All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done
by Gabrielle Zevin

Pages: 368
Release Date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC from Publishers
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In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

My Thoughts
After reading Elsewhere, I could read every other book by Zevin. So, as soon as I heard about All These Things I've Done, I knew I had to have it. Luckily, I received it for review and I was simply overjoyed! And, do you know what? I was more pleased after reading All these things I've done as I LOVED it!

Anya Balanchine is an orphan. Her parents were murdered and all that's left for her is caring for her brother and sister. Anya's family then becomes involved in a an illegal chocolate business making things go from good to worst. So, when a chocolate poisoning comes at large, Anya is not in a good light. With these accusations, nothing gets better when she finds herself falling in love that which is forbidden.

Woah. Chocolate is illegal? What a great plot. And not only that, there are other twists and turns along the way. I couldn't stop reading! Even though, I didn't get why Chocolate was illegal. But, it really didn't matter as much as the star-crossed romance brings a great spin to the story.

The romance was great. It was a gradual build up so nothing was overdone. Not the typical love at first sight thing either. I loved reading every single moment. Things get even better when we discover that their love is forbidden.

All these things I've done is one promising story. Zevin has brought us a great plot and characters driven with utter suspense. I'm at the edge of my seat and I can't wait to see where this series leads!

Top Ten Books on my TBR this Autumn

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week bloggers all over the blogosphere create a top ten list based on that week's theme. Todays theme is Top Ten Books on out TBR this Autumn!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I absolutely LOVED Anna and the French Kiss to bits. It was an amazing book and now one of my favourite books. Naturally, I'm itching to read the companion novel, LOLA that's going to be released very soon. I simply cannot wait!!

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Patch and Noraaa! Are they going to be together? I hope so! I can't believe this is the last book in the Hush Hush series though I really want to know what happens. There was such a big cliffhanger!

Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
I haven't read Girl, Missing, but I've read Sophie McKenzie's All about Eve series and just totally fell in love with them. And in this one, Sister, Missing, there's mystery. I love mystery books too so this one seems just perfect for me.

The Pledge by Kimberley Derting
The Body Finder series was just awesome. I really loved it so I just can't wait to see what else Kimberley Derting has in store for us with this fab book.

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
I haven't read many books with a dance theme and this one sounds a bit like Step Up you know the movie, and I loved that movie especially Channing Tatum.

Crossed by Ally Condie
Dystopians are my favourite at the moment. Matched was good so I really want to see how the story goes on in Crossed! I've got to say the covers are beautiful!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I love TMI series. I love Clockwork Angel. Now, the next book is coming out. YAY! Gotta love Cassandra Clares writing.

Surrender by Lee Nichols
I really got into this series. I loved the first book especially. I had no idea The Haunting Emma series are a trilogy so I wonder how it all ends!

Daughter of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor
When I got this for review, I didn't give it much thought. Then, alot of bloggers were talking about it so I looked into it more and it does definitely sound intriguing.

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling
Finding Sky was a great read. It was very different from the usual books I read so I am so glad I got this one for review too. I can't wait until it's released!

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

by Elizabeth Miles

Pages: 352
Release Date: September 1st 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Source: ARC from Publishers
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It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen

My Thoughts
Simply epic! How awesome can this book get? I loved reading every page, every chapter and when I reached the ending of Fury, there was no doubt that I loved it. I needed more and I wanted to read more!

Fury is divided in Em’s and Chase’s perspectives. Em is witty and cool. I really connected with her. She had a hell of a lot to deal with. With her best friend Gabby going off to Spain, and being left with a total untouchable hottie, there was sure a lot of inner battles that Em had to fight through. Though, she never did the right thing. Why!? I really had a fury of my own with Em. How could she do that?

With Chase, what can I say? He’s a football team captain and, he sure likes everything to be perfect. But, I really loved how even though he’s kinda poor, he’s still knew how to get through and well, get into the popular crew. He became a jerk though, and then came Ty. I am not exaggerating when I say, I hate that girl! Everything came crashing down but making it even more exciting.

