28 February 2015
27 February 2015
The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: 12th March, 2015 (UK)
Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...
While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.
Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner'strilogy
25 February 2015
It is my birthday this week, I am reaching the grand old age of twenty four, I was going to basically let it pass by on the blog and do very little about it, but then Rachel over at Confessions of a Book Geek put of a Birthday Tag for her birthday this week, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to talk about something close to my heart… me.
What date is your birthday?
It is the 26th February (which should, hopefully be today… if I’ve scheduled this right).
What is your favourite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate is a delicious kind, but I am a fan of chocolate cake for every occasion, not just birthdays. But… I do like birthday cake, the kind with the thick sickly icing and the jam and buttercream in the middle. And one year we bought a giant french fancy for my mom for her birthday, and that was pretty epic, as shown by the picture. below.
What is your birth stone?
It is amethyst, which I used to be so upset by. I wanted a cool birth stone, something cool like opal or diamond or something, not rubbish old amethyst that isn’t even worth anything. Then I realised amethysts are totally pretty and purple became my favourite colour, and the rest is history.
Which celebrities/famous people share your birthday?
Nate Ruess, singer of Fun and The Format, Corinne Bailey Rae, a singer, Johnny Cash. Those are the only names I recognise, and based on this evidence it is a sign I will one day become a very successful singer, my shared birth date says so.
What would be your ideal birthday present?
This is a hard one, because my family asked me what I wanted and all I could do was shrug and say books? I am the worst at knowing what I want, I either have a list as long as your arm, or no idea because I used up all my ideas at Christmas. The trouble is, as I get older, I have my own money to buy the things I want and so I stop having a list of things that I’ve been putting off buying. I’ve also stopped wanting so many frivolous things because I just don’t need it.
If you could invite anyone famous to your Birthday party, who would it be?
I would first of all like to say I hate parties, there are far too many people and I always feel dead awkward and normally end up drinking to relax, which can end messy, but, for this fictional birthday party I won’t be having I would be sorely tempted to invite someone I could have a laugh with, so someone like Emma Stone or Jennifer Lawrence if we’re doing the celebrity route, or someone like Graham Norton or Stephen Fry if we are going the fun people route, or probably just an author like Neil Gaiman to be able to sit and talk about books. But if we were going the dreamy eye candy route where I will not say actual words to them, but admire them from a distance, then it would have to be Chris Evans.
What is one of your favourite/funniest/happiest Birthday memories?
Well, that is a hard one. I think my twenty first was quite fun, even though I was at uni, because my friends took my out for a meal and it was just so relaxed and fun. It was a Sunday, so everywhere closed early, so we left the restaurant and they were convinced we needed a birthday cake, so we they went racing off to get one, and we were in Morecambe, which is miserable at the best of times, but at the end of February it is just cold and window there, with it being on the coast, it was just windy, raining and grim and we walked the pier and it was horrible, but it was fun because I was with friends, and they were scrambling around to get a birthday cake and I was just thinking screw this, lets go back home and drink warm drinks whilst wrapped in blankets nesting on the sofa.
If you could choose a different period in history to be born, when would it be?
I don’t know, I’ve always liked being a nineties child, it was a fun decade. I could easily say I wish I was born to witness a particular event, so maybe to have been a teenager in the nineties to properly experience grunge music and the bands I love when they first hit the scene, but as a whole I’m happy with when I was born because it’s worked for me.
And that is the birthday tag, I am going to go off and have a nice lunch with a friend and enjoy the day which is all about me. Please go check out Rachel’s blog if you get the chance, she is hosting a very generous giveaway for her birthday along with doing the birthday tag, so check it out.
24 February 2015
22 February 2015
New To Me
What I’ve Been Reading
18 February 2015
Has anyone else noticed reviews don’t always seem to be the best way to feature a book? Do you have your own way of featuring books you love without actually reviewing, and if so tell me what they are? I’d love to see everyone's method of featuring books without reviewing, it might inspire me.
12 February 2015
Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls:
In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls?
Spicy Little Curses
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.
Six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
One of my biggest complaints with other short story collections is that I want more, that the stories don't give me enough story, you don't have this issue with Lips Touch. There are just three stories to the collection, they are rather in depth, the first is quick and short, a taster of what's to come. And then you get two more multi-chapter ventures. One thing I must say to you is if you want nice happily ever afters, this is not the collection for you. These stories are dark, there is no good and bad, just black and white and bad choices or worse ones. The characters can be selfish and they can do the wrong thing and they are human.
I think my favourite part of these stories is that the explore so many different things, there are folktale elements to the stories, and look at ancient religions and there is a whole world of mythology being used in them. Taylor even acknowledges how she has taken various elements of different religions and manipulated them to how she wished to use them. Whilst it may not all be accurate, it sure makes interesting and unique storytelling.
I really enjoyed the collection, but it certainly isn't what you expect, and that can sometimes be the best thing for books. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys mythology and folktales because you get the best of both in these three stories.