December 15, 2013

The 'Living' Dead

In the last few weeks of post-highschool freedom, I have absolutely devoured (punny!) AMC's The Walking Dead - all available seasons! It is awesome and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great show!
But the point is that it reminded me of a list that I had written after reading the YA novel Reboot by Amy Tintera. I read it back in July, but have just gotten round to sharing the list! It was scribbled madly in the night, so I put a nice filter on it to reflect that!!

my night-time ramblings!
Anyway, I would share the list that I wrote up today, and then a review of Reboot soon after. I really enjoyed it, as you can see, it drove me to twitter!

Here's the line up:


October 20, 2013

The Book Thief

I have finally gotten around to reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and I am very excited about the upcoming film. I love Geoffrey Rush, enjoyed the atmosphere of the trailer, but thought that it was ruined by the American voiceover at the end. Totally ruined the mood for me. Anyway, back to study, only two weeks until my final year 12 exams! Isme 

October 19, 2013

Perfectly Quote-able

It was unseasonably rainy today, which made it seem perfect to snuggle up in bed with a classic.

My eyes flitted across the tempting cover of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and the wit of Mr Wilde pulled me in.

The first chapter was beautiful, I found myself re reading lines just to enjoy the verbosity of it. My first chapter was so enjoyable, this may just be the first book that I read twice?!

I will be sure to share some quotes later - that will be a long post! - but in the meantime, you can hear about some other quotes from all sorts of books through the Book Depository's great Quotemark system....

Until then, Isme !

October 18, 2013

On the Grapevine: News

Catton is the youngest person to ever win the  Man Booker prize, which, by the way, will be opened to non-commonwealth countries next year. The novel, The Luminaries, sounds like a right bit of fun, being described as such:
 "The Luminaries centers on a man named Walter Moody who comes to a New Zealand prospecting towin in 1866 and finds himself immersed in a web of saloons, seances, and skulduggery."
I'm sure many can relate to the last line of the article, relating to the book's 832 pages:
“Those of us who didn’t read it on e-readers enjoyed a full upper-body workout,” Macfarlane said
Good to know!

I also heard about a book called The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason on The Story Siren's stop on it's blog tour. Sounds interesting...

I love the 'clockwork scarab' on the cover, the colours all gel really well too!
The stakes are high - punny! (see blurb below)

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. 

And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate. 

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. 

The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

I sped through The Rook by Daniel O'Malley, which was amazing! One of my favourite books - ever! 
Awesome. Review coming soon. And an interesting introduction to the concepts from MTV Geek.

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

June 17, 2013

Ever So 'Umble: Uriah Heep and 8 other Dickensian characters with a medical record.

Dickens' writing.
I found an interesting slideshow on the online Encyclopaedia Brittanica, about Charles Dickens and his penchant for inflicting various symptoms upon his characters...

"English novelist Charles Dickens had a knack for expertly portraying the symptoms of medical conditions. He also had a tendency to slip those descriptions into his works in subtle terms, such that historians and physicians have made it something of a hobby to interpret them medically and attempt to diagnose afflicted characters. In some cases, Dickens’s descriptions actually predated those offered by medical doctors, revealing his skill for observation. "Dickensian diagnoses" ascribed to nine of the novelist’s characters are explored in this list." - Kara Rogers

You can read the article here - meanwhile I am going to start reading Great Expectations...

June 08, 2013


I just thought I would let y'all know that I have branched out to include tumblr!

I hope to be posting all kinds of cool stuff on it, so if you like, you can check it out here!

At the moment, there is a Great Gatsby theme, and you can read about why I started the tumblr here.

June 07, 2013

That time of the year...

That time of the year has come around again.
You book lovers know what I am talking about - BEA. Book Expo America. I am once again devastated that I cannot attend (the fact that I live on a different continent is not a factor!), and am envying the goodies that are being displayed in the blog world. On her blog, author Elizabeth Norris talks about some great looking books in her BEA giveaway posts, which can be found here, here, here.. and here.

Some of the ones that I picked up on were:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young

I love Cat Patrick, she is always involved with interesting concepts, and Elizabeth Norris siad that it's "like a Sliding Doors for Teens". Sounds good, no?

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

Parasite by Mira Grant
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.

June 06, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I first learned about this new YA novel by Rick Yancey when I stumbled across the first trailer in a series of four. Based around the premise of the novel, each trailer depicts one of the first four 'waves' that aliens are using to destroy the human race. Apart from the lure of this clever marketing technique, I found the trailers well directed and produced. This only enticed me more into reading the book. I watched the vlog on 365 Days of Reading, and decided it had to be my next read.  

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

The alien, sci-fi genre not really your thing? Don't worry, me neither, but I have heard that it's not really about that anyway. In an interview with the Yancey, he assured:

"RICK YANCEY: Because it isn’t! It’s about us after a devastating, species-threatening event...The 5th Wave is sci-fi, but I tried very hard to ground  the story in very human terms and in those universal themes that transcend genre. How do we define ourselves? What, exactly, does it mean to be human? What remains after everything we trust, everything we believe in and rely upon, has been stripped away?"
from Entertainment Weekly 


What do you think?? I am super excited. Must. Read. Now. Or Else. 

April 06, 2013

Book of the Month: April

Technically it is not just a 'book', but I just finished the third in the Bloodlines series, and it is definitely my best of this month. For those of you that have been missing out, here is an introduction to the series, with the first book Bloodlines. I also suggest that you read the Vampire Academy series first, even if you do not fancy a vampire theme, as they are (awesome!) a bit of a companion prequel series.

Highly enjoyable, just for the mood alone, I present: 

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...


March 10, 2013

REVIEW: Study Series (1-3) by Maria V. Snyder.

This review is a whole series review, and while I will talk about what I liked about all the books, there will only be a teaser for the first book, so that it doesn't ruin the series for you. There are also links to the Goodreads pages of each title, please don't click on them if you haven't read the prior book, as it will equate to massive spoilers!

Choose: A quick death or slow poison ...
On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose.

Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however ... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she's beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime.

In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent withinn her and master the demons of her past. The Commander's life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it ...

Advice to future readers; these books are addictive. 
As soon as I started to read Poison Study, I couldn't put it down! I was sucked into the world that Snyder has created with an incredible ease, and was constantly called by the lure of reading what was coming next. The two elements that made these novels so enjoyable were the characters and the plot. 
 The series is filled with strong protagonists, and antagonists, and I found myself liking and hating all those who I was positioned to. They are well characterised, and Snyder maintains a level of originality while still using the often used roles, giving them a personal originality that helps you relate to them. I was reading SF REVIEWS.NET's review of Poison Study, and something said stuck out to me about Yelena Zaltana, the protagonist:  
"At no time does Snyder fall into the trap of turning her into some superhero"
 While Yelena is certainly 'above average', her actions, motivations and speech never makes you feel as if she couldn't be real. What makes the Study series so rich is the plethora of lovable, and hate-able, characters that populate the encapsulating world. Even if you are not into fantasy, I would recommend that you read this series for it's characters alone.

My other main love of this novel is the story - it is extremely engrossing, and manages to take you on a path that you can't guess. Not bragging, but I usually guess the twists and turns of plots (probably because I have read a lot of books/ seen a lot of movies!) which usually leaves me feeling a bit cold. NOT Poison Study! I was so engrossed in the plot that Snyder has weaved, and didn't find myself predicting the barrage of twists and turns that it takes. Throughout the whole series, I never found myself bored, and was always keen to keep reading, just to find out what would happen next. 

I also think it is important to note that I didn't think that the Study series fell into any cliched traps with characters or plot, which is why I love this series so much!  My only problem is that there are only 3 novels.

I think you would enjoy this if you are a girl, 14+, regardless of what genres you prefer, the Study series caters for all. 

March 01, 2013

Sounds Good To Me

The long weekend has officially started. Event though I already have great plans - including Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder - I wish that some of these books were on my shelf!

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff 
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
 Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. 

  Mind Games by Kiersten White

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

February 28, 2013

Back in the habit...

I'm reading again! I know, a great time to get a new round of the reading bug - year 12! I am on my fourth book in six days! As this year is going to be more intense for me, I will try to keep up my reading and blogging, but I won't blog as frequently as I would like. However, I will blog at least ONCE a week, with the addition of twitter, pinterest, goodreads etc.

What have I been reading, you may ask?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Study Series by Maria V.Snyder
1. Poison Study, 2. Magic Study, 3. Fire Study

Choose: A quick death or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

What have you been reading? I'd love to hear about it!

February 20, 2013

Where I've been...

Well, (apart from hiding in shame for not posting!) I went to Paris & London!

I had, of course, planned to devour all the books, libraries, bookshops (and museums) that I could find, but all did not go to plan. Nevertheless, do not fear! I have some pictures of a few places...

We went to Paris first, and I insisted that we went to Shakespeare and Co on the first day.

 Then, while in St Germain, we saw the beautiful Assouline bookstore.

 It was a great trip, and I hope to catch the National Library next time. Do you know of any great bookstores overseas? Let me know!


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