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My 1 Year Anniversary Scavenger Hunt!

It's the 25th June, and my first blogoversary is on Friday 1st July (yay!) which is just under a week away, and I'm going to make it special! I've decided, along with the help of five other awesome bloggers, I'm going to do a 'Guess the Book Scavenger Hunt!'



What is this 'Guess the Book Scavenger Hunt'? I've chosen a book that I am highly anticipating, and you have to guess what it is. How do you do that? By hopping around some book blogs, who will post a clue on each day in the upcoming week, starting today, ending on Friday, my first blogoversary. I will be posting the first and last clue, and there will be a form to fill in for your answer. If you get it right, I will enter you into a giveaway to win a copy of that book! Also, I have some awesome swag for you lucky peeps living in the UK that I'll post on Friday :) 

Who's taking part and when?  As I said before, there are five awesome bloggers who are helping me :) There will be seven clues, …

Cover Revealed: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead UK

The UK cover of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is here! It's very cool, I really like it and I can't wait to read it! Hopefully I'll be getting a review copy soon, so look for a review in the next few weeks :) Without further ado, here it is:



LOVE AND LOYALTY RUN DEEPER THAN BLOOD…
Sydney protects vampire secrets – and human lives. As an alchemist, she is part of a secret group who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the world of humans and vampires.
But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir—the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir—is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as Jill’s protector.
The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathising with vampires. And now she has to live with one...
Release Date: 25th August 2011

Book Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Title: Hate List  Author: Jennifer Brown
Series: Standalone
Pages:  405
Publisher: Little, Brown
Date of Publication: 5th October 2010
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


My Thoughts:
Reading the synopsis of Hate List, I really thought that this book was going t…

In My Mailbox #21

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren :)



BOUGHT
I broke my book buying ban this week... But, I haven't bought anything for ages and it was a special occasion... I went to FOYLES! Yay :) Here is what I bought:






Entwined by Heather Dixon (Hardback)
This book is beautiful. The cover is gorgeous, and in real life it's even more gorgeous! The leave round the edge of the book are shiny, and the image looks like a scene out of a fairy tale... It looks amazing, it sounds amazing, I can't wait to read it!


Hate List by Jennifer Brown (US Paperback)
I can't wait to read this one it looks awesome! It sounds morbid but kind of funny... Lots of people dying - but because two people made a list of people they hate! If that makes sense at all... I'm not a weirdo, I promise! :L 


Blood Red Road by Moira Young (UK Paperback)
I'm really excited for this book, but also really nervous about reading it, because it's written in a different kind of style to 'normal' b…

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched  Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Pages: 366
Publisher: Penguin
Date of Publication: 30th November 2010
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts:
I had high hopes for this book. Being dystopi…

In My Mailbox #20

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Matched by Ally Condie (UK Paperback)
Almost finished this one, not quite as good as I'd hoped but I still really like it! Thanks to Penguin for this one!
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has da…

Book Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: Spellbound Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: N/A
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: 28th June 2011
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

My Th…

Top Ten Tuesday: Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Top Ten Settings in Books  (The places that you've read about that you wish you could visit)
1. The Victorian London from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I've been to London lots of times, but I adored this time period, so any book set in this time would have done, but I liked it in Clockwork Angel most because Cassie's writing is so descriptive and wonderful. I love her :) 
2. Idris from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - Idris sounds amazing! A secret place that's not on any map, where only Shadowhunters are allowed?! Who wouldn't want to go there? :L
3. Hogwarts from Harry Potter by JK Rowling - Do I really need to explain this one? Though there always seems to be some dark magic going on somewhere at this place, it still sounds like an amazing place to visit!
4. The Capitol from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I'm just going to add, this is BEFORE Mockingjay, I don't think I'd like to go t…

Book Review: Passion by Lauren Kate

Title: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3
Pages: 420
Publisher: Random House
Date of UK Publication: 23rd June 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:"Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever."

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because th…

In My Mailbox #19

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FOR REVIEW




The Childe by CA Kunz (signed) and swag (Paperback)
This one looks pretty good, and it came with lots of swag which I should be hopefully giving away soon :) Thanks to the authors for this one! There are 6 bookmarks; 3 badges; 3 bags, two which contain a bracelet and a happy face penny each, and 1 that has a necklace and a happy face penny :) 


GIFTED
Before I start talking about the books I got gifted this week, I would just like to say how AWESOME Donna from Book Passion for Life is. She sent me 3 books this week. Three :) THANK YOU SO MUCH. :D


A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (Kindle)
Really excited for this one, it looks really good and it's about angels :) Also, I love the title and cover, so thank you Donna for this one :)


Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (Kindle)
This one also looks amazing, I LOVED Bleeding Violet so I can't wait to get to this one :) I think Dia Reeves is amazing! Again, thanks Donna for this one :…

Book Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Title: Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Series: Blood Journals #1
Pages: 405
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of UK Publication: 7th July 2011
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.

Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.

Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and deat…

Random Acts of Kindness May Round Up

Can I just say how much I love this programme? It's a great way to recommend books to people, and for them to recommend to you. I also love how I had no idea that some of them were coming, the surprise of opening the box or email is such a nice one! :) Thanks to Book Soulmates for organizing it, and to everyone who was so lovely and sent me books, I love you all! :D

RECEIVED:



Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender from Jill at 30 Nights Insomniac (Paperback)

Across the Universe by Beth Revis from Cherie at Mystrez's Crazy Maze (Paperback)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles from Lesley at My Keeper Shelf (Paperback)

Two Way Street by Lauren Barndholdt from Sara at Just Another Story (Paperback)

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton also from Sara at Just Another Story (Hardback)



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins from Mia at Gripped Into Books (Kindle)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh from Mia at Gripped Into Books (Kindle)
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney from Rebecca at Kindle Fe…

Book Review: Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Title: Two Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Standalone
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: June 26th 2007
Source: RAK from Sara @ Just Another Story
Synopsis from Goodreads:There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.



My Thoug…

New Releases in June

Here are all the amazing YA titles being released in June! If I've missed any, please leave it in the comments and I'll add it to the list :)
Also, Katie from Mon Palais has done her own version of New Releases in June, where she has picked a few that she is highly anticipating, and written a little bit about them in detail, and we thought it would be a cool idea to link, up, so here is Katie's Highly Anticpated June Releases! Even if you don't want to read her post, go and check out her blog because it's super cool and she is super nice ;)


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Release Date: 3rd June 2011
Forgotten by Cat Patrick Release Date: 6th June 2011

One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson Release Date: 2nd June 2011
Blood Red Road by Moira Young Release Date: 2nd June 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton Release Date: 9th June 2011
Passion by Lauren Kate Release Date: 23rd June 2011

The Revenant by So…