December 31, 2010

Out Next year!

Look out for these books, out in 2011!

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over her immortal consort Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae (since she saved his life), but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?
That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.
Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.
It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet 300 years away. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder.

REVIEW: House of Night - Book 8: Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast

U.S. Cover

******WARNING!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!! ******

Now that Zoey's back from the otherworld and Neferet has been placed as High Priestess of the Tulsa House of Night once again, trouble brews.Rephaim is torn between loyalty to his father, kalona, and to the one he loves, Stevie Rae. As darkness follows Neferet to the House of night, can Zoey return to Tulsa before Darkness takes over?

Being the eighth installment in the House of Night series, If you are starting this series, the make sure that you read it from the first book, MARKED.

I genuinley enjoyed the new installment in the House of Night series. The suspense that was left from the last book made me open the page as soon as I got sent it. The characters made choices that were true to what you believe they would do, the relationship between Stevie Rae and Rephaim brought another dimension to it, aswell as the innner struggle that Rephaim has between loyalty to Kalona and to Stevie Rae, his choices were beleviable. The emotions were pulled through out the book as the drama & tension levels rised, all the way to the climactic finish.

check out the review for  the other books here.

Books 1-6

December 30, 2010

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Fresh and exciting, Suite Scarlett is a great summer read.

Scarlett Martin, lives in an old, run-down Art Deco Hotel called the Hopwell, situated in New York City. On her fifteenth birthday, Scarlett expects the usual present. A key to a suite that she has to take care of. But what she doesn't expect is that, on that same day, she gets a permanent guest. Mysterious, abrupt and brewing secret plans, Scarlett's new guest takes her down a path that she would never have expected...

I really enjoyed Suite Scarlett, the characters were interesting, lighthearted, and didn't have a terminal disease or a star crossed lover. 

Suite Scarlett is exactly that, sweet. Cute, charming, but at times predictable, you'll find yourself following along with Scarlett, but sometimes frustrated at her and other characters.

Set in New York, Suite Scarlett is a fluffy, fun read that is great for you if you like authors Kody Keplinger, Meg Cabot or books Where I Belong by Gwendolen Heasley and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. 

An agreeable example of contemporary fiction for Young Adults, I would recommend this book to teenage girls aged 13-16.

December 20, 2010

Christmas List

If you are looking for a book for Christmas this year, then here are some great choices...

If you have decided to buy a book for somebody, but do not know which book to buy, then a Personalised review is what you need.


To get a personalised review, send an email to me (The Book Slooth) at

1. A Name for the person who the recommendation is for.
It doesn't have to be their real name.

2. Their Age and Gender.
This helps me identify the target audience.

3. Genres that they like or things they like.
This tells me what type of book to look for.
Emma, Female*, 12 Years Old.
Likes Spy Novels and Twilight.

Recommendations can be for MALES OR FEMALES


December 13, 2010

Reviews Coming Soon...

Look out for these reviews coming soon, but in the meantime, I thought I would tease you with their delicious plots...

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more.  So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.  Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.


In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. 
Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised.
And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
Ethan never even saw it coming.


Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes. He is pursued by cutthroats, a gypsy with a meat cleaver, and even the Grim Reaper. More disturbing still, Thomas has to spend an evening with the worst novelist in the world.
A very black comedy set in England in 1828, The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher shows what terrible events can occur when you try to do the right thing. 'Never a good idea,' as Thomas's mother would say.


December 10, 2010

REVIEW: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Debut novel of author Lish McBride, Hold me closer, Necromancer is highly entertaining and not to be missed.

College drop-out Samhain LaCroix doesn't get what he bargained for when he finds out that he is a powerful necromancer. With a territorial necromancer trying to train and kill him, can Sam learn to master his powers before he becomes the ghost?

I recommend Hold me closer, Necromancer  for girls and boys aged 13 - 15. Fans of Heather Brewer (Vlad Tod) will love this series.

The witty repartee of this novel comes together with the pop culture references and regular language to make a fascinating read that you can't put down.

I really enjoyed this book, I felt that the characters were well-developed and that through what was portrayed, you got to know the characters fast and effectively.
The comic side of the novel was amusing, yet fresh at the same time.

"This is a SCARY funny book, OR a FUNNY scary book. In any case, it's a GREAT book. I LOVE IT." Sherman Alexie.

November 29, 2010

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for...

