Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Weekly Book Round Up and October's Book of the Month!

This is my new weekly feature where I recap a bit of everything, from the latest news stories to what I've been posting on the blog. Because next week's blog schedule is so packed I'm squeezing in my book of the month for October as well.

In the News
Usborne have announced they are to publish Stephanie Perkins' YA novels in the UK. Anna and the French Kiss will be published in January 2014, with Lola and the Boy Next Door to follow in June. Read more over on the Bookseller website. I loved Anna and the French Kiss which you can my review of here.

Sabriel author Garth Nix is now part of Hot Key Books, who will be publishing his next novel Clariel in the UK. Hot Key Books also have acquired the e-book rights to the first three Old Kingdom books. Read more over on the Bookseller.

Several new Vampire Academy stills have been revealed this week. Check them out on, including this one of Rose, Lissa and Christian.

On the Blog
This week I've been posting Halloween themed reviews! I kicked things off with Matt Whyman's The Savages which tells the story of a family of cannibals. Then I dove head first into vampires with a Teaser Tuesday from Frostbite by Richelle Mead and reviews of Department 19 by Will Hill and Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs. I also posted my Twilight opinion post in which I share my thoughts having read the book for the very first time and discuss how the reality lived up to my expectations.

What I've Been Reading
So I finished Allegiant! And it was by far my favourite book of the Divergent trilogy. I've been working hard on my review because I always struggle to convey my thoughts when a) I love a book that much and b) a book leaves me that torn up inside. I'm still reading Frostbite with Daisy which has been even more fun over Halloween! And the number of ships I have with this series is steadily growing. I also finished off Tregarthur's Promise by Alex Mellanby.

In the Real World
NaNoWriMo kicked off this week! I've taken part and won the past two years so the pressure is on to reach that 50,000 word target again this year. I am quite terrified. If you're taking part too you can add me as a writing buddy at this link. It was also my birthday last Sunday, woohoo! I didn't get any books because I specifically asked for none (I have too much to read!). My friend and I decorated buns to celebrate which was so much fun. Spot the Harry Potter references!

Coming Up!
The start of November also signals the start of the Project UKYA blog tour! I'm SO thrilled to be a part of it and will be featuring an interview with Eleanor Wood, author of Gemini Rising, on Monday. I also have a review of her new novella, Gemini Falling, to share on Tuesday. This week sees some new releases in the form of The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and 4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan so keep an eye out for my reviews of both of those books. I'm also hoping to get my Allegiant review up this week. Phew!

October's Book of the Month!

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve!

I read this back in August so I was so happy to be able to share my love of this beautiful book with the world. The writing was absolutely stunning, the ideas were smart and there were fantastically well developed characters. Check out my full review at this link.

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