Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming release we cant wait to get our hands on.

ACIDThis week i'm dreaming about.....
Acid by Emma Pass.

2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

Expected publication date: April 25th 2013 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Review: Girl In The Arena by Lise Haines

Girl In The Arena by Lise Haines

3.5/5 stars

Girl in the ArenaI was a little disappointed by this book. It had such a promising premise but in reality it was lacking. For a book entitled girl in the arena i would of liked to of seen more of the girl in the arena, 324 pages and only 6 were about Lyn - the main character- actually in the arena. I was expecting more of a hunger games-esque book but the majority of the book is her making the decision to go into the arena. It felt as though it was building to something that never came. The story didn't seem to end as such it just ceased. Like the author got bored and decided to wrap it up in the epilogue, but that could be a fault of over editing. Although i enjoyed reading the book I'm not in a huge hurry to re-read it. Lise Haines did a great job of creating the characters they were all well thought out and well portrayed but i just wished she'd spent half that effort on the ending. It seemed as though she had an ending planned, built on it and then changed her mind which definitely left the book lacking the spectacular ending it deserved. The girl in the arena would of easily been a 5 star book if the end had been more fulfilling, it didn't live up to its potential.

Dystopia challenge books read count: 2 <3

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the spine, in which we spotlight upcoming new release we can't wait to add to our shelves.

The book I'm excited about this week is........

When We Wake by Karen Healey

When We Wake
My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy. 
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027--she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies--and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity--even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn't all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Expected publication date: March 5th 2013

"the list"

Kate Evangelista and one of her publicists are working together to compile a list of bloggers who love books! If you have a blog and love reviewing books add Til Death to your goodread TBR list and go to Kate's blog and leave a comment with the following;

A. your name
B. your blog URL
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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
5/5 stars

The Twelve (The Passage, #2) I always find reviewing my favorite books hard because i tend to come across like a star struck teenager so i apologize in advance. I absolutely loved The Passage, it was the book that made me fall in love with reading and will always have a place in my heart. Although sequels are rarely as good as their predecessors this book was an epic in its own right. The Twelve was suspenseful and very well crafted, Cronins writing completely captured me and I adored this book.

The Twelve is manly events in differing time periods and jumps back and forth, like pieces of a puzzle building to the final picture and the great climax. This book is over 500 pages and full of exciting moments like "The Field" which was one of my favorite parts along with the "Year Zero" chapters. The only problem with the time hoping, much like in The Passage, is that Cronin builds the characters up to a point where you become attached to them and then the book changes and in the case of "Year Zero" your left without a definitive end to there story, hopefully he will pick up with the survivors on the bus in the next book. 

Cronins beautiful writing skills kept me enchanted by the book throughout the slow parts, and for a book of such length it didn't seem to drag or lack in any aspect. I loved the poetry of the sentence "And in this manner they passed an infinity of hours, the barest blink of an eye, until the darkness, a blanket in its own right, settled down upon them." the descriptive nature of which every sentence is written, even in the seemingly insignificant moments, is partly why I found myself falling so deeply into both The Passage and The Twelve.

 That is not to say I didn't have my issues with the book, after all nothings perfect but the issues i have seem almost trivial in the longevity of the book. My first problem with The Twelve is simply that i don't understand how Amy roamed the country for a hundred years and eventually comes across First Colony, which apparently only ever housed around 100 people at a time, yet on her travels she never came across any of the bigger settlements like the place in Las Vegas in The Passage, any of The Military bases housing thousands or The Homeland where 70 thousand people are kept.  My second issue is how much of the books rely on coincidences, hinting a god is one thing but i cant help but feel he takes it a little to far, if god could align all these coincidences to stop the twelve couldn't he have done it 100 years before to stop the death of millions? It was just a little too unbelievable to me which brings me to the Lila and Grey story line, which don't get me wrong i thoroughly enjoyed and was glad to see more of Grey, but of all the people in america Grey finds Wolgast ex wife again I felt it pushed it a little to far.

 Well I would hate to finish a review of a new favorite on a critique so more on the plus side - of which there's a lot- I found the carter story line in the passage really riveting and i was sad when he was sent to the compound and became one of the twelve, so his reappearance was a great moment in the book to me especially as he stayed one of the good guys - despite the whole being one of the twelve, eating and turning people thing.  His story line really pulls at the heart string and really adds to the underlying tones of melancholy in the book. I cried a couple of times while reading The Twelve mostly during the Amy/Wolgast parts despite the fact Peter and Alicia are my favorite characters.The films would sell millions and no doubt so will the last book. In my eyes these books are one of a kind and so is Justin Cronin. I'm already craving the next book! I know its going to be a long wait but writing epics takes time I suppose. 

Dystopia challenge read count: 1

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

My teasers:

"The virals were everywhere now. In blind panic, people were dashing for the tent, a pointless gesture; it could offer no safety at all."

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

I don't want The Twelve to end!

Seems like I waited forever for the twelve to be released after I read the passage in 2011 and now I've nearly finished it I don't know what to do. I've slowed down my reading pace, actually I haven't read at all today. Only about 100 pages left of my book and I don't want it to end.  The next book in the series has an expected publication date of 2014, I don't know how I'm going to cope without the characters for a year!!! So It looks like I'm going to be reading the last 100 pages super slowly!!!!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Follow Friday

The Book Blogger Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

This week’s question: What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself?