I am really looking forward to these books, coming soon...
Tell me what you think, are there any books that you can't wait for???

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Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy, Novel 6


Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.
The sixth and final book in the international bestselling Vampire Academy series will leave fans breathless to the last page.

 Last Sacrifice in stores Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Matched by Allie Condie

Matched by Ally Condie, the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy


In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.

But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that's when her whole world begins to unravel . . .

 Matched in stores November 30th, 2010

7 Souls by Barnabas Miller & Jordan Orlando
Mary expected her seventeenth birthday to be a blowout to remember, courtesy of her best friends, fellow New York prepsters Amy and Joon, and her doting boyfriend, Trick. 

Instead, the day starts out badly and gets worse. After waking up in a mortifying place with a massive, unexplainable hangover, Mary soon discovers that nobody at school is even aware that it's her birthday. As evening approaches, paranoia sets in. Mary just can't shake the feeling that someone is out to get her - and as it turns out, she's right. Before the night is over, she's been killed in cold blood. 

But the murder is only the beginning of Mary's ordeal. Her soul gets trapped in a strange limbo, and she must relive the day of her death through the eyes of seven people - each of whom, she finds, had plenty of reasons to hate her. As Mary explores the mysteries of her world, discovering secrets that were hidden in plain sight while she was alive, she clings desperately to the hope that she can solve her own murder, change the past, and - just maybe - save her own life. 

With its blend of suspense, horror, fantasy, and realism, 7 Souls is an adrenaline rush of a thriller. 

7 Souls will be in stores from April 2011.

 Enjoy this funny trailer for the book Hold me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride.
 And some websites to keep you updated on all your favourite book's goss...
Visit the website of Hold me closer, Necromancer, author Lish Mcbride here

Visit website of Vlad Tod author Heather Brewer here


November 28, 2010

Do you know this copyright?

Hi everyone,

I recently published as post about Lauren Child and used a picture (below).

If anyone owns the copyright to this picture, or knows where it comes from, please email me at or leave a comment on this post ASAP.


The Book Slooth

November 16, 2010

REVIEW: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

A fresh and exciting new novel by Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike series, The Eternal Ones is a MUST READ.

Haven Moore is more than meets the eye. She looks seventeen, but she has actually been reincarnated so many times that she has lived for over three thousand years. As a child, Haven had visions of a life as a woman named Constance. Only when the visions return at the age of seventeen when evidence surfaces does Haven realise that Constance was her in a past life. Drawn to famous movie star/ billionaire, Iain Morrow, Haven enters a world where your past lives DO come back to haunt you. Can Haven escape her pre-lived fate in time?

I really loved this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Miller's ideas on reincarnation and spin on an age -old love story.

The seeds for the plot were scattered throughout the book, only to bloom later on surprising you with the twists and turns the book took.

I really appreciated the names that Miller had chosen being both interesting and reflecting some of the characters personalities; Imogene Snively being the pompous old lady that was portrayed throughout the book. I really liked the characters, I thought that they were more than you first think and I really enjoyed the fact that they kept you on your toes.

The writing style was relaxed and made you feel comfortable, easy to read. The Eternal Ones keeps you eternally guessing and I would enthusiastically recommend it for any girl aged 13 - 16.

November 14, 2010

End of Time Travel Month

As Time Travel Month has come to a close, I am exceedingly glum, but don't despair, gentle readers, as there are more stupendous time travel titles coming soon!

**Sorry for the delay, I was stuck in traffic while traveling back to the future!**

November 09, 2010

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Today I received a copy of Hold me closer, necromancer  by Lish McBride which I am really excited about.
In stores November 22.

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he's doing all right - until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak. 

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he's a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else. 

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But can a bratty harbinger named Ashley save his skin?
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read this!

November 06, 2010

REVIEW: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

As part of time travel month (12 October - 12 November 2010), I was excited to read the New York Times bestseller, A Great and Terrible Beauty.

After her mother's death in India, Gemma Doyle is sent to a  finishing school in Spence, England. 
After the terrible prediction of her mother's death, Gemma finds herself repeatedly experiencing similar visions of the future. Unsure what is happening to her, an aloof, cloaked stranger warns her about the dangers of her powers and the world around her. Can Gemma save herself before it all goes too far?

