Stacking the Shelves #79

Apr
19
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Hey everyone! Kristy is enjoying beautiful Prague as we speak (she’s so lucky!!) so it’s just me this week.

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

In Mel’s mailbox:

The Museum of Intangible Things – Wendy Wunder

I bought this copy!

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciancekarma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of MiraclesThe Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han

Also bought this copy!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

 

 

 

That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let us know – leave your links in the comments section below!





Bookshelf Bliss #1

Apr
18
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Hi everyone! As we all love books (that’s given since we are all here), and we all know that amazing feeling of awe and jealousy when we see an amazing bookshelf, we thought it would be nice to provide you with some pictures of some lovely, luxurious home and retail libraries. These can be used as inspiration for own bookshelves, or to drool over,  or to be envious – or all of the above! Enjoy!





W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Apr
16
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It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past week! W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

Kristy is currently enjoying beautiful Prague and so it’s just me flying solo today!

What are you currently reading?

Still juggling. I’ve almost finished Half Bad by Sally Green, and I’ve been reading Superman/Wonder Woman also – just finished issue 7!

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Fanboys Vs Zombies Vol 1 by Sam Humphries. Not sure that I’ll be reviewing this as it’s a graphic novel, and I try to limit the comics I review around here,  but it was really funny, the graphics were really good and it was an entertaining storyline!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably Enmity by E.J. Andrews next! Looks great!

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!





Aussie Giveaway – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Apr
15
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We have another amazing giveaway for you! The wonderful people at Simon & Schuster Australia have provided Book Nerd Reviews with a copy of Maybe Someday to host a giveaway for one of our lucky readers. Due to the cost of postage this giveaway will be open to Australian residents only. Big apologies to our international readers, however you can still enter our April International Giveaway.

Earlier today I posted my review of Maybe Someday, you can see it here to find out what I thought about it (hint, I loved it!). And you definitely should check out our Interview with Colleen Hoover & Griffin Peterson too!

Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

 

This giveaway starts now and will run through to May 14th when a winner will be picked via the Rafflecopter widget below! Everyone gets a free entry and you will get more entries if you share about the giveaway or follow us. Best of luck! x

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Review: Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

Apr
14
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Release Date: March 18th 2014
Published By: Atria Books
Pages: 367
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

Review: Once again, Colleen Hoover has delivered an amazing contemporary story with a unique and amazing storyline. And although I generally don’t think you can get much better than a Colleen Hoover book, this one is! This one has the additional element of an original soundtrack!!! An amazing book with fantastic music – how can it get any better than that?

On Sydney’s 22nd birthday, she finds out that her boyfriend and best-friend (and roommate) are having an affair. Betrayed, angry and upset, Sydney leaves – only to find that she has nowhere to go. Sydney finds herself at the mercy of her musician neighbour, Ridge, who has kindly given her somewhere to stay.

Soon Ridge and Sydney start writing music together, however their connection grows beyond that of a musical collaborators. They are clearly attracted to each other, but quickly things become complicated as Sydney finds that her crush on Ridge is more than due to his musical ability, and Ridge finds Sydney impossible to keep away from. As their feelings for each other escalate, they start to walk on dangerous ground – as Ridge already as a girlfriend.

However, this is not your standard love triangle. There is no “right” or “wrong” person here. Ridge’s girlfriend, Maggie, is actually a great character. She is not made out to be the “wrong” person for Ridge, and in fact even though she is the reason that Ridge and Sydney cannot be together, you cannot dislike her for it. She is a real character with depth, loads of personality, and even starts to become a friend to Sydney. And Ridge isn’t just stringing along two girls – he is honestly in love with Maggie, and he is clearly also falling for Sydney. There is no right or wrong doing on Ridge’s behalf, he just finds himself in the situation where he honestly has feelings for two different people – and you can see that as he struggles with himself as tries to not hurt either one of the girls that he cares so deeply about.

And Sydney does not want to break up a relationship either – she just happens to be falling for the perfect guy who has the perfect girlfriend. She is respectful of their relationship and tries to work past the fact that she is developing strong feelings. She is fully aware of the situation, and tries to respect that at all times.

Ridges and Sydney’s relationship is intense, mature, honest and lovely – even during those times they are both riddled with guilt over their escalating feelings.

