Monday, October 31, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie Book Trailer

Looking forward to getting a hold of this one.  What do you think?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (85)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:

(Book 11 in The Morganville Vampires)
(Book 3 in Caster Chronicles)
(Book 6 in the Obernewtyn Series)
- A BIG thank you to Tina at Penguin Australia for sending these awesome books to me!

So what did you get in your IMM this week?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Title:  Bloodlines
Author:  Richelle Mead
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Penguin Aus. (Imprint: Razorbill)
Publication Date:  23 August 2011
ISBN:  9781921518881
Stand alone or series:  Bloodlines #1 
Pages:  432 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia (Publishers)
First Lines:  I couldn't breathe.  There was a hand covering my mouth and another shaking my shoulder, startling me out of a heavy sleep.

Possible Spoilers if you have not read the Vampire Academy Series.  You've been warned :)

Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

My Thoughts:
After finishing and absolutely loving Last Sacrifice,  I was stoked to find out Richelle Mead had a branch off series planned and I couldn't help but think, "This will be good.  I wonder who the characters would be."  

I will admit right now, I did struggle a bit at the beginning.  I knew Sydney was going to be different from reading from Rose's POV but I don't think I was prepared for it.  Somehow I kept referring back to the Vampire Academy books and thinking that this is NOT how I expected this to be.

In saying that though, once I warmed to Sydney I was completely won over.  It also helped that by page 50 there were a few familiar faces in the crowd.  Bloodlines is based roughly a month after Last Sacrifice wrapped up.  Lissa is now queen and while she is accepted by the majority of the court, there are a few that are not happy with this development, hence Bloodlines begins.  Jill, the sister of Lissa has been whisked off to a secret location after there is an attempt on Jill's life, something that will affect Lissa's royal position.  With no sister, Lissa loses the crown.  The alchemists are brought in, and while Sydney is still copping the flack from helping Rose out she is assigned reluctantly to room with Jill and attend school.

I'm also so happy to find Adrian has a strong part in the story too.  He was one of my favourites in the Vampire Academy series and when he showed up in this I was doing a little happy dance.

Bloodlines is alot like Vampire Academy in terms of setting the scene for a series as a whole.  It's a strong start and I look forward to reading The Golden Lily book 2 in the Bloodlines series.

Fave Line:  "Reasons?" asked Clarence.  "If you consider denial and living a delusional life reasons, then I suppose so."

TGIF (1) Spooktacular Reads

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by Ginger at GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

This Friday's Question:
Spooktacular Reads: Which books do you consider festive Halloween reads? Which stories have chilled you to the bone?

My Spooky Reads:

The Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I was really sucked in with this one but I must say, it creeped me out a bit.  This would have to be my favourite spooky read so far.  I was also surprised to find that Joe Hill was in fact Stephen King's son!


Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .

A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
While this one is isn't a horror I definitely had nightmares while reading it.  This is the first book in the Jane Rizzolli and Maura Isles series!


A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed "the Surgeon" by the media.
Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim, who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr. Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston's prestigious hospitals.
As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr. Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat?
To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.

It by Stephen King
While I've only just started this HUGE read, what I have read has left me a little freaked out.  I have always thought Stephen King was over rated and I'd previously tried reading his books unsuccessfully.  I think part of the problem was that I wasn't ready for his writing.  Now though, I'm loving this and I don't think I'll ever like clowns again!


To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing...

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as it stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

This Weeks Posts (From Saturday):


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spellbound Noticeboard (15)

Welcome to Spellbound Noticeboard. Here is where Authors, Bloggers and others can send in anything that you'd like promoted. Competitions, book releases, blog events etc. This is your spot! So feel free to send me a line if you have anything book related (Including books made into movies) and I'll be sure to post these up! I'll also be including features etc that I come across to help spread the word for other Authors and bloggers! Just email me at  


About "Destined" by P.C and Kristin Cast:

"...Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…"

Trailer URL:




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (77)

Waiting on Wednesday was brought to you by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

This week I've found a couple of awesome books I can't wait to get a hold of.  First one is Pure by Julianna Baggott.  This ones out on 8th February 2012.

