A round-up: Because it’s been a while.

I am very, very sorry for peppering you all with reviews. I know personally that other posts are a little more…enticing. But reviews are definitely important. Here’s a bit of a round-up – I won’t be doing one like usual because it’s been a while since I did my last one and it’s too hard and too long to list everything that I’ve done since February (yes it’s been a while).

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The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
•Try to post titles under at least a few of the categories below.

Bought:

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  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

And via my Kindle:

Magonia (Magonia, #1)Made You Up

  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Gifted:

We went away in April, and my mum was kind enough to buy me a book to take.

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  • Cress by Marissa Meyer

And she was also kind enough to buy me A Darker Shade of Magic when it was a Kindle Monthly Deal.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Read: 

Since this is already all over the place, here are my most recent reads:

  • Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  • White Space by Isla J. Bick
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fae by C. J. Abedi
  • Phoenix Island by John Dixon
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • The Boy Meets Girl Massacre by Ainslie Hogarth

To be read:

  • The Wrong Girl by C. J. Archer
  • Captivate by Carrie Jones

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I hope you liked this post and for sticking with me! Please feel free to share what books you’ve recently bought/read in the comments! I’m always interested.

Review: Skulk

Skulk by Rosie Best

Skulk

Publication date:  January 1st 2013

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Number of pages: 387

Series: Skulk (1#)

Genre: YA Paranormal

Source: Received in exchange for review. This has not influenced my review.

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Goodreads synopsis:

When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

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Review:

Okay, I’m not gonna lie: my expectations for this book weren’t exactly extremely high. And before you go off skulking (geddit?!) let me explain.

You see, I’m not terrible keen on shapeshifter/talking animal books. Werewolves aren’t too bad but generally, this is a no-go area for me. But what can I say? I was pleasantly surprised by Skulk. Hoesntly, I wasn’t completely wrapped in the shapeshifter business, but really I thought that the author pulled it off quite well.

I absolutely loved the way that the author had seamlessly incorporated London into this book. I could really vividly picture it and it was actually one of the things I loved most about this book.

I have never come across a main character who does graffiti before. It was really interesting to see it from a different perspective, rather than just the defacing scribble of juvenile delinquents as it tends to be portayed as (or at least where I live). It was really cool to see it talked about as an actual art form with passionate supporters.

Overall I thought that Skulk was entertaining enough. The pacing was reasonable and I really liked the world that the author had created, with all the different stones and species (if that’s what you’d call them). I wasn’t super into the romance, at least not at first. I think that it grew on me after a while. I actually lost interest in the story a bit towards the end as well.

Probably my major issue with this book is the unrealistc reactions the main character had to a certain couple events. I am going to go ahead and describe them because they happen very early on in the book. First off, the main character witnesses someone shapeshift, and then die at the hands of a vicious fog in front of her eyes (keeping in mind she doesn’t actually know shapeshifters are real until that moment) and then her basic reaction is along the lines of ‘yeah, alright’. Really? And then she HERSELF shapeshifts for the first time, and yet again, she barely even reacts.

I think that this book was alright. It’s the kind of book you pick up should the chance present itself.

3/5 comets
The Earth shook. If they thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa was leaning before…

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Apologies for the sketchy-ness

If you follow any other blogs (how could you?!), you will probably be well and truly sick of bloggers going away and coming back with a post complaining about their problems.

Well I’m sorry ok?

Just kidding.

There are multiple reasons why there is a lack of posts on this blog.

1) School

Yes, I’m playing THAT card. But it is a fantastic reason. A terrible reason, actually. As a Year 11 student, I have my first exams coming up not next week, but spread over the two weeks after that. Do you know what that means? I have to sit five three hour tests that can be worth as much as up to 50% of my grade, which scares me. That’s a lot of essays, people. So I have been spending all my time doing assignments and tests and now I have to study for these things.

2) Holidays

During my last holidays I went away for a week. And the entire week at home was spent trying to rush through all my holiday homework so I could get it done = no time to blog.

3) My other blog(s)

Recently I have set up another two blogs for my other two interests. I’ve almost completed the design of one of them, but again I haven’t really had time.

4) THIS blog’s design

Before I could post again, I absolutely had to change my blog design. I apologise for the abomination that it was.

