Thursday, 19 December 2013

Best Books of 2013

It wasn't the best reading year for me. I read less than usual and I seemed to read a lot of so-so books.
Happily the books that did shine for me, shone really bright.
The following all transported me, made me laugh, cry, swoon, and wish I could be friends with these characters.
Adult
The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand
This series is just delicious. The romance is both sweet and extremely steamy, and the descriptions of chocolate and pastries are delectable. I've loved all the books, but Magalie and Philippe, and La Maison des Sorcieres, hold a special place in my heart. Please someone get me a chocolate witch for Christmas.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I went back and forth about including this on the list. I really like Liane Moriarty, she has a great style and I think her characters are always interesting and engaging. I didn't love the end of this book though, the secret didn't really work for me. I did love the characters though, especially Celia. They are the kind that take up residence in your head and you find yourself thinking about them weeks later. (if you've never read Liane Moriarty though I would start with What Alice Forgot which is amazing).
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I didn't love this with the passion I felt for Eleanor & Park, but I did think it was brilliantly done. Rainbow Rowell writes amazingly good characters. the kind you can't believe she made up, I feel like Beth and Jennifer must be real. Their email exchanges are an absolute delight and had me laughing out loud.
YA

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
I really didn't think this book would be my cup of tea, but I absolutely fell in love with it from the first page. Travis's voice is A-MA-ZING, and the whole book is raw and powerful and just fantastic.
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
I LOVE Sarah Rees Brennan, she's lucky I have never made it to one of her signing because I would probably behave like a mad fan girl :)
I loved this fantastic follow up to Unspoken. The characters developed, the stakes were raised, and there were some amazingly swoony kisses. I can't wait for Unmade.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
One of my favourite authors (I have made it to two of her signings, but I just mumbled at her). The Dream Thieves was a brilliant follow up to The Raven Boys. It made me ache.
It also made me love Gansey. I wasn't a huge Gansey fan in the first book, but we got to see much more of what makes him tick in this book. It was the same with Blue, who was a something of an enigma in book one. I can't wait for book 3, I have this crazy theory of what might happen, but I'll probably be completely wrong.
Haze by Paula Weston

Another second book and another fantastic follow up. I loved Paula Weston's take on angels. This one is fast paced, action packed and swoony!
Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Time travel, romance, ghosts, intrigue and an extremely funny heroine. I just love this series.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I can quite see why everyone raves about Casandra Clare. I'm now a big fan of Shadowhunters.
What were your best books of 2013?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Cover Reveal One & Only by Viv Daniels

I am delighted to be part of the cover reveal for. . .


One & Only by Viv Daniels.


Cover by Okay. Creations


One night they can't forget...


Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she's sworn to keep: the father who won't acknowledge her, the sister who doesn't know she exists, and the mother who's content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets.  But when summer ends, so does their relationship -- Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.
 

One love they can't ignore...


Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan's life.  Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess's legitimate half-sister.  Tess refuses to follow in her mother's footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.
 

...And only one chance to get things right.


A MUST read, right? You can add it on Goodreads HERE


GIVEAWAY

Viv Daniels is the pen name of Diana Peterfreund (I am quite a fan of her books, as regular readers will know) and to celebrate the release of One & Only, Viv is giving away The Secret Society Girl Series. If you haven't read this brilliant series you absolutely must, it's fantastic.

You can enter below




Viv Daniels writes love stories for the young and young at heart. Like many of her characters, she met her husband in college, and knows all the ins and outs of navigating that kind of relationship — from how to date when you’re both flat broke to how to fit two people in narrow dorm room bed. Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber, J. Lynn, and Cora Carmack. Viv can usually be found on her Facebook page or Twitter feed, chatting with readers about her favorite New Adult fiction, or sharing pictures of cute boys. She lives outside of Washington D.C. with her family. http://vivdaniels.com


Thursday, 19 September 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill



"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice. (from Goodreads)



All Our Yesterdays is brilliantly addictive. I kept sneaking off to read snatches of it. I was completely hooked from the first page, when we meet Em in her cell wondering about the purpose of the drain on the floor.

The plot zooms along and is told in a duel narrative, by Em in the future, and Marina in the present. I really liked the two story lines, and the way flashbacks were incorporated into the future timeline was very well done and in no way annoying. Actually I would have liked more of those flashbacks, they were some of my favourite scenes. 

