Showcase Sunday #88

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone! How have you been? :) I haven’t done a Showcase Sunday post since my holiday last month (I can’t believe it’s been that long) but I finally have some goodies to show you.

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Harry Potter books 2014 edition

The Maze Runner film tie-in

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Regeneration | The Maze Runner

I went into town last weekend and saw that Tesco has a 2 for £7 deal on all their YA/children’s books and they had the new Harry Potter books too. Only the first three, but still. I’ve been meaning to re-read the series for such a long time and this is by far my favourite edition, I just had to take them. Harry Potter has always been a ‘wintery’ series for me, I don’t know why – so they’ll be the perfect companions for the Christmas holidays when it’s freezing cold outside and I’m curled up in bed with mug of hot chocolate. *faraway look*

Erm, anyway. Moving on.

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Eren by Simon P. Clark – Excerpt

Hello, amigos! I have another brilliant teaser for you today. As part of the official Eren blog tour, Simon P. Clark has stopped by the blog with a special excerpt from his book. I do hope you enjoy it and make sure to visit the other stops of the blog tour for more fun content, including Q&As and giveaways!

About the book

Eren by Simon P. Clark
‘Tell the story to its end,’ says Eren with a grin. His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.

People are keeping secrets from Oli – about where his father is, and why he hasn’t come to join them at his uncle’s house in the country.

But Oli has secrets too.

He knows what lives in the attic. Eren – part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli’s life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.

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Excerpt

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Eren blog tour

Review: An Evil Mind – Chris Carter

An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

An Evil Mind by Chris Carter
Publication date: 31 July 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781471132193
Length: 496 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Age group: Adult
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon UK | The Book Depository
My rating: 4.5 Stars

A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception – can he be believed?

The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they’re forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could’ve foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed … until now.

Having read most of his books in literally one sitting, I think it’s safe to say that whatever Chris Carter writes I fall in love with within seconds. An Evil Mind wasn’t any different. Although it’s very different from anything he’s written before, it’s just as tense and captivating as his other novels – but in a completely different way.

In case you’re not familiar with his writing, his previous books were famous for being of the nail-shredder, race-against-time variety and being on the gorier side. I enjoyed every second of every story but they were not for the faint-hearted. All his books featured various serial killers on the loose and Detective Robert Hunter trying to chase them down. So how is this book different, then? In An Evil Mind, the killer is already in FBI custody. We already know who he is and the fact that he’s guilty. What we don’t know is how many people he killed, who they are, and why he did it. All we know is that he knows Robert and refuses to talk to anyone else. So, once again, it’s up to Hunter to put the pieces together and figure out if Lucien is telling the truth and whether he has any other tricks up his sleeve.

Other than the fact that Carter’s writing is brilliant, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where you know who the killer is right from the start (solving the mystery alongside the detective is part of the fun, right?) so I was intrigued by the premise of Carter’s novel. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The girls post a new Top Ten list each week that one of them will answer and everyone is welcome to join in. For future Top Ten Tuesday topics and information on how to participate, click here.

1. Erin Lange: I’ve recently read Dead Ends, which is a fairly new release (April 2014), and fell in love with her writing and her characters. Butter, her previous novel, has been on my TBR list for ages and I’ve heard great things about it, so I need to pick it up ASAP.

2. Jonathan Kellerman: As a massive crime fiction fan, I’ve no idea how I’ve never read his books. I’ve only read Victims so far but it stayed with me long after turning the last page. It was one hell of a story and I’ll definitely read the rest of the series.

3. Cat Clarke: I ADORED Undone. I wasn’t sure about it at first but Jesse’s review convinced me and I’m not joking when I say it became one of my favourite YA novels ever. I already bought two of her other books and I’m pretty sure they’re gonna be just as amazing.

4. James Dawson: I keep recommending Cruel Summer to all my friends and absolutely loved the book. I don’t think we have enough (good) YA thrillers these days so Cruel Summer is definitely unique in this respect. I went to the book launch of James’ new book a while ago and he’s such a lovely and hilarious guy. I NEED to pick up his other books soon.

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Book Bloggers: 100+ Links to Everything You Need to Know

Book Blogging Resources

I’m always on the lookout for blogging tips and tricks and various tutorials, and I get quite a lot of emails asking for advice on how to get started, or how to do this and this. I also remember how clueless I was when I started this blog three years ago. I didn’t know what I was doing and I know it took me a while to figure it all out. I’ve learned an awful lot throughout the years and while I simply don’t have the time to sit down and write it all down, I decided to do the next best thing. So, I created a long list of ALL the things I think you might need or want to know as a newbie (or not so newbie) book blogger. If you’re thinking about starting a book blog but not sure how to get started, I hope you get some ideas from here. And if you’ve been blogging for a while but, just like me, you’re always looking for new information, I hope you find some new tricks among these links. Enjoy!

How to Start a Book Blog

How to Write Book Reviews

Photo Editing Tips and Tricks for Bloggers

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No Books Allowed – August 2014 (X Factor Auditions & Barcelona!)

No Books Allowed

Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a monthly feature hosted by Raimy from Readaraptor, which is used to discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films, etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events!

Aloha, booklovers! It’s been so long. SO long. I wanted to write my No Books Allowed posts for June and July so badly because SO many things happened this summer, but I never seemed to have the time to sit down and put my post together. But I finally have a quiet hour so I can FINALLY update you all and tell you what happened this month. Beware, it won’t be short. But it will be fun, I promise! So, here goes.

The X Factor

I kicked off this month with two brilliant events. Namely, the X Factor UK auditions and boot camp. No, I wasn’t a contestant. Believe me, you don’t want to hear me sing. No, I was in the 5 thousand-strong audience watching other people who, unlike me, can sing. Or think they can, anyway. I’ve watched and loved the show pretty much from the beginning (although I stopped watching it after Cheryl and Dannii left), so now that Cheryl and Simon are back on the panel, I knew I had to be there.

I’ve never been to a recording like this before but I’m not joking when I say it was one of the coolest, most surreal experiences of my life. I’ve watched this show for years. I watched these people while I was curled up in bed in my comfy PJs, stuffing my face with pizza, and now… I’m suddenly there. And not only there at the arena but right behind the judges’ table, in the second row. In the SECOND FREAKING ROW.

Cheryl Cole X Factor 2014

X Factor 2014 judgesa

Un-freaking-believable. The following week I also went to one of the boot camp recordings, which, again, was so much fun. I mean, when 5,000 people are singing/shouting Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time of My Life’ with the contestant even at midnight… it doesn’t get any better than that, surely?

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Showcase Sunday #87 + I’m on Holiday!

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone! I have LOTS of new books to show you today but I wanted to let you all know that I’m on holiday until this time next week and won’t be around much as I’m not taking my laptop with me. I’m taking quite a few books, though, so I’ll be back with lots of reviews for you.

Incoming

Showcase Sunday #87

Guinea Pigs Online books

Ghost Moth | Crossing the Line | Eren
Guinea Pigs Online | GPO: Bunny Trouble
| GPO: Viking Victory | GPO: Christmas  Quest

I already uploaded and resized these images when I realised I already showed you Ghost Moth in last week’s post – sorry about that! I usually put my review copies in one pile and completely forgot this one arrived earlier.

Anyway, lots of shiny new books to check out this week – many thanks to Pan Macmillan, Constable & Robinson and Quercus Kids for them! Eren is truly stunning (I posted two close up images of the front and back cover here and here, if you’re interested – I love them) and I’ll have a special excerpt for you in early September.

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