"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Hey Book Nerds! :D I know I've been AWOL again for the last few days, and I don't really have a good reason for it. However, I'm going to try and make it up to you guys in any way that I can! :D Keep an eye out for my review of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and also over the next week days I'll be posting my exclusive interview with Chicken House Publishing! :D I'm currently reading This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summer, and I'm not that far into it - but I'm really not sure what I think of it so far. o_O The writing's a bit strange and different from what I expected - but I do love me some Zombies. :P Anyway, that's it for today, talk to you guys again soon! :D

Title: Cruel Summer.
Author: James Dawson.
Expected Publication: August 1st, 2013.
Publisher: Indigo.
Format: Paperback, 324 pages.

A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

My gosh, I am SO excited for the release of this book - I can't even begin to explain how much I want to read it! I've read James Dawson's other novel, Hollow Pike and I absolutely adored everything about it - it's one of my favourite books. James’s writing is amazing and I can't wait to read more from him! I'm not that keen on the cover for this book; it's really boring compared to his other book cover, but oh well. :) (I do like the font though) I can't believe it comes out tomorrow! It's such a shame I can't order it yet as I don't have the money to pay full price for it at the moment. Hopefully soon I will though! What do you guys think of the looks of this book, have you heard of it before? :) Let me know! ^.^

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (:

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. Including books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey book nerds! :) I'm absolutely shattered from yesterday, we spend all day painting our hallway, and you wouldn't believe how sticky and horrible gloss is to work with! Anyway, I'm still reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, I'm over half way done with it and I'm LOVING it! It's such a great book. :) I can't wait to finish it and see what happens. ^.^ Keep an eye out over the next week or so for my review of it. :) Lastly, I'm meeting with a publisher from Chicken House Publishing on Wednesday, (I can't wait!) and she's going to be showing me around the office and then we're going for a coffee and an informal interview. SO GUYS, I REALLY need help with some questions to ask her, I've only come up with three so far. ;_; You'll be credited on my post for the question of course, but I'd love to have some of your questions about publishing answered. Let me know! I hope you've all had a great week and I'll talk again soon! :D


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Thirty-Two Going On Spinster by Becky Monson.

Becky contacted me and asked if I wanted to review her chick-lit novel, so I'm very excited to have it in my possesion. I've not read any chick-lit books before, so this will be a first for me, thanks so much Becky! ^.^ (She even signed it for me.)

A BIG thanks to Bloomsbury who sent me this ARC of Crown of Midnight for review! ^.^ Another big thank you to Quirk books who send me William Shakespeare's Star Wars for review - it looks like a really great read! :D

Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

E-books Bought

Super Dark (Super Dark, #1) by Tanith Morse.
The Rush (The Siren, #1) by Rachel Higginson.
Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy, #1) by Lizzy Ford.
Broken Promises (Broken, #1) by Dawn Pendleton.

I can hardly contain my excitement for all of these books! :D I really wish I could just read them all now and forget my TBR pile.. ;_; DARN IT! xD I think one of the ones I'm most excited for though is Legend by Marie Lu. I've heard some amazing things about it, and I can't wait to start it! :D My favourite cover is probably my edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone - it's GORGEOUS! Are you jealous? :P As for the e-Books, you know the drill! They were all freebies on Amazon at the time I purchased them; some of them may still be - go check them out. Lazy! :3 My favourite e-Book covers are Collide and Broken Promises - they're stunning and I love them so much. :) Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books did you get this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Friday Finds #33

Friday finds is a meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading which showcases the books you've recently ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list.

Hey Book Nerds! :D How are you all doing today? I've been so tired this week and I've just sleeping lots, so I'm sorry for the lack of updates! I've not posted a Friday Finds post in AGES so I thought today would be a good day so show you a few of the books I've added to my TBR list recently. :) Anyway, I finished reading Vampire Academy the other day and I LOVED IT! It's such a fantastic book; I really can't wait to read more of the series. :3 However, now I'm currently reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and I'm enjoying it as well. ^.^ I'm not that far into it, but oh well. That's it for today; I hope you're all looking forward to your weekend. :)

Friday Finds

Love Is A Number by Lee Monroe.
When her beloved boyfriend Huck dies, Eloise is wrecked. All she has left of him are the texts that he sent: short, succinct - but full of love. They keep Huck alive. And so Eloise texts him back as if he can receive her messages from beyond the grave. She never expected to get a reply ....

Dan is travelling South America in one last hurrah before university and real life kick in. He's ready for love, but not of the casual kind. He's not met a girl that's set his world alight. But he's ready for her when she decides to make an appearance. One night on his travels, Dan discovers an abandoned phone. He pockets it, then forgets about it. He never expected it to ring ....

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter.
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently. I'd tell my sister no. I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad. I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time. I'd tell them I love them. I wish... Yeah, I wish.

Zombie Blondes by Brian James.
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong. A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school. The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale. But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town...

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) by Cate Tiernan.
New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And there's no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends ...when you're immortal. But now, after centuries of feeding from the lives of the innocents around her, of living with little care for others, Nastasya is ready to turn towards the light. 'After some of the events I've witnessed I felt like I was a shell with nothing alive left in me. I hadn't been going around killing people, but people were hurt -- the memories just kept trickling in like rivulets of fresh acid dripping into my brain until I wanted to scream. It was in my blood, I knew. A darkness. The darkness. I had inherited it, along with my immortality and my black eyes.'

Summaries from Good Reads. I think all of these books look really good! I've heard some great things about Alice in Zombieland and I really want to pick myself up a copy. :) I've not heard much about Love Is A Number and Zombie Blondes, but I think they look like really fun and quick reads! :D As for the covers; I'm not a fan of Love Is A Number's cover, it seems a bit childish, but I love the rest. I don't really have a favourite. ^.^ Have you read any of my finds this week? Let me know! :)

What are your Friday Finds for this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey Book Nerds! :) Sorry for the lack of updates last week. (Aside from the Book Haul) I've just been really tired the last week or so, and the heats been getting to me. I've just been sitting on my bed doing jigsaws and watching my DVD set of Pretty Little Liars. It's been quite fun actually. :P Anyway, today's Top Ten Topic is quite interesting, and I can't wait to see what turns you off from certain books. I'm surprised that I made it to ten, as there are only a few topics that I dislike reading. Now that I look back on the post, there are more that I hate than I knew. A few months back, I would have mentioned historical fiction, but I no longer hate that. Now, onto mine!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me Not Pick Up A Book
1. War.
I may be slowly getting into Historical Fiction, but this does not detract from the fact that I'm really not that keen on War Related books, whether they're fiction or not! I find War based books quite boring and depressing - that's not to say the books are - but I've just never been keen on the topic on the topic in general. Usually I stay clear or them, or only read the book if it has very little to do with the subject.
2. Religion.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against anyone who is religious. I'm an Atheist, and I just don't like reading books that are based solely around religion in general. A little of it is fine by me, but there are certain books that just go on and on about it throughout the entire novel. This just really irritates me, and I try to stay clear of ones that I know are going to be focusing on that subject in particular.
3. Autobiographies.
As much as I love reading books, I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. Usually, I'm really not interested in the person's life and how they grew up. So it'll be a rare occasion if I ever decide I want to read one. I'm not saying their autobiographies are boring; they're just not for me.
4. Self-help.
I believe everyone's problems are individual, and a lot of the times, things that work for someone - can make things worse for something else. It's great if you find that self-help books ACTUALLY help, but I've read a few and just scoffed at them. I have a variety of problematic issues, and I find my own ways to deal with them. I don't think the authors of these books are helpful, and I kind of think they're acting like now-it-alls.
5. Animal Characters.
As cute as the book seems, I really don't want to read a book where the main character is an animal. No matter what type of animal it is - I just don't. To be honest, I find them kind of boring and annoying. That's it.
6. Cheating/Infidelity.
I am wholeheartedly AGAINST cheating in any way or form, especially when someone cheats on their boyfriend/girlfriend. I tend to stay clear of this topic, mainly because I get so frustrated at the characters and find myself wanting to wring their necks. No offense, but it's just not my cup of tea.
7. Poetry.
As much as I want to love poetry, I've just never really gotten into it as much as I'd like. To me, poetry is something I was made to read/study in school and I was definitely not keen on it then. I'm trying to branch out in my reading, but at the moment I'm staying clear of poetry, at least until I find some that I actually enjoy.
8. Sports.
I hate the majority of sports; it's as simple as that. I've never been a sporty girl, (can’t you tell?! XD) nor have I liked watching them. It's exactly the same with reading about them, they just don't interest me - and normally bore me to tears. If there's only a slight mention of it throughout the book, I don't mind. However, when the whole book is focused around it, it's a big no-no for me.
9. Steampunk.
I'm not exactly sure what the book definition of Steampunk is, but I'm guessing it revolves around the industrial revolution time period, but it has a slightly modern twist to it? Tell me if I'm wrong, but it's definitely not my kind of thing. If I see a book that's Steampunk related, I generally run screaming in the opposite direction. (Slight exaggeration, but you get my drift.)
10. Animal Cruelty.
I don't think I even have to explain this one. Who on earth wants to watch, let alone READ about this topic? The whole thought of it makes me burst into tears. I can't even begin to comprehend how ANYONE would want to intentionally hurt an animal, it's just sick.

What are your Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You Not Pick Up A Book? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Title: Parallel.
Author: Lauren Miller.
Publication Date: June 6th, 2013.
Publisher: Scholastic.
Format: Paperback, 381 pages.
Source: ARC Provided By Publisher.
My Rating:

Two worlds. Two separate identities. Two guys.

A collision of parallel universes leaves 18-year-old Abby Barnes living a new reality - every time her parallel makes a new decision. Never-without-a-plan Abby is forced to cope with the consequences of waking up in a life she has no memory of creating.

With chapters that alternate between our world (Here) and the parallel one (There), Abby's Here comes complete with a Yale address, a new roomie, and birthday blind date with a super-hot lacrosse player. In the parallel world, Abby's still navigating senior year class schedules, college applications, and her relationship with Astronomy Boy at her high school.

