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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Stacking the Shelves (48)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Double Review: The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

MARIE RUTKOSKI is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Shakespeare, children's literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. Marie can tie a good double figure-eight knot and is very fond of perfume, tea and excellent bread and butter.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Behind  336 Pages
Released: 1 March 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
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At the Other End:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. 

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each week she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince — whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla's fatal touch — avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives — a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla's been promised to the prince and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. 

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stacking the Shelves (47)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Blog Tour: Ash by Shani Petroff & Darci Manley | Guest Post

Ash (Destined #1)
Behind 352 Pages
Released: 17 March 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Polis Books
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At the Other End:
Destiny is pre-determined. It is strictly monitored. It is unchangeable.
Or is it?

Madden’s life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she’s nothing if not confident in her future. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life's purpose, and they are never wrong.

Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax’s fate is…missing. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her.

After a stunning twist of fate, Dax and Madden’s paths intertwine in ways neither could have possibly imagined. The two are forced to question their own past, present and future as they realize who they are is not necessarily who they were meant to be.

ASH, the first book in the Destined series, is an unforgettable journey into an alternate future which will leave readers wondering just how much we can control our own fate.

Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Review & Bookmarks: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon #1)
Behind 432 Pages
Released: 23 February 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Romance
Publisher: HarperVoyager Australia
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At the Other End:
When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. We were perfect. They would have been disbelieving: nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega.

Nobody.

Born as twins. Raised as enemies. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death. The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they're free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts. Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they're not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Review: Before the Fire by Sarah Butler

Before the Fire
Behind 256 Pages
Released: 1 March 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
It's June 2011. Stick and Mac are a couple of months shy of eighteen; summer's approaching and they're about to leave their north Manchester estate for the beaches of southern Spain.

But the night before they're planning leave, Mac ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of a random knife attack, and suddenly Stick's going nowhere.

His mum doesn't want him to leave the house; his dad's desperate to be his best friend; and his nan's boyfriend keeps telling him Mac's doing just fine in the spirit world.

Then he meets J and she might just be everything he needs. Except she's a firebrand with a grudge against the police, and the August riots are just around the corner...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Stacking the Shelves (46)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Blog Tour: Dead to Me by Mary McCoy | Interview

Dead to Me
Behind 304 Pages
Released: 3 March 2015
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Thriller
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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At the Other End:
LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.

"Don't believe anything they say."

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking


Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Early (No Spoiler) Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls
Behind  336 Pages
Released: 10 March 2015
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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At the Other End:
Dara and Nicola used to be inseparable, but that was before - before Dara kissed Parker, before Nicola lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred. Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren't speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything and is determined to use the summer to get it all back.

But Dara has other plans. When she vanishes on her birthday, Nicola thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl has vanished, too - nine-year-old Elizabeth Snow - and as Nicola pursues her sister, she becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances may be linked.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Aussie Blog Tour: Every Move by Ellie Marney | Series Review

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid's literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go. Ellie's short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

Find Ellie:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Blog

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Every Breath (Every #1)
Behind  335 Pages
Released: 1 August 2013
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
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At the Other End:
Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who's also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He's even harder to resist when he's up close and personal - and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.


When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer's trail, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...


A brilliant and fantastic novel with little hints of Sherlock here and there, packed with mystery and a touch of romance; a one of a kind combination for a perfect book.



 
Eeeep! Can I say how much I loved this book! I finished it in a day..... One day. I loved everything, I loved Mycroft and Watts and everything. I loved how the book even referenced to Sherlock and yet didn't try to copy it. The mystery was tantalizing and kept me on my toes until it was all revealed. Oh and that romance, all I can say is FINALLY

I know some people didn't like the Sherlock aspect to this book, but it was absolutely brilliant for me. It made me think of what the modern Cumberbatch would have been like as a teen (despite the parents thing and all other details). I absolutely love everything Sherlock so if course I had to love this book. I couldn't stop reading it, nor did I want to. It was a unique take on Sherlock and it was refreshing that it was set in Australia and it even had our lingo included as well. This book made me feel like I was just reading for the sake of it (not that I don't always), but it made me get into the story a lot quicker that other books. It just felt easy to fall into and to read. I didn't have to think about anything but the mystery, and even sometimes I laughed because of the things that they said or just the classic Aussie lines that were said.

Mycroft and Watts are a brilliant pair. Even though we don't see how they first met (which surely would have been interesting), you get the feeling that you already know them and that they are familiar. You connect with them instantly and you understand their motives. 

Before I get too carried away, let me just talk about the one little tiff I had with the book. I could easily put it down. Even when it was getting into the thick of things, I knew I would have been able to put it down if I needed to. I don’t know what it was, especially because of how much I loved the book. I guess it’s just one of those things that just… are.

I loved the supporting characters, Mai and Gus. They were brilliant and I loved Mai’s t-shirts, it just added that little bit extra spunk in the book. I also loved just how multi-cultural it all was. You don’t realize it, but it’s great to see such diversity.

