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Archive for June, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (41)

Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
Release date: August 30th 2010 by Text Publishing

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

Did you know that Girl Saves Boy is written by a well known book blogger, Steph Bowe who owns the blog Hey Teenager! and is very dedicated in maintaining her blog and not to mention she’s friendly and sweet! She is only sixteen and I foresee many great novels from her.

The wait is almost over, I cannot wait to read Steph’s novel! Support her and buy it when it’s out. She deserves it. 🙂

Girl Saves Boy, will be published by Text Publishing this September in Australia & New Zealand and by Egmont USA in America in 2011.

We interrupt this blog…

No, this is not a review. But have you seen the official trailer for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows? One word: phenomenal. I am sooo looking forward to it. I plan to reread some of my favorite novels from the series this year and next year. Here are my top four:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Let me know what your top HP novels are! But before that, go and watch the trailer in glorious HD!

Update: I stumbled upon this line from DH and was instantly reminded of how sad it was. *sobs*

“Here lies Dobby, a free elf.” — J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

RIP Dobby.

In My Mailbox (54)

Hi all! This is a follow up post to my IMM two weeks before. 🙂

Won from Simon and Schuster. UK:
The Island by Sarah Singleton

Received for review (to last for one year):
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
(Both Jenny Han books thanks to Adele.)
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (Signed. Won in the DTWTFN auction. You wouldn’t believe how much I paid for it and two other books…)
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (Super excited for this one!)
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
(If you haven’t read this yet, I have only one thing to say: READ IT NOW! I love the amazing writing and the plot is something you’ve never seen before!)
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
(My own copy!)
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti (This was unexpected but unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book.)
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
(this one isn’t signed.)

Borrowed (not pictured):
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody (Fun, fun and more fun! I enjoyed Brody’s humor.)
The Line by Teri Hall (Borrowed this a while back but forgot to mention it. Read it in 3 hours. Fast-paced, nice!)

And last but not least, something I’m very happy to own and will handle with care when I use:
Shiver/Linger bookmarks!

Whew! That is such a big haul! But I’m not complaining. 😀 What did you get in your mailbox?

By the way, I’m giving away Justin Bieber’s Unofficial Biography, so if you want to win a copy, head over here.

Justin Bieber: The Unofficial Biography giveaway

Hi everyone, I’ve been meaning to post about this giveaway but I didn’t have the chance to. If you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that I’ve mentioned a few times that the teen sensation aka Justin Bieber follows me on Twitter. I’m not exactly a big huge fan of him but the fact that he follows me on Twitter makes me very happy. 🙂

Funny, cute and massively talented, Justin Bieber is going to be the tween sensation of 2010 and this is the unofficial guide to all things Bieber! First spotted on YouTube at the age of 12 Justin Bieber is now 16 and, despite a bidding war with Justin Timberlake, is signed to Usher’s record label; Island Def Jam Records. He’s toured with Taylor Swift, had massive chart success in Canada and America and is set to take the UK by storm. Packed with hot facts on girls, style, tips on becoming a star, stats and activities this is the ONLY book for all Justin Bieber fans!

One lucky winner will win a copy of this biography. Enter away! OPENED TO UK RESIDENTS ONLY. Giveaway closes July 18th. Non followers of blog allowed.

Thank you Random House UK for sponsoring this giveaway!


The Replacement UK cover


Synopsis (from S&S UK website): Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed princess. He is a replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place – in our world, or theirs.

Coming January 2011 in UK.

I am absolutely madly in love with the cover for The Replacement. It is the best cover for any YA book published in UK, in my opinion. 😛 The cover designer did a marvelous job. I’m positively drooling over Mackie now. One teeny complain though, I don’t like how there’re so many blurbs on the cover. I think just Maggie Stiefvater’s blurb will do. 😛

What do you think of the cover?

Tension of Opposites journal giveaway winners

The three winners chosen from the hat are:

Lauren from http://www.laurenscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com

Jenny from http://www.wondrousreads.com

Justine from http://www.abookfulofthoughts.blogspot.com

Congrats everyone! Winners have been contacted and prizes will be sent shortly.

Didn’t win? It’s ok, I have two giveaways running right now: SEA by Heidi Kling and SEA tank top (opened worldwide) and A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend ARC!

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Hourglass by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 9th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Silver star (3.5/5 stars)
Synopsis: Bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series continues. In Hourglass, Bianca and Lucas have found a way to be together. But it means lying to the people who care about them the most.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes.

Review: My initial reaction to this book was disappointment. To be honest, I found the beginning was boring and I was impatiently waiting for something to happen. Luckily, the plot started to pick up after a few chapters and soon I was fully immersed in the story. Gray has once again come up with a cleverly executed plot filled with many twists and turns. I have read many paranormal YA and I love how Gray’s books take things to a whole new level.

Lucas takes the spotlight in this book and it was good to see him stand up for himself. Bianca was the same as usual, sassy and strong-willed. And Balthazar, gulp, I seem to be wavering towards Team Balthazar in this novel. I don’t know why but I liked his determined attitude and how he refused to buckle down despite the torture. The secondary characters, Ranulf and Vic, were breath of fresh air, I enjoyed reading their banter but I wished there were more pages including them. There were plenty of creepy moments and the novel made my heart race in fear and it was as if I was riding an emotional roller coaster. In the third book, loyalties are tested and the characters discover a thing or two about themselves. Just when you think you know where the plot is heading, Gray surprises you with a twist you will never see coming. (Or maybe you could have guessed it.)

Hourglass is the kind of book that will make you stay up all night to finish it. However, compared to the previous two books, Hourglass is my least favorite of the three. But the thing about Gray’s novels is that they are intriguing enough for me to continue reading the series and I am looking forward to visiting this chilling and enthralling world again in the last book, Afterlife. If you are a sucker for stories involving star-crossed lovers, this series is for you.

Shoutout to Australian readers, Gray will be touring Australia in August! WHOO HOO!

Review copy provided by publisher.