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.


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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!


The Trailer-

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Revew: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 10th June 2014
ISBN:
9780062220011
Stand Alone/Series:
First book in the Murder Complex series
Pages:
398 pages
First Lines:
It is the key to survival, the key to life.  My father's old dagger.


Synopsis:  
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

My Thoughts:
I stumbled across Lindsay Cummings' Instagram some time ago and have been following her pics and promotion but hadn't had the chance to pick up any of her books. It was after watching one of her Youtube videos on help for writers that I realized I hadn't read anything of hers so I picked up The Murder Complex.

I had read the first paragraph in the synopsis and it had won me over to reading this so I purchased a kindle version and off I went. As you can tell it was a bit of a surprise when Meadow and Zephyr meet because I had no idea he was a programmed assassin as the synopsis had stated so it was a a big surprise. Because I was thinking this is great they'll get together... :)

I liked the world that Lindsay has created: The Shallows. Don't get me wrong, it's not a place I'd personally live in but it came alive and felt real and believable. The only thing I did think of was that the perimeter reminded me of many other dystopians that had walls keeping them in. The story needed it, but I guess I hate to say it but felt it was bordering on cliche.

The characters were an interesting mix. Meadow, a girl who would do anything to keep her family safe, including kill. Trained in combat and always on her guard, Meadow quickly became my favourite when I was reading her chapters.

Zephyr is a bit of a complicated one. He's a ward of the government and lives with all the other orphans on the reserve, and up until a certain point, I'd believed him to be fairly innocent in the story. It's not what you think though and I did really like Zephyr as a character in the book also.

Talan, Zephyrs friend and fellow ward was another one I felt I needed to mention. She's mouthy and rebellious and a great addition to TMC cast.

If you are looking for a gripping read that is a bit gory I suggest giving this one a try. I'm already itching to read the sequel to this so that's saying something.

Hope you all enjoy!


Fave Lines: 
Sometimes we have to give up little pieces of our humanity so that we can keep living.
(There are too many favourite lines to list here!)
Book received from: 
Purchased (Kindle)
Authors Website:  Lindsay Cummings






Monday, April 3, 2017

Tv Shows Based on Books: Thirteen Reasons Why

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Thirteen Reasons Why
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.


Quickie Review: 
I haven't read the book, but this weekend I binge-watched all 13 episodes of Thirteen Reasons Why.  It showed up on Netflix (Australia) on the 31st of March and by the preview on there I was itching to see whether it lived up to the hype of the trailer.  And yes, yes it did!
I feel guilty for not reading the book, and I hope those of you that have, will enjoy the tv show as much as the book.
It was intense, amazing, and downright cruel the things that Hannah Baker had endured.  You will be bracing for the worst that is yet to come, because you know what is coming, and it's hard to watch someone go through these things and not feel the need to yell at the tv and tell the other characters to stop it!
Thirteen Reasons Why is dramatic take on what pushes a person to commit suicide.  It shows the dark side of High school and how separate incidents can drive a person to choosing such a final end to their story.
I loved all the characters in their own way.  It's not unusual to like the main character the most, but my second favourite apart from Clay was Tony.  He kept Clay in check throughout the tapes and kept him going when he tried to quit.

There are adult themes so keep that in mind when watching.  Towards the end it gets harder to watch so brace yourself for those parts, but definitely worth the time.  I'm guilty of watching this all in just two sittings, it was that good.  I was hooked.

Hope you all enjoy this and take away a bit of insight as well.
Bullying can come in many forms and when it happens, don't be a bystander!  





Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Trailer: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Wink Poppy Midnight
Synopsis
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

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I can't help it.  I just love the cover of this one.  It's so pretty. Enjoy!!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: Honeymoon by James Patterson

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Honeymoon (Honeymoon, #1)Title: Honeymoon
Author: James Patterson and Howard Rougan
Genre: Mystery / Fiction / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication Date: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9780755387151
Stand Alone/Series: Honeymoon #1
Pages:  393 pages
First Lines: Things aren't always as they appear.  One minute, I'm totally fine.

Synopsis:  
Don't give away the ending ... don't give away the beginning.

How does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman? Wonderful. This is the life Nora Sinclair has dreamed about, the life she's worked hard for, the life she will never give up.

She doesn't just attract men, she enthralls them. So why is FBI agent John O'Hara interested in Nora Sinclair? Mysterious things happen to people around her, especially the men. And there is something dangerous about Nora, something that lures O'Hara at the same time that it fills him with fear.

Is something dark hidden in the gaps of her past? As O'Hara spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice? Or his own fatal obsession?

My Thoughts: 
If it weren't for the fact I was doing James Patterson's Masterclass I probably would never have picked this book up.  I'd heard mixed reviews on the author and his very quick turnaround times for books so I didn't really have any interest.  But since one of the things that would help with the course was to read this, I gave it a go.  If you are interested in James Pattersons Masterclass you can by clicking here.