Synopsis (Goodreads)
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . . There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Pre-order Pure at Book Depository

The other book is The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead, .  I've just finished Bloodlines and really enjoyed this.  (Expect a review soon).  The Golden Lily's expected publish date is 19th June 2012.

Synopsis (Goodreads)
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series.

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

 Pre-order The Golden Lily at Book Depository!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Upcoming Releases: November 2011

Upcoming Releases is a new little feature where I include books I've come across that are released each month.  These can include Young Adult/Adult etc books I can't wait to get my hands on (or been lucky enough to have read), and others I've come across that you may be interested in.
Note: All Titles will be linked back to Goodreads to make it easier to add to your wishlists ;)

Liar's Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce, (Thief Errant #2) 
*1st November 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books*
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
*1st November 2011*
Reckoning by Lili St. Crow (Strange Angels #5)
*1st November 2011 by Razorbill*


Fetching by Kiera Stewart
*8th November 2011 by Hyperion Book CH*
Crossed by Allie Condie (Matched #2)
*1st November 2011 by Razorbill*
Last Breath by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #11)
1st November 2011 by Allson and Busby
(31st October 2011 by Razorbill/Penguin in Australia)


Death Watch by Ari Berk (The Undertaken #1)
*15th November 2011 by Simon and Schuster*
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance #4)
*8th November 2011 by RandomHouse*
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
*15th November 2011 by Simon and Schuster*

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)
*15th November 2011 by Harper Collins*
Void: Hex; Shadows; Ghosts by Rhiannon Lassiter
*15th November by Simon Pulse*
Destined by Jessie Harrell
*17th November 2011 by Mae Day Publishing*


The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
*21st November 2011 by Razorbill*
Unleashed by Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie (Wolf Spring Chronicles #1)
*22nd November 2011 by Delacorte Books*
Legend by Marie Lu (Legend #1)
*28th November 2011 by Razorbill*
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
*15th November 2011 by Razorbill*
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
*14th Novembe 2011 by Harcourt Children*
Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien (Birthmarked #2)
*8th November 2011 by Roaring Brook Press*


Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
*1st November 2011 by HarperCollins*
By Midnight by Mia James (A Ravenwood Mystery #1)
*3rd November 2011 by Indigo*
The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell
*8th November 2011 by Delacorte Press*


Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (Magic Most Foul #1)
*8th November 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire*
My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
*1st November 2011 by Sourcebooks*
*8th November 2011  by Flux*


Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
*8th November 2011 by Delacorte Books*
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
*8th November by Flux*


Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (84)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:


- After the Writers Workshop with Belinda Jeffrey (Author of Brown Skin Blue and Big River, Little Fish) I had to get my hands on this book!
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter - Book 2 in the Shadow Falls series
Shimmer by Alyson Noel - Book 2 in the Riley Bloom series
Radiance by Alyson Noel - Book 1 in the Riley Bloom series

So that's my IMM for this week.  What did you get in yours?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sticky Beak (69)

Sticky Beak is all about sharing. Sometimes we can't all get around to every single blog and website available so that's where Sticky Beak comes in. By word of mouth (well you get what I mean) we are more likely to get to those blogs that we wouldn't have normally seen without someone pointing them out to us.

The links could be to your own post, a favourite blog post you would love to share, an authors blog/website, book/writing contests, reviews you really enjoyed, tour info or anything you would love to share with others. Just use the comments below to add your link!

Here's Mine:

Cool Stuff To Check Out:
Widgetbox: Get the Countdown for Last Breath by Rachel Caine
Wastepaper Prose: Author Insight - Cover Designers.  I really enjoy these posts!
Reading Angel: The Writer's Voice: Authors On Worldbuilding
Creativity Online: Top 5 Most Creative Ads

For Writers:
The Passive Voice: What Happens to Authors When a Publisher Implodes.
Terrible Minds: 25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo
PangurPad: Sign up for a trial run if you plan on doing NaNoWriMo next month!