As I read on, I disliked Chase and Em more and more and grew more fond of the new girls in town, the Furies. And boy when they came, the book was on fire. Whispered secrets come at large as all innocence is washed away bringing so much action, anticipation and unexpected moments. I adore it particularly as it dealt with cause and consequence... where characters have to learn from their actions. So very Devious, and utterly clever Fury will have you yearning for more. You need this book!

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a great way to showcase the books you've gotten over the week, whether they are bought, borrowed or free.
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Vampire Acadmey: A Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
Woohoo! My first graphic novel. A great adaptation! (review here)
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I was so excited. I've alread read it and just LOVED it!! (review here)
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
I've always wanted to read this! It was a great surpise getting it in the post. I adore the cover too (:
Prized by Caragh O'Brien
This is the second in the series. I havn't read the first one but it sounds good.
The Damned by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Another vampire book. I'm outta all the buzz now but I'd try this one and get amongst the undead.
Angel by L.A Weatherly
I've read this one too. I really enjoyed it but the cover doesn't really go for me. I can't wait to read the next one!

What did you get in your mailbox?

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

by Richelle Mead

Pages: 432
Release Date: August 25th 2011
Publisher: Penguin
Source: For Review from Publishers
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Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires. She protects vampire secrets - and human lives.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector.
The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one . . .
My Thoughts
I gotta admit, I wasn't going to read the spin off series. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED Vampire Academy. It's one my favourite series, ever. Though, I was really attached to Rose and her perspective of everything and obviously her moments with Dimirtri too. But then when I found out there's going to be a lot of  Sydney and Adrian I though I'll just have to give it a shot.

Bloodlines is in Sydney's point of view. Sydney is a alchemist where she has a duty to help protect the existence of vampires by the use of magic and potions. She is nothing like Rose but her loving and stubborn character is what makes Bloodlines Shine. The way she handles every situation is completely praiseworthy and I love how when she needs someone she turns to Adrian.

In Vampire Academy, I never gave much thought to Adrian. Well, apart from the weird guy that smokes. But now, he's the hot bad ass that smokes. I LOVE him. Maybe even more than Dimitri. I know right?!Especially, since everything that he's going through seeing as how things ended off in Last Sacrifice. I am so not going to forgive Mead for that!

The plot is fast paced and gripping. Mead doesn't let us down. I was surprised how things turned out and I definitely more surprised with how things ended off. With the ending, I was frustrated yet excited. It was like a darkness consumed Adrian and in that bizarre moment I actually hated what emerged. My poor Adrian! I can't begin to understand what he might have been feeling!

There is absolutely no doubt that I'm glad to have picked up Bloodlines. It totally lives up to Vampire Academy. These are the sort of books that you don't just read or borrow but you buy because they're just THAT good. The Golden Lily to be released Summer 2012. Like OMG. Are you seriously kidding me?

Luscious Limelight: Jessica from Books, A True Story talks about her author adventures!

After reading the first three books in Aprilynne Pike's Wings series, I went online to find out more about these awesome books that I had read in only two days. As I'm browsing her website, I noticed that she had a list of events she was going to and one of them was the Book Festival in Provo, Utah – only an hour away from me. And guess what? James Dashner was going to be there, too. You mean, instead of wondering about some questions I have about The Maze Runner, I can ask him personally? I've been shucked and gone to heaven.

James Dashner gave a presentation at the Book Festival and he described exactly what I was feeling. He saw authors as being like Abraham Lincoln – famous and dead. Judy Blume was an idol of his and it was surreal to him that he got to meet her in real life and have tea and cake with her. Same here, dude.

Authors are the best kind of celebrities to meet because they aren't recognized immediately like movie stars which makes them more approachable. It's like they get to be famous and grounded at the same time. I was first in line to ask James Dashner the question that had been bugging me and didn't seem to be in any of the interviews I looked at online.

“Do your books have religious undertones or is that just me?”

James Dashner replied that he got that a lot, but it wasn't intentional. And when I read the last book “I would think something.” Okay. I was curious before, but now I'm plain dying to read the last one.

I didn't have anything intelligent to say to Aprilynne Pike besides that her books were awesome and OMG we have the same kindle covers. She was so nice and it felt awesome just to meet her. The other great authors I got to meet were Ally Condie, Brandon Mull and David Archuleta. I don't know that David Archuleta is a “great author,” but I was still star struck. It's my goal in life now to meet as many authors as possible. I haven't had that much fun in years.