I was a little hesitant to start reading Parallel at first; mainly because I was worried I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as I wanted too. I’m glad to say my worries were really not warranted and I very much enjoyed it! Parallel is a fantastic and fun book with just enough humour to balance out some of the seriousness throughout it. Although it took me a while to get into it, I’m glad I pushed past the slow beginning in the book and continued to read on, it was definitely worth it!

Abby is our main character, and I had mixed feelings about her – sometimes I’d find her really annoying and at others I quite liked her. Abby has a plan for everything, from what she’s going to be doing throughout her last year in high school, to wanting to land a job at a national newspaper. To be perfectly honest; I have respect for people who plan their futures so thoroughly, but I also find them incredibly intimidating - It kind of feels like they’re putting the rest of us to shame. Abby seemed like a fun, kind and caring character – she makes a lot of mistakes, but we all do – that’s what makes us human. Overall, although Abby definitely wasn’t one of my favourite characters I’ve read, I didn’t end up disliking her like I thought I was going to.

Caitlin is Abby’s best friend, and I absolutely adored their relationship! It was really heart-warming to see how wonderfully close they were and how much they relied on each other. Caitlin is a total science nerd, and it was really adorable how obsessed with it she was. I did find it a little hard to understand how quickly she believed Abby about her living her parallels live. To be honest, I found it kind of strange – but I think that’s probably just me, because I have a hard time accepting the possibility of a parallel universe actually existing in real life. Caitlin was an awesome character, caring and very funny – I really, really loved her! I wish it focused a little more on her throughout the book though, because I would have loved to read more about her.

As for the two love-interests; Michael and Josh - I wasn’t that keen on either of them to be honest. Although, when I got just over half way through Parallel, I really started to love Josh’s character. All of a sudden he seemed really sweet and just completely amazing – there were some amazing moments between Josh and Abby that I just loved and made me melt in a puddle on the floor. Michael just wasn’t the type of character that I like at all, he seemed a little self-absorbed and was pretty closed off from everyone. An air of mystery in a guy is really hot sometimes, but Michael just seemed uninteresting to me, and I didn’t think there was a lot of depth to his character.

Lauren Miller’s writing is beautiful and such a pleasure to read. The story flows wonderfully, although, I did get a bit confused at times when it switched between the here and there chapters. Once you get into the flow of the chapters and the constant time changing though, it’s easier to read and understand. Unfortunately, I did find myself having to flip back to the previous chapter quite a few times to reread things I’d already read beforehand to make sure I'd read it correctly. That’s the main reason why Parallel didn’t receive a 5 star rating, (It was close!) but I do believe it well and truly earned the 4 stars I’ve given it. Overall, Parallel was a fantastic and interested read and I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s a sucker for parallel universe novels or just sci-fi fans in general. I can’t wait to read more from Lauren Miller in the future; she’s definitely an author to look out for.

We're all just a decision or two away from destroying the relationships that are most important to us and to the people we love. And most of the time, we never even know it.

“Fiona!” a male voice calls. A hulk of a guy in a shirt that could double as a bedsheet is waving from across the courtyard. His forearm is the size of my thigh.
“Be right there!” Fiona shouts. “My boyfriend,” she explains. “And yes, the size thing is an issue in bed. I once tried to straddle him and pulled my hamstring."

He’s still not looking at me, but I can see his tears spill over. He doesn’t even attempt to wipe them away. “What I feel... these aren’t someone else’s feelings, Abby. They can’t be. The way I love you...” His voice breaks. “Don’t tell me that’s not real.”

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. Including books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey book nerds! :D How are you all doing today? :) The UK is in the middle of a heat wave at the moment and all this hot weather is killing me.. o_O It's not been this hot in the UK since 2006! :P It's kind of nice to have a proper Summer, but it is very hot. xD Anyway, last night I FINALLY started Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead! I'm not that far into it yet, but it’s quite good so far. I'm really not sure what I'm going to think about it overall, because it's a bit confusing so far. Oh well! I hope you've all had a great week, and I'll talk to you guys again soon! :D


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A BIG thanks to Killer Reads in Harper Collins, for sending me these two books for review! ^.^

Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2) by Ilsa J. Bick.
Slated (Slated, #1) by Teri Terry.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi.
Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand.

E-books Bought

Silent Changes by Melissa Murphy.
Spades (Spades, #1) by Kristy Evans.
What Lies Beneath by Richard Denney.
The Saints of the Cross by Michelle Figley.

Veined by Anyta Sunday.
Dare to Love by Rosemarie Naramore.
By Blood (By Blood, #1) by Tracy E. Banghart.
Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1) by Elizabeth Reyes.

You wouldn't believe how EXCITED I am to have these books in my collection! I can barely control myself.. I'm really not sure which one I read more, they all look so fantastic! :D I am in LOVE with Unearthly's cover, it's STUNNING! It's so pretty I want to have it on display.. ^^; As for the e-Books, you know the drill; they were all freebies on Amazon when I purchased them. I'm sure a lot of them still are if you're interested. :3 Go check! :D Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books did you get this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (: