Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Summer Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds and I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Summer is meant for reading so the winner of this hop gets to choose any book from the Book Depository up to the value of $15! The giveaway is open to anyone who lives in a country that BD will ship to, check out the list here. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter and the giveaway runs from now through to midnight on August 7th 2013.

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Unfortunately there's a problem with linky codes on my blog just now so check out all of the other blogs taking part over on BookHounds for more chances to win! Thanks for entering and good luck!

Waiting on Wednesday #36 - Skulk

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 -

Skulk - Rosie West @ Twitter
ISBN - 9781908844699
Publisher - Strange Chemistry
Expected release date - October 2013
Find - Book Depository/Goodreads

'To some, Meg Banks’ life might look perfect – she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school and has famous parents. Only Meg knows the truth: her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg’s only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist.
While out tagging one night, Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox… a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful and mysterious gemstone. Soon Meg realises that she’s also inherited his power to shift and finds an incredible new freedom in fox form.
She is plunged into the shadowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters – the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone, someone who can twist nature to his will. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.'
- from Strange Chemistry

Gahhh! This just sounds so amazing and is quite possibly one of my most anticipated books of the year! I love foxes, and especially foxes in mythology - Kitsune anybody? - so can't wait to see how Rosie Best describes her shapeshifting foxes! I would like it to be October now, either that or the book fairy to wave a magic wand...

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #17 - Favorite Beginnings/Endings

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

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

So this is an interesting one!  I sat for hours trying to remember books with beginnings and/or endings that I had loved and came up with the following list, in no particular order.

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink." - I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

"Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?'" - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." - Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

"All was well." - Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love." - The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

"A Last Note from Your Narrator: I am haunted by humans" - The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

"It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." - Matilda, Roald Dahl

"When Mr Bilbo Baggins announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventyfirst birthday  with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton." - Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." - Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

What's on your list?

Monday, 29 July 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Sign-Up!

Yes, it's that time again!!! Having failed spectacularly at the last read-a-thon I participated in I'm trying again! I have no excuses this time, I'm at home, I don't have the twins, I have no hospital appointments or any other commitments for the whole week.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

If you want to join in the fun/insanity/madness sign up here on the Bout of Books sign-up page!

Year of the Great Seventh - Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the Year of the Great Seventh summer world tour!

We will be hopping from side to side of the globe helping Nate and Sophie find each other, but for that, we need you through the entire tour. Sophie and Nate need to meet at a secret location at the end of the blog tour, but since they don’t want anyone else to know where, they left the address in hidden code.

We will be giving you clues at each tour stop that will help you find the location. Also, at each blog tour stop, we will unveil a part of a picture that discloses the secret location.

These are the rules of the game:
  • You’ll need to have read The Year of the Great Seventh to be able to follow the game, or at least, have some knowledge of what happens in the novel.
  • You’ll need access to Google maps (Street View).
  • At each blog tour stop we will reveal a sentence like this: Sophie spent an afternoon at the (2676 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA—second word written on top of the main entrance door) Park with her friends.
  • You’ll need to put that address into Google maps, and using Street View, you need to work out which word is missing. In this case, the answer would the following: Sophie spent an afternoon at the SKATE Park with her friends.
  • We are only interested in the first letter of the word: “S”.
  • The next day, we will plot that letter into the four words that will hint the secret location, and we will give you the new sentence.  

For example:
- - -   - - - - -   S - - -   - - -
  • Additionally, there will be a photo of the secret location at each blog tour stop. At the first stop, it will be totally blacked out, but as we go along the tour, we will start unveiling different parts.
  • When we get to the last stop, with the photo and the four words that we will have deciphered, you’ll be on your own to find the secret location.
  • The first 5 people who send an email to  with the correct solution will win a free hardcopy of The Year of the Great Seventh.
  • We will only disclose the winners after the last stop of the blog tour, and will strictly follow the email entries by date/time received to award the books to the first 5 people who discover the secret location. Please remember to include your first name, last name, and address in the email.  We will not use this information for any other purpose.
  • You can write comments on the blog post. We are okay with people helping each other; however, the first 5 people to send the correct answer win the books.
  • If you change your mind about the secret location, you can send more than one email.
  • There can only be one winner per address, and you can only win a maximum of 1 book per person.

Let’s hope we can help Nate and Sophie find each other!

Yesterday's solution -

Sophie’s NYU tour started in the (Kimmel Center for University Life).

was hitting on Cat Woman at Ethan’s party.

‘The salvation to both lies beneath’ meant the (King) of Armenia was supposed to side with Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium. 

 Today we will do two different sentences:

When Sophie texts Nate for the first time, she asks him to meet her at (502 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10011 - third word on the awning) p.m. at her place.