I can't say whether the time travel actual stands up to scrutiny. It felt real and possible when I was reading, and reminded me of Quantum Leaps opening explanation, always a good thing, but I choose not to examine it too closely as I didn't want to spoil the story.

The characters are wonderful. I loved Em, came to like Marina, and absolutely adored Finn. The Doctor is a chilling "villain" made more so because you can sympathise with him. He's doing terrible things, but he's convinced he's doing them for the right reasons. 

I liked the dynamics between all the characters and the romance is gorgeous and swoony. 

I really enjoyed All Our Yesterdays, especially the ending, which I thought wrapped everything up really well. I was interested to see that there's a sequel in the works though and I'm wondering where Cristin Terrill will take things. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy


The Passage meets The Hunger Games in a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted 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. 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, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

 Two thirds of the way through The Fifth Wave I turned to my husband and said "good grief this is worse that Mission Impossible for twists." True no one rips their face off to reveal they're Tom Cruise, but it is a very twisty turny type book. Which isn't a bad thing by any means, but I'm not entirely sure all the twists add up. I had a lot of "but why?" questions when I'd finished. Hopefully they'll be resolved in Book 2.

A plot twist too many aside, I enjoyed this book a great deal. It's extremely fast paced and well written and I flew through the pages. It was a great holiday read, even if parts did make me queasy (I have a low tolerance for blood and violence). 

The two main characters Cassie and Ben were really well done. They're likeable and their responses to events felt realistic, as did their voices.  I liked how they started off in the same place, had different experiences, and then their story lines came together in the end. I was definitely rooting for them. Cassie's baby brother Sam, who I think may play a big role in the next book, was adorably sweet too.

The other character were more mysterious, I'd love to know more about them, especially Evan. It's these other characters that have me excited for book 2. I know they're are going to be more twists and it's fun trying to work out who to trust and what everyone's motivation is.

The 5th Wave is a fun, fast read. It would be great for a book group as I really wanted to dissect the plot after I'd read it. Also it's fun to think what would I do? How would I react?

Have you read The 5th Wave? What did you think of the twists?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Review - Untold



It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be? (from Goodreads)


Sarah Rees Brennan has a talent for second books. I liked The Demon's Lexicon, but I fell in love with the series after The Demon's Covenant. It's the same with her new series The Lynburn Legacy. I enjoyed the first book Unspoken a great deal, but I loved Untold. The story line whips along and there's great character development. It is also seriously funny. I love the humour in these books and the snarky one liners and observations.

Untold begins with Kami, and her fabulous band of friends, trying to figure out a way to prevent Rob Lynburn claiming his sacrifice and returning Sorry-in-the-vale to the old days. When the Lynburns ruled the village through fear and blood.

It's hard it imagine Kami not winning this war when she has such fabulous people as Angela, Rusty and Holly on her side. I love that bunch. Especially Rusty, every time Rusty was on the page I would be smiling. Which is why I was little worried about the hints that were dropped suggesting that Rusty likes Kami. I do not want Rusty hurt, and if one thing was clear to me at the end of Untold, it's that Kami can end up with no one but Jared.

I felt quite differently at the end of Untold, I wasn't a Jared fan at all, but that's the other thing Sarah Rees Brennan has a talent for, writing characters that I initial dislike then making me love, adore and worry about them. She did it with Nick in The Demon's Lexicon and she's done it again with Jared in Untold. I'm looking forward to finding out more of his backstory and hopefully seeing his relationships with his cousin Ash and his Aunt Lillian develop.

With this new book, Sarah Rees Brennan remains one of my must buy authors and one that can be guaranteed to make me laugh. While the plot is fun and action scenes exciting, the main reason I love her books is the interaction and bonds between the characters. I could read about Kami and her friends all day.

Have you read Untold? What did you think?


Christmas in September

Hello out there, anyone still around? It's been a long time since I blogged, I've missed talking about books!

I can't believe all the bookish goodnesses that is happening. Every day there is another exciting announcement. It's like Christmas in September! It's completely swept away my post holiday blues. Here's what I'm excited about;

1) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is out THIS week *squee* No one may need me for anything on the 17th September, I shall be reading!

2) As if the above weren't enough case for joy Maggie also announced a new book Sinner. A companion to the Shiver Trilogy and it's about Isabel and Cole! It's too much!!!!

3) Diana Peterfreund announced she'd be writing a series of New Adult novels under the name Viv Daniels, kicking off with One and Only. I'm seriously excited about this as I adore her Secret Society Girl series, which is set in a college. I think these new books will be fantastic. More information at Viv Daniels.

