Friday, 30 January 2015

COVER TEASER: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

The Official Cover Reveal for Sweet Temptation is on Friday Februray 8th!
 but for now here is a bit of a teaser!
 




Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil Companion)  
 
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publication: September 8, 2015
By: Harper Collins/Harper Teen 

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

[eARC Review] A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd



Title: A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Genre: YA Gothic
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date:January 27, 2015
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Source:  eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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 After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.



Megan Shepherd quickly became one of my favorite authors when I read A Madman's Daughter and I knew I would be reading her book as long as she would write them. So when I was given the opportunity to read the last book in the Madman's Daughter trilogy I knew I had to jump at the chance. These character have become some of my favorites of all time. I adore Juliet and Montgomery throughout the first two books and this book was no different. I thought that their relationship grew so much in this book and we saw them go through some very interesting situations that tested their love for each other. I really liked that Megan allowed for the flaws in both of these characters to be in the forefront of this book. I will admit that it was very hard to like these characters at certain times, but that is what made this book so real to me. No character or person is perfect all the time and it was nice to showcase that.

Frankenstein is one if not my favorite classic story of all time. And when I heard that this book was loosely based off of it I knew I needed to read it ASAP, and I loved this aspect of the book. Megan took the parts of Frankenstein that everyone knows and loves and turned them into something completely different, yet very similar. It was the taking something dead and bringing it back to life bit that was the most interesting. It not only showcased Juliet's scientific ability but it also allowed us to see the madness that was within her. She could not keep herself from being apart of something so grand and fantastical. And that to me was the most interesting part of Juliet's character, not only in this book but all three.

There was a lot of information hidden in this book, and a lot of questions answered. I cant really say what they are because that would ruin all the fun, but I did love that there was nothing left to question and I loved that there were new details that emerged that I was not expecting. That is the sign of a great writer, when you expect one thing going into the final book of a trilogy and you get something completely different. Megan Shepherd has created one of the best Gothic YA stories I have ever read. She has made me a reader of hers for life. Thank you Megan for introducing me to this maddening world full of science, romance and adventure. Its been a wild ride. Cannot wait to see what you do next.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post that features one or more books that I am really looking forward to reading. This week I am featuring a book that has been on my list for quite some time, especially since the lovely ladies at HarperCollins Canada mentioned it at their preview event!

THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE BY CYNTHIA HAND


There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.


The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
 


 I have been looking forward to this book since the summer and I cannot wait until I can read it! It sounds like a tearjerker but really sometimes those are the best kind of books. The ones that make you think, the ones that make you question things in the world. Hopefully I don't cry too much in public LOL

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly MEME put out by The Broke and Bookish every week. This week was a freebie which means I can pick my own topic. So I chose my TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED FOR SPRING 2015!



1. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: 
 Why Do I want to read this book? Well Its Lauren Oliver for one so that is a given, but also I love mysteries and this one seems like a great one!
2. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: 
I will admit this only once. I have never read anything by Jodi Meadows and I am ashamed! So I will start with this book since it sounds fantastic!
3. Confess by Colleen Hoover: 
Who wouldn't want to read anything by Colleen Hoover. I am a huge fan of hers and I will read anything she writes!
4. Liars Inc by Paula Stokes:
 Paula has quickly become one of my favorite authors, especially with her contemporary writing, and Liars Inc sounds amazing and full of mystery! who wouldn't want to read that!

5. Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong:  
I will read anything Kelley writes and this series is no exception. I loved the first book and have been eagerly anticipating this sequel for months!
6. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins:
 I loved Rachel Hawkins writing, and the first book in this series, Rebel Belle was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
7. All the Rage by Courtney Summers:  
Courtney Summers is an author that tears you apart with her writing, and I have read every single book she has written and each one leaves you breathless. I cannot wait to read this one, might need a couple of boxes of tissues!!
8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:
 I have hear nothing but amazing things about this book, so that alone made me put it on my list...oh and that cover?? COME ON! so amazing!
9. Magonia by M.D Headly: 
I loved this cover, that is what drew me in, and of course the blurb by Neil Gaiman..who wouldn't read it right?
10. City Love by Susane Colasanti: 
I honestly have not read anything by Colasanti in years, but I remember her writing was a staple of my high school years. So I am super excited for this new book and to fall in love with her writing all over again. 
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Monday, 19 January 2015

[eARC Review] Twisted Fate by Norah Olson



Title: Twisted Fate
Author: Norah Olson
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: January 20th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him. 

