Friday, December 31, 2010

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop



I realise I'm being incredibly premature hosting a giveaway this month when my baby blog is mere days old. But I doubt you'll so no to a freebie, so I do not wish to hear any complaints. However, you're welcome to whisper behind my back, because any publicity is good publicity :) Yeah, one of my reasons for doing it is to bribe new followers. I'm not ashamed! (much). But also because I've won a quite a few book blog contests over the past year, which I'm very grateful for. So I want to balance out karma a bit and give something to YOU.

Sooo, I'm joining the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop , which runs from January 14th - 17th . What am I giving away? Well, I'll give you a hint. One lucky reader will be saying hellooo to a brand new 2011 YA release ;)

Last I checked, there are 130 blogs participating. Meaning at least a  possible 130 chances of you winning something awesome. Make sure you come back here on January 14th and hop on over to the other blogs to win, win, win!

Follow Friday



Participating in my first Book Blogger Hop! I hope to discover a bunch of new awesome bloggers and maybe some new readers will discover me :)

This week's question is:

What are your new years book blogging resolutions?

  1. Well first and foremost - TO BLOG! The whole point of starting this blog was to fulfil my New Year's Resolution so I can share my love of reading. I'm succeeding ahead of schedule so far :)
  2. Attract 100 followers by the year's end. Obviously I'd love it if I pulled that off before the year is over, but I'll be happy to hit a 3 digit mark!
  3. Discover new books. Not just the hot new titles being released that everyone is raving about, but I'd like to unearth some hidden gems that perhaps don't receive as much attention as they should.
  4. Get friendly with authors. Because I worship their brains - not much more I can say than that.
  5. Comment, comment, comment. I get sidetracked or distracted or else just plain lazy sometimes. There are some incredibly awesome bloggers out there whose posts I love reading. So I'd like to let them to know that!



To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - not today.
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!  
  8. If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog! 

Top 10 Releases of 2010

It's officially the last day of 2010 (can you believe how fast this year has gone??) and I've been inspired by the numerous "best of 2010" posts I've seen to pick my own 10 favourite books released this year.

In no particular order of awesomeness:


OHMYMOCKINGJAY!!! This is one of my absolute favourite series EVER. I don't know what I was expecting from the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy, but Mockingjay was an emotional roller coaster and threw in a few surprises that had me wanting to haul this damn book across the ocean. I can't wait to see how the movies portray the novels. If they ruin them, well.... *readjusts bow and arrow*.





 Also one of my favourite series EVER. If you have not read the Vampire Academy series, I suggest you shimmy your backsides right on over to the bookstore or library and get fangy with it. Preferably in a non-Strigoi way. I also suggest you don't read this unless you have Last Sacrifice close by because the cliffhanger is TORTURE!
The final chapter of Rose's journey. Hands down, she is one of my favourite fictional heroines ever. Badass, sarcastic, insanely loyal, reckless. She was all that and more in Last Sacrifice, I think this was one of the funniest books in the series (with the perfect blend of drama) and also made me fall in love with Dimitri a whole lot more. Enough to rival my Adrian-filled heart!





   I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed the flashbacks of Nastasya's life - let's just say she's one oooooold, witty, young lady.  The Viking God (as Nastasya refers to his general hotness) is not the typical YA love interest, he too has a very long history, one that makes their budding relationship a whole bucket load of complicated. The ending disappointed me because it left me wanting moremoremore!





Our return to Gatlin was anything but peaceful, but for a Southern town priding itself on it's backward prejudice while a whole system of underground Caster's living amongst the townsfolk, you can hardly expect a smooth ride.  Even better than the first - but just for the record, the book has a powerful Cast on it. The minute you open the cover, you won't be able to put it back down.





One of my favourite series. Melissa Marr convinced me that faerie books are awesome. A dark, magical world of faery politics and hot fey love.. A fantastic addition to the series, which left me breathlessly awaiting the final conclusion in 2011

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I think Lauren Oliver was one of my new favourite debut author's this year. Her writing is brilliant and to imagine when I first started reading this, that I'd be crying for Sam at the end.... certainly didn't see that coming! Heartbreaking, inspiring and really makes you take a long, hard look at your own life.





 Jennifer Lynn Barnes raised the bar for wolfy novels, I feel in love with Bryn and Chase and the whole wolfy pack world Jennifer created. Witty, funny and full of furry goodness.



