Saturday, 20 September 2014

Book Haul #87

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted on Tynga's Reviews where we can share what new books we've picked up this past week be they bought, borrowed or downloaded. There are also lots of other 'book haul' memes out there for you to choose from!

So, I'm not a in a reading slump. Well, I am but there's a reason! My thyroid has gone supernova again and so I'm experiencing all the side effects again - including exhaustion, insomnia and chronic laziness! I'm hoping to get it under control soon so I actually feel like reading & blogging again properly, stay tuned for updates!

I've been doing quite well with the not buying books, now I just need to get my Netgalley/Edelweiss requesting under control too! This is what's arrived in my house over the last two weeks, huge thanks to Titan for a book by one of my favorite teenage authors and for book four in a series that I've been meaning to start for quite some time!


Academic Exercises | Angel's Ink | The Caller
For Review

Catch Me When I Fall | Hidden | Trust Me I'm Lying

The Wolves of London | Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard | J

The Heart Does Not Grow Back | The Silver Pear

Friday, 19 September 2014

Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway!

Welcome to the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer!The prize for this giveaway is a book that's so good you're stuck to the pages until it's finished! I've chosen nine of the books I have absolutely loved this year and you get to choose one of the following titles. The giveaway is open internationally as long as you live in a country that the Book Depository ships to, check out this list to see if your country is there.However, if you don't trust my amazing taste in books you may choose a title yourself up to the value of $12.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: I Heart Robot


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

presented by Month9Books!
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I HEART ROBOT Cover Art from Suzanne van Rooyen
I'm not the most artistically inclined. While I do love art and have been known to bust out the pencils and paints myself, it's not an area where I'd consider myself particularly talented. In short, I knew that cover design was something best left to the professional and I had every confidence in Month9Books.
I am so grateful to Georgia McBride for allowing me to have the amount of input I did when it came to cover creation for I Heart Robot. This is a novel that is as much about a civil rights struggle in a futuristic, post-war city as it is about romance, and we wanted a cover that reflected both elements. Finding the right balance between romance and science fiction was a tall order, but Month9Books delivered in spades by presenting me with two stylistically different covers. I loved elements of both, and by working closely with the cover artist and with Georgia we managed to combine all the best parts of both original covers into what we have today: a cover that reflects the gritty world my characters live in while emphasizing the fact that this is above all, a love story.
I Heart Robot
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations.
Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.
Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
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Title: I Heart Robot
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #90 - Uprooted

Waiting On Wednesday, where we put the spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating, is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

This week's choice is -

Uprooted - Naomi Novik
ISBN - 9780804179034
Publisher - Del Rey
Expected release date - June 30 2015

Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

I cannot wait to read this, I adore Naomi Novik's Temeraire books and Uprooted sounds like it was written just for me. But look at that release date, almost another year to wait...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #65 - Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is - 

Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

This one was difficult. I'm one of those readers who, when they discover a new author they love, binge read just about everything they've written. Quite a few of these authors are ones who had only written one book at the time so I'm desperate to get my hands on their next one!

Andrew Smith
I read Winger on Simon & Schuster's site PulseIt and ended up loving it. His book, The Marbury Lens, has actually been on my wishlist for quite some time and I've heard a lot about his new book, Grasshopper Jungle. Will definitely be reading more.

Karen Foxlee
Karen is an Australian author and I picked up The Midnight Dress because I liked the cover. I seem to have a thing for choosing books that are going to burrow under my skin, loved it! Can't wait to read A Most Magical Girl, due out in 2016.

e. lockhart
I think just about everybody read We Were Liars this year! I was lucky enough to win an ARC and I devoured it. One of my favorite books this year I will definitely be reading something else by Ms Lockhart.

Louisa Reid
I've read Black Heart Blue twice, it's broken my heart both times and and I'm impatiently waiting for Lies Like Love to come in at my library.

Emma Haughton
Another of my favorite books this year! I seem to be enjoying mystery and thriller books more this year than my usual staple of fantasy... Can't wait to read Better Left Buried, out next year!

Alex Bell
I have owned Jasmyn and The Ninth Gate for a while but have only just got round to reading Jasmyn this year. I could kick myself! Fairy tales, murder & mystery equal my perfect book. Can't wait for Frozen Charlotte, her YA effort, coming out in January 2015.

Jonathan Auxier
 I absolutely adored Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, it's almost the perfect MG book. I have his next book, The Night Gardener, to read but I can't bring myself to start it in case it's not as good as Peter Nimble...

Liliana Bodoc
I don't know how I came across Days of the Deer but it turned out to be one the few fantasy novels I've really enjoyed this year. It's written by Argentinian Liliana Bodoc, translated and published by Corvus but unfortunately it doesn't look like a translation of the next book in the trilogy is coming any time soon and my Spanish is way too rusty to even attempt the original!

Emma Carroll
Loved this historical mystery with ghosts so much I bought a copy after I had to return the library copy! Emma's next book, The Girl Who Walked On Air, is about the circus!!! Patiently waiting for my turn in the reservation queue...

Nigel McDowell
A really good (and quite creepy) children's fantasy book, this is another one that I've bought a copy after borrowing from the library. Next up is The Black North, a book twins, witches and a magical jackdaw!

Falling For Books Giveaway

Welcome to the Falling for Books giveaway hosted by Lilybloombooks! The hop runs from today through to midnight on September 30th 2014. Up for grabs is any book that is coming out this Fall up to the value of $20 from the Book Depository as long as they deliver to your country - find the list of countries here.All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below!

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

September New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the September New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Book Nerd! The hop runs from today through to midnight on September 30th 2014. Up for grabs is any new release this month up to the value of $20 from the Book Depository as long as they deliver to your country - find the list of countries here.

All you have to do is choose any new release published in September and leave me a comment stating what book you would like (you can change your mind later!) and a way of getting in touch with you if you are the lucky winner (either an email address or Twitter) - following the blog via GFC, email, Linky or Bloglovin', Goodreads or Twitter is not compulsory, just nice!

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