February 29, 2012

Cover Love: What's Left of Me & Fury

Okay, so I found the cover of a new novel by author Kat Zhang, and I just had to share. It's extremely clever. At first look, without knowing what the series was about, I thought that the cover was cool, but when I learnt what the book was about, I liked it even more.

Step 1.      Look at cover.
Step 2.      Read blurb.
Step 3.      Look at cover again.

NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy.

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

Secondly, I just saw the cover of Rebecca Lim's new novel, Fury.
Really pretty, as usual. Also, I love how the covers follow a theme. It really annoys me when they don't.

February 28, 2012

A Very Lemony Day

Yes folks, another cat - I know! But for some reason, they always seem to relate. hmmm.

photo via flickr 
"If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats."
- Lemony Snicket

Today, dear readers is the birthday of Lemony Snicket, author of The Series of Unfortunate Events. You can read more about this aloof fellow here.

I have fond memories of this series when I read it in the height of it's popularity; but the question is:
Have you read any of Snicket's works? What do you think?

REVIEW: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

When I found out that Becca Fitzpatrick was available for a Skype session with some Perth Fans, I finally got an excuse to get the book off of my shelf!

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I don't know if you've heard about My Maine Obsession or not, but as soon as I found that Hush, Hush was set in Maine, I was even more excited about the premise. 
Now, I know what you're thinking - another angel novel!?!? But just so you know, this was one of the novels that started the craze back in '09. 

What I really liked about Hush, Hush was the mood that was created by Fitzpatrick's writing. It's really hard to describe, but when you are reading, you find yourself immersed in a warm, inviting world with a spooky edge to the atmosphere. It manages to combine elements of horror, suspense and romance into an enjoyable, well paced plot. 

While the story takes on the traditional stock characters, it makes them interesting and somehow different. The relationship between Nora and Patch was funny (ha ha not weird. Well, that too! ) at times, and serious at others- yet it didn't cross the line into crazy obsession. 
I liked that Nora was anaemic, she wasn't indestructible or relient on others. 

If you're going to read a few of the angel bunch, I would suggest Hush, Hush to be in your top 5. 
Girls 13-17 will be the majority of those who will enjoy this - happy reading!


Becca Fitzpatrick's first book, Hush, Hush, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes, or fulfilling her mission to taste every flavor of ice cream under the sun. She lives in Colorado, the lone girl in a house filled with boys.

Visit her website here.

February 27, 2012

Vampire Ultimate Guide Giveaway Winner

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February 26, 2012

Victor Hugo

photo via flickr

"The Cat is a drawing room tiger."
- Victor Hugo

French author Victor Hugo was born on this day in 1802 and is most famous for his works such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables. Oh, and his political attempts. 

Obscure, in French or the most famous of his works, have you read any Victor Hugo?

CLOSED: Vampire Academy the Ultimate Giveaway

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February 18, 2012

The Hunger Pains

From the Authors of the twilight parody - Nightlight: a Parody - The harvard Lampoon, comes, The Hunger Pains - Starring: Kantkiss Neverclean.

February 17, 2012

My Maine Obsession

"Mom's left us a lot. She left us in Dayton, Denver, and Detroit. She left us in Tucson and Teaneck. I make it sound like a song, but it's true. Except that we never did live in Tucson, I just needed another T-town. Anyway, if we had lived in Tucson, she would have left us there too. Unlike Dad, she always does come back."

Okay, I know that this might sound a little weird, but ever since I read the book Welcome home or someplace like it  by Charlotte Agell I have been hunting for books set in New England (or more specifically, Maine). 

I read it when I was about eleven and it was the perfect time to read it. Something about that time in my life, with the mood of the book, it is one of my top 5 books of all time and always will be.
I highly recommend it if you're a girl aged 10-13.

A refreshingly witty and moving novel that uncovers the true meaning of "home"

Aggie B. Wing and her brother, Thorne, are relocating again. This time their writer-mom is dropping them off for the summer in Ludwig, Maine, with their estranged ninety-one-year-old grandfather who receives phone calls in his leg and happens to sleep all day. Still, Aggie is determined to find some good in this move. What's not to like about a two-bit town in the middle of nowhere with only a Quikstop, a funny old church called Our Lady of the Wilderness, and a tiny island full of cat bones? 

Once Aggie begins exploring the town and meets the indelible Mad, however, things start to get really interesting. Could there be miracles at play in Ludwig? More specifically, could this quirky town be home for once and all? In a stunning debut novel, Charlotte Agell proves that finding your way home can happen in the most unexpected of ways.

