Wednesday, 30 November 2011

NaNoWriMo: Update 3: The Finale





So I'm not going to lie: I haven't finished.

Work is super crazy and I've literally been doing 11 hour days and then having to do the blog, read, shop for Xmas presents, eat and sleep something had to give.

I've done nearly half the word count and it was brilliant.  I take my hat off to all those that did complete NaNoWriMo and I'd deffo do it again because I now have a story and a huge chunk of work to play with and characters that I kinda like.  I know what I want to write and where it needs to go and think that if this has taught me anything it's that I can write if I put my mind to it and that there are awesome people out there that are cheering me on too.

Thanks and I hope to bring you stuff soon that says 'Hey I've finished writing that thing.'

:)

xoxo

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!



Clockwork Prince
Wither
Struts and Frets
This is not Forgiveness


The Sky is Everywhere
By Midnight


Shadow on the Moon
Delirium
Beautiful Chaos


The Extraordinary secrets of April, May and June

Monday, 28 November 2011

Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

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The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.


Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.


Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.


The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.



Review


A pre warning that this is the 5th and final book in this Wicked Lovely Series so will contain spoilers for the previous 4 books in it.


So this series is a real indulgence of mine because even though it's a mass of interwoven stories and characters that may turn off some readers; I just love it.  I think what I love the most is the characters and how they've developed over the whole series and watching their relationships develop as they change themselves.  The world of faerie in Huntsdale is in turmoil and on the brink of war after the brutal attack by War herself on the other Courts they find themselves in a dangerous time.  The mortal world is just as in danger as the Faery world and the wrong move or step could make things come crumbling down for not just one Court but all of them.  Keenan is MIA and Aislinn is trying to rule without him, Donia is dealing with her own Court and being love lorne over Keenan.  Seth is faerie and whilst trying to protect his love and self made family he has to try and protect both worlds he exists in.  Niall is in despair over Irial as his life is in the balance and the Faerie gate has been closed to try and protect one world in order to save them all.


All the previous books have been leading up to this point when the Courts have to make their stand as individuals and also come together to try and defeat a common foe that may bring them all down.  It's not their natural things but trying to keep balance and peace may be the hope for the future they need.  The book as a whole was in my opinion an excellent way to end a series because it didn't hold back on the twists and turns you'd seen up to that point but it gave you the real punch of emotions and action that a finale needed to make it worth the 5 book journey.  The balance between the stories was perfect too so you didn't feel lost or confused.  They flowed from one to the other and came together gracefully as you come to expect from Melissa Marr's style of writing.  


Plus the romance and let's face it the raw raunchy moments are also something to behold.  They are the real killer moments because you get so caught up in those few seconds that when the rug is pulled out from underneath your feet it's like getting winded.  Time and time again Marr takes my breathe away with these nuggets of delightful naughtiness.  If you like your romances hot and gripping and your fantasy fast paced then these are the books for you.  They may not be everyone one's cup of tea but they are hard to resist; that's for sure.


Rating: 8/10


Published by Harper Collins and is available here and bookshops now

Sunday, 27 November 2011

IMM: In My Mailbox [45]

In My Mailbox is an epic feature run by The Story Siren and my links go to Amazon UK but other book sellers are out there too!

So I forgot my camera shots this week (doh!) so here are just cover art pics instead!

Bought



Bought mainly cause the blurb sounded good and it was oh so shiny!

Received



I was super lucky to be invited to the Atom Books Blogger event this week (report coming asap) and got a ton of goodies; some of which I'll be giving away in a giveaway in the near future

House of Night tote bag
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (replacing mine that has been "claimed" by family)

PHEW! Can not thank Lovely Atom Books enough! seriously!


HAPPY READING


XOXO

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Blog Update: Christmas warning ...



So this is a little pre warn that over the next few weeks you may find that my blogging and reviewing may be slightly slower than usual or at least a few less posts each week.

I work in retail in a wonderful chocolate shop called Cocoapod and basically because it's Christmas and not only do we run an online shop, a real shop and have not one but two show events (One at Bluewater, Kent from 30th Nov for 5 days and The Chocolate festival on the Southbank in London the 2nd-4th Dec) I will be basically living at work to help out and do extra hours so we can get all the orders done and posted out in time for the festive season.

I am to keep posting my IMM, Top Ten Tuesday posts and at least one review a week if not other bookish posts too but I don't want you to think that I've abandoned the blog or you lovely followers.  I get a week or so off after Xmas and so things will be back on form by the end of December but keep checking out my Twitter as I can be seen on there all the time and don't lose faith because I'll still be here too!!

