Monday 30 June 2014

Sizzling Hot Summer Reads Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sizzling Hot Summer Reads Hop hosted by Lilybloombooks & A Bookish Escape!

Up for grabs is any book (Adult or YA and up to the value of $15) from the Book Depository that you would take on holiday or to the beach to read! Open internationally, please check here that BD ships to your country before entering to avoid disappointment! The giveaway is open until midnight on July 15th.

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Check out the list below for all the other blogs taking part, thanks for entering and good luck!

Cover Madness Giveaway Hop!
Up for grabs? One winner will get to choose one of the fabulous books pictured below, most of which are not out yet so what you're winning is a pre-order of your chosen title from the Book Depository. Yes, that means the giveaway is international as long as you live in a country that BD ship to, check here!

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Check out the list below for all the other blogs taking part, thanks for entering and good luck!

Saturday 28 June 2014

Book Haul #83 - The Late Edition

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!

This is my last haul before I go off to Reading for two weeks! It's Henley Regatta time, I'm going to Waterstones Piccadilly for an event featuring Marcus Sedgwick & Meg Rosoff, another event featuring Rainbow Rowell and of course it's the big one - London ComicCon!!! Posts here may be sporadic as I don't know how much time I'm going to have to get online but as I managed to lug my (very heavy & very large) 8 year old laptop up there last week I'll try my best :) In book buying news this week was a good one! I bought one book, secondhand, and it cost pennies! I'm pretty sure I've read it but I can't find it in any of my book journals so it's on the TBR pile for now. It was also library week so that satisfied my book buying urges :)


The Wild Swans

Far From You | Shadow Spell | The Originals

Dead Scared | Darkness Falls | Sleeping Angel
Review - Netgalley/Edelweiss

Broken Monsters | Drowned | Salt & Storm

Jackaby | Illusions of Fate
Blog Tours

Zeus Is Dead | Tortured Souls

Friday 27 June 2014

Review & Giveaway: Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fantastic Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman! Click the banner above to follow the tour, read interviews, guest posts and other reviews!

Boneseeker - Brynn Chapman
Publisher - Month9Books
Release date - June 17 2014
Find - GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Chapters Indigo!

Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

I've been a lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I even went to the West End to see Jeremy Brett on stage playing the part he played so well on television! So, as soon as I read the synopsis for Boneseeker and saw that it featured the children of both Holmes and Watson I was intrigued.

Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson are in the New World, Holmes has remained behind in London whilst Henry is in America with his father, John.

Full review coming!

About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a paediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Winners will be drawn on July 11th 2014

Four (4) winners will receive an e-book copy of Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman (INT)

One (1) winner will win an e-book copy of Boneseeker AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 B & N Gift Card - Winner's Choice (INT)

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Thursday 26 June 2014

Review & Giveaway - The Half Life of Molly Pierce

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
by Katrina Leno
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 8th 2014


You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering. 

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

As soon as I read the synopsis for Molly Pierce I knew it was something I wanted to read, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this book ended up being one that got completely under my skin.

“A smart, seductive page turner, deeply felt and full of surprises.” (Madeleine George, author of The Difference Between You and Me)

“Unfolds its careful origami slowly and hypnotically, taking on one shape after another before finally revealing itself as something stranger and more beautiful than I’d anticipated. A moving, expertly wrought story that will keep surprising you past the last page.” (Bennet Madison, author of September Girls)

“A Tilt-A-Whirl of a first novel, a breathtaking thrill ride that takes you in one direction and then spins you off in another, over and over, keeping you guessing with every turn of the page.” (Michael Thomas Ford, author of Suicide Notes)

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I am a writer from the East Coast, currently living in Los Angeles.

My first book for young adults- The Half Life of Molly Pierce- will be published on July 8, 2014 by Harper Collins.

Giveaway is open to US Only | Must be 13 or older to enter

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Wednesday 25 June 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #82 - Company Town

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 -

Company Town - Madeline Ashby
ISBN - 9780857665362
Publisher - Angry Robot
Expected release date - September 30th 2014
Find - Goodreads | Book Depository

Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse...?

I loved Madeline Ashby's writing in vN and I have iD waiting to be read so when I read about Company Town it went straight on to the wishlist! Sometimes I need to step away from fantasy and YA, this fits the bill perfectly and is part of my ongoing quest to read more adult fiction. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy and I love that cover!

Saturday 21 June 2014

Book Haul #82

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!

I've been away from home all week but still managed to end up with all these! It's been a really good week, went to a great event on Thursday night (photos in my end of the month post!) and got one of my most anticipated books of 2014 to review but late yesterday afternoon I heard the sad news about Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A. Anyone who reads this blog on at least a semi-regular basis knows of my affection for all things Strange Chemistry, they've introduced me to some outstanding authors and published some amazing books so I'm saddened by the news that Angry Robot have stopped publication immediately of all their forthcoming SC books. I can only hope that the authors who have worked so hard are able to find new homes for their books, I know I'll be checking frequently! There's so much more I could say about the situation, including my initial reaction from yesterday but I'm not going to say anything else except thank you to all the great people who worked for or wrote for Strange Chemistry and I wish you all the best.


Siege & Storm | Ruin & Rising

The Girl with all the Gifts | The City's Son | The Glass Republic


Legion of the Damned | The Dark World | Rain

The Miniaturist | The Cure for Dreaming | Threats of Sky & Sea

We Were Liars

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