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Book Review: Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Title: Saving June Author: Hannah Harrington
Series: Standalone
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of Publication: 22nd November 2011
Source: netGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let …

In My Mailbox #40

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren! I have lots to show you this week, so I'll understand if you don't watch the video, as it could be kind of long ;)


To Be A Cat by Matt Haig ~ Published February 2nd by Bodley Head Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan ~ Published February 2nd by David Fickling Books Fated by Sarah Alderson ~ Published January 5th by Simon Pulse Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale ~ Published February 2nd by Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Received from the ATOM Blogger Party 2011 Wicked by Sara Shepard Unbelievable by Sara Shepard Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink Hades by Alexandra Adornetto 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad The Witch of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell Trapped by Michael Northrop Night School by Christi Daugherty
Pure by Julianna Baggot ~ Gifted from Viv at Serendipity Reviews
Huge thanks to ATOM, Viv, Simon & Schuster and Random House for all my lovely books these last two weeks! :D

Atom Blogger Party 2011!

On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend the ATOM blogger party 2011! It was my second blogger event, and it was great fun :) I thought I'd share a little about what happened.


I got the train up to London with Rhys from Thirst for Fiction, and then we had to get the tube from St. Pancras to Temple, which was 11 stops! It wasn't so bad though, luckily, and we were only 15(ish) minutes late, which wasn't that bad... ;)

We walked into the building for the Little, Brown Book Group, and it is seriously cool. It's big and open and it had huge 'space trumpet' sculptures hanging from the ceiling, which we were later told moved every hour, on the hour, though I didn't notice them moving. Anyway, we got out visitor badges and then we were sent up to the second floor, and that's where we met all the other bloggers!

For the first half an hour or so we mingled around, and there was a tuck shop that had cute little sandwiches and cakes, and around the room there we…

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'd Want At My Thanksgiving Dinner

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish :) Every week we make a list - this week it's: 
TOP TEN AUTHORS I'D WANT AT MY THANKSGIVING DINNER! :D
1. Maggie Stiefvater - I went to her signing last week and her talk was hilarious! 
2. Maureen Johnson - Again, I went to her signing and she was awesome too :D
3. Kiersten White - I love love love her books, so I'd love to meet her!
4. Stephanie Perkins - Again, I love her books, so I'd love to ask her where she got her inspiration for Etienne and Cricket from, and how she is able to write such adorable books :)
5. Cassandra Clare - She's awesome. Her books are some of my favourites and I'd love to meet her!
6. Lauren Oliver - Her books are amazing :D She'd be awesome! 
7. Stephenie Meyer - Her books basically got me reading loads again... I read before Twilight, but nowhere near as much as I do now. It'd be great to meet her and thank her for introducing me to the young adult genre that finally g…

Book Review: Destined by PC & Kristin Cast

Title: Destined Author: PC & Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night, #9
Pages: 325
Publisher: ATOM
Date of Publication: 25th October 2011
Source: Gifted from Andy at The Pewter Wolf! THANKS! :D
Synopsis from Goodreads:In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness?

My Thoughts:
The House of Night series is a really long one. For the last few books, I'd thought that the story had been dragged on a little too long, and I felt that it could …

Random House Acquires 4 New Dystopian Titles!

I opened my email today to find an email from Random House Children's Books with the subject line, 4 new dystopian books from Random House, and of course, I opened it immediately, and I have permission to share! :D There is a little information about each of the four books - two of them are coming out in 2012, and the other two in 2013! Also, they are ALL debuts, and they sound awesome, I'm not sure I can wait that long!

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All taken from the final press release:

Starters by Lissa Price, an American screenwriter, publishing in April 2012, is an action-packed thriller set in a world where eternal youthfulness can be had – at a price. One girl has the ability to bring it all tumbling down . . . RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Heather Shapiro at Baror International and will be launching globally alongside Random Inc for a truly international campaign.


A post- apocalyptic Los Angeles is the setting for Struck by Jenifer Bosworth, publishing in July 2012. Afte…

Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Title: Crossed  Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Trilogy #2
Pages: 367
Publisher: Penguin
Date of Publication: 24th November 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Rules are different outside the Society.

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky-taken by the Society to his certain death-only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's points of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever...

My Thoughts:
I really really enjoyed Crossed. I loved it, actually. It was a lot better than Matched, w…

In My Mailbox #39

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

The lighting's not great, and neither is the sound. Again. My laptop camera is crappy... Sorry ;)


For Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver - OMGosh, SO excited for this one!
Gifted: Destined by PC & Kristin Cast - From Andy (@PewterWolf13) THANK YOU :D
Bought: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - I already had a proof but I wanted a finished copy
Free: Fracture by Megan Miranda - Free from the Maggie Stiefvater event
This week I went to another event in Foyles, this time it was Maggie Stiefvater! :D She is one of the coolest and nicest people ever, and her talk was hilarious! I had to try really hard not to snort-laugh at her, it was AWESOME :D I met Cicely from Cicely Loves Books and her mum (again) and as always they were lovely, and I got all 7 of my books signed by Maggie :D We were second in the queue too - I think that event was the best one I've been to :D

Maggie and me :)

What did you get in your mailbox thi…

Happily Ever Endings: Heist Society by Ally Carter

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: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behin…

Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Title: Heist Society Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society #1
Pages: 304
Publisher: Orchard Children's Books
Date of Publication: 1st September 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just o…

Lauren Kate Cover Reveals!

So, I just got an email from Random House with new covers for both of Lauren Kate's new books coming out in 2012! The first one is Rapture, which is book 4 of the Fallen series:


I really like this one - I really like how it's sort of gone back to the theme of the first two covers, how it is all blue and white, or colours from a similar colour scheme instead of lots of different colours like Passion was... If that makes sense. I also like how on this cover she's wearing a white dress instead of a black dress, so I'm wondering if that has any significance... 

The other cover reveal was for her other book, Fallen In Love. Fallen In Love is going to be a book set in the world of the Fallen series, but instead of focusing on Luce and Daniel, Fallen In Love will focus on some of the more minor characters, and their romances, like Miles, Shelby, Roland, Arriane and Luce and Daniel. It sounds awesome! And here is the cover: 

I really like this cover too. ALL of Lauren Kate'…

In My Mailbox #38

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


For Review: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck Wonder by RJ Palacio Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigiuie Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan Tempest by Julie Cross Crossed by Ally Condie The Haunting of Charity Delafield by Ian Beck This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

Thanks to Macmillan Children's Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Random House Children's Books, Penguin, and Bloomsbury!

Book Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Title: Perfect Chemistry  Author: Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry, #1
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 29th April 2010
Source: RAK from Lesley at My Keeper Shelf
Synopsis from Goodreads:When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about…

NaNoWriMo

Hey everyone, just thought I'd write a little post about what I'm going to be doing hopefully throughout the whole month of November. I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The aim of it is that during the month of November, you should try to write a 50,000 word novel. Sounds crazy, right? I know, I know, but everyone else was doing it, and I've had an idea floating around in my head for a little while so I decided to give it a go. I've never written anything before, and I hate creative writing in school, but I thought I may as well try, and see what happens :) I have no idea how long I will last, but I'm hoping I will win! Winning is just finishing, managing to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!
But, if you are a young person, like me, you can sign up for the Young Writer's Programme. This is exactly the same as NaNoWriMo, but instead of writing 50,000 words, you can choose your goal, and make it shorter if you wan…