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So what I plan to do is begin posting again on the three days I have after exams before I go to school. Who knows if I’ll post before then?!

Well if you do know, please tell me.

The Atrocity of the Real World.

I found about this thing called ‘the real world’ the other day. Apparently other people have been living there for a long time.

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But anyway, I was talking with my friend at lunch and (for some reason) we were talking about this couple and I was happily like, “I ship them.” Then I was really proud because I used “cool speak” and beamed at my friend happily.

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But she was staring at me like this:

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I got an answer somewhere along the lines of a confused “what?”.

Tragically I can’t remember the conversation, but it probably went little like this:

“You know, shipping.”

“What?”

“SHIPPING.”

“What?”

“Shippingshippingshipping.”

So basically I ended up explaining what ‘shipping’ means. She was amused. Then my other friend came and my friend was like something along the lines of: “Hey! Liv ships something.”

And then I had to explain the whole shipping thing again.

And then I had to explain the whole thing again to yet another unrelated person at the end of the day.

#fangirlproblems

But basically what happened was that I discovered that perhaps the word ‘shipping’ is a fangirl only thing, not “cool speak”. I was pretty crushed. I had been pretty proud.

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But deep breaths later I came to the conclusion that I just speak a second language. Fangirl language.

I don’t know if it’s just people around me who don’t know the “flingo” (fangirl lingo. Just came up with that then. COPYRIGHTED. MWAHAHAHAHA) or if normal cool people elsewhere do use these terms as well. Feel free to let me know.

Oh my goodness. People who speak flingo can be “flinguists”. I love my nerdiness. NERD PRIDE.

But I can see this problem arising again with phrases like “OTP”. It’s hard being a flinguist.

 

A Small Madness Review

A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

A Small Madness

Publication date: January 28th 2015

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Number of pages: 240

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Source: Received in exchange for review (thank you so much Allen & Unwin!!). This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn’t show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn’t show and she couldn’t tell anyone.

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

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Review:

My head hurts so badly right now. It’s expected since it was ONLY TWISTED TO EPIC PROPORTIONS.

There just aren’t words for what this book made me go through. Thank goodness for that, actually.

A Small Madness tells the story of a girl named Rose. I will warn you, that if you are really uncomfortable with the topic of teen pregnancy or particularly, sex, in books then I’m telling you now that you will not be comfortable with this book. This is a raw, gritty portrayal of teen pregnancy and the author doesn’t gloss over anything.

But that’s one of the reasons why this book really touched me.

We see how the way that the main character, Rose, is forced to deal with her pregnancy and how it transforms her. The things she does. I can’t even. It’s so heartbreaking and really does bring up themes that really aren’t dealt with enough in YA.

There are many reasons which drew me to this book. The initial being the both the topic and the writing style. I’ve never read anything before on teen pregnancy and I was pretty curious. Also, from the synopsis I could tell I would like the writing style (I love books written with that kind of detached but yet very intimate and descriptive style). I also love reading books by Aussie authors and the cover is stunning. And totally suits the tone and mood of the book. And this is weird, but it actually feels really nice.

So when I completely (unexpectedly) got this in the mail for review I completely freaked. And I may have ditched the book I was reading in favour of A Small Madness. I know. Terrible. I had just really, really looking forward to reading this ever since I first heard about this, ok? So I sat down and read, starting it late on a school night (with not much time left after homework before I actually had to go to bed) and finishing it within half an hour the next morning. I was just so, so into the story and needed to know what was going to happen.

I also read with my mouth gaping open for a short while. True story.

I just had this feeling of complete and total dread as to what was going to happen (which was thanks to the author’s brilliant writing) and knew that I wasn’t going to be completely with it until I knew what was going to happen to the characters.

Although I was not a fan of the ending. It was a little too open for my liking. I just think that while open endings can work, in realistic fiction it is particularly important to wrap-up the story and preferably provide closure.

If all Dianne Touchell’s books are like this, then I really need to look into reading them.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Goodreads author bio:

Dianne TouchellDianne Touchell is a middle child who feared Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy — and any other stranger who threatened to break into the house at night.

