Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (64)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead. Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.
New Books
Whilst I made myself go on yet another book buying ban (I fail pretty badly at these, it's pretty much been going on for two years now but the book pile is still getting larger) I thought maybe it'd be easier if I gave myself a one book per month allowance and it's kind of helping. 
Assured Destruction (Assured Destruction #1)Script Kiddie (Assured Destruction #2)With Zombies (Assured Destruction #3)
The Assured Destruction series by Michael F. Stewart I've received as part of a book tour review, I've yet to start them as they're fairly short books but these are next on my to read list. Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash is another book I received for review which I really enjoyed, and some of you may remember how much I loved Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart, well this was the book I purchased this month, signed too and Tracy was kind enough to send bookmarks and a badge my way too!
Bird After BirdShattered Veil (The Diatous Wars #1)

Recently on Northern Plunder
Upcoming on Northern Plunder
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series Review: Hot Ticket and Wicked Beat by Oliva Cunning
Lauren's Progress
Read in 2014: 10 / 70
All He Saw was the Girl by Peter Leonard - DNF
Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash

Currently Reading:
Memory's Wake by Selena Fenech
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
News from Lauren
I'm off University for Easter at the moment but as I don't have long left upon returning I've got a lot of work to do for the end of year deadlines, I'm pretty excited about some of the work I've been doing and even started up my own tumblog to keep track of the work I do over the next few years, at the moment I've been sharing finished and works in progress.
Also next weekend I'm heading to iseries which will be a blast, though no time for reading! A long weekend of gaming sounds like a good way to take a break from my university work though.

Please note that I've implemented a new drop down menu at the top but some pages are still in progress so the links haven't been added yet!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Sage by Christina Channelle

It's cover reveal time!
Thanks to Kelly at Diva Booknerd and Christina Channelle I am able to share with you the cover for...

Sage by Christina Channelle

Publication Date: April 2014
Genres: Young Adult / Paranormal


Synopsis: I know that - what we are. But why do you hate me? Escape. It was the only word pounding through fallen angel Sage Cross’ mind when her world came crashing in. Fallon was nothing but a painful memory, something she wanted - no, needed - to forget. Now she has a chance to let that part of her past go and be in a place where she can finally heal. A place where lamia and lapsus don’t exist and she can just be… Sage. But of course, it doesn't last. Nothing ever lasts. Her happily mediocre life with her cat familiar, Sunny, and best friends, Janie and Perkins, is nothing but a mirage. Especially when a brooding vampire - first name Adam, last name irrelevant - takes root in her life. Someone who hates her for simply existing, yet she is unable to get him out of her mind. Or her heart. With her brother and friends in danger, Sage is the key to either ending it all or causing the destruction of not one, but two supernatural beings. Fallen angels. Lapsus. Vampires. Lamia. Who will survive? Sage, the final installment in the Blood Crave Series.

Goodreads: Dahlia, Fallen Tears, Rowan and Sage
& pick up a free copy of Fallen Tears on Smashwords using the code XQ59M (coupon expires on

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About the Author

Website Facebook Twitter / Goodreads 
Yes, you are currently staring at a pair of shoes. Yes, Christina Channelle is shy. A dreamer, Christina holds two degrees in health sciences but has always had a passion for writing. You will find her reading other young adult novels, or typing a new story up on her computer. A TV junkie (Scandal and Walking Dead, anyone?) she has a close relationship to many characters, both fictional and real. She resides in Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: Bird After Bird by Lelsea Tash

Bird After Bird by Red Tash

Published: 7th April 2014 by Leslea Tash
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Page Count: ?
Format: eBook
Source: For review from the author

Synopsis: Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.

Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat--and she does, on the regular. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can't name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way? 

Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state's perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of--until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send--then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.

God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again--something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.

Spoiler alert: Wren and Laurie are going to meet. And when they do, their lives are never going to be the same.
Purchase: Amazon UK* / Amazon US 

Leslea Tash:
 Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
*When purchasing through this link, I will receive a small amount, once I have enough saved up I will put it towards a giveaway.

Review: 
4 / 5 stars

When Leslea contacted me about possibly reviewing Bird After Bird I didn't have to think twice. It's a romance which is not the kind of genre I'd usually fall head over heels for but this wouldn't be the first time I read one from authors whose other work I admire. This will in no way alter my opinion on the book.

I read most of Bird After Bird on release day because I let packing and travelling home get in the way of reading yet again, but what I'd read previously meant I knew I'd be okay sitting reading it on and off in one day any way.

Wren and Laurie are cute and enjoyable characters.

From first meeting it's easy to see how they click and work well together.

And they both have their own baggage they're dealing with.

Wren is still dealing with the grief from the loss of her father a year ago and Laurie has something similar to deal with the loss of his fiancĂ©e, Sylvia, and their dog.
But how they both start to come to terms with their losses is one of the things I loved the most, she read a letter and book from her dad and he leaves letters to Sylvia.

Another great thing is that this wasn't insta-love, their relationship developed over months, it faced every day problems such as distance and job promotions and what I liked even more is that it wasn't clear what state they'd end up in, it wasn't predictable.

"This is yours now. Do you feel it beat for you?"

There is no doubt in my mind that Laurie and Wren are made for each other and I really enjoyed the two figuring that out, the happiness and pain the two went through made them seem so real.

If I have nothing bad to say then why not five stars? and that is simply because whilst I enjoyed reading every moment of it, I still felt like something was missing.

But to add that something would mean venturing out of the contemporary romance and into the fantasy or supernatural haha!

I can't wait to take my next dive into this genre and see what journey I'm taken on next time.

I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed this so much is because no matter how unrelatable or different the characters are to my boyfriend and I, I still see us in the story through the small acts and feelings. 


Monday, 31 March 2014

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up
Challenges:
I seem to be stuck in the pattern of reading 3 books a month but I've got some cool books lined up when I finish my current reads and Bird After Bird will be in my inbox today or tomorrow so I can't wait for that either.

Women Author Challenge
4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Total: 5 / 20

Indie Fever Challenge
n/a
Total: 4 / 24

TBR Pile Challenge
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
4. All He Saw Was the Girl by Peter Leonard
Total: 4 / 24

(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge
30,700 (+ 11 unknowns) / 1,000,000 pages


Shelf Stacking:
Um, I'll do better and not buy any books next month as I'm going to Insomnia Festival which will be time consuming and expensive too! (Its a long weekend of gaming). But heck, I'm excited about these books!Uzumaki Deluxe Edition (1-3)Chameleon (Supernaturals, #1)Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)KindredInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)Half BadBattle Royale
FangirlReady Player OneOrigins (Zombie Games, #1)