Shadowhunters Giveaway

 

Hi everyone! We have an awesome giveaway for you with thanks to Walker Books Australia!

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The Book Closes on 2015

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Hello everyone! I know this is a little late, as it is nearly the end of January… but I still think we need to talk about 2015 a little bit :)

Life got very hectic at the end of 2015 for me, hence why this post is so late (the craziness flowed over into the new year). But there is still a lot to talk about for the year that passed.

 

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Aussie Author Awesomeness

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!! Not only is it a day to celebrate the our pretty amazing country, but also to celebrate what it contains – which includes fabulous authors. And why should we just celebrate all things Aussie on one day only? We shouldn’t – especially our authors!

There are plenty of amazing Australian authors, and here are just a few… and remember, you can celebrate the awesomeness of their books any day of the year. So treat yourself, grab a book by an Australian author and enjoy.

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Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: November 1st 2015 / October 20th 2015 (US) / October 22nd 2015 (UK)
Published By: Allen & Unwin / Knopf Books (US) / Oneworld Publications (UK)
Pages: 602
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

ReviewIlluminae was set to be one of the biggest YA releases of 2015 – and although I was excited for this book, I am going to be honest, the thought of reading it scared the shit of me.
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Review: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Release Date: January 1st 2016 / September 22nd 2015 (US)
Published By: HarperCollins / HarperTeen (US)
Pages: 336
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

 

ReviewWhat We Saw is a story of a small town rocked by rape allegations. And while this story is not from the POV of the victim, or alleged offenders, it does not shy away from the horrors of such a situation. It shows the true horror – the bystanders. This is the backstory. The story of those who know the victim and the accused offender(s). Of those who may or may not know exactly what happened. Those who are either willing to let their personal opinion of the people involved be the judge, or those who are wanting to find true justice.

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Instant Lookback

Hi everyone! Welcome to the another edition of Instant Lookback! This is where I show you the bookish pictures I have shared over on Instagram. I may post all my pictures, I may only post a few… so if you don’t want to miss out on any, come follow me over at Instagram @ kristy_book_nerd!

Life has been crazy busy, and along with that we had the silly season. But I have continued to post some pics on Instagram, so here it is…

Instant Lookback is a weekly meme bought to you by Brett Michael Orr.

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! It has been soooooo long since I have checked in with you, and I feel really bad :(

Life has been way to crazy and horrible lately… but I am hoping to get back on track this year – well before I go away on holidays in March anyway :)

But never fear, even though it has been a while since I posted a W..W..W.. Wednesday, I really don’t have too much to report. That crazy life I was talking about earlier had a major impact on my reading.

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Review: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Published By: Hachette / HarperTeen (US)
Pages: 332
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking:

Never interfere.
Never be seen.
Never walk the same person’s dream more than once.

Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town, and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

From talented debut author Robert L. Anderson comes a stunning, complex, and imaginative story of the fine line between our dreams and reality.

Review: Dea walks through people dreams – that is just what she does. She doesn’t know why she is able to do this, but she knows that she needs to do it. If she doesn’t, she starts to get sick. But that is not the biggest issue that dream walking has – there are very strict rules – never be seen, never interfere and never walk the same person’s dreams more than once.

Her whole life has been filled with rules, clocks, dangerous mirrors, and dreams – and that has been okay, until she meets Connor. Connor is the mysterious new boy, and more importantly, he has mysteries of his own. And this is where Dea decides to break some of the rules. Some very important rules.

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Christmas Shopping for Book Nerds: Part 2 – Bookish Things

Christmas has come around once again, and once again instead of enjoying Christmas cheer we are scrambling around trying to find the perfect gift for those of us who are closest and dearest.

And that includes book nerds. Surely they are easy to buy for, right? WRONG! Us book nerds tend to have SO many books that you don’t even know where to start. Do they have that book? Is this sequel the correct edition for their set? Do they prefer hardcover or paperback? Do they like this genre? The list of questions goes on and on and on!

So instead of falling back to the backup plan of a giftcard (nothing wrong with these by the way), I have complied a list of gift ideas for your bookish loved one. Some are a books that are a little different, some for the collectors and some gifts that are just slightly away from the books they adore so much, but still close enough to melt a book lovers heart.

Today’s Christmas Shopping for Book Nerds is for focused on bookish things for book lovers. You can find my Christmas Shopping for Book Nerds: Part 1- Books here.

You can find my suggestions for buying the perfect present that hard to buy for bibliophiles below:

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Christmas Shopping for Book Nerds: Part 1 – Books

Christmas has come around once again, and once again instead of enjoying Christmas cheer we are scrambling around trying to find the perfect gift for those of us who are closest and dearest.

And that includes book nerds. Surely they are easy to buy for, right? WRONG! Us book nerds tend to have SO many books that you don’t even know where to start. Do they have that book? Is this sequel the correct edition for their set? Do they prefer hardcover or paperback? Do they like this genre? The list of questions goes on and on and on!

So instead of falling back to the backup plan of a giftcard (nothing wrong with these by the way), I have complied a list of gift ideas for your bookish loved one. Some are a books that are a little different, some for the collectors and some gifts that are just slightly away from the books they adore so much, but still close enough to melt a book lovers heart.

Below are my suggestions for buying the perfect present that hard to buy for book lover below (whether you are buying for others, or for suggestions for others to buy for you). Today’s edition will be focused on books – which is the hardest thing to buy for bibliophiles!

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Stacking the Shelves #114

 

Hi everyone! Here are the books that I have added to my shelves over the past few weeks! Life has been crazy for me lately, and while I cannot do as much blogging as I like, I am trying to do as much as I can (which sadly isn’t much).

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!

 

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Instant Lookback

Hi everyone! Welcome to the another edition of Instant Lookback! This is where I show you the bookish pictures I have shared over on Instagram. I may post all my pictures, I may only post a few… so if you don’t want to miss out on any, come follow me over at Instagram @ kristy_book_nerd!

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, life has been wayyyy to busy lately, but I have been posting pictures of bookish goodness on Instagram. Actually, a fair few, so this will be a pretty big edition of Instant Lookback (PS: It includes Sarah J Maas, you will want to check it out!).

Instant Lookback is a weekly meme bought to you by Brett Michael Orr.

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! Reading is still going slower than I like, but I have a few reads under my belt! Keep reading below to see what I have been up to, and what I am planning on reading next :)

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Review: Fall (Twinmaker #3) by Sean Williams

Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Published By: Allen & Unwin / Balzer + Bray (US)
Pages: 512
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:The mind-bending conclusion to the Twinmaker trilogy.

Clair’s world has been destroyed – again. The only remaining hope of survival is for her and Q to enter the Yard, a simulation as detailed – and as real – as the home they have lost. But in the Yard there are two Clair Hills. The other Clair is headstrong, impulsive, suspicious – just like Clair herself used to be, and their very existence is causing cracks.

As Clair searches for a solution, a surprising new ally emerges from the ashes. Together they fight their way through the digital and political minefield in the hope of saving Jesse, her friends and the whole of humanity.

‘Williams marries accessibly explored moral ramifications of future technologies with a strong, capable teen heroine and heart-pounding action.’ Kirkus Reviews

ReviewThis review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Fall, otherwise known as Hollowgirl, is the third and final book in the Twinmaker series by Aussie author Sean Williams.

In Jump (Twinmaker) and Crash (Crashland), we have been taken on a journey of d-mat, fabbers, abstainers, artificial intelligence, lost friends, unlikely alliances, betrayal, unknown loyalties, mistakes, dedication and disaster – and Fall (Hollowgirl) completes the story with all of this, plus even more twists, duplicities, turmoil, determination and action.

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Stacking the Shelves #113

 

Hi everyone! Here are the books that I have added to my shelves over the past few weeks! Life has been crazy for me lately, and while I cannot do as much blogging as I like, I am trying to do as much as I can (which sadly isn’t much).

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!

 

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