She has worked, amongst other things, as a nightclub singer, a fish and chip shop counter girl (not with Pauline Hanson) and a bookseller. Dianne would rather talk to her dog than answer the phone.

Review: Heartbeat

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat

Publication date: March 1st 2014 (first published January 1st 2009)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Number of pages: 223

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Does life go on when your heart is broken?

Since her mother’s sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She’s being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.

Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe. Until she meets a boy with a bad reputation who sparks something in her—Caleb Harrison, whose anger and loss might just match Emma’s own. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

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Review:

Let’s be honest here: we’re all good people. I actually had no expectations when I went into this book. No good ones, no bad ones. Pretty cray.

When ever I say “cray”, I  always want to say “fish”. Ya know, as in “crayfish”.

I’m sorry.

But really, I was actually mucking around when I started reading this. I was in a total not-reading mode. I had read a 49 page book that night purely because it was a 49 page book and I felt guilty for not having  read in a while. Then I picked up Heartbeat, just randomly. But that’s when I knew…

That we were going to be married.

Well, no. But I knew that I’d finally found a book I could stick through reading.

The things dealt with in this novel were just chronic. Everything the main character and her stepdad went through was just so, so painful. It really makes you question yourself and your ethics. What’s right and what’s wrong.

I have to say that my favourite character was easily Dan. Emma’s stepdad. I sympathised with him so much and he almost tore me to shreds. You could tell how much pain he was in, from his wife, from his stepdaughter and from his unborn son. And every time Emma said something awful to him, I could practically feel his pain.

I wanted to scream at Emma a lot of the time. Her character was so frustrating. She hurt everyone around her because she was hurting. She was really quite self-centred to tell the truth, and I felt awful for Olivia (doesn’t she have a wonderful name?!) when every thing that Emma said was about how badly she was dealing with her grief. Please, don’t call me insensitive, but I don’t like the way she dealt with her grief. And it was totally wrong of her to blame Dan.

But again, I think that’s part of the whole theme.

I thought that the pacing and length of the story were pretty much dead-on. Perfect length. Really. In that time Caleb and Emma’s relationship had enough time to bloom from zero to head-over-heels on the love scale. I loved their relationship, just a little FYI there. And I loved her relationship with Olivia too (and not just because of her gorgeous name). The pacing was great because it kept the story moving and interesting, which I find can be a little iffy in contemporaries. And I need to read more of her books.

Heartbeat will tear your heart, make it ache and make it break. Go on, let it.

4/5 comets
Meteor shower. A great show.

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Goodreads author bio:

Elizabeth ScottHey there, I’m Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can’t leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com, and I’m also on twitter, tumblr, and facebook

Counting the Stars 79#

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Counting the Stars is a weekly meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I’m probably just going to do the last week or two. Or just relatively recently.

The rules:

•Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
•Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!

I am considering making this maybe a monthly feature rather than weekly. I haven’t done this since BEFORE Christmas, so I’ll be showing what I got and some other recent purchases.

Christmas haul:

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  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

I’m really excited for both of these! My shadow hunter collection is almost complete except for that I don’t have The Shadow Hunter Codex (or whatever it’s called). And of course I’ll get Lady Midnight when it’s released!

As for Afterworlds, I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now. I almost bought it in England but I was literally one pound short. I think it sounds really interesting and unique, but I haven’t really seen that many reviews and the ones I have seen have been mediocre.

Scholastic:

As part of a Scholastic sale, I picked up these two super cheap! AND ONE OF THEM IS HARDCOVER! Unbelievably, they both amounted to less than $10 in total as well, shipping included. Not bad, eh?

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  • Unhinged by A. G. Howard
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

That sale was actually a while ago, but the books didn’t come until after my last Counting the Stars post.

Received more recently:

A few days ago another order arrived!

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  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

I needed Lola and Isla in my life because I absolutely adored Anna and the French Kiss also by Stephanie Perkins. The three books look absolutely gorgeous together. And when I saw them quite cheaply on The Book Depository, I knew I that I had to have them.

All the Bright Places and Falling Into Place look amazing. I have heard so much hype about both (particularly All the Bright Places, which was just released) and think they both sound amazing.

