Month: December 2016

All The Books I Need in 2017: The Historical YA Edition

Posted December 30, 2016 by Hannah in uncategorized / 4 Comments

It’s time for another All The Books 2017! Can you see how excited I am? 2017 is going to be a great year for books, and I’m really, really excited that historical fiction is making its mark in YA lit this year. I love historical set novels, and I’d dearly love to read more, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know so I can add them to my TBR!!

You know the best thing about historical fiction? It covers such a huge stretch of time period, we literally get absolutely everything! I love most of history; I find it fascinating and intriguing and I love being able to see it woven into fiction. From World War Two, the rule of Julius Caesar to Regency Europe, 2017 has some amazing releases coming up. Let’s please continue this on into 2018 and 2019 and pretty much forever please! Follow the links on the covers to add them to your Goodreads TBR! (you know you want to)

I’ve also got  The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Cindy Trumbore // Odd and True by Cat Winters on my list, but they don’t have covers yet. Both sound really, really intriguing and are from two completely different time periods!!

If you’re like me and didn’t read a great deal in 2016, you probably missed out on reading these great books too (I promise I will get to Dolssa, Taneika!). I’ve had so many good recommendations in 2016, these are just some of the books that were released that I have on my TBR, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to back-read some of them in 2017.

Who said anything about conquering TBRs, right? I’m going to need a holiday from a holiday just to get through this lot alone! If you have any more historical fiction to recommend, let me know in the comments below!

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Three Reasons You Need to Read As We Know It by Carrie Butler

Posted December 28, 2016 by Hannah in Adult, Reviews / 3 Comments

Three Reasons You Need to Read As We Know It by Carrie ButlerAs We Know It by Carrie Butler
Published by Indie on 12th December 2016
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Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.

She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.

Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

Let me just put it out there – I love disaster films. Which is probably already weird, but when you add in the fact that earthquakes are one of the only things that strike fear into my heart, you might be wondering, “Huh? I don’t think that’s healthy?” To be honest, I think it’s a kind of coping mechanism, because the scary thing about pretty much every natural disaster film out there is that there’s a harsh reality behind it.

So naturally when one of my favourite New Adult authors offered up her new novel for review and I found out it was a romance survival story, I jumped at the chance to read it. “But why should I read As We Know It?” I hear you asking, wondering where I’m going with this whole conversation about earthquakes and romance. Well, I have three very good reasons for you, and if you’re looking to branch out into adult fiction in 2017 (or even the end of 2016!), then I highly suggest you add As We Know It to your TBR!

A Well Rounded Host of Diverse Characters. I haven’t come across much diversity in adult contemporary romance, if I’m honest you with you. And I hadn’t really expected it in As We Know It, so it was completely refreshing to read about people from all walks of life who are brought together because of one situation. Our MC, Elena, is a feisty Hispanic that really shines as a woman who can stand on her own two feet and has a sassy sense of humour I absolutely loved. Vincent, the romantic interest, is a war veteran suffering from PSTD. There’s great diversity between all the supporting characters as well, which just hones in the point that in a crisis, there’s more people of colour in the world than just Dwayne Johnson and his all white family from San Andreas.

Insta-Love That Actually Works (What?!). I know. If you’re like me, insta-love has always been a big no no, but after reading As We Know It, it’s really made me assess that word, and what it means when applied to different situations that we face. Granted, I don’t think you can fall in love at first sight (fall in attraction, yes), but life is full of little meet cutes, romantic or not. And natural disasters are no different, I guess? Two people relying on each other for survival and comfort are bound to bond in some way or another, and I love the way Carrie explored this in such a natural way.

Real, Nitty, Gritty Fiction That’s Not Marred by the Hollywood Complex. It’s so easy for these types of stories, in whatever format they appear, to become unrealistic, but Carrie keeps her plot firmly grounded in reality with every situation one that you can put yourselves in. Which makes the determination of the characters to survive this ordeal so much more personal. In other words, Carrie knows how to take the ordinary and put them into the extraordinary, all the while maintaining a level of humanity. There’s no sugarcoating either; there’s a darker side to humanity that is shown in As We Know It, but at the same time, Carrie instills a level of hope and determination that I hope I can carry on if I were ever in a natural disaster (and please, let’s hope not).

All in all, a heart pounding mixture of grim reality coupled with sweet romance makes As We Know It a thrilling read, and one I’d highly recommend. 

