Archive for June, 2012

Showcase Sunday #9

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. 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 hello! How are you all? I was in such a hurry to take photos of my lovely books, upload them and put this post together that I left out one book and a t-shirt I got on Monday… Oh well, I’ll keep it in mind and put them in next week’s post!  Anyway, here’s what came in the mail this week:

Showcase Sunday #9
Come to the Edge
by Joanna Kavenna (for review)
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (purchased)
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes (purchased)

Come to the Edge was a surprise on Friday morning – it’s a review copy from Quercus and even though I haven’t seen this title before, the synopsis sounds quite intriguing so I’m really looking forward to reading it! Marian’s books were…well, these are the only ones that I haven’t purchased yet so I thought why not put them on my summer reading list? Her new book is coming out on September 13 so it’ll be a great opportunity for me to catch up with the books I haven’t had time to read yet. Needless to say, I CAN’T WAIT!

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Blogging Break

Hello everyone! As you may have noticed, I’ve been M.I.A from the blogging world for a month or so. I haven’t really been around -except for the occasional Showcase Sunday posts- lately, haven’t had time to leave you comments, etc, etc. The reason for this is that life (i.e. uni work and some health issues) got in the way and as much as I love blogging, reading and you guys, I had to prioritise and unfortunately, life/work comes first.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m here and I’ll be back soon. I’m taking a short-ish blogging break in order to prepare for my last remaining exam and will be back on July 2nd with new posts, new reviews, new ideas.

Of course my Showcase Sunday posts will go up every Sunday as planned, so stay tuned! :)

Thank you so much for bearing with me and sticking with me – I can’t wait to be back in full force and see what you’ve all been up to in the past few weeks! :) Lots and lots of love xxx

Waiting on Wednesday #22

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week:

Cover of Kept in the Dark by Penny HancockKept in the Dark by Penny Hancock
ISBN: 9780452298330
Format: Paperback
Length: 352 pages

Publication date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Plume
Add it to your Goodreads wishlist

When her neighbor’s fifteen-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person that anyone would ever suspect. At forty-three, she is a strikingly attractive wife and mother. And like the River House, her lovely home overlooking the Thames, Sonia’s life is a picture of perfection and normalcy—until she meets Jez. From the moment he shows up on Sonia’s doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that she has worked a lifetime to forget. Drawn to Jez by a compulsion that she scarcely understands, Sonia takes him captive—prepared to sacrifice everything to keep him. Evocative of thrillers by Chevy Stevens and Sophie Hannah, Kept in the Dark is a haunting debut novel about obsession, desire, and the potential darkness in us all.


Why I can’t wait:
Okay. What the bloody hell is going on in this woman’s head? I’m seriously super excited about this one! It sounds like a really dark kind of thriller, something that keeps you reading until 2 in the morning. And you know how much I love those books, don’t you? ;) DEFINITELY waiting for this one.

What are you all waiting on this week? Make sure to leave a comment with a link to your own post so that I can visit you guys back! :)

Showcase Sunday #8

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. 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.

This week’s books:

Bereft by Chris Womersley (for review)
The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen (for review)
Dead Men and Broken Hearts by Craig Russell (won)
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (purchased)
Saving June by Hannah Harrington (won)

Huzzah, huzzah!  I had such a great week book-wise, I still can’t believe it. As always, the Agatha Christie book is for the book club and I’ve been waiting for this one for about two weeks.. I don’t know what’s going on with TBD again. Anyway… :)

I won two fantastic books this week which is insane! Mira Ink had this Facebook competition the other day where they offered 5 copies of Saving June to 5 lucky winners and I was one of them! I actually read this book at the end of last year (I think) when the uncorrected proof copy was available on NetGalley but I can’t wait to re-read it now that it’s out in paperback, with a lovely new cover! The other book I won was Dead Men and Broken Hearts, which is apparently the 4th book in this series. I won this from Quercus on Twitter and they sent me a copy of Bereft with my prize – it was a complete surprise. :) So thank you Mira Ink and Quercus!!