People who have read Colleen Hoover’s books know that there is generally a twist that knocks your socks off – and Maybe Someday certainly has this trade-mark signature. I will honestly say that I did not expect this unique twist at all – I did not even entertain the idea that this could be a possibility, and I have to give Colleen credit for such a unique concept.

The characters are completely relatable in Maybe Someday. Sydney is honest, confused, tortured and she does not hide her feelings from herself. Even when she finds herself in an impossible situation she is thoughtful of others and tries her best to be a good person. Ridge is complex, sweet, loyal, caring, funny and a totally unique character. His ability with music is astounding, and the passion that he feels for it translates from the page.

A shoutout also has to go out for Warren  as well – Colleen certainly knows how to write amazing secondary best friend characters (especially male characters). I loved Warren… he is honest, funny and definitely a true friend.

One of the things that loved about Maybe Someday is that Colleen took a storyline of a relationship that is viewed as “wrong” and showed that there are so many different layers to a situation like this. It shows that even though something may be wrong, it can feel totally right. Maybe Someday shows that feelings can develop no matter how hard you fight them, and the struggles that come along with a situation like this.

I loved the dual narrative from both Sydney and Ridge. I loved the fact that this book is about two people who are clearly so right for each other, besides the fact that one of them is also in love with the person he is already in a relationship with. I loved the fact that there were so many levels and complexities to this book that it showed that a love triangle storyline can be unique and brilliant!

Maybe Someday is an emotionally charged book that revolves around the realism, depth and complexities of emotions. And the soundtrack by Griffin Peterson reflects all of these emotions flawlessly!!! Griffin perfectly took the emotion of the situation and put music and lyrics to it – and created music to deepen your connection to the characters and their situation. Colleen Hoover has an amazing ability to pull on your heartstrings, and I felt that the soundtrack enabled you to immerse yourself further into the feelings that this book provokes.

 

Quotes:

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”

“Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.”

“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.”

“A life of mediocrity is a waste of a life.”

“I don’t want to be someone’s second choice.”

“For her I bend, for you I break.”

“There will never be a maybe someday.”

 

More:

To find out more about Maybe Someday, visit our Interview with Colleen Hoover & Griffin Peterson.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia, we will be holding an Australian giveaway for a copy of Maybe Someday. The giveaway will be posted tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that! (sorry to all our international friends that this giveaway is Australia only – but you can still enter our April International Giveaway).





Stacking the Shelves #78

Apr
12
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Morning! I haven’t posted Stacking The Shelves for two weeks and so there’s a bit we have to share this week! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week out there! Here’s this weeks Stacking The Shelves where Kristy and I share what we received, bought and borrowed last week!

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

In Mel’s mailbox:

Enmity (Enmity #1) – E.J. Andrews

Thanks so much to Harlequin Teen for this copy!

Love vs Life.
Good vs Evil.
War vs Warfare.

Which would you choose?

After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.

Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly… to survive.

Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived…because their training is just the beginning.

A war awaits…regardless of how ready or willing they may be.

 

Doomed – Tracy Deebs

Thanks so much to Bloomsbury Australia for this copy!

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora’s an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there’s no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora’s Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora’s father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.

 

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) – Michelle Madow

Thanks again to Harlequin Teen Australia!

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…but that doesn’t matter when you live there.

Three sisters. Big secrets. Get ready to meet… SAVANNAH. COURTNEY. PEYTON.

The three sisters grew up never knowing their father and never quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-last dad — a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly, the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past — and holding on to the most important thing of all, sisterhood. Some secrets grow too big to keep.

 

Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood  #1) – Victoria Scott

Thank you Scholastic Books for this copy!

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

 

In Kristy’s mailbox:

Disruption (Disruption #1) – Jessica Shirvington

Thanks to Harper Collins Australia!

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

 

That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let us know – leave your links in the comments section below!





That awkward moment when I dump you for Laini Taylor

Apr
11
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Dear Book Nerd Reviews’ friends and followers,

We need to talk….

It is with a heavy heart, that I must inform you that I am dumping you for Laini Taylor.

Well, actually, that whole sentence is a filled with half-truths. It really isn’t with a heavy heart that I tell you the following, I am not actually dumping you, and it is not entirely Laini’s fault.