My first review posted here! Intense, funny, crazy awesome - if you love YA or incredibly sweet, stupidly funny, average teen boys or dark, dangerous, power-hungry villains - go read!








  I'd been eagerly awaiting this all year and it did not fail to disappoint me. Beautiful writing, stifling society, my heart ached for Ky and the cliffhanger is a sharp knock of realisation over one's head as to how far away November is for the sequel.







Narrowing down the best of 2010 was hard enough, can you imagine how difficult it will be choosing the 11 most anticipated titles of 2011? Insane! But I'll give it a go ;)

What were some of your favourite reads in 2010?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer



Author: Lish McBride
Release Date: October 12 2010 
Published by: Penguin Australia / MacMillan US


 Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?


I want my first review posted to be a 2010 favourite and since I this is my most recently finished which happens to fall into that category, here it is! I highly suggest you grab yourself a copy!

A zombie panda, a (talking) severed head, an elderly neighbour who gets more action that the younger hero and a harbinger with a taste for waffles... I could go on with the crazy awesome weirdness, but I'll let you see for yourself when you read. Because you really SHOULD read this book. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fantastic debut from Lish McBride. Samhain Corvus LaCroix - Sam to his friends - is a college dropout wilting away his life as a grill cook. But Sam and his friends make even the most bleak job seem exciting - potato hockey is going to be the next big thing in the world of sport, mark my words. One fateful night on the job at Plumpy's, everything spirals out of control for Sam, Ramon, Frank and Brooke when Sam registers on an extremely powerful necromancer's radar.

Sam discovers that he too, is a necromancer (mama's been keeping secrets) and that having the head of the Council, Douglas, find out about him is so not a good thing. Douglas is creepy and well, downright evil. He only cares about himself and maintaining power and will go to any means possible to achieve what he wants. He's not one for subtlety, either. He sends Sam a 'message' nicely wrapped in brown paper and string - the severed head of one of his friends. Reanimated. Living as only a head is a pretty awful existence - try it sometime. Douglas isn't one for patience either, because it doesn't take him long to kidnap Sam and throw him into a sadistic cage with fellow hostage, Brid. A hybrid werewolf/faerie, who's pretty darn awesome. On the plus, she's naked. Small comfort when you're in the basement of a psychotic, powerful necromancer with a vicious werewolf to do his bidding.

In the days spent confined to the cage - amidst horrible torture (or as psychotic, powerful necromancer refers to them: 'lessons'), he and Brid develop somewhat of a relationship. I'm curious to see this grow more in the sequel - especially since we'll more than likely be seeing more of Brid's family and pack. I love her brother, Sean, already! We're also introduced to aforementioned harbinger, Ashley, while they're imprisoned. Let's just say that every one of the secondary characters in this book are awesome. The whole supernatural world appears to be pretty extensive and while we only catch a glimpse of some of the paranormals (werewolves, faeries, vampires, witches, even a fury and satyr), I'm really hoping we'll see more of these explored in the next book. Even if we don't, it's still going to be awesome.

The story is also told in multiple POV's. Sam's is in first person, but then we get to have a more rounded perspective of everything happening from additional characters written in third person. It definitely adds to the eerie, creep-factor of Douglas. The book ends with a fantastic showdown and leaves an opening for a sequel. Which I'm eagerly awaiting!

Overall, I would highly recommend this. It had me laughing out loud a lot of the time and creeped out the next. One of my favourite reads of 2010. Now can someone please can get me the second book, stat!

Author's Website: http://www.lishmcbride.com/
Twitter: @TeamDamnation

Welcome!

I've been avidly reading blogs for a little over a year now and have had many people ask, "Do you have a blog??" to which I answer, "No, I'm a lazy sod". Fortunately, in light of 2011 and a frantic bid to have at least one New Year's Resolution come to fruition, I've decided to blog!

*waits for the cheers to subside*

I want to share the books I love, force encourage readers to get excited for upcoming bestsellers and maybe, just maybe world domination will be in my grasp. Don't shake your head disapprovingly, a girl can dream!

Anyway, I look forward to sharing some amazing books with you in 2011. It's a fantastic year to start blogging with all the great releases we have to look forward to in the next 12 months. And of course, those already lining the shelves of bookstores, whipping their covers provactively until I succumb and spend all my my money....
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