Thank you Jessica for this brilliant post. I really need to go meet some authors too! If you loved Jessica's post too then why not head over to her blog, Books: A True Story to get to see more of her work!
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Top Ten Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week bloggers all over the blogosphere create a top ten list based on that week's theme.

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Everyone knows how enormously awesome these books are and of course Rowling herself. I love the world she created, the characters, the events, I love it. I never reviewed them simply because this is Rowling we're talking about you don't need a review to tell you how awesome this is, just listen to the buzz people!

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
I am in LOVE with this series. I mainly review books I received for review only and seeing as I never got them for review I didn't write one. Though, I really might now so that those who haven't experienced Elkeles awesomeness will!

Mates, Dates series by Cathy Hopkins
This is another fantastic series. And it's contemporary fiction too, which I adore. I never got around writing any reviews as there's just too many books in the series and when I start writing a review for one book in a series, I just have to write a review for every book in that series. LOL.

The Prince and the Snowgirl by Simon Cheshire
Cute. Seriously this book is just cute. I could just read it over and over. There's not much originality to it but It's just your typical teenage read. Oh and contemp too don't you just love realistic fiction.

Arthur, Hight King of Britain by Michael Morpurgo
 This is more of a children's book well, don't let it put you off because it's just fantastic. No, really. It's especially my favourite because it's a medieval kind of book and I've always had some sort of attachment to that era. A mind blower!

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
I loved the book and loved the book too. It's really funny and fun to read. Most of you guys should have heard of it was a great big hit in the US and UK. How I love to shop... :D

The Body Finder series by Kimberley Derting
Yeah, I gotta admit it was the whole romance thing going on between Violet and Jay that got me going and wanting more. Jay is just so lushhh. Though apart from the romance, the story itself was in fact great... it had a great touch to it, you know.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
This teaches a lot about cause and consequence. It's good to read books like that often, that make you think. I loved reading it. I loved Delirium too, I reviewed that but not this which I really have no idea why because I SO should have.

The Declaration series by Gemma Malley
A dysopian where there's a never aging society. Absolutely amazing. I love everything about it oh and there's romance too so another added bonus from me. I love this story and how Malley had told it.  I should have wrote the reviews!

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Dystopian I love love love! I bet I would love every dystopian book out there (ithink). Anyways, this was a great read and the cover is so pretty. In this one, people can only live until a certain age and they start to wither.

Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead + Giveaway

Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel
by Richelle Mead
Adapted by Leigh Dragoon, Illustrated by Emma Vieceli

Format: Paperback
Pages: 144 pages
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Publisher: Puffin
Source: For Review from Publishers
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After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It's filled with intrigue, danger - and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.
My Thoughts
When I discovered that Vampire Academy was going to be made into a graphic novel, I was more than happy. I LOVED Vampire Academy. And the entire series is awesome too. I never read any graphic novels before so I really was excited to see how this particular one would be.
All in all, the graphic novel is pretty great. All the major scenes are there including exact quotes and everything from the original book. There's even quite a share of Dimitri and Rose which I wasn't expecting. And, It didn't even take me a long time to read which is another bonus.
The graphics were great. I wasn't a big fan of the whole mango style though only because... Dimitri didn't look that hot! Yeah, I didn't like his graphics. Though, all the other characters looked simply fab. Especially Rose oh and definitely Natalie you can just totally get that bitch vibe off her.
Seeing as this is a graphical book, all illustrated and all there were some scenes that I wondered about. When I did come to that particular scene, it wasn't overdone yet I was taken aback a bit seeing as I really didn't think it'll be included. However, it is a crucial part to the story. And it was good.
For me, the graphic novel was a big hit. I would have definitely picked it up. It sounds great, looks great and doesn't take a long time to read!

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

You Against Me
by Jenny Downham

Pages: 413
Release Date: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Source: For Review from Publishers
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If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.

My Thoughts
You Against Me was a book I adored. It was really enjoyable and realistic too. I never read any books by Downham before so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’m glad I picked this up. It had a great storyline so I had no problem in getting into the world of Ellie and Mickey.

