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!

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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

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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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Ten Authors I Discovered in 2016

Posted December 6, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

I feel like I’ve really branched out in my reading this year. As I’m getting older, YA becomes a little less appealing in some aspects, and I’m finding I’m expanding my reading horizons a lot as I trial and test other genres. What is great about this is that I get to discover new authors as well to fall in love with! Double the win, right? I’ve divided this post up into two sections – the first five are authors whose books I’ve read, and the second are authors whose books I’m yet to read, but am planning to read before 2016 is over (that doesn’t give me a lot of time, yikes!)

untitled-designAnne Barton (nee Anna Bennett) | Goodreads

I found Anne’s book, Once She Was Tempted at my local library and plucked it off the shelf on a whim. Boy was I ever so glad to! Anne writes the historical romances that I love – strong willed and fiesty heroines with brooding love interests and tight family units who would do anything for their kin. In. Total. Love. I can’t wait for her new books under Anna Bennett!

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 Julie Jame| Goodreads

Julie was also another random discovery! I absolutely adored her FBI/Attorney series and have found a new favourite trope! What I love the most? While everyone is sexy and gorgeous, they’re also smart, intelligent and have worked their way to where they are through hard work and integrity. The host of characters are smart, funny and loyal, and make me laugh all the time.

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Rachael Craw | Goodreads

I’ve had Spark on my bookshelf for quite a while, and never read it until this year. I have no idea why, the series was UH-MAZING! I love genetic-y superhuman power-y type stories, and Rachael sealed her fate as an amazing writer with this series, and I honestly can’t wait to read more. Like maybe that spin off series of Davis, hmmm???

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Wanderlost is probably one of my favourite contemporaries of 2016. It was such a sweet, fun read about some of my favourite places on Earth and I really can’t wait to read her other YA books!

Cath Crowley | Goodreads

How have I never read a Cath Crowley book before??? Am I even Australian? What am I doing with my life? Words in Deep Blue is one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. It was just so beautiful and it’s about words and the power of words and bookshops and books and love and really you just need to read it for yourself!

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Victoria Schwab  | Goodreads // Sarah Glen Marsh | Goodreads // Kathryn Holmes | Goodreads

Evelyn Skye | Goodreads // Brittany Cavallaro | Goodreads 

Who are some authors you’ve discovered this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Hungry for Wonderland: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Posted December 1, 2016 by Hannah in Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult / 1 Comment

Hungry for Wonderland: Heartless by Marissa MeyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 8th November 2016
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback, ARC
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, the infamous Queen of Hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King's marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Marissa Meyer and her books. I love her as a person – her writing advice is solid, she’s a beautiful person, and she has a great knack for creating really interesting worlds. However…I just don’t ever seem to enjoy the plots of her books. In saying that, I’ve only read Cinder, and haven’t as yet continued with the series. So I was looking forward to reading Heartless, a fantasy standalone back story to the famous Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Like many, many people, I’ve been a huge Lewis Carroll fan since I was a young girl (thanks Mum!). I can remember pouring through this really old copy of Through The Looking Glass we had and absolutely being besotted with the rhymes, idiocies and illustrations. So whenever a unique retelling or reimagining crops up, I am there faster than the White Rabbit.

The best thing for me about Heartless was the world. Meyer has created a fantastic backdrop to the story, and it’s probably the reason I kept on reading. Heartless has the whole host of Alice characters we know and love coupled with unique twists that will make any Alice fan smile. I also loved how there were sly little references to other nursery rhymes. For example, one of the characters is Sir Peter, a reference to the nursery rhyme Peter, Peter.  The way it was all put together was simply amazing, and I had so much fun reading all the little details, from the flamingos (‘Ah like shrimp’) to the jumble group of Hatta’s tea parties.

Sadly, that’s where things tend to go a bit south for me. Everything else I found…rather boring. Which is a shame, because I really wanted to love this novel. Cath seemed like a character that I could understand solely for her love of food. But even all the references to sweets and pies and chocolate seemed too much. There isn’t a lot of plot going on in Heartless until the last quarter of the book, as this is, essentially, an origin story for the villainous Queen of Hearts we all know from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The plot is simple: Cath wants to open a bakery, but her parents want her to marry the King of Hearts. Then Cath meets Jest, the new court joker, and everything evolves from there. I can see where Meyer was wanting to go with this – the whole idea of living your own destiny, following your own heart and not the wishes of others – but it just didn’t resonate with us. I felt as if Meyer had spent so much time creating such a wonderfully vivid world that the characters and the plot were swept aside. Even the romance seemed forced, and for a book that’s over 400 pages long, way too instalove for my liking. I would have preferred to get to see Jest and Cath’s feelings develop slowly, rather than all at once. In saying that, my favourite character was probably Hatta, aka the Mad Hatter, and I think Heartless is well worth the read for his story alone.

It’s sad when something doesn’t quite live up to its full potential, but if you don’t mind a (very) slow plot and can look past instalove for the great world building, Heartless definitely belongs on your TBR.

Check out the other blogs on the Australian Heartless blog tour below!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holiday Gift Guide for the Practical Bookworm In Your Life

Posted November 29, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 1 Comment

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Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by Broke and Bookish.

If you’re a bit like you, you mind not have need for a lot of the bookish paraphernalia that’s floating around these days. While I love seeing so many fellow bookworms who are insanely creative, it also makes me a little sad that I’ll never have any of their stuff, simply because my practical mind won’t justify the need in having little bits and bobs floating around the place, or just sitting in a box never getting used, which is why I’m more wary about subscription boxes (aside from the cost of shipping!) . So when this week’s Top Ten prompt came out, I thought it was a great way for me to find some amazingly talented people who create awesome stuff that even the most practical of bookworms can use! All links will take you to the store where you can buy the goodies, as well as the Instagram page for the business and/or the Bookstagrammer featuring their items – I hope you enjoy discovering some amazing Bookstagram accounts while you’re at it!

 

1. You Smell Nice! What Is It? Boyfriend Material!

We all need to wash, so why not smell of your favourite fictional character while your at it? Gina at Behind the Pages has got you covered. Her full range of soaps doesn’t just include boyfriends, but girlfriends