Christmas Inspired By Fiction #7

Hey everyone! We are back with some more festive cheer! It is only a few days before Christmas, so here are some last minute ideas on how to merge your love of books and Christmas together! This will be the last Christmas Inspired by Fiction for 2014 – I just cannot believe it is Christmas already! Whether you have been naughty or nice, we hope that Santa is kind to you all, and brings you lots of bookish goodies :)

 

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Review: All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Release Date: January 6th 2015
Published By: Penguin Australia/Knopf
Pages: 400
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: heodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Review: This book. THIS BOOK!!!! *sigh* I will never be able to do this book justice.

I really don’t know how to review All the Bright Places. It is a book that will leave you broken with your heart in a million smashed up pieces while you rock in the corner in a sobbing mess. Yes, this is THAT book!

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Christmas Inspired By Fiction #6

Hey everyone! Another week closer to Christmas, which means it is time for us to bring you some more festive cheer! More bookish Christmas trees and decorations to drool over, or to give you inspiration to create your own. Nothing is better than books, and Christmas – so why not combine the two? Enjoy more bookish Christmas finds….

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Giveaway Winners of Crash (Twinmaker #2) by Sean Williams

Hello everyone! Thanks to the lovely team at Allen & Unwin we hosted an Australian giveaway for five lucky winners for a copy of Crash (Twinmaker #2) by Sean Williams. The giveaway is now closed, and the winners are announced below!

SynopsisThe Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

Where is Q?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault.

“The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did…can she be trusted?

Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

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Review: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) – Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: November 1st 2014
Published By: HarperCollins
Pages: 485
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the rehabilitation camps housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Review: This review contains spoilers for the previous books.

In The Afterlight is a strong and fierce finale to this amazing trilogy. I recommend that everyone pick this series up if you haven’t already. (more…)

Bad Blogger

 

I just wanted to drop by and say sorry! I have been such a bad blogger and I truly am sorry!

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Christmas Inspired By Fiction #5

Hey everyone! Well, it is that time of year again! I am not sure where 2014 went, but we are nearing the end of it already. And December means it is time for the festive season! So once again, I thought out I would bring you some more Christmas cheer by sharing some more bookish Christmas trees and decorations. Although I cannot bring myself to destroy books to make some bookish Christmas bliss myself, I certainly enjoy looking at the things far more talented people than myself create… I hope you enjoy them too!

 

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Aussie Online Book Shopping Tips

Hi everyone! Since the announcement of the change of policies for of Australia’s largest online bookstores, there has been a lot of talk online from us Aussie’s who buy books online.. Money matters, especially when it means that saving money means buying more books… so I thought I would put together a post with information about online bookstores for us Australian retailers.

Below is a list of online bookstores and information about them. Some information you may know, some you may not. And down the bottom there is also a little “tips” section. Whether you buy a book at a time, or large orders all at once, hopefully this information may help to save you a little money, so that you can buy more books!
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Book Tag: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I’ve been tagged for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by the lovely Bernadette from The Bumbling Bookworm. Make sure you pop on over and check out her wonderful blog!! (more…)

Giveaway Winners of Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Signed)

Hello everyone! As you all know (well you should), I have recently held a giveaway for 2 signed copies of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This giveaway was to celebrate this phenomenal book, this amazing lady and to rejoice in her recent Australian tour. Whilst I don’t want to part with these books, I did promise them to two lucky followers, so I will announce the winners below!

Synopsis: “Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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Aussie Giveaway – Crash by Sean Williams

We have another amazing giveaway for you! The wonderful people at Allen & Unwin have provided Book Nerd Reviews with 5 copies of Crash (Twinmaker #2) by Sean Williams to give away to our lucky readers!

 

SynopsisThe Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

Where is Q?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault.

“The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did…can she be trusted?

Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

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Review: Crash (Twinmaker #2) – Sean Williams

Release Date: November 4th 2014
Published By: Allen & Unwin (Aus), Balzer + Bray (US)
Pages: 480
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Purchase: Click here to purchase Crash   Click here to purchase Crashland

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: The Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

Where is Q?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault.

“The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did…can she be trusted?

Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

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Stacking the Shelves #93

Hi everyone! We hope that everyone has had a great week! Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Melissa hasn’t added anything to her shelves this week, so this week it will only be what new books I have added to my ever-growing TBR pile :) I have to apologise for the lack of movement around here at Book Nerd Reviews. My life has been really hectic the last 6 weeks with work, which includes being away from home and internet access, and then I got sick – life is horrible like that sometimes.