In You Against Me, Mickey discovers that his sister has been assaulted at a party and so his world comes crashing down. Meanwhile, Ellie life doesn't get any better as it is her brother who has been charged of the assault. When their two worlds collide, anything can happen.

I completely loved Micky. I adore how much he loves his family and would do anything for them. Though, there were times that I had to question his actions but everyone has flaws. I just love reading about him and getting to know him better. Ellie is also another great character. She's very vulnerable yet very sweet. And so I just loved their scenes together. It's a love story and a great one too. I loved seeing their relationship grow and develop. The chemistry and everything is together, their simply perfect for each other.

The story alternates between Ellie and Mickey but also gives us a great glimpse at their families. Their expectations and thoughts. Elllie and Mickey are from different worlds and it's a wonder to see how they would get along. Downham's writing is unbelievable good. It's completely honest and very real.

You Against Me was so good! It's a fantastic novel. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jenny Downham! Read this, you're missing out on something that's simply awesome!

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels
by Cassandra Clare

Pages: 424
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Walker Books
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Other books in series: City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Glass
Source: For Review from Publishers
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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.  But nothing comes without a price.  Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.  When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.  Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Thoughts
This is one ah-mazing book! It is another awesome addition to The Mortal Instruments series. It was everything I was hoping for and so much more. I loved how everything ended off in City of Glass and what can I say? I was not disappointed. The stakes are definitely raised compared to the other books.

It was great getting back into the world of the shadowhunters and getting to see all our favourite characters. Especially Simon. I never really gave much thought to him but he’s mentioned quite more and I ended becoming very attached to him seeing as Jace was kinda really off in this book.

Jace was really frustrating! I love him but I so did not not like how he kept blowing off Clary. But then you find out he has some serious issues. Poor Jace. I must say though, there were quite a few moments of romance between. Hot Kissing. Seriously. Not that I’m complaining.

Clare has written City of Fallen Angels to perfection! She has me adoring this series and obviously,  loving this book too. However, I have to say  how much I hate that we need to wait ages to read the next one! It doesn't help either that there’s a killer cliffhanger! City of Lost Souls, I NEED YOU!

In My Mailbox (32)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a great way to showcase the books you've gotten over the week, whether they are bought, borrowed or free.

Fury by Elizabeth Miles
I've already read this and LOVED it too. I can't wait to review it :)
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Finished this one today too! It's really different from Cabot's other books!
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
This is the second book in the Bright Young Things series, I haven't read that one but it looks good.
Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
I've already got this for review a few weeks ago, so I'll probably have a giveaway for this one
Rules of Attraction by Simon Elkeles
Thank you Jodie @ Books for Company for this awesome book, I LOVE Elkeles' books!
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
VA series is one of my favourite series! Thanks Birgit @ The Book Garden

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Rockoholic by C J Skuse

by C J Skuse

Pages: 368
Release Date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Chicken House
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she's caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place! From the pen of C.J. Skuse, author of last year’s super cool debut Pretty Bad Things, comes a tale of rock star obsession gone nuts. Hilariously and sharply explores the fantasy and reality of celebrity obsession through a teenager’s eyes. C. J. Skuse has been billed as the new Nick Hornby for teens

My Thoughts
Rockoholic is a stunner of a book. This was my first book to read by C J Skuse so I was pretty excited. From the bright attractive cover, the funny yet thrilling plot and the awesome characters, everything was completed wonderfully. I loved this book!

We meet Jody, the girl who is head over heels over one particular rock star- Jackson. When she gets hold of a few tickets for his concert, she makes sure she's the first to get there. But then, she gets herself caught in a funny situation involving Jackson. Well, to be exact... kidnapping Jackson!

Jody is a humorous character. Especially when she decides to do the unthinkable, obviously something to do with Jackson. Jackson is seriously messed. He's all over the place. Everything he goes through is not pretty. I like him though but mainly his rock star side. He is just so cool.

The best thing about Rockoholic is that it's completely unpredictable. You'll guess a lot of things are going to happen. I've got to admit, I've wanted some particular things to go on but yeah, you can guess it didn't happen. Not that I'm disappointed because all in all I loved it. Especially the ending.

Rockoholic is a hilarious, fun read. It's totally engaging. C J Skuse has done a brilliant job. I really have to read more book by him!

