Apr
22

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!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (thanks to Publisher)
Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins (thanks to Publisher)
Allegiance by Cayla Kluver (thanks to Publisher)
Fated by Alyson Noel (thanks to Publisher)
Unafraid by Michael Griffo (thanks to Publisher)
Revived by Cat Patrick (purchased)
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer (purchased)
Winter’s Light by M.J. Hearle (thanks to Publisher)

I’ve been in Sydney the past week on a business trip, took a stack of books, but I never got around to reading them. I did get some reading done on the plane, but not enough to write any reviews. I will fix that soon. When I got back a couple days ago, I was met with six of these books–so thanks to those who sent them to me! I don’t know where to start. I’m tempted to pick up The Immortal Rules, but Fated sounds pretty good too.

Here are my latest reviews if you want to check them out:
Smith, Alexander Gordon Escape From Furnace #5, Execution

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Jul
24

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!

Evernight by Claudia Gray (purchased)
Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (purchased)
Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter (purchased)
Winter’s Shadows by M.J. Hearle (won) Thanks Lisa @ Badass Bookie
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (purchased)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (purchased)
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (purchased)

I borrowed Evernight and Raised By Wolves from my library last month, and I enjoyed them both so I snapped them up cheap on AmazonUK. I also order the following books from both series, but Amazon decided to split my order and send me the ones I’ve already read first so I’m still waiting on them. Thanks to Lisa from Badass Bookie for my copy of Winter’s Shadow. It’s another one I library’d and really loved, so I’m happy to have my own copy now. She also sent me all of those bookmarks, badges and even a little Possession bottle opener. That tiny booklet also has the first chapter of Divergent in it. The rest of my books here, I haven’t read. If you read my IMM last week, you’d see I now have two copies of Blood Magic, one US hardcover and one UK paperback. I actually like both covers, I just hope I enjoy the book once I get around to it.

Here are my reviews from the past week:
Vincent, Rachel Soul Screamers #2, My Soul To Save
Weatherly, L.A. Angel #1, Angel

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Jul
03

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!

Winter’s Shadow by M.J. Hearle (library)
Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey (library)
Entice by Carrie Jones (library)
Soulless by Gail Carriger (library)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (won)
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (won)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (won)
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (won)
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (won)
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (won)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (purchased)
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (purchased)
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (purchased)
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (purchased)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (purchased)
Chime by Franny Billingsley (won)

I forgot I’d gone to the library on Monday, so that’s why my first picture is clearly patched together, I didn’t feel like getting all the books back out for a new photo. I managed to pick up the complete Wicked Lovely series this week for $25 from Big W (if you’re in Australia). It was so cheap, and comes housed in a nice hard box, I just had to get it. I’ve only read this first book in the series so far, you can find my review here. Thanks to Jess from She Known As Jess for Chime, which I won in the Midsummer’s Eve giveaway. You probably also noticed my signed Vampire Academy book above. I entered a competition with Penguin Australia at the end of May where you had to come up with a question for Richelle Mead in 25 words or less. I just happened to be one of the ten winners. In addition to having my question answered in an upcoming video, I also got sent the whole series – Thanks so much Penguin. All of the books are personally signed with a different message in each. I’ve only read the first book, so I’m very excited to have these.

If you haven’t already entered my INTERNATIONAL Giveaway, check it out for a chance to win one of the books in The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. (Ends 17th July 2011)

My Reviews from the past week:
Hearle, M.J. Winter’s Shadow #1, Winter’s Shadow
Mitchell, Todd The Secret To Lying
Rees Brennan, Sarah The Demon’s Lexicon #3, The Demon’s Surrender

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Jul
02

Title: Winter’s Shadow (Winter’s Shadow #1)
Author: M.J. Hearle
Published: June, 2011 by Pan Macmillan
Pages: 424
My Rating: ★★★★☆ 
Purchase: The Book Depository

Blake Duchamp…

He’s all that Winter Adams can think of. Ever since their fateful meeting at Pilgrim’s Lament. Ever since he looked at her with those emerald eyes. Ever since he saved her life.

But Blake isn’t all that he seems. There is a strangeness about him, something dark and otherworldly. Something dangerous. In his attic is a secret he would kill to defend, but Winter seems to have a special ability to make him forget his duty. And he is her only protection against the gathering darkness. The only problem is, to protect Winter, Blake must risk exposing her to an even greater danger. Himself.

Final Thoughts:
Keep yourself chained to the bed, well maybe avoid the chains or you can’t turn the pages. An addictively adorable romance, intertwined with a whole lot of creepy shadows and way too many cats.

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