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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Zom-B Clans by Darren Shan [Review]

Written by: Darren Shan.
Published by: Simon and Schuster.
Format: Hardback.
Released: 3rd July 2014.
Rating: 5/5.

Official synopsis: "B's first mission with the Angels --sentient, do-gooder zombies-- went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B's oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties--to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old."

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I simply cannot begin to explain the frustration and pain that I am going through reading these books! They end on such epic cliffhangers that I am left gasping for the next instalment like a fish plucked from water. Three months is a very long time when you're so excited so when I finally got my copy of Zom-B Clans it was like all my Christmas's had come at once and you could not contain me. I ran straight for my bedroom and shut myself away...

Fast forward a few hours, a lot of OMG-moments, and I was faced yet again with another cliffhanger, this one in a league all of its own, so monumental and exciting for the way in which it could take the rest of the series that I practically threw my copy across the room! NO! It couldn't end this way! I needed there to be more. Another page? Another twenty pages? How am I supposed to wait until September to see what happens next? I can't do it. I cannot survive!

Lord almighty, Darren Shan, what do you do to me?! You turn me into a quivering wreck with every instalment, making my hunger to know what happens next even more ravenous and uncontrollable!

One of the goriest instalments yet, Clans has to be my favourite so far! This one, as Darren himself has said, is full of twists that I know I for one didn't see coming in a month of Sundays. Literally! Not at all. I was screaming! Actually screaming. NO! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!! This book is one of the most exciting of the series and it leaves me very excited to see how the events that take place in this book are going to play out in the rest of the series! There is so much to talk about that takes place in such a short, break-neck speed, book and yet because it is the eighth book in the series I cannot possibly say anything because for those of you out there who live under a rock and haven't read the books yet, then you'll be spoiled! Just know that this series gets better and better every time and only has you aching to see what happens next. 

I have to say with the way the series is going I cannot possibly imagine how it's all going to wrap up in what is sure to be an epic finale due towards the end of next year! Yikes! Keep 'em coming, Darren! Thank you very much!

My thanks to Simon and Schuster for my review copy (which came a few days after I'd already purchased it on my Kindle and in Waterstones, ha!).

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: A Thousand Pieces of You


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
publishes 4th November 2014.

"Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure."
I already have a copy of this on my kindle thanks to the nice people over at HarperCollins US so I don't actually have a lot of waiting to do, but I do when it comes to that cover because I cannot wait to have a hardcopy to put on my book shelf. It's so beautiful, so stunning and very appealing! Bring it on!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Gates of Thread and Stone


Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
publishes 5th August 2014.

"In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her. Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power."

The wonders you find when just randomly browsing Goodreads! How awesome does this sound? And check out that cover! Definitely one on the wish list! 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Forged cover art revealed

I totally fell in love with Erin Bowman and the world she created in Taken when it came out last year and one thing that clinched it for me was the stunning cover... Fast forward 12 months and the cover for Frozen, the second book in the trilogy had me all over again and whilst I haven't read it yet, it is on the tbr pile and I cannot wait to get around to it.


But now Erin has unveiled the cover for Forged, the third and final book in the trilogy and boy is it a stunner!! Check it out!


WOW! Right? Isn't it beautiful? I love the colours, the reflection and the fact that it matches the other 2! I love love love love love it and I cannot wait to see what happens in the book when it comes out next April!

Bravo HarperCollins on designing yet another stunning cover! 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

The Fault In Our Stars - Movie Talk



Okay, so I don't normally review movies. I watch a lot of movies, I own a lot of them, I am a big fan of the DVD and not such a massive fan of actually going to the cinema because it annoys the life out of me that people cannot sit and be quiet just for a few hours, they have to sit there on their phones, talking, rustling, making unnecessary noise and it annoys me... But, I want to do something a bit different around here and since I have just gotten back from seeing The Fault In Our Stars movie adaptation at the time of writing this originally, I thought, why not review movie adaptations of your favourite books? I wanted to do this when I saw Divergent at the UK and Europe premiere in March, but for some reason I just never got around to doing it... So here I am...

The Fault In Our Stars.

Having read the book when it originally came out early in 2012, just the name of the book is enough to ignite strong feelings, "feels" it has been branded by some. Just those five words together in that sentence is enough to make me feel giddy, miserable and elated, all at the same time. When I first heard that there was going to be a movie adaptation I was both excited and scared... Would they do it right? Would they do it justice? Would it affect me as much as the book did...

