Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Depository Affiliate Programme

I love giveaways!

I love hosting them and taking part in them, as I'm sure most of you do as well.
I would love to host a giveaway every week for all my lovely followers, but sadly I just can't afford to.

I have joined up to the Book Depository Affiliate Scheme,
this means that if you click on the link from my page when you buy books money gets put into an account that I can use to buy giveaway prizes.
This means more international/world wide giveaways insted of just UK based ones.
It also means more and better prizes.

It only works if you click on the button then make your purchase from The Book Depository though.
So if you are planning to make any new book buys soon, please think about going via my link to help build up my giveaway fund!
It will be on this post, as well as on the sidebar.


  buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule

I am so excited to be taking part in the Moonlight Mayhem blog tour today!
Moonlight Mayhem is the second book in the Spellbound Series by Sherry Soule, you can read my review of the first book Beautifully Broken HERE.

I'm super excited for this book to be released and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy to find what is going to happen to Shiloh this time around!

As part of the blog tour I have a guest post from Sherry about her love for YA books.
So here you go, and enjoy!

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area, where it can get
pretty foggy. And I can’t believe that summer’s finally here, and even with the fog burning
off by afternoon, I’m cranking the air conditioner and chatting on Twitter about my love of

Thanks for letting me visit today as part of my epic Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour. It’s an
honor to be a guest and meet all these awesome booklovers.

Thus far, my tour has been so much fun for me and all the followers that participated. It is
nice seeing the familiar names in the comments at each stop. For those of you who haven’t
heard of my super fun Moonlight Mayhem blog tour it’s not too late to join!

Like many of you, I’ve read hundreds of YA books (you’re NEVER too old to read young
adult novels, IMHO) and I can’t actually say I didn’t enjoy them all. Some I loved and I
mean loved, and even felt compelled to email the author to let her know how much I
enjoyed her book. Other novels became good friends that I didn’t want to ever part with, so
they adorn my bookshelves and wait to be reread again one day. Others were simply read
and disregarded with a contented smile.

Each reader has different tastes in books. Most of you will have diverse genres that are
like old friends, and probably some of my favorite ones are simply your satisfied sighs
and forgotten reads. That is what makes the world of YA so dang fascinating. We all like
different types of characters, plots, and of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can
tell a story.

As you can probably tell if you’d read my books, I tend to write dark, tormented heroines.
I love the angst of a female protagonist trying to come to terms with some dark secret or
horrific event in her past, and usually, she ends up facing this fear, weakness, or threat,
with a strong hero by her side. I also enjoy writing suspense and romance, with a dash of
horror. Oh!—and I love to create an evil villain that is unquestionably devious, but complex.
My antiheroes always possess some redeeming features. Because of these factors, I think
it makes them much more interesting villains. And my heroines are typically intelligent,
snarky, and full of fight. Like my girl, Shiloh Ravenwolf—she’s feisty, witty, and kickbutt.
You gotta admire her spunk and determination. When I grow up, I wanna just like her…

I love hearing from avid YA readers at You can send me an
email with any questions you have about the series and or if you just want to drop me a line
and tell me how much you enjoyed my stories via email. Or join my Twitter for a fun chat!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today Sherry, I'll be keeping my eye out for Moonlight Mayhem being released on July 1st so I can get my copy!


Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines,
until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town.

Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the
neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!

It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic

When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered,
Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of
supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that's not all Shiloh
has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to
become the very thing she fights: evil.

But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…

Moonlight Mayhem is the second novel in the unforgettably epic Spellbound series

Where you can find author, Sherry Soule online:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review: Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4) - Jennifer Estep

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)

Name: Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4) 
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: 16th April 2011
Date I finished it: 3rd June 2012
Source: Audio-book

Every book in this series just keeps getting better and better!
This is the fourth book in the Elemental Assassin series and by now I am feeling pretty attached to Gin and the other characters in her world.

This time around Mab Monroe has hired Elektra LaFleur, an electric elemental to kill The Spider. Elektra is also going after Gin on the side as a favour, unknown that the two are the same person. Elektra gets a bit of a surprise when the truth comes out.

I feel like I should be having a total fan girl moment right now, I love Gin Blanco, she is my new favourite book character. With every book I feel a little bit more closer to her, gosh I wish she was real!
Gin is witty, quick thinking and funny. I love every word that comes out her mouth in this book. She has that kind of spark that a main character needs to keep your attention.

I'm listening to this series on audio, but I really think I need to buy the paperbacks soon, just to have them on my shelf! 
Jennifer Estep's writing once again pulled me into Gin's exciting world of Ashland, full of gangsters, assassins and trouble lurking around every corner.

I don't want to delve to much into the plot as I don't want to spoil the series for anyone not caught up yet. Lets just say I'm really happy how this one ended. I finally feel like there was some closure on the family situation.

None of the books in this series have been a let down, and I've already started Spider's Revenge, the fifth book. I'm excited to see what is in store next for Gin.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Second Chance Summer Blog Tour

Second Chance Summer

Today I am really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson!
You can check out my review for Second Chance Summer here.

I'm the second stop on the blog tour It's running all week, so make sure to check out the other blogs taking part in the tour for some really cool stuff and a giveaway!

I have a piece from Morgan Matson on her thoughts about writing about romance to share with you all!

matson_morgan_300.jpg One of my favorite parts of thinking about a new book is thinking about the romance aspect of it. How much it will figure into the story, who the boy will be, what the relationship will be like. Some readers have definitely wanted more romance in my books – especially in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. They wanted those two to get together sooner!