Thanks for the understanding in advance guys

xoxo

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Cover Reveal: FrostFire and Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott

So I've been a bit late in posting about this one but last week the ever so epic Zoe Marriott posted a cover reveal on her blog for her next book FrostFire and it's freaking awesome!  It's a companion book to Daughter of the Flames which is being re-issued with a new cover too.


Plus here is a book synopsis as well:

Frost is cursed - possessed by a wolf demon that brings death everywhere she goes. Desperate to find a cure, she flees her home, only to be captured by the Ruan Hill Guard. Trapped until she can prove she is not an enemy, Frost grows increasingly close to the Guard’s charismatic leader Luca and his second in command, the tortured Arian. Torn between two very different men, Frost fears that she may not be able to protect either of them ... from herself.





ACES!!!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Top Ten Authors I'd Love To Have At My Thanksgiving Feast


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!


We don't really have Thanksgiving in the UK so I'm making this more like a Top 10 I'd want over for Sunday Roast with the family type affair (though I should probably warn all the author's that my family is nutty in a wonderful kind of way but can be very loud!)

Michael Rosen: A poet that came to my school when I was young and I considered him (and still do) one of THE coolest grown ups ever.  He wrote a whole poem about Chocolate Cake: CAKE!

C.J.Skuse: I love CJ but a must for her invite is that she HAS to bring her sister and the party/dinner must be held on a Sunday into the evening so we can watch X-Factor and then Downton Abbey together and make fun of it and then enjoy the quality yum that is in DA.

Denny Upkins: Denny is my hero and I've known him alone for YEARS and we bonded over the legend that is Joss Whedon and I really want to meet him and hug him and watch Twilight with him because his Twi-movie write ups are the FUNNIEST things you'll read.

Jana Oliver: Met her and she is LOVELY and I want to invite her over to talk about stuff for a whole evening.  A huge fan and just happy to shout up and down the land about how fab her books are.

Veronica Roth: I'd love to met Veronica and based on her books alone I think she'd be pretty cool to talk too; maybe too cool for me but I'd still try

Sarwat Chadda: I'd probably sit Sarwat near Denny because the cook book and geekdom tv gushing between the two would keep everyone entertained

Keris Staiton: Just cause i love Keris

Tom Clempson: I demand Tom bring his lovely wife and if he's extra nice I'll give him some bon bons

Sarah Rees Brennan: Sarah is super lovely and funny and would likely fit in nicely with this lot of awesome people.

Cat Clarke: CAT IS AMAZING!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Review: Ashes by Ilsa J.Bick

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An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. 

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. 

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human. 
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Review

I was kindly invited by Quercus to the book launch for this event and I was pretty much sold of the idea of the book before I'd even read it because it had a real gritty edge to it that I loved in 'Dark Inside' by Jeyn Roberts and similar zombie esque dystopian books I've come across recently.  PLus Ilsa was just so lovely and charming to meet in person that I couldn't help but be taken in by her writing because she herself has such an interesting past and career that you really feel it reflected in her work.  

Set in the current day we follow the story of Alex as she begins up on a personal mountain retreat after coming to grips with the idea of a brain tumour (the monster as she calls it) may not be leaving her no matter how much medicine and new trials they do and so she's left her Aunt to go and venture out into the woods while she still feels she can do so.  Her parents died not long before and so she's in the unusual situation of having to deal with her grief and a massive medical condition within one year of each other and she's still a teenager.  If this was not enough of an intriguing start to a book then you'd pleased to read that the plot thickens as Alex is stumbled upon by an older man and his young granddaughter Ellie (another girl with a recently deceased parent) and then all hell descends as a high piercing noise strikes them all down and makes the world turn on itself.  Animals go loopy and people are either struck down dead or the Zap has Changed them.  They become feral and disturbing being that thrive on death and human flesh.

Alex can't understand how she and Ellie are still themselves and as they try to find help in the woods they find Tom, a military man a few years older than Alex on leave, that helps them in their time of need.  The three band together and try to survive in a world gone mad and no idea how wide it spread, how or why it's happened and if it's only a matter of time before they change as well.

This is a real gritty survival story that takes horror to a different realm than most YA.  It's dark and delicious.  The 'Changed' made me feel scared and sick and the darkness in mankind is just as scary as the zombies.  I was surprised at how much I liked and empathised with the main character Alex because though I have no desires to camp in fact I've been camping and NEVER AGAIN, but being in the mind of Alex, an expert and a true survivor in every sense I felt like I could totally put up a tent or maybe even tackle starting a fire with no matches.  

