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January 2013 Wrap Up

Hey! It's been 2013 for a whole month now and it's crazy! I've done exams, started controlled assessments and done loads of school work but I've still managed to fit in some reading and blogging too, which is good, even if it isn't as much as I'd hoped! I'm hoping to read more in February as we have half term and no more exams until June, so in theory I should have more time. We'll see! Here's what I read in January!


1. Night School by CJ Daugherty (reread) 2. Night School: Legacy by CJ Daugherty 3. Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans 4. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan 5. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (half)
I was lucky enough to attend the launch party for Level 2, and it was great fun! There was cake and a photographer (guess which one I liked best? :P) and I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed Level 2 as well. Night School was a reread, so that I'd be all clued up for the sequel, Legacy, and I'm so in love with those books! I'…

Book Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Title: The Tragedy Paper Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Series: N/A
Pages: 305
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of Publication: 10th January 2013
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:  Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current seni…

Book Review: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Title: Level 2  Author: Lenore Appelhans
Series:  The Memory Chronicles, #1
Pages: 317
Publisher: Usborne Children's Books
Date of Publication: 15th January 2013
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:  "I pause to look around the hive – all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories… I’ve wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me."
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in Level 2, the waiting room between Earth and Heaven, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend…and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her…
Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing in Level 2, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves. A choice that will change everything…
THREE LEVELS - TWO LOVES - ONE CHOICE

My Thoughts:
I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party for this boo…

Letterbox Love #2

So I haven't done a Letterbox Love or IMM or book haul or anything for months now, and I used to love these posts so I thought I'd start them up again, especially as I've got some awesome books these last couple of weeks! I've only included the books I've received in 2013 and for Christmas, because I couldn't remember what I got before... :P


Apologies for the books not being in the centre of the picture. If that bothers you. It bothers me :P
BOUGHT
Night School: Legacy by CJ Daugherty
I absolutely love this series! This one was brilliant, my review's coming soon.
How to Save A Life by Sara Zarr (Not pictured; ebook)
Only 99p in the Kindle sale - looking forward to this one as I've only heard good things!

GIFTED
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
This was from my parents for Christmas. My only book (unless you include the Doctor Who 2013 annual :P) but it doesn't matter because I'm sure it'll be awesome! Absolutely adored the first one so can't wait to…

Book Review: Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Title: Zom-B Underground  Author: Darren Shan
Series: Zom-B, #2
Pages: 203
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Date of Publication: 3rd January 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly was B saved? And is there anyone left in the world to trust?
DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU'VE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK, Zom-B, AND DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED.

My Thoughts:
Having read Zom-B and found it to just be okay, I wasn't sure what I was going to think of the sequel, Zom-B Underground. To be honest, I picked it up to read because it was the shortest book in my TBR pile and I wanted to cram in as many books as I could …

Reading and Blogging Resolutions 2013

Hello! It's been 2013 for a week, I know, but I've got some resolutions that I want to keep to this year to keep me motivated throughout, as I've kind of been bumbling along very slowly since about half-way through last year. So, here's what I hope to achieve in 2013 with my reading and blogging!

1. Read 100 books!
I've set my target at 90 as I only managed a (pitiful) 84 last year, but I really would like to read 100 again! I was so proud of myself in 2011 when I managed it, which is why I was kind of disappointed by only 84 in 2012... So 90 is my lowest target, but ideally I'd like to reach 100!

2. Blog more!
I know, I know, quality over quantity and all that, but I only posted once in December and that was kind of rubbish of me. I have a lot of school stuff to do, as I'm in my first exam year (boo!), but I think blogging is a good way to wind down and relax by doing something I love, so my goal is to blog at least semi-regularly throughout the year, w…

Book Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Title: Paper Valentine Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Series:  Standalone
Pages: 304
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 3rd January 2013
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:  The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor's peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian's ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah's just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn't there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and su…