Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (40): Dancing in the storm

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

(click on the cover to go to Goodreads)

AU/UK Cover

Stormdancer ~ Jay Kristoff
September 2012!! ~ (AU) Pan Macmillan

My pitch
Blood red skies; a world impoverished by technological advance (industrialisation!!). A thunder tiger . . . and a sixteen year old girl who will change everything.

Why am I waiting on this?

Oh how I love both of these covers! :D I BEG you to go and check out the full synopsis of this book - it sounds ridiculously good! I have a feeling - going by that synopsis alone - that this book is going to be really descriptive and thoughtfully imagined. I'm just now getting into steampunk, so this is definitely a welcome addition to the bunch and by the sounds of it it's bound to stand out! Also I'm hoping that the Asian influences run farther than just the names of things.

Even if this book sounded like complete rubbish I'd want to read it IF ONLY BECAUSE JAY KRISTOFF SOUNDS AWESOME! His blog, guys. He's got that kind of humour that resonates with me and he just seems altogether chill and laid back... very Aussie. Which he is. He's Aussie, guys! An Aussie author got an international deal. For his debut! If that's not a sure-fire way to tell that this book's going to big, I don't know what will.

US Cover


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Monday, May 28, 2012

[Giveaway] Wispy Hair books ~ Rapture by Lauren Kate & Fated by Alyson Noël

Hey there!

Just a quick post/giveaway for you all.

Let's get this out of the way first: Australia only or pay for international shipping. If you're unsure, let me know what country you live in and I'll give you a quote so you can decide whether you want to enter or not. I can guarantee though it would cost AU$15+... I will definitely have another Book Depository giveaway in the near future, and I'm also saving for an Amazon gift card (courtesy of Swagbucks)!!!

Graphic made because I felt like it. Bg source: aeiryn; I own nothing.

The details:
  • Up for grabs ~ 1x Rapture, 2x Fated (runner up receives ARC)
  • 3 winners
  • Aussie only unless you are willing to pay for shipping. Let me know if you want a quote before you decide. You MUST have a Paypal account.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday 2nd of June, winners will be announced.

If you want to enter for "Rapture", comment on what you are most excited about for the conclusion to the series.

If you want to enter for "Fated", comment and tell me whether you've read any of Alyson Noel's previous books.

As simple as that! You can enter both or just one. One entry per person and if you already commented on my Book Haul post you've already got an entry. ;)

Good luck all! Also if you can't comment for ANY reason, shoot me a tweet (@cc9309)!



Teaser #1
Teaser #2


Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Books in Colour (3) + Online Shopping and a Book Cover

MBiC is a fortnightly post book haul feature, and is inspired by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Alea (Pop Culture Junkie). I love looking at book covers, and especially their colours, and that is where my idea came from.


27th of May 2012 ~ Notes

I am back with the second half of my May book haul! It's a short one so I figured I'd talk about other things in this post too.  :)

So first, here are the books.

Admire the crappy photo quality & the ripping of packaging for background making. ADMIRE IT!
  •  Fated (#1) by Alyson Noel || For review *
  • Rapture (#4?) by Lauren Kate || For review *
  • Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler || Bought
    • You probably can't see but TBD sent me a bookmark of calorie counts. Trying to send me a message here, book guys? Well I'm not impressed!
Thanks to Macmillan and Random House (respectively). I won't be reading any of them as I am just not interested, however if YOU are, comment and you *may* receive. ;) Clarification: Australia only.

As for 'Fixing Delilah', it was freaking LESS than $5! How can you say no to that? I regret nothing.

Happy reading everybody! Comment in the doobly-doo below.
Share with me what books you got! :)

And now, a semi-explanation...

What time I spend online, much of it is spent window shopping online. I just can't get enough of it! And so, I've been neglecting reading and blogging for a bit. Same with in the blogosphere. I've just started following fashion and DIY-cooking blogs (some were blogs that other book bloggers frequented, specifically the latter!) and other than Aussie blogs or my favourite blogs, I haven't been up to date. I think it may be time to un-follow some blogs since I always hit the 1000+ un-read mark way too easily/quickly. :/

But anyway, yeah, that's where I'm at. So, since my mind is mostly filled with fashion-y stuff right now, I ask you:

Q: What clothing item/accessory do you want right now?

I'm not even talking about something trendy or new here. For me, I want something that I reckon EVERYONE else in the world has but me: a pair of boots. Not high-heels, not too grunge, and since I'm not by any stretch a tall girl, I'm talking ankle boots here.

