Monday, 30 November 2015

'Blood, Ink & Fire', by Ashley Mansour

Title: Blood, Ink & Fire
Author(s): Ashley Mansour
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Publisher: Upturn Publishing
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Source: NetGalley (ARC)

Imagine a world without books…
In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist.
But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She’s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her.

Noelle’s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time—and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world’s last hope of bringing them back.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?


Thursday, 26 November 2015

'Reasons to Love a Nerd Like Me' by Becky Jerams

Title: Reasons to Love a Nerd Like Me
Author(s): Becky Jerams
Release Date: 12th October 2015
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Author

Scotty Williams is the nerdiest 17-year-old at Havensdale College - and proud of it. However being a nerd can have its downsides, particularly when you're constantly being targeted by the school bully Taylor Raven and his cronies. As Scotty tries to navigate his final college years with the aid of his best friend Olive, he also finds himself on the radar of the mysterious and intimidating Vincent Hunter, toughest guy in the Sixth Form. Is Vincent really as bad as he seems? Will Scotty's darkest secret ever be revealed? Can he ever just finish his last few college years in peace? But most importantly... will any guy ever find the reasons to love a nerd like him?

Thursday, 19 November 2015

'The Rosie Effect', by Graeme Simsion

Title: The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2)
Author(s): Graeme Simsion
Release Date: 24th September 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought

The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project.

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

Join Don and Rosie in the next chapter of their weird and wonderful journey in Graeme Simsion's unmissable new novel, The Rosie Effect.


Monday, 16 November 2015

'D.C. Trip', by Sara Benincasa

Title: D.C. Trip
Author(s): Sara Benincasa
Release Date: 3rd November 2015
Publisher: Adaptive Books (Adaptive Studios)
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Author and comedienne Sara Benincasa takes a bold, fearless and irreverent look at the classic high school trip to Washington DC.

Alicia Deats is a new teacher chaperoning her very first high school trip to Washington DC, and nothing could be more terrifying than a class full of horny, backstabbing, boundary-pushing teenagers under her watch. To make matters worse, she embarrassed herself with her co-chaperone Bryan Kenner with one too many margaritas and an ill-placed vomiting incident at last year’s teacher mixer and is hoping this trip can be a fresh start for them. Alicia believes in positive reinforcement and trust to keep her students out of trouble, but best friend high school sophomores Gertie, Sivan, and Rachel have a different idea: they plan to take full advantage of the un-parented freedom that a trip to DC offers. DC TRIP by novelist-comedian Sara Benincasa is an honest and irreverent journey of sexual confusion, bar shots, drag queens, and pot cookies in the Rose Garden.


Friday, 13 November 2015

'The Girl on the Train', by Paula Hawkins

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author(s): Paula Hawkins
Release Date: 15th January 2015
Publisher: Transworld (Random House)
Genre: Thriller
Source: Bought

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To

Ah, book to movie adaptations. Sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them, but we can't deny it's a great feeling getting to see our favorite books up there on the silver screen or going home and wanting to pick up a book because we loved the movie (I'm looking at you, The Martian).

So, for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday (and my first here on the blog, yay!), I'm gonna share with you the book adaptations I'm most looking forward to in upcoming movie releases!

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

I absolutely can't wait to see the conclusion of the 'Hunger Games' franchise, my favorite of the last few years. I actually think I like the movies better than the books (not saying I don't like the books, but the movies bring such a different look into the world, instead of just being confined to Katniss' head), and I trust that they will have done a great job with this last installment.

I am still secretly hoping that that one thing that happens to a certain someone in the book does not happen to their movie counterpart, because it's been years since I read the book and I am still not over it.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

'Affinity', by Sarah Waters

Title: Affinity
Author(s): Sarah Waters
Release Date: 1999
Publisher: Virago 
Genre: Neo-Victorian, Historical Fiction
Source: Bought

An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by one apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

'Illuminae', by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author(s): Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Release Date: 22nd October 2015 (UK)
Publisher: Rock The Boat (Oneworld Publications)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher (ARC)

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.