Friday, April 18, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars: Bookworld Giveaway Info

To celebrate the upcoming  movie adaption of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, Bookworld is giving Australian residents the chance to win tickets to an exclusive pre-screening of the highly anticipated movie!

To enter Bookworld's The Fault In Our Stars entrants need to submit a video, photo or 25 words or less on "what The Fault In Our Stars means to you". Each winner will stand to win one ticket pack which contains three (3) tickets to the exclusive advanced screening of the TFIOS in their nominated capital city (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane).

There are a total of 65 ticket packs available to win in each city.

Click on the below picture or head here to enter!

.......AND to celebrate even more, Bookworld currently having a 20% off sale for Citizens (their loyalty program which is free to join) and 10% off for non-Citizens. Ends April 20th! To take advantage of this awesome offer, use the below code when checking out:

BW-SAVE4

 

I'm super excited for this movie! The book was just stunning and the trailer for TFIOS only has me more excited every time I watch it :) I'm entering as we speak.....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Blitz: Love, Lex by Avery Aster- Excerpt & Giveaway


Today I'm taking part in the Book Blitz for Love, Lex by Avery Aster thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! As someone planning to read and review this in the near future I'm happy to share an excellent excerpt as well as the tour-wide giveaway with you today :) PLUS, I'm giving away a paperback copy of Love, Lex to an international follower!
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Excerpt from Chapter Five: Sweet Motor Cop Jesus

*the set-up: Alone in the jail cell after Lex’s besties are bailed out, Officer Ford Gotti asks her a few questions.  

Shoulders broad, Officer Gotti stood tall near the cell. The doors opened. My friends walked out and waved goodbye.

He stared at me as if ready to come back for round two. His face said, "LIAR!"

I hadn’t lied to Officer Gotti. Earlier, I’d admitted my guilt. I just hadn’t corrected Taddy and Vive as they professed my so-called innocence moments ago. Nor had I been honest to the judge when we’d pleaded not guilty.

Okay, Okay, Okay. Who was I kidding? Certainly not myself. I was a lying piece of Hedda’s poo. How could I tell the truth? What if this went to trial? What if Birdie didn’t take the blame?

We’d learned from past experience not to tell the authorities a thing. They weren’t our friends.

I was mad at myself for admitting I’d started the fire when they first asked. I hadn’t imagined it would end in an entire penthouse floor being destroyed.

The doors closed.

He didn’t leave with them. He kept on watching me.

A guard walked back and forth checking the cells.

I used that time to ask myself two important questions. One, was I nervous to talk to him by myself? Hells yeah! And two, could I keep my mouth shut, not telling the truth without my besties here to talk for me? Maybe. Maybe not.

Suddenly, from the top of my head to my tippy toes, a tingle started. It wasn’t from the synthetic orange fabric I wore. Oh no. This was a sensation of hyperawareness. I’d felt self conscious before but this was ridiculous.

His expressive face, catalog model-worthy for sure, talked to me. His mind was racing in judgments about who I was and what I’d done. His accusatory stares infuriated me.

For some unknown reason, I wanted his approval more than anything. I ached for him to believe me and that today was an accident, a misunderstanding.

Fudge, I didn’t even know him. I shouldn’t give a flip what he thought about me. I didn’t care how the TV portrayed me or what Birdie and her fans thought of me either. This explosion wasn’t only putting my plus-sized bum on the line but my besties boney butts as well. I had to stick to the story.

After the guard had gone and it was just me alone in my cell, Officer Gotti stepped closer.

Both of us remained silent.

The room spun as my WWF, Scorpion King, Hulk on a Harley, inked up demi-god mirage in the desert returned.

My vision blurred. Confused? Heck yeah. Tummy tossing? I felt oddly aroused. I know!

At a time like this, how could I be…horny? I just blew up Mom, and my two besties had left me. My hormones rocketed into overdrive. I forced a smile to show he didn’t make me nervous. Heat came off my skin. Slowly I wiped the perspiration off the back of my neck by knotting my hair into a bun. That was a ladylike trick I’d learned at Avon Porter.

"You okay? Now that your friends are gone."

"Woo, it’s warm in here is all." I was scared as hell but I wouldn’t show it.


This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?

—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog at:AveryAster.com



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I'm a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I'll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #60

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Releases on: April 29th 2014
Add on Goodreads!

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?