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Bookshelf Tour – 2012 Edition

Bookshelf tourHello and welcome to my first ever bookshelf tour! I’ve wanted to do this post for a while now but I never actually had time to put it all together – up until now. So here we are :) My bookcase is quite small – well, in the sense that I don’t have a separate library or even several other bookcases- so I’m not going to do a video, BUT: I tried to take HQ photos so that if anyone’s looking for a new read, you can just click on the photos and zoom in.

As you can see, my bookshelves are…. crazy. The whole thing is a mess but I’m running out of space so believe me, it’s only going to get worse from now on! The top of the bookcase is full of perfumes/ perfume bottles, gifts and that sort of thing – sorry for the mess!

As for the books: I organise them (apart from ARCs and dictionaries) in alphabetical order of the authors’ surnames. I kept thinking about it a lot before I decided to re-organise my books: I know there are lots of people who organise their books by colour,  by genre or in any other way but for me, this one seemed the easiest.

Let’s take a closer look, starting with the very top:

Agatha Christie collectionThis is my Agatha Christie collection. There are – as of June 2012 – 26 books in there, I think, and the 27th book is on its way. They’re mostly from the signature collection by Harper Collins but some of them are from various second-hand shops in London. I do prefer the signature edition (with a slightly larger font size they’re easier to read than the older copies and the covers look much better) but I’m not fussed even if my books don’t match.

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Waiting on Wednesday #21

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week:

Cover of The Hiding Place by David BellThe Hiding Place by David Bell
ISBN: 9780451237965
Format: Paperback
Length: 400 pages

Publication date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
Add it to your Goodreads wishlist

A shallow grave holds the deepest secrets in the new suspense novel from the author of Cemetery Girl .

The twenty-fifth anniversary of her brother’s disappearance and murder has Janet Manning on edge—especially when a detective and a newspaper reporter start asking questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined…


Why I can’t wait:
The Hiding Place is another book I noticed on Edelweiss. And again, suspense/mystery is right up my street so I’m really hoping that it’s worth the wait! I love love love books about secrets and investigation so I’m going to keep an eye on this one!

What are you waiting on this week? Make sure to leave me a link to your own WoW above! :)

Heven and Hell Series Blog Tour – Guest Post and Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop for the Heven and Hell Blog Tour! The tour is featuring the newest novel in the Heven and Hell series: Charade! Charade is currently traveling aroung the blogosphere with some really fun stuff! Look for special posts on: Dragons, witches and angels. There are interviews, short stories and recipes, and much more!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Cambria Hebert, author of Charade, who is joining us with a wonderful guest post. In addition, we’re also giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card and an e-book copy of Charade – how cool is that? :) So without further ado, please welcome Cambria Hebert!

Guest post
A.k.a Cambria on Tea, Coffee, and Cinnamon Rolls

So glad to be here everyone! *Yawns* Oh my! Excuse the yawning… I am dragging today! Oh wait, I have just the thing for that. Coffee!!!

As many of you know (and if you don’t you will now!) I am a HUGE coffee lover. Starbucks is my homeland. Yes, I just said that, LOL. There is almost nothing better than walking into a Starbucks and getting a whiff of that intense coffee aroma. It’s rich, it’s bold and it’s relaxing. Yes, I know its caffeine but coffee never seems to hype me up, it relaxes me. But, it does help put a little re-start into my day, especially when I am dragging.

So when Vicky and I were deciding what today’s tour stop on the Heven and Hell Tour: Charade would be I got inspired by coffee and the name of this blog! No, it doesn’t say coffee. But it does say books and tea! Two of my other favorite things!

Books, particularly, the Heven and Hell Series (had to throw that in there), go so well with a mug of coffee or tea. Coffee and tea also goes very well with writing. I do admit that while I love coffee, I drink much more hot tea. But let me tell ya, if I had a barista in my kitchen I would drink coffee more. LOL. No matter how many gadgets I buy or times I try my coffee never tastes as good as a latte from Starbucks.

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