Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Miles off Course by Sulari Gentill Review...

Title- Miles Off Course. (Rowland Sinclair #3)
Author- Sulari Gentill.
Publish date- February 2012.
Publisher- Pantera Press.


What I thought:
I don't know if there is any other way to put it. I love this book.
I have loved every single word of each book in this series and I feel confident that I am never going to stop loving everything about this series.
Some things I really like and find interesting about the series-

All the characters are a hundren percent loveable. They all have traits that I love and each time I read about them, I feel as if I'm re-meeting a group of old friends... they stay with me when I'm not reading... I think they're super imposed into my mind.

The setting for each book is vastly different, without leaving one to feel stranded. We've been in the city, on the sea, and now, in Miles off Course, in the outback! And in the next book we're going to Europe! It's like you're travelling, without having to have a passport!
This, the Rowland Sinclair series, is undoubtably one of my favourite series of all time.

The intricate storyline effortlessly weaving lies, treachery, attempted kidnappings, and missing men, is a masterpiece.
I think Miles off Course will have made Rowland in particular grow in a way that he mightn't have yet... but to say anything more on that subject is impossible! But I am really very eager to see how he grows from it and how it affects the storyline for book 4.

Overall... it is another "WOW!" book by Sulari Gentill. Will Goodreads let me give a book twelve stars....?

Thank you to Pantera Press for this review copy!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fifteen books I'm desperate to get my hands on!

It is time for me to showcase fifteen books from my, rather large, goodreads to-read list. Most of them are yet to come out, but one or two (or five or six...) are already released. Most of these have a dystopian feel to them, which isn't surprising, and I am desperate for every single one!

I've been really eager to read this for 8+ months- though slightly disheartened by some not to fantastic reviews, I'm still vying for a copy.

I ADORE the sound of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang; apart from having a really intriguing cover, the whole premise of the novel screams Romi attraction.

Above by Leah Bobet; I've read mainly medioca reviews for this one, but the idea of a girl who has bee wings isn't going to let that get in the way.

Catherine by April Linder. Other then the fact that I adored April's previous book- Jane- the fact that this is a retelling of Wuthering Heighs is really appealing to me.

The Treachery of Beautiful things by Ruth Frances Long has both an intriguing and beautiful synopsis, a beautiful cover, and it's on my 2012 booklist. It's a keeper.

I'm not completely sure if I will actually like Ten by Gretchen McNeil- it is, presumably (though, strangely, I haven't been able to find anything saying it is) a modern retelling of And then there were None by Agatha Christie. It sounds deathly scary (as the novel by the incredible Christie would be) but I don't know wether I could get past the scare factor. I'm willing to try.

The Girls of No return by Erin Saldin sounds scary and beautiful and I really am keen to read it.

I'm used to the cover of Partials by Dan Wells and by now I don't think I would link anything else with it- I'm not a huge fan of it, but I don't despise it. This sounds like a really great, massive, dystopian!

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne- I am absolutely sold on this one; I've entered four or five competitions in which I can win it recently, but if I'm not lucky enough to nab a copy that way TBD sure has some business coming it's way.

Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris doesn't have the most promising quote on goodreads- "24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer…" but I do think it sounds really good and I would really like to read it.

Do I have to say more then four repeats of the name? I'm pre-ordering. Soon.

Ah, Reached by Ally Condie. It's monumental- my first YA dystopian series coming to an end... I can't wait to see how Cassia cracks out of the bubble.

Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt has been waiting for me to buy a copy for a while now- I really am keen for this one; it sounds amazing and I adore all the quotes I've read so far!

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons! I loved Article 5 and this already has a cover! WOW! I can't wait. No more then I can't  wait!

I recently read The Maze Runner and am still gasping. Must have The Scorch Trials.

Are you waiting for any of these? What books are you desperate to get your hands on?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith review...

Title- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
Author- Jennifer E. Smith.
Publish date- January 2012.
Publisher- Hachette/Headline.