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry

Posted December 19, 2016 by Hannah in Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia HenryUnsportsmanlike Conduct Series: Pilots Hockey #4
by Sophia Henry
Published by Random House Flirt on 18th October 2016
Pages: 266
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The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”

Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.

You guys, I think I’ve found my new favourite trope.

Hockey players. Swoon.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct is the story of Kristen, a post grad Greek on a cruise (around the Caribbean) of a lifetime…but it has a catch. It’s a Singles cruise her parents have booked her on to find a Greek husband. And when the world is your oyster, a husband definitely isn’t in your plans – especially for Kristen, whose battle with Cystic Fibrosis has her living each day like it’s her last. Until she meets Pasha – not Greek, and not the kind of guy you bring home to your parents.

What was essentially a quick, lazy day read turned into something that was a little bit more – a story about living life and breaking down barriers placed upon you by society. The relationship between Pasha and Kristen was really intense, something I’m not quite used to be a slow burn type of girl, but at the same time it’s good to see people who fall madly in love in such a short time frame (it is, after all, how my parents met!).

Having not read any of the other Pilot novels in the series meant that I didn’t really get Pasha’s “bad boy” image as much, so he just came across as brooding most of the time. But he was a good match for Kristen, who at times was a little too nice and naive…but they were like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

And most importantly – the way Henry wrote about a disability I thought was very well done. You don’t see a lot of novels depicting people with Cystic Fibrosis, and I thought Henry really outshone here. There was nothing degrading or…what’s that word? Condescending about the way she wrote about Kristen’s condition, but instead gave us an insight into what it is like to live every day with a condition that gets little attention. Which should be the norm in fiction (so that’s five stars in itself)!

So if you enjoy your couples falling head first in love, you’ll definitely enjoy Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Just remember to bring a fan, because it packs some serious heat, and I’m not talking about the Caribbean sunshine (I mean abs. Pasha’s abs.)

For more information about Cystic Fibrosis in America, visit here. For Australia, visit here. For the U.K., visit here

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December New Releases Giveaway Hop! (INTL)

Posted December 14, 2016 by Hannah in Giveaways / 65 Comments

HOW IS THERE ONLY LESS THAN TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS AND LESS THAN THREE UNTIL 2017????

I don’t understand where this year has gone – it’s flown by so fast and so much has happened, I really just need a Time Turner for Christmas, thank you and goodbye. I’m back in Sydney where it is stinking hot, so if you would like to trade me one hot summer for one freezing cold (snowy) winter, I will be very happy!

This year is a funny one for me – it’s the first Christmas I’ll be spending not with family, which will be strange. The UK has spoilt me for Christmas now; for me Christmas is winter, cold and (hopefully) snowy. Once you have a white Christmas, I think it’s hard to go back to our Summer ones here in Australia, even though that’s what I’ve grown up with! On the plus side, I had a lovely time with my family in WA at the end of November, and I brought back a ton of books with me, so happy dance! Aside from binging on Hallmark Christmas movies, I’m finishing off watching Jane the Virgin and Stitchers, two of my fave TV shows – and I still have to watch the Gilmore Girls revival!

So let’s without further ado head on to the best part of this post – the giveaway! Normal rules apply, but for those who are new (or don’t remember), here is the gist of it:

ONE (1) winner will win ONE (1) November New Release to the value of AUD$30. And as long as The Book Depository ships to you, anyone can enter! Not sure if that’s you? Check here. The winners will have 48 hours from me contacting them to say hello, or another winner/s will be chosen.

Last month’s winner was Kait, who chose This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston. What a great choice!

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Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the hop for more chances to win!

And as always…

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Fantasy Edition

Posted December 13, 2016 by Hannah in uncategorized / 4 Comments

This was originally going to be a Top Ten Tuesday post (as some of you may have noticed, I also kinda forgot about it & it posted…), but then I realised that there were WAY too many books I want need in 2017, so I thought over the next coming weeks I would showcase the books I’m looking forward to next year by “genre”: Fantasy, SciFi, Contemporary, Historical, Diversity and Adult. I say genre loosely, because Adult fiction of course is more like a category, and Diversity shouldn’t be a genre because it should just be a goddamn normal thing, but let’s not get too carried away.

Let’s talk about Fantasy. FANTASY. Thank you, Throne of Glass, for making this my most favourite thing ever. The last couple of years have seen me dive headfirst into YA fantasy, and I love discovering new and old reads, so if you have any recommendations, please send them ALL my way. And 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing year of YA Fantasy. Let’s just not talk about the fact that I cannot deal with the ToG series finishing in 2017, my heart is too broken still. So without further ado, here are the fantasy books in that I need like, right now.