I couldn't but if I were Alex I'd be kicking that tents arse.

What I really loved about the book was how it was a real journey.  You saw all the characters grow and struggle and face danger so extreme that you fear they won't make it and that's what kept me reading.  I have to admit that it took me longer than usual to read Ashes because it is a dense read.  It's not light and airy and doesn't skim over details for the sake of dramatic licence.  Ilsa Bick knows her stuff in terms of the military, medical and survival skills and she details them clearly and though it's hard to take in sometimes I felt like I learnt stuff while I read the book.  Though some stuff could probably be cut out in terms of all the facts and nitty gritty how to fire a gun and not take away from the emotion of the book but it doesn't put me off reading.

It's not just the story but the characters in their range of age, desire for survival and personal demons that were so interesting to read about too.  Everyone has their own secrets and yet they come together in their common goal.  Survivoring another day.  Tom is a survivor like Alex and it's own strengths and weakness that draws them together and creates a bond to protect Ellie and protect each other.   I loved Tom and just wanted to cuddle him something rotten.

The only fault of this book is the fact that I'll have to wait so long for the sequel and the epic cliffhanger I'm left waiting on with all my unanswered questions.  It's cruel really.

Rating 8.5/10

Published by Quercus and is available here and at all good book sellers now

Sunday, 20 November 2011

iMM: In My Mailbox [44]

In My Mailbox is an epic feature run by The Story Siren and my links go to Amazon UK but other book sellers are out there too!

So I forgot my camera shots this week (doh!) so here are just cover art pics instead!

Bought

Some bargain finds


SO flipping excited to read this one


I LOVE LOVE LOVED the first book and think I might have to plan a seek and retrieve mission to the Headline offices to get the 3rd book!

Also I've been getting a fair few titles via the awesome Net Galley and keep forgetting to add them to my IMM so I'll add them all now but no covers because it may kill your bandwidth. lol


Phew! No idea when I'll read them all before they disappear but I aim to try

And I got a super cool email about a new book by Annie Frohoff as part of a series.  She was lovely enough to send me pdf of the prequel Novella of the series.  Plus an MP3 of music that is tied to the books.  It's about rock music and it's YA so I'm pretty much sold.



The series is called the Heavy Influences and I'm very excited for this one so go have a butchers yourself!

Friday, 18 November 2011

NaNoWriMo: Update 2


egggggh!  This writing lark is hard.  All you writer types make it sound so easy peesy but I swear you must sign some contract when you start as authors saying you won't tell anyone honestly how difficult it is.  If I'm honest work is getting really busy.  I'm basically doing 9 to 10 hours a day at the moment and on top of trying to keep my reading and reviewing up to date for the blog and working all the time means the writing is already behind.  I also think that I was really fighting against the situation I'd put my characters in so it was a battle against myself.  It started out as a Supernatural Paranormal type of thing and much against some advice I've changed it and removed all that stuff and just focus on the characters and the story I really want to tell.

As many of you know; apart from my love of books my heart belongs to music and namely rock music.  I'd always played around with the idea of the story having that as a back drop but honestly: after reading so many really kick ass books like that from Rockoholic by C.J.Skuse and Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway I was a teeny bit afraid at mine being either really crap or end up like a pale imitation of these really good books.

I've thrown caution to the wind and am just going to write what I love and see where it goes.  Also I want to thank all you lovely followers and twitters once again for the support and advice as I go along.  Plus I want to make a shout out to Carly on Writing from the Tub who's updates I love because she's posting her writing playlist as she goes along.

Something I may do when I next update but for now I'll just post one song that's been on my playlist since the start.


on the plus side: since cutting out the paranormal angle i've hit over 20,000 words as of last night!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Review: Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

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There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) 

Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. 

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.) 

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism. 

And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.) 

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

Review

Starting this book I wasn't sure what to elect at all.  I sort of started it just before meeting the author at an event for her current release Ashes and I wanted to get a feel for her work and stuff so thought I'd start with this book because it was the first I got via NetGalley.  I got sucked in and found myself having read 40 odd pages before I'd even realised it.  The style and voice was just so strong that I couldn't help but want to read more and more.  

