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 Thursday, 28 April 2011

Hey folks just thought I'd best put in an appearance before someone sent out a search party. I know I have been extremely lax with my posting of late but since I started my new job last week I have been so tired when I get home that I'm basically passing out straight after dinner.

Eventually I should be able to get a routine sorted so I can manage both work and my blog but at the moment that remains to be seen so y'all are getting short shrift and I'm sorry about that.

Coming up in May I do have some stuff going on for the Random Magic Blog Tour which I'm rather excited to be taking part in (pirate theme, hello? Awesome much?) so even if I totally flake on getting normal reviews and posts up I will be doing my damnedest to get my tour obligations met on time.

Although this weekend is a long weekend what with all the Royal Wedding hullabaloo going on (me personally, couldn't care less as I got bored stiff of all the media coverage months ago) I'm still gonna be MIA from the blogosphere because my sister and I are hitting the road for a mini-holiday away from the rentals. We're heading over to Warwick and the general area to hit up the Castle (cos we're super cool like that) and whatever else we feel like doing.

So please continue to be wonderfully patient and some sort of normal service may resume in due course although I think with my 9-5 working days my reading is gonna be substantially lessened (even with me taking a book to read in my car during my lunch break :P).

Love y'all to bits


It's Monday What are you Reading (36)

 Monday, 18 April 2011

Morning folk, my how the weeks are mashing together! Already half of April has gone and I'm utterly baffled as to where it went. This week is gonna be kinda tough so bear with me if posting drops off sharply, I am gonna try and get a review or two up but don't be surprised if it doesn't happen quite how I plan.

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @Book Journey

Books I read this past week
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce (Re-read)
Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse (Review coming soon)
Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse (Review Coming Soon)
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin (Another great read)
Wood Angel by Erin Bow (Review Coming Soon)

Books Reviewed in the Past Week
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater - Review

Books I'm Currently Reading
I loved the first book in this steampunky paranormal series and I'm enjoying this second book so far.

Books I plan on Reading this Week
No really I will try to get this read this week cos I'm sure Jess will be wondering if I'm ever gonna return it :P

The rest of this week's reading will be pot luck so hopefully there'll be some good reads coming up.

What are you Reading this Monday?


In My Mailbox #46

 Sunday, 17 April 2011

Hello and welcome to this 'ere blog on this 'opefully lovely Sunday (I've not got much faith in the English weather but who knows it could turn out nice). I'm not doing a vlog again this week because I was out for a good chunk of Saturday and I didn't want to film it late in the evening cos I was beyond the valley of exhausted and y'all don't need to see uber-sleepy Rachel. By next Sunday I should be back in the vlogging mood so don't worry.

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Kristi @The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

Books Acquired This Week
Chill Factor (Weather Warden #3) by Rachel Caine
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Blue Fire (The Healing Wars #2) by Janice Hardy

I realised after I took the photo and uploaded it onto my computer that last week's books were all orangey/pink colours and this week it's all bluey/greens. Just a random observation for ya :P

I bought all of these and it's kind of a miracle that I didn't buy more because I was tempted by *so* many books that are next-in-series but the majority of them I've not read the most recent one anyway so there was no point buying them just yet.

A modest haul which could have been much bigger if I hadn't restrained myself :P

What have you got in your Mailbox this Week?


Book Review - Lament

 Saturday, 16 April 2011

Evenin' all, this is gonna be rather an interesting review since most folk should know that when it comes to my YA Paranormal preferences, Faery books are pretty low on my list of favs. However this one was different...

Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date: 22/3/2011 PM
Source: Gifted by Jess
Description: Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old  faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .(Description taken from Amazon)

My Review
It has taken me quite a while to get round this book since I acquired it from the lovely Jess back in August and I actually tried to read Ballad last April cos I got confused about which book was first so that I managed to figure out which way up to hold the book is a miracle in itself :P

I'll own up to feeling slightly confused again when I started reading this because after the very cryptic prologue and how we were launched straight into Deirdre's meeting with Luke I had a hard time grasping when Dee was supposed to have dreamt about Luke (unless the prologue *was* her dream in which case it could have been a tad clearer). I also usually have slight quibbles with how quickly the girl seems to fall for the faery/half faery boy but this time it didn't bother me as much since Dee has enough sense to admit that it's kinda odd how much she's drawn to Luke when she barely knows him.

A big factor of what made me really like this book was Maggie's writing and the work she put into all the Faerie lore and Celtic influences. As with Shiver & Linger, Lament has such beautiful descriptions and it makes it a real pleasure to read. Add all the gorgeous Celtic songs and it creates a haunting atmosphere which is so perfect for the disturbingly ambiguous nature of faeries.

The other thing which also made me laugh and endeared the book to me was James. He's cute, funny and really cares about Dee like the poor best-friend-in-love that he is. He has some of the best lines in the book which really cracked me up. My fav moment with James is this -
 "I can show you some things he can't, as well." James let the shop door close behind him. "Lovely." James' attire was a bit strange- he had accessorised a t-shirt that read You: Off My Planet with an iron fireplace ash scoop, which he held over his shoulder like a rifle. The combination was oddly appropriate. (Pg 171)
 Seriously isn't that the *best* bit of description ever? I can literally see James strolling in looking all bad-ass with the ash scoop and it really tickles me. Kudos to Maggie for being so awesome with her character creation.

The story moved along rather nicely and the tension definitely racked up a bit leading up to the climax. I did really like the ending as everything was wrapped up neatly enough that it could stay as a stand-alone book although I'm still looking forward to picking up Ballad again. I know it features James more and since I love that boy it'll be sooner rather than later :P

For the normally anti-faerie person like me reading Lament was a refreshing experience with its fab combination of scrumptious writing, detailed lore and complex characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book although I don't think I could ever dislike anything Maggie Stiefvater writes cos that woman is just pure awesomeness.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I technically started this review back on Thursday but it's taken me a pathetically long time to finish so apologies. Enjoy your Saturday night my lovelies!



Braaaaains, Rock Salt and other bizarre ways to cope

 Monday, 11 April 2011

Yea you read that post title correctly, I promise you I've not gone totally barmy but I reckon some folk might think I'm slightly touched in the head by the end of this post. If you've not seen my In My Mailbox post from Sunday then you might not know that my Grandfather died suddenly last Thursday and instead of taking time off from blogging like saner people might do, I'm gonna be blogging through my grief as it were as I think keeping my mind occupied on something I love is better than being sat ruminating on how bleak life seems right now.

In explanation of the post title; last night I watched the first episode of The Walking Dead on Five. I know this series was shown in the US several months ago but it's taken it's sweet time in getting over the pond so when I saw the adverts for it I got majorly excited (this was maybe over a week ago).
Now you'd think that after a death in the family that you'd want to avoid any and all TV shows that involve death and gore, me... well I'm a little odd and I love shows like that so I sat myself down last night and revelled in the serious creepiness of the spectacular zombie SFX in The Walking Dead. Oh and maybe drooled a wee bit over Andrew Lincoln cos I really rather liked him in Love Actually :P

I also have been binging on another TV show recently and just this morning may-have-kinda-sneakily ordered the third season boxset off Amazon. Yea I'm talking bout them Winchester brothers in Supernatural :P
Normally I consider myself to be pretty wussy when it comes to horror films and other scary shit like that but with Supernatural there's enough humour and non-scary stuff to balance out the terrifically creepy beasties that Sam and Dean come across every episode. So I get the thrill of being scared without being so terrified that I have nightmares for weeks afterwards, plus the added bonus of Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki being adorably bitchy with each other and suavely wasting ghosts like the bad-ass pros they really are.