For review:

  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman (see my review here)I Was Here
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

Read:

I have no idea what I read in December, but here’s what I’ve read so far in January:

  • I Was Here by Gayle FormanI Was Here
  • City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass by Cassandra ClareCity of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

All of those except I Was Here are rereads. Unfortunately it’s been two years since I read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series so I had forgotten a great deal about what had happened. I want to reread both series in preparation for reading City of Heavenly Fire and The Bane Chronicles.

Currently reading:

  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Most Anticipated Reads of 2015!

I’m telling you now, 2015 is the year of amazing new releases. I struggled so, so much just picking my top ten. Really, I did. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface as well. I already have a super-duper-absolute-must-read list, as well as a really-really-want-to-read list and a please-let-me-get-to-these-too list. There will probably be even more lists. Lists are ace.

I wanted to try my hand at making a button/picture thing for this post but alas, I ran out of time. But here are my top ten most anticipated (YA) reads of 2015!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

There isn’t a cover for this one yet, which I can’t wait to see, but there is absolutely no way I couldn’t include this on my list. I absolutely adore Cassandra Clare and her writing. Her characters and worldbuilding is just phenomenal. I own all of the Mortal Instruments books and Infernal Devices books, as well as The Bane Chronicles. I don’t have the Shadowhunter’s Codex but I hope to change that. So much love for these books, but I can’t believe I have to wait until September 2015.

Current release date (all of which mentioned are according to their Goodreads page): September 2015

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I adored If I Stay and got super, super, super, super excited when I received an ARC in the mail. I am reading it tomorrow, so it can be my first read of the new year. Have I mentioned I’m excited? I think it sounds amazing. I Was Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current release date: January 27th 2015 (or February 1st in Aus)

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All That Glitters by Holly Smale

I neeeeeed this. I love the Geek Girl series – they consist of some of the only books that I’ve read that can make me laugh out loud. Holly Smale seems so nice as well. The covers are so cute and quirky. Plus, Harriet is totally based off me – except for the fact that I don’t retain half as many facts as she does.

All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4)

Current release date: February 26th 2015

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A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Now this just sounds really cool. I read the synopsis and was like, ‘wow’. Parallel Londons? I’m intrigued. I know V. E. Schwab wrote a book called Vicious and that seemed to collect a lot of hype on BookTube (YouTube for those who are unfamiliar) but I never tried it.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

Current release date: February 24th 2015

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I was in at the first line of the Goodreads synopsis – “Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world…”. The rest of the synopsis is pretty cool as well, plus I am in love with the cover. Then it gets more curious. I saw in a review that this had been optioned for a movie, so I decided to investigate. Apparently (according to my internet sources), Paramount optioned it for a seven figure deal. Whaaaaaat? Wow.

An Ember in the Ashes

Current release date: April 28th 2015

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I have heard so much hype from my fellow Aussie bloggers. So much that I am tempted to preorder it and I don’t do that usually, like at all. Maybe twice for series CONCLUSIONS but never for a book I haven’t read as part of a series or a new-to-me author. Put it this way, I’m really looking forward to the release of this one.

All the Bright Places

Current release date: January 6th 2014

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The Cage by Megan Shepherd

I think this sounds really, really good. I have been wanting to read Megnan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series for a while now and I am just as interested, if not more so, in this one. It kind of reminds me of Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott in terms of the landscape but then again, not really. It just sounds really awesome to me.

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Current release date: May 26th 2014

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Malinda Salisbury

I’ve been looking out for this one a little longer than a lot of the others. I read the description a while ago and I knew from then on that I really wanted to read this. It sounds like my kind of book. I would definitely recommend looking into this one. Plus the cover is pretty cool.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)

Current release date: February 24th 2015

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Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

No cover yet for this one either. No wonder – it’s not out until November! I think this sounds pretty cool. I would like to hear more about it – I’ll probably do some more research later on. I think that this could be something a little different and could work out awesomely (is that even a word because I feel like it shouldn’t be but at the same time it works).

Current release date: November 3rd 2015

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Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

I absolutely loved the first book! I’m really looking forward to how this one turns out! I haven’t seen all that many reviews and other bloggers talking about the first one. I don’t know if that means they haven’t read it or liked it, but if it is the first one, I really hope more book bloggers pick it up soon!