That's all from me for now.


Friday, October 21, 2011

MBOB: The Hunger Games Teaser Trailer

I have this book on my TBR list and can't wait to get my hands on this.  This teaser trailer looks awesome don't you think?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (76)

Waiting on Wednesday was brought to you by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

Thanks to another blog I came across Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.  This ones set to be released on the 8th May 2012 and I can't wait.  Don't you just love the cover?

Synopsis (Goodreads)
LA has been devastated by a massive earthquake and the city is full of chaos and shattered lives. Mia Price has a connection to the storm that caused the earthquake but doesn't know why - who should she turn to for answers? The religious Followers prophesise the end of the world and claim to have the answers that Mia is seeking. The mysterious and beautiful Jeremy warns her away from them but he's hiding a more sinister truth. In the end, Mia is to discover that she is part of a power much larger than she could ever have imagined. When the final disaster strikes, she must unleash the full horror of her strength to save them all.

Pre-order this at Book Depository now and save!

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Legend by Marie Lu

Title:  Legend
Author:  Marie Lu
Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian
Publisher:  Penguin UK (Imprint: Razorbill)    
Publication Date:  28th November 2011   
ISBN: 9780141339412
Stand alone or series:  Series 
Pages: 368 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia (Publishers) ARC/Uncorrected advanced proof
First Lines:  My mother thinks I'm dead.  Obviously I'm not dead, but it's safer for her to think so. 

Synopsis: (Penguin Aus)

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history . . .

Born into the slums of the Republic's Lake sector, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X - the sign of infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in the wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country - until the day her brother Metias is murdered during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
My Thoughts:
Legend has definitely lived up to the hype for me.  Thanks to Penguin Australia I was lucky enough to receive an ARC/Uncorrected bound proof and I secretly did a happy dance over this.

Legend is told from two characters, Day and June.  Day is a criminal.  Since failing his Trial Day, something that all ten year olds must take to determine where their future lies, he has lived on the streets, his own mother believing him to be dead.  Hunted by the Republic, Day is forced to steal and do whatever necessary to both stay alive, and try and raise money for a plague that has hit many including his brother.

June Iparis is on the opposite end of the spectrum. As the only one to have reached the perfect score of 1500 she has moved through her schooling quickly and been labeled a prodigy.  June is smart, adventurous and tad bit stubborn and with her perfect score, has been guaranteed a spot within the military.  After finding out her brother is killed she is moved up a notch and is placed in the perfect spot to find and arrest the person who had taken her brother away from her.  Day.

As far as dystopian's this is the best one I've read so far.  The characters are far from your typical naive born under a rock type that sometimes pops up in this genre.  Marie has done a great job in created wholesome and kick ass characters that will win you over completely.  As it's told in both Day and Junes perspectives I found I really fell in love with both. There are also strong secondary characters including Tess who really do the story justice.

Legend is a fantastic action packed read, where you can't help but cheer for the underdogs in an overpowering government run country.  With a splash of romance that doesn't overpower the main story line this has a little of everything.

Recommended read.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (83)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:
Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending this to me.

Book 5 in the Strange Angels series.
Thanks to Penguin Australia for sending this to me.

Thanks Jenn for sending this to me.


Book 3 in the Alone series

What did you get in your IMM?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sticky Beak (68)

Sticky Beak is all about sharing. Sometimes we can't all get around to every single blog and website available so that's where Sticky Beak comes in. By word of mouth (well you get what I mean) we are more likely to get to those blogs that we wouldn't have normally seen without someone pointing them out to us.

The links could be to your own post, a favourite blog post you would love to share, an authors blog/website, book/writing contests, reviews you really enjoyed, tour info or anything you would love to share with others. Just use the comments below to add your link!

