Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cover Reveal: The One by Kiera Cass!

Okay, guys, the cover of the last book in Kiera Cass's Selection trilogy, The One, has been revealed... EVERYBODY WANNA SEE?!


 
IT'S SO BEAUUUTIFUL! I reckon it's my favourite cover of the series. I just love the simplicity of it, the white dress and the delicate positioning of the hand near the face... It's just, quite simply, gorgeous! This series definetly has some of the prettiest covers ever! I LOOOVE!<3 :')
 
So, yeah, as for the actual content of the books so far, I'd have to say... Good. Simply because I gave the first book four stars and the sequel, three and a half (reviews here and here). I'm really hoping The One will give the series the extra kick I'm looking for! Here's hoping it'll end with a bang! After all, I'm expecting a lot from it! *crosses fingers*

What are your thoughts on the cover? Is it your favourite of the covers or do you prefer one of the others? What have you thought of the books so far? Looking forward to this one? Oh and, of course, the BIG question: Team Aspen or Team Maxon? ;)

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Review: From What I Remember

Authors: Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas
Edition: Electric Monkey Paperback
Released: 7th January 2013
Series: No, standalone
Pages: 436 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Authors Website | Buy the book!

At midday, class brainiac Kylie Flores is due to give the most important speech of her life. And yet somehow she's woken up in Mexico, in a bed she doesn't recognise, with the hangover from hell and the hottest boy in school - and they're both wearing wedding bands.

She might be a budding screenwriter, but even Kylie's vivid imagination can't come up with the ending to this movie.

Rewind 48 hours...

You are in for one rollercoaster of a ride with this one. Seriously. This story will reel you in, strap you to your seat and throw you in every direction. Never have I had so much fun reading a book as I did reading this one. It's one big whirlwind of adventure. You cringe, you laugh, you feel. You'll whiz through it and come out the other side breathless but with a smile on your face. But don't be fooled, beneath the light-hearted, easy-going premise is a book with more depth than you'd think. It ain't all sunshine and sombreros.

I can't deny the clich├ęd loner girl/popular boy romance but, come on, it's a classic. You've got to love a She's All That kind-of storyline. And, yes, I just referred to a movie. I reckon Kylie would be proud. Anyway. The book is told through alternating POVs. We have Kylie, Max and Will to name but a few. Will being Kylie's very flamboyant, very sassy, very gay best friend. ;)

I adored most of the characters. They're quite the more-than-meets-the-eye lot. Each with their own issues and struggles. None of the characters affected me enough to say I had a favourite but Kylie's younger brother, Jake, came very close. He's just one of those characters you feel yourself attach to very early on and find yourself wanting to protect. I certainly just wanted to reach through the pages and hug him. Of course I can't not talk about our main duo - Kylie and Max. Our very realistic, down-to-earth heroine is fiery, determined and stubborn while our hot male lead has much more to him than the arrogant, dumb-jock image he projects around himself. Though he doesn't score high on my book boyfriends list, he isn't exactly at the bottom either.

Overall, I really recommend this book. It's a lot of fun and very easy to get into. If you want a break from really hard-hitting novels, go for this one. Though it isn't as fluffy as you'd expect it to be, it's still more light-hearted than it is heavy and you'll fly through it. With a vast range of characters and a whole lot of sub-plots to keep you entertained, From What I Remember is one heck of a rollercoaster. You'll laugh, cringe, smile, empathise and have one whale of a time.

FOUR STARS FOR THIS BOOK! :D
 
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Friday, 13 September 2013

Excerpt: Teardrop by Lauren Kate!

As some of you may know, I received a proof of Lauren Kate's up-and-coming release, Teardrop, a few weeks ago. I've yet to read it but am certainly intrigued as to what I'll think about it considering I had a love/hate relationship with the author's Fallen series... Anyway, thanks to Random House, you can read an excerpt of Teardrop here! Before you get on to it, here's some more about the promising book!

Never, ever cry... Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.


RELEASES 22ND OCTOBER 2013!

 
What'ya think?! Does this seem like something you'd like? Did you enjoy the excerpt? Tell me below!
 
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Monday, 9 September 2013

Giveaway: Win a Copy of Amber by Julie Sykes (INT)!

The lovely Curious Fox publishers have very graciously provided a copy of one of their new releases, Amber by Julie Sykes, for a giveaway on this blog. Oh, and did I mention it's an international giveaway?! How amazing is that! It looks like a seriously amazing read (I have it on my TBR pile and cannot wait to get on to it!) so, it goes without saying, I think you should all enter! ;)

How do you live by the rules if you don’t know what they are?

Amber’s lost her memory. She doesn’t even know her real name. The only clues to her identity are a beautiful amber necklace and a broken mobile phone. She’s determined to learn the truth about her past life, and the secrets she’s hiding, but how many rules will she break along the way?

Terms & Conditions:
  • You must be 12 years or older to enter this giveaway.
  • It is an international giveaway (which is awesome because the book is only published in the UK right now)!
  • There will be one winner.
  • I will not be sending out the book, the publishers are in charge of that and neither myself or Curious Fox are responsible for any packages lost in the mail.
  • The giveaway is open from the 9th September until the 24th September (12AM).
  • You must understand that, if you win, I will ask for your address so as I can forward it on to the publishers.
  • If the winner does not reply with their address within three days, another winner will have to be chosen.
  • To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below. There are a number of ways to gain more entries so feel free to enter all of them!
 
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! xD
 
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Showcase Sunday {23}

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits & Tea where book bloggers showcase the books they have received throughout the week.

So it's been a while since I've done a book haul, and that's because I've not really received any new books. I'm not taking much on at the moment in terms of blogging/reading due to school and stuff but I'm trying to post at least once/twice a week. Anyway, here are the few books I have received. :P


For Review:

Earthbound (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike:
This book looks AMAZING! I loved Pike's other series, Wings, so have high hopes for this one. It has such a great premise and just sounds so promising! Hopefully I'll be able to get on to it soon! xD HUGE thanks to HarperCollins for my (BEAUTIFUL) review copy!

A Foot in The Grave by Joan Aiken and Jan Pienkowski:
This one came through the post from Random House as a complete surprise. I believe it's a compilation of ghost stories so I'm certainly intrigued!

Amber by Julie Sykes:
I AM ALSO SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE - IT LOOKS FANTASTIC! And the cover is so pretty! Huge thanks go out to Curious Fox publishing for this one! :D

So that's my haul. What'd you think? I'm not sure when I'll find the time to read any of them but I'm hoping it will be very, very soon! Feel free to leave your own book haul link below! :)

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo