Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In My Mailbox October 2012

This month I kind of went a little crazy with my book buying addiction because I got my student finance, I am only counting the books that I have bought and have actually turned up.

Books I bought this month:

  1. One Day - David Nicholls
  2. Tithe - Holly Black
  3. Valiant - Holly Black
  4. Ironside - Holly Black
  5. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Destiny Rising - L. J. Smith
  7. Abandoned - Meg Cabot
  8. Underworld - Meg Cabot
  9. Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
  10. Supernaturalcy - Kiersten White
  11. Endlessly - Kiersten White
  12. Now is Good - Jenny Downham
  13. The Fidelity Files - Jessica Brody
  14. Love Undercover - Jessica Brody
  15. Die For Me - Amy Plum
  16. Until I Die - Amy Plum
  17. Keeping Secrets - Alyson Noel
  18. Fly Me to The Moon - Alyson Noel
  19. Art Geeks and Prom Queens - Alyson Noel
  20. Kiss and Blog - Alyson Noel
  21. Forever Summer - Alyson Noel
  22. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Box Set - Heather Brewer
  23. Hour Glass - Claudia Gray
  24. Afterlife - Claudia Gray
  25. Journey - Danielle Steel
  26. Second Glance - Jodi Picoult
  27. Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult
  28. The Secret Hour - Scott Westerfeld
  29. Touching Darkness - Scott Westerfeld
  30. Blue Noon - Scott Westerfeld
  31. Unsaid Things... Our Story - Mcfly
So how many books have you bought this month?

Wishlist Wednesdays

My wishlists usually consist of books I am either waiting to be released or I am waiting to read, this week I only have one book that is on my to read wishlist.

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)Die For Me - Amy Plum
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday

My Top 10 Tuesday's topic of the week is:

Top 10 books Halloween related
Seeing as I haven't read a lot of Halloween related books I'm going to include some books from my to read list that are Halloween related.
  1. Wintercraft Series - Jenna Burtenshaw
  2. Immortal Series - Alyson Noel
  3. The Vampire Stalker - Allison Van Diepen
  4. Romeo & Juliet & Vampires - Claudia Gabel
  5. A Witch in Love - Ruth Warburton
  6. Evernight - Claudia Gray
  7. Switched - Amanda Hocking
  8. The Vampire Diaries - L. J. Smith
  9. Revenant Series - Amy Plum
  10. Marked - P.C. Cast

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wishlist Wednesdays

This weeks book on my wishlist are:

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)Unremembered by Jessica Brody
The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday

My Top 10 Tuesday's topic this week is:

Top 10 books I'd recommend as a good beach read
  1. Heat Wave - Richard Castle (review here)
  2. My Sisters Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  3. Facing up to Fatherhood - Miranda Lee (review here)
  4. Cruel Summer - Alyson Noel
  5. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father - Jessica Brody (review here)
  6. Wintercraft - Jenna Burtenshaw (review here)
  7. Evernight - Claudia Gray (review here)
  8. Switched - Amanda Hocking
  9. Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
  10. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
What books would you recommend as a good beach read?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays, is a weekly related book Q&A held by Should Be Reading

This Weeks Question:
Do you ever get crushes on fictional characters? Name one (or a few), and tell what you liked…

My Answer:
Yeah I fall for fictional characters all the time. My most recent crush was on Damen from the Immortal Series by Alyson Noel, he's just seems to good to be true. I also had a crush on Alexander Banks from The Vampire Stalker written by Allison Van Deipen and before him it was Lucas from Claudia Gray's Evernight series (it seems I have a thing for Immortals)

There are a lot of great written character in the book world that I still have to find and I am sure I will fall in love with many more while reading the stacks of books I have.

This Weeks Releases

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Dark Rising by L. J. Smith (Hardback)

The Vampire Diaries (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #3)

Destined for danger.....

Elena has faced countless challenges—escaping the Dark Dimension, defeating phantoms, discovering she's a Guardian. But nothing compares to choosing between the two loves of her life: Stefan and Damon Salvatore. Elena has reunited with Stefan, while Damon, hurt by the rejection, has become dark and unpredictable. Now Elena's torn between saving Damon's soul and staying true to Stefan.
But before Elena can decide who her heart belongs to, Dalcrest College's campus is overrun with vampires determined to resurrect Klaus, the wicked Old One who will stop at nothing to destroy Elena—and everyone close to her.
As Elena learns more about her destiny as a Guardian, a protector against evil on earth, she realizes that before she can defeat Klaus, she has to sacrifice someone close to her. Elena must decide how much—and who—she's willing to give up before it's too late. . . .

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday's

I have decided to start Wishlist Wednesday. This is where I share a book that is on my wishlist and tell you a bit about them.

Echo (Soul Seekers, #2)
Echo by Alyson Noel
The second book in the Soul Seekers series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Alyson Noël!

Daire Santos just saved her grandmother's life—and her soul. But at a cost. The Richters, a dark family of sorcerers, have been let loose in the Lowerworld, and Daire and her boyfriend, Dace, must once again work together to find them before they upset the balance between good and evil, and destroy not only their small town in New Mexico, but the entire world.

