Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman - Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
From Goodreads.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

First Class Post (80) & Monthly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

First Class Post

Check out Sunday mail memes:
Showcase Sunday on Books, Bisuits and Tea
The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

As I suggested at the beginning of the month, I'm going to try a monthly post rather than a weekly one. So here are the books I received in February.

For review:
NetGalley:
    Reading Copies:

    Reading copies are books I get from publishers via my job as a Children's Bookseller, to read and then write staff reviews for the shop. I also review them on my blog.
    Bought:
    Thank you to Usborne, Atom, Chicken House, Hachette Ireland, Hachette Children's Books, Electric Monkey, Hyperion, Little Brown, and Corgi Children's, HarperVoyager and HarperCollins Children's Books via NetGalley for the review and reading copies.

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    Inspired by Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts's Weekly Recap, and other bloggers' monthly wrap-ups, here is a recap of my posts over the last month, and anything else I found interesting.

    Reviews:

    The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
    Lullabies by Lang Leav Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White Hunt by Rachel Vincent


    A Novel Cover Up

    This month's A Novel Cover Up posts:

    Top Ten Tuesday

    This month's Top Ten Tuesday posts:
    Other posts:

      Thursday, 26 February 2015

      Review: Hunt by Rachel Vincent

      Hunt by Rachel VincentHunt by Rachel Vincent - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

      It’s been more than four years since Abby Wade survived capture and torture by a quartet of rogue shifters. Back then she was a scared kid, just trying to survive.

      Now Abby is all grown up, and if she’s learned anything from training with Faythe Sanders, the world’s first female Alpha, it’s that she can take care of herself—and anyone else who comes along. So when her college roommate is abducted from a campsite deep in the Appalachian woods, Abby knows exactly how to get her back…

      The rules of the hunt are simple. Kill or be killed.

      Abby Wade is not ready to die.
      From Goodreads.

      Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

      Illusions of Fate by Kiersten WhiteIllusions of Fate by Kiersten White - “I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

      Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
      From Goodreads.

      Monday, 23 February 2015

      Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

      Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan VivianFire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

      Lillia, Kat and Mary had the perfect plan. Take down the people who had wronged them and leave no trace of their involvement. But everything blew up in their faces at the Homecoming Dance.

      Now Lillia and Kat are starting to second-guess their plotting, but Mary is insistent that she finally gets the revenge she deserves - destroy Reeve like he destroyed her.

      But as more secrets threaten to reveal themselves, the girls' pact becomes harder to maintain. Emotions are spiralling out of control, and there's too much at stake. Because once a fire is lit, sometimes the only thing you can do is let it burn.
      From the blurb.

      Tuesday, 17 February 2015

      Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

      Top Ten Tuesday

      Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Book Related Problems I Have.

      1. Working in a bookshop - I am surrounded by awesome YA novels all day. Most of the time, I am an example of brilliant self-control, but sometimes that self-control slips, and I go spending money I probably shouldn't.

      Monday, 16 February 2015

      Once Upon a Bookcase Has Been Shortlisted for a UKYA Blogger Award

      UKYA Blogger Awards

      Last month, I discovered I was longlisted for the UKYA Blogger Awards, and was so over the moon. How incredible that our UKYA blogging community has been noticed and is now being acknowledged by having publishers, publicists and authors want to give us awards for what we do, and that I was included with the 33 other bloggers on that list.

      I'm finding this post very difficult to write, because I'm struggling to find the words. Finding myself on the longlist was such an unbelievable high, and I was so amazed. On Saturday, the shortlists for each category were announced, and I discovered I'm on the shortlist for the Champion of YA award. I am completely overwhelmed, I can't tell you. I really hoped I would be on a shortlist for something, but I never actually believed I would be.