What I thought:
This is one of those books you spend months of anxious anticepation wating for... I heard about it about six months ago and had been desperate to read it since, keeping my eye out for copies, finding out who publishes it and recommending it to the library. Then I spent about 3+ weeks waiting for it to arrive after the library bought it and then it arrived. And it was so different from what I expected- I didn't know it was written in third person, which was a really interesting change from all the books written in first and second that I've read recently; I didn't know that part of the book was set on a plane crossing countries. The blurb didn't reveal much to me and so I was in basic darkness when I opened it. And that was fantastic. I loved finding out for myself what happened, not knowing much about it before hand other then the title had been recommended by John Green in one of his vlogs, because Jennifer E. Smith is a fellow nerdfighter. And The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is, apart from having a beautiful title, the best characters and being written by a fantastic writer, is... no, I'll explain it this way.
It is stastically shown that books with Stastistical in the title, set across two countries, involving a plain, a girl, a boy, a wedding, purple material and phone calls, not to mention love, will immediately be loved by me. And so it begins.

Five times five times five stars out of five.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

AWW Baking Day...

Title- Baking Day.
Publish date- ACP Books.
Publisher- 2012.


What I thought:
I knew, as soon as I opened the package that contained Baking Day, that it was going to be a popular book between my family; I tend to have mimi catastrophic disasters whenever I enter the kitchen and had thus been warded off, not wholly willing to commit to another possible disaster which would leave me feeling very let down, but within two weeks of getting Baking Day I had baked as many things, been into the kitchen for personal baking more times then I had for quite some time. And I loved it! I baked a ginger caramel cake (the icing didn't entirely work, but I still loved it!) and then made Macroons as a treat for my niece. Since then I have regularly been cooking in the kitchen. Baking Day is the kind of book, full of beautifully photographed foods and easy to follow, quick, recipes, that makes you want to bake bake bake until you've got food everywhere.
I love the layout of the whole book- the fifties look of really great and I love the textured feel of the cover and the only thing that isn't a hundred percent fantastic about the book is the fact that it's so enticing that everyone wants it!
I recommend it for so many people- please try it!

Thank you to ACP books for this review copy!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winners of Signed Copies of Love Aubrey...

I have drawn the Love Aubrey competition and the two winners are...

Hardback edition- Georgia!

Paperback edition- Assunta!


Monday, June 4, 2012

When you were mine by Rebecca Serle review...

Title- When you were mine.
Author- Rebecca Serle.
Publish date- May 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
RRP: $16.99


What I thought:
I was a little unsure when coming into this- I quite liked the idea of the story of the girl Romeo loved before he met Juliet, Rosaline who was supposedly his true love, but I also loved Romeo and Juliet when I read it last year and, as Juliet is supposedly crazy in this retelling, I was hesitant to let it change my opinion of Shakespeare's story. But it didn't. Oh it didn't!

When Rosaline and Rob get together it's bittersweet- I already liked Rosaline and knew what Rob was going to do, so I had it in for him... but seeing her so in love makes that a little harder. Until he falls in love with Juliet and doesn't even have the decency to let Rose know before he starts kissing her; obviously everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet- you know they the two fall in love, but it didn't seem as if you were reading a story that you knew all the parts to... for one, this isn't the story of either Romeo or Juliet, you see everything from a different point of view, and though yes subconsciously you know the story, you don't really piece it together until the certain pieces click together... example.

There's a school dance and Juliet asks Rob wether he'll take her. Rose's already going with her two best friends but he accepts. It's crazy, he's supposed to be falling in love with one person but he's going to the dance with another. And he does all this in front of Rose, then says he was doing it for her. It seems entirely unfair until you remember what this is. Then it makes sense, though not always a nice kind of sense.

*Spoiler* (Highlight writing if you've read the book)
*I really hated the way that Rob came back begging for Rosaline's forgiveness... I hated that he did that after letting her go... especially when she had just started falling in love with someone else, it made him seem stupid and like a bit of a louse; just because he had fought with J that means he wants R back... but I am glad that it happened, because she realised that she was over him, ready to move on... she saw that they weren't ever going to be right again and she knew that it was right.*

Overall I adored this book- the characters are all wonderful (though they don't always do the right things *Pointed stare at Rob.*) and they're not at all mad. (Juliet's supposedly crazy? That's the rumour mill... in the book. Don't let it sway you!) And I loved the freshness of Rebecca Serle's writing- it's no surprise that the film rights have already been nabbed- I can't wait to see what happens there!

So if you're worried that this will change your mind about the story Romeo and Juliet, I suggest grabbing a copy and trying it out anyway- I think you'll be happily surprised.
Oh, but be warey of minor language and themes.


Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!