Teaser Tuesday #34

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

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

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. 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 muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready and my two lines are from page 82:

Monday morning I walked into a room full of eyes.

Or at least it felt that way as I placed my late slip on the corner of Mrs Wheeler’s desk with a shaky hand

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Galaxy Bookshop

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

In My Mailbox #35

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Welcome to ;In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what’s in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don’t forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what’s in your mail box this week.

Another week of concentrating on reading and reviewing so not much in the way of acquiring though I did receive one giveaway prize. Thanks to Danica from Taking it One Page at a Time for this wonderful prize I won on her blog 🙂

Strange Angels & Betrayals ;(Strange Angels, #1 & #2)
;by Lili St. Crow

The first two books in Lili St. Crow’s New York Times bestselling Strange Angels series are published together in one volume for the first time!

Sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson exploded onto the paranormal scene in Strange Angels – and fought for her life at a secret Schola for djamphir and wulfen teens in Betrayals. Perfectly timed to lead up to the publication of series finale Reckoning, this omnibus edition is a must-have for all Dru’s fans as well as readers of Vampire Academy, House of Night, and The Darkest Powers.

So what was in your mailbox this week?

Review: Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman

Title: Circle of Silence
Author: Carol M Tanzman
Published: 25 July 2012
Source: HarlequinTEEN Australia
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: *** 1/2

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THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS It’s my turn to run a “Campus News” crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under “strange” circumstances.

I “will” blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt…or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is “not” important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch “Campus News” at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

Review: Circle of Silence is the second book in the WiHi series by Carol M. Tanzman and I must admit I haven’t actually read book number 1:Dancergirl. ;That being said, I still found Circle of Silence a very good read

The book itself was a fast, easy read and I managed to finish it in just a few hours. ;The story was clever, spun tight and well paced, dropping enough clues along the way to keep the reader guessing and continuing to read. ;While I did guess a part of the ending, it was still well thought out and surprising enough to be satisfying.

The only slightly disappointing part was that I didn’t become emotionally invested in the story. I am one of those people who likes to live the story along with the characters. With a great story, I am able to do that and come out the other side wrought with some strong emotion, be it a warm glow of a happily ever after, or a stunned disbelief at a cliff I’ve been hung from. ;While I read this story and kept reading because I wanted to know what happened next, I didn’t really connect to the main character Valerie, or even any of the characters really and in fact I kept forgetting Valerie’s ;name and even her nickname ‘ValGal’. Whilst her character was ambitious and focused, I guess I didn’t find her all that all that memorable or likable really. ;Its a shame really as I really did find the story very good and believable so that emotional connection would really have taken it to the next level.

Overall though, I did enjoy Circle of Silence and am planning to go back and read DancerGirl. ;Who knows, it may help with that emotional connection I so badly wanted.

Sapphired Dragon xx

Teaser Tuesday #33

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

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

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. 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 muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is Speechless by  Hannah Harrington and my two lines are from page 63:

I’m not great at a lot, but I’m good at being Kristen’s friend. Or, I was, until I messed it all up for myself on a stupid whim.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

In My Mailbox #34

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Welcome to In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what’s in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don’t forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what’s in your mail box this week.

Another week of quality over quantity. Which is not a bad thing as it allowed me to catch up on some of my reading :-). Just some great books from the library this week. All synopsis’ via Goodreads:

Library:

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Vulpi (Thyla #2) by Kate Gordon

Synopsis: Cat Connolly is a Thyla now. She’s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn’t want to go back to the human world.

But all is not well among the shapeshifters. The treaty between the Thylas and the Sarcos is causing tension and the malevolent Diemens are still on the hunt.

Then into Cat’s life wanders someone who should be an enemy but acts like a friend – and everything changes again. She discovers more about shapeshifters and Diemens, about Tessa, and about her own heart.

Vulpi continues the story of Tasmania begun in Thyla. It is the story of how the shapeshifters were created, and a clue to what they might become. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and about the decisions we all must make as we learn how to be.

Comment: I reviewed the first book in this series Thyla last year and really enjoyed it so couldn’t help but grab this one at the library 🙂

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Synopsis: Jarrod Thornton is mesmerising.

But Kate Warren doesn’t know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn’t believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her “hocus pocus” notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate’s theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod’s family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

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Reckoning (Strange Angels #5) by Lili St. Crow
Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow
Black Heart (Curseworkers #3) by Holly Black

Comment: no synopses for the above, alas, as I have not yet read books 1-3 of Strange Angels series nor book 2 of the Curseworker series and did not want to inadvertently spoil myself. However if you click on the titles, they will take you each books’ Goodreads page.

So what was in your mailbox this week?

On my Wishlist #6

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Welcome to On My Wishlist!

On My Wishlist is a meme that was originally created by Book Chick City and is now hosted by Cosy Books where we can showcase (and squee about) books that are on our individual wish lists whether already released or still awaiting publication.

For more information or to get involved yourself, head over to Cosy Books and check it out!

Lastly, don’t forget to comment and let me know what books are on your Wishlist this week.

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Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

Published: 22 May 2012

synopsis(Via Goodreads): If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else….

The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….

Comment: Just finished reading Blood Bound the other night and loved it. Review to come. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

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The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan

Release Date: 14 August 2012

Synopsis (Via Goodreads): Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan with her brand new novel in the Traitor Spy trilogy…

Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians – or make Lorkin an outcast forever.

The Traitor Spy trilogy, which began with The Ambassador’s Mission and The Rogue, is the new series set in the world of the international bestselling Black Magician trilogy.