I realise that my choice of comfort TV is probably rather disconcerting (at least it is to my parents) but my reasoning is that the more shocking and scary it is, the smaller the chances of me bursting into tears at some random moment. If I watched some fluffy rom-com I'd most likely spend half the film getting misty-eyed and to be perfectly honest I look hideous when I cry and it exhausts me like hell so I'd rather avoid a crying jag if possible.

I wonder if I'm the only person who has turned to seemingly "inappropriate" TV shows or films in times of grief - I'm hoping that if I drown myself in vivid imagery of things worse than I've seen it'll overwrite the memories that at the moment are seared onto my mind. I would love to have nothing but pleasant reminders of my Grandad and to have that Thursday night erased from my visual memory but I reckon it will take more than a few zombies and demons to shift it.

So I'd like to know, has anyone else got a bizarre choice of movie/tv show/book that they turn to when they need comfort whether it be merely after a bad day, or after the loss of a loved one, that other people would consider as odd?

I swear I'm only half-mad


It's Monday What are you Reading (35)

Morning folk, this week will hopefully hold a little ray of positivity as I have job interviews today and Wednesday so... *crosses fingers*

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @Book Journey

Books Read in the Past Week
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Review Coming Soon)
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (Cute & Funny MG read)
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (Comfort Re-read)

Books Reviewed in the Past Week
Where She Went by Gayle Forman - Review
Temeraire by Naomi Novik - Review

Books I'm Currently Reading
About half-way through this and will steadily keep munching through the chapters. I do so love this series.

I'm three-quarters done with this and dang if Paisley isn't the craziest teen ever to go on a crime spree!

 I have already read the first book in this Song of the Lioness omnibus and I'm almost done with the second book. I haven't decided yet whether I'll re-read the third yet or just skip to number four.

Books I Plan to Read this Week
I think with how bat-shit crazy-awesome Pretty Bad Things is turning out to be I really ought to be picking C.J. Skuse's other book up real soon no?

Other than that I'd rather like to just finish what I've already started.

So What are You Reading this Monday?


Book Review - Temeraire

 Sunday, 10 April 2011

Disclaimer - I wrote this review early last week at a stupidly late hour so any incoherency is due to that fact.
I thought I should post something to bring some levity to the blog after my IMM post this morning.

Title: Temeraire
Author: Naomi Novik
Date: 21/3/2011 PM
Source: Bought
Description: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire. (Description Taken from Goodreads)

My Review
I was intrigued enough by the mere premise of this series - dragons in the Napoleonic wars - to get the first book as soon as I could find a copy. As you start reading it you almost feel sad that it's historically-based fantasy and not purely historical fiction because heck knows *I* would have loved History lessons even more if it involved Dragons!

The whole mythology surrounding the origin and usage of dragons in warfare etc. is so well though out that it makes a hell of a lot of sense and fits really well with the time period. A century or so later and I reckon that even dragons would become outmoded and antiquated as the Industrial Revolution swept through Europe.

As far as characters are concerned there is a whole host of colourful persons in this book. I really liked Will Laurence for how well he stepped up to the task of handling a dragon despite having to give up his naval career. He's brave, smart and has an excellent moral compass especially when it comes to the treatment of dragons and not just his own. His sense of duty is strong enough that he'd risk offending his fellow aviators to ensure the well-being of the dragons he meets.

Speaking of dragons, Temeraire is possibly the most fascinating creature I've read about in a long time - he's fiercely intelligent, extremely quick at learning and far more articulate than any human can ever hope to be. I also believe that he has a pretty decent sense of humour as far as dragon humour must go :P. The mystery behind his origins was really intriguing and when all is revealed it's not wholly unexpected but still seriously cool nevertheless.

Overall it's a fabulous adventure and a most exciting start to what seems a very promising series and I can't wait to continue with it in the near future. I'm sure that warfare with dragons can only get more fascinating and Laurence and Temeraire still have lots to learn about being in the Corps with a long war ahead of them.