I found that this book was a bit slow for the first one or two chapters, but after that, you find yourself reaching for A great and Terrible Beauty around the clock.
The descriptions painted by Bray were effortless to visualize, leaving you with a lasting picture of the settings and all the characters. The characters came  from all ends of the spectrum; from withdrawn and reserved to fervent and temperamental.The characters were illustrated through their speech and behavior which effectively created a setting that took you back in time.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty and recommend it to girls aged 13-16 or fans of Anna Godbersen or Jenna Burtenshaw.

Other Books in the series
2. Rebel Angels
3. The Sweet Far Thing

November 04, 2010

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend By Emily Horner

Not just a unique and catchy title, but a compelling novel that surprises with twists and turns down the  long road of discovery.

After the death of her best friend Julia, Cass goes on the road trip that she and Julia were planning. As Cass travels across the states, she discovers herself, meets individual people and has entertaining and experiences along the way.

I loved this book. As soon as I saw it, I was drawn in by the distinct title, the simple but funky cover and the overwhelming need to know what the book was about.
I loved the characters, I felt that they were real and well-developed, making them entertaining and believable. 
Written int the style of Now, being the present -after the road trip, and Then, during the road trip; written in a sort-of chapter format.

A love story starring my dead best friend was original, thought provoking. As Cass was cycling across the states, she undergoes a journey, physical and emotional, with you along for the ride.

I highly recommend this book for girls aged 13 - 16. Fans of Luisa Plaja (The Kiss series) will love this quirky new novel.

October 30, 2010

Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal

How Amazing is this bookstore?...

The Art Noveau facade of Lello Bookstore in Portugal. Photography by pedrosimoes7    

The inside of Lello bookstore, open since 1906. Photography by delviking
The stained glass ceiling of the interior of the bookstore. Photography by stukinha

The stairs inside the Lello bookstore. Photography by stukinha
Another Interior view. Photography by stukhina

October 29, 2010

Where do you get your books from? Volume I

It took my breath away when I saw the pictures of these libraries and bookstores around the world...

the main reading hall, the Rotunde, of the City Library of Stockholm. Photography by arndalarm

The Library Parabola reading room of the British Library. Photograph by Sifter 
Listed as a World Heritage site, The Library of Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain. Photograpgh by cuellar
 OUTSIDE of - Shakespeare & Co. Antiquarian Books, Paris. Photograph by Simple Dolphin

INSIDE of - Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. Photograph by Toshio
Bookstore in Calcutta, India. Photograph by FriskoDude
El Ateneo bookstore in Buenos Aires. Photography by joesphina-
Photos found at Most Interesting bookstores & Most interesting Libraries.
Photos remain copyright to the photographers.

October 28, 2010


A fascinating new novel by Susanne Dunlap, Anastasia's Secret is an insight into the last days of the Romanovs, the last Imperial family of Russia.

Step into the life of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholavena Romanova, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia.
Un-noticed by her family, Anastasia watches from the sidelines as she discovers life & love. As her world of the Imperial family slowly comes tumbling down, Anastasia must learn the lessons of life in captivity.

Full of intrigue, suspense, romance and drama, I found Anastasia's Secret to be a fascinating novel that really makes you feel emotionally tied to the characters.

Part fiction, part non-fiction, Anastasia's secret is based around the life of Anastasia Romanova, with a fictional love interest.
I loved this novel, I found it gripped me and plunged me into the world of Anastasia, where I was absorbed by Dunlap's writing. It was highly emotional and made me feel part of the story. As the story came to a close, knowing the inevitable outcome (unless it really was fiction!) I felt myself saddened for the end of the story that Dunlap has reviewed.

I highly reccomend Anastasia's Secret for fans of The Other Countess by Eve Edwards, Historical novels, and girls aged 13-16.

October 23, 2010

Author Profile: Lauren Child

Born in Marlborough, England in 1965, Lauren Child attended St. John's school until the age of 16 when she attended Marlborough College.

Lauren Child uses mixed media such as collage, magazine cuttings, watercolours, photography and material.

Her first book was published in 1993 and was entitled "Addy the Baddy".

A Television series for kids based on her books Charlie and Lola is now a hit television show, winning the 2007 BAFTA award for Best Children's Show and Best Script.
Lauren Child now lives in London.

The Following are all the books that Lauren Child has either Illustrated, Written or Both.