I loved the mystery. It feels like this could have been how Sherlock (once upon a time) when he came to his first murder case. The mystery swallowed me, and I didn’t exactly care about much else (except when Mycroft and Watts would get together, which, by the way, came about in such an unexpected way for me). I was so involved in the mystery, and I had a gut feeling when we first meet the person of who it was, but then I put it at the back of my head because of other ideas. I realized too late, not sure if before Mycroft realized, but I knew it. 

This is a fantastic book, for both Sherlock fans and those who aren’t (crazy people). The mystery will keep you up all night, and you just want to know what happened! Cannot wait to start the second book to see what they get up to next.
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Every Word (Every #2)
Behind  340 Pages
Released: 1 May 2014
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
Rachel is still getting used to the idea of Mycroft being her boyfriend when he disappears to London with Professor Walsh. They're investigating the carjacking death of the rare books conservator, which appears to be linked to the theft of a Shakespeare First Folio from the Bodleian Library. 

Worried about similarities between the conservator's accident and the death of Mycroft's own parents, Rachel follows Mycroft to London ... 

And straight into a whole storm of trouble.

Another captivating and steamy book in this fantastic Sherlock-y series. Even more fast paced and completely jam packed full of action, you won’t be able to put this one down.



 
I’m going to get my small problems out of the way first so I can get onto swooning. You know how I said about the previous book that it felt like I could put it down easy? Well, with this one, I didn’t have that problem... much. Ok, I still had it, but it wasn’t as bad as the first one was. The last half of the book was completely un-put-down-able. The only other small, teensy tiny, problem I had was that it was a bit too.... drastic? I’m not sure if that’s the right word for what I’m thinking/feeling at the moment, when she randomly took off for London. Ok, she did explain her feelings at the time and exactly why she was going over, but it still just felt weird to me. 

I felt a lot more connected to this book. It was absolutely brilliant and it gave me more of a Sherlock-y vibe... was it because it was set in London? Who knows, not this girl. Sorry, but that Sherlock museum just made me so completely jealous I was probably making evil eyes at the book. You can probably tell that London is my #1 place that I want to travel to.

Let me just say, that this book is steamy *fans self* and they don’t even go all the way! Wow, those kisses are explosive, and definitely made me swoon more than once in the span of one page. These two definitely need to catch a break, and hopefully they do in the next book (which I’m going to start tomorrow, excited much!), I really want these two to get together. I would ship Mycroft and Watts until the end of time! I absolutely fell in love with Mycroft more when he was finally opening up to Watts and understood why she was there.

So. Much. Action. I’m not even talking about mind blowing, explosive, fast paced action (which there still was), but there was nothing in the way and every single day something is going on;  a new lead, or a new theory or going to find out about something to help with the case. Then there was the mind blowing, explosive, fast paced action that I know we all love to read, and it was brilliant. What happened at the end and the situation they had themselves in, as well as how they got out of it was really well done, and it was exactly how it should be. It was perfect, not too easy, and not too hard. 

I’m really curious as to what is going to happen in the next book, especially how this book ended the truth could finally reveal itself! This series is a definite read, and I absolutely cannot wait to start the final book. A perfect series to binge-read anytime.
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Every Move (Every #3)
Behind  340 Pages
Released: 1 February 2015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
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At the Other End:
Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild - his own personal Moriarty.

So when Rachel's brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can't wait to get away. Unfortunately it's not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike's old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.

Things get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them - but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants - something Wild is prepared to kill for.

Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions...


A thrilling and completely satisfying conclusion to such a fantastic trilogy. This is definitely a series worthy of a future re-read.


 
I cannot believe it! It’s over *sobs uncontrollably* I feel like I’ve only just started this trilogy and it’s already over. How can I live without more Mycroft and Watts! I really really want to know how they met; this is like a seriously bad craving. I’m dying over here people.

Now that the whole book and trilogy has sunken in, I really liked the ending. It was brilliant and it kind of set up how their lives are going to be in the future. It really was fantastic, and the ending wasn’t simple. Although, I’m surprised that they didn’t think of some things that I had thought of while it all happened. 

This is so hard to write, I want to talk about what happened in the book, but I can’t because of spoilers and GAHHH!

I know there wasn’t a love triangle in this book, and that it was definitely avoided. But STILL, if Mycroft was gone for longer than one week, it could have definitely been a thing. When we first met Harris, she spoke about what kind of a person he was and how he basically ruined her trip home with her brother. The next minute they are dancing together at the school dance, and she doesn’t hate him anymore, and is thinking about how good he looks and how his lips look. Mycroft has only been gone for ONE WEEK! Plus, she only hit Harris because he blew a raspberry on her, if he kissed her then it would probably be a different story. Don’t even get me started on that kiss at the end, I could so see that coming since the dance at the start. Sorry for the ranting, you all should know how I get about these almost/possibly yes love-triangles.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t as steamy as the other two (depressed much), but I still loved every minute of it, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat. I actually had to make myself stop at chapter 16 on the weekend because I had this feeling that if I start, then I wouldn’t be able to stop... I was right, it was brilliant and everything I wanted from the ending to this duo’s story. 

Definitely going to be on the lookout for more of Ellie’s books, I’m completely hooked. Once again, I’m going to say that this is a must read trilogy, and perfect for binge-reading. The only complaint you will have is that you want more! I know I certainly do. 
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These novels were received for review via Allen & Unwin. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of these novels.