February Book Haul

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Hello my fellow booklovers, here are the books I picked up this month.

The Lord of the Rings – book one and two. By J.R.R. Tolkien

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So I know what you are thinking, “Lauren where is the first book?” Well I got these for 99p each so I couldn’t say no. They are in great condition amd look at those covers. I’m looking forward to reading this series because surprisingly I have never read this series before. I know, I know (shock, horror) how could I. But dont worry they are on my TBR for this year.

Summary for The Two Towers from Goodreads
The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed Ring of Power to be destroyed in Mordor–the dark Kingdom where Sauron was supreme. Their guide was Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring. Thus continues the magnificent, bestselling tale of adventure begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its soul-stirring climax in The Return of the King

Summary for The Return of The King
The third part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS
The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads even wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I couldn’t buy Lord of the Rings without getting The Hobbit plus I fell in love with this cover so it was a no-brainer.

Summary for The Hobbit from Goodreads
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I found this cheap aswell so I couln’t say no, I have heard nothing but great things about this series. I still need to get Cinder and the rest in the series, however I’m excited to make a start on collecting the books. I am a big fan of fairytale retellings so I know I’m going to love this.

Summary for Scarlet from Goodreads
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Nod by Adrian Barnes

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I recieved this from the publisher to review. I don’t know very much about this however it seems very good. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Summary for Nod from Goodreads
Dawn breaks and no one in the world has slept the night before. Or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same mysterious dream. A handful of silent children can still sleep as well, but what they’re dreaming remains a mystery. Global panic ensues. A medical fact: after six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis sets in. After four weeks, the body dies. In the interim, a bizarre new world arises and swallows the old one whole. A world called Nod.

The Immortality Engine by George Mann

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This was another book I was sent by the publisher. It is the third standalone book in the series. This is another book I’m excited to getting round to reading.

Summary for The Immortality Engine from Goodread.
On the surface, life is going well for Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury, who has brilliantly solved several nigh-impossible cases for Queen Victoria with his indomitable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, by his side. But these facts haven’t stopped Newbury from succumbing increasingly frequently to his dire flirtation with the lure of opium. His addiction is fueled in part by his ill-gotten knowledge of Veronica’s secret relationship with the queen, which Newbury fears must be some kind of betrayal. Veronica, consumed by worry and care for her prophetic but physically fragile sister Amelia, has no idea that she is a catalyst for Newbury’s steadily worsening condition.
Veronica and Newbury’s dear friend Bainbridge, the Chief Investigator at Scotland Yard, tries to cover for him as much as possible, but when the body of a well known criminal turns up, Bainbridge and Veronica track Newbury down in an opium den and drag him out to help them with the case. The body is clearly, irrefutably, that of the man in question, but shortly after his body is brought to the morgue, a crime is discovered that bears all the dead man’s hallmarks. Bainbridge and Veronica fear someone is committing copycat crimes, but Newbury is not sure. Somehow, the details are too perfect for it to be the work of a copycat. But how can a dead man commit a crime?

Well there you have my February book haul. I hope you enjoyed this haul and let me know if you would like to see monthly hauls on blog.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles – Book One

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Summary from Goodreads
When the three Grace children — Mallory, Jared, and Simon — and their mom move into Aunt Lucinda’s old house, readers know there’s magic afoot. The kids uncover a nest of assembled junk, and on a visit to the secret library via the dumbwaiter, Jared finds a note describing “my secret to all mankind.” After a few mysterious pranks that get blamed on Jared, the boy finally digs up the real prize: Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Fortunately enough, the kids meet one of the critters listed in the guide — a brownie named Thimbletack — who makes it all “real” and helps provide the book’s suspenseful conclusion: “‘Throw the book away, toss it in a fire. If you do not heed, you will draw their ire.'” 

My Review
So my fellow booklovers this is one of these occasions where I have seen the film before I have read the books. I must say I am a huge fan of the film adaptation and I love Freddie Highmores portrayal of both Jared and Simon Grace.
I am a big fan of anything with fairies, magical creatures and other creatures. So this is right up my alley, yes I know its middle grade but I enjoyed it very much. The Field Guide was a short read but never the less it was a  very enjoyable read and I was very happy to be introduced to the world of Arthur Spiderwick and the Grace family. I like the idea behind this and I am interested to see how the series develops and how we are introduced to the various creatures that will be in the series. The book was alot different from the film but I really enjoyed the book. Both have there pro’s.
As a last point I just want to say that the illustrations in the book were really stunning and added an extra dimention to the story. As I said before I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.  This has been quite a short review fellow booklovers but I will have more post coming soon. Hope you enjoyed this review.