It is actually with a heart full of joy that I am telling you that I think we need a break – we need to see new things and see other people.

It’s not you, it’s me …. And Laini Taylor.

You see, this weekend, I am heading off on an overseas trip. I am finally returning to one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Prague! Ever since travelling in 2008, I have wanted to return to Prague, to spend some more time there and just bask in its awesomeness! I want to stroll over Charles Bridge (multiple times) and sit along the riverbank and walk the alleyways that make up this amazing and culture-filled city. I absolutely adore Prague, for not only its beauty, but for astonishing atmosphere that surrounds and fills you. When I was there last, I just didn’t have enough time to explore this amazing city properly, or to venture outside the city centre. I didn’t have the time to go to Kutná Hora or Český Krumlov, or to any of the other amazing places around the Czech Republic. So it has been 5 years of earning and wanting to go back, and now I am finally going!

And although Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Prague, this is not actually directly related to my comments about Laini. On my trip, I am also going to London for 6 days (because, why not?)… and this is where my fangirl dream will come true – Laini will be in London at the same time!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH. MY. GOD!!!! Finally, I get to meet Laini!!! (And by this, I mean I get to embarrass myself beyond words).

Laini will be doing some events in London… while I am there… it is my dream come true! Although I am sure I will put all fangirls in the history of fangirling to shame with my excitement, I am willing to totally embarrass myself to meet my favourite author. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! (seriously, squeeing and shaking and everything – and I haven’t even met her yet).

So, for anyone in the UK who is going to a Laini Taylor event in April: that crazy Aussie girl who is a total embarrassment on readerships worldwide, that will be me! I don’t know what type of crazy will emerge when I meet Laini – I have absolutely no idea how I will react – cry, shake, blubber, lose all function to talk… or most likely,  all of the above. So, I am sorry for the spectacle that you may see. But more importantly, I apologise to Laini in advance for my upcoming fangirl reaction.

I will try to get some things signed by Laini to bring back to Australia – but this of course will solely rely on what Laini can sign at her events… but I will certainly try to get as much as I can so I can do a celebratory giveaway when I return!

I am also doing lots of other exciting stuff while in London, and meeting some other exciting people while I am there as well. So basically, my days in London will be jam-packed with awesomeness! As well as seeing Laini with Asti from Oh, The Books!, we are also going to go see The Lion King (and yes, I do see the irony that I am meeting a blogger from across the other side of the world when I haven’t even met my own co-blogger in “real life”) and my friend and I are going to the Harry Potter Studio – which we are both excited about. And my days in Prague will be filled with every magnificent thing that the Czech Republic has to offer… and that is something that I cannot put into words, you have to go there to understand. This trip will be absolutely amazing – and although I will be having the time of my life – I will miss you all!

So what does this mean for you? Well, besides the fact that I am sure you will surely miss me, and the possibility of an awesome upcoming giveaway, probably not a lot. I have scheduled some reviews for while I am away, and I will let Melissa know of my reading schedule for W.W.W Wednesdays (although, let’s be honest, I will be in Prague, Český Krumlov and London, so reading will probably be minimal). I doubt that there will be much to report in Stacking the Shelves, but I will let Melissa know if there is. I won’t be on Twitter that much, so forgive me if I am not consistent in tweeting links, or quick to reply. Feel free to continue to tweet, DM or email me – I just won’t be able to reply straight away.

I would like to thank Melissa for picking up all the work that I am leaving her with during my absence! I have really left her with quite a bit, and I am sure you will all support her as I abandon her to do all the work while I travel around, seeing amazing things, eating great food, oh, and you know…. meeting LAINI TAYLOR!!!! You are the best Mel – the next adventure is you and me, lady!

I hope you understand my reasoning for taking this break. But believe me when I say it’s not you, it’s me!!! I do love you all… But I just cannot resist Prague, London and Laini. I will return, and then I will be all yours once again (if you will still have me).

Take care everyone! And happy reading!!!!

xxx





W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Apr
09
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It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past week! W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - Well, in all honest, at the moment, I am not reading anything.

Melissa –  Juggling a few books still unfortunately, but I am hoping to finally finish Half Bad by Sally Green to review tomorrow. Life has been a little crazy here in the last month.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy -Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. If you haven’t already, you should check out my review for this great book! (and Aussies should check out our giveaway for a signed book!)