  • Clarice Bean, That's me  (1999)
  • I want a pet!  (1999)
  • Beware of the storybook wolves (2000)
  • I will not Ever Never eat a tomato (2000)
  • My Uncle is a hunkle says Clarice Bean (2000)
  • I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed (2001)
  • My Dream Bed (2001)
  • What planet are you from Clarice Bean? (2001)
  • That Pesky Rat (2002)
  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (2002)
  • Who's afraid of the big bad book? (2002)
  • I am too absolutley small for school (2003)
  • Clarice Bean spells trouble (2004)
  • Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent (2004)
  • Bat Cat (2005)
  • Beware of the Storybook Wolves (2005)
  • The Princess and the Pea - Photography by Polly Borland - (2005)
  • Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now (2006)

  • Addy the Baddy (1993)
  • Stand up for yourself! (1996)
  • The complete works of Phoebe Flood (1997)
  • Dream On, Daisy! (2001)
  • I'd like a little word, Leonie (2001)
  • Just you wait, Winona (2001)
  • What's the Matter Maya? (2001)
  • You must be Joking Jimmy! (2001) 
  • You're a disgrace, Daisy (2001)
  • Dan's Angel: A detective's guide to the
  • language of painting  (2002)
  • Pippi Longstocking (2007)
  • Anne of Green Gables (2009)
  • Anne of Avonlea (2009)
  • Anne of the Island (2009)

  • 1999 Clarice Bean, That's Me won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award
  • 1999 Clarice Bean, That's Me shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2000 I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato won the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2000 Beware of the Storybook Wolves won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award
  • 2000 Beware of the Storybook Wolves shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2001 What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean? won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award
  • 2002 That Pesky Rat won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award
  • 2002 That Pesky Rat shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2002 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2002 Utterly Me, Clarice Bean longlisted for the Carnegie Medal
  • 2003 I Am Too Absolutely Small for School longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2004 Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2005 Clarice Bean Spells Trouble shortlisted for the British Children's Book of the Year
  • 2005 Clarice Bean Spells Trouble shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award
  • 2005 The Princess and the Pea longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal
Child was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.

October 17, 2010


Intrigue, Romance, Drama, Forbidden Love and a delicious plot fill the pages of this sensational novel set in Tudor England.

Alchemist's Daughter, Lady Eleanor "Ellie " Rodriguez of San Jaime spends her life reluctantly accompanying her naive father around the countryside as he strives to make gold.
When Ellie finds herself at the Queen's court with her father, she has no idea what the future holds. 
Her witty vocabulary and spirited personality capture the Queen's court. Ellie finds her self drawn to one and the conquest of another. 
William Lacey, the new Earl of Dorset is in financial ruin and he is destined to marry another.
Will and Ellie find themselves drawn together, but they can never be...

 I immensley enjoyed this novel by Eve Edwards.
You would imagine a historical novel set in 1582 to be dull and lifeless, but The Other Countess is anything but that.
Bursting at the seams with characters that leap off the page, settings that amplify the novel to the max and stunning writing, The Other Countess will leave you breathless and wanting more.

I recommend this book for Women aged 13+. When I say this, in my opinion, even an adult would enjoy this book.

This book encapsulates vivid characters, detailed descriptions and manages to intertwine certain truthful historical events in one addictive, delightful debut novel that should be on anyone's must-read list.

One of my favourite books ever, The Other Countess is not to be missed.

Look out for another book in the Tudor Romance series, The Queen's Lady Out Early 2011.



October 14, 2010

Time Travel Month

From the 12th of October to the 12th of November, Be transported back in time.

Immerse yourself in the world that have been either created or rewritten by authors set in period times.
It can be in the future OR the past.
Challenge Yourself; read at least 3 time travel books this month.

What is Time Travel?
time travel
(in science fiction) the action of traveling through time into the past or the future.

Here are some suggestions that will be reviewed on this blog.

I just received a copy of Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap so here's a little teaser...

The Romanov family have been ousted from the imperial palace by the Bolsheviks and exiled to Siberia.  Life as a privileged member of the Russian Royalty has come to a shattering end.
As the debate about their future rages within the ranks of the newly empowered, Anastasia, youngest daughter of the Tsar Nicholas, discovers love – and with it all the secrets and danger this brings into her strange new life.
Will the strength of that love be enough to save Anastasia from her tragic fate?  What happened in the last days of the Romanov family?  And did Russia's last princess live in love after all?
Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life – and imagined love story – of Russia's last princess.

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