Archive for November, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #1

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. I’ve seen this event all over the Blogoshpere in the past few weeks and I decided to jump on the bandwagon. :o)
My pick for this week:

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
ISBN: 9780593059814
Publication Date: 16/02/12
Publisher: Random House

I’ve lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her ‘happy ever after’ begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents… she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

I abolutely love Sophie Kinsella’s books and I’ve read all of them, except for one, so it’s only natural that I’m looking forward to I’ve Got Your Number. February seems like ages away, though!

What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Wishlist Wednesday #10

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. The aim of this event is to highlight one book per week which has either been on our wishlist for some time, or just has been added (it’s entirely up to you), a book that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves. It’s another great way to find new books you can add to your TBR list. :)

This week I’m going to cheat a little bit – I found so many interesting books last week that I simply couldn’t decide which one to start with: so here they are.

On my wishlist this week:

Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris


Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name. But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable possibilities into town. Evie works in the stockroom of an old-fashioned, family-run, London fashion department store. Hardy’s is a beautiful, wood-panelled jewellery box of a building, but it’s in dire need of a makeover. One day Evie overhears that if the entire store’s takings don’t turn round by Dec 26th – 3 weeks’ time – the family who own it will be forced to sell to one of the big chains. Hardy’s is in need of a Christmas miracle. Determined to save her beloved store, Evie hatches a plan to secretly transform it into a magical place to shop again. But has the time come for her to be noticed too? When an accidental romantic encounter with handsome, enigmatic Joel gives her the chance of a whole new identity, she takes it.

It’s chick-lit. It’s set in London. It sounds like a great story AND it’s perfect for Christmas. Do I need to say more? It landed right on my wishlist. :o)

On my wishlist this week #2
Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Andy is the janitor’s son, an outcast, a nobody. Then the rumor starts-that Blake has a gun in his locker. In a moment of misguided hopefulness, Andy steals the keys from his dad and opens up Blake’s locker, hoping that finding the gun will change his own status. But the gun isn’t there and Andy remains an outcast. When an unlikely friendship develops between the two loners, Blake shares most of his secrets with Andy, including the gun. But there’s one secret that worries Andy more than anything-the date circled on Blake’s calendar. Does Blake have something planned? Something that Andy can prevent? In a fascinating look at how teens deal with the now constant threat of school violence, debut author Ryan G. Van Cleave provides a unique, emotional perspective on how it feels to be the one who can prevent a tragedy.

I noticed this one somewhere on Blogger and I got hooked right away. It’s supposed to be a good, quick read and it’s very well written, as far as I know. I’ve heard some great things about it and I’d love to read it myself. :-)

How about you? What’s on your wishlist this week? Feel free to leave a comment below with your answer or a link to your own WW post xxx

Blogger in Town #1 – Christmas lights

The time has finally come: the Christmas lights were switched on in town last weekend! :-) Even though I can’t stand cold weather/snow/winter/you name it, I absolutely adore this time of the year. Soooo, I decided to go out and take some photos to show you how gorgeous my hometown looks at the end of November. (The best thing is, I actually live right next to the main square where these photos were taken)

(Click on the images to enlarge)
Isn’t it beauuuuuuuutiful? *sigh*

Musing Mondays #8 – Buying Books for the Holidays

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s question was:

Will you be buying books for the holidays, this year? If so, for whom, and why?

Yes I will! :-) I’ve already bought two books for two friends of mine but I’ll probably buy another one for my mum as well. Friend number one is going to get Marian Keyes’s The Brightest Star in the Sky because we have a very similar taste in books and I know for certain that she’s not familiar with either this book or Marian herself. Friend number two, as known as Nat from Besotted with Books has already got her early Christmas present, that is, Agatha Christie’s A Pocket Full of Rye. Why this one? Well, *cough* I’m trying to convert her, Bex and April to being Agatha Christie fans, haha! *cough* Just kidding. I recommended her a Christie book a couple of weeks ago and she really enjoyed it, so I thought she might enjoy this one too. :-) As for my mum, she’s going to get Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making. She loves Christie so I’m sure she’d love it.

As for myself, I usually get book vouchers for Christmas so despite the fact that I’m completely broke, I think I’ll be able to get one or two books for myself as well. We’ll see. :-)

How about you, are you planning to buy books for the holidays? Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your own Musing Mondays post. I hope everyone had a great weekend! xxx

Review: Double Clutch – Liz Reinhardt

Title: Double Clutch
Author:
Liz Reinhardt
Publication date:
September 28th 2011
Publisher:
CreateSpace
ISBN:
978-1-466-25444-2
Pages:
316 (ebook version)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

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What happens when you fall for the perfect guy…twice…in one day?

Double Clutch tells the story of Brenna Blixen, a sixteen year old American teenager who has been home-schooled in Denmark for a year before returning to New Jersey. Back in the States, she has to settle back into school, make new friends – and she’s determined to make her year unforgettable. But little does she know what life has got in store for her.

On her first day at school, she falls head over heels in love with Saxon, a charming but arrogant soccer player with a dark secret, who happens to be her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. On the same day during another class, Jake Kelly takes her breath away with his irresistible smile and kindness. What makes things even more complicated is that the two guys actually know each other – in fact, they’re enemies. As her relationship with the two boys reaches a whole new level and she gets to know them, she realizes she has to make a choice. But how is she supposed to choose one when it would mean breaking the other’s heart?

Double Clutch was definitely a pleasant surprise for me. I haven’t really heard anything about this book before so I didn’t know what to expect – but it turned out to be a very exciting and captivating read.