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)

Current release date: May 5th 2015

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And those are my top ten most anticipated reads! I hope you have found at least one book above that you didn’t really know about before and are interested in now! Out of the many I considered, I noticed a pattern – a lot of them are being published on February 24th 2015.

I hope you all had a great 2014, and I hope 2015 proves to be even better for you all! Thank you to those who I met this year and stuck with me from before that. I appreciate it a lot!

End of Year Book Survey!

I’m 99.452% (rounded to three decimal places) sure that I participated in this survey last year as well. I’m rather fond of it apparently, so I have decided to do it again! Plus it seems to cover everything I wanted to say. I did start doing my own thing but I seemed to forget how hectic Christmas and the days prior could be, so that went down the drain.

Thank you to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner  for hosting this – she’s done an amazing job! Click HERE to visit her and the post!2014 End Of Year Book Survey 

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Books read: 145! I was originally aiming for 200, but at the beginning of the year I decided that maybe that was too high for me and knocked it back to 150. Then again to 140. So I am saying that I made it 🙂

Number of re-reads: 5. I don’t think that’s too bad.

Most read genre: Paranormal YA. Followed pretty closely by contemporary. I think 2014 was the Year of Fantastic Conemporaries for me.

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Best book you read in 2014?

Jamie says we can cheat but I’m going to go with my most RECENT favourite, which was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
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Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart flat-out wins here. I just wasn’t really that impressed – especially since I saved it until my holiday to read it.

Most suprising in a good-way book you read in 2014?

I really loved Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and I never thought I would. The description sounded vague and nothing special to me. Well I was so wrong.

Books you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?

I can’t really think of anything in particular. But I will never stop telling people how Les Miserables is tbe best book ever when I get started.

Best series/sequel/series-ender of 2014?

That is tough. I really enjoyed the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter!

Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?

UM. UM. UM. UM. Kylie Fornasier! I love love loved Masquerade!

Best book from a genre you don’t normally read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m not usually a reader of classics but I would marry Les Miserables. Don’t test me because it would happen.

Most thrilling/action-packed/unputdownable book of the year?

Legend by Marie Lu. A spiffng show.

Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Well, I reread City of Bones in 2014 and I dare say I will reread it again in 2015. That means I will be. It’s actually a fact.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Hmmm. I really liked the cover of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

Most memorable character of 2014?

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss!

Most beautifully written book of 2014?

Guess what? I don’t even have to think about it. Les Miserables by far. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

Most though-provoking/life-changing book of 2014?

LES MISERABLES ALL THE WAY. I have to properly learn how to speak French so I can read the non-translated version.

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2014 to finally read?

I’m NOT going to mention Les Mis again, yet at least, so I’m going to say Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?

Guess the book, go on. Yes, you were right. Les Miserables. I have so may favourites but I really love:

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

Shortest/longest book read in 2014?

Here we go again.

Longest – Les Miserables

Shortest – I’m not sure but probaby Life Before Legend by Marie Lu.

Book that shocked you the most?

Probably #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue. That’s all I can think of. I didnt see a particular twist coming at all.

OTP (One True Pairing) of the year (you will go down with the ship):

I would have said Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss but I would easily take care of Etienne without Anna. Which is why I’m going to say Eleanor and Park from, well, Eleanor and Park.

Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?

The relationships between the Merrick brothers from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. Hunter included. AWWWWW.

Favourite book you read in 2014 from an author you had read previously?

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. SUCH a good book.

Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – otherwise I wouldn’t have looked twice.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Sorry to keep giving the same answers but ETIENNE ST. CLAIR FOREVER.

Best 2014 debut you read?

I didn’t read many debuts at ALL this year. But out of the ones I did read, I think The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu was probably the best.

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting that you read this year?

Either Anna and the French Kiss or Masquerade probably.

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

It has to be The Wobbit. It cracked me up so many times. The Harvard Lampoon actually write the funniest books. I’d say The Hunger Pains is my favourite though. I’ve read it three or four times and I still laugh super hard.

A book tht made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?

I’m not really much of a book crier. Though I think my eyes welled up during If I Stay. The bit with Adam at the hospital…

Hidden gem of the year?

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson. I’ve mentioned it before but nobody ever seems to have heard of it. Really good if you’re looking for something cute and fluffy and set in the wonderful Italiaaaaa.