But one thing I really enjoy in writing romances is starting the two people far apart from each other (even if they’re, say, sitting next to each other in a car). I always have trouble believing in the insta-love relationship – where people fall for each other the second they see each other. I love writing the slow burn, where there are real obstacles to be overcome and where people get to know and appreciate things about the other person slowly. I just think it makes it more satisfying when they do finally get together! With Amy & Roger, it was fun to write two virtual strangers who become close by spending 24/7 together as they drive across America. I liked taking them from stranger to friends and then to have an attraction between them build until they finally kissed.

With Second Chance Summer, I was writing about Taylor and Henry. They had known each other when they were younger, and had been each other’s first relationship. Things didn’t go so well between them in the interim (five years pass) and so it was really fun to write two people who had a romantic history, who were not on good terms with each other…and then to slowly let them remember why they first liked each other, way back when. Because isn’t that something you always wonder about your first love? What would happen if I met them again, years later… Or maybe that’s just me!

I know what you mean Morgan, sometimes I find myself wondering and doing that what if thing as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today for this blog tour, and a massive thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy of Second Chance Summer, and for putting this blog tour together!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles #5) - Alyxandra Harvey

Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles, #5)

 Name: Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles #5)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: 5th July 2012
Date I finished it: 31st May 2012
Source: Review Copy from Publishers

Oh my gosh where do I even begin with this book?!
It's fair to say that I have fell in love with all seven of the Drake brothers while reading this series. I really wish they were real and I could date a different one every day of the week!
This is the fifth book in the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey, if you haven't read any of the series yet I highly recommend you start right now, cause these boys are hot!!

This time around the point of view switches from Lucy, Solange and Nicholas. I'm really glad we get to see things from Nicholas' point of view, I think secretly he is my favourite Drake boy. Don't let the rest of them know that though!!

After the major cliff hanger ending book four, Bleeding Hearts left us on I was desperate for this book! When Bloomsbury UK kindly offered me a review copy I actually squealed and jumped around my room a little. I was so excited about getting to read more about the characters I've grown to love and to find out what is in store for Lucy and Solange this time around!

I don't want to talk to much about the main plot in this book, as I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't caught up with the series yet. Let's just say there was a lot of unexpected twists that came out of nowhere!
I'm a fan of plot twists, and usually I can sense them coming, but I was completely taken by surprise with this book.

Alyxandra's writing and plotting just gets better and better with each book. I feel sometimes that a series with more that 4 books in it can feel a bit dragged out at times. I've never once thought that with any of the books in the Drake Chronicles. Alyxandra manages to weave this magical world she has created into your head and make you believe you are part of it. 

It's so easy to get caught up in Lucy's world, believe me I've lost complete days to this series. Blood Moon is no exception, from page one I was hooked and could not put it down. The writing flows so well together and the plot is gripping and easy to follow.

Oh my gosh, the ending!! What can I say really?
I thought we would be left on some kind of cliff-hanger like with Bleeding Hearts, but it's so much worse! I actually screamed a little inside when I got to the last page, I didn't want the book to end, I wanted it to keep going. 
I need to know what is going on with these characters, and what is going to happen now, especially with Solange! This wait for the next book is going to be agony, but it's the Drake boys so they are worth the wait!!

Thank you to Bloomsbury UK for sending me a review copy of Blood Moon!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Additions #3

I can't find my camera, my phone has ran out of battery and I'm too lazy to get up and find the charger. So this week you will have to put up with book covers stolen from goodreads, sorry about that.

This is my first Weekly Additions post in three weeks, so there are a lot of books to share with you today!

Books for review:

Rapture (Fallen, #4) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Sister, Missing (Girl, Missing, #2) Surrender  (Haunting Emma, #3) Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles, #5) Second Chance Summer The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2) We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) 


Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires, #12) Until I Die (Revenants, #2) Slated (Slated, #1) Dreams (Sarah Midnight, #1) A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) 

E books I've received or bought:

 Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2) The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5) Risen (The Witches of Santa Anna, #18) Singe (Playing with Fire, #4) The Vampire Hunter's Daughter, Part VI The Glimpse The Selection  Scars Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) Dark Companion  Solo 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

May Wrap Up

I've never done a monthly wrap up post before, but I like the idea of it so have decided to try it out!
Let me know what you think about wrap up posts.
Do you like them, are they useful/helpful to you, and what would you like to see in them (links to my reviews or goodreads?)

So May was a busy wee month for me work wise, I've just upped my hours at work and am now doing full time. It's tough, but to be honest I need the money. I actually really enjoy my job but the hours suck, I work 7am-4pm. Which means getting up at 5am :( And I'm usually in my bed for 9pm at night, which doesn't give me much time to read as much as I used to.

So onto May's books, during the month I managed to get through:

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)  Insurgent (Divergent, #2) The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) It's Not Summer Without YouWe'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) Second Chance Summer BitesSurrender  (Haunting Emma, #3) Grace Hunting Lila (Lila, #1) Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles, #5)

13 books, which looking at them now, doesn't seem too bad actually. 
I also read some short stories in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep, I'm loving that series more and more every day!

My favourite book of May has to be Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, that book had me sobbing like a baby by the end! I'm not the biggest fan of YA contemporary but it is one of the most moving books I've read all year so far. 
Keep an eye out for a special post from Morgan on Tuesday as part of her blog tour for the book!

Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think about the new monthly wrap up post. Do you like it, should I keep doing it every month?
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