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney's mind, Graham's odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too. 

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars,Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.




When I saw this cover I was in love. I loved the way it was set up and it just made me want to pick up this book, without knowing what this book was about. I usually always go into books blind, that way I have no expectations when it comes to what i am going to read. But sometimes that backfires on me, and unfortunately that is what happened with Twisted Fate. I went in blind when I should have read what this book was about.

I will admit that I really liked the mystery behind all the character, it made me finish the book to the very end, Sydney and Alyson were interesting character but it was Graham that kept me reading. He was a mystery from the beginning and I liked that he had a secret that no one knew of. I just wish the author had not written his perspective into the plot because I feel like it took away from his mystery and I sort of figured out his secret before it was time. And I think that had to do with the fact that his perspective kind of told me what happened without meaning to. I just wish that the reveal of what happened in Graham's past was better set up. Although I kind of knew what happened i still felt like a bit cheated. It felt rushed and a little anti-climactic, although it did make him seem more creepy and more disturbed than before, I still think it could have been done in different way that could have been better explained.

Throughout most of the book I did feel quite disconnected from these characters. I wanted to feel for them, for their situation but something was holding me back. I had to stake in their stories and I felt nothing for them and that was my biggest reason for giving this book the rating I did. The characters just did not do it for me. Sydney and Alyson fought all the time and their relationship was more volatile than I would have liked. They were sisters and I felt like they had none of that in their characters, although the truth at the end of the book explained all of this I still felt like it made no sense when I was reading. I had no idea why they didn't get along, there was really no back story, and the only reason I could see was that they were just very different people. Sydney was a loner and a bit goth and Alyson was the exact opposite. To me this was not a good reason for them to dislike each other so much. The other aspect of their relationship that I had a huge problem with was their relationship with Graham. I hate when characters fight over the same guy, especially when I see no likable quality in that guy. That was the situation for me with these characters. I just did not understand why they liked him or why they were fighting over him in the first place.

The end of this book was very interesting to me. I did not see the twist coming and I thought it explained a lot of what was going on throughout the book. I just wish that there was more explanation as to why it happened and what it all meant. We are kind of left in the dark at teh end of the book saying "okayyyy what now?" I felt a bit left out and I just wish that the ending had answered more questions then what was left.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

[Review] The Darkest Part of the Forrest




Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author:Holly Black
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy, Faeries
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?




Holly Black is the queen of the Fae, she has been writing in this genre for as long as I can remember and she does it very well. The Fae are a very interesting topics for YA books, and one that had become more popular over the past few years. I think the reason there are so many books dedicated to this topic is because so many different versions of the same people can be told. It will always be different and yet the readers will always flock to it. But sadly for me, this book felt flat.

I am usually really interested in weird books that have to do with Fae because it usually makes for good mystery, but this time it was just too out there for me. I felt myself growing more and more distant from the main character and I couldn't connect with them on any level. Were there times where I did? Sure, but they were few and far between and not enough for me to hold stake in what happened to them in the end. Mt lack of connection to the main characters and the town itself made it very hard for me to keep reading this book. I read what was happening but for me it didn't mean much. I wish I had connected more because I know that if I had the mystery element and the actions of the characters would have had a completely different impact on the story for me.

Now the one thing that I really liked about this book was the way it was written. It was so different from many other YA books that I had read last year and it made the element of the Fae seem that much more real within its pages. The writing was strong yet whimsical and that made for a very different reading experience for me. I fell in love with Holly's writing in this book because it held up to another standard. It was more advanced than many books and the way the writing matched the story perfectly was brilliant. It was as if I was reading a folk tale being told by an elder. That was my favorite part of this book. No one but Holly Black could have written this kind of book, and although it was not one of my favorites, I still will read any of her book because she sure does know how to write fantasy.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wenessday is a weekly post that features one or more books that I am really looking forward to reading. This week I am featuring a book that very far away release date wide, but I am still super excited for it, and THAT COVER!!!

Novice by Taran Matharu


When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
 


Have you guys seen this book/have it on your TBR pile already?? I an super excited about this book. It sounds amazing and I am hearing quite a few amazing things about through the grapevine. AND THAT COVER THOUGH! it is so gorgeous and would look great on my book shelf don't you think?


