29 October 2011

In My Mailbox # 31

Awesomesauce Aussie Week!!!!

I've been sick all week and have basically not been able to read or blog, but I got some awesome Aussie books, Yay :)

Muse (Mercy #3) - Rebecca Lim. The third book in the Mercy series. (book got a bit damaged in the mail :( )
Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta. I freakin love Melinas books. She is my new favourite author! This is the second book in the Lumatere Chronicles

Good Oil - Laura Buzo. Another Aussie Book.
Surf Ache - Gerry Bobsien. I love this cover, I just want to join :) Aussie Awesomeness.

Kindle Books:
Kisses for Lula - Samantha Mackintosh. This was for free on Amazon and I thought it sounded cute :)
Don't You Wish - Roxanne St.Claire (NetGalley). I want those glasses, lol
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (NetGalley). Sounds EPIC!

So, that's it from me this week. What did you all get? 
Hope you all stay healthy and have a good time reading!

24 October 2011

Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


 Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


 My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Rating: Epic!
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Epic Journey of Ice Boy

It was last Christmas when I finally started reading The Iron King, it had been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and I was completely blown away by the Iron Fey world. Immediately after finishing the first book I started the second one, The Iron Daughter, and I loved that one even more than the first one. After that the excruciating wait for book three, The Iron Queen began. When I finally held the Iron Queen in my hands I was over the moon, so happy, and when I finished it I was crying like never before. I needed to read The Iron Knight right there and then. Not possible of course.
A few months ago, I finally got my hands on The Iron Knight. The wait seemed eternal. Happy-Dances all day!
But, finally having the chance to read the fourth book in the series made me very apprehensive and scared too. What if I wouldn't like it as much as the previous three? What if the ending wouldn't satisfy me? What if I didn't like to see the story through the eyes of Ash? Would I miss Meghan too much?...I shouldn't have worried of course. Because The Iron Knight was everything I hoped for and more. It is EPIC!

Julie Kagawa is a genius when it comes to storytelling and using words. The Iron Knight has the perfect blend of adventure, action, emotional scenes that made me cry and hilarious banter between Ash and Puck that made laugh so hard I almost dropped my kindle. And lets not forget about Grim (lets hope he'll NEVER change!).

For me, The Iron Knight was the perfect, but bittersweet ending to a series that very much reminded me of the Neverending Story. It was interesting to see the Fey-world through Ash's eyes. To get to know him a bit better (though he'll ever be mysterious Ice-boy for me), to understand his actions, get to see small glimpses of his heartbreaking past, and feel the love he has for Meghan.

So, prepare for an epic journey (yes, I realize I use the word epic way too much in this review, but for me there's no other word to describe this book better), have tissues ready and prepare to fall in love with Ash and Puck and Grim and the Fey all over again!

22 October 2011

In My Mailbox # 30

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren , find out more about it on her IMM-page.

 Hi Everybody! I've had an AWESOME book-week. Yay. It's gotten really cold outside, the smell of snow in the air. Perfect weather for reading.

Virtuosity - Jessica Martinez. What an awesome cover!
Audition - Stasia Ward Kehoe. I think this is written in verse..
The Survival Kit - Donna Freitas. Another one I call *sadface-books*. :)
Bunheads - Sophie Flack. I'm really excited about this one. And I lurve the title :)
Girls Don't Fly - Kristen Chandler. Do boys? I must've missed something, lol.

Mostly Good Girls - Leila Sales
The Faerie Ring - Kiki Hamilton

A Little Wanting Song - Cath Crowley. Love love love this cover
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta. Melinas books are the BEST!
The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta. Sequel to Saving Francesca. Awesome!

Kindle Books:

Hold Still - Nina LaCour. This book is AWESOME! Go read it! Sadface-book
Someone Else's Life - Katie Dale (Netgalley)
My Lunatic Life - Sharon Sala (Netgalley)
My Very UnFairy Tale Life - Anna Staniszewski (Netgalley)
A Map of the Known World - Lisa Ann Sandell.  Sadface-book
The Lifeguard - Deborah Blumenthal. (Netgalley). He does look like Chad Michael Murray, doesn't he?
The Next Door Boys - Jolene B. Perry. (Netgalley)
Between the Sea and the Sky - Jaclyn Dolamore (Netgalley)

Game of Thrones Poster. I'm a BIG Sean Bean fan, and I finally managed to get a poster. Yay!

So, this is it from me this week. What did you all get?
Happy Reading!!

08 October 2011

In My Mailbox # 29

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren , find out more about it on her IMM-page.

Sorry I've been AWOL all week, there was some stuff I had to deal with. Anyway, I'm back now, hopefully, I got some awesome books this week and also, I've finally made a Facebook Page for my blog, you can find it here!

Past Perfect - Leila Sales. Everybody has been raving about this book, so I can't wait to finally reading it.
Everleigh in NYC - Cathleen Holst. I've wanted to read this for a while, now I finally get the chance.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor. Everybody says it's awesome, and I loooove this cover.
Eve - Anna Carey.