Book that crushed your soul?

I was so excited to read Where She Went after If I Stay but my heart was broken after I found out what had happened between books 1 and 2. I couldn’t go on. Who knows? Maybe it got really good?

Most unique book read in 2014?

Maybe The Minnow by Dianna Sweeney?

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I can’t think of anything that made me as mad as such but I really didn’t like Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.

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Favourite new book blog that you discovered in 2014?

I can not give a single answer to that. However, the Aussie YA Readers/Bloggers group introduced me to so many more people and I’m so grateful to them in that regards.

Favourite review you wrote in 2014?

I seem to remember enjoying writing my reviews of #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue by Janet Gurtler and The Truth About Alice.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I always take pride in my Trendy Thursdays posts. Which I need to pick up again. I especially like ones I did of Rebel Belle, Masquerade, Deep Blue and Eleanor and Park.

Best event you participated in?

I only participated in the PTA Live: The Fault in Our Stars special showing. It was really great though.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

 I asked for and received my first print arc this year and I was really proud of myself for actually working up the guts to write an email to a publisher. I know, sounds dumb and a lot of bloggers do all the time but I was pretty nervous. I was so excited when I found out that they had approved me!

Most popular post on your blog?

Apart from my homepage, contact me and a giveaway post, my most popular post was when I posted about the release of the City of Bones movie. I know it wasn’t a super popular movie with a lot of bloggers but I really liked it. In fact I watched half the movie again on DVD last night.

Post you wished got a little more love?

I’m still suprised anyone reads anything I write, so I’m not that concerned when I have only a few viewers – especially since I haven’t been totally reliable as a blogger. I would have loved for more people to have read my Struck by Jennifer Bosworth review – I tried something new but I only had 1 view.

Best bookish discover?

Probably Harlequin Australia’s (publisher) website. At least it might have been 2014 when I discovered it. They have amazing sales all the time. I have bought at least 12 books from them.

Did you complete any  bookish challenges you set yourself at the beginning of the year?

Maybe? Probably? I set so many that I lost track of them all. I completed my Goodreads challenge, even if I did change it a bit towards the end…

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One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number one priority in 2015?

Splintered by A. G. Howard. I’ve had a copy for more than a year now. And now I have the sequel.

Book you are most anticipating in 2015 (non-debut)?

The first book in The Dark Arifices series by Cassandra Clare. I’m going to need an entire shelf just for her books soon!

Debut you are most anticipating?

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.

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A series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?

Winter by Marissa Meyer!

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your 2015 reading/blogging life?

Not get totally overwhelmed sounds pretty good.

A 2015 release you have already read and recommend to everyone?

I can’t think of any off the top of my head – sorry! I don’t know if I have read any.

Top 3 Historical YA of 2014

I’ve decided that over the remainder of December, I’m going to talk about my top 3 favourite books I have read this year in 5 different genres (historical, paranormal, contemporary, fantasy and sci-fi/dystopia).

So here are my top 3 historical reads of 2014!!

In no particular order…

 1. Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier

Masquerade

Goodreads synopsis:

It’s the Carnevale of 1750 and Venice’s ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and squares are filled with delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games. In this glittering masked world, everyone has a secret…

Set in an age of decadence made famous by Casanova, Masquerade uncovers the secrets of seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant – their dreams, desires, loves, loyalties … and betrayals.

All the world’s a stage. Let the show begin.

My review

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 2. Venom by Fiona Paul

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)

Goodreads synopsis:

Beauty, romance, murder… A novel as stunning and seductive as Renaissance Venice itself.

Cassandra Caravello is part of Venice′s wealthy elite. Her world is one of fabulous gowns, society parties and privilege, yet she longs for something more. While her fiancé is away studying in Paris, she has a chance meeting with an artist called Falco. He is attractive, audacious…and highly unsuitable.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman – with a bloody X carved across her heart – she′s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans and killers. Falco is quick to offer his assistance, but then another body is found and Cass starts receiving death threats… Is Falco more involved than she imagined? And will she be able to stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for someone she′s not even sure she can trust?

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 3. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

A Death-Struck Year

Goodreads synopsis:

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country–that’s how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode–and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can’t ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

My review

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