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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Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) – Claudia Gray

Release Date: November 4th 2014
Published By: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Review: Marguerite Caine’s parents are ground-breaking physicists who have intended a small device called the Firebird. Small it may be, but the Firebird is a huge deal – it allows travel between dimensions. But Marguerite’s father has been murdered and her parents researched destroyed, ruining everything that her parents have worked towards, and Marguerite’s life.

And the person who destroyed everything – Paul Markov, her parents’ assistant. After murdering Marguerite’s father, Paul stole the only functioning Firebird and transported himself into an alternate universe before he could face any punishment to his crimes.

Marguerite only has one hope of following Paul and bringing him to justice, her parents other assistant Theo. Together they start jumping through alternate universes to avenge her father’s death.

But Marguerite finds out that the truth may be more complicated than she believed.

In their effort to track down Paul, Marguerite and Theo travel through many different dimensions and we get to see many alternate universes via the Firebird. The Firebired allows travellers to move between alternate dimensions, but they can only enter a dimension in which they already exist. The reason for this is that the traveller will temporarily jump into the body of their alternate self, and when they leave, their self of that universe will return to that body. Although a little confused, there seems to be no ill side-effects to the person whose body was taken over.  The way the Firebirds worked and the explanation of alternate universes was explained well, with just enough information to unsure you didn’t have too many questions but you also weren’t left feeling like you just read a scientific paper. It was a nice blend of information and mystery.

The thing I loved most about A Thousand Pieces of You was definitely the various settings. As Marguerite and Theo chase after Paul, they jump into multiple alternate universes – some close to the life that Marguerite and Theo know, and some very, very different. But all utterly realistic. Claudia has done a fantastic job creating these alternate universes, which include everything from historical Russia, an underwater environment, a familiar but more futuristic London. I loved all the settings, and the adventures, that we travelled through thanks to the Firebird.

Marguerite’s determination to track down her father’s killer was admirable, and along the way she also found and started to understand different aspects of herself, often in the most obscure places. She certainly is on an emotional journey and I respect her desire to be an individual, but yet not so headstrong that she cannot learn more about herself. And although she counstantly found herself pretending to be another version of herself, she remained true to herself. She didn’t get lost in an alternate Marguerite’s world, even when at times it could have been easy too, and she could have had everything she wanted by doing this. She remembered her true self, while remaining conscious of the other versions of herself – not wanting to violate her alternate dimension self more than she already had by taking over their body. She is a very complex character, and while I can’t say I could really connect to her, I found her extremely interesting.

But I did find Marguerite a little impulsive and also indecisive. I know that is in a contradiction, but depending on the circumstance, she jumped from one extreme to another. She is however resilient and tough, and her feelings toward her family cannot be denied (although it does get a little confusing when all she wants is to see her father again, but also wanting to return to mother – but grief is involved, so I can understand her conflicting feelings regarding this). I also found her feelings towards the two leading men, Theo and Paul, a little frustrating. So yes, there is somewhat of a love-triangle going on, but it wasn’t really that didn’t thrill me, it was the fact that her feelings for both boys kind of switched between the two quite easily, and even then, I wasn’t really feeling it. The girl jumped around like a yo-yo with her feelings for these boys. And let’s add in the confusing factor that at some point, we see an alternate version of one of these boys, and therefore there is another character in the mix, although not really. I know, that sounds confusing, I am sorry!. I can’t say I really have a favourite out of the boys, and there is a reason for this, but I cannot say why without giving away a rather important part of the storyline.

However, I actually liked the dimension between Theo and Paul, although tense at the beginning, as time goes by you get to see more of their relationship before the death of Marguerite’s father. I quite liked both of these boys for different reasons, and never fear, they aren’t in the story just to create a love-triangle, they both have very important roles to play in the story.

There are certainly aspects that I would like to see explored more in the sequel, but overall, I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You. Alternate universes, a device to travel between them, and one determined girl, but as Marguerite searches for her father’s killer, will she ultimately discover something far more important?

 

Quotes: 

“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.”

“I fell in love with his unchanging soul.”

“Now I know that grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within.”

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science – that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”

“This, I think, is the boundary line of adulthood. Not the crap they claim it is – graduating from high school or losing your virginity or getting your first apartment or whatever. You cross the boundary the first time you’re changed forever. You cross it the first time you know you can never go back.”

 

Stacking the Shelves #92

Hi everyone! We hope that everyone has had a great week! Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Melissa hasn’t added anything to her shelves this week, so this week it will only be what new books I have added to my ever-growing TBR pile :) I was very spoilt, especially with a huge stack of books arriving from a fellow blogger and friend!

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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