I have not found "the one" just yet. :( Or even gum boots, which is even better since sometimes jumping on puddles is just irresistible. Am I right?

I'm positively SICK of going out on a rainy (+ wind!) day and have my jeans, flats and feet completely soaked by the end of it. That leads to another question: What do you wear on those rainy + windy days, when you just can't avoid getting wet?


Also. Loving. This. Cover!
I am a fan of the US cover, but this UK cover just kicks ass! I'm not sure what everyone else thinks of it, but I don't care. I cannot wait to get a copy of this and see it in person. This chick LOOKS like an assassin - hell yeah!

So if you haven't heard this book before, go add it to your Goodreads wishlist. You want to read this book! I am so confident that I will love it since I've already read some of Sarah's writing and I like her style very much. This book needs posters made for it! And bookmarks. And pins. And a Calaena wig! And the novellas in one bound edition. I would PAY MONEY FOR THAT!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

[Review] Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

(#1, The Cahill Witch Chronicles)
Born Wicked | Star Cursed
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 25/01/2012
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 330
Source: For review
Violence | Sexual Content | Profanity

My Rating:
Satisfying Read

Our mother was a witch too, but she hid it better.
I miss her.

To me, the magic feels like a curse. According to the Brothers, it’s devil-sent. Women who can do magic-they’re either mad or wicked. So I will do everything in my power to protect myself and my sisters. Even if it means giving up my life—and my true love.

Because if the Brothers discover our secret, we’re destined for the asylum, or prison... or death.
The Review:

(This is another short review. I did make notes on this one, but nothing much more than a few dot points.)

Jessica Spotswood delivers a beautiful paranormal-historical story that is, at its heart, about sisterhood. While the story moved at an alarmingly slow pace, I adored the protagonist Cate's devotion to her sisters in a time of peril, for they are witches. Once the main plot points are finally met, it will be a rush to the finish to find out where this leaves the sisters.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

[Review] A Million Suns (#2) by Beth Revis

(#2, Across the Universe)
Across the Universe | A Million Suns

Author: Beth Revis
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 10/01/2012
Publisher: Penguin (Razobill)
Pages: 385
Source: Bought
Violence | Sexual Content | Profanity

My Rating:
Summary (Spoilers if you have not read Across the Universe):
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.
My thoughts:

The story continues with A Million Suns! There are even more secrets that are brought to the fore - all of them shocking and will leave you wanting more. Revis continues to encapsulate perfectly the stifling environment of Godspeed, but it is even more amplified due to the new leadership. Elder is now the Eldest of the ship and he has taken all the ship's inhabitants off the med patches that controlled them, which means that the people now see all that they'd been blind to previously, like Amy and her red hair, as well as the now-uselessness of the Eldest system...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (39): Music and Shadows

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

(click on the images to go to Goodreads)

What I'm waiting for

Ten Miles Past Normal ~ Frances O'roark Dowell
22/05/2012 ~ Antheneum Books

Hippie parents, music and a smart country girl trying to be normal.

Why am I waiting on this?
This book released last year, but the paperback release is finally here! I like both covers, but this one has a softer look and is, I suppose, prettier. I just . . . that synopsis. I want!

Shadow and Bone ~ Leigh Bardugo
05/06/2012 ~ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A high fantasy of a war-torn world and a heroine whose mysterious powers are the key to salvation.

Why am I waiting on this?

I'm a bit unsure about this one. There has been a lot of positive feedback so far, so maybe my apprehension is for nothing in this case. I just want to read this so I can see what all the hubba is about.


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Books in Colour (2): Another book haul

MBiC is a fortnightly post book haul feature, and is inspired by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Alea (Pop Culture Junkie). I love looking at book covers, and especially their colours, and that is where my idea came from.


13th of May 2012 ~ Notes

Thanks for the comments 2 weeks ago, guys! I'm back with part 1 of my May haul. :) It kind of worries me that I may not get really colourful books for a particular fortnight, so maybe I'll have to do something a bit creative with that in the future. Anyway, I got some GREAT books. I also got lazy and didn't change the banner or feature title. I really don't like either. :/


From we♥it.


Black and White - Rainbow

Note: All release dates are in the format (dd/mm/yyyy), click on images to zoom in, all book links go to Goodreads.

* = Up for swap

For Review:

Thanks to...