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Monday, 12 January 2015

[Review] Owl and the Japanese Circus




Title: Owl and the Japanese Circus
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: The Adventures of Owl #1
Genre: Adult, Action Adventure, Archaeology
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source:ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.




What makes a great adventure story? A great main character, and to have that character be a young woman made Owl and the Japanese Circus that much better for me. This book has it all, action, adventure, a strong female main character (with flaws) and a pinch of the paranormal. And by pinch I mean a lot but for me it didn't seem to be that much until I stopped and thought about it. But more on that later. Lets focus on Owl, our main character. She was an amazing heroine to read. She was fierce, and strong and extremely independent. But what I think I loved that most was that she was not perfect. She still needed help from her friends, she was horrible at dealing with her feelings for a certain character, and she made a lot of mistakes.

Owl's relationships in this book drive the plot forward more than the mystery and adventure. I honestly think I was more interested in the human factor than solving the mystery. I loved Owls friendship with Nadya. It was so complex with issue in trust and honesty rocking them back and forth at every turn. Nadya was such a great character to contradict Owl because Nadya was steady and trustworthy and had an incredible ability to hack into any computer, which came in very handy at times during this story. I also really liked Owls relationship or lack thereof with Rynn. Rynn is a soth of side note in this book. Most people wont like him because he really doesn't do much...yet. I can see this character having many books, so if the author writes more for Owl I hope that Rynn gets a bigger role because he brings out the best in Owl, and most of the time she doesn't even know its happening. I know many people didn't like Rynn since they were more interested in the adventure part of the story but I really liked him and his relationship with Owl. It was extremely slow moving but it made sense for her character and it was as realistic as it could have been written.

Ok, now onto the book itself and the story. This book is first and foremost an action adventure story, with Owl trying to find a lost artifact for a very powerful Casino owner. What I think I loved was that the author did not shy away from what this book will be compared to...Indiana Jones. There are so many similarities that you really cant avoid it. That is why most people are saying this is the Indiana Jane of Fiction. The author embraced her predecessor and brought in great anecdotes from the movies that just made this book so much more hilarious to read. Earlier I said that this book read like a light paranormal book, and that is because this book read like a straight adventure book. I never felt overwhelmed with creatures or anything like that. I just felt like this was the way the world was, and it felt no different to me than a contemporary read. The author did an amazing job making it seem like Vampires and Dragons were normal, and that creatures that take possession of someone else s skin was normal. This is what made this book so fantastic. I will admit there were some instances in the middle where the story became a bit dry and I wanted more action to happen, but overall this book was a pleasure to read from start to finish. I will definitely read more from this author in the future, and I hope that she writes more about Owl because shes bad ass and deserves more adventures!

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wenessday is a weekly post that features one or more books that I am really looking forward to reading. This week I am featuring a book that is not too far away release date wise but I a, still SUPER EXCITED about it!!!


FAIREST by Marissa Meyer



In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.


Fairest has been on my TBR list ever since Marissa announced it last year. This book, although will be very different from the others in the series, will be just as amazing because we get to see the side of someone you normally do not see. The evil queen, and I am so excited about that! I know that this book will be a great addition to the series and will make it seem like less time before Winter comes out!

What do you think? Excited for this one?

~Siobhan 
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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

[Review] Frostfire by Amanda Hocking




Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure
Format:  Paperback, 321 pages
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source:  ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?



This is my first official review of 2015! I want to start out by saying that I have never read anything by Amanda Hocking, and seriously I have no idea why. Frostfire is a companion novel to Amanda's first series, the Trylle. And the true test for this book was, could i understand the world and its character without knowing anything about the previous series, and the answer is yes I can. This book grabbed me from the very start. I think what I liked the most about it was how fast a read it was. I flew through this book in a couple of days and I was addicted to its world and the characters. 
We meet Bryn, and outcast from the Kanin, and tribe of Trolls that are extremely powerful. I loved Bryn because she was incredibly independent and seriously fierce. I loved that she could hold her own in a fight and against the people around her. I also loved that her life was no perfect. She had trust issues, parental issues and relationship issues up the ass. But she dealt with them in stride and tried to handle the best way a teenager could.

This story had a great mystery element to it as well. People were going missing, getting kidnapped and it is up to Bryn to figure out why and by who, And when she does find out Konstantin, and old crush, is behind it she starts to question everything she thought she believed in. Konstantin and Bryn have a rocky past and it is that past that makes everything that is happening hard to believe/ I really liked Konstantin's character because he added the mystery. We know he was behind the kidnapping but the why and for who was something we would have to find out. I really liked their banter and the way they dodged each others questions. But what I am afraid of is a love triangle in the books that follow  this one. I am not one for these types of YA tropes so I am hoping it is done well enough that I don't hate it come the next few books. 