My new years resolution was actually to start this book blog.

Retribution Cover Reveal

YANR_BlogTour_CR_Retribution Title: Retribution (The Lost Souls #1) Author: Amy Thompson Book Description: One curse, one exception, one chance at redemption. Regan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia State. Jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting were a way of life in Georgia. On the evening of her first day of school, Regan was walking back to her dorm when she was viciously attacked by three men. Regan was convinced she was going to die that night. Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors and the first wrongfully punished soul. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council whose job it is to pass judgment onto souls and reincarnate them so that the souls may fix past indiscretions. Agro, an ex-councilman, and his soulless Exiles have other plans. Agro steals souls and hands down his own type of judgment, retribution. He punished those members of the Collectors and has now set his sights on Regan. The Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. The Collectors must fight to keep Regan safe from Agro and work to earn back their chance at redemption, but when Colter meets Regan his world changes. Everything he thought he knew about his curse is turned upside down and Regan seems to be the cause. Can the Collectors find out why Regan is being targeted in time to save her from a fate they know all too well? And is Colter’s curse as final as he thought or will Regan prove to be his exception?  
And now for the cover reveal!
  About Amy Thompson
Amy Thompson graduated from Randolph-Macon College with her B.S. in Biology. She currently works as a high school teacher and is earning her M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University. Amy is a first time, self-published author of Retribution, a mature young adult paranormal romance novel that is the first in the Lost Souls series. She lives in southern Virginia with her family and two lazy cats. Amy Thompson is currently working on the next book in the Lost Souls series and continues to be an avid reader of young adult books. Goodreads/Website

Thursday, 3 January 2013

The book dectective Thursday

The book detective is a new meme hosted by Divergent Gryffindor. To showcase books you found today, on other blogs or Goodreads, that you like the sound of.

If You Find MeThe Farm (The Farm, #1)Dualed (Dualed, #1)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the spine.

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul. 
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters. 
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
expected publication date: June 4th 2013

<3 I'm waiting because well.... this book sounds AMAZING!!! <3 

100 books in a year reading challenge 2013


I joined the 100 books in a year reading challenge hosted bBook Chick City! I'm not sure what books I'm going to read yet but since I have over 100 books on my to-read bookcase it shouldn't be to hard to decide. The books have to be fiction which is fine because that's all I read anyway and you can crossover to other challenges with the books you read. If your interested in joining the challenge you can at anytime during 2013 just go over to Book Chick City for more info!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Oh my goodness, this is so hard. There are so many books I want to read in 2013. But i guess these would have to come top.

    The Stand
  1. The Stand by Stephen king - I have quite a few Stephen King books on my bookshelf but I haven't read a single one by him yet. So this year I need to read one and The Stand sound like my type of book.
  2. The Girl in the arena by Lise Haines - This books been on my wishlist for a while and i just got it for Christmas.
  3. The Pact by Jodi Picoult - Again I have a lot of her books but haven't read one yet. This one sounds the most intriguing.
  4. World War Z by Max Brooks - I've been hearing about this book for a while but wasn't sure I'd like it, but this year I'm going to give it a try.
  5. Feed by Mira Grant - I've had this book for a while and haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

    Girl in the ArenaThe PactWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarFeed (Newsflesh, #1)
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - Really enjoyed Divergent, couldn't wait to read this and then never got around to it.
  7. The Fading by Christopher Ransom - I liked the last two Christopher Ransom novels I've read, but only just got this one and I cant honestly it sounds as good but I'm going to give it a go anyway.
  8. Doll parts and Fever by Wayne Simmons - These are both sequels. I cant get the first book in either series so I'm going to just go from here.
  9. Dead Of Night by Johnathon Maberry - Because you can never have enough zombie books!
  10. To Close to Home by Linwood Barclay - A lovely Linwood Barclay suspense novel to top it off.

    Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Doll PartsFeverDead of Night

2013 dystopia reading challenge


2013 Dystopia Reading Challenge 
Hosted by Blog of Erised 

I love the dystopian genre so this is the perfect reading challenge for me, I had to sign up.

I'm going to be trying Level 3: Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)

My Favorite Books

  1. The Passage by Justin Cronin
    I read this book in 2011 and absolutely loved it.
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne CollinsGreat Trilogy, I cried a few times at these.
  3. The Forest Of Hands And Teeth Trilogy by Carrie RyanThis book was recommended to me because I love zombies, but I was hesitant at first because of the title, i shouldn't of been they're amazing books.
  4. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
    This book was an impulse by I'm proud of, its a great book. Just added the sequel to Mt. To-read.
  5. The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
    I couldn't put these books down, I devoured them one after the other.
  6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
    A great dystopian book, I really enjoyed it. Cant wait to see what happens next.
  7. Last Light by Alex Scarrow
    Scarily plausible story line. Great apocalyptic book.
  8. The Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking
    I got this series second hand and wasn't sure I'd like it, trolls seemed a little to fantasy for me but actually these books totally captured me. I love them.
  9. Autumn by David Moody
    A totally original zombie novel.
  10. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
    A great horror novel about a vampiric virus.