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Stacking the Shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Here it’s chance to share the books you’ve acquired this week and what you’re excited about. So it will be a weekly Sunday occurrence to see what we’re ‘Stacking the Shelves’ with!

Received for Review:

Be StillBeyond the Farthest StarDownwanted dead or undead

Haven’t bought anything new in a while now, but I’m relying on the books I have to read for review and trying to reduce my to-read pile before I buy anything new. So we’ll see how things go, but I’m very excited for the books I’ve been receiving for review, I count myself a very lucky girl!

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Embrace the Dark

Embrace The Dark

Title: Embrace the Dark

Author: Caris Roane

Series: The Blood Rose Series #1

Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Vampires, Adult

Expected Publication: July 1st 2012 by Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.

Plot:

Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs…
How can he resist his blood rose…
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years?
Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire…
When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark…
Embrace the Dark is the first in The Blood Rose Series.

Review:

I just can’t continue…

This book had such a great premise and I was really excited to start it. I thought this short novel was really going to grip and thrill me and I felt like it fell too far flat on it’s face. In general most of the short stories I’ve read haven’t been fantastic and I’ve been searching for one to wow me because surely every short story cannot be dreadful? I know as a child I found many fabulously written ones, and now it seems for an adult audience authors simply cannot provide.

Unfortunately when I began to read, I found it stilted, hard to bear and just drab. There was moments that looked like they were about to be fantastic where we were just introduced to Abigail and she seemed a strong, independent woman and then suddenly she’d just thrown this all away and jumped on the Gerrod bandwagon. Personally I just couldn’t finish which is a rarity for me, usually I’m resilient and push my way to the end, but with this one, I couldn’t do it. I managed to get over half way through this short novel and then skim read and just gave up, it really didn’t thrill me. That’s probably the biggest disappointment that nothing was exciting or adrenaline pumping, it felt more of a fluffy romance tale.

Gerrod as a character was perhaps swoon-worthy and redeemable in the sense that he cared about his people and had a conscience, but he just didn’t work for me. There wasn’t a spark that made me yearn after him, nor did I find Abigail’s sudden epiphany that the male protagonist is wonderful and kind and other fluffy things. He starts out to be a brooding man with problems and this seems to vanish from the start of the story. I just couldn’t understand him… He didn’t stick to his traits and the gushing that eventually came from Abigail was surprising.

Especially when the two have very little emotional connection and suddenly we find ourselves drawn into their bed and euphemisms passing easily between them while they engage in intimate acts, that was really upfront and a little bold for this story which had been flowing at a sedate pace until then.

It felt like the author forgot the characters and plot she was writing and just turned them into perfect people who were suddenly in love. Abigail for me gained a Mary Sue quality and along with the stilted writing I found it hard to engage with the story. Nothing really drew me in and I couldn’t find something to latch on and enjoy.

For me this is a poor example of paranormal romance when I compare it to the likes of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Psy-Changeling series that I’m currently reading, it’s probably safe to say the high expectations I had would not be met.

I’d suggest bypassing this one and moving onto something more time worth. That’s not to say it’s irredeemably terrible, I just couldn’t face to read any more.

My Rating:

 1 book

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Talent on Tuesday #3

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A weekly book meme hosted by Nerdy Book Reviews as a chance to express your opinion on authors you think have talent. Share a quote/cover/excerpt whatever you like to let us know about great authors out there. It can be something you’re reading or an author you love, but let us know why you think they have talent! Please link back to Nerdy Book Reviews.

This week I’ll be taking a look at The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. This is a book I wouldn’t usually pick up and I probably never would have heard of it until it got nominated for the monthly group read in one of the book clubs I participate in on Goodreads.

The Rook

“Do you know the name of the body you are in? It’s Myfanway. Myfanway Alice Thomas. I would say that it’s my name, but you’ve got the body now, so I suppose you’ll be using it.”

This is a quotation taken from the very first few lines of the first chapter and I suppose it seems strange. My first impression too, but incredibly exciting. I hope the book continues to be as exciting. Daniel O’Malley looks to be promising a lot of talent for me already. This book falls into the Urban-Fantasy genre and so far I’ve noticed lots of action, some exciting tension and a hell of a lot of confusion.

I’ve heard some very positive feedback on this story from other friends who’ve already read it, so hopefully I’ll be finishing this book in the next couple of days!