Blood Red Road by Moira Young


Blood Red Road
by Moira Young

Pages: 492
Release Date: June 2nd 2011
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

In a lawless future land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets outon an epic quest to rescue him. The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious lovestory make this a truly sensational YA debut novel.

My Thoughts
The moment I picked this book I was intrigued. I fell in love with the cover and more importantly the synopsis lured me in. I can't begin to explain how much I loved this book but I can say one thing with complete certainty, this debut novel is fantastic.

When Saba's brother, Lugh gets taken away, she makes it her mission and priority to go rescue him. However, on her journey, she gets kidnapped and put to work as a cage fighter. Here, she meets Jack, another cage fighter, and finds herself drawn to him immediately. Though, in that instant she discovers how conceited he is. Eventually, Saba manages to escape but without leaving Jack.

The first few pages of Blood Red Road was without doubt one of the main reasons why I carried on reading. I was awed with Young's writing. I even thought that the touch of dialect will have me running but that was presented perfectly as well. I could not envision it any other way.

Saba is one lovable character. I love her determination and spirit. But she has her flaws. As much as she loves Lugh, she hates her sister. I didn't connect with her as much for this reason. She isn't exactly a great person but this is something she works on. And so, she grew on me. Also, a tiny part of me likes her because of Jack.

Jack is cocky but perfect. Yes I love him. He may be arrogant but Saba does feel something for him. She cannot understand this however. She loves him but hates him all the same. They have a pretty funny relationship going on and you can't help but smile whenever they're together.

If you haven't read Blood Red Road, what are you waiting for? You sure as hell are missing an amazing adventure.

Luscious Limelight: Courtney from Rondo of Possible World shares her Sparks from the Past

With all the new Debut Novels coming out and all of the 2011/2012 story teasers being leaked sometimes you need to catch up with some oldies that have inspired authors or have been the first of a series and the 452753th books is on its way :)

One book that I know has inspired many writers is Mark Zusak's The Book Thief. If you've read it, you'd agree that this novel is beautiful written and you fall in love with every character that Zusak has created. He paints a picture on every page and they are all beautifully illustrated for the reader. If you have yet to read his book or any of his novels I extremely recommend them!

Another book that I have heard many good things about and I truly enjoyed reading over the years was The Uglies Series. Scott Westerfeld revived a dystopian universe for young adults with his Perfect World that Tally Youngblood lives in. This is truly a creative and wonderful dystoipan centered novel that will truly knock you off your feet and steal you away from the dinner table because you're too wrapped up in it! Trust me, I know from experience.

If you've read Crank by Ellen Hopkins then you should check out Go Ask Alice by Anonymous. It's a definite must-read for Ellen Hopkins fans. The book is formatted as a diary where you read about a young girl who is slipped drugs at a party and her life spirals down from that day. It's such a realistic and gruesome tale that happens a lot in society nowadays. It's very sad to say that :(

The older the book happens to be, the more sentimental value it holds to its reader. I can say that these books I hold near and dear to my heart and their stories will here stored there as well. I'm sure all of you have oldies that you've loved and always reflect back upon, so tell us, what are they?
Thank you Courtney for this fab post. I definitely have to check these books out! If you loved Courney's post too then why not head over to her blog, Rondo of Possible World to find out more!
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My Top Ten Contemporary Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week bloggers all over the blogosphere create a top ten list based on that week's theme

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My all time favourite. I fell in love with this book! I love Paris. I loved everything that happened there. Not to mention, how frickin hot can Etienne get? I just loved reading about him and Anna... Cute!

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
Another OMG so awesome series. The romance is so real and great to read. My favourite from the three has to be Rules of Attraction. Though, they're all as great to read. Gotta love Elkeles 's books (:

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I love road trips. And this book, it was brought at so great. I loved reading it and seeing how Amy's and Roger's relationship developed! Oh and you so should check out the back cover of the book, it looks awesome.

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Gripping. It always kept me guessing and I just wanted to know what happened to Zoey. I started to dislike Brandon as much as I liked Doug. I loved reading it... another great comtemp!

