March 2013

Friends by Michael Foreman

My Review

Friends is an absolutely beautiful story about the value of having good friendships! 

The illustrations are stunning and to be honest we could happily of looked at them all day!

This is a fantastically written book that follows an unlikely friendship between a cat & fish. The cat is sad that his friend is stuck in a tank and can’t see the wonders of our beautiful world like he can. So he comes up with a bright idea, that enables him to bring his friend along with him on his adventures.

We learnt a lot by reading Friends – friendships should be valued, how hard it is to find a really good friend and also about doing all you can to help your friends out even if the outcome might hurt you a little.Read more >>>

Second Grave on the Left By Darynda Jones

Summary from Goodreads

“If you hang around with dead people, life can deliver a whole world of trouble.””

Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time P.I. and full-time Grim Reaper.The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible…

When Charley and Cookie, her best friend slash receptionist, have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally.) has left his corporeal body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer.… Read more >>>

Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe by Eileen Browne & Emily Bolam

My Review

Yay! We loved Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe! It is such a great adventure story for children of all ages – but my 20 week old simply adores it!

I think it’s the super bold and bright illustrations that manages to capture and hold his attention! We actually read this book so much that he smiles and coos away when the animals running noises are being read aloud!

This tale is about a sleepy baby who goes on a wild adventure with some animal friends. He rides along with them having tons of fun and ends up back in bed fast asleep!… Read more >>>

The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman - Blog Tour!

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A riveting and poignant novel of one woman’s journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home – perfect for readers of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Alex Garland’s The Beach.
 

It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an adventure guide, imagines spending weeks exploring the island’s lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leave her with many unanswered questions.

One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure.

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Showcase Sunday #25

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 Hello and welcome to my Showcase Sunday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea. In my Showcase Sunday post I will ‘Showcase’ the books I received throughout the week(s). Feel free to leave me your links to your posts and I will try to check them out.
Another slow book week for me – YAY! Not that I’m managing to bring my review pile down but at least I’m not adding to it (too much)!
  *Links take you to Goodreads*
For Review
I actually couldn’t help myself & I read this when it came through the door!… Read more >>>
I Love You by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd

My Review

Aw, this is quite possibly the sweetest little book ever!!

We simply adored the super cute illustrations – they are bold, bright and very exciting indeed!

This is such a happy book that goes through all the things a little girl loves! It just shows that kiddies really do love the simple things in life, plus who doesn’t want to hear an “I love you” every once in a while?!

Another big plus about this book is the way it rhymes and flows so beautifully. The length is perfect for twitchy little people and I can promise that they will entranced with the illustrations and will be smiling at the funny little snippets throughout.… Read more >>>

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Summary from Goodreads

A passionate love. A brutal betrayal. Unwavering hope.

In a town where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection, pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises. Emma doesn’t want anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is.

When Emma unexpectedly finds love, it challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Paperback, 524 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Razorbill (first published May 9th 2011) 
 
My Review
 
It’s hard to know where to start with Reason to Breathe, I have such mixed feelings about this book!… Read more >>>
Waiting on Wednesday #41

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 “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
 
by Rachael Wade
 

 Summary from Goodreads
Coming 2013
Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic/Romance

Skylla only knows that she has been kidnapped and held prisoner by the foreign invaders and their human allies. And that the world is ending. Or so the humans think. The invaders have made it clear that their arrival is one of hostile intent, and as their takeover spreads, so does the panic across the globe. No one knows how to defeat them, or if it’s even sane to try.

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Teaser Tuesday #18

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

 “The shadowy cathedral of the day with it’s pillar-like tree trunks towering overhead became a vast underground vault, pitch-black except for where the breaks in the leafy canopy let in the fitful silver moonlight.Read more >>>

Marissa Meyer - Mini Guest Post & Swag Giveaway (INT)

Marissa Meyer is going to the UK for her very first signing – YAY!! On the 26th March 2013 at 6pm, Marissa will be at Waterstones Bromley! Unfortunately I live in Northern Ireland, so I can’t go, but I hope if you are in the area that you will go and meet Marissa!

Marissa has very kindly written up a mini guest post about her most anticapited reads – which are reads I can’t wait for either. There is also a swag pack up for grabs for one lucky person, it is open internationally!


Guest Post

Marissa Meyer’s Most-Anticipated Reads


It’s both a blessing and a curse, being a book lover, especially when your genre is exploding with as much talent and originality as YA has been for some years now.Read more >>>