Allen & Unwin, Bloomsbury, Egmont, Pan Macmillan and Penguin

  • Whisper (#4) by Alyson Noel (01/05/2012) - unsolicited *
  • Disharmony (#1) by Leah Giarratano (23/05/2012) - unsolicited
  • Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (01/05/2012) - requested?
  • Dead Time by Anne Cassidy ARC (01/06/2012) - unsolicited *
  • Burn Mark by Laura Powell (01/07/2012) - requested?
  • Messy (#2) by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan - unsolicited *
  • Silhouette by Thalia Kalkipsakis ARC (Jul-12) - requested

I have Silhouette, Burn Mark & Disharmony on my reading pile for June. I will get to reading Every Other Day eventually... the others are up for swap. Gah, I don't know what to do about all my books that are up for swap. Any suggestions?


  • Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
    I bought Hate List pb a while back, and OMG they're beautiful together. Maybe I'll read them someday, ha!
  • Past Perfect by Leila Sales
    So many readers have recommended this book, and the pb was so cheap I just could not pass it up!
  • Insurgent (#2) by Veronica Roth
  • The Season by Sarah MacLean
    As a fan of historical fiction, I knew I was going to get a copy of this eventually. Since there was a 10% off promo at TBD, I figured I might as well get the 90c off.. :P

All paperback pre-orders except for Insurgent which is a hardcover pre-order that I ordered months and months ago. I've already read Insurgent - check out my review!

I try to be picky with what I buy. I'll spend days with the basket open on my Firefox window. Anyone else do that? Many times I've taken as long as a week just to get through an order. Some times my final order is completely different to the one I started out with! XD

*ahem* I also bought Ingrid Michaelson's album Human Again, which came out last year. I love her music & personality so, so much. I know it's not likely, but if she were to come touring Australia, I wouldn't even hesitate to grab tix.

Notable tracks, for me, are:
I'm also in love with Live It With Love, but it's not in my normal edition copy. :(

Q: How do you organise your bookshelves?

My system has always been kind of messy, at least compared to many other people around here. I have a bookshelf for my nursing textbooks and the bottom shelves are full of books I've read and reviewed. My TBR bookshelf is organised by how I obtained that book. Top shelf is full of review copies, middle shelf is of books I bought, and the bottom has books I swapped for/won. I keep aside books that are on my reading pile, and special books I want to be reminded to read soon.

Happy Reading! Comment with your IMM links.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (38): Collar in Hearts

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

My ramblings

The tagline for this post, Collar in Hearts, is of course, a play on the "In Spades" phrase, since spades and hearts are both suits...and yeah, I've got a book with 'heart' in the title, and another with 'collar' in it.. And it could also be taken as "Colour-in hearts" :| Aaaaanyway.

What I'm waiting for

Title: Unbreak My Heart {goodreads}
Author: Melissa C. Walker
Release Date (dd/mm/yyyy): 22/05/2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Why am I waiting on this?

First off, look at it! Usually I hate pinkish covers, but this one just looks so cute! This book is also kind of different from other contemps from the get-go. The protagonist has suffered the repercussions of cheating on her boyfriend (with his best friend), so she spends the summer on a sailboat with her parents. And yeah. Wow. That's terrible. Read the synopsis instead! :X

This would be a great summer read!

Title: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar {goodreads}
Author: Kady Cross
Release Date (dd/mm/yyyy): 22/05/2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Why am I waiting on this?

I loved the first book, The Girl in the Steel Corset. That should be reason enough, I think. If you're into steampunk, I suggest you at least try this series out. I understand that it might not be for everyone, but I am not the only one who is excited for this release, I'm sure.

Plus I really like that cover.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

[Review] Insurgent (#2) by Veronica Roth

(#2, Divergent trilogy)
Divergent | Insurgent | Untitled
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 01/05/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins (Katherine Tegan Books)
Pages: 530
Source: Bought
Violence | Sexual Content | Profanity

My Rating:
The Review:

Ah, Insurgent, how I have waited so very long to read you. Considering Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, was one of the most anticipated 2011 releases and has had notorious popularity since, there was no way to avoid the constant barrage of Insurgent-related hubbub, which DROVE ME CRAZY! Luckily I received my pre-order just 3 days after its release date.

Anyway, let’s get to it. Obviously, if you have not read Divergent, I have to ask you: What are you doing here reading this here review? Get out there and crack that spine! Since this is a really long review (by my standards anyway), the coloured text has returned! I might use this for future reviews from now on, since I personally love seeing reviews like this. :P

Saturday, May 5, 2012

[Review] Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

(#1, Elementals)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 01/05/2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Source: For review
Precautions: Violence | Sexual Content | Profanity
Pages: 368
My Rating:
Amazing read

My thoughts: 

Final thoughts: Storm is perfect if you're looking for something action-packed AND full of well-developed, fleshed out characters. This book really surprised me, and by the end of it I was left wanting more!