As Daire and Dace's relationship deepens, Dace’s evil brother Cade grows stronger than ever, building his power and forcing Daire to confront the horrifying prophecy that has brought them all together. One that will leave Daire no choice but to claim her true destiny as Seeker, but only by making an unthinkable sacrifice for the greater good of all.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday

This weeks top 10 topic is going to be:

Top 10 books that I read in 2011.
  1. Dark Flame - Alyson Noel (review here)
  2. Radiance - Alyson Noel (review here)
  3. Shimmer - Alyson Noel (review here)
  4. Blackwatch - Jenna Burtenshaw (review here)
  5. Heat Wave - Richard Castle (review here)
  6. The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
  7. The Worst Witch Again - Jill Murphy
  8. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
  9. The Worst Witch at Sea - Jill Murphy
  10. Evernight - Claudia Grey (review here)
Leave a message and let me know you top 10 favourite books from last year.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Guest Review - The Murders in Rue Morgue – Edgar Allan Poe

Hello readers of Annamarie’s Book Blog!

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Release Date: first published April 4th 1841 
Series: C. Auguste Dupin series
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

In just five stories, Edgar Allan Poe laid down most of the ground rules of detective fiction. In the three tales featuring Auguste Dupin ('The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and 'The Purloined Letter') he created the Great Detective, not to mention the locked-room mystery, the notion of armchair detection and the secret-service story; 'The Gold Bug' revolved around the use of cyphers; and 'Thou Art the Man' made use of false clues and the least likely suspect.

Just a quick introduction – I’m Cazz from Loaded Shelves and I review all kinds of books from YA to classical literature. I recently had a chat with Annamarie and she kindly offered me a space to guest blog over here :) So here I am with my spoiler-free thoughts on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Murders in Rue Morgue.’

I’m fairly new to detective fiction (other than Arthur Conan Doyle, of course) so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the short story, however I am a fan of Poe’s writing. The writing in The Murders in Rue Morgue was a little complex and occasionally difficult to understand which I have come to expect from detective fiction. The analytical aspects of detective fiction take a lot of considering! Unlike some other Poe works I have read, this story didn’t have any supernatural overtones and was an interesting take on a fairly locked-room scenario.

I found it difficult to get past the introduction to the story and I was initially worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy it at all, but luckily that wasn’t the case and after a while I was absorbed in the case. The ‘witness evidence’ was interesting and of course not only develops the plotline but also starts giving out evidence for the reader to decipher for themselves.  I struggled with the French aspects occasionally and luckily, reading on the kindle helped me figure out some of the more obscure words more easily (both French and English).

The Murders in Rue Morgue was definitely a strange little story but one that is well worth reading if you like a good detective novel. Poe comes up with a great way of disposing the bodies anyway…! This story is real easy to find online, buy a cheap paperback copy or like me, get a version for a kindle/e-reader. I will shortly be reading and reviewing another of Poe’s ‘Dupin’ detective stories over at Loaded Shelves so if you’re interested, please come and stop by! :)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday

This is my first top 10 Tuesday and today's topic is going to be:

Top 10 series I want to read before I'm 30.
  1. Twilight Saga - Stephanie Meyer
  2. The Morganville Vampires - Rachel Caine
  3. Unremembered - Jessica Brody
  4. The Vampire Diaries - L. J. Smith
  5. Soul Seekers - Alyson Noel
  6. The Last Vampire - Christopher Pike
  7. The Hunger Games - Susanne Collins
  8. Evernight - Claudia Gray
  9. Winter Trilogy - Ruth Warburton
  10. Trylle Trilogy - Amanda Hocking

I do have more that I want to read but these are the main ones. There not in a certain order but these are the series I'm looking forward to reading in the next 5 years. Leave a message and let me know your top 10 series.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Just for Fun Questionnaire

The best book you read last year:
Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw

A book you've read more than 3 times:
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Your favourite series:
The Immortal Series by Alyson Noel and the Wintercraft Series by Jenna Burtenshaw (sorry couldn't pick  one I like them both the same)

A guilty pleasure book:
Matilda by Roald Dahl

A book that made you laugh:
52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

A book that made you cry:
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving:
Evernight by Claudia Gray

Favourite classic book:
Good Night Mr. Tom

A book you hated:
A Breath of Fresh Air by Erica James

A book you used to love but don’t anymore:
The Witches by Roald Dahl

Your Favourite author:
I would have to say Roald Dahl

Favourite male character:
Damen Auguste from the Immortal Series

Favourite female character:
I would say Ever Bloom from the Immortal Series but after reading 52 Reasons I'm going to say Lexington Larrabree

Your biggest fictional crush:
Damen Auguste from the Immortal Series

A good quick read:
Any of the Riley Bloom Series

A book that disappointed you:
Ash by Malinda Lo

Favourite book-to-movie conversion:
Alice in Wonderland

Favourite romance:
Facing up to Fatherhood by Miranda Lee

Favourite book from your childhood:
Charlotte's Web

A book you can't wait for:
Unremembered by Jessica Brody

A book you've been meaning to read for ages:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A book that you wish more people would read:
Alice in Wonderland

Most surprising plot twist or ending:
The Grooms Daughter by Natalie Fox

Favourite book title:

Your Favourite book OF ALL TIME:
I have two Good Night Mr. Tom and Charlotte's Web

If you're interested copy,paste,fill in in the comments or post on your blog and link the post in comments ! :D

October TBR

Because I have so many books on my to be read pile I have decided that this month I am going to read the following books to help get this pile of books down.
  1. Everlasting - Alyson Noel
  2. Karma Club - Jessica Brody
  3. Fated - Alyson Noel
Although October is the start of Uni for me I will have plenty of time on the train everyday to read so I am hoping that I can read these books and possibly more. It will help me achieve my goodreads challenge if I can read these this month :)
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