Sunday 9 June 2013

Weekly Highlights: the 'pretty' edition

Weekly Highlights is a regular feature hosted by Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts. It allows me to highlight my favourite stuff of the week and show off my new books :)

On The Blog

Two reviews this week:
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (4 stars)
Blood Calling by Joshua Patterson (3.5 stars)

Currently Reading

Just finished ACID by Emma Pass yesterday - oh my God, go buy this book, it was incredible! Right now, I'm reading Insatiable by Meg Cabot.

On My Bookshelf
Three very pretty new books this week. My shelves are beginning to look very full!

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

I won a signed copy on a competition Rachel Caine run last month - I've been looking forward to this for ages, and I got the American hardback which is gorgeous! And it's signed!

Shipwrecked by Siobhan Curham
I jump at the sound of a whispered voice over my shoulder. But when I turn round all I see is sand, and the towering, green wall of the rainforest. I guess it must have been the breeze, but I can't help shivering. I have the weirdest feeling that we're being watched. Grace Delaney and her fellow dance students are en route to perform on a South Pacific cruise-ship when a freak storm hits and they find themselves stranded on a deserted island. With the tropical heat rising, passions and tensions swell to breaking point. And the island itself is quietly steaming with a terrible secret...

An ARC hand-me-down from Sophie, but that's ok because I really wanted this! I loved Dear Dylan and have been meaning to read Finding Cherokee Brown because I love Siobhan's writing. Plus, how amazing does this sound?

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.

Found this in a charity shop, I love Neil Gaiman's writing and paranormal stories rock!


  1. Ooh Acid! I'm hoping to read it at the end of the month for the debut-a-thon. I agree that Unspoken looks so pretty (esp in hardback!) and I'm really looking forward to Shipwrecked :)

  2. "Unnatural Creatures" by Gaiman is quite fascinating. I wonder what his approach to short stories will be.

  3. You make it sound like a proof hand me down is something bad..

    1. No, I just meant that I wanted it anyway, hand-me-down or not!