Friday, May 4, 2012

May 2012 Reading Stack & Random Reads (1)

I never had intentions on starting this kind of feature, but I like the idea of letting you all know what I'll be reading for the month ahead. This was inspired by all TBR pile features I have read, but I must credit Holly (Good Golly Miss Holly), since I wouldn't have started this without her. My monthly reading stack will be posted on the first Friday of each month. I'll also reflect on what I read the previous month.

Enjoy and share your own lists! :)

This month

(Subject to change. I have a history of not sticking to plans. :P)

I'm re-reading Delirium now, so I can be ready for Pandemonium! And, if you had any doubt at all, I'll be reading Insurgent the moment it arrives in the mail. I was so, so happy when I got the memo that it's been shipped out. =D I'm not really sure whether I'll have any dystopian to read next month, but what I have this month is worthy of many squees!

That blood tear streak (TIR) just kills me everytime I see it - especially the animation, which is HERE! I must, must get to reading the first two. The Book of Blood & Shadow is only a reward if I can get through everything else. Fingers crossed! It's been a long time coming.

All three of these books suffer the pretty girl in a dress cover complex that pervades the YA genre. I'm not complaining though, especially with Clockwork Collar. The detail in the collar is just gorgeous. Covers aside, I cannot wait to continue with Finley's story in Clockwork Collar, and to start the Legacy series [1] [2].

So I'm reading Holier Than Thou and I'm liking the direction. I'm waiting to click with the characters at this point, so I'm just hoping I do end up feeling Holly the way I felt Amelia (Good Oil). As for Skin Deep, I recently found out that this book has been out for a while in the US and there was this one review that really intrigued me. I really like the idea of it, which is apparent in the title I'm sure.

Things of note:
  • Most of these are reviews copies
  • I bought 2 of these: Insurgent and Book of Blood and Shadow
  • Comment with which book I should read next, which ones you've read, which ones you want to read, or are interested to read more about.
  • No Goodreads links are provided, simply because the titles are there on the covers, so if you're interested, go look them up! :)


Wait, there's more! I'll try and slip in a random book to read every single month. Basically I'll use to pick one of my to-read books listed at Goodreads. Go visit I'm Loving Books (click on the banner) to read all the details and join in!

#142: Outside In by Chrissie Keighery


Uh. There's a reason I haven't read this book yet.
Oh well, that's my random read for this month!

Last month: 

  • Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (#1.1) by Veronica Roth {my thoughts}
  • Storm (#1) by Brigid Kemmerer {review to come}
  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (#0.1) by Sarah J. Maas {my thoughts}

I read all of these in the second half of April. I just could not fit in time to be reading for fun, when I had exams and assessment tasks, and therefore, READINGS to go through. And just being unable to read anything because your eyes are sore. It sucks. But gladly, what I did read was fabulous. I would heartily recommend any of these books.

As you can see, I only read 3 full-size (by that I mean 250+ pages) books, which I'm a tad embarrassed about, but I've got a better feeling about May! For one, everything is much more chill. No uni, only one assignment I have to do before the holidays end, but that's in 3-4 weeks from now so that's no problem at all.

Fellow Aussies and Southern Hemispherians, be sure to stay warm as we head into the cooler months of the year! Nothing better than a hot/warm beverage/soup and something good to read when it's cold outside. Okay, so I know that in Sydney we're only getting to 13 degrees celsius (55 degrees fahrenheit), but still. It's getting cooler. For the rest of you, I hope you've got plans for the summer ahead of you. :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa - giveaway winner and other stuff!

Thanks for entering, guys!

Of the 73 entries, the winner of the finished copy of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is......

#72: Rebecca @ Reading Wishes

Congrats! Fear not, for there will be more giveaways in the future! Do go and grab a copy of The Immortal Rules - I've heard so many great things about it and I hope I can pop out a review later this month, if I ever get to it.

Before you go, check out the hot trailers for The Immortal Rules.

(Australian trailer)

(US trailer)

Which trailer do you prefer? Personally I find the Australian one more powerful and Allison seems more, I don't know, realistic? In the sense that she's meant to be both strong but not perfectly untouched. I don't know, I haven't read it yet so maybe she's meant to look the way she does in the US trailer.

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