March 2014

Half Bad by Sally Green

Summary from Goodreads

Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.


Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2014) 
My Review
Half Bad is a debut to get all shouty about!… Read more >>>
Zom-B Gladiator (Zom-B #6) by Darren Shan

Summary from Goodreads

The sixth book in the series. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, B Smith has decided to live — and to fight for good as long as possible. However, London is overridden with the brain-eating undead and swarming with human mercenaries whose sense of right and wrong dissolved when society did. When they lay a trap, B is captured. And it’ll take dozens of battles — and the fight of a lifetime — to escape. Filled with gripping, bloody action sequences, the sixth book in Darren Shan’s horrifying Zom-B series promises the fright — and the fight — of your life.Read more >>>

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Summary from Goodreads

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form.… Read more >>>

Waiting on Wednesday #61

  “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:
The Spell of Summer by Dianna Hardy
Summary from Goodreads
Romantic fiction with a touch of magic.
Hurtling into your life June, 2014

Meredith is leading a straight-laced life in London with her straight-laced fiancé, determined to forget her reckless, wild-child past. They’re about to get married.

Jamie is an old, poetic soul with a broken heart returning home to Cornwall to get his life back in order.

What binds them?

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Summary from Goodreads

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer – but can she track them down before they come for her?

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2014 by Indigo 
My Review
Far From You is a gripping read, totally fearless too!… Read more >>>
On the Cover #48

On The Cover is a feature I am going to doing every now and again. I will pick one book cover that sticks out, is really interesting or just beautiful – I particularly like a book cover that has a stunning landscape.  
I think the cover of a book is very important, it’s the first thing a person sees and some of the time it’s the reason why a person will pick a book up and read the back. I will just pick a book that catches my eye from throughout the week.
So come on Book Cover Lovers, share with me your favourite book covers.Read more >>>
Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld

Summary from Goodreads

Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she’s one of them. A Special. A superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. 

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn’t better than anything she’s ever known. Tally still has memories of something else. 

But it’s easy for her to tune that out–until she’s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete. Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.
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Incinerator (Crusher #2) by Niall Leonard

Summary from Goodreads

London ganglord The Guvnor is in hiding, and Finn Maguire has begun a new life running a boxing gym with his old friend and coach Delroy. But when Finn’s lawyer Nicky Hale vanishes overnight with all his money, Finn finds himself in hock to a loan shark with a vicious gang of enforcers. Desperate to track down Nicky and repay his debts, Finn investigates her other clients and soon finds himself engulfed in a web of lies, betrayal, malice and madness, with only his wits and his fists to keep him alive.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Corgi Childrens
My Review
Crusher was a real stand out read for me last year and to be honest I thought it was going to be a stand alone….so I was more than thrilled that I would be getting more dishy Finn action *wink*
This is a fast and very lively read, actually I think it’s a lot grittier that Crusher.… Read more >>>
Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Summary from Goodreads

All any of us could talk about was Chris’s disappearance and how bizarre it was that he had last been seen so close to the House of Night. I didn’t want to believe it. But everything inside me said that the kid would be found, but he’d be found dead…

Things seem to be going pretty well for Zoey Redbird. She’s settled in at the House of Night finishing school and is coming to terms with her incredible new powers. It all seems too good to be true. And guess what?

Someone has begun murdering human teenagers, and all evidence points to the vampyres at Zoey’s school.… Read more >>>

Interview with Jenny Colgan


Being such a busy mum, where do you find the time to actually sit down and write?

This is the most boring answer ever: I hire someone to look after the house and work when the children are at school. I’m just a working mum like everyone else, except I’m luckier because I get to pick my own hours, so it’s actually a lot less stressful. I am in total awe of women who work full-time, they do an amazing job, it looks so hard. 

What do you get up to on Mothers Day? Do you have any family traditions?
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