I’m pretty sure 2017 is going to be an epic year, because look at all these beauties! What I love about fantasy so much is that there’s such variety – from retellings to pirates to carnivals to mythical lands, my heart is going to explode all over the place.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber // Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas  

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller // Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Shields 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner 

 

 

The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale //Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

 Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B Larson

Let’s not forget about the books we don’t have covers for yet! I’m so excited for some of these books! I’m sure the covers for them will be just as gorgeous as the books sound as well! There’s going to be royals and dragons and (more!) pirates and dastardly families! And let’s not forget Rhysand, my body is ready.

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen //  // The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King // The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano // Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows //  Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts // Untitled (Stream Riders #1) by Sara Raasch // A Court of War & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

2017 also means catching up on great books that were released this year that I never got round to! I’m so lucky to have all put one of these on my Edelweiss list, so there’s definitely going to be a lot of binging coming up over the next couple of months while on uni break.

 

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye// The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

 Burning Glass by Kathyrn Purdie

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers // Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan // 

 A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess

Are any of these books on your TBRs for 2017? What fantasy books are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions, and look out next Saturday for my Contemporary Edition of All The Books I Need in 2017!

 

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Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop

Posted December 7, 2016 by Hannah in Blog Tours / 3 Comments

Hey Guys!

I’m so excited to be part of the 2016 Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Hop!

For my international counterparts, the Aussie (and Kiwi!) YA Readers & Bloggers group are a bunch of amazing people from Australia and New Zealand who love books, and can be found on Goodreads and Facebook. It’s a wonderful community, and I absolutely love it, and am so happy to be participating in my first Secret Santa Hop!

 

Funnily enough, I didn’t really read as much YA this year as I usually do. I’m definitely branching out in my reading material, and I think because I was so sick mid year and with university, I chose to read historical and contemporary romance over YA…

Wanderlost by Jen Malone // London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard // Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

Again, having not read nearly as much YA as I wanted to, means that my #LoveOzYA reads have sorely been lacking. Must get on that next year, I think!

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // Spark by Rachael Craw

 Stolen by Lucy Christopher // The Special Ones by Em Bailey //The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
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HA! The Goodreads Challenge. Oh, the Goodreads Challenge. As you can see, I am terribly behind. Like, 57 books behind, apparently. I have 70 books I need to read to complete my challenge. Why do I always set myself unrealistic goals? Actually, I can answer that one. You see, I challenged my older brother that I could read more books than he…lucky for me, he’s way behind on his own…which means I get a book of my choice! Woo! Silver linings, right?

 

If I had, absolutely had to chose, it would probably be coming back to blogging! I re-started my blog this year, and I’m so happy that I have. More on that later. This year I moved to Sydney, and it’s opened up a whole new world for me, and I’m so glad that I’m able to go to events like #YAFest hosted by Allen and Unwin and Teen Con as part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. And I’ve absolutely loved being able to meet all of the bloggers!

I’ll be touching on this a bit more in a separate post, but my Top 3 Blogging Goals are:

1. Finally get rid of my Netgalley TBR

2. Figure out how to WordPress once and for all

3. Read (and recognise) more diversely

WHY CAN’T I CHOOSE ALL THE BOOKS????

Honestly, there’s too many, and some of them are pretty much a given (we won’t talk about how Throne of Glass ends in 2017). Here are some that I’m eagerly waiting for though!

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard // Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  Wait for Me by Caroline Leech // Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B Larson // Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology by SO MANY AMAZING AUSSIES

 

So 2016 has been a bit of a crap year, hasn’t it? One thing I’ve always admired about the OzYA book community is that everyone is so accepting. Everyone is kind, but challenging. Everyone has different backgrounds, different experiences, different cultures, but we’re all united by our love of books. Having been away from Twitter and blogging for so long made it really hard to just “jump” back into the blogosphere, but the OzYA community has made me feel welcomed, new and old friends, and that’s an absolute true blessing!

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1. You’re an inspiration to the #LoveOzYA community!

2. We use the same make up brand (according to a few of your tweets, not stalkerish at all, right?)!

3. You have the most beautiful bookshelves!

 

Check out the other blogs on the hop, read about what we loved about 2016 and see if you can guess the Santees!

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