So if dragons are your thing or even just historical fiction then I really recommend giving this series a look-see as it's a fab mashup of two of my favourite genres.

My Rating: 4 out 5 Stars

I wouldn't usually post a review on a Sunday but I still am so backlogged with reviews and I'm not reading a whole lot at the moment (well I am but since I'm juggling several books I'm not finishing much) so I thought why not get this posted since I did technically write it on Tuesday or something but extenuating circumstances delayed my being able to type it up.

Has anyone else read this series? Let me know if you please...


In My Mailbox #45

Lovely followers I would say that this was the worst week of my life but that wouldn't be true, up until Thursday afternoon this week was pretty great actually. Then everything fell apart when my Grandad died. I'm sorry to be so horrifically blunt about it but I'd rather not dance about the fact that it happened although I'm still so utterly shell-shocked and devastated it's amazing I'm even doing a post today.
I am sorry to start this on such a bleak note but I felt you guys needed to know why there is no video showing all of this week's books - I cannot sit in front of my webcam and act like everything is normal when it most definitely is not.

In my Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

I did make a video on Wednesday when I received the most amazing package from Sasha Soren, the author of Random Magic, and despite what's happened since then I still want to show it to you guys because it was genuinely wonderful moment and I am so grateful to Sasha for taking the time to send me such a lovely gift that really was the highlight of my week.

What was inside the Package

A copy of Random Magic by Sasha Soren
Two Random Magic Postcards
An Awesome letter full of loveliness from Sasha
A little square of raspberry-filled dark chocolate
A packet of peppermint tea leaves
A oldy-worldy illustrated bookmark

Books I also acquired this week
Pretty Bad Things by C.J Skuse (Borrowed from Library)
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (Borrowed from Library)
Prisoner of the Inquisition by  Theresa Breslin (Borrowed from Library)
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Already finished it)

So that is what I got in my Mailbox this Week, Apologies for the earlier bombshell I will not be talking about it again on the blog but I am determined to continue blogging with a reasonable amount of normality although I can't guarantee that my posts are going to have anywhere near their usual amount of crazy peppiness. I'm hoping that this blog and all you awesome folk will keep my mind occupied during this incredibly difficult time.

What's in your Mailbox this week?


Book Review - Where She Went

 Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Good evening my dears, I would have liked to have done this review for yesterday but it is proving to be quite a difficult set of thoughts to pin down so apologies for any general vagueries and incoherency.

Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Date: 17/3/2011 PM
Source: Borrowed from Jess
Description: It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other. (Description taken from Goodreads)

My Review
When I read If I Stay last year I was utterly amazed at how one small book could be so beautifully moving in the face of its tragic subject matter. Needless to say I was desperately excited to read this book and leapt at the chance to borrow a finished copy before it's official release day (Which is today I believe - although I saw copies of it in a bookstore last week :S).

What I loved most about this book from the outset was having it from Adam's POV - I want to give that lad such a big hug it's unreal. Seeing how he has tried to protect himself from hurt in the three years since Mia left him does make him come across as a bit of a Rockstar Douche but you can feel how much pain he hides under that exterior and my heart really went out to him. I especially loved all the song lyrics at the start of certain chapters (I think it was the "present" ones).

Another thing I really like about Gayle's writing - besides how darn gorgeous it always is - is how wonderfully we drift from what's happening in the present with Adam and Mia back to memories of how things were before and after she left. I also really liked how the blanks between Where She Went and If I Stay get slowly filled in from Adam's side over the course of the book and you can begin to understand why Adam is the person he is at the start of the book.

Although I know that it was Mia who went through the incredibly harrowing experience of being in the car accident and all the long months of recovery after she woke up from her coma, I can't help but feel like Adam got a pretty raw deal too. He had to spend three years wondering why the girl he loved so much he couldn't bear to lose her, just left him without any sort of explanation. That was some major heart-stomping shit right there and it actually made me dislike Mia a bit (although I'll grant you her reasons for doing what she did are somewhat understandable).