The news anchor reports that a series of explosions interrupted the premiere after party at (453 W 17th St #1 New York, NY 10011 - number to the right of the door) a.m.  

The picture of the secret location

Blog tour schedule:

July 16, 2013               YA Book Addict
July 17, 2013               Pretty in Fiction
July 18, 2013               Reading Away the Days
July 19, 2013               Book Mark Belles
July 20, 2013               Le Vanity Victorienne
July 21, 2013               The Maniacal Bookworm
July 22, 2013               Book - Marks the Spot
July 23, 2013               Digesting the Words
July 24, 2013               Butterfly Feet Walking on Books
July 25, 2013               Book Divas
July 26, 2013               Nawanda Files
July 27, 2013               Coffee, Books and Me
July 28, 2013               The Dust Jacket
July 29, 2013               The Bookish Outsider
July 30, 2013               Just a Book Lover
August 1, 2013            So Many Books, So Little Time
           August 2, 2013            Framed In Words

Good luck everybody and don't forget to check out the last three stops of the tour after mine to be in with a chance of winning a hardcover copy of Year of the Great Seventh.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Book Haul #35

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted on Tynga's Reviews and Letterbox Love is a UK edition hosted by Narratively Speaking. Here we can share what new books we've picked up this past week. There are also lots of other 'book haul' memes out there for you to choose from!

Still a few days to go before the big cut-off point comes, or Operation TBR, so this week is maybe a teeny weeny bit crazy??? I went a bit nuts on Netgalley but got approved for two books that I've been desperate to read including Angel City, the sequel to The Watchers, which I read last year and loved! It was also library day so a huge pile of books which I didn't mean to reserve all at the same time all came in - at the same time... Last but not least I was in London for an amazing book launch on Thursday so had hours of fun wandering round bookstores!


Bitter Seeds - Ian Tregillis

The Coldest War - Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil - Ian Tregillis

Rising Darkness - Thea Harrison

The Weight of Souls - Bryony Pearce

Control - Kim Curran
Kindle Freebies

The First - Jason Mott

The Sparrow - Jason Mott

Sora's Quest - T L Shreffler

Angel City - Jon Steele

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

Library Haul

Girl, Missing - Sophie McKenzie

Geek Girl - Holly Smale

Wool - Hugh Howey

The Disappeared - C J Harper

Lolly Willowes - Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Alchemist of Souls - Anne Lyle

The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Red Knight - Miles Cameron

Half Lives - Sara Grant

The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman

Heart of the Dragon - Gena Showalter

Hubble Bubble - Jane Lovering

Blood Ties - Sophie McKenzie

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #35

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 -

Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles #2) - Kat Zhang @ Twitter
ISBN UK - 978-0007490363
          US - 9780062114907
Publisher UK - HarperCollins Childrens
               US - HarperCollins
Expected Release Date UK - April 24th 2014
                                    US - September 17th 2013
Find - Book Depository/Goodreads

Do not read any further if you haven't read What's Left Of Me!

'"I'm lucky just to be alive"

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.'
- Goodreads

I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this but just look at that gap between the US and UK releases!!! I'm either going to have to pay for the US hardcover or wait seven months for my library to get the UK version :(

What are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #16

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

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up A Book

Another tough one for me, I spent ages thinking about this one and I'm not sure there's many things that would completely stop me from reading a book. I might start something thinking I don't think I'll like this because it's about 'xxx' but I don't force myself to finish it!

Anyway, here's my list.

If You Loved 'xxxxx' You'll Love 'xxxxx' or For Fans of 'xxxxx'

This drives me nuts, I don't want to read a book because someone thinks it's the same as something I've already read or not even liked!

Child Abuse

Why would you even want to read about child abuse unless you were involved in helping children in a real-life situation? Just too upsetting...


I get enough sport shoved at me every day, why would I want to read about it?


Everybody has the right to believe in whatever religion they choose to follow, I don't necessarily want to read about it though.

Love Triangles

Such an old plot device, surely we can find something else to throw a spanner in the works?


See Sports... My father rings me and will talk about politics for hours, I definitely don't want to read about it!

New Adult

I'm not against it as such but the phrase just irritates me! I also find it hard to believe that people don't have sex before they go to college...

Celebrity Authors

Oooh, I'm a celebrity. That means I must write a book. Just no...

Where are all the stand-alone novels?

I would love to read more than just a handful of books that don't comprise of 99 books in the series. I would like to be able to pick up a book, read it, finish it and say 'What a great book, I loved the ending!' I am completely guilty though of reading books that seem to be in a series, I wish I wasn't. There are also plenty of series out there that should have ended sooner but have been stretched to four, five, six or more books.


Last year I read The Fault In Our Stars and loved it, it made me cry but I loved it. Then my wonderful mama died and I can't even stand to see the word in a book.

What's on your list?

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