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Book Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Title:  Spell Bound Author:  Rachel Hawkins Series:  Hex Hall, #3 Pages:  336 Publisher:  Simon Pulse Date of Publication:  29th March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted. Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident. Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back be

Book Review: The Killables by Gemma Malley

Title:  The Killables  Author:  Gemma Malley Series:  The Killables, #1 Pages:  384 Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton Date of Publication:  29th March 2012 Source:  Publisher Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone accepted that people were different physically. But inside? Inside, they were different too. You just had to know how to tell, what to look for. Evil has been eradicated. The City has been established. And citizens may only enter after having the 'evil' part of their brain removed. They are labelled on the System according to how 'good' they are. If they show signs of the evil emerging, they are labelled a K . . . But no one knows quite what that means. Only that they disappear, never to be seen again... My Thoughts: I had high hopes for this book. I read the first book in Gemma Malley's other series, The Declaration , back when it was first released, and while I can't remember much about it at all, I do remember really enjoying it, so wh

Book Review: Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins

Title:  Raising Demons Author:  Rachel Hawkins Series:  Hex Hall, #2 Pages:  359 Publisher:  Simon Pulse Date of Publication:  1st March 2011 Source:  Bought 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 could have worked on, if she hadn't also discovered that she was actually the demon Archer was hunting… So, despite their issues, Sophie is actually relieved to be spending the summer in London with her father. But when your father is Head of The Council of Prodigium and your summer is being spent at the headquarters of everything magical, then a quiet holiday isn't really that likely. And, as Sophie struggles to come to terms with her new found

In My Mailbox #46

Hey, welcome to my In My Mailbox for the past three(?) weeks! I don't know how long ago it was... ;P Anyway, I have quite a lot to show you all, so I'm not going to talk about rubbish up here for long... I don't even know if people actually read it ;P FOR REVIEW   Fateful by Claudia Gray (29th March 2012, HarperCollins) The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting (29th March, 2012, Headline) Burn Mark by Laura Powell (June 2012, Bloomsbury) Partials  by Dan Wells (29th March 2012, HarperCollins) A Million Suns  by Beth Revis (5th April, Penguin) Fever by Dee Shulman (5th April, Penguin) The next books I got were from a goodie bag I got when I went to the MIRA Ink Bloggers' party on Thursday evening. It was really good - we talked about all the awesome new releases coming from MIRA Ink this year, and we talked to Julie Kagawa, author of one of my favourite series ever, The Iron Fey  series, on Skype! We asked her questions, and she showed us one of her chick

UK ONLY Giveaway: Legend by Marie Lu!

So, I actually have something else scheduled to be posted today, but it's 23:20, I'm tired, and I've just got back from seeing The Hunger Games and not in the mood to write a whole blog post, so I thought I'd put up a giveaway, because I haven't done one for agessss... So, in honour of The Hunger Games movie being released today (you have to see it, ASAP!!), I'm giving away a UK proof copy of Legend by Marie Lu - another fantastic YA dystopian!* *Open to UK RESIDENTS ONLY* The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history.... Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches o

Happily Ever Endings: Hex Hall 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:  Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horrib

Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Title:  Goddess Interrupted Author:  Aimee Carter Series:  Goddess Test, #2 Pages:  304 Publisher:  HarlequinTEEN Date of Publication:  27th March 2012 Source:  netGalley* Synopsis from Goodreads: Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.He

Book Review: Fever by Lauren Destefano

Title:  Fever  Author:  Lauren Destefano Series:  The Chemical Garden Trilogy, #2 Pages:  341 Publisher:  Harper Voyager Date of Publication:  16th February 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion. But danger is never far behind. Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago―surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The Two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine's twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous―and in a world where young woman only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can't seem to elude Rhine's father-in

Book Review: Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Title:  Forgiven Author:  Jana Oliver Series:  The Demon Trappers, #3 Pages:  407 Publisher:  Macmillan Children's Books Date of Publication:  1st March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Riley has made a bargain with Heaven, and now they've come to collect. Lucifer's finest are ruling the streets and it seems that Armageddon might be even closer than Riley imagined. But with her soul and her heart in play it's all she can do to keep herself alive, let alone save the world. Riley's not afraid of kicking some major demon butt, but when it comes to a battle between Heaven and Hell, she might need a little help... My Thoughts: Forgiven is the third book in The Demon Trappers Series by Jana Oliver. It's one of my favourite series, and let me tell you - each book just gets better and better. I absolutely adored this book - and although I'm in a bit of a reading funk at the moment - when I did actually sit down to read for longe

Book Review: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Title:  Vixen  Author:  Jillian Larkin Series:  The Flappers, #1 Pages:  400 Publisher:  Corgi Date of Publication:  1st March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination. Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they? Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . . Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desp

Book Review: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Title:  Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters Author:  Meredith Zeitlin Series: Standalone Pages:  288 Publisher:  Putnam Date of Publication:  1st March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a

Book Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Title:  Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick Author:  Joe Schreiber Series: Pages:  282 Publisher:  Electric Monkey Date of Publication:  5th March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays. My Thoughts: I LOVED this book. It was SO GOOD! It was silly and hilarious and totally unbelievable, and so, so fun to read. I devoured it

In My Mailbox #45

Hey everyone, welcome to another In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren! :) I've decided I can't be bothered to only do it every month - so now it's spontaneous! Whenever I feel I have enough books to show you, you'll see them :D This week I have lots - I bought rather a lot, so I need to go on book buying ban immediately, I think ;P For Review: Fury  by Elizabeth Miles  Unrest  by Michelle Harrison Torn  by Amanda Hocking When You Were Mine  by Rebecca Serle Fever  by Lauren Destefano x2 Bought:  Slide  by Jill Hathaway Department 19  by Will Hill x2 The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson x2       The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - So I read the UK paperbacks when they all first came out, and the books are AMAZING. Seriously, if you haven't read them, what are you waiting for?! But the UK PBs aren't that nice, and the US hardcovers are gorgeous, and I need to reread the first one before the movie comes

Book Review: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Title:  Falling Fast Author:  Sophie McKenzie Series:  Standalone Pages:  247 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Date of Publication:  1st March 2012 Source:  Publisher* Synopsis from Goodreads: When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth ... This is real life, not a rehearsal... My Thoughts: Falling Fast is the third book by Sophie McKenzie that I have read, and while it wasn't my favourite, I did enjoy it. It was a very quick, cute read, perfect for fans of super sweet romances that you can get lost in for a couple of hours (because that's only how long it takes) and then come back into the real world feeling all warm and squishy inside :) River wants to be in love. She wants to find a guy and be perfectly happy. When she meets Fl

New Releases In March 2012

Here are all the awesome new releases coming out in March! They're a mixture of US and UK release dates, but I've included the publisher and cover so hopefully that'll help if you're trying to work out which country - just ask in the comments if you're not sure or check Goodreads! :D If I've missed any let me know!    Forgiven by Jana Oliver (1st March, 2012; Macmillan) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver  (1st March, 2012; Hodder & Stoughton)       Bunheads by Sophie Flack  (1st March, 2012; ATOM) The Witch of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell  (1st March, 2012; ATOM) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  (1st March, 2012; Simon & Schuster)       Slide by Jill Hathaway  (1st March, 2012; HarperCollins Children's) Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor  (1st March, 2012; Hodder Children's) Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin  (1st March, 2012; Putnam)       Choker by Elizabeth Woods  (1s