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Title: Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Genre: Young-Adult, Historical

Publication: May 15th 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children

Plot:

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.

Review:

Before I can even begin, this book is absolutely heartbreakingly stunning! It has to be one of the best historical fictions I have ever read and for an addition to the young-adult genre, Elizabeth Wein should be incredibly proud of such an amazing book. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so blown away by such a unique book.

Historical fiction set in the war is something I generally have a love/hate relationship with because however much I adore reading historical fiction, I ultimately ball my eyes out at ever war time piece I read. This book was no different, I was in tears, but Wein crafted the tale in such a manner that I couldn’t resent her for her choice in plot or ending and it had to fit, rather like Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, another stunning war-time, young-adult novel. She certainly stepped up the bar for historical fiction at a young adult novel to be truly emotional and raw whilst reflecting the camaraderie and spirit of the people during the war.

This book is certainly unique because it’s split into two sections to follow the two protagonists, which is complicated to understand at first and there are lots of character names for both the two female leads, but as the story develops these names slot into position, and the story begins to unravel. Thus, we see the story through a new set of eyes. Whilst the story is told in first person, we also reflect into third which might seem odd, but it works incredibly well for this novel. The grit and emotional aspects of this novel are really provided by the switching perspective to witness the turmoil of the characters and it really made my heart clench.

We start the tale being thrown straight into the events where Verity has been captured by the enemy and everything begins to unveil across the tale. It certainly adds to the drama and the effect Wein is trying to emphasise how war really discombobulates the individual.

Wein doesn’t forget the historical context at all and we talk about the planes, the rationing, bombing, air raids, German military units, the Gestapo and even torture. Wein isn’t afraid to get into the grit and horror of the war which I can really appreciate because when such events as World War 2 are fresh in the minds of the older generation, it means this story isn’t so long ago unrealistic and ultimately that’s what makes war fiction more touching for me.

The characters… What can I say? I don’t think I’ve ever seen two such defined, realistic, deceptive and ultimately kind, caring and loyally devoted friends that we witness in Maddie and Verity. My heart is literally breaking apart at the heart wrenching trips these two go through. Wein makes two very beautiful characters and never once did I find myself disbelieving of them or anything they did. I fell in love with their friendship, the characters and ultimately the story they told between them. The two characters touched me and I think it will be hard to leave them behind, particularly Verity who we follow through particular hardship and see very differently throughout the whole book.

The friendship between the two is the defining part of the story for me because despite their wonderful strong personalities and everything that entails, this book revolves around friendship. Something I think that becomes important in the world of war. However if I say much more I will be giving away the tale of the story.

I’m finding it hard to define their characters because we build up a character profile of them throughout the whole story and it is not until the end everything falls into place because Wein is constantly keeping us on the edge of our seats, pushing us to read on.

Whilst we don’t meet many strong secondary characters, this doesn’t take away from the strength of the story because we have two fantastic leads. It would be hard for Wein to create the truly strong second characters when the surroundings are changing and always being deceptive. However she certainly makes a brilliant effort and one of the characters I found I didn’t like was entirely deceiving by the end and I really appreciated Wein’s method of changing the perception of people.

A secondary character I did fall in love with was Jamie. This book isn’t particularly a romance at all, but he was a dashing male who was a gentleman and I found my heart just tugged every time he appeared. He never once failed to do the right thing and by the end of the story, despite him not being their much, I found myself in love with him. He’d been through hardship and trouble and the two main characters were there for him, and then by the end he was there for them and I loved it all really.

Wein has a talent at always changing the story pace and direction and I found myself befuddled and confused and then straightened again. This wasn’t a bad thing at all because I felt like Wein was testing out resilience and faith in the characters, like they themselves faced. It was certainly a thrilling read because nothing was ever what I expected and I loved how she interlinked the first half of the novel with the second to make everything ‘fit’ nice and neatly. I really adored that aspect of the novel.

Admittedly I found the story easy to read, but it took me around 100 pages to really get into and then about 130 pages in I devoured the book in a sitting. This book for me is one where you have to be in a mood to read and wouldn’t read if I was looking to be cheered up. Having said that, it’s a fantastic book that you shouldn’t pass up on. Even if young-adult books aren’t usually your genre, I’d really advise checking this one out, because it’s like nothing I’ve read before!

