April 26, 2011

Look out for: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

I like the look of this, I hope to read it one day, what is on your to-read list??

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone - if you celebrate easter, if not, enjoy the chocolate!...
and this really cool set of bookshelves of Karl Lagerfeld's...

Happy Reading (and chocolate eating)
The Book Slooth

P.S. I found the picture at yellowtrace blog here

April 23, 2011

Author Profile: Rick Riordan

Born on the 5th of June 1964, Rick Riordan is a bestselling author of over 3 series and has had one movie spin off. He won the Rebecca Caudill Award  for The Lightning Thief in 2009, The Mark Twain Award from the Lightning Thief in 2008 and a few more.

Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Alamo Heights High School where he then continued on to the Began College at North Texas State.

Son of a ceramicist and a musician, Riordan changed colleges and graduated as an English and History teacher from UT San Antonio.

Riordan submitted his first novel at the age of 13, which was later rejected by the publishers.
He got his idea for Camp Half Blood from Percy Jackson after working as a music teacher at a summer camp for three years.

Riordan then moved to San Francisco for 8 years with his wife, where he had his two sons Patrick and Haley Riordan.

Riordan has two cats and one Labrador mix, his favourite characters to write about in the Percy Jackson series are Grover or Tyson and he likes to travel with his family, music, swimming and to read a good book.

He has written over 20 books mostly for Young Adults, and one series for adults.


Percy Jackson and The Olympians
  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan's Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian
 The Heroes and Olympus
  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son of Neptune (October 2011)
Companion Books
  • The Demigod Files
  • Demigods and Monsters
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide
  • The Maze of Bones
  • Vespers Rising
  1. The Red Pyramid
  2. The Throne of Fire

April 22, 2011

REVIEW: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

A re-spun version of Pride and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, Prom and Prejudice is a novel that is highly entertaining and that fans of the classic will love.

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious
Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom.

Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious.
Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money.

Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

 Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? 
 blurb from goodreads

I thought that Prom and Prejudice was well crafted. It kept the integrity of the original novel, yet put it in a modern day situation that made it easy and enjoyable to read.
At all times of the day, I felt compelled to read it, knowing what was going to happen, but still wanting to see how it would all unfold.

Those people who do not enjoy classics, don't be put off by this being a re-make (so to speak) of the original version. It is a great story and even though it was originally set in the English Regency everything is still completley true and translatable to modern times.

I highly recommend Prom and Prejudice to teenage girls aged 13- 17.

April 21, 2011

Libraries and Bookstores Galore... Have Your Say!

Hey guys, it’s has be come apparent to me that everybody loves the posts on libraries and bookstores...

I would love to know if YOU have been to a library or a bookstore that has inspired you, if you’ve had a moment in a library that’s made you want to to read even more - a literary epiphany? Or do you just like the serene quiet of the library - You tell me!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I keep posting about the top library experiences from YOU.

And a few from me! If you have a great library or bookstore experience, send in your photo to me at  
thebookslooth@gmail.com and your story if you like!

And I’ll be posting a few of my favourites!

April 20, 2011

REVIEW: The Fledgling Handbook by P.C. Cast and Kim Doner

A must-have for any House of Night Fan, The Fledgling Handbook is an inside look into the world of vampires, written as if you were the one receiving the handbook.

The Fledgling Handbook is divided into six parts.

Part One is the Introduction: it introduces you to life at the house of night with a breakdown of Class Emblems, Fledgling Curriculum, and a place to write your class schedule.

Part Two covers Vampyre Biology: it explains how to recognise that you have been marked, The physiology of being marked, the initial symptoms, Permanent Symptoms, Psychological Changes and notes on life and death as a vampyre. It also gives a section for you to note down the changes you have noticed in becoming a vampyre.

Part Three covers Everything Ritualistic: How important they are to Vampyre and Fledgling Life, the symbols and incantations involved - what they mean, how to conduct a ritual of your own and the stories behind the traditions of vampyre life. It also provides a place to journal your ritual experiences.

Part Four is all about Nightkind Elementology. It helps you identify what element you specialise in and informs you of Vampyrekind celebrations.

Part Five is a brief introduction to Vampre history, everything you ever needed or wanted to know about Vampyre History.

And finally, Part Six is words of encouragement from fellow fledglings and vampires for those moments when you feel drained of spirit and need a boost.

A great present for House of Night fans, this would be suitable for teenage girls. I, being a House of Night fan myself, really enjoyed reading this manual and would recommend it as an interesting afternoon read on a stormy day. Cuddle up with a nice warm drink, light a few candles and get in the mood to immerse yourself in the Vampyre world.

April 10, 2011

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Competition!

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer...

Enter for your chance to win:
1. Eighth Grade Bites
2. Ninth Grade Slays
3. Tenth Grade Bleeds

The first three books in the Vlad Tod Series

The Blurb of the First book:

Vladimir Tod.

Normal eighth-grade student?

Or powerful vampire?

If you thought eighth grade was tough, try it with fangs and a fear of garlic.
Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. 
Oh, and Vlad has a secret. His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with blood cravings and enlarged fangs. 

When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. And then he realises he's being hunted by a vampire killer, and suddenly hunger, girls and bullies seem not quite such a problem after all.

Blurb from penguin

To be entered in the competition, simply comment on this post!

 STARTS: Sunday 11th April 2011
 ENDS:  Thursday 28th April 2011

April 09, 2011

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

I just love the cover of this book! It is really pretty, I love the dress, I wish it was mine :)
I wish I could read the book as well, It sounds fabulous - I'll be on the lookout!

When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.

After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912.

As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era.
Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!

Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

April 03, 2011

REVIEW: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

Debut Novel by Author Lauren Kate, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is a sassy novel not to be missed!

A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. 
 So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.
From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. 
She never should’ve messed with fate.
Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.
Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.

Blurb from Goodreads

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is a temptestous novel that lures you in with it's killer plot.
A quick read, something that is short but sweet, Lauren Kate has created an intriguing piece in a similar style to that of Cruel Intentions.
Kate combines abrupt twists and turns with the sweetness of revenge to produce an addictive novel that grips till the very last page...

I was partial to the writing style, what I would imagine Kate  provides in her other novels Fallen and Torment.

I glowingly recommend this book for teenage girls aged 14 - 17, a fun, frivolous read sure to please.

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