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Top 10 Books of 2011

Hey guys. I've had lots of trouble with this post. It's SO difficult to choose because I've read so much AWESOME this year and I don't know if I'll be able to pick just 10... I might have to have some honourable mentions down the bottom... Oh well, anyway, here goes! In no particular order my Top Ten of 2011!

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth - Definitely my favourite dystopian ever. I think I've decided that it's even better than The Hunger Games... Maybe xD [My review]

2. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler - SO SO SO GOOD! Read it. Now. [My review]

3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - Creepy and it freaked me out so much but it's awesome freaking out over a book :D [My review]

4. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - Greek mythology and starcrossed lovers... *sigh* [My review]

5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting - JAY. [My review]

6. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly - Honestly I think it's the best historical fiction book EVER.…

Top 10 Books I Wish I'd Read In 2011

Good morning/evening/afternoon/night! Here is my list of the top ten books I wish I'd got around to reading in 2011! :D In no particular order, of course ;)

1. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton - Everybody says it's amazing. I read a sample on my Kindle and it was amazing. WHY HAVEN'T I READ IT YET?!

2.A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - There have been mixed reviews of this one, but I'm still really excited to read it! I won it back in August and I still haven't read it... I'm so bad... Must get round to it soon, or I think Daph will kill me... ;)

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis - Another one that I've (nearly) only heard good things about. Again, I've had it on my shelf for AGES and I still haven't read it... I'll try and read it before A Million Suns comes out here! :D

4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - I received this from Sara from Just Another Story for my birthday, and I feel really bad for not reading it... Especially because i…

Happily Ever Endings: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Happily Ever Endings... was born out of sheer frustration. You know how when you read a series and you love it but the last book takes a little while to come out and then you sort of forget parts of the novel? That's what these posts are going to serve to remedy. Happily Ever Ending... is a short post about what happened at the ending of each book that is going to be in a series for people who need a quick reminder of what happened in the previous installment. It's really annoying when you can't remember what happens and don't have time for a reread, so this hopefully will be a huge help! __________
Synopsis from Goodreads: It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea ...

The great traction city London is on the move again. It has been lying low, skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, as its great …

End of Year Book Survey 2011

Hey everyone, welcome to my END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY: 2011! This is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner :D

Graphic created by Ginger at GReads!
So, onto the questions! There are a lot ;) 
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?

What a horrible question... There are SO MANY, how can I choose just ONE? o_O I'm going to go with my favourite from each genre... And there will probably be two ;)

Dystopian - Divergent by Veronica Roth and Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver... THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING. READ THEM.
Contemp - Anna and the French Kiss, & Lola and the Boy Next Door both by Stephanie Perkins. Oh my days this girl CAN WRITE! :D Also, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles was incredible. I NEED TO READ THE NEXT ONES ASAP.
Paranormal - Paranormalcy & Supernaturally by Kiersten White, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, The Iron Queen by Julia Kagawa, The Body FinderDesires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting... Yeah. I'm SO bad at choosing just one. Sorry! ;) Oh, and The …

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future of Us   Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Series: --
Pages: 356
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 5th January 2012
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:It's 1996 and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook... fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them.
Josh and Emma are about to find out.

My Thoughts:
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. There was just something about a world where nobody knew what Facebook was, and not many people had mobile phones, that made me want to read it, just because I can't imagine a world like that now. It fascinates me that at one point there was a time …

Lauren Oliver News!

Are you a fan of Delirium, and eagerly awaiting Pandemonium? Well, Hodder have a treat for you!

Announcing... 

HANA!

This is a short story told from the point of view of, (you guessed it), Hana, Lena's best friend. She has her own story to tell, and you can read it and find out what her secret is. But, we want to give Lauren Oliver an awesome Christmas present, so Hodder have asked everyone to download the short story on Christmas Eve, so that on Christmas Day it can be number one on the eBook charts! So please, download this short story for just 99p on Christmas Eve and it will be AWESOME if we could get it to number 1! :D


I can't wait to read it, and I'll definitely be downloading it as soon as I can on Christmas Eve! Hopefully this'll help you get through the wait for Pandemonium! :D

Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Title: Mortal Engines  Author: Philip Reeve
Series: The Mortal Engines Quartet #1
Pages: 293
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of Publication: 1st April 2002
Source: Found in the house ;)
Synopsis from Goodreads:It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea ...

The great traction city london is on the move again. It has been lying low, skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, as its great mountain of metal lumbers along in hot pursuit of its quarry, the sinister plans it has harbored for years can finally start to unfold behind its soaring walls ...

Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and most famous archaeologist, and his daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes. Only the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice, prevents Valentine from being stabbed…

Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Near Witch  Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Standalone
Pages: 282
Publisher: Hyperion Children's Books
Date of Publication: 2nd August 2011
Source: Borrowed from Cicely at Cicely Loves Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime…

In My Mailbox #41

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

No video this week, sorry! I'm feeling lazy ;)

FOR REVIEW



Advent by James Treadwell (proof from Hodder)
This one sounds pretty good - not heard much about it but it looks good! 

Black Arts by Prentice and Weil (Proof from David Fickling Books)
Not heard of this before! It looks pretty good - not quite sure what it's about and it's HUGE but I might give it a read nearer it's release in April :)


Fracture by Megan Miranda (Finished copy from Bloomsbury)
This is my second copy of this now - it looks SO good! I can't wait to read it :D


BORROWED



The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (sent by the lovely Cicely from Cicely Loves Books)
Cic and I did a borrow swap kind of thing - I lent her a couple books and she lent me this! I'm on page 100 and it's very good, I can't wait to see what happens towards the end! Cole is very interesting... ;D Thanks Cicely!


GIFTED




Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David L…

Book Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Title: Unleashed  Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Series: Wolf Springs Chronicles
Pages: 383
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of Publication: 8th December 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

My Thoughts:
Many people have compared Unleashed to Twilight, but with werewolves (as in, werewolves as the m…

Happily Ever Endings... A Giveaway! :D

Hey everyone! Amber from Down the Rabbit Hole and myself are the hosts of a (hopefully) awesome new feature called Happily Ever Endings! It was born out of sheer frustration at not being able to remember what happened at the end of one book, just as you are about to start the sequel! It's annoyed me for a long time, so when I heard about this new feature that Amber was putting together, I decided to help out! The idea is, that we post the summary and then we take note of what happens at the end of the book, so you can read it and be refreshed as to what happened! It's the next best thing to rereading, but if you're anything like me you'll have too many books to have time to reread everything, so hopefully this will be of help to you.

But, neither me nor Amber can read all the books in the world, so WE NEED YOUR HELP! Does it frustrate you too? If so, go here to find out more about how you can help!

And if that isn't enough to tempt you, we're hosting a giveaw…

New Releases in December

Here are all the awesome new YA releases coming out in December! Let me know if I've missed any, as this month I couldn't actually find that many!


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (6th December 2011 by Walker Books UK)
Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (8th December 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books)
Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith (27th December 2011 by Greenwillow Books)


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (6th December 2011 by Entangled Publishing)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (27th December 2011 by EgmontUSA)
The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten (December 27th 2011 by HarperTeen)


Torn by Cat Clarke (22nd December 2011 by Quercus)
Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne (20th December 2011 by Simon Pulse)
Legacy by Molly Cochran (20th December 2011 by Simon & Schuster)


Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey (8th December 2011 by Philomel/Penguin)
Flyaway by Helen Landalf (19th December 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Touch of Power b…