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April 2012 Round-Up

Hey everyone! Welcome to my round up of what I've been reading in April :D


1. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting 2. Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs 3. Starters by Lissa Price 4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 6. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams 7. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle 8. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
DNF: Fever by Dee Shulman
So, as always, I wanted to read more than I did this month... Surprise, surprise ;P I don't expect May and June to be any different because I have my first public exams coming up and I'm planning on revising and doing really well so I don't know how much time I'll get to actually read, but hopefully I won't completely abandon my books :S But I did manage to read more than I did in March so that's good ;P 
My monthly maths:
Number of pages read in April: 3032 (+ 150 of the DNF) Average number of pages per book: 379
My favourite book of this month, hands down, is...
INSURGEN…

Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Title: The Alchemy of Forever  Author: Avery Williams
Series: Incarnation, #1
Pages: 256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: 26th April 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:After spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.


Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyru…

Happily Ever Endings: Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins

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: Sophie Mercer's first term at Hex Hall turned out to be quite eventful. First the ghost of her evil grandmother haunted her every move, then her best friend was accused of murder and of course there was the discovery that Archer Cross, aka the boy of her dreams, was actually an undercover demon hunter - which would probably be something she coul…

DNF Review: Fever by Dee Shulman

Title: Fever  Author: Dee Shulman
Series: Fever, #1
Pages: 400
Publisher: Puffin
Date of Publication: 5th April 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:A fearless Roman gladiator. A reckless 21st century girl. A mysterious virus unites them . . .


152 AD. Sethos Leontis, a skilled and mesmerising fighter, is unexpectedly wounded and lies dangerously close to death.

2012 AD. Eva is brilliant - but troubled. Starting her new life at a school for the gifted, a single moment in the lab has terrifying results.

An extraordinary link brings Sethos and Eva together, but it could force them apart - because the fever that grips them cannot be cured and falling in love could be lethal . . . Can love survive when worlds collide and threaten time itself?

My Thoughts:
First and foremost I'll start by saying I have not finished this book. I've read to page 150, and I'm sorry but I just can't read anymore - there are too many things that I found too unrealistic or annoying about the bo…

Announcement! May is Bella & Daph's Epic Review Month!

I have an announcement to make! The awesome Daph from Loving Books and I have been plotting something (hopefully) very exciting for the whole month of May - basically, it's a month where you try extra extra hard to make a dent in your review TBR pile! The last month or so I've been in a bit of a funk and I haven't read as much as I'd like to, and Goodreads keeps telling me I'm six or seven books behind on my target so I'm hoping this month will help both you and us! And the best thing? You can join in too! :D

We've got some really exciting things planned - international giveaways for all participants, Q&As with other bloggers on how they tackle their TBRs, their thoughts on NetGalley and loads of other tips and interesting things about being a book reader and reviewer! And if you're finding it difficult to find the time to read and review, we've got a readathon and a reviewathon planned out so you won't be alone!

The dates for these 'th…

In My Mailbox #47

I'm back with another In My Mailbox! :) Also, I just wanted to introduce you to my new design! I made it myself and I'm so proud - let me know what you think in the comments! Now, let's get onto the books I've received lately :)

FOR REVIEW




Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Finished copy, Simon & Schuster, 26th April 2012)
The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo (Proof, Indigo, 7th June 2012)
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (US proof, HarlequinTEEN, 24th April 2012) *signed*


Ahh I'm SO excited to read this, and it's signed!! :D 
GIFTED/BORROWED

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Gifted from Vickie @ ComaCalm) Dead Rules by RS Russell (Gifted from Laura @ SisterSpooky) Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (Borrowed from Iffath @ Painting With Words) Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Borrowed from Iffath @ Painting With Words)
On Friday, I went to a launch party in London, for Sarwat Chadda's new book, Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress. So I bought a copy of that and got it signed,…

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters  Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters, #1
Pages: 336
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of Publication: 5th April 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter…

Book Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Title: Fins Are Forever Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Fins, #2
Pages: 298
Publisher: Templar
Date of Publication: 1st April 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf c…

Book Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Last Echo Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder series, #3
Pages: 358
Publisher: Headline
Date of Publication: 29th March 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....

There may be tiny, tiny, tiny spoilers... Sorry but I …

Book Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: Spellcaster Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound, #2
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Date of Publication: 27th March 2012
Source: NetGalley*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in ├╝ber-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsusp…

New Releases in April 2012

Here are all the awesome new YA releases coming out in April! :D


A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Penguin, 5th April 2012)
Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (Templar, 1st April 2012)
Fever by Dee Shulman (Penguin, 5th)




When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle(Simon & Schuster, 26th April 2012)
Starters by Lissa Price (Random House, 5th April 2012)
Crave by Melissa Darnell (MIRA Ink, 6th April 2012)




Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster, 26th April 2012)
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams (Simon & Schuster, 26th April 2012)
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad (ATOM, 5th) 




All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Macmillan, 6th April 2012)
Black Arts by Prentice and Weil (David Fickling Books, 5th April 2012)
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Walker, 24th April 2012)




The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (ATOM, 5th April 2012)
The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa (Harlequin TEEN, 24th April 2012)
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis (Balzer + Bray, 17th April 2012)




The Death Cu…

March 2012 Round-Up

Hey! Welcome to my monthly round-up post for March - I remembered! ;) This is where I'll just post all the books I've read this month, what I liked, what I didn't like, what I'm excited for next month, and all stuff like that! So, here's everything I've read this month!


1. Forgiven by Jana Oliver 2. Fever by Lauren Destefano 3. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter 4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 5. Raising Demonsby Rachel Hawkins 6. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins 7. Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz 
So I didn't really read all that much this month... I was hoping to read more but lately I've been doing other things instead, even though I don't want to be. Mostly Twitter, to be honest, I just can't keep off it! I'm hoping to read more in April, because the first two weeks of it are the Easter holidays (woo!) so I'll have plenty of time, in theory ;)
Here's my monthly maths: 
Number of pages read in March: 2467 Average number of pages per b…