Sunday 12 January 2014

Weekly Highlights: the 'Bout of Books' edition

Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things! 

It's only been two weeks but I've had a lot of catch up on, it seems! In the start of the new year, I've written reviews, a sort of personal post and signed up to my first read-a-thon! Good start to 2014, huh? Add in the 4 books read already, and I'm happy! 

In other news, today is my second blogoversary! Tomorrow I'm celebrating properly with a special post of what is supposed to be mature reflection but will probably sound like garbled nonsense. But you can forgive me, because it's my birthday!

On The Blog
Review of Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (4 stars)
Discussion: Bring on 2014!
Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (4 stars)
Review of Night School by CJ Daugerty (4 stars)
Review of Imposter by Susanne Winnacker (4 stars)
Review of Pawn by Aimee Carter (4 stars)

Bout of Books 9.0
At the beginning of the week, I set out to read 3 and a half books: the rest of Soulmates, Because It Is My Blood, Eve and Adam, and It Felt Like A Kiss. Well, even though the read-a-thon doesn't finish until tonight, I've done it! Finished Eve and Adam in bed this morning, so yeah, first read-a-thon completed!

You can check out my sign-up post here, and my goals post here.

On My Bookshelf
Wake by Lisa McMann
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

A nice find in my charity shop, wouldn't you say?

It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning
Ellie manages a swank Mayfair gallery, but it’s her life that’s a real work of art. Great job, really good hair, loyal friends, loving family. It’s only her succession of lame duck boyfriends that ruin the picture. Oh, and the world-famous rock-star father she’s never met, who won’t even acknowledge her existence.

Then Ellie’s perfect life is smashed to pieces when her secret is sold to the highest bidder and her name, face (and pictures of her bottom) are splashed across the tabloids. Suddenly everyone thinks she’s a gold-digging, sex-crazy, famewhore.

Enter David Gold. Charming and handsome David Gold. On paper he’s even more perfect than Ellie, if only he wasn’t her father’s ruthlessly ambitious lawyer whose job is to manage the crisis – and her. He certainly doesn’t think that Ellie’s the innocent party and she doesn’t trust him at all. So why is it that every time they’re alone together, damage limitation is the last thing on their minds?

A great find on Netgalley and my first adult novel of Sarra Manning's. I've already read it, and it was amazing!

Red by Alison Cherry
Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock: Felicity's got everything. And it's all down to her red, red hair.

Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world's only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected - and the key to sucess. But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she's finished. Because Felicity's actually a natural blonde.

And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.

Another find on Netgalley, spurred by personal interest and friend's reviews. Can't wait to read it and see if I agree!

The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

A fluke find on Netgalley - I've been wanting to read this for ages and even though it came out in June, it's still on Netgalley so I scooped that up! 

1 comment:

  1. Congrats with your readathon! Sounds like its worked really well for you :-) Good luck with Red. I picked up the Sarra Manning so pleased to see you enjoyed it!