I can’t say I could find a true fault with this book, but it made me cry and I could probably gush for hours, so just go buy it now and a box of tissues too!

*This e-book was provided to be via NetGalley for review*

My Rating: 5 books

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Darwin’s Children

Darwin's Children 1

Title: Darwin’s Children

Author: Natasha Larry

Series: Darwin’s Children #1

Genre: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Publication: June 8th 2011 by Penumbra Publishing

Plot:

Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening; especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!
Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom is MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in trainer, is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive; he can literally convince anyone to do anything.
As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s paediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with “normal” kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control; and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of…
Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

Review:

We’ll start with the cover, to me it looks and feels old, which is a little bit a reflection of the novel for me personal. I felt like the whole novel was set back in the 90’s with the setting and the characters and the way they acted. It felt like a very dated novel for a recently published young-adult novel. I think the cover reflects the novel itself well, it captures the essence of magic and oldness that the story has a lot of. The main character is not how I’d imagined her, she seems to feisty for me and wild. Jaycie seemed more childish and vulnerable in the story. However I have seen alternate covers that seem to fall a little more into the modern genre and I know covers aren’t down to authors, I still think it’s something to consider when reflecting upon the novel.

Overall, I thought the book was okay. It definitely has an intriguing premise, so when I was asked by the author to review this book, I was immediately excited to start reading. I think the story pace was smooth, but nothing that sparked a burning desire in me to keep turning the pages. I felt the story lacked the take-off that I was expecting. Whilst it had a good plot and a sturdy base, I felt like Larry could have expanded so much further and she just didn’t. For me, there were quite a few failed opportunities in here.

The main character Jaycie annoyed me an awful lot. She was meant to be a 17 year old girl and she behaved like a five year old for most of the story. Admittedly she was aware of this petulant trait, but there were other instances where her father of trainer Allison would put her to bed. I’m sorry, but for me a 16/17 year old girl would never easily acquiesce to being put to bed by her father even if she was asleep. It just didn’t fit with modern society for me. She also seemed a little bit weak and vulnerable. She pretended to be all out front and unbothered by people, but it seemed to be a front. She ignored her boyfriend for weeks, fell into depression over her only friend yet she was stereotyped as the pretty cheerleader material. It may be stereotyping, but her character seemed to have a lot of faults because whilst she tried to be a kick-ass heroine at times, her father was always there stepping in or Allison and it ruined it for me. I like to see a protagonist take control of her story, not be pushed around by her senior figures. I didn’t see enough of her trying to break out of restraining parental hold or even pushing towards spending time with her boyfriend.

The romance isn’t an insta-love because the two characters Jaycie and Matt have had a friendship for a long time, but suddenly they just start becoming a thing and there is very little discussion about this or talk about a relationship status. Matt also seems to accept that Jaycie won’t see or speak to him for weeks at a time and I found it a little bit odd for a teenage couple playing love interests. Whilst it might have been refreshing from the insta-love and sickly love triangles we are getting more and more often in contemporary young-adult novels, I just lacked the spark between the couple. It seemed to fizzle out for me.

However, despite my negatives, I really loved Haylee’s character and her story. Jaycie despite her problems played a great friend for Haylee and brought her from her shell. I found the way in which the friendship developed to be an interesting one because it wasn’t a friendship of norm. The way in which Jaycie’s family unit worked was also endearing.

The plot overall is good and I found there was always a new moment to engage you. I think with the plot you can certainly target a wide audience in the young-adult genre because we touch on vampires, angels who are divided into two sub-sections Larry explains about and many more different creatures we are yet to find out about. These all fit in with Jaycie and her family and the paranormal world. We certainly have lots of paranormal and magical elements to Darwin’s Children that makes the story.

The title has no explicit link to the story in general, but the subtlety of the evolution and survival of the fittest becomes more apparent throughout the story. I certainly learned to appreciate the story title. The chapter titles in general provide sufficient coverage of the chapter without becoming too obvious and giving away the plot which is always helpful.

I have to admit, my favourite part about the story was the ending, despite it being a seemingly random finish, it eluded to more depth to the paranormal aspect and Jaycie’s family which I’ll be excited to read about. I’ll definitely be continuing with the next book in the series because I think Larry has a lot of offer us and lots of places to take us. Whilst I don’t think the book was perfect and the characters had a lot of faults for me, Larry does a great job of setting up a new and different young-adult novel that is certainly different from most of the contemporary young-adult novels out there.