Melissa – Nothing recently – I know, I know. I am sorry!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - I just don’t know! Due to my exciting trip coming up (more info to follow), I haven’t decided as yet. What I have decided is that I am going to read something that I won’t be reviewing… so I was thinking I should read one/some of the many on my massive TBR pile that Melissa has already reviewed. But… what? The Bone Season? The Last Girl? The Naturals?. But then I thought it is probably a good time read a standalone or two, or completed series. Delirium series? Anna Dressed in Blood series? Wither series? Just One Day/Just One Year? Shatter Me series? Or one of the many standalones that I want to read? So… I have decided that Melissa can choose for me! So Mel, here is your chance to force me to read something, pick wisely :)

Melissa – Ooooooooo I get a choice here?! You’ve named SO many good books and series Kristy, but I am dying for you to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and see what you think? It’s one of my all time favourite series and I am comfortable recommending it to friends of mine here that haven’t read YA (and they loved it). I hope you do too!

As for me, I have a whole pile of books here and some that I have received in the last week, so I am going to just close my eyes and pick one up!

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!





Release Date: April 1st 2014
Published By: HarperCollins
Pages: 400
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?

What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

Review: With Disruption, Jessica Shrivington once again proves her amazing ability to provide us with a complex and interesting world, an amazing storyline and strong, relatable characters.

Maggie lives in a world that is dictated by technology. This futuristic society completely relies on M-Bands – a device worn on the wrist that is used to make life easier, as it can do everything from monitor your health, be used for payments and used as a communication device. Adults also have Phera tech installed on their M-Band… Phera tech uses pheromones to check a person’s compatibly to someone else, and with society in general. Not only does this society use Phera tech to dictate their relationships with others (taking out the need to get to know people the usual way and then making their own judgement), but it also monitors for “negative” readings. If a person registers more than 3 negative readings via Phera tech within a month, they are then removed from society to be “rehabilitated”. And of course, society is happy for “negs” to be removed from society to rehabilitated, as “negs” are expected the show violence or become a danger in the future. Everyone is happy with the way this process removes risks and ensures the safety of this technology dependent society…. except for Maggie.

Maggie lost her father to this process. And she will do anything to get him back. And by anything, I mean anything!

Along her journey of getting her father back, Maggie has done, and will continue to do, some despicable things. She is determined, she is strong, but she is so blinded by her desire that she will do whatever it takes to get her life back – even if that means ruining the lives of others.

Maggie is so utterly filled with conviction and drive, she will manipulate whoever she needs to and she will force them to help her no matter the consequences. Now Maggie needs the help of Quentin Mercer. The youngest heir to the M-Corp – the company that produces M-Band and Phera tech, the people who run the rehabilitation process, and the reason her life has been torn apart.

Just by having the surname Mercer, Quentin is a walking advertisement for M- Corp – he is a poster-boy for everything they believe in, and everything that Maggie does not. Getting close to Quentin will not be easy, so Maggie has to become inventive. But what she doesn’t expect to find is that she has misjudged Quentin. She thought she had found a tool, and a way to use it, but what she finds is that she may have just found someone who is so completely different to what she expected – someone she can truly care about and trust. But the foundation of their relationship is built on a lie so big that it seems impossible for there to be any possibility of a future for them.

Maggie has spent her whole life determined to get her happy ever after – but did she just throw away her one chance of happiness?

Maggie herself is a kick-ass character. She is smart, brave, strong, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her father back. But she does have flaws. She is totally blinded by her desire that she is willing to do some truly horrible things – but it is her conviction that must be respected. It breaks your heart that you can see why Maggie is doing what she is doing, but you can also see that what she is doing is wrong. Maggie is doing the wrong things for the right reasons. And although she recognises that at times her actions may be wrong, her unyielding need to get her family back together is blinding her to the fact that she is doing exactly what she hates about M-Corp – lying, manipulating, betraying and hurting people, tearing family’s apart and ruining lives.

