British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Stacking The Shelves #57

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.

NetGalley:

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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!

Storm And Stone: Mini Review

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How did I get it?:
Sent to me by Oxford University Press in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Behind the ivy-clad walls of an exclusive boarding school, lurks a sinister web of corruption, scandal, and conspiracy. American student Raven Stone has noticed something is horribly wrong. First there were the unexplained disappearances. Then there were the teachers’ lies. And now the death threats …Also entangled in the disturbing turn of events is the enigmatic Kieran Storm – a fellow student with a killer intellect and a body to die for. He’s heading for trouble and taking her with him. Raven can feel herself falling in love, but can she trust a boy she knows almost nothing about?

Thoughts:

I didn’t really know a lot about this book before I started it. I had heard lots of good things about Joss Sterling’s writing though, so I was excited to read this book. I think it’s a really intriguing, easy to read book. I found myself becoming hooked early on which was lovely.

I really liked the characters of Raven, Kieran and Joe. I loved experiencing their story. The story itself is intriguing. I love books based in a school setting, so this was a perfect choice for me. Storm and Stone is definitely action packed, considering it’s a fairly short book! It’s fast-paced, but not ridiculously so, it doesn’t feel rushed. The level of action is just right for the kind of book that it is.

I liked that there was a romance alongside the action in the story. I’m not big on heavily romanced novels or heavily action packed novels, but Storm and Stone found the perfect balance.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

WWW Wednesday #53

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently between two books, which is something I don’t usually do! I usually like to focus on one book at a time. I’m finishing Aesop’s Fables as part of my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. I’m also close to finishing Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. I’ll hopefully finish these both today. I’m enjoying Aesop’s Fables, but they are a bit repetitive. I’m also enjoying Heartbeat but I’m not as connected to the main character as I thought I’d be.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’ve had some trouble settling with books recently, but Dead Jealous captured my attention brilliantly. I really enjoyed it!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m going to try and read Storm and Stone before Friday, as I’m attending a blogger’s evening at Oxford University Press. OUP kindly gave me this book to read. Then next on my radar is Cress by Marissa Meyer. I’m so worried about reading this book, as I’ve really hyped it up in my mind! Let’s hope I’m not in for a disappointment!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions in the comments below, or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday posts. Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #48

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’m really happy with my haul this week!

NetGalley:

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I had requested books ages ago and they all seemed to be approved at once! Most of these are January releases so I’ll try to get to them soon. Out of this little selection I’m most excited to read Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

Bought:

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I decided to buy these books because I’ve heard great things about them!  I can’t wait to read Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. I’m also excited to read Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her before.  I’ve also heard great things about Golden by Jessi Kirby and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m intrigued by Jenny Han’s series which kicks off with The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Oxford University Press:

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I am attending an Oxford University Press blogging event at the end of January. They kindly sent me these two books to read before the event!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your links!