It’s a fast paced story, a real page turner with great character development. Although my favourite has to be Jake, I really liked Saxon’s character. I didn’t like him at first but there’s something mysterious about him, something you can’t exactly put your finger on -and it’s part of why it’s such an excellent story – it makes you want to find out what his secret is, what happened in his past, what he’s hiding from us. There’s a thin line between love and hate, and even if you don’t like him in the beginning, you can’t help falling for him at the end.

On the other hand, I found it a little bit hard to connect to the main character, Brenna. For me she was just too perfect: she’s beautiful, she has a great relationship with her parents, she’s good at sports, she’s good at arts, she’s an only child who has everything and she’s popular (well, at least everyone seems to like her).

Another thing that didn’t really work for me was the fact that I didn’t feel like the main characters (but mainly Brenna) were only sixteen – it felt like they were older, more experienced in general, more mature. It might be just a cultural difference, but for me she seemed too be too level-headed to be a teenager. It may be just me, I don’t know, but you’ll see what I mean if you read the book. :-)

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes young adult fiction or romance. There’s a great twist near the end which makes it impossible to foretell what’s going to happen next, I absolutely loved it. The author keeps you in suspense until the very end and even though there are hints about what Saxon’s “secret” might be, I was completely taken by surprise. The sequel was published last month so I’m looking forward to finding out how the story continues! Make sure to pick up a copy and read it, I can guarantee that you’ll like it.

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In My Mailbox #10

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  It’s our opportunity to get a sneak peek into what books everyone is received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders. I had a great week book-wise so let’s see what’s in my mailbox! :o)

Gifted

I received all these goodies from my soon to be neighbour (*wink wink*) Nat @ Besotted With Books as an early Christmas present – and it made my entire week. Thank you SO much hun! By the way, Nat made the bookmarks herself, aren’t they gorgeous?!

A lovely friend of mine has recently visited Italy and brought me this fab bookmark and her favourite book, Little Women as a gift. (Although I’ve already read it and I own a hardback copy, I prefer this edition) :o)

Ebooks for review
I know I’m supposed to be on a Netgalley ban because of my uni exams, but I just couldn’t resist the temptation! :-D And the good news is: I got auto-approved for Harlequin’s Netgalley titles!!! *jumps up and down*
(Click on the covers to read the Goodreads synopsis)

Special thanks to: 
Natalie @ Besotted with Books, Netgalley, Harlequin and 

Harlequin UK, HarperCollins, and Istvan Szabo Ifj.


What did you get in your mailbox this week? Feel free to leave a link to your own IMM post so that I can visit you and check out your books. :) Have a great day! x

Paranormal Turkey Tour + five chances to win $200

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey!

Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy’s hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey!

What—what? That’s right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey?

This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course.

November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!

Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!

And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them out. It’s like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Thanksgiving style!

Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted

“Psychic or not, you’ll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering ‘the next big thing’ for YA.” ~ Emily Reese, author of Second Death

Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.

Monster Mash: Emlyn says… I. AM. WEREWOLF! And why’s that you ask? First off, my name (Chand) literally means moon in Sanskrit. Next, werewolves are super cool–we can blend in with common folk, and then out of nowhere, kapow! I’m a werewolf, and I sure am hungry. Lastly, Team Jacob 100%. Now excuse me while I cock back my head and howl at my namesake.

Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic

“Patti Larsen is truly gifted because I read Family Magic cover to cover and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!” ~ from Goodreads review

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. When her coven comes under attack, Syd must face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

Monster Mash: Patti says… I am a witch. Naturally. I weave spells with my words, cast incantations from my keyboard, mix up the very best potions in my cauldron of documents. You want to stay on my good side. Trust me. Unless you enjoy waking up as something… unnatural.

Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind 

 
Forbidden Mind is a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment.” ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. An evil organization with deep secrets. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets a boy who controls minds, she discovers her future isn’t what she thought. Together they must escape and free the others… or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love.

Monster Mash: Kimberly says… I may look like a demon, but I’m actually a succubus. Enchanting and seductive, I weave stories that will fuel your passions and make you fall in love. But be warned… once you fall under the spell of my words, your world will never be the same.

John Corwin, author of The Next Thing I Knew

Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humor throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie). ~Maryann, Chapter by Chapter

The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy’s mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter. Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.

Monster Mash: John says… I am a ninja. After all, vampires are simply ninjas with fangs. They can hide in plain sight, right in your living room. Jump out and scare the wits out of you. Drop a smoke bomb and poof! All you’re left with is stinky smoke in your house and soiled underclothes.

The Prizes

Four $25 Book Entries: For each of the four books in the contest, you can enter to win $25 (up to $100 in giveaways!) Simply buy a copy of the book (each is priced at just 99 cents for this special promotion) and email the proof of purchase for that book OR submit the first sentence of the fifth chapter for that book to ParanormalTurkey@gmail.com. Winners will be chosen randomly. Each person can submit one entry per book. Here are the links for each book:

And… if you buy all FOUR books, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!

The Grand Prize

One randomly selected reader who enters to win all four book prizes (Family Magic, Farsighted, Forbidden Mind and The Next Thing I Knew) will win the grand prize of $100.

So go on now and pick up a copy of these fantastic paranormal reads before the zombie turkey eats you!

What? Still around? Then enjoy these fun book trailers and Paranormal Turkey Tour trailer. (Then go buy the books.) Also, leave a comment and help your favorite blog host win a $50 prize!

Notes:

  • All winners will be chosen randomly using random.org.
  • Amazon links are provided, but books purchased through any online vendor will qualify with proof of purchase.