4) More Harry Potter films! Or films set in that world at least.

5) The cover for Monsters & Demons by Laini Taylor was released. It's so gorgeous and I can't wait for the book.


Few, I'm dying, so much to look forward too!

What book news are you excited about?

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Cover Love

I've never joined in with Tuesday Top Ten, from The Broke and the Bookish, before. But this week it is all about covers, so I had too.

I always judge books by their covers! Sometimes I'm disappointed, sometimes very pleasantly surprised.

So my (current) favourite book covers

















And a special mention to the UK covers of Sarah Dessen's books. I love the level of detail they include.






Thursday, 16 May 2013

A Few Adult Books I Have Loved this Year

As the title says this is a blog about reading YA, but I've read some fabulous adult books lately. So I'm going to do a few mini reviews.

The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand

This book, this book! I absolutely loved it and I am craving more, lucky me there are two more books in the series - hoo-ray. It is the tale of Cade Corey, the american heir to the Corey chocolate bar fortune (33c a bar) and Sylvain Marquis, the Parisian Chocolate Artisan (he definitely needs those capitals!).

It is the clash of two worlds and two very determined people.

It made me laugh, swoon, and CRAVE chocolate. Highly recommended, although I will remind you that it's an adult book and things do get steamy.

I downloaded this this after reading Angie's rave review, thanks Angie!







Someday, Someday Maybe By Lauren Graham

I bought this because I have a deep, abiding love for Gilmore Girls. This read a lot like Gilmore Girls episode, it had the same tone and humour, which more than made up for a plot that had few surprises. I really liked main character Franny and was imagining Lauren Graham playing her the whole time I was reading. Also, due to me muddling names, I was imagining James Franco as the love interest James Franklin, the whole way through. I kept thinking it was odd she was writing about a real person and wondering if it was semi auotboigraphical - ha - it's not I'm just bad at names.









Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my auto-buy authors. I adore her. Her new novel is utterly brilliant. The kind that gets stuck in your head and makes you think, the kind you keep coming back to.

It follows Ursula Todd as she lives and dies, again and again, and again.  Recommended for anyone whose ever thought "What if?"

(and the war part is outstanding)











The Girl You Left Behind - JoJo Moyes

If a book is set in WW2 I will buy it, this period of history fascinates me. The Girl You Left Behind was and excellent addition to my collection.

It moves between the lives of two women, Sophie and Liv, and two periods of time, occupied France and present day London. I adored how and why Sophie and Liv's stories were interwoven, and, unusually, I liked both stories equally. I'm normally weighted towards one in books with split narratives. I'll definitely be reading more by JoJo Moyes.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Book Review - SHADOWS by Paula Weston

It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, is a standout paranormal romance for fans of Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare. (from Goodreads)

I bought Shadows on the strength this fantastic review, by Nomes. She is not normally a fan of paranormal, so I knew this must be something special.

It was.


I started Shadows at 9pm on a Wednesday night and was still reading at 2am. Despite knowing that my son would be waking at 6am, I just couldn't put this down. Paula Weston is an absolute master of the cliff hanger. Every. Single. Chapter ends with one. Making this a breathless, can't read it fast enough book.


Given the cover I don't think it's giving much away to say it's about Angels. I'm not well versed on angel mythology, so I can't say if Paula Weston's take is unique, but I can say it is brilliantly done. The world building is fantastic. I loved the way information was dripped to us. I loved how I would start having doubts about a certain characters actions, or motives, or explanations and then, bam, I'd find out I was right to be having doubts. I am still slightly unsure about certain things, but I fully expect them to be addressed in Haze, Book 2 of the Trilogy.


The break neck pace of Shadows doesn't mean characterisation is sidelined. I loved Gaby from the first pages, she has a great voice, and her grief is believable and heart wrenching and I was on her side completely. As for Rafa I was swooning from his first meeting with Gaby and kept swooning for the whole book. I loved his banter with Gaby, it was reminiscent of the way Sarah Rees Brennan's characters converse,  spiky sarcasm and sharp edged one liners, which made the swoony parts even more swoony.


I really can't wait for Haze to come out so I can continue with Gaby's journey. Highly recommend.


The first three chapters of Shadows, the first chapter of Haze and, Blood Song, the story Gaby posts online are all available on Paula Weston's website.




Friday, 3 May 2013

Friday Five - So Many Good Things

There has been so much fabulous book news while I've been off line! Here are a five of my favourites.