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Interview with David Estes, author of Strings.

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So I was lucky enough for David Estes to answer some interview questions about his new novel Strings, which I loved and my review can be found by clicking —> Strings Review 

So onto the interview.

1. What inspired the book?

My new YA SciFi Fairytale Retelling, STRINGS, was inspired by the classic story of Pinocchio we all know and love. The thing I love most about the Pinocchio story is how complex the puppet’s struggles are. He has to deal with truth-telling, temptation and the concept of whether he’s real or not. These are real and complex challenges that both teens and adults face every day, which makes it the perfect platform to build a YA novel on.

2. Who is your favourite character in the book?
Hard question! Many of my early readers love Fig (playing the role of Jiminy Cricket), because he’s a funny AI with attitude, who helps the main character, Pia (playing the role of Pinocchio), along the way. However, my favorite character is Pia, because of her heart and determination in unravelling the mystery around her situation while always being willing to sacrifice herself to protect her father.

3. What character do you think readers will like the most?
I think readers will love Marco, who is Pia’s love interest in the story. He’s far from perfect, and definitely has a dark side, which I think most people will be able to relate to.

4. If you could be a character from your book who would you be?
Ha! This one is SO hard because I put my characters through hell. Probably Fig. Even though he’s an AI, he gets to FLY.

5. Who influenced you to be a writer?

My wife, Adele, which is who I’ve dedicated this book to, as well as several of my other novels. She is truly the ultimate cutter of strings, and she taught me how to spread my wings and fly. If not for her, I wouldn’t be a fulltime writer today, and would instead be stuck in a cubicle somewhere in Businessland, which is decidedly less fun than Disneyland ☺

6. What was the first book you can remember reading?
Oh geez, I’m not sure. My mom read us so many books growing up, but I can’t remember which one I was able to read first on my own. I have fond memories of devouring the Hardy Boys mysteries, as well as reading the covers right off my Lord of the Rings boxed set.

7. What is your favourite thing about being a writer?
Having a positive impact on people’s lives. I get a ton of messages from awesome readers who tell me how much my books meant to them, either because they were struggling with something and needed an escape, or because they could relate to one of my characters or plotlines. This means THE WORLD to me, and keeps me inspired to keep creating unique and creative stories, characters, and worlds!

8. Do you have a favourite thing to do when you are writing?
Yes! I like to drink coffee and write in bed wearing my pajamas. That’s my favorite. However, my second favorite is writing at the beach or at the pool. I live in Hawaii, so I have to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Plus, if I need a break, I can go for a swim!

9. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I have so much advice for aspiring authors that I started an “Advice” column on my blog (davidestesbooks.blogspot.com), so that’s a good place to look for answers to FAQs. However, the biggest advice I would give is to write every single day because it’s what you love to do. When you’re starting out, you shouldn’t be thinking about book sales, or querying agents, or finding a publisher. You should be thinking about writing, first and foremost. Deal with the rest later, once you have a few really polished manuscripts you can be proud of. Even then, don’t stop writing! I rarely take a day off, and it’s allowed me to write and publish 24 novels (two million words!) in just over five years, an accomplishment I still can’t believe I’ve achieved. Never give up, you have a story to tell!

So they you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading the anwers as much as I did.

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The Love Tag

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I was tagged by Lashaan and Trang over at Bookidote to do the Love Tag. A great day to do it seen as it is valentines day. (Even though I’m not a fan.) Really excited to do this and also thanks to Bookidote for letting me use the graphics because they are so pretty. So here we go.

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I have heard nothing but good this about this book. I just have been reluctant to start it because of all the hype. However I hope to read it this month or next month.

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I loved this book so much. I read it within a day, it was that good I couldnt put it down.

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This was such a good middle grade book. Another one I think I read in one sitting.

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Of course it had to be Ginny and Harry. I love their relationship in the book and I wish that the directors of the film included what happened in the book when filming.

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This is such a no brainer for me. I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I can remember.

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Not a love song but I love Downtown it is such a catchy tune that makes you want to dance.

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I found this really cute DIY at Cozy Cottage Cute It lools so cute and easy to make.

