Sunday, 31 January 2016

'Starflight', by Melissa Landers

Title: Starflight (Starflight #1)
Author(s): Melissa Landers
Release Date: 2nd February 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Source: Goodreads Giveaway (ARC)

Synopsis:
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world--and each other--the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

'The Chimes' Blog Tour - Author Guest Post! (Anna Smaill)


I am incredibly excited to share with you today an amazing author guest post for my stop in this last stretch of the 'The Chimes' Blog Tour.

'The Chimes' is set in a world where music has replaced the written word and memories are carried as physical objects and are people's most prized possessions. The Order enforces a permanent amnesiac state over its population... Until a young boy, Simon, starts to remember.

With a hardback release in 2015, 'The Chimes' was critically acclaimed and Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The paperback is being released on the 14th of February, and to mark the occasion I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to ask the author, Anna Smaill, some questions.

This post is about Anna's journey into fiction, the laborious process of writing 'The Chimes' and finishes off with some very insightful writing advice.

Thank you so much to Anna for the incredibly inspiring words and Ruby at Sceptre Books for this opportunity. Don't forget to check the other stops on the blog tour!

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

1 Year of Booktube GIVEAWAY BONANZA!


Today is such a 'proud moment' day for me. Exactly one year ago, I posted my first video on my Youtube channel. I have blogged on and off about books for a great number of years now, but every blog that I created didn't last long until I started loosing interest and commitment to it.

I debated creating the channel for a long time, taking this into account (and also the fact I hate being in front of cameras, videos and pictures alike), and finally decided to go ahead, thinking: what's the worse that could happen? I could just stop at any time if I felt like it.

One year down the road, I'm still going strong and can't see myself giving up!

It's definitely been a learning curve (I went to re-watch my first ever video and it was cringe worthy), but it's such a great community to be a part of and it has definitely helped me come out of my shell in more ways than I could have predicted. It's from there that I decided to expand to written reviews again as well, so this blog would not be here if it weren't for booktube!

To celebrate, and thank the amazing people that have been with me on this amazing journey, I decided to put together a little giveaway, with some of the best books I have read since I started the channel!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR


Ah, TBR's. Every reader's biggest challenge. I can't remember a time when mine was not in the hundreds. Does that stop me from getting more? Of course not.

This week's post is organized a bit differently, as I won't have much to say other than 'I want to read it', which is, you know, obvious. I'm adding just the pictures of each book, and they will redirect you to its Goodreads page if you want to find out more!

So, for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, here are my latest acquisitions! (that I have yet to read)

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', by Alan Dean Foster

Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Author(s): Alan Dean Foster
Release Date: 18th December 2015 (ebook), 1st January 2016 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Century
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.

So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens. . .

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't


Right off the bat, I don't know how I'll manage to stick to only ten books for this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Every single year there are so many wonderful looking books coming out and as much as I try, I never manage to get to all of them (who does, really. If you do, please teach me your ways!).

I ended up picking some of the ones that I had been wishing for during the months prior to release and then when they finally hit bookshelves, I just didn't pick up right away.

Let's start this list off with...

1. 'Winter', by Marissa Meyer



I have lost count of how many times I have said here on the blog that I have yet to read 'Winter'. It's really bothering me.

I'll get to it soon.

Sooooooon.


Saturday, 9 January 2016

'The Scorpio Races', by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author(s): Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: 18th October 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Source: Library

Synopsis:
Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.
When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.
Even if they stay together, can they stay alive?
A breathtaking ride that will make your heart race.
 



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Thursday, 7 January 2016

'Lost Stars', by Claudia Gray

Title: Lost Stars
Author(s): Claudia Gray
Release Date: 8th October 2015
Publisher: Egmont Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledging Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood.

Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?


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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Top Ten Series I Resolve to Finish in 2016


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about resolutions. Who among us has never taken advantage of that end of year optimism and set a number of things they want to do or change in the looming new year? I myself almost always do it, either on a personal or reading level. I remember one year where I wrote a list of all my resolutions on New Year's Eve and hid it inside my wallet, with the promise that I would not look at it again until the next year's end to see if I had accomplished everything on it. It was loads of fun and I would totally recommend doing it!

This year, however, I haven't given it much thought. Mostly because I put together some strict rules for myself reading wise last year and even posted a video about them on my Youtube channel, only to not even look at it after a couple of months. I didn't ever check if I achieved them or not either.

I do remember having one of them being about finishing series. It's ridiculous the amount of series I have started and put aside over the years, and I've been trying to either get to them or just drop them altogether from my TBR.

So, without further ado, here are the series I'm going to try and finish (or catch up with) during 2016!

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

December Wrap Up


The last month of the year turned out to be quite positive reading wise. I didn't give any of my reads less than three stars and I had a surprise entry into my Top Ten Favorites of the year! (which reminds me, I should probably go and edit that post).

With these six books I brought my 2015 total of reads to 85 books, twenty more than what I had originally set on my Goodreads challenge! Hopefully 2016 will be just as good.


Friday, 1 January 2016

'The Wolf Wilder', by Katherine Rundell

Title: The Wolf Wilder
Author(s): Katherine Rundell,
Release Date: 9th September 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

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