1) Melina Marchetta was answering questions on Goodreads.

 I'm so excited to hear that Jimmy (from Saving Francesca) is camping out in her head. I long,  LONG for another book about those characters. I also love the sound of her new book.

2) Four books from my Top Ten to Read in 2013 list got covers.





They'll be such a pretty additions to my bookshelves  Although I am sad that they dropped the silhouette covers for The Lynburn Legacy books, I loved them. The new look is pretty striking though, I really like the font they picked.


3) Elizabeth Scott has a new book coming out on September HeartBeat. I'm so excited, Elizabeth Scott is an auto buy author for me and this sounds so good.


Life. Death. And...Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?


4) The Countdown to The Great Gatsby is on. 16th May here in the UK! I kind of want to buy a hat or a headband to wear to the cinema.




5) I've read a lot of blog posts over the last month, but this one, by Jo Knowles, is the one that stuck in my head the most - The Smallest Gesture

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Month Is May*

My poor neglected little blog. I've only posted 7 times this year and it's already May! I have been writing, and reading, and playing on Instagram though. I've been taking part in the EstellaGram and Fat Mum Slim photo challenges. It's great fun.

These are some of my favourite photos I took last month.


The Doctor and the TARDIS is Trafalgar square. It was quite a surprise to round the corner and see them.


My baby at the beach.


The first 99 of the season.


A Hobgoblin house at Sissinghurst Castle


Rocky Road Brownies - yum!

Let me know if you're on Instagram. I have quite a lot of trouble finding people!

Anyway hopefully May will be a more reviewed filled month, as I've read a few brilliant books so far this year that I need to talk about.

* Every May I think "The month is May" which is a quote from the film Anne of the Thousand days. It's about Anne Boleyn, who was queen for 1000 days. When she says that line in the movie she's so sad because her life has changed so much in a year, it's always stuck in my head.

Friday, 1 March 2013

And the Winner is. . .

Audrey of Holes in My Brain

Yay I hope you love it Audrey. Everyone else ELEANOR AND PARK is available now.

Read it, it's so good!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

To celebrate the day of love I'm giving away one of my very favourite books of last year.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell



I loved this book, so much, so much. It's a book about love and how it can save you and free you. You can read my review here. 

I know it's not going to be to everyone's taste (please don't tell me if you don't like it, it will hurt my heart), but if you'd like to give it a try, just leave a comment below. Extra entry if you post about the giveaway on Twitter.

Open to where ever the Book Depository Ships

I'll randomly pick a winner on the 28th.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Dream Thieves Cover



Oh lord, I am so excited about the new Maggie Stiefvater book, which now has a cover and a title, and what a cover! So gorgeous! I'm not sure how I'm going to survive the wait until 17th September.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

I Love my Library!

Today is National Libraries Day in the UK, I absolutely love my local library, it's small but lovely. My son and I try to visit every Friday to borrow books and enjoy story time. I love that he loves the library as much as I do.

Now the library would be fabulous all on it's own. It's a place dedicated to books and reading, what's not to love? But what makes our library extra special is our fabulous librarian, Kate. She is helpful and full of knowledge and always greets my son by name. One of the reason he loves going to library is to see her.

Today a part of the celebration of National Libraries Day there was this display. To encourage reading outside of your comfort zone.





So as well as picking up Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, I also picked up this. So exciting!





Inside was this.


I love that title.


Long Live the Library!

What's your local library like? Do you love it?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Second Time Around - The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The perfect comfort read for me is always a re-read. There's no risk of a nasty surprise and I know the book will absorb me and make me forget my troubles.

As I was searching my bookcase in search of distraction and solace, my eye fell on THE DEMON'S SURRENDER by Sarah Rees Brennan - oh yes I thought. I download the first book (THE DEMON'S LEXICON) onto my Kindle and I was off. I gobbled up all three books and then I flew through the rather fantastic short stories on Sarah Rees Brennan's web site (find them here). I loved revisiting this series so much that I thought I'd share my thoughts.












Okay, firstly I have a CONFESSION ~

The first time I read (or rather listened, I had the first two books on audio) to THE DEMON'S LEXICON I was underwhelmed.

I mean, I liked it. It centres around the Ryves Brother, Nick and Alan, who are on the run from magicians and demons. I loved the magic and the demons and the world building, and I adored Mae and Jamie, siblings, who come to Nick and Alan for help. But I had a major problem.

I hated Nick. Hated him.

