Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (156)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
A Madness So Discreet
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

I am so madly in love with this cover! 

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Have a good week,
Sam :D

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (155)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
Soundless
Release Date: November 17, 2015
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

I have adored Richelle Mead for years now and my excitement for this book is through the roof. 
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Have a good week,
Sam :D

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Book Haul (#102)

Hey,

I hope you are all doing brilliantly! It's been tough lately because exams are now hitting me full swing so I won't be posting a lot apart from my usual WoW posts. I promise there will be more reviews in the near future, I just need to get past these GCSEs. 

These past few weeks, I have received:
Because You'll Never Meet MeMade for You
Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas - Received -
Thank you, Bloomsbury! I am a good half way through and I am loving the premise. It's about a boy who is allergic to electricity and a boy who was born without eyes. Cool as.
Made for You by Melissa Marr - Received -
Thank you, Harpercollins! I have not read anything by Melissa Marr since her Wicked Lovely series and I'm looking forward to delve back into her writing.
The Dead House
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - Received -
Thank you, Hachette Children's Books! This is a murder mystery/psychological thriller and I don't think I've ever read anything like it so I'm pumped for this one.

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Enjoy all your books,
Sam :)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (154)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
Six of Crows (The Dregs, #1)
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

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Have a good week,
Sam :D

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (153)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)
Release Date: October 27, 2015
The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. 

He killed me. 

Then, I woke up. 

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

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Have a good week,
Sam :D

Monday, 27 April 2015

My review of The Duff

The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: February 25, 2015 (UK Movie Tie-In Version)
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon | The Book Depository

The DUFFSeventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.


Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I've had the previous pleasure of reading Keplinger's other two novels Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and I found that I really enjoyed her characters and the effortless humor expressed through them. The Duff was no exception! I was quick to get into the story and finished the book in one sitting. 

Bianca has a distinctive voice in this novel and despite the fact that I did like her feisty nature and good humor, there were times when I didn't understand her decisions or actions. She is quick to form some sort of "enemies with benefits" relationship with Wesley and even though she has convinced herself that anything between them will never happen and she wouldn't want them to, she still isn't truthful with her best friends about anything. And when I say they are her best friends, I really do mean the type of friends who will look out for her no matter what, and this is obvious through how much effort they put into the friendship, but for most of the book Bianca doesn't even take much notice. However, I did really like her as the protagonist! Yes, I did moan for quite a bit but there's just something so lovable about her.

The plot for the story definitely kept me hooked and a book hasn't done that to me in a long while. I feel like I've read so much heavy sci-fi and fantasy books that it was good just to sit, relax and dip my toes in some good ole' contemporary! I am definitely looking forward to seeing the movie even though they did a lot of changing to the plot but that's understandable because, hey, it happens. I'm expecting to fall for Wesley in the movie just the same as I fell for him in the book! He's a great guy under all the douchebaggery at the beginning.
Overall I think The Duff was a good read that really taught be a lot about how people may look at me and how I look at others. If you like good humor in your contemporary then I'll point you straight to Kody Keplinger. Definitely give her books a go because you might just become a fan.
Rating

A review copy was provided by the publisher

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (152)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...

The Boy Most Likely To
Release Date: June 2015
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. 

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle. 
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I'm completely freaking out over this book! Huntley Fitzpatrick is so freakin' awesome. My Life Next Door has still stuck with me despite reading it over 2 years ago, I need this is my arms ASAP!

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Have a good week,
Sam :D