Nominations

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Norah Summer

Mish

Rainbow

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Red Queen Review

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Summary from Goodreads.

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart … 

My Review

Five out of Five Stars

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

I was a bit scared to start Red Queen because there is so much hype around it I was worried I wouldn’t like it so I keep putting it off until now and I must say that I am very glad I read it because it was Amazing. This book took me by surprised and I was sucked into it and I managed to read it in a day and a half which I haven’t done with a book in so long. I loved the whole concept of the story and the twists and turns that followed it. I must say that Victoria Aveyard is an exceptional writer. I really liked most of the characters and I was transported into the story to stand beside Mare. She is an great main character and I was so absorbed in the story I felt everything she felt. Her happiness, her sadness, her worries and her feelings that fleeted between Maven and Cal. I changed my mind a few times on who I shipped with Mare but I truely ship Mare and Cal. I think Victoria Aveyard did a great job writing the villians because it made you despise them. All the characters each played there own part and I enjoyed reading about how they slotted into the story. I dont want to say much incase I spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it. I am happy to say that I am a part of The Scarlet Guard. Yes they did things they shouldn’t however because they were influenced by a certain someone, they did things that I think they regret. I can totally see there cause, they want to make a better life for themselves and the Reds. I think they just need to be careful about how they go about it. Another thing I really loved was the powers that were involved not that the Silvers used them for good. Overall this was an excellent read and I can not wait to get my hands on Glass Sword and Cruel Crown (which is two short stories). I must say this has been my favourite read for a while and I think it is going to stay that way. I have also found a new favourite author to add to my ever growing list. 

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Cover Reveal

Hello my fellow booklovers. So today I have quite a special post for you today. I am doing a first ever cover reveal on my blog. The book that I am about to feature sounds amazing but wait until you see the cover! All will be revealed below.

Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy #1)
by Katie Hamstead
Release Date: March 31st 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Space Opera, Sci Fi/Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads: 

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.
But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.
A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess! 

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So my book lovers now that you have read the awesome summary, I mean who doesn’t love a good fairytale retelling. Here is the cover and it is stunning, I cant wait to get one on my shelf. I mean look at it guys!! So Pretty.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Author Links:
WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

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Cover Reveal Organized by:
YA Bound Book Tours

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Read This? Watch This! Book Tag

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Hello my fellow booklovers.

I was tagged by Lashaan and Trang over at Bookidote to do the Read This? Watch This! Book tag. This is the first tag I have done on my blog so I hope you enjoy. Alot of you may not know this but apart from being a huge book lover, I am also a fan of films. So I am excited to combine my two favourite things.

Rules
1. Come up with 5 combinations of books and movies/Tv series with similarities.
2. Nominate 5 people.
3. Let all five people know you have nominated them

If you have read this —–>

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You should watch this —–>

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Simmilarities
I am a huge fan of these and I have seen some simmilarites between them.
Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland. —> Lucy goes through a magic cupboard and finds herself in Narnia.
There are talking animals and strange creatures in both of these.
Finally there is an evil queen in both. The Queen of Hearts in Wonderland. —> The White Queen in Narnia.

If you read this —–>

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You should watch this —–>

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Simmilarities.
So I cheated with this one because The Orginals is the spin off from the TV series The Vampire Diaries which is an adaptation of the book. I loved the books that I’ve read in the series so far and I can’t wait to read the others. However I will say that the books are a lot different than the tv series. Oh and they have release The Originals as books aswell but I have yet to read them.

If you have read this —–>

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You should watch this —–>

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Simmilarities.
So I have a confession to make I have not read these however I have watched both movie adaptations and I really enjoyed them. There are a few simmilarities such as a book playing a part in the story, there is an encentric author in both. I know you will all say the books are better which I know which is why I hope to read them soon.

If you read this —–>

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You should watch —–>

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Simmilarities
Ok so this is another book I’ve still to read but  after reading thr description and watching the movie trailer I couldnt help but be reminded of Mean Girls. Which happens to be a fillm I love.

If you read this —–>

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You should watch this —–>

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Simmilarities
This book and movie both have mermaids which is the only simmilarity. Deep Blue is great and I love the story in it amd found it thrilling, I must read the rest in the series. Aquamarine happens to be my guilty pleasure film because its cutesy and fun.

So there you have my recommendations. Nominated people let me see yours.

I nominate.

Norah Summer

Rainbow

Diana Prince Reviews

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Mish

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