Graduation Summer triology by Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen
A fab summer read where there is plenty of teenage crushes and messy problems. I especially loved reading about Trevor and Mary Kate. A great light read and I love the Olsen twins too (:

You Against Me by Jenny Downham
A perfect title. I loved how this book was written, how things developed between Mikey and Ellie and how the problems were played. It's fantastic read and I didn't think it'll be that good but it is and it ends of just as great too.

Not that Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Natalie has alot going on. I really like how she got through everything. I loved getting in her mind and seeing the way she saw things. And of course the romance too. I adore this book!

Stolen by Lucy Christopher 
This is an amazing book. Seriously. I'm sure it's comtemp? Oh well, but it's so strong and it really great novel. I love Gemma and how she held up too, her emotions feelings everything was a mess. And then there's Ty.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This is a classic as well but an all time favourite of mine. It's absolutely fantastic and I just love reading it. There's so many twists and turns and it sure as hell keeps you engaged. I love Jane too and Mr Rochester is okay but I wish he was just more hot :P

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Do I even need to say anything? The book is great oh and the movie too. I love Mr Darcy and everything about him. And he is hot too :L ...I don't know if these classics count as contemp but
whatever, these two need to be added to the list :D

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise
by Richelle Mead

Pages: 493
Release Date: February 4th 2010
Publisher: Puffin
Series: Vampire Academy
Other Books in series: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadowkiss, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

How far will Rose go to keep her promise?
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.
He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most


My Thoughts
Blood Promise is different from the other books in the Vampire Academy series but just as GOOD. No, actually awesome. I couldn't put it down! I loved it. I love each book in the Vampire Academy series so far and I can gladly say I wasn't disappointed. At all!

Rose Hathaway leaves the academy to Siberia on a mission to kill the guy she loves. Literally. Dimitri Belikov. The guy that turned into Strigoi, in other words a bad-ass-people-killing vampire. She only does this to end his suffering after being turned.

In this installment, we get to see a whole lot more of  Rose and Dimitri which I think is great. And Dimitri's family. His world and more about his life. It was amazing getting to know more about him and I loved reading about them. There's no doubt that I loved each and every new character that was introduced especially Dimitri's grandma.

Yet, I was eagerly waiting til the time when Dimitri and Rose will finally meet. It was unnerving reading page after page not knowing what will happen and when it will occur. Though, when it did, I was relived yet aghast at the sudden changes especially in our new Dimitri.

Mead has not let us down especially with that killer cliffhanger. Heck, I can't wait to read the next book. A truly amazing read. Can things get any better?

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

Mocking Jay
by Suzanne Collins

Pages: 455
Release Date: August 25th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Other books in series: The Hunger Games & Catching Fire
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead. Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

My Thoughts
WOW. MockingJay was just EPIC! Seriously, it's so amazingly emotional and just as powerful. There are so many parts that I love and just as much hate about MockingJay.This is the kind of book that will devour your mind once you've read the final pages leaving you speechless and craving for more.

In this final installment of MockingJay, it starts with President Snow declaring war on all the districts. This leaves Katniss's district, District 12 demolished. Katniss is then left hopeless so she finds herself becoming the MockingJay in District 13 in order to give the districts hope and help fight the war against President Snow. As war breaks out Katniss has to all she can to protect her friends and family and rescue Petta from the grasps of the Capitol.

Katniss is brought out in ways you wouldn't think possible. She has changed psychologically and emotionally. It's disturbing yet overwhelming in the depths in which she posessed. Though, she survived everything she went through! That's the Katniss we all know. A true heroine. Needless to say, my heart aches even more for Peeta... Everything that he had to go through and endure was heartbreaking. Team Peeta ♥

MockingJay is extremely action packed. Something is always going on. It is definitely a page turner. The ending didn't leave me disappointed nevertheless I'm saddened to everything to come to an end. It left me feel like I'd lost something worth keeping. I truly love this book. Hell, I LOVE this series.