I kept wondering why no one had pointed out to Sarah Rees Brennan that her pov character was an ass. Sure, I thought, have him be an ass, but why is this book not told from Alan perspective (I LOVED Alan from his first line) or Mae's (she's fab), or even Jamie's (he's funny).

 Why Nick? Why? WHY?

Then I got to the last quarter of the book and realised Sarah Rees Brennan is a GENIUS. This was Nick's story and could have been told from no one's POV but Nick's. Everything fell into place perfectly at the end. When I re-read it, I had a much better opinion of Nick and because I knew the plot there were so many tiny moments I caught and appreciated. If any book deserves a re-read it is THE DEMON'S LEXICON.

So I laughed and cried my way through Book 1 and moved straight onto THE DEMON'S COVENANT. Which was originally my favourite. Told from Mae's point of view it still centres around the same characters; Nick and Alan (or those Ryvee boys as I like to think of them) Mae and her brother Jamie. I won't say much about the plot as I'd hate to spoil it. I'll just say Mae is one of my all time favourite fictional characters, from her pink hair, to her witty remarks, to her refusal to be bossed around and told what she can and can't do, to her t-shirts, to her complete loyalty to her brother. I LOVE Mae.

Which meant when I originally read Book 3, I was slightly miffed Mae was no longer centre stage. THE DEMON'S SURRENDER is told from Sin's POV. Sin is the heir apparent of the Goblin Market and had a small part in the previous books and I liked her, but I did feel a little Why Ms Rees Brennan? Why have you taken away Mae? WHY?

On the re-read, however, I discovered, again, that Sarah Rees Brennan is a GENIUS (I'll never doubt her). I think I may love Sin even more than Mae and seeing Mae's story through Sin's eyes was actually better, I'm not sure I'd have liked to have been in Mae's head during some points of this book. Plus Sin is such a fabulous, strong, determined character and her story was great, especially the love story element which made me all swoony.

So, I guess what I am trying to say is that second time around the THE DEMON'S LEXICON series is even better. If you have't read it definitely run out and get it. If you need further convincing some favourite (spoiler free) quotes.

"Hi Nick," he said, and after a pause, "Well , that's right, I sent you a text. If you insist on killing people with paintbrushes you have to get the Tube home. Those are my rules. I consider them harsh but fair." The Demon's Surrender)

"Sometimes when you pull knives on people, they get this impression that you're going to hurt them, and then they're completely terrified. Crazy, I know!"
"Okay," said Nick. He turned to Jamie and popped his left sheath again. "Look."
Jamie backed up. "Which part of "completely terrified" did you translate as "show us your knives  Nick? Don't show us your knives, Nick. I have no interest in your knives." (The Demon's Covenant)

"After my dad died, I looked everywhere for someone to love me. I used to sit on the bus and watch people, see if they looked kind, try to make them smile at me. I had a hundred dreams about a hundred different people, loving me." (The Demon's Covenant)

"Do you see any deal breakers for you here?" she asked. "In the longterm? because I was thinking about-the long term." . . .

. . ."I don't have deal breakers," Alan said. "I look on tempests and am never shaken." (The Demon's Surrender)

And finally my favourite line "I missed you,"Nick raged.

Finally thought, if they ever make movies of these books, and they should, Ben Whishaw would make an excellent Alan.




Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Like Me, Maybe?

Not Enough Bookshelves now has it's own Facebook page. 

You can like it



Which would be super lovely of you :)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Ten 2013 Books I can't Wait to Read


My Ten Must read books in 2013. 


Book 2 of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I WANT this so badly! I loved the first book and I can't wait to be back with Blue and those Raven Boys!

Untold Book 2 of The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

I've just re-read The Demon's Lexicon series and now I'm even more excited for more from Sarah Rees Brennan. And this one has chapters from Holly's perspective, I love Holly!


How's it going to end???



The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

All Sarah Dessen's books are a must read for me.

The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley

I loved her first two books and this one "A mystery and a love story with duel narrators" has me intrigued  Plus the title!

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Love Diana Peterfreund and this re-telling of the Scarlet Pimpernel sounds amazing.

Tandum by Anna Jarzab

Had me at parallel worlds!



When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

I have heard it compared to Lost in Translation and Where She Went - so basically sounds brilliant!



Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Young, in love and on the run!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi BUT this one sounds amazing. Plus I've been following Amie's blog for ages, so it's brilliant to see her book coming out.

What books are you waiting for in 2013?