The setting of New York for the present sections of the story really made me wish I could visit the city since I am kind of in love with the idea of pulling an all-nighter whilst wandering the streets of Manhattan as I'm sure there's endless amounts of cool stuff to see when the majority of the people have gone to sleep - although I won't deny that I'd probably be just a wee be terrified of what else may lurk in the dark :P

Overall I really enjoyed how Adam and Mia reconnected over this one night although it didn't move me to tears like If I Stay did (but that could have been down to my mood when I read it cos normally I'm a big baby and cry at everything :P) it was still a truly wonderful read and I highly recommend it. If you've not read If I Stay then seriously what have you been doing? Yes this review may have spoilered the ending but the existence of the book at all kind of does that as well so just get on and read it already!

My Rating: 4.5 out 5 Stars

*sigh* I am so glad I've got that done, it was one of those books that you kinda need review with some sense of eloquence and I find that really darn hard sometimes. If I pulled it off then hurrah, if not well I'm sorry but it's my thoughts either way.

Now if you'll excuse me I have some Supernatural to be watching


It's Monday What are you Reading (34)

 Monday, 4 April 2011

Howdy folk now I know it has been a looong while since I did one of these posts but as we're now in a new month I'm not gonna bother listing the books I read in the last two weeks of March if you want to know then check out my Round-off post here - I'm in the process of catching up on several of the reviews so there are a couple of review links but more shall be forth-coming in the near future *knock on wood*

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @Book Journey

Books Read in the last week
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks (Review coming soon)
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Re-read in time for CoFA :P)
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales (Review coming soon)

Books Reviewed in the last week
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe - Review Here
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting - Review Here
Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce - Review Here

Books I'm Currently Reading
I've been wanting to knock several of my uber chunky fantasy books off my TBR pile and yesterday I picked up this one. Lord I hope he doesn't kill off more of my fav characters (but it's likely that at least one might bite the dust)

Books I plan to read this week
Since I've borrowed this off the lovely Jess methinks I need to get cracking on with actually reading it so I can get it back to her along with Where She Went (which I should be reviewing next). I'm kinda wondering when Chicken House are gonna print their edition of this since The Maze Runner was released last year and I wants my copy to match *bats eyes prettily*

Dunno what else I might read this week but with the release of City of Fallen Angels being this week it's likely that I might by getting my mitts on a copy and devouring that ASAP. Either that or I'll re-read either City of Bones or maybe Clockwork Angel.

So what are *you* reading this Monday?


In My Mailbox #43 & #44

 Sunday, 3 April 2011

So last week while I was having my off-phase I did actually record a vlog for IMM but I never actually posted it therefore this week y'all get two vlogs for the price of one! How fab eh?

In my Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

Books acquired last week
Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Books acquired this week
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
Wood Angel by Erin Bow
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Rockoholic by C J Skuse

Supernatural Season 1 box set
Supernatural Season 2 box set (Yes I do rather like those Winchester Brothers :P)

So that's what I got in My Mailbox in the last two weeks, what have you guys got?


Book Review - Tortall and Other Lands

Evening Folks! Another review for y'all today since I'm on a bit of a roll with posting right now.

Title: Tortall and Other Lands
Author: Tamora Pierce
Date: 9/3/2011 AM
Source: Bought
Description: This collection of fantasy stories contains all the tales from Tamora Pierce's land of Tortall. In addition to pieces previously published in anthologies, Tortall & Other Land contains two new stories. The collection encompasses stories about characters both old and new. (Description taken from Goodreads)

My Review
Now normally I don't tend to read short story collections since they're often a bit hit & miss with me but obviously if Tamora Pierce has a collection of short stories then I am guaranteed to pick it up because I fangirl over Tammy's books. So in the interest of expediency I shall review each story in the collection in one sentence.