Collins has done an amazing job on The Hunger Games series. She always kept me guessing. I just wish however there was more moments of happiness for the characters that I love so much especially more scenes with Peeta and Katniss. But, I really cannot wait for the movie to come out now, 2012 is a really long way away! Damn! :D

In My Mailbox (31)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a great way to showcase the books you've gotten over the week, whether they are bought, borrowed or free.
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Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
I LOVE the sound of this one! It sounds great (:
Vengence by Kate Brian
This seems like one of those typical teenage high school books. And that I like.
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Ahhh! I LOVE that cover... I just hope the book it as good!
Naked by Kevin Brooks
An awesome cathy catch line. Can't wait to get into it :D
Deception by Lee Nichols
Betrayal by Lee Nichols
I read these both. I LOVED Decpetion and Betrayal was pretty good too. I can't wait to write my reviews
Wired by Robin Wasserman
Very attractve cover. I havv't heard of this before.
The Hidden by Jessica Verday
This is the second book in the series. I havn't read the first yet :/

What did you get in your mailbox?

Night Star by Alyson Noel

Night Star
by Alyson Noel

Pages: 302
Release Date: November 23rd 2010
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
Series: The Immortals #5
Other books in series: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame & Everlasting
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Love and heartbreak belongs together...

There are some secrets you're better off not knowing. But once Ever Bloom is given a glimpse of what Damen is keeping from her, she has to find out more - whatever the cost.
Their past together is not what she thinks - and only he remembers everything. Until now, when a vengeful friend lets her in on his secret. And it may just push Ever into someone else's arms...

My Thoughts
I really love this whole Immortals concept however I'm finding this series to be quite slow paced.I don't understand when are Damen and Ever going to be together. It taking extremely long. I hope very very soon!

Though, the book was great overall. But, I am really not liking Jude by each book. I never liked him to start with as soon as I heard he had dreadlocks. Like come on, a guy with dreadlocks? Not a pretty picture. But that's not the only reason. He just ruins everything. So irritating!

At least in this book things seem to be getting somwhere. Well, slightly. Now that we have more of a glimpse at Damen's past lives. Ever still has some trust issues with Damen. I love Damen. He's characteris super awesome. It would have been nice to hear more from Ever's friends... I really like Miles.

The book still great as always. Very really exciting. At least the next book Everlasting is the last book to the series ...and I can't wait to read it and see how everything finishes!

Luscious Limelight: A Book Bloggers spotlight!


Hi guys!
Recently I've come across alot of blogs that hold guest posts in which other bloggers talk about something random and fun on another bloggers blog. So this is where Lucious Limelight comes in! I've decided to my own weekly spotlight so book bloggers like yourself can talk about anything bookish.

I've been thinking about this for quite a while. I've decided start it just now as I think I've found the perfect title for this spotlight. It took me ages to find a catchy and appealing spotlight title. LOL. Now it's taking me ages to make a button for it. So thats probably going to take quite a while too...

Anyways, if you'd like write a guest post on this blog then just leave a comment and drop me an email on grippedintobooks(at)gmail(dot)com too. It can be about anything book related. Like, your top ten book recommandations, some of your favourite book trailers, great summer reads, a book review... well, the list is endless!

Let me know what you think in the comments. I can't wait to hear from you :D

Brother/Sister by Sean Olin

by Sean Olin

Pages: 272
Release Date: August 4th 2011
Publisher: Puffin
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control—right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.

My Thoughts
Brother/Sister is a different sort of book. As dark as the cover is the story with a unsettling plot and a killer twist. Though, this book had an ending that will make you re-think and question about everything you've just read.

In California, we meet Will and Asheley two teenagers that have already had their share of action in the summer. Brother/Sister is alternated between Will and Asheley's perspectives with deep confessions. Will and Asheley didn't have the best upbringing. Their alcoholic mother and absentee Father haven't always been there for them. This left Will to run the house leaving him breaking himself as time went by. Will and Ashley are two different people. As Will is presented as the more of a loner, Asheley is the opposite being more sociable and active.

I was a bit hesitant at first in reading Brother/Sister at first as I heard that there was a lot of incest. However, that was not the case at all. Will is very overprotective of Asheley and so he loves her dearly but maybe too much? Their relationship does tilt a couple of times but this does not spell incest.