Have you read any books that have been 'just perfect' for you?

Can you help me feed my infatuation and recommend any good books set in Maine or New England? 

Look out for the review of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick coming this week.

February 15, 2012

REVIEW: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

If you like Meg Cabot books, you might want to try author Maureen Johnson, who writes fun, carefree novels that won't disappoint.

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

The premise of this novel is a great idea, and it was executed well, with humor, wit and drama along the way, which is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much.

At times, I was annoyed by the main character, Ginny, for doing silly things -  but maybe it was just me?

The other characters in the book were highly entertaining and they were what kept you hooked. What they did, who they were with, and the situations that they created were the cornerstone of this book for me. Without them, it would be just one of the same.
They were laugh-out-loud, real and were great friends that you would want in real life, I would read 13 LBL just for that alone.

P.S. How cool is Richard's job - seriously! I want to have that job. Watch out richard.

I was annoyed with the end because it left it on a slight cliff-hanger, but you'll be happy to know that there is a sequel, The last little blue envelope. 

Please ignore the cover because it really annoyed me. The girl on it was not what Ginny was described as. I mean seriously, hoop earrings and hair down? That is so not ginny. And the clothes too.  What were they thinking?

If you're a girl of 12-16, you'll really enjoy 13 Little Blue Envelopes. If you've read this book, you might also like Where I belong  by Gwendolyn Heasley or a Sarah Dessen novel such as What Happened to Goodbye.

February 14, 2012

loVe. V for Valentines Day.

Single? In a relationship? Hoping that person has changed their 'relationship status' to single or in a relationship? When in doubt, always think:

"At least it's not a replay of Romeo and Juliet."

And, keeping in the words of old Will:

Doubt thou the stars are fire; 

Doubt that the sun doth move; 

Doubt truth to be a liar; 
But never doubt I love. 

For all those out there who are moping 'because it's Valentines Day!', at least you're better off than St. Valentine who was beheaded today.

So don't lose your head about it, Happy Valentines Day! 

February 13, 2012

Anthologies: Do or Don't

What is an anthology you ask?

Well, an anthology is a selection of poems or short stories, by one or multiple authors bound together in one edition.

An anthology can be a great thing, bringing together short stories by some of your favourite author(s) (and some that you haven't discovered yet), and can be a great way to have something short to read every night without having to read a full novel. However, sometimes they can be disappointing - either because the author is not very good at writing short stories - or they are so good, you find yourself wanting more!

Here are some anthologies that have been released recently:

Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story
Kelly Milner Halls, Chris Crutcher, Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Terry Davis, Terry Trueman, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Ryan, Randy Powell, Joseph Brochac, Ellen Wittlinger and James Howe.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

21 Proms

Prom. It's a near-universal high school experience. 
And here at least 21 of today's bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors riff on it.
Authors include: Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, David Levithan, Dan Ehrenhaft, Liz Craft, Aimee Friedman, and Adrienne Vrettos

Zombies vs Unicorns

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. 
Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. 
Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

Kisses from Hell

Truly, Madly, Undead-ly

This irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors—Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead(Vampire Academy), Alyson Noël (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead).

From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her to the legendary romance of two immortals whose love compels them to risk everything, this heart-pounding collection brings new meaning to the words "love you forever." Whether you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the beautiful undead.

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Sixteen of today's hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new landscapes and characters. But whether they're writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.

Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in "Enthralled" will leave you moved.

Vacations from Hell

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers--Libba Bray ("A Great and Terrible Beauty"), Cassandra Clare ("City of Bones"), Claudia Gray ("Evernight"), Maureen Johnson ("13 Little Blue Envelopes"), and Sarah Mlynowski ("Bras & Broomsticks")--tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .

From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

So, today's question being:

"Have you read any anthologies? Good or bad, unforgivable, amazing or in between; it doesn't matter"

Do you have a recommendation for anyone out there?

If you have any questions, comments, recommendations or ideas, please comment below and I will try my best to reply to all of them!

February 12, 2012

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February 10, 2012

The unbecoming of me...

 It will be the unbecoming of... me - NOT MARA DYER if I do not read this book soon!
It sounds amaaazing!
I just watched the trailer for it and I am completely hooked.

And if you're dying to get a copy of it just like me - then enter the giveaway at Perth YA Fans Unite here.

Please excuse me while I go to a bookstore... and sob if I can't find a copy.

P.S. I found the first chapter at the website here.

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