If you’re looking for something different, I suggest picking up Darwin’s children because it’s a pleasant read at about 280 pages.

*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a honest, free review*

My Rating:

3 books

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Library Loot (June 20th–26th)

Library LootLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

 

 

I’m quite excited this week because although I still have about 5 or 6 other books to read from the library, I picked up two books published this year from the library. This is a rare thing for me because my library rarely stocks them, so I’m a very happy girl!

1. Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #17)

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Plot: Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas encounters one of her most difficult cases in this latest offering from J. D. Robb, alter ego of bestselling author Nora Roberts. With the very first victim, Eve realizes that the killer stalking the streets of New York City isn’t a run-of-the-mill serial murderer. The copycat executions are imitating the methods and victim choices of an ominous list of notorious serial killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. And when the killer leaves a distinctive note at the crime scene, it’s clear that he’s targeting Eve personally–a fact that worries Roarke, Eve’s shrewd husband.

Assisted by her aide, Peabody, Eve compiles a list of suspects that includes several high-profile possibilities. Their very prominence, however, complicates the investigation, for they have the power and influence to make the search difficult. All of the suspects are reluctant to cooperate but one of them is playing with Eve like a cat with a mouse by tempting her with crime scene notes and challenging her to find him. Can Eve stop him before he slaughters again? Or will his next victim be Eve herself?

2. The Sultan’s Wife by Jane Johnson

The Sultan's Wife

Plot: 1677, Morocco. Behind the magnificent walls and towering arches of the Palace of Meknes, captive chieftain’s son and now a lowly scribe, Nus Nus is framed for murder. As he attempts to evade punishment for the bloody crime, Nus Nus finds himself trapped in a vicious plot, caught between the three most powerful figures in the court: the cruel and arbitrary sultan, Moulay Ismail, one of the most tyrannical rulers in history; his monstrous wife Zidana, famed for her use of poison and black magic; and the conniving Grand Vizier.
Meanwhile, a young Englishwoman named Alys Swann has been taken prisoner by Barbary corsairs and brought to the court. She faces a simple choice: renounce her faith and join the Sultan’s harem; or die. As they battle for survival, Alys and Nus Nus find themselves thrust into an unlikely alliance–an alliance that will become a deep and moving relationship in which these two outsiders will find sustenance and courage in the most perilous of circumstances.
From the danger and majesty of Meknes to the stinking streets of London and the decadent court of Charles II, The Sultan’s Wife brings to life some of the most remarkable characters of history through a captivating tale of intrigue, loyalty and desire.

3. Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld #1) by Curtis Jobling

Rise of the Wolf

Plot: ‘You’re the last of the werewolves son. Don’t fight it…Conquer it’. When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms …Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan’s men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him – and master the animal within?

Old Library Books:

1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

2. Sebastian by Anne Bishop

3. Books Burn Badly by Manuel Rivas

4. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

5. Killing Me Softly by Nicci French

6. The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Genre: Gothic, Classic, Horror, Literature

Publication: 1st published 1818

Plot:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Review:

Classics are generally not my cup of tea, but I have to say, I devoured this in 3 readings over two days. It would have been less, but I just haven’t had the time. However, I found Frankenstein to be an absolute engaging, delight to read. I have heard people say they found it boring and I can understand the perspective, although, I myself found the book very entertaining and morally important.

At the base of Frankenstein for its moral tone, I thought first appearances and judging somebody on how they appear to be the most important and profound to today’s society. Since although trifling with scientific experiments and playing God, are still current with genetic variation and such current problems, but when we look at stereotypes and the view of the world, I really thought Frankenstein touched at the heart of this issue. My sympathies ended up lying with the monster, who as I child I thought was Frankenstein, but I have now found out, that is in fact the scientist. The monster was so full of despondency and a craving for companionship that it tore my heart out. I could relate to the loneliness and I felt that Shelley touched on an issue that in today’s society where people are pushed out and it really hit me hard.

The writing is incredible! I found myself looking in the dictionary for certain words because I didn’t understand them and I loved this aspect. I think with age I’ve come to appreciate Classics more because of the writing ability and I enjoyed the point of having to search for the couple of words I hadn’t seen before. I found that we got good descriptive detail that created a vivid description in my head.

