Friday, November 23, 2012

[Review] The Diviners (#1) by Libba Bray

Australian cover
The Diviners

(#1, The Diviners)
The Diviners |

Libba Bray
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 29/10/2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 578
Source: For review

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My Rating:
Posi-tute-ly charming!

My thoughts

Note: This review is over 1000 words and for that I have highlighted the important bits. I suppose I had a lot to say. I have never written so much for a review before!

I just couldn't get enough of The Diviners! Despite the intimidating page count, I jumped right in and there was never a dull moment. There's a whole world to explore in this book—every scene, every page breathes with life. Libba Bray really doesn't skimp on the details, but rather than damping down the story, the extra paragraphs of description brought so much more to it. I felt like I was there. While I was reading this book it was difficult to differentiate between the world that Bray had created, and my own. I was lost in the bright lights of NYC and I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to get away from it all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

[Giveaway] Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop

Click on the banner to go to the host. ;)

This giveaway has ended. Check here (*link soon) to see who won!

Thanks all you super awesome readers! I know I haven't been too active this year, and I completely missed my blogoversary (which also means a giveaway for that blogoversary) so I thought I'd participate in this blog hop this time around. I'm on exam period right now, but expect to see me come back around late-Nov/early-Dec. I can't wait to be done with this uni year! :D

The details:
  • 2 winners will receive a book of their choice!
  • International via either Fishpond or The Book Depository.
  • Giveaway runs from 15/11-25/11. Winners will be announced soon afterward.
All you have to do is fill in the form below. I'll contact the winners to ask their top 3 book choices (I'll pick one to send!), and to provide their mailing address within 48 hours.

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PS. If the form is not working, you can send me a tweet (@cc9309) instead. [I'll then just manually insert an entry for you]

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (44): On Life

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Personal note
Alright, one clinical placement block down. Now I've got exams and then one more placement for 2 weeks afterwards. I'll be writing about it all on my Tumblr. I'll be sure to link it forward here on the blog for those who are curious...

The Whole Stupid Way We Are ~ N. Griffin
February 5th 2013 ~ Atheneum Books

The pitch
"What happens when everything you’ve got to give isn’t enough to save someone you love?"


Why am I waiting on this?

That cover is so very pretty, I must have it! Also, the synopsis just appeals to me, speaking as a lover of heartfelt, thought-provoking and melancholy contemporary YA. Definitely add this to your lists! I'm surprised I've only got one friend on Goodreads who has added this one.

So there you go. What books are you anticipating?

Thanks for visiting!

Comment with your picks and share the excitement!

Monday, November 5, 2012

[Review] The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 26/09/2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 400
Source: For review

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My Rating:

My thoughts

I was initially drawn to this book because of the interesting title. I mean, how badass does it sound? There may not be wizards, dragons, vampires or any noticable magic in The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (for convenience I will call 100YOM for the entirety of this review) BUT this book is so quirky and fun and so completely compelling that it's hard not to read on well into the night.

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