Comment: The third book of a second trilogy by of my favourite Aussie authors, I cannot wait to read this book. The second book, The Rogue, was actually the very first book I reviewed on this blog 🙂

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The Impossibility of Tomorrow by Avery Williams

Release Date: 2 January 2013

Comment: The sequel to anther book I finished this week, The Alchemy of Forever, I was so excited tonight to see the cover reveal and realise there was another book in this series. Considering how the first one finished, I hoped there would be a sequel but didn’t know there would be till tonight. I really like the cover too. What do you think?

What has gone on your Wishlist this week?

Teaser Tuesday #32

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

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

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. 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 muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent and my two lines are from page 18:

“Once upon a time, four little girls, best friends, took an oath of loyalty,” a woman’s voice said through the door, and I flicked the safety back on. It can’t be…

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Synopsis (via Goodreads): By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special— a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…’

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Galaxy Bookshop

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

In My Mailbox #33

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Welcome to In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what’s in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don’t forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what’s in your mail box this week.

So despite thinking (and planning) for a slow week to concentrate on reading and reviewing what I already had, somehow it turned into a ridiculously huge week! Virtually every day that had post, a new parcel of books appeared in my mailbox ( or in my case on my front door step) and actually that was pretty exciting. Every morning during the week bar one, I would get up and open my front door and there was a new book parcel sitting on my door step and in fact on Friday, I got a parcel in the morning and the afternoon. Pretty awesome huh? Now I just need to read them all! 🙂

For Review (with thanks to HarlequinTEEN Australia)

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Giveaways Won

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On Friday 13th July, Fiktshun held a #direday giveaway giving away 30 of Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning. I was one lucky winner :-). Thanks to Rachel of Fiktshun and Harper Children’s.

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Also won three books in Date a Book’s epic 3rd anniversary giveaway:

Twisted Heart by Eden Maguire
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

June RAK

Received and awesome June RAK from Michelle at Beagle Book Space. Yes I know it’s August. This book was originally ordered and sent to me in June but went astray on its way from The Book Depository however Michelle was nice enough to follow up with them and they sent it out again. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to read this:

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Purchased:
From Book Depository

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Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

I made the mistake of going to a discount book store this week (always dangerous) and couldn’t pass up the books below. Brand new the most expensive book below was $4.95 and the majority were just $2! Could you have passed them up? 🙂

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Everlasting by Alyson Noel
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Winter’s Shadow by MJ Hearle
Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Library:

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Lover Reborn by J R Ward
The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Lover Unleashed by J R Ward

So what was in your mailbox this week?

In My Mailbox #32

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Welcome to In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what’s in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don’t forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what’s in your mail box this week.

Not a huge week. My TBR pile is a little out of control so have put reading wore acquiring his week. Still, the titles I did get we’re pretty good. 🙂

All synopses via Goodreads

Purchased:

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

library:

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Divided Souls by Gabriella Poole

The Darke Academy is now in Istanbul, and wherever the Academy goes, death is never far behind

Death has followed the Darke Academy to the ancient city of Istanbul, where an unseen hunter is on the loose. Scholarship girl Cassie Bell is fascinated by the city’s beauty, but there’s no time for her to relax. Torn between an old flame and a new romance, she must also choose between the select world of the Few and her loyalty towards her best friends—and all the time a killer is stalking the Few. As Cassie is about to discover, no one is above suspicion. Sometimes, the people you love can be the most dangerous enemies of all.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Galaxy Bookshop

Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

The hotly-anticipated twelfth instalment in the Morganville Vampires series

In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires… their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet!

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Galaxy Bookshop

So what was in your mailbox this week?

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: 25 July 2012
Source: HarlequinTEEN Australia
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: *****

Synopsis (via Goodreads): “I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Review: I don’t tend to read too much YA Contemporary as generally it is not one of my preferred genres but I had been hearing good things about Pushing the Limits so when given the opportunity to review it by HarlequinTEEN Australia, I took it curious to see it if it would live up to everything I had heard.

It did! And then some!

Pushing the Limits is easily one of the best reads of 2012. This is due to a combination of the writing, the story itself and the characters.

This novel is written is written in first person tense in alternating chapters by the two main characters Echo and Noah. This helps really get into the heads of the characters and become invested in the story from the first page. The writing itself flows really well, keeping you inside the story and connected to the characters.

The story itself is gritty and current and could easily take place in any high school in any town. Echo is trying to recover the memories of an attack that has scarred her in more ways than one and to recover her place in her life while Noah has his own scars due to the loss of his parents and trying to regain custody of his brothers which have caused him to become the stereotypical bad boy everyone expects of a foster kid. The story of these two finding their place together and back in their lives is riveting. No instalove here. Trust and then love is earned and such a vital part of the story despite all the obstacles and reasons why they shouldn’t be together.

However it’s the characters I think, that make this novel. Both Echo and Noah are such real, three dimensional characters, you can’t help but feel empathy for them and Katie McGarry has really filled out the peripheral characters also such as Lila the best friend and Grace the friend who is only a friend in private. One cannot help but relate to Echo as she is struggles with her relationships with her father, stepmother and feel for Noah, whose life seems to be in ashes around him.

I could go on and on about this novel as I really enjoyed it on so many levels and even after I had finished it, I was still thinking about days later.

If you want a current YA Contemporary novel with believable characters and engrossing storyline then I thoroughly recommend Pushing the Limits.

A five star read and most definitely one of the reads of 2012

Sapphired Dragon xx