And Quentin. I loved this character as well. But what I loved was his character development. To begin with, we meet an entitled spoiled guy who has the world at his feet and girls throwing themselves at him (I will admit, we do see this through Maggie’s eyes). But as he begins to learn things about his family’s corporation, and gets to know Maggie (someone who he would had never gotten to know under normal circumstances), he gradually begins to grow as a character. But I will say, I do think that we may have seen a biased version of him through Maggie in the beginning – there are hints along the way that he was not who he was portrayed to be – he was more than his “image”.

I adored the relationship between Maggie and Quentin. Their relationship builds slowly and naturally (besides the lie it is built on of course). Maggie begins to learn that she judged Quentin with the blindness that others judge her, and Quentin finds what he was missing before he met Maggie – himself. With Maggie, he is able to find his true self, not just what who is expected to be.

I also loved the relationship between Maggie and her sidekick Gus. But when I say sidekick, I really mean reluctant co-conspirator. They love to hate each other, but yet the hate to love each other. Not love – there is no romantic connection here (that’s right – there is no love triangle). Although their friendship started in a bad way, and their banter consists of Gus wishing Maggie dead, you can tell a true friendship has formed underneath all the ‘I wish you were dead’ comments.

Basically… I loved Disruption! It is a new unique futuristic world – with amazingly detailed science (but not too much so), set in a believable, technology-driven society. The characters have depth, conviction and substance. The storyline is original, intriguing, intricate and action-packed. The complexities of the storyline will have you eagerly flipping the pages as you try to figure out how all of this will possibly work out for these characters, the twists will leave your heart-racing and the ending will leave you desperately wanting the next book, Corruption!

 

Quotes:

“Seems like it might be over-compensating for some other… insecurities.”

“I don’t care who i have to mow down on my way.”

“But mostly, i wish we’d never met,”

“You’re so blind, it’d be funny if it weren’t so damn tragic”

“I’ll never let you fall, Maggie. Not if I can stop it.”

“I know that you know.”

 

Australian and New Zealand readers: Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Disruption! This giveaway is thanks to HarperCollins Australia and you can find a link to enter on our Disruption Blog Tour post. Go, quick, enter!





Divergent Movie Featurettes

Apr
04
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: nerdchat

Divergent (the movie) will be released in Australia on 10 April – and both Melissa and I are very excited about this movie adaptation!

I am going to an advance screening on April 7 and Melissa will be going to see it as soon as she possibly can. And even though it isn’t that far away now, we still don’t think it is soon enough! Are you looking forward to this movie as much as we are? Do you have high hopes for this adaptation? Is there anything in particular you want to see on the big screen (besides Four shirtless)?

The wonderful people at Entertainment One Australia have provided us with some featurettes to help get us in the mood for this highly anticipated movie (like we needed any more reasons to get excited – but yay!). So, please enjoy the below featurettes they have kindly allowed us to share with you:

Intro to DIVERGENT

 

Meet Four

 

Tris vs. Jeanine

 

Awesome right? It looks like it is going to be one great movie!!!

As Melissa and I love the Divergent series, below is a list of all of our posts relating to Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant:

 

We hope you all enjoy the movie!





W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Apr
03
3 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: W.W.W. Wednesdays Meme

It’s Thursday however we’re bringing a delayed WWW Wednesday (Mel’s note: it’s all on me sorry guys!) which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past week! W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

Melissa –  Currently reading Half Bad by Sally Green – so unique and really into this!

Kristy - Disruption by Jessica Shirvington (keep an eye out for our stop on the Disruption blog tour tomorrow!)

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Melissa –  Nothing new to report! Reading progress has been slooooooooow.

Kristy - I am such a bad blogger – I have nothing new to report here. I have been away for work, and the long days didn’t allow to read anything… unless you could casually browsing Lonely Planet’s Guide to Prague :)

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Melissa –  Dangerous by Shannon Hale is next!

Kristy - I currently have no set plans (I win the bad blogger award again)

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!





Disruption Blog Tour

Apr
03
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: giveaway

Hello! And welcome to Book Nerd Reviews’ stop on the Disruption Blog Tour! 

Today we are holding an extra special giveaway for Disruption by Jessica Shirvington! Not only will you want to win a copy of this book because it is written by Jessica Shirvington, and the book itself is amazingly pretty in all it’s shining glory (the cover is so shiny), but, this is giveaway is for a SIGNED copy!

Synopsis: What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?

What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking

I am very excited about Disruption, as I love Jessica Shirvington’s writing. I am currently reading this book, and I am loving it! This book has also been receiving some amazing reviews on Goodreads also, and we’re really excited to be given the opportunity to give away a copy.

To celebrate the release of Disruption by Jessica Shirvington, the team at HarperCollins Australia have been very generous in allowing Book Nerd Reviews to be apart of the Disruption Blog Tour and allowing us to host this amazing giveaway.

Also, don’t forget to check the other stops on the Disruption Blog Tour. Details can be found by clicking the link below!

 

Giveaway Details

Australian and New Zealand readers, this giveaway is for you!

The terms and conditions are that you need to be residing in Australia or New Zealand as Harper Collins will be sending the winner a copy of this book directly. This giveaway will be running from today right through to April 30th.

You will all receive a free entry via the Rafflecopter widget below, and entering is super easy. You’re able to receive extra entries for tweeting and following BNR also.

A huge thank you to our friends at HarperCollins Australia for allowing this to happen – and good luck to everyone who enters! x

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Release Date: April 8th 2014 (AUS and US), April 17th 2014 (UK)
Published By: Hachette (AUS), Little, Brown & Company (US), Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Pages: 613
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Review: This review contains spoilers for the first 2 books in the series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – oh how desperately I have wanted this book for so long! But at the same time, I was ridiculously afraid of it too. I adore Laini Taylor, and I do not doubt her writing ability for one second, but, but, what if??? I know that my expectations for this were ridiculously high – after all, I have put so much want into this book – how could Laini possibly meet them??? What if the conclusion of my favourite series let me down??? What if that ONE thing that I really wanted doesn’t happen? What if … AAGGHHHHH… the excitement, the dread, the heart pounding anxiousness that is flipping from one page to another!

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I adore Laini Taylor and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. And this may have also led people to believe that I will be biased about Dreams of Gods and Monsters – because naturally if I love the author, and this series, so much, of course I am going to love the last book in this trilogy – right? Wrong! My love is actually the exact reason why I would not just instantly love this book. It is true, I adore this series, and Laini is my favourite author – and I have been waiting for this book for soooo long… but in that time, my expectations have built up, and actuallywould have made it harder for me to be satisfied with the conclusion. But, even though my crazy unrealistic expectations over a series would actually make other authors fail, Laini once again stepped up to the challenge, and she absolutely smashed it! Like its predecessors, the writing in Dreams of Gods and Monsters is astonishing – lyrical, magical, gorgeous, captivating, torturous, beautiful. The storyline is intricate and stunning and Laini will encapsulate you with her words – she is not just a writer, she is an artist who will make you see this world, feel this world and fall in love with it and its characters.

Oh, there are soooo many things I want to say… but I can’t! I just want to yell spoilers from the rooftop. I want to say “Oh my god, Laini is a mastermind for doing X” or “I can’t believe that Y happened” or “OMG!!!! How could Z happen???”

In Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the story is once again told from multiple perspectives, with Laini’s amazing ability to completely suck you in to every characters viewpoint. We welcome back some of our favourite characters, including our star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva, everyone’s favourite rabid fairy Zuzana and the lovely Kirin, Ziri. We get to learn more about some of the Chimera, as well as their firey winged enemies. We get to meet some completely new characters, and we get to see more of those we love to hate: Razgut and Jael. Some characters I fell in love with, some made me despise them, and some remained my favourites. And as enemies become friends, friends become enemies, or friends and enemies remain, they take you a journey filled with intrigue, mistrust, confusion, friendship, vengeance, love, loss and hope.

So many characters have grown throughout this series, but none more so than Liraz. We get to learn a lot about this tough, beautiful, murderous angel in Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and I have to admit that she became one of my favourite characters. While I adore Hazael, and I truly and honestly do, (what happened in Days of Blood and Starlight ripped my heart out), I think that only this happening to Hazael could have made the untouchable and unfeeling Liraz look honestly at the world, and herself, and start to become her own person rather than what she was raised to be.

The tension between the Chimera and Misbegotten is palpable as these enemies are brought together against a common enemy. And the desire for vengeance and blood is so inbuilt that sometimes this overshadows better actions. However, even though tension does run high, some friendships do develop – although some are somewhat reluctant. The way these new friendships were written were realistic, but yet tender and sweet.

