Dec
29
It’s the end of 2011 already so I thought I would compile a list of the Top 15 books that I’ve read throughout the year. The titles link to my reviews for each if you want to check out what I thought about them. They’re ordered by the date in which I read them. It was hard enough narrowing down my favourites to just fifteen without trying to rank them too. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or feel free to tell me what books you loved in 2011.


Touch
Jus Accardo

Warm Bodies
Isaac Marion

Dawn Of Darkness
Daniel A. Kaine

If I Die
Rachel Vincent

Stick
Andrew Smith

Burn Bright
Marianne de Pierres

Forever
Maggie Stiefvater

Black Swan Rising
Lee Carroll

All These Things I’ve Done
Gabrielle Zevin

Raised By Wolves
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Demon’s Surrender
Sarah Rees Brennan

White Cat
Holly Black

Alpha
Rachel Vincent

City Of Fallen Angels*
Cassandra Clare

Unraveled*
Gena Showalter

* Review not available

Sep
04

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren, which allows bloggers to share what books they’ve received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (won – thanks She Known As Jess)
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (purchased)
Perchance To Dream by Lisa Mantchev (purchased)
Stray by Rachel Vincent (purchased)
Rogue by Rachel Vincent (purchased)
Prey by Rachel Vincent (purchased)
Shift by Rachel Vincent (purchased)
Awakened by Ednah Walters (purchased)
The Marked Son by Shea Berkley (purchased)
The Fallen: Vol 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski (purchased)
The Fallen: Vol 2 by Thomas E. Sniegoski (purchased)

I’ve been trying to find the Shifters series for a while now. I read them all a few months ago and was suprised by how much I came to love them. They’re almost impossible to find in store, and I’ve been looking. Finally, I found them insanely cheap second hand though, so now my collection is complete! I read the bound manuscript of All These Things I’ve Done two weeks ago and really got into it, so when I saw it in store, I decided to get myself a finished copy too. I love the covers for the Lisa Mantchev books, I still haven’t started them though. The bottom row are the guy covers. There’s a bit of an angel thing going on there. The guy on the front of Awakened looks disproportioned somehow, I really wish they would have changed the cover. I read the first chapter though and liked what I found. I wasn’t really planning on getting the Fallen books, but they were omnibuses and relatively cheap, plus Paul Wesley starred in the miniseries based on them so I thought why not.

Here are my reviews from the past two weeks:
Hilburn, Lynda Kismet Knight #1, The Vampire Shrink
Stiefvater, Maggie Books Of Faerie #1, Lament
Stiefvater, Maggie Wolves Of Mercy Falls #1, Shiver
Stiefvater, Maggie Wolves Of Mercy Falls #2, Linger
Stiefvater, Maggie Wolves Of Mercy Falls #3, Forever

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Aug
26

After posting my review of All These Things I’ve Done last week, I hosted a giveaway for Macmillan’s upcoming Audiobook release. It’s now been a week already so it’s time to announce the winner. Congratulations to:
Scattered Laura

I’ve emailed both you and Macmillan, they should be emailing you with your digital Audiobook shortly. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to everyone who entered.
Aug
18

I just finished reading Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done and loved it, you can check out my review here. It’s a dystopian set in a world where chocolate and caffeine have become illegal. I highly recommend you check it out. Since posting my review, the people at Macmillan Audio have contacted me to host a giveaway for the upcoming Audiobook release. I wanted to make it international, so it’s going to be a digital giveaway. Macmillan will send you the audio file for All These Things I’ve Done if you win. Just remember to fill out the form below. And to get you in the mood, here’s a teaser:

“What did you do wrong?”
“Multiple choice,” he said. “A. A few choice comments I made in Theology. B. Headmaster wants to have a chat with the new kid about wearing hats in school. C. My schedule. I’m just too darn smart for my classes. D. My eyewitness account of the girl who poured lasagna over her boyfriend’s head. E. Headmaster’s leaving her husband and wants to run away with me. F. None of the above. G. All of the above.”

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin, page 21.
Published in September, 2011 by Macmillan.

Giveaway now closed. Winner will be emailed.

Aug
17

Title: All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1)
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Published: August, 2011 by Pan Macmillan
Thanks: Pan Macmillan, AU
Pages: 354
My Rating: ★★★★★ 
Purchase: The Book Depository

It’s 2083. There’s a chocolate prohibition, and New York City is a very changed place. Art museums are now dance clubs, books are musty relics of the past, water is strictly rationed, and the mafia ruled black market consists of chocolate and caffeine.

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 accidently 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.

Final Thoughts:
I loved this book. But you could probably already glean that from my five star rating. I don’t hand those out often, so you should know that this one was worth it. Sure, it’s probably going to be known as the ‘chocolate dystopian’, but that’s not what makes this book so good. It’s the wonderfully written range of characters that bring this story to life. All the rest is just a… well, not-so-pretty background to the life that is Anya Balanchine.

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Aug
16

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read and share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.


I’m really getting into this one. I love that chocolate is against the law and that people need to hide their stashes in safes. But really it’s the characters that I’m enjoying so much. Can’t wait to keep going with this, I should have it finished and reviewed in the next day or so.

“What did you do wrong?”
“Multiple choice,” he said. “A. A few choice comments I made in Theology. B. Headmaster wants to have a chat with the new kid about wearing hats in school. C. My schedule. I’m just too darn smart for my classes. D. My eyewitness account of the girl who poured lasagna over her boyfriend’s head. E. Headmaster’s leaving her husband and wants to run away with me. F. None of the above. G. All of the above.”

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin, page 21.
Published in August, 2011 by Pan Macmillan.

Aug
14

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren, which allows bloggers to share what books they’ve received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (won)
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (won)
Darkhouse by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Red Fox by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Playing With Fire by Katie MacAlister (purchased)
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (purchased)
Flip by Martyn Bedford (purchased)
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn (thanks to Publishers)
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (thanks to Publishers)

The only one I actually bought this week was Flip, which I picked up while at the Maria V. Snyder signing in Brisbane. It has an interesting cover, if you flip it upside down, it has the cover model with his eyes open on the back and the barcode is actually on the spine. I ordered Eyes Like Stars a couple weeks ago from Book Depository and Playing With Fire is one my mother brought home from the grocery store because she thought I might like it – Thanks Mum. Thanks to Nina from Death Books and Tea for Shade and Perfect Chemistry, I can’t wait to get into those two. Also thanks to Karina Halle for sending me her first two books, I’ll start Darkhouse soon. Plus, another thanks to the people at Pan Macmillan for sending me the last two books in the photo. I plan on reading All These Things I’ve Done this week. I actually prefer the Australian cover over the white one with the chocolate heart.

Here are my reviews from the past week:
Kate, Lauren Fallen #3, Passion

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