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Flashback Friday - The Awakening - L.J. Smith

Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts!
It is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 

It's been a while since I did a Flashback Friday but this week I've once more been thinking about the books that actually made me adore YA Fiction and once again I'm thinking of L.J. Smith.

The first book of her series 'The Vampire Diaries' was first published in 1991 and was probably one of my very first YA Paranormal books. Needless to say, I was hooked. I breezed through all available in the series at the time (it was originally four books) although I have to admit that I haven't continued with the series since Smith returned from her writing hiatus.

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1)by A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...

Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Haunted by hi…

Review: Stealing Snow - Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
My Rating : {★★☆☆☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Fairy-tale Retelling

Expected publication: October 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens
(first published September 20th 2016)

Source: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc via NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …

She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen o…

Waiting on Wednesday: Timekeeper - Tara Sim

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I haven't done a #WoW in a while but this week I really wanted to feature an upcoming book that I have a lot of excitement for. I actually first saw it around this meme and it went straight on my TBR - the synopsis had me at "alternative Victorian world" and "the very fabric of time".

Tara Sim is a debut author and I cannot wait to dive into this world she has created.

Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)by
Young Adult Fantasy

From Goodreads:
Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only …

Review: Assassin's Heart - Sarah Ahiers

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
My Rating : {★★★☆☆}

Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Published February 2nd 2016 by HarperTeen
Published August 22nd 2016 by Harlequin Mira

Source: Harlequin Australia via NetGalley

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
I actually struggled with this …

Weekly Round Up #1

This week I'm trying something new and linking both to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date

What I read last week: I managed to finish up a re-read of Throne of Glass early in the week and get my revised review out. It's amazing how my opinion had changed (for the better) after having read more of the series and then going back to the beginning and seeing just how clever it all was. 

Assassin's Heart was a NetGalley read and I have some mixed opinions about it. Review to follow soon.
What I am currently reading:

Book 2 of Throne of Glass is where I originally fell in love with this series and this is a re-read I've been looking forward to ever since I first closed the cover on this one.

Stealing Snow is my next ARC to open and I'm a little apprehensive about as it doesn't have great ratings on Goodreads at the moment. It's a fairy tale retelling based on a girl who has escaped a mental instit…

Blogger Babble: The Absolute Best Places to Read

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person  in possession of a good book must be in want of a good place to read."
I can't remember where I heard that once, so I can't credit that quote but hopefully anyone reading it knows what book it is alluding to.

We all have our favourite places to read and these may suit you more than they may suit others. I for example, hate reading at the beach. There's too much sand, too much sun and too much water for my liking! In fact, I generally just prefer reading inside but I will venture outside with my book occasionally - you know, just to shake things up or when I feel like I might be getting too translucent.

So here's my top 5 favourite places to read. Do we have any in common?

1. In Bed

There's no better place for me to read than lying snuggled up under my covers. Of course, there's the inherent danger of falling asleep and dropping the book on your face but every book addict knows that there is always …

Review: Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

Source: Purchased
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gr…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Monday 19th September

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 

I don't even know what happened to my week. Nope - no idea.
What I read: **crickets**

What I am currently reading: I've had to put Falling Kingdoms on hold until I catch up on my ARCs so this week I am concentrating on:

Reading two books both with female assassin leads is a bit hectic, but I'm behind so I have to just carry on with them both at the same time! Up next:

How does your round-up look this week? What are you reading?

Blogger Babble: Reading Pet Peeves

Gosh it's Friday and I have barely posted any content on the blog this week. I've also barely had any reading time so that's also making life difficult. I hope to finish a book tonight and then get a lot of reading done over the weekend too so hopefully next week will be a better week for posts.

What I wanted to chat about today is something that every reader of books will connect with : Reading Pet Peeves.

Now, I think that I'm the type of reader that writers actually write for - the type that gets so immersed into the world and becomes so involved with it that everything matters. If a good writer is up to the task, I love to just disappear into the pages and not come up for air. I even manage to forget that I'm reading a book sometimes and just get carried away on the sea of words.

I have some serious issues with things that can disturb my reading experience. They are both external problems (like someone asking me what's so funny when I'm laughing out lo…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Monday 12th September

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 

Okay - So I failed to do one weekly round-up last week but I'm home now and in a much better place blogging-wise!

This has been a really strange reading week for me - I've just been struggling to get into anything and having received Empire of Storms on pre-order I really thought I would just dive into that and only come up for air at the end! I've actually kind of put that one on hold pending a re-read of the entire series because I think that's just what I need to enjoy it as much as I possibly can, so Throne of Glass here I come!

This week has mainly consisted of me getting a few snatches of reading time where I read Outlander and spending a LOT of time watching the …

Review: The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
My Rating : {★★★☆☆}

Young Adult Fantasy(?) Romance

Published April 5th 2016 by Razorbill
Source - Borrowed
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide disco…