Filled with amazingly detailed and mesmerising visualisation, you are once again transported into this war-torn world that makes you see, feel and crave. You will ache, you will laugh, you will gasp and you will cry for your favourite characters and for their desire. I just cannot explain the feels in this book without giving anything away – but believe me – you will feel!

In this exciting and dramatic conclusion, you will finally get answers, and you will find out what gods and monsters dream of, but the storyline is left open just enough to know that you want more. You may need tissues throughout the heartwrenching moments, but one thing is for sure, you will need cake! Preferably chocolate cake.

Laini Taylor is some kind of evil genius, I am sure of it! She crushes your heart and gives you hope all at the same time… it is an amazing skill to leave your readers filled with despair and hope. Throughout Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Laini left us little crumbs, just enough to taste and tease at certain possibilities that are left unanswered or unconfirmed. She shows us a menu of possibilities, and I want to order everything from it (even the missing page) – but we are kept from ordering with those final words “The End”.  I am still in denial about those terrible words “The End”. I will always want more from this wonderful series. It would not have mattered if everything was wrapped up perfectly with a nice little bow, I would always want more about the “angels” and “devils” of Eretz.

So I continue to live in denial that this series is over – as my heart just cannot admit it. But what I love about the amazing conclusion to this superb and delectable series is that I while I did get those horrible words “The End”, I was also left with hope… hope that one day there will be more about the dreams that devils and angels dared to dream. I am left with the hope of some, and then more… after all, hope makes its own magic.

 

Quotes:

“A flicker of a second, and everything changed…There would be blood.”

“She’d tried to believe it: that her heart didn’t matter, that she and Akiva didn’t matter, that there were worlds at stake and that was what mattered. ”

“Feelings. Were. Stupid.”

“Some, and then more. And here in this cavern were the some. Here were the beginnings of more.”

“Ooh, what? Please tell me it’s a cave where cupcakes grow like mushrooms”

“This wasn’t a time for falling in love.”

“Fires go out, and the world grows dim.”

“The urn is full, my brother,”

“Ice and ending. The instant froze, impossible. Unthinkable. True.”





Nerding Out In April – New Releases

Apr
01
14 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: nerdingout

Welcome to April! There’s some huge releases out this month. Kristy and I are both really pumped for some of these releases! Here are 12 of the releases this month that we’re the most excited about! Don’t forget that all of the books in this post can be won this month in our international giveaway here.

April 1st

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) – Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

 

Disruption (Disruption #1) – Jessica Shirvington

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

 

April 8th

Far From You – Tess Sharpe

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she’s fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that’ll take years to kick.

The second time, she’s seventeen, and it’s no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina’s brother won’t speak to her, her parents fear she’ll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina’s murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

 

April 10th

The Museum of Intangible Things – Wendy Wunder

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

 

April 15th

Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

 

There Will Come A Time – Carrie Arcos

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

 

 

April 17th

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) – Laini Taylor

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

 

April 22nd

The Chance You Won’t Return – Annie Cardi

When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school – and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight – the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) – Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

 

April 29th

In The Shadows – Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

 

The Taking (The Taking #1) – Kimberley Derting

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?





International April Giveaway

Apr
01
8 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: giveaway

Good morning!! I hope you’ve all been doing well! Kristy and I are back in April with another international giveaway! We’re really excited about this giveaway because there are SO many great books out this April!

This giveaway will run for all of April! You can enter as long as The Book Depository ships to you (They ship most places, but just double check!). As we normally do each month, we will continue to have have three winners and each winner can pick any of the following titles below:

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) – Danielle Paige
Disruption (Disruption #1) – Jessica Shirvington
Far From You – Tess Sharpe
The Museum of Intangible Things – Wendy Wunder
Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
There Will Come A Time – Carrie Arcos
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) – Laini Taylor
The Chance You Won’t Return – Annie Cardi
Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) – Anne Blankman
In The Shadows – Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo
The Taking (The Taking #1) – Kimberley Derting

This giveaway is running all month right through to April 30th at 6pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) when the winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter, which plucks out random winners. You all get a free entry below, and if you want to follow us or tweet about the giveaway we’ll give you some more entries. The more entries, the more chances you have to win!

Good luck! x

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