The Dragon's Tale - Loved this story! Kitten is the cutest baby dragon ever and being able to see through her eyes is so fab.

Elder Brother - An interesting look at what happened after Numair turned a mage into a tree and somewhere else a tree turned into a man. 

The Hidden Girl - A good moral but not my favourite story

Huntress - a genuinely creepy contemporary story with a fantastical element. 

Lost - Another fab story with an appearance from my favourite Tammy creatures - darkings! Gotta love those cute little buggers

Mimic - Interesting story about a peculiar lizard.

Nawat - I personally love the Trickster books and Nawat is one of my fav characters, in this story you get to see a very different and almost worryingly crow-like side of him as he struggles to cope with his new role as a father. 

Plain Magic - Amusing story about a girl whose village try to sacrifice her to a disgruntled dragon

Student of Ostriches - Story about the life of a character mentioned in an Alanna book. Liked it.

Testing - This was more autobiographical than fiction. But interesting nevertheless

Time of Proving - Very short and generally forgettable story. 

Overall I liked the collection although there were a couple of stories I didn't care for much. The stories I liked the most were the ones that featured characters or creatures I already knew and loved.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Ok so this review took me longer than expected since it is apparently impossible for me to concentrate on my computer while I'm watching TV (I know it would be sensible to not have the tv on while writing reviews but I'm not a sensible person am I? :P)



March Round-Off

 Friday, 1 April 2011

Holy Cannoli where does the time go?! Seriously we're now one quarter of the way through 2011 and I'm still wondering how it's happened! Yes I may have spent a good part of this month in a rather down and unmotivated corner of Blah thus resulting in an entire week of no posts and an overall lack of reviews this month. But I am now back onto my feet (metaphorically speaking as I'm currently sat down) and determined to kick things back into gear and not let this blog which I have put so much work into, fester from neglect. *pounds chest*

So while this Round-off of this month's activities will be embarrassingly sparse it will be a lesson learned - do the bloody reviews straight away!

Books Read in March
36. Rosebush by Michele Jaffe (2/3/2011 AM)
37. Jinx by Meg Cabot (5/3/2011 AM)
38. Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (5/3/2011 PM)
39. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (8/3/2011 PM)
40. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce (9/3/2011 AM)
41. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott (11/3/2011 PM)
42. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (17/3/2011 PM)
43. Temeraire by Naomi Novik (21/3/2011 PM)
44. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (22/3/2011 PM)
45. Nothing like You by Lauren Strasnick (22/3/2011 PM)
46. Matched by Ally Condie (23/3/2011 AM)
47. The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen (25/3/2011 AM)
48. Take me There by Susane Colasanti (25/3/2011 PM)
49. Girl v. Boy by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout (27/3/2011 PM)
50. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks (30/3/2011 PM)

Books Reviewed in March
Ghost of a Chance by Rhiannon Lassiter - Review
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting - Review
Forest Born by Shannon Hale - Review
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce - Review
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe - Review
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting - Review

Favourite Book of the Month
This is a rather easy choice since I've only had one 5 Star book in March which I read right at the beginning of the month ironically enough so everything since then hasn't swept me up quite as much. Check out the link just above for my review of Rosebush.

Honourable Mentions go to Matched by Ally Condie and Where She Went by Gayle Forman - I will review these two in due course *pinkie swears*

Other than those piddly few reviews and the usual meme posts I have posted nothing much else of interest this month I'm afraid but in April I am hoping to maybe participate in BEDA or Blog Every Day in April to really get myself back into the swing of writing posts and whatnot. I'm thinking of combining the daily posting with a fun, quirky feature that involves me wittering on about my views on certain bookish things and also non-bookish stuff (since I'm bound to run out of book-related topics over a month). 

Stay tuned for new and funky things plus (hopefully) several reviews over the next week as I catch up on at least half of March's reviews.

Happy April Fool's Day!


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