Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

What I'm Waiting on this week:

Slated by Terri Terry! 
Released: 3rd May 2012
Now, you guys are quite lucky to see the cover of this, as it has not been released yet. I'm getting an ARC of this and the publisher was kind enough  to send me the cover on request. This IS a dystopian and it sounds like an amazing one!

Sixteen-year-old Kyla has been 'slated': all of her past memories erased, her entire personality wiped blank. She has been assigned a new name, a new date of birth and even new parents. The government that did this to her claim she was a terrorist, and that she has been given a second chance. But Kyla knows that the government has been lying. Without her memories, how will Kyla ever find the truth? And if her old self is really and truly dead, then what are the terrifying images that still haunt her dreams?
Doesn't it sound marvelous?

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Review: Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready

She was born to die...again and again. For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart. There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift her curse Rhia must surrender herself to the wisdom of the Great Forest...and drink deeply of Death itself. And though two powerful men stand ready to aid her, even to love her, the Aspect of Crow demands unthinkable sacrifices from the one who walks its path.
Summary from

 Eyes of Crow (Aspect of Crow #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: November 1st 2006
Publisher: Luna 
Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Author web:
Source: Won from Danielle at Alpha Reader
Rating: 4 stars

Hi! I'm rating this excellent book 4/5 stars!

I won this in a giveaway, and when I started reading it I got all freaked out about tribes and stuff, thinking: "Oh no! This is something I normally read! Hide it! Ahh!" But, later, after a bit of more sensible thinking. I gave it it a go.

And loved it.

Now, be warned, there are a few *adult* scenes in this book. *ahem* sex *ahem* But it's not too graphic. If you're an older teen reader looking to move on from Young Adult this will be the perfect book for you.

However, aside from the adult scenes, this is a beautiful book and very unlike any other book I've read. The relationships between the two tribes are fascinating and Smith-Ready really makes the tension and uneasiness leap of the page.

Another thing I LOVE about this book is the idea of Spirits. The fact that Spirits can give some of their power to people who believe in them, which can increase when someone is pregnant. This idea was incredible and I keep thinking "What would I be?" 

To conclude, this is an extraordinary tale of one girls fight for her people and I highly 

4 stars!

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Quote of the day (18)

I'm going to start doing a quote of the day. You can too, just link back to me!

This quote is sourced from

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are

the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most 

patient of teachers.” 

― Charles William Eliot

Charles William Eliot

Charles William Eliot was an American academic who was selected as Harvard's president in 1869.

What do you think of this quote or do you have one of your own? Drop me a comment!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Review: Scary School by Derek the Ghost aka Derek Taylor Kent

Publication Date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Format: Ecopy, 256 pages (Hardback released 26th June 2012)
ISBN: 0062084550
Add to Your TBR:  Goodreads
Buy a Copy:  Amazon
Author’s Web:

You think your school's scary?

Get a load of these teachers:
Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungryTyrannosaurus rex!
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!
Summary from


I'm rating this book 3.5 out out 5 stars. 

I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this book! The characters in it were very funny and extremely imaginative. They almost leapt out of the page! My favourite character has to be Charles NuKid. Even though he's not a monster at Scary School, his blank ignorance really made me laugh! 
However, there were two annoying features in this book. First, the layout. However much I laughed during the chapters, they didn't string and flow together. Each chapter was a different scenario or character and I feel it could have been written to flow more. 

Second, there was one thing that really annoyed me during the course of this book. Every second line, it seemed, was: "But more about that later." And "More about that in the next book." Now seldom used these lines keep me reading but I felt they were used to often in this book. 

However, these annoying features were almost completely over shadowed by the hilarity of the characters, scenarios and plot! 

I recommend for younger readers in middle grade (or primary school for Brit's ) as this is a very funny engaging book! 

3.5 stars!

Teaser Tuesday (5)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should be reading! Anyone can participate! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teasers this week are from Fracture by Megan Miranda (ARC)

That's the real cover but mine looks like:

Description from
By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. 

But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature—or something else much more frightening

Teaser one. Chapter two, page 26.
"Janna told me that evening. She sat on the side of my bed and held my hand. She held it tight. I'm not even sure she knew she was doing it. But I let her and she told me."

Teaser two. Chapter seven, page 91.
"Hey, Delaney." I looked to my left, Troy sat on the bench, slouched low, legs sprawled out in front of him. His face was partially hidden behind his brown hair and the gray hood of his sweatshirt, but his blue eyes peered out at me. He smiled, that same crooked smile."

What do you you think of these teasers or do you have some of your own? Drop me comment!

Quote of the Day (17)

I'm going to start doing a quote of the day. You can too, just link back to me!

This quote is sourced from

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long 

enough to suit me.” 

