Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #163 - Crossroads Of Canopy

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 -

Crossroads Of Canopy (Titan's Forest #1) - Thoraiya Dyer
ISBN - 9780765385925
Publisher - Tor
Release date - January 31 2017

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

Tree kingdoms, Understorey and bodyguards for a goddess all sound like this could be an amazing read. I love that cover too, not sure I'd want to live at the top of them though... Out just in time for me to justify it as a birthday present!


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #113 - Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fabulous girls cover at The Broke & The Bookish. This week's topic is -
Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Well, I made this a lot harder on myself than it should have been... I haven't updated Goodreads properly in nearly 3 months so I've kind of lost track of what I've read anyway, especially what of what I've read that has been published this year. The other thing conspiring against me is that I've either been reading library books or trying to clear books from my TBR pile for the TBR Challenge. Library books especially have not been published this year apart from a handful and only three were absolute favorites.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Bookmarked... #20

The return of the (mostly) weekly post letting you all know what I'm reading and have lined up for the week! It's my own version of Sheila at Book Journey's It's Monday What Are You Reading (now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date) and I have her permission to rename it for my own nefarious reasons...

I am ever hopeful that I will get these Bookmarked... posts out on a slightly more regular basis. Life however has a habit of getting in the way of both reading and blogging. I thought I had a whole 10 days to catch up on reading, writing some reviews(!) and catching up on comments and blogs but instead I've got tomorrow at home and then I'm off again! Anyway, this is what I've finished recently and what I've got bookmarks stuck in currently.


Continuing to love Fables! The fact that they count towards my Fairy Tale challenge is nothing to do with it!

In fact, I'm kicking myself for taking so long to start reading them. Thankfully the library seem to have most of the series so I shall only have to beg/borrow/steal the last 2!!!

Rat Queens! Let me count the ways! I adored Rat Queens and was extremely peeved to discover the library didn't have any more...

A decent thriller about a woman in prison for killing her husband but is he really dead? A quick read, finished this in about 3 hours and enjoyed it.

I'd heard lots of good things about Sarah Mlynowski so thought it was about time I checked her out. To be honest I wasn't hugely impressed but I will get the sequel, Think Twice, because I want to know what happens.

The Girl Of Ink And Stars was fantastic, and the illustrations only made it better! Great YA fantasy from a debut author...

Currently Reading

Absolutely loving this, borrowed from the library but definitely buying a copy!

Another one where I'm so annoyed that I took so long to get round to reading it...

Rereading before I read In Ashes Lie again and loving the stunning new covers from Titan!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Tommy V Cancer - Review: Wail Of The Banshee

Today is my stop on the Tommy v Cancer blog tour! The aim of this blog tour is to spread awareness of Tommy Donbavand’s current battle with the big C and to help raise some donations for him as he can no longer do the full time work of an author that he was doing before so he needs as much as help as he can get. I'm taking part because I obviously want to help people beat this horrible, horrible disease after losing my beloved mama to pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. To find out more about Tommy's fight, you can check out his brilliant blog here:

And if you wanted to donate anything, you can do so two ways:


You can also purchase any of his collection of brilliant books!

The idea behind this tour is that we all chose a book to review from Tommy's vast catalogue and I decided to focus on one of his series, Scream Street. Imagine a street just for werewolves, mummies, vampires and assorted other monsters and you find yourself living there literally overnight. Well, that's Scream Street for you... Here’s a review of one of the latest Scream Street books, Scream Street: Wail Of The Banshee!
“AAAYYYOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!” Stunned awake by piercing screeches from next door, Jamie, newly arrived in the neighborhood, is certainly experiencing the scream in Scream Street. Favel has an infected tooth and Dr Skully fears the worst – the young banshee needs medicine, and fast! With the help of Luke, Resus and Cleo, Jamie must track down the ingredients for a life-saving remedy. But the four friends are dicing with death: if they’re not careful, Favel won’t be the only one biting the dust…

Wail Of The Banshee carries on where the last book, Flame Of The Dragon, left off except this time we have a new narrator. Jamie is freshly arrived in Scream Street having been moved by the Movers only the night before. He's come to the attention of G.H.O.U.L. Government Housing Of Unusual Life-forms) with his Walker talents, the ability to travel outside of his body whenever he feels like it. 

Woken by what can only be described as hideous wails of pain Jamie spots some rather unusual children outside the bedroom window and meets Luke (werewolf), Cleo (mummy) and Resus (vampire). Together they discover that Favel the Banshee has toothache and unless some magical ingredients can be found to make an anaesthetic she'll become very poorly indeed.

What follows is a grand adventure as Jamie gets to know his new friends, meets more residents of Scream Street and helps to find things such as anti-honey and griffin sweat! Between skeleton doctors, six foot tall fairies and the Gran Reaper life is definitely not dull in Scream Street...

Perfect for children age 7+ Wail Of The Banshee is another great instalment in the series. I should know, I bought and devoured all 14 of them over the last two weeks! The books are short enough for those readers who are either aren't confident about reading anything longer yet or for those reluctant readers whose attention span might not be as long as others. With plenty of action and thrilling story-lines they're great for both girls and boys, no gender stereotypes here thank you very much. What's even better is that if they like (love) the books there's a new animated television series to tide them over!

Scream Street: Wail Of The Banshee - Tommy Donbavand
Publisher - Walker
Release date - October 4 2012

About The Author

Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum). 

In theater, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).

As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.
Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.

Twitter Chat!

To end this tour, Vivienne and Chelley will be hosting a twitter chat that you do not want to miss!

This will be on 30th June 2016, 8 – 9pm BST

The hashtag for the chat is #tommyvcancer

There will also be a GIVEAWAY!

See you there!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #162 - Six Wakes

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 -

Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty
ISBN - 9780316389686
Publisher - Orbit
Release date - December 20 2016
Find - Goodreads

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was - and the secret to their mission.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once...

Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently Maria wasn't the only one to die recently.

Having loved the first book in the Shambling series, The Shambling Guide To New York City, Mur Lafferty has been on my watchlist so I was intrigued and excited by the synopsis of Six Wakes. It sounds completely different to the Shambling books but at the same time it sounds vaguely familiar. Was there a television show that did this? Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Six Wakes even though it's another six months until release date!  


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

June New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the June (how on earth have we got to June already!) 2016 New Release Giveaway Hop, hosted by It Starts At Midnight! The hop runs from today through to midnight on June 30 2016. Up for grabs is any new release this month up to the value of $22 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 June and fill out the rafflecopter!

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Check out the linky for lots of other chances to win, thanks for entering and good luck!

Top Ten Tuesday #112 - New Releases For The Rest Of 2016...

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

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

I haven't been very good at keeping up with what's coming out when this year so this threw me into a bit of a spin. Having sifted through Goodreads I think these are my most anticipated titles for the rest of the year... I'm almost 100% certain that I will think of a dozen or more titles immediately after I hit publish!

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