Ilsa J.Bick is a writer with a background in child psychology and work in stressful situations like the military so it's no shock to the system when you read her work and the detail and insight is so strong that you're almost shocked at how much though has gone into the aspects of the characters.  Jenna is a girl with a history that would shock most people.  She's been in a hospital for her mental issues and at a young age had to deal with severe burns all over her body and the pain of grafts and aftercare.  Her family is broken to say the least with a bounder line crazy father with angry issues, a mother that drinks to hide from her problems and a brother away fighting for the army she has little in her life to care about.

She starts a new school after leaving the hospital (at her father's request) and tries to start her life over without her past holding on to tightly but there are hard habits to break and when situations arise that force her demons to appear again she has to fight herself to not fall back into dangerous ways.  The light in this tunnel is her teacher Mitch Anderson that she is drawn to but being her teacher is a line she fears she is tempted to cross.

The book is seriously gripping from start to finish.  i say that a lot but it really is and I think a big part of this was the way it was told.  The book starts in a hospital after some major incident that has meant Jenna is being spoken to by the police and she is cold and in shock.  So she is given a voice recorder to tell her story too and the rest of the book is spoken is segments as you would stop and start a recorder.  It's such a clever way to tell a story because it shows the thought process and flow of this broken girl and how she's found herself in the state she is and you just can't help but want to know the answers.  You wish for a happy ending that you know is likely not to come because Jenna has already told you at the beginning that the results of her story aren't good.

The only down side for me was believable that so much crap could happen to one girl and that some things to that happen may have happen the way Jenna tells it but then I guess because of the way it's told you don't know if any of it is true but you have to trust Jenna because she is your narrator.  Compelling and heart pounding stuff.


Published by Carolrhoda Lab from Feb 2012 in the USA and by Quercus Kids in 2013 in the UK

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I've Never Read


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!

Interview with a Vampire
Queen of the Damned
The Vampire Lestat
These are 3 books but all the same author and reason for not reading them.  I think they terrify me a bit.  They are classics of sorts and my aunt and uncle bought all three for a present one Christmas a few years ago but I the font is small and I just know it's going to take me a while to actually read even one of them and this puts me off starting.  Sad but true.

Chocolat: Loved the movie and then bought the book second hand assuming I'd read it but it's just sat there.

Battle Royale:  Another movie I adored and then the book was £1 in the book shop I used to work in during their clearance sale. ONE POUND!!! So I bought it and it's mammoth but I really do want to read it someday.

Dear Fatty: My friend said this was really good and I love Dawn French but I started it but put it down again.  it was funny but I'm a tough sell when it comes to autobiographies.  Plus I found out my friend had it as a book on tape and think this may be the way to read/listen to it.  Direct from the person involved.

Darkest Mercy:  I love these books and the series as a whole but because it's the last one and i'm sad to see it end!


The Intruders:  I bought a signed copy of this very cheap in a garden centre (random I know) but it's a shift in genres for an author I really like and I fear I won't like his crime novels as much as the sic-fi books.

I am Number Four:  I wanted to read this before I saw the movie and so had a deadline as such but then the movie came and went and so my deadline disappeared sort of and now it just sits there again. D'OH.

Invincible:  I bought this randomly and heard it was good and to cover is so lovely but I just haven't gotten around to reading it.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Movie Trailer: The Hunger Games

So I know everyone and his dog is posting about this today but I just had to join in because I love these books and it's one of THE series I recommend to people if they haven't already read them.


HOLY CRAP! It's so good.  They've really captured the gritty and realism I loved in the story and I must say that at first I wasn't sure about the look of our main 3 cast members when they were announced but I've been totally swayed!  Only slight things i'd changed would be to make Haymitch more....drunk and messy looking.   I  have to say as well: Is anyone else getting a Joss Whedon's Firefly vibe from the footage.  The style of shooting and the old world meets the new. 

Not complain because I love that show so it's all good in my opinion.

Event Report: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan @ Foyles

Been looking forward to this event for weeks because I'm a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's books and to find out that the equally awesome Sarah Rees Brennan is going to be at the event as well makes me all kinds of fangirl-giddiness and this spills over into reality; namely I become uber hyper and over excited and terrorise the other people that I'm with.  Sorry Andrew but you were pre-warned so all those shocked and slightly scared faces.

So off to London we go;  Leanne from District YA and myself where we plan to meet the ever lovely Andrew aka The PewterWolf and my cousin Rebecca (illustrator in the making: CHECK HER BLOG FOR CASSIE FANART :D) as well as every other blogger that can make the event.  Cassie isn't over in the UK too often and her events are not only excellent but also rare enough that this Foyles event even had a waiting list for those that couldn't get tickets before they sold out. WOW.

The event itself was made up of a mix of questions from fans and Sarah to Cassie (Sarah acting as a sort of master of events) and also fan questions that had been put into a cauldron and then chosen at random.  Not only that but there was a table of goodies and prizes to be had for answering trivia questions,  I love how interactive with the fans both Cassie and Sarah are and it's clear that they are both a fan of each others work and so you get real questions and really honest answers too.  We got to hear about the possible future books that Cassie is considering including the Dark Artifices which would be a current day set Shadowhunters set in LA and that if we were to come across any characters in the Mortal Instruments series that are around 13 or 14 that there is a chance they could be seen again as older teens in the DA series (because the MI books are set in the early to mid 2000s really).  

Cassie was very open and honest about her books and the characters too from how she worked on the family trees and the transfer from page to screen and her thoughts and hopes on the movie in the works.  She's most excited to see Magnus' entrance and his party scene because it's likely to be a good party.  We got to hear about real places that inspired the world of Shadowhunters like a real city made of bones in Prague that kicked off the title idea for the first book and walking along a foggy Blackfriars bridge in London and daydreams turned nasty when thinking about a Victorian lady and gent on the bridge but totally unaware of a robotic army heading for them.  It's really interesting to hear an author talking so frankly because it's hard to get direct answers to every question you have from interviews or online sometimes so this event was just magic.

We then made our way downstairs to queue for the signing and it was quite a wait just because there were so many fans there to see them both and who could blame them!  We were all very well behaved though and part of that was because we all took the chance to chat about books and other fandoms (like TV we liked etc) and made friends with other Mortal Instruments fans.  Plus I used the time wisely and managed to get a few sales for Sarah Rees Brennan's books due to my over excited gushing about how awesome and fantastic the Demon's Lexicon series is.  Sarah even had a small of her next book with her to hand out at the signing table and I think I said several times that if I didn't get one then I might cry because I was just too excited to read what she'd been working on.  The Foyles staff were overly kind to us all and even handed out candy to keep us happy which was just the sugar rush we needed (though I think many around me in the line will disagree and say that I shouldn't be allowed to have sugar when I'm already that hyper).

I've been lucky enough to meet both author's once before but I still managed to have a MOUND of books to be signed and was feeling a bit guilty so I was glad I bought a chocolate lolly treat from work and a thank you/sorry I have so many books gift.  They were greatly received because by that point the ladies must have been signing for over an hour already and the line still went for ages!  I must say a big thanks to yasmina  because she was one ahead in line and when Sarah was signing for her she said it was her last copy of the sample of Unspoken she had and yasmina  actually told Sarah to give it to me because she knew I was big fan and would want it more.  You really do meet some fab people at book events so THANK YOU!


I got to have a greg chat with both Cassie and Sarah about their books and my blog because one copy to be signed was for my Blog Birthday giveaway and Ruth from Walker Books was very nice too and chatted about blogs and the books.  I was also a bit floored when they asked what my blog was called and they both seemed to know it and I mention to Sarah that when she'd followed me on twitter a few days before I nearly wet my pants at work.  I think she got my sense of humour or else that would have been a very embarrassing omission. HA.

All in all this was one of the best events I've been too for both author interaction and fan stuff too.  Everyone was a pleasure to see and I loved being able to meet so many other bloggers that I know from twitter etc but hadn't seen in person until that day so not only do i owe Walkers Books, Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan thanks for an excellent event but also giving all us book bloggers and fans a reason to get together and hang out too.

  Andrew (PewterWolf) Me and Leanne (District YA)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

IMM: In My Mailbox [43]

In My Mailbox is an epic feature run by The Story Siren and my links go to Amazon UK but other book sellers are out there too!

Bought



Was recommended this by Krystal and her big selling points were that it was a zombie romance and Simon Pegg highly rated it so that sold me!

Won



Won an ARC copy over on another blog and I can NOT find out which blog it was.  I've totally lost the email so if it was your blog then please tell me so I can credit you!!!  Very excited to read this!

Received

Ok, little pre warn at this photo because I literally nearly shit my pants when I got both these this week



...... o.O

Hold the phone while I fangirl some more. Thank you until the end of time to Ruth at Walker Books UK for the Cassie Clare book and the gracious Mr Chadda himself for the Ash Mistry.  I can say goodbye to any free time I may have had in November with these two books alone!

Oh and here's what i looked like receiving Clockwork Prince (I was slightly more restrained when I got Ash Mistry cause I was standing in the foyer of a cinema but I still gushed and stroked the cover lovingly)



HAPPY READING

XOXO