Speaking of love interests, you cant have a love triangle without first having a couple right? Well when Bryn gets put together with Ridley I loved every second it. The sexual tension between these two could be seen from miles away, and their progression as a couple was great to read. But I think what I liked about it was the slow pace and how complicated it was. No relationship survives without drama and trust me there was a bunch of that. 

Frostfire is a great beginning to a new series. I cannot wait to see where these characters end up and I will definitely read Amanda's other books because her writing was amazing in this book and how can I not read more! It is a must read for 2015 for sure!


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Monday, 5 January 2015

Melissa from Raincoast's BEST OF 2014!!!


I am so happy to have Melissa from Raincoast Books here on the blog today. She was kind enough to put together a list of the best books she has read in 2014! Let see what she has to say!



I have such trouble with the end of the year lists, because I find it so hard to choose
my favourite books of the year! To make it more manageable for myself, I've chosen my 5
favourite YA books of this year (and I cheated a little on one, it's not actually YA. But
I had to include it because I love it so much!)






I was an English Major in University, meaning I kind of have an obsession with classic

literature. From Descartes to The Hunger Games, Mallory Ortberg brilliantly captures the
characters' personalities through text messages, and this book had me laughing out loud
at my desk. Definitely one of my favourites of the year!






If you haven't read this yet, I would highly recommend it! Marie Rutkoski's writing is

absolutely gorgeous, and the book itself was impossible for me to put down. I am also
lucky enough to have already read the sequel to this book, The Winner's Crime, which in
my opinion, was just as brilliant as the first. I have to warn you, though: the wait for
the next book in the trilogy is painful!





I've been in a bit of a reading rut this year, where I pick up a book and I can't seem to

get more than halfway through it. When it gets to this point, I know it's time for me to
read some short stories. Naturally, I chose to read this holiday anthology edited by
Stephanie Perkins, which has 12 short stories from some fabulous YA authors. And it was
such a good decision! This anthology has a story for everyone. Plus, I'm a little
holiday-crazy (my work colleagues called me Santa this morning...), making this an
obvious choice for one of my favourite YA books this year.




This was the first book I've read by Beth Kephart, and it definitely won't be my last.  A

historical fiction about the Berlin Wall, the characters and their struggles feel so real
and are instantly engaging. Kephart has absolutely beautiful prose, almost lyrical in its
delivery, and I would highly recommend reading this one.




The third installment of The Lunar Chronicles is just as great as the first two, with

Marissa Meyer's usual humour, action and (of course!) romance. This one also makes you
desperate to see how the series will end! 


Thanks so much!





I want to thank Melissa SO MUCH for being on the blog today and for sharing her top 5 reads of 2014! Any of these are your list? Let me know!!

~Siobhan 
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My Best of 2014 List!

I am back!!!! I am so excited to be back in this world and able to take time to talk about books I loved and ones that I didnt. Before I get to todays post, I just want to thank you all for the support through these past few months. It has been a crazy ride but I am so glad that I am!

Ok now onto the good stuff :)


Since this is my first post back in a few months, and since the new year is tomorrow I thought, what a great way to restart my blog! So here is my Best of list for 2014, which includes bookish things, movies, TV and music!




1. Captain America: Winter Soldier- This movie was EVERYTHING! I think it is by far my favorite Marvel movie made. It had everything, action, adventure and a lot of mystery and aha moments for fans of these movies. I highly recommend it.
2. The Other Woman- To be completely honest I went into this movie with absolutely no expectations and it blew me away. It was hilarious, full of great jokes and real life issues that women face today. And I think the part I loved the most was the fact that this was a movie about women, not about the man that cheated on them.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy- I loved this movie for its soundtrack alone, But I also loved that this movie was fun. Something some Marvel movies in the past forget to include. This movie is extremely sic-fi but honestly you hardly notice.
4. Lego Movie- I love animation, any kind of animation so when this movie came out I knew I wanted to watch it. But what I did not expect was the end of this movie. I liked this movie overall, was it my favorite. No, but the end made up for it cause it made everything I was watching make sense for me in the real world. I loved that so much.
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- This movie made me cry. I never thought I would say that about a movie about Apes, but honestly this movie was killer. The effects were out of his world and the story line was seriously better than the first one. Worth a watch of both movies, this one and the original.