This is a murder mystery novel so there isn't alot I can talk about without giving away too much but the story revolves around a woman who is alluring and beautiful and an interior decorator.  She has everything going for her and so when she leaves her husband to go see a client, and that client turns out to be another man she is involved with, things get pretty interesting.

While we get to read from a few different view points I definitely liked the main character O'Hara and the predicament he ends up in.  He's a very relatable character with good strong morals that are definitely tested.

If you like a good mystery, certainly give this a go.  I found it to be a real page turner.  The chapters are short and engaging and I can't wait to read the next book Second Honeymoon!

Happy reading!

Book received from:  Purchased from Amazon



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blogoversary Winner!


Congratulations 
to 

Megan.S

Thank you so much to everyone that entered.  I really appreciate it!  Hope you all have an awesome day.

Megan I'll be emailing across your $100USD Barnes and Nobles email very soon

Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Trailer: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) Synopsis:
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?




Monday, February 20, 2017

Survey: Have you seen the movie before reading the book?


This is one I've always struggled with.  My ultimate goal is to always read the book first before the movie, because lets face it, more often than not the book wins out!  The book is more in depth, and holds alot more than what a movie can fit in.  Plus a movie caters for the wider audience so will sometimes stray a little from the storyline of the book.

In saying this, the last few movies I've seen, I haven't read the books to it.  Fifty Shades Darker (and to top it off I watched it out of order too... the horror? ) and The Longest Ride.  Both extremely awesome movies, and because of these movies, I now want to read the books! Before, I had no intention of touching anything in this genre so I really think in times like this it's kind of a good thing to branch out sometimes.

So I'm curious with others out there.  Please enter the survey below telling me about your reading / watching tastes!  

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P.S
Don't forget to check out my blogoversary giveaway here. Only 8 more days to go!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Seventh Blogoversary and Giveaway


Hey All.

Can you believe Spellbound By Books has turned 7 and what better way to celebrate than to have an awesome giveaway! I've been super lucky over the years to come across so many amazing Authors, readers and other bloggers on the internet and in person. How crazy can something as awesome as reading and sharing that love can bring so many like-minded people together!

Cheers to you all!

So without further ado, see below to enter. Feel free to say hi in the comments and make sure to pop your favourite book title in there as well for extra points!

P.S Keep an eye out each Monday as I pop up a new post weekly

Monday, February 13, 2017

MBOB: Fifty Shades Darker

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I'll admit I'm very late to this party!  I never watched the first movie or read the books.  I tend to shy away from the latest fad for the simple fact that I don't want to go in with the high hopes that this is going to be fantastic because "Everyone said so," and be let down.  But a friend roped me in to go see Fifty Shades Darker and I reluctantly said yes. I'm not one to watch or read things out of order but I did this time, and I have to admit that for me it was better to watch the second one first.  I admit I went home and watched Fifty Shades of Grey straight after, and things made a lot more sense.  So now I am moving onto the books!  Plus, we are definitely booked in to watch Fifty Shades Freed next year!

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Synopsis
Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.




Monday, February 6, 2017

Tv Shows Based on Books: Riverdale

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Admittedly, if it weren't for my workmate I probably wouldn't have been steered in the direction of Riverdale.  So I'm glad she did, thanks Skye.  I haven't read any of the comics, and I'm not sure I will, but if you have heard of Archie, Veronica, Bettie and Juggs and / or you've read the comics, check out Riverdale.
I was a little disappointed that they only release one episode of week, and as of today there are just 2 episodes out because when I sat in front of my screen yesterday morning, I swear I could have binged on it, it was that good.  Admittedly it may not be everyones cup of tea but I recommend giving it a go.  It's on Australia's Netflix if you are keen.

If you are interested in checking out the comics, it seems there are two versions.  The originals, and a remake which I'd say would tie into the Riverdale series.

I love the characers, especiually  Jugghead though he's only really in the background narrating the story, I hope we get to see more of him in the coming episodes as he's an interesting character and one I'd like to hear more about.  I also can't help but compare Veronica in Riverdale to Hayley from The Originals.  The resemblence is uncanny!

So if you have been watching this, let me know in the comments.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary bash
Goodreads  // Book Depository
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS 75TH ANNIVERSARY BASH collects 1000 pages of iconic Archie tales in this one amazing volume! Follow America's favorite red-head as he navigates the pressures of the American teenager in the awkward, charming, and hilarious way you've come to know and love.

Archie Vol. 1 Goodreads // Book Depository 
 America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

Brought to you by some of the masters of the comic book genre, including writer Mark Waid and the all-star lineup of artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish, the first volume of ARCHIE presents readers with a new take on the beloved Archie Comics concepts while retaining the best elements from the company’s 75 years of history. ARCHIE VOL. 1 collects ARCHIE #1-6 and features bonus content including scripts, sketches, variant covers and the full first issue of the all new JUGHEAD series by acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson.

Source: IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5420376/mediaviewer/rm2176400896

 



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