I thought the novel was of a decent length to keep me entertained and it was pacey because we were always witnessing something new and following a new path. At moments I will admit I found myself a tad confused, but I easily picked the story line back up. At just around 200 pages, this is a ‘short’ book for me and I think the perfect length to stay enjoyable. I didn’t find that the descriptions fell into being flowery or overlong, and that’s refreshing after recently reading a very long flowery narrated novel.

In addition to this, I was feeling like I didn’t want to read for a few days before I picked up this novel and it’s brought me back into being motivated to read. So I believe it was all about finding the novel to suit the mood and this certainly gauged my attention from the very first moment.

Victor Frankenstein I can say I didn’t like, he ignored his family, was self obsessed with his work and I felt like he just was too whiny for me. However because I felt like the way in which the story was written that the events were a recap from Walton, through Frankenstein that we didn’t witness too much of this for it to drag. I liked the set up of the three volumes and the letters to start and conclude the story that gave us an all around setting position from one place. It worked well and to say Shelley was at the tender age of 19, she has certainly got a fabulous novel.

Classics have never been my favourite genre, but after my venture with ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ at the start of the year and ‘Frankenstein’ as my first two proper classics I’ve read, I can safely say I will continue to read more of them.

I’ve heard someone say “this story can be summed up in two pages” and for me, I felt like ever part was equally important. At the end of this, I’m happy to say I fell deeply in love with Frankenstein and that it’s certainly a work of wonder for a classic. Pick it up and read because you never know what you may find.

My Rating:

5 books

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Talent on Tuesday #2

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A weekly book meme hosted by Nerdy Book Reviews as a chance to express your opinion on authors you think have talent. Share a quote/cover/excerpt whatever you like to let us know about great authors out there. It can be something you’re reading or an author you love, but let us know why you think they have talent! Please link back to Nerdy Book Reviews.

This week I’ll be taking a look at Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. This happens to be one of my all-time favourite books. I’m not currently reading it, but with ‘Talent on Tuesday’ it’s all about sharing with the author who you think has talent!

Naked in Death

I’ll give you one of my favourite quotes from the book this week to give you a little clue of the type of book ‘Naked in Death’ is. You can check out my review here.

“Roarke, what’s going on here?’
‘Lieutenant.’ He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. ‘Indications are we’re having a romance.”

This quote is an interaction between the main characters, Eve (The Lieutenant) and Roarke. A definite man of wealth, sex and oozing manliness. Whilst Eve is a headstrong, kick-ass female lead and they both bring a feistiness to their relationship that I enjoy. Naked in Death for me offers a little bit of everything with the crime, romance and moments of humour. It certainly appeals to me and is the one book I’d recommend as soon as you’d ask.

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Hidden

The cover is HERE guys!

It will be going on sale from 16th October 2012!

Hidden - House of Night

This is the tenth instalment to the young-adult series, The House of Night written by the mother and daughter duo, P.C. and Kristin Cast. For those of you that have been anticipating the latest cover, here it is, looking as beautifully pretty as they all do and incredibly groovy.

I myself read the series, but I’m only up to book 5/6 so I have a few more to go, but look out for those reviews in the near future and this one in the late future!

Some spiffing additions from the official website for you…

In the must-read tenth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series, Darkness won’t stay hidden for long… “Move over Stephenie Meyer.” –People


The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on the New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for more than 140 weeks and counting. With nearly 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty-eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now in Hidden, the tenth installment of the series, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Neferet’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they’ll need it, because Neferet’s not going down without a fight. Chaos reigns at the House of Night.

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Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Here it’s chance to share the books you’ve acquired this week and what you’re excited about. So it will be a weekly Sunday occurrence to see what we’re ‘Stacking the Shelves’ with!

Received for Review:

BaneGoodbye to All ThatMonster in My ClosetMoonglowRogue's PawnThe Assassin's CurseThe River WitchWhite Witch

I didn’t buy any books this week since I’m trying to cut down on my book spending sprees, but I’m looking forward to all these books I have from other outlets anyway, that I don’t think I need bother. And the new weekly meme Library Loot I have joined will make up for the books I acquire from my library.

What did you get/buy to read this week?

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