Brother/Sister is definitely a fast-paced page turner. I particular love Olin's writing style, it completely lures you in. Something is always happening proving it to be action packed and very thrilling. It's a dark, unsettling read that will give you the creeps.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare

Pages: 541
Release Date: 22 June 2009
Publisher: Walker
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Other books in series: City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Fallen Angels
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments
My Thoughts
The Mortal Instruments series is now one of my favourite series. I loved reading all the books. Though, so far City of Glass is by far the best. Clare is a great story teller. She really knows how to capture our attention, through all the action, romance and destruction. Some things were quite predictable but it didn't really matter. There were many things that left me intrigued and surprised.

City of Glass picks up where City of Ashes left off. Clary's mother is still in a coma and it's up to Clary to save her as she's the only one who knows how to. She then has to go to Idris. We've heard alot about Idris but not exactly experienced it properly so it was great to finally step inside the city. So many events then lead on from there entangled with so much fierceness. It's really awesome.

I love all the characters. I am now really attached to them. They are just so well written and so hard to dislike. Clary is continues to be a great heroine. Jace is still hot and annoying. And all the characters are just so awesome!

I savoured each word of the book. I didn't want it to end yet I wanted to desperately know how it would end. And when I did, I was not disappointed. I was more than happy. Everything ended how I always hoped it would. I just love this series. Thank God Clare decided to continue the series with City of Fallen Angels!

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Eight Keys
by Suzanne LaFleur

Pages: 272
Release Date: August 11th 2011
Publisher: Puffin
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them. There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.

When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn...

My Thoughts
As soon as I started reading Eight Keys, I was very intrigued to find out what secrets these keys will unlock. The synopsis had me hooked and it was only after a matter of pages into Eight Keys that I knew this book was something special.

Elise, the main character, is a 11 year old girl whose parents have both died leaving her in the care of her uncle and aunt. It's only until her 12th birthday that she notices a key addressed to her. And from that moment, many doors opened, many challenges are met and many lessons are learnt.

Elise is a great girl with an amazing friend, Franklin. Franklin is the type of friend that anyone would love to have. You could say he's very near to perfect. Nothing seems to set him and he is always there for Elise through think and thin. That's what I love about him. He's cute, caring and very childish. However, Elise believes his 'childlike' attitude isn't very grown up.

This is where Elise's locker buddy, Amanda comes in. I utterly despise her. Mainly because of what she does to Elise. It's quite funny how one small mean repetitive action like squashing your lunch every single day can make you really really not like someone. At least, shje got what she deserve at the end. Though not as quite I was expecting.

I really enjoyed Eight Keys. It's a book for all ages I believe. It had me wanting to read more. I look forward to reading more books by Suzanne LaFleur! An uplifting and insightful read.

1000 Followers Giveaway!!!

Hey guys!
I'll just get straight to the point! There's more than 1000 followers on my blog! YAY! I would have never have thought that I'll get this far. It has been a great experience. Oh and I also would like to take this time to mention a few bloggers that helped me in the early stages of blogging!

Lea @ Ya book Queen
Thanks Lea for giving me loads of blogging advice when I was so new to blogging and you were also my first follower! I still remember (:
Danya @ A Tapestry of Words
Thanks you Danya for taking the time in giving me some great tips on techinques in making a great blog header... I really appreciate it :)
Thank you Clarisse for helping me on the blog and you are greatly missed! I loved your posts that you did and you contributed a lot :D

And also Thanks to all you awesome people for following... This is such an amazing thing! And so I'm hosting a giveaway and it's massive. There's going to be FIVE prize packs, yes you've heard me FIVE!You can enter all the prize packs so you don't have to worry! And oh yes, there's going to be 8 winners so there's more of a chance to win! 

Prize Pack 1
My Soul to Save | My Soul to Take | My Soul to Steal | Here Lies Bridget
Inside Out | Outside In | The Iron King | The Iron Daughter

Prize Pack 2
Summer and the City | The Carrie Diaries | Riches | Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
You against Me | The Stranger | The Iron Queen | My Soul to Steal

Prize Pack 3
Bite Club | The Secret History of the Pink Collection| Pride and Premiership | Hereafter
Mercy | Exile | Torment | Angels Fury

Prize Pack 4:
(Choose any book of your choice)

 Prize Pack 5:
The Ultimate Swag Pack
- To enter, please fill out the form below
- Entrants must be 13 years of age or older
- Deadline Spetember 9 2011
- Open Internationally
-Must be a FOLLOWER to enter

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