Here's Mine:

Cool Stuff To Check Out:   Pretty cool website where you can create word clouds
Flashlightworthy: Handpicked book recommendations on hundreds of topics.
Wastepaper Prose: More Author Insight - The Balancing Act

New Authors I've Come Across:
Ilsa J. Bick: Author of the just released Ashes.
Tana French: Author of In The Woods, The Likeness and The Faithful Place.
Susan Kaye Quinn:  Author of Open Minds.

For Writers: 
Sisters in Scribe: Second Draft= First Draft - 10%

That's all from me for now.


Friday, October 14, 2011

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Title:  The Power of Six
Author:  Pittacus Lore
Genre:  Young Adult/Scifi/Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin  
Publication Date:  29th August 2011 
ISBN:  9780141340883
Stand alone or series:  Book 2 in the Lorien Legacies 
Pages: 380 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia
First Lines:  My name is Marina, as of the sea, but I wasn't called that until much later.

Possible Spoilers if you haven't read I am Number Four

I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened to John Smith. To the world he's a mystery, but to me . . . he's one of us. Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us, if we all still believe in our mission.
There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another, but our Legacies are developing and soon we'll be ready to fight. Is John Number Four - and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who might be strong enough to bring the six of us together?
My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading I am Number Four and I was really lucky that Penguin had sent me a copy of The Power of Six so I could keep reading!

When I started reading this I knew I was going to be introduced to a new character 'Number Seven' and while it took me a little to warm up to them I was happy to find at chapter three I was reading John Smith's POV again.  I think with the alternating POV I flew through this book alot quicker than I would have with just Seven's story.

With John, Six and Sam on the run now there is an underlying urgency to keep ahead of the law and the Mogadorians and just when you think something big is going to happen, BANG change of POV.  I think Pittacus Lore has done a brilliant job of keeping the reader in suspense and I know that those tense moments at the end of the chapters or that urgency to know more kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning just to find out what happened next.

I also like how there is more revealed about the Lorien history and more backstory of each character thrown in, as well as the reasoning for why some characters have made the choices they have.  The one thing that has thrown me is the use of Pittacus Lore in the story.  One of the elders is named that and while it's not an unusual name, having the author named that as well kinda puts a bit of a kink in the story.

I also love Bernie Kosar!  Thanks to the I am Number Four it's a lot easier to picture the beasts and chimera that are in both stories.

The Power of Six is an action packed read with some shocking twists, including a few not so pleasant surprises and an ending that will leave you NEEDING to know more!

Bring on the next book!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MBOB: One For The Money Trailer

I absolutely love this series and am so glad that they cast Katherine Heigl to play Stephanie!  Brilliant stuff.  So hopefully you enjoy the trailer.  I can't wait for this to come out!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (75)

Waiting on Wednesday was brought to you by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

I so can't wait for the third instalment of the Seven Kindoms series called Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.  This ones out on the 1st of March 2012 so mark it up on the calendar.

Synopsis (Goodreads)
"Book 3, tentatively titled Bitterblue and currently in progress, is a companion book to both Graceling and Fire and takes place in the seven kingdoms eight years after Graceling. Bitterblue will tie all three books together in some way. Bitterblue is the sixteen-year-old protagonist, and Katsa, Po, Giddon, Helda, and other characters from Graceling will be part of the fabric of the book. Plenty of fighting still to come!"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Between by Jessica Warman Book Trailer

This book trailer definitely has eerie background music.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (82)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:
-Reviewing for Book Lovers Inc


Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierre (Book 2 in Night Creatures series)

SAS Survival Handbook-The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere.
-And before anyone mentions about this one, I am a little random in buying books.. you never know when something may happen and you are stranded or what not LOL.  Pays to be prepared!  Although there is no mention of zombies or anything supernatural related.. so is it the "ultimate guide"?  ;)

What did you get in your IMM this week?


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