Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Something Wicked Strikes Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my favorite time of the year! In honor of this I'm joining in the Something Wicked Strikes Giveaway hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, The Nocturnal Library, Candace's Book Blog and My Guilty Obsession. I'm giving you the chance to choose a creepy/scary/mysterious/thrilling book of your choice from the Book Depository up to the value of $15!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite scary read (or just a favorite book you read at this time of year if you don't do scary) and a way of getting in touch if you're the lucky winner!

The giveaway is open from today until midnight on October 31st and don't forget to check out the other fabulous blogs taking part, find a list of them here or use the linky list below! Good luck and thanks for entering!

Waiting on Wednesday #92 - An Ember in the Ashes

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 -

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
ISBN - 9781595148032
Publisher - Razorbill
Expected release date - April 28 2015

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.

Keep your heart for yourself.

I'm not sure where I came across An Ember in the Ashes but it went straight on to my wishlist! If the book is as good as that synopsis promises it to be then it could turn out to be one of my favorite reads of the year.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #67 - Books I Found Hard To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fabulous gals cover at The Broke & The Bookish. This week's topic is -

Top Ten Books I Found Hard To Read

I was never one for crying over a book until my beloved mama died nearly 2 years ago. Ever since then I seem to have developed a talent for choosing books I know I'm going to struggle to read purely because I know they will turn me into a sobbing mess. Here are the books that have done exactly that.

The First Last Kiss - Ali Harris
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson

Monday, 29 September 2014

Killing Sound - Paul Southern

Killing Sound - Paul Southern
ISBN - 9781909489080
Publisher - Chicken House
Release date - September 4 2014

Jodie is cursed with a terrible gift. She just doesn't know it yet. When she stumbles across one of her dead father's old papers on sound waves in the attic, it sets her on a terrifying journey to find out more, leading her across the streets of London to the dark, untrodden tunnels of the Underground, where she is forced to face the truth. Her worst nightmare is about to become real. Worse, she can hear it coming.

When I was contacted about reviewing Killing Sound I didn't know anything about it apart from the fact that I vaguely recognised the author's name. Turns out I did but not because I'd read something he'd written! Paul Southern used to be in a band back in the 1990's so I've obviously come across his name somewhere before.

Killing Sound might just be my favorite book of the year, it's a YA paranormal horror thriller which combined together have led to some fantastic books over the years and this is definitely up there with them. Jodie' s parents died a grisly, gruesome death in the family home - Jodie was there and is quite possibly the only person who knows what happened that night. Fast forward 12 years later and Jodie is living with her Aunt Gene, has a sort-of boyfriend and friends, living a well adjusted life considering the traumas of her early life. All this changes though when she discovers her father's old papers and nothing is going to be the same again. Jodie's father was working on a link between sound and the paranormal. Jodie knows she can't leave this alone as it's a link to the parents she never really knew. She enlists the help of Luca and Kamran and together they try to decipher what happened all those years ago. Jodie's Aunt Gene is none too happy about this discovery and goes to William Habborlain whose work her father was trying to disprove. She finds herself coerced into a seance and contact with Habborlain's peculiar son, John.

Throw in a gang of Goth bullies including a girl, Laura, who appears to want her best friend Luca and Trent, her dark & Gothly boyfriend, strange dreams that might not actually be dreams, demons and strange happenings involving the tube and Killing Sound becomes a rollercoaster of a book. Although written as a YA novel Southern doesn't hold back, there is plenty of scares & gore and he is not afraid to kill quite prominent characters. Between the gripping storyline and the wonderful writing I devoured Killing Sound in just one night - I wouldn't recommend doing this if you scare easily or are alone in the house and definitely don't read it on the Tube! Having read Killing Sound I don't think I will ever use the Tube without wondering 'what if' again.

To quote Barry Cunningham from Chicken House, Killing Sound is 'one of the most brilliantly scary stories I have ever read'.

Huge thanks to Chicken House for providing me with a copy of the book!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #91 - Prince Lestat

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 -

UK Cover | US Cover
Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles #11) - Anne Rice 
Publisher - UK Chatto & Windus
                 US Knopf Publishing
Expected release date - UK October 30 2014
                                     US October 28 2014
Find - Goodreads | Book Depository

 From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire universe beginning with the now iconic INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED—a stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return . . . a new, exhilarating novel that deepens Rice's vampire mythology, and gives us a chillingly hypnotic, rich mystery-thriller.

"What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again..."  - from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned ("mesmerizing" —SF Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ("brilliant...its undead characters are utterly alive" - New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces - the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw - the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat..

I used to read everything Rice wrote, I loved her Vampire Chronicles and read all of them as they came out. The last couple weren't as good but I stuck with them - and her, until she started writing books that really weren't my cup of tea.But this is great news, she's going back (hopefully) to a series I loved (mostly) and it's about Lestat!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #66 - Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

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

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

I really don't know how you're meant to narrow this week's topic down to just ten books - so I didn't... I have about 100 books I'd like to read over the next couple of months. Theses are the books that I will probably get to first, a mix of both old & new titles.

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!


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