only a Witness can identify them. The problem is, Nomad hasn’t mastered her powers. She can’t levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits.

If she’s the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble.

The eleventh hour is coming . . .

This does certainly look like the beginnings of an interesting series.  I'm looking forward to picking this book up!


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