Poison Study - Maria V.Snyder. (Gift from a friend). WONDERFUL book!
Assassin Study - Maria V. Snyder. (Gift from a friend)
Magic Study - Maria V.Snyder. (Gift from a friend)
Fire Study - Maria V.Snyder. (Gift from a friend)
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder (Gift from a friend)
Sea Glass - Maria V. Snyder (Gift from a friend)
Spy Glass - Maria V. Snyder (Gift from a friend)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith /Jane Austen. (Bought on a dare!)

So, that's it from me this week. What did you all get?

Happy Reading!


I finally got a facebook page. Not quite sure yet how everything works. But I hope I'm able to interact with you all there (maybe even more than I'm here...lol)...so, LIKE my page...and TALK to me :) I appreciate it. See you there...
Here's the LINK (I hope :S)

Talk to you soon :)

01 October 2011

In My Mailbox # 28

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren , find out more about it on her IMM-page.

Hi Everybody, this is what I got this week:

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins. Yes I jumped up and down like a lunatic when it arrived :)
Angel Fire - L.A. Weatherly. The sequel to Angel.

Kindle Books

Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta. Wonderful book!
Touch of Power - Maria V.Snyder. (Netgalley). I'm really enjoying this one so far!
Only His - Susan Mallery. (Netgalley). My review here.

That's it from me this week. What did you all get?

Happy Reading!

September Favourites (Monthly favs #9)

My favourite books I've read in September aka the month of Awesomesauce!!!

Yay, I finally got my reading mojo back. I really missed it, I didn't have it at all since January and life was lonely without it.  Anyway, if I count my DNF and my 70% read book from yesterday, I've read 21 books in September! Also, I've finally started to read sad books. I've always avoided them before, because of several reasons, but now I finally manage to read them, I'm finally catching up, so if you have any suggestions/recommendations hit me with them, please :)

There were a lot of books to chose from this month, obviously, the following are the ones that impressed me most.

Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts - Claire LaZebnik

Despite her name, Keats Sedlak is the sanest person in her large, nutty family of brilliant eccentrics. Her parents, both brainy academics, are barely capable of looking after themselves, let alone anyone else, and her two uber-intelligent siblings live on their own planets. At least she can count on one person in her life, her devoted boyfriend Tom. Down-to-earth and loving, he's the one thing that's kept Keats grounded for the last decade. But when Keats's mother makes a surprise announcement, the entire family is sent into a tailspin. For the first time, Keats can't pick up the pieces by herself. Now she must re-evaluate everything she's ever assumed about herself and her family - and make the biggest decision of her life.

This is the only chick-lit novel I read during September, and in fact the first I've read in quite a while. I love this gem of a book. It's smart and it's funny. I enjoy the quirky writing style, it made me think and laugh out loud. The similarities between Keats life and my own where a bit spooky sometimes.

Epic Fail - Claire LaZebnik  
Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:
As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.
When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

I started this one immediately after having finished Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts, because I needed an other LaZebnik fix. Epic Fail is her first attempt at YA and she succeed at it.
My short review I wrote on Goodreads right after finishing Epic Fail:  Claire LaZebnik is my hero :) Honestly, ALL her books are wonderful! This one was really cute and well-written. Yes, I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, but I don't actually like all the re-tellings and adaptations. Yes, there are good ones out there, but there are also many bad and redundant ones.
I liked this take on Pride and Prejudice a lot. It's cute and refreshing and doesn't follow the original too close, so it doesn't get boring. It manages to reproduce the spirit of the story and it doesn't feel forced or awkward. Really cute and likeable!

Raw Blue - Kirsty Eagar

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?
Go READ this one! Seriously! It's awesome. Yes, I know I'm gushing.I'd heard so much good about this book before reading it. And frankly I was quite scared to read it myself. What if I don't like it? What if I'll be disappointed? Aussie books are quite different from US or UK Young Adult books. Not sure why though. They're darker, more realistic maybe, the writing is different. This is my quote from Goodreads after finishing Raw Blue in the middle of the night: "Help, what am I going to do now? I need more. More of this blanket called book that wrapped around me all cozy and blue and left my body and mind so raw. It's perfect." 

 Fixing Delilah - Sarah Ockler

Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.
I bought this one after having read and enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, Ocklers debut novel. Fixing Delilah is everything I wanted it to be and I actually enjoyed it more than Twenty Boy Summer. It's sad and it feels real.

 Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian's, a boys' school that pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

Someone on Goodreads said that Fixing Delilah reminded them of Saving Francesca, which I hadn't read. I've read so many raving reviews about Melina Marchetta so, yep, I just had to read this. It took me a while in the beginning. The writing, the language was difficult for me, but after the initial slow beginning I was all hooked and couldn't put it down again. It's a slow burn, it draws you in and doesn't let you go. It's was a really surprising experience for me.

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
I don't think I need to say much about this. You all know why you NEED to read this. Enjoy!