Thursday, 24 November 2011

Birthday Giveaway! Signed copy of Angel Fire (UK Only)

These past few months I’ve won some amazing books from lots of other bloggers out there, met loads of amazing, book loving people and just fell in love with the book blogging community in general. So please, consider this as my way of saying thank you to you all.

Therefore, as it’s my birthday at the end of the month, I’ve decided to host a little giveaway where one lucky winner can get their hands on a SIGNED copy of L.A Weatherly’s newest book, ANGEL FIRE.

(Feel free to go ‘Oooooh’)

Because it’s my first giveaway I’m going to keep it simple. All you have to do is fill in the form below with your name and email address before Midnight on the 30th Nov. You don’t have to be a GFC follower to enter (although I’d be very happy if you do) and unfortunately, as I am a poor jobless student this giveaway is for UK residents only – Unless you don’t mind paying for international shipping.   
Anyway, Good Luck guys and please spread the word

P.S I've never used this form before so if someone could let me know it works I'd appreciate it -  if not feel free just to leave your name and email in the comments :)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

On My Wish List #1

On My Wish List is a weekly Meme hosted at Book Chick City every Saturday. We show the books that we desperately want to read but haven't got around to buying yet.

This week at the top of my wishlist is:

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them.

Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them...

From the get go I have heard nothing but good things about this book and it sounds so intriguing. What do you guys think? Is it a good read?

Friday, 18 November 2011

Guitar Girl - Book Review

Guitar Girl – Book Review
Sarra Manning
YA chick-lit
Molly’s band, The Hormones, was only ever suppose to be about mucking around with Jane and Tara, writing songs about Hello Kitty and being a girl. But when the band gets hijacked by demonic Dean and his mate T, they find themselves on a roller-coaster ride to the top of the charts. Screaming fans, diva tantrums and love on the road. Molly feels like a real rockstar…
But fame never comes for free, and Molly’s about to find out what it costs…

Depicting the life of Molly Montgomery ‘Guitar Girl’ follows the highs and lows of a normal high school girl who is suddenly thrust into living life in the spotlight. When she and her band are unexpectedly rushed into stardom, Molly is forced to deal with the pressures of fame, drugs, blackmail and a broken relationship with her parents. Not to mention a possible new romance with the guy she hates most in the world, her fellow band mate and know-it-all Dean. Yet as Molly moves into the fast paced world of the music industry she soon learns that while everything is pretty and sparkly on the surface, enemies lurk around every corner.
Told in a flash back style, the reader is well aware from the beginning that this will be a story of betrayal, heartache and a big; blow-up ending that inevitably leads to a lawsuit. However, this does not spoil the story in any way and Sarra Manning weaves a well written tale of teenage angst while exploring the issues/expectations that come with being famous.
Overall I thought it was a good book with a very original story. It had a plot that bordered on the line of ‘yeah – it’s a little out there but it could happen’ which I think would really appeal to teenage girls, although I think readers aged between 12 – 15 would appreciate this book the most.
However I will admit that Y/A contemporary chick-lit isn’t really my kind of story (but I am trying to branch out in what I read) so while I probably won’t read Sarra Manning again, I can see why so many people adore her writing. I think she really connects to the feelings, drama and tantrums that come with being a teenage girl J
However as a note for older readers, or the younger – more advanced readers out there who started dipping into the adult section at 13 (yeah, I was one of those to) I don’t know if this book would be your thing. While the story was good, Molly as a character was very innocent and very immature. There were many points in the book where I had to pause just so I could rant at her. Usually something like, ‘Stop! Why would you do that? Can’t you see you’re being tricked?’ kind of thing – which I think some people may lose patience with. Still, I thought it was a good book to pass the time.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Dark Goddess - Book Review

Sarwat Chadda
YA Paranormal
Billi Sangreal is a Knight Templar and has thrown herself utterly into the brutal regime, shutting herself off from everyone and everything. But when Billi finds herself at the heart of a savage werewolf attack, she know their target – a young girl – must be rescued at all costs.
For this is no ordinary girl. Vasilisa is an avatar with an uncontrollable force within – and it’s not just the werewolves who want her. The Dark Goddess wants to sacrifice Vasilisa and use her powers to unleash unimaginable catastrophes and devastation.
Can Billi protect Vasilisa from the ancient Goddess – and at the same time stop her from destroying the world?
A few months ago, I read an epic book called ‘Devil’s Kiss’ that was adventurous, heartbreaking and filled with plenty of kick-ass characters that I couldn’t help but care for. Now the war between good and evil continues in its sequel ‘Dark Goddess’ which has higher stakes, greater intrigue, new romances and more action packed sword fights. I found it very hard to put down.
In the first book the main character Billi is trying to break free of her legacy, rebelling against her life as a Templar Knight. All she wants is to be a normal teenager without responsibilities – which everyone other than her father thinks is fair enough. Now in this second book you see how Billi has matured and accepted her duties, both her heart and mind hardened by the pain of the loss and sacrifice she’s previously endured. Yet even Billi finds her new, armoured-determination cracking when she is faced with grimmest choice of all. Can she kill an innocent child to save the world?
Through Billi’s eyes the reader is taken on an almost impossible quest. Journeying from the cobbled streets of England to the forgotten magnificence of Russia, Sarwat Chadda tells a story that is steeped in Russian folklore, delicately woven with other myths and legends to create horrifying evils whose sole goal is to bring about the apocalypse.  
With painted descriptions and hidden plots that will keep you guessing, this is a great sequel that wraps up all lose ends. It is clear to see how characters have grown and how relationships – particularly the one between Billi and her father – have developed and progressed.
All I can say is that fast paced and beautifully written, ‘Dark Goddess’ was an enchantingly, action-packed read with a twisted ending that will leave you thinking even days after turning the last page. After all, is the distinction between good and evil really so black and white? That is for you to ponder…
Lovers of action-packed novels, kick-ass heroines and ancient/secret societies - ‘Devil’s Kiss’ and ‘Dark Goddess’ are definitely books for you.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

IMM #4 October and RAKS

This has been another fantastic month for me, particularly for competitions. I just want to say a huge thank you to all the amazing publishers, authors and book bloggers out there for hosting such amazing giveaways! Hopefully at the end of this month I’ll be having one of my own so keep checking back.

From competitions:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead from Samantha @ adreamofbooks
A signed copy of Passion by Lauren Kate from Nikki-Ann @ notesoflife
Brimstone by Alan Skinner from Liz @ planetprint
Fury by Elizabeth Miles from @ thebooksmugglers
The Crimson Shard by Teresa Flavin from Tracy @ talltalesandshortstories

And last but not least
6 Books From the Adventure Island Series by Helen Moss from Vivienne @ Serendipityreviews
From Swaps:
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
City of Angels by Cassandra Clare

VII by Harriet Castor
(I'm actually on a book buying ban but I couldn't resist)
I didn’t receive any books this month but I did sent both Stray by Rachel Vincent and The Novice by Trudi Cadavan to Hannah @ Onceuponatime
Reviews soon to follow!