Well... As I write this I'm sitting on my bed just a few hours after watching the film at my local cinema and I've gotten my answers. Yes, they did it right. Yes, they did it justice. And yes, it affected me as much as the book did. Lord almighty I sobbed and sniffled and laughed, and cried again as the story so many have fallen in love with plays out before your very eyes. I cannot begin to explain just what an experience seeing this movie was. We arrived early and the cinema was already packed, in fact the cinema posted on Facebook earlier that day that it had already sold out! It took us a while to find a set of seats together and once we did, we settled in for the feels! And boy oh boy did we feel!

The cinema was filled with laughs, oohs and aahs at the sweet moments and complete hysterical sobbing at the sad moments, in fact one girl behind me sounded like she was about to stop breathing she was crying that much. 

The performances! Oh boy! I knew Shailene would be amazing because she blew me away earlier in the year as Tris Prior in Divergent and I knew Ansel would be great too because he did an awesome job as Caleb in Divergent, and the fact that he is smoking hot. But I was not prepared for the utter slayage that was about to play out before my eyes. They were perfect. The chemistry was amazing, so palpable and real you could almost taste it. They fit so well together and just look so natural. They were simply amazing. Ansel has such amazing timing that some of the lines that Augustus had in the book make you physically laugh out loud. His timing is so perfect.

But it wasn't just the main 2 who were amazing. Laura Dern and Sam Trammell were brilliant as Hazel's parents, Nat Wolff was hilarious as Isaac and had me in stitches during the Night of the Broken Trophies scene. 

Honestly, if you have read the book, you'll love it. If you haven't, you'll live it just as much. It has to be one of the most beautiful movies I have ever watched. It's poignant, touching and so thought-provoking, just like the book it is based on. I loved the little things, the voice over, the way the film begins, the way text messages and emails appeared on the screen and OMG the ending. THAT ENDING!!! Can we talk about the ending?!?! LORD!!! It was perfect and I had hoped it would end that way since watching the trailer and I have to say I am so happy that that's the way it ended!

I cannot thank 20th Century Fox, Josh Boone, John Green and all the cast enough for giving us the film of our dreams. It literally is perfect and has to be the closest film adaptation of a book I have ever seen. It is literally the book and I have to say I loved it! I cannot wait to watch it again and again! I'm seeing it again this Saturday (today, if you're reading this because it's just gone live...) and I'm supposed to be going again with another friend. I don't think I'm ready. I wasn't ready the first time and judging by how much I cried I'll be bone dry for a while to come! Bring on the DVD!!!

5/5.


Friday, 20 June 2014

James Dawson EXCLUSIVE Reveal!

Ladies and gentleman, fasten your seatbelts because you're in a bumpy ride in the next few minutes and the reward is oh so sweet!

Long term readers of the blog and of my twitter will know I am sure, that I am a massive fan of James Dawson and have absolutely adored the books he's already published. From the dark world of witchcraft in Hollow Pike, to the sunlit murders in Cruel Summer, to this years bone-chilling instalment, Say Her Name, he can do no wrong and just like everyone else out there who has fallen in love with Jame's prose and characters, am absolutely dying to see what he has up his sleeves next...

Well... That wait is over!

Today, it gives me great pleasure to host the unveiling of James' next book! Whilst the cover is still under construction, I have today the honour of revealing the title and the acompanying synopsis... Brace yourself folks, it sounds INCREDIBLE... Let's go...

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Under My Skin by James Dawson.

"Shy, retiring wallflower Sally Feather has never done anything wild in her life. A tattoo would be out of the question, but there's just something about Molly Sue, a stunning pin-up girl tattoo she sees in The House of Skin tattoo parlour.

Feeling daring, Sally agrees to the tattoo, but before she's even healed, Molly Sue starts whispering to Sally. And she's telling her to do very bad things...

UNDER MY SKIN is the chilling new nightmare from the international bestselling author of SAY HER NAME, CRUEL SUMMER and HOLLOW PIKE."


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Oh boy! How amazing does that sounds? Sounds so good and so so creepy! If it's as scary as Say Her Name I know I'll be sleeping with the light on for a bit when I read it! Ha! I cannot wait to read it or see the cover! Argh! So exciting.

Thank you so much to James for this, you're amazing, and Hot Key Books! Fantastic stuff, so grateful you chose me to do the big reveal! Such an honour! :)

So, what do you think about how Under My Skin sounds? Are you looking forward to it? Comment below!!