― C.S. Lewis

As you can see by my blog name, I LOVE this quote!! It's so awesome, I might even add it to my sidebar or banner maybe. Any thoughts on that?

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was the brilliant author who wrote, of course, The Chronicles of Narnia! Awesome books. Just brilliant.
The author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was born on this day in 1898.

What do you think of this quote or do you have one of your own? Drop me a comment!

Giveaway! At Mind Reading!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Movie Monday (3)

**Hi! I'm starting another new meme! Yay! Once again let me know if someone else has done it and you can take part as long as you link back me! Leave a link in the comments and I'll check out your post!

Movie Monday is where I recommend a film. Either one I've seen at the weekend or a super old one that deserves recognition. I'll try to get book based ones but I can't promise anything!**

This week:
In Time Poster

In Time! 

Starring Justin Timberlake as Will Salas and Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis!

Summary from
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

Now as you might know, I LOVE dystopians! They're my favourite type of book so I thought I'd go and see this!

I wasn't disappointed. It was very good! Brilliant idea with tremendous acting and suspense! I highly recommend for fans of action and romance. (Also if you love a little JT)


What did you think of this movie or do you think it sounds good? Drop me a comment!

Quote of the day (16)

I'm going to start doing a quote of the day. You can too, just link back to me!

This quote is sourced from

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” 

Just because it's so freaking TRUE! :D
Charles Chaplin
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comedian actor and film director. Check out his films!

What did you think of this quote or do you have one of your own? Drop me a comment!

Sunday, 27 November 2011


I'm on my phone at the mo, so there won't be a quote of the day today :-( Sorry!


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In my Letterbox (4)

**In My Mailbox is a weekly meme where bloggers can show off books they've won, bought or got for review in the past week :) It is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren! I have only renamed it In My Letterbox as that's what we Brits call it!**

Hey! Since Publishers seem to hate me I have only got books that I've won this week.


The beautiful Divergent by Veronica Roth! From Sandy at Scribing Shadows! So thank you very much!


I won Elemental the first from Donna and Jess at Book Passion For Life! Thanks so much!

So that's it from me! What did you get in your Letterbox this week?

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Quote of the day (15)

I'm going to start doing a quote of the day. You can too, just link back to me!

This quote is sourced from

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog 

it's too dark to read.” 

Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx was a brilliant comedian and film writer! Check out his hilarious stuff!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Brilliant giveaway!

Great giveaway going on! Click on the button to check it out!


Autumn release giveaway!

Feature and Follow Friday (4)

RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - Books and Beyond & The Book Addict.
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
This weeks question is:

It's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for - blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

I'm thankful for a lot of things. First of all BLOGGERS who I'm grateful for:

Sandy at Scribing Shadows! She always comments on my posts with really lovely things to say AND she created my beautiful Thursday Graphics button FOR FREE! Thanks so much, Sandy!

Next is
My Photo

Sarah from Saz101! Like Sandy, Sarah is always first to comment on my posts and always says really lovely things! Thanks Sarah! Also, her blog needs a name so if you're creative, check out her blog and you could win $20!!

And Finally:
My Photo

Jennifer! From Rena Reviews! She, like the others, always comments and is super lovely but her blog needs more followers people! Go Go Go!

Some books I'm thankful for are:

Because they're all so awesome! 

What are you thankful for this Friday? Follow and leave a comment and go follow back!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Quote of the day (14)

I'm going to start doing a quote of the day. You can too, just link back to me!

This quote is sourced from

“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at 

how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is OBVIOUSLY the incredible author who wrote Harry Potter! Check them out if you haven't already!

What do you think of this quote or do you have one of your own? Drop me a comment!

Thursday Graphics (4)

**This beautiful button was created for free by the lovely Sandy at Scribing Shadows! Thanks so much!

Thursday graphics is a weekly meme hosted right here at Reading is my cup of tea! It's where bloggers can share images that they've like over the past week. Feel free to participate just link back to me. Leave a link in the comments and I'll be happy to check out your post!**

All photos this week are from Tumblr!

First because it's so true:

So true!

Mmm, hot cocoa season …


And Finally (even though I don't celebrate it):
Avengers Hand Turkeys … Happy Thanksgiving, America.


Secret Blogger

Hey guys! I'm just here. At school. BLOGGING! Blogger isn't blocked, YAY! Technically, I'm allowed but I still feel all cool and James-Bond like. I'm sat here covering the screen (well not really) with my lovely fellow blogger and reader and friend LAUREN! Her blog isn't necessarily a book blog but a whole range of cool fun stuff! I highly recommend you check it out and follow if you like what you see! Everything on her blog is awesome (except her creepy obsession with JLS) GO FOLLOW!

Thanks guys!