Friday, 25 November 2011

Book Trailer & Extract: This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees
Release Date: 2nd February 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA

Summary:
Everyone says that Caro is bad news, but Jamie can’t help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can’t believe that she wants to be his girlfriend. Gorgeous, impulsive and unconventional, she is totally different to all the other girls he knows. His sister, Martha, hates her. Jamie doesn’t know why, but there’s no way he’s going to take any notice of her warnings to stay away from Caro.
As Jamie falls deeper and deeper under her spell, he realises there is much more to Caro than he first thought. She disappears for days on end, she has small scars on her wrists, she talks about revolutions and taking action, and then there are the rumours he hears about the other men in her life.
Always in the background is Rob, Jamie’s older brother, back from Afghanistan and traumatised after having his leg smashed to bits there. Jamie wants to help him, but Rob seems to be living in a world of his own and is increasingly difficult to reach. With Caro, the summer should have been perfect . . . but that isn’t how things work out in real life and Jamie is going to find out the hard way.
You can now read an extract here 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Book Review - A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 5th November 2011
Genre: Young Adult

Summary (Goodreads):
On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites; like fire and ice; Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past. In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
 I didn't really know what to make of this story. I liked it, it kept me gripped enough that I whizzed through the book but...I think my issue with it were Asher and Devin and Skye's barely there strength to just say, 'I have a mind of my own, now do one.' I found the two males need to have Skye do as she's told really, really frustrating to read. In fact it's probably frustrating me more thinking back on it now because I'm reading another book where the male is doing the same thing, only worse! Anyway...

 In saying that, it was well written and I loved the back story that leads up to Asher and Devin being in her life. Skye was a good protagonist, if somewhat weak whenever she was in close proximity to the boys, but at least the thought process is there of how she wishes she wasn't like that and fights it more and more.

I don't want to say too much about it as I'll give too much away about the story. You should go read it, enjoy it and then be like, 'What kind of ending was that?!' then race to check the release date for the next one!

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a story about Angels and some unique ideas of what they are, and to anyone who doesn't mind a bit of damsel-in-distress moments.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Book Review - Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 4th July 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal/Historical Fiction

Summary (Amazon):
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fraudulent medium for a decade. Violet has taken part in enough of her mother's tricks to feel more than a little jaded about anyhting supernatural. The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she's been seeing them everywhere. One ghost in particular needs Violet to use her emerging gift to solve her murder ...and prevent the ghost's twin sister from suffering the same fate.

I love a good historical fiction and this one definitely didn't disappoint. It was a very different style for Harvey, but it had to be with it being set in a different time and country, and she did it so well. If you'd given me this book and My Love Lies Bleeding with no author name on it, I'd never have known it was the same person.

 You meet Violet when she's first taken to a seance that her mother will be holding and realise quite quickly why Violet wouldn't believe in ghosts. Then fast forward a couple of years and Violet's on her way to a major seance with her mother, which is about the time she now starts to see ghosts. She tries to ignore them, but there's one in particular that wants her attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story worked, Violet was a good, strong character and I adored her interactions with Colin. It was nice to read a story where the most scandalous thing was a stolen kiss, which was a big no-no for the time. It was all so innocent and respectful. I should've been born in those times.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes ghost stories and historical fiction.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

NaNoWriMo - Week One is Over!

Yes, once again I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo (hit the link to find out more at their website) and I'm determined to win this year with a good, honest book that I would consider sending off. I have won before but I wrote such twaddle just to make sure that I hit 50k that I cringe every time I think about the storyline.

My word count currently stands at just under 2k. Yes, that's right, less than 2,000 words sit in my NaNo document. But that's okay. I can do this. No, really, I think I can. The novel I'm working on, the one that I absolutely feel will get published...hopefully...maybe...anyway, it currently stands at over 50k of words with the first 25k written in three days. So I know I have it in me to get this novel done this month. It's just pinning me down and getting rid of my bad procrastination habit!

How's everyone else coming along? Hitting that word count every day? Steaming ahead? Or are you like me and know what you want to write but can't get the words down? Or maybe even the dreaded Writer's Block has hit?

Happy writing everyone!

Friday, 4 November 2011

On My Radar - November Release: YA Edition

Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
8th November 2011
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Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
8th November 2011

Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert
12th November 2011
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Eve by Anna Carey
5th November 2011

The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell
8th November 2011
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The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
21st November 2011

Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
24th November 2011
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The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
24th November 2011

On My Radar - November Release

Breakfast at Darcy's by Ali McNamara
24th November 2011
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24th November 2011

The Anti-Model Agency by Nicky Schmidt
23rd November 2011
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Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly
10th November 2011

10th November 2011
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A Gift for my Sister by Ann Pearlman
10th November 2011

10th November 2011
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Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor
10th November 2011