1. The Big Bang Theory- I have loved this show from the very start, and although it has changed over the years it is still the show I will watch any day any time, whether it is new or old. I know many hate this show because of its treatment of certain characters etc. But for me I just like good humor, and since it makes me laugh every time then I will continue to love it.
2. The Flash- I am not a fan of DC Comics shows/movies recently but this show is amazing! You do not need to know anything about the comic to understand, and it keeps you hooked from the beginning. And also it will make you want to rewatch/catch up on Arrow lol
3. The Blacklist- This is one of the only serious shows that I watch and I think I love it so much because of James Spader. He is a genius and his character RED on this show is brilliant.
4. Agents of Shield- Marvel can do no wrong in my books at this point. This show started off slow last year but picked up speed at the end. This year they continued that climb and are quickly become my favourite show :)
5. Castle- Although this show has dropped a big story wise recently, I still love this show, mostly because Castles character is and should be forever more my bestie. I love his sense of humor and how he handles certain situations. And I cannot wait to discover what actually happened to him when he disappeared!




1. 1989 by Taylor Swift- Seriously, I don't think I have to explain why this record is the best of the year. Every song is amazing, she is amazing and honestly I just want to be her friend. Pick up this record of you haven't yet because you will not regret it.
2. Little Machines by Lights- I love lights, particularly because she is Canadian, but also because she makes amazing music! This is the 3rd album I have bought of hers and I have never been disappointed. Her songs are catchy and real, something I love in an artist.
3. Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling- I had never heard of Lindsay Sterling before this year, and honestly she is one of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. Her music is mostly all instrumental but it is a rock/techno violin. It is amazing and great writing music too!
4. Sorry I'm Late by Cher Lloyd- I usually am not a fan of this kind fo music, but Cher Lloyd is amazing. This album has everything, rap songs, ballads and pop hits that makes you want to get up and dance. I love it so much. She is brilliant.
5. Head or Heart by Christina Perri-  I have loved Christina Perri since I heart Jar of Hearts on SYTYCD a few years ago. Now this album is just amazing and just as heartfelt as that song. Well worth the listen.


1. Blank Space by Taylor Swift- Can you blame me? This song and video are SO addictive. I love it so much I think its one of the highest repeated songs on my phone lol
2. The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez- Although I was not a fan of her relationship with JB, this song gave me a glimpse into her heartache and I felt for her. This song is the perfect sing for someone who has loved and lost.
3. Elastic Heart by Sia- I found this song before Catching Fire came out but I still love it and think it fits the movie perfectly. Her voice is amazing and this song is haunting.
4. I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora- Rita Ora is my new fav import from the UK, I love this song and cannot help but sing along when its on.
5. Still Into You by Paramore- I have loved Paramore since I was in high school, and I am so happy that they are finally getting recognized for being so awesome. This song is just one of my favs from them this year and I cannot wait to see where they go next.




1. The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski- This cover is my all-time fav cover. The typography, the image, the colors. All amazing.
2.Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman- The colors on this cover are to die for and I love the image. It fits the story perfectly.
3. The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen- I am a sucker for book covers with only typography and this is one of those books. So gorgeous.
4. Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda- I just love this image. It is haunting and mysterious and it made me read this book.
5.Great by Sara Benincasa- This cover is brilliant. It is striking from the get go, but it also fits the novel perfectly.



1. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil- This book blew me away. I loved every page and every word. The mystery, the characters and that ending! It was amazing! Cannot wait for the sequel this year!
2. Trial by Fire  by Josephine Angelini- I loved the Starcrossed series, but when I saw that she was writing a book about witches I knew I needed to gte on that. The romance, the powers, the setting, everythging was amazing!
3. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley- This book was a crazy surprise for me. I am in love with this writer and her ability to create a story. This book will tear you apart and build you back up again. Amazing.
4. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson- I think the reason I loved this book so much was the way itvwas written and the way the characters were introduced. It was so original and made me fall for the characters even more!
5. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang- This book destroyed me, in the best possible way i promise! This is a book you need to be prepared for but in the end it will stay with you after you finish. An amazing debut from a authr that will definitely go very far.

Thats it! Hope some of your favorites were on my list, and I hope that you discovered some new and exciting things! 
See you next year!

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