Thoughts:
Alright.....This. Book. Sounds. Epic! I may be a Kimberly Derting virgin, but I certainly plan on picking this up ASAP. Makes me think a bit about the TV show Resurrection that's popular right now, only more YA-esque! I mean hello, vanishing teen returned to a world that kept moving on, only to fall for her ex-boyfriend's younger brother with the possibility of an alien interference? Oh, yes please!

What do you think of The Taking? Will you by adding it to your TBR list?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Shelf: Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die.

Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Breathe by Sarah Crossan is a very vivid and enjoyable dystopian novel that has the all the elements to keep you entertained and wanting more. Danger, excitement, romance and friendship all weave together to create a tale that will have you early turning pages, lost amongst the riveting story and dire stakes.

Featuring a world where the lack of oxygen, caused by the destruction of all the trees across the earth has left the atmosphere seemingly inhabitable, the world’s population reside in pods and people have to pay for oxygen to simply survive. Individuals live categorized as either Premiums--those of wealth and power, or Auxilaries--people of lower importance who struggle live under the restraints of the government and the ministers who oversee their society; even if they’re not really aware of it.

Personally, I really enjoyed Breathe. It’s taken me a little while to read it, considering the sequel Resist is out already, but I honestly found it to be a good, honest read and I was impressed with what Sarah Crossan has brought to the table with this book. Crossan explores the vivid possibility of what would happen to the world with the loss of oxygen in this futuristic story where a small band of rebels fight to restore some semblance of normality.

To begin with, the setting Crossan has created with Breathe is perfect! She hits every nail on the head in detailing this dangerous, deceptive world where politicians and army generals manipulate to suit their own agendas and normal people have no idea of what is going on right under their noses.

Breathe follows three individuals; Alina, a Resistance member and one of the few people who fight for freedom and a better future, Quinn, a Premium and young man of social standing who has no idea of what’s going on and Bea, a Auxilaries and Quinn’s best friend, who is secretly in love with him and who wants nothing more than to better herself and the lives of her family.

Told through the varying POV’s of Alina, Bea and Quinn, I really liked what Sarah Crossan has done with her main characters in this book. All three are very different and definitely bring different elements to the story, but all are easy to follow and quite likable. It was so easy to read a chapter from, say, Alina’s POV and then have the next one be in Bea’s, then go to Quinn’s and then back to Bea’s for a little while. Crossan has written it so it just flowed perfectly and allowed the story to really showcase all aspects.

The minor characters also complimented the story well; Crossan adds various small characters to the story that I just loved meeting and seeingI’m taking about you Maude Blue! Sarah Crossan also pleased me by adding the prospect of a love triangle, something I’ve very, very over, but then resolving the issue very quickly; in a different way then I first expected too, but in which I was thrilled about seeing though.

Honestly, I think Sarah Crossan has penned a great start to her new duology with Breathe. It follows a great cast of characters, in an engaging setting and leaves me ready for more! As far as dystopians go this was an enjoyable read and I’m ready for more!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Bloomsbury Australia (Thank you Sonia!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Beth Revis, Amy Kathleen Ryan and Veronica Rossi fans will enjoy this!
Cover: I think it's very pretty and represents the book perfectly!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Owl Post #32


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hi guys :)
 
Sorry I've been a bit slack with my Owl Post's lately--I've missed a couple of weeks due to being sooooo busy. Hopefully I'll be able to stay on top of it in the future. Check out what I've received lately!
 
For Review:
 
From Scholastic Australia:
 
- Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
I'm yet to read anything by Victoria Scott, although I know her Dante Walker series is really popular. This sounds quite unique; I look forward to reading it.

- Nine by James Phelan
Scholastic have been kind enough to send me this series so far....all bar the first book, lol. Perhaps if and when I get myself a copy of the first book will I read this series.

......Thank you guys!
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From Bloomsbury Australia.....

- Goddess by Laura Powell
This book sounds really unique. Not really sure what to make of it to be honest.

- Poppy by Mary Hooper
Poppy doesn't sound like my normal read, so I have to be honest--I don't know if and when I'll ever read it, but we'll see.

........Thank you guys!
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From Simon & Schuster......

- Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
- Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker
I've already got a copy of One Tiny Lie, book #2 in this series and when I received a copy of Four Seconds to Lose, book #3 the other day, I finally decided it was time to request a copy of book #1 Ten Tiny Breaths otherwise I'd never read this series! And it certainly looks great. Anyone read it and is a fan?

.......Thanks Greg!
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From HarperCollins......

- Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Even though I'm yet to read anything by Jessica Shirvington, I'm dying to read this--it sounds so FABULOUS! Can't wait it start it soon :)

......Thank you guys!
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From author Trakena Prevost

- Cursed by Trakena Prevost
I was really honored to be sent a copy of Trakena Prevost's debut novel to review! This book sounds really great so I can't wait to dive into it.

....Thanks so much Trakena!


I Bought:
 
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
I'm soooooo excited to read this book. It was my WOW a few months back and ever since I've had it pre-ordered. Not only is the cover mouthwatering but the story sounds so good. I'm gonna have to try to worm this into my reading schedule sometime in the near future!
 
- Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon  
The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon has got to be my fave PNR series! And I'm super excited to finally read Styxx's story. It's said to be the most anticipated story since Acheron. We'll see out it lived up. Eeep!
 
I Received:
 
The ever amazing Michelle from Novels On The Run was kind enough to get some books signed for me when she attended the Indie Authors Down Under event last month but she also sent me the above package of awesome as well! I'm always speechless at this amazing woman's kindness and awesomeness. Seriously, Mich you rock! More hugs and kisses than I can give!
 
And that's my goodies for this past two weeks. Lots of book goodness for me to read :)
What have you gotten recently?
 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Free Ebooks!

Hi guys!

It's that time again--FREE Ebooks! Check out the below freebies I've discovered on Amazon.com lately. There's some good ones worth one-clicking ;)



Hope you all managed to get something good!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Shelf: While We Run (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later.

Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia's cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality - and mortality, too.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

While We Run is the sequel to Karen Healy’s When We Wake and is a fast paced and action packed follow up that sees Healy continue to evolve the storyline and push the series forward.

The first book in this series, When We Wake was a really enjoyable read for me. Set in a futuristic and almost apocalyptic Australia, this series follows Tegan Oglietti, a teenage girl who died, was cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life in 2027, as well as Abdi Taalib, a Djibouti citizen on scholarship to Australia whose world is turned upside when he meets Tegan. Together these two uncover a shocking government conspiracy that sees them on the run and fighting for their very lives.

While We Run was a very fast paced follow up to When We Wake. Healy introduces the next stage in her storyline, with While We Run a very different tale than its predecessor. Whilst When We Wake introduced us to the characters and their circumstances and this futuristic Australian world, centering around Tegan’s adjustment to this new world she finds herself in, When While Run instead focuses heavily on the political events and the impact secrets kept by the government have had on their people. 

Unlike the first book which was told through Tegan’s eyes, While We Run is detailed from Abi’s POV and sees Hearly explore a very intriguing concept within While We Run. Featuring an Australia that has closed off its borders to refugees; Healy explores this contemporary topic with a subject matter that is very much a focal point in our world today. Healy makes you think; about morality and mortality with the government in this series exploring different options including cryogenics and immigration to distant planets in an effort to solve the overpopulation and lack of resources problems they seem to be incurring.

Our characters lives have changed drastically in While We Run, and as the reader being inside Abdi is a big change of pace from the first book. While Tegan was brash and led with her emotions, Abdi is practical and thinks with this head rather than his heart. Careful and calculated, Abdi has been shaped and moulded by his mother to be the perfect little future political candidate of his home land of Djibouti. Although he is known as a “thirdie” Abdi is actually quite cultured and pampered, and his intelligence and charm have gone a long way to help him during his time in Australia. Until he and Tegan found themselves in the clutches of the Australia government, paraded around and forced to sell The Ark Project as everyone’s best solution that is.

Thanks to the extreme torture at the hands of his handler Diane, both physically and mentally, Abdi is now a very different person and truly struggles at times. It was refreshing being inside Abdi’s head but it also really made me think as his “selfish” desire to just get home to his family warred with those around him who really just wanted to continue fighting as part of the Save Tegan Program. Just what is selfish? Right and wrong seem to blur as lives are put on the line and the lives of some appear more important than the lives of the others.

Healy does a good job in keeping this book moving forward. A lot happens and the action was very detailed, gritty and at times even gory. All the characters we’ve come to love from the first book are back with Tegan and Abdi joined by Bethani, Joph, Sergent Washington and Dr Carmen on their dangerous journey to bring government conspiracies to light with as many casualties as possible. 

Karen Healy ends this chapter of the series well, and based on what we’ve seen so far, though I have no idea where the story will go next, I just know it will be as explosive as the first two books. Action packed with startling revelations and just the perfect touch of romance, When We Wake is a great read!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Allen & Unwin (Thank you Lara!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Dystopian fans looking for something political based with sci-fi mixed in will enjoy this!
Cover: It fits perfectly with the other.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes