Wednesday, 29 February 2012

TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - February Wrap Up

Hey Guys!
Just a quick post from me today. I wanted to tell you what books I managed to read for the month of February and a few notes about the challenge.

If you are taking part in the challenge, this month  Nicole from All I Ever Read -
Nicole's theme is Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge. So remember to head on over to Nicole's blog by clicking THIS LINK and linking up your reviews and entering the run challenge/giveaway.

So now I'm going to show you what books I read this month - I didn't read some of the books I showed you last month but and in total, I managed to read 9 books, but I'm only actually going to link up 6 of them because well, I'm feeling lazy and can't be bother to write another three reviews. lol.

So here are the books I read for February;
(Click the book cover to see each review)
Divergent (Divergent, #1) The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1) Beautiful Disaster
Hex Hall: Raising Demons Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

*I will also be linking up my four books from last month too because I was January's host.

For the month of March I will be challenging myself to read the following books;
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) Destined (House of Night, #9) Heart On A Chain

So that's my plan for March. No doubt I will probably change my mind when it comes to it but that's the plan so far!

Happy Reading!!

Waiting on Wednesday (#9)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 
Jess's WoW
A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2) by Jocelyn Davies
Release date: September 25th, 2012

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it’s not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories of Devin and his shocking betrayal come flooding back.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she’s capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can’t forgive the Order for nearly killing her, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark‘s shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga.

Donna's WoW
Destined (Wings #4) by Aprilynne Pike
Release date: May 1st, 2012

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Dusty Reads (#8)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted by Xpresso Reads featuring a book that has been sitting unread on our shelves for some time. To participate and more information, click here.

Jess's Dusty Read
by Josephine Angelini

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

Jess's thoughts: Rah. I've had this on my shelf forever! It's not even the cover, I have an ARC version with a white cover, I plan on changing that. But yeah, it's been sat on my shelf for almost a year now, and I haven't even touched it yet! I'm probably the only person in the world that hasn't started this yet. Fail.

Donna's Dusty Read

by Carrie Jones
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

Donna's thoughts: I've had this book on my shelf for ages...and I mean ages probably like nearly 2 years. I've also go the next two books for review which I still haven't managed to get too. Thing is I'm not to sure why I haven't picked them up. So....I will one day but I'm not quite sure when that will be. 

So that's our Dusty Read's for this week! Don't forget to leave us your thoughts below. 
Happy Reading!

Monday, 27 February 2012

US vs UK (#40)

Welcome to Book Passion for Life's 40th US vs UK book cover battle. We've seen this posted on a few other blogs, and thought we'd jump on the band wagon!

The idea of this battle is once a week we'll post 2 sets of books of our choice, one US cover and one UK cover, and we'll just give our opinion on which one we love the most. Which cover captures the story, which one would catch our eye if we saw it on the shelf in a shop. The US cover will be on the left, and the UK cover will be on the right.

US vs UK Round 40

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson 


Jess says: Ooh this is a tough one. I really like both. I think I like the UK slightly better, it's more fun and kicky! Makes you want to pick it up.

Donna says:  I adore the UK covers for this author. Her other book Amy and Roger's Epic Detour cover was just brilliant so to see another awesome cover from the UK publishers is great. Although I do like the US cover I think the UK covers are more fun and bright and it makes you want to pick it up straight away. I cannot wait for this release! 

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris 


Jess says: Rah! This is a hard one again. I really like both of them, but I think I prefer the UK just because of the countdown on the cover. The US is good, but it just reminds me more of a TV Show poster than a book cover? You know what I mean?

Donna says:  Umm....this is a hard one for me because I actually like both. They both look awesome but if I was to pick it for my shelf then I'd go with the UK cover. I love the countdown on the cover and the fonts. It makes the book stand out that much more. 

Which do you prefer?

Okay guys, this weeks US vs UK goes to.......UK

Come back next week for more US vs UK! :)

Cover Reveal for Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

It's another Monday morning here in the UK and we have some very exciting new from Entangled Publishing. They've asked us to take part in the cover and blurb reveal of Lumionsity by Stephanie Thomas which will be released in September 11th, 2012! 
Exciting huh? We are because we think this book sounds awesome! 

So let's get started! 
*Drumroll please*

The Blurb:
"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was
immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At
the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings.
And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t
been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the
Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from
everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us
all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling
in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I
think I’ve already helped them win."

Want to pre-order your copy today? Click this link for OR
Don't forget to leave us your thoughts below. 

Sunday, 26 February 2012

In My Mailbox (#42)

Hey all! 
So we have two weeks worth of books to show you this week. We were feeling a bit lazy last week as we were both in a our Fifty Shades bubble, but we're back let's get started. 

Donna's In My Mailbox

For Review: 
Black Moon (Silver Moon #2) by Rebecca A.Rogers (signed)
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver 
Toxic Treacle by Echo Freer
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 
Poison Heart by S.B Hayes 

Switched by Amanda Hocking
Heaven by Christoph Marzi
Thank you Nat!! 

Also from a friend on facebook I got a lovely hand-made book mark with "Books Are My Passion" on with a little wolf too :)  Thanks Jessica! 

Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis (signed)
Jumping to Confusions by Liz Rettig (signed)
My Rocky Romance Diary by Liz Rettig (signed)
My Now or Never Diary by Liz Rettg (signed)

Swapped from UK Swap:
Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Free eBooks off of Amazon UK
(Click on the book covers to be taken to Goodreads)
Under the Stars  Evernight (Evernight, #1) The Willows: Haven (The Willows, #1)

* I have read Evernight but it was free on pre-order with free bonus material, so I couldn't say no.

Bought eBooks off of Amazon UK
(Click on the book covers to be taken to Goodreads)
  Blue Sky Days Winging It (The Dragon Diaries, #2) Dark of the Moon   Shadows (Lux, #0.5)
The Wood Queen (The Iron Witch, #2) The Catastrophic History of You and Me Before That Night

That's it for my IMM this week. Don't forget to leave your links below! 

What's in your mailbox this week?

Jess's In My Mailbox

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Cinder by Marrisa Meyer
Prey by Rachel Vincent
Shift by Rachel Vincent 
Alpha by Rachel Vincent

e-Books for Review:
(Click the book cover to be taken to Goodreads)

eBooks from Amazon
(Click the book cover to be taken to Goodreads)

Caged Moon was a free e-book from Amazon. As for The Reluctant Dom, after reading Fifty Shades I wanted something else in that genre and this was recommended to me by a GR friend. I have started it, but it's one I'm keeping in my private stash and reading as and when I can. 

That's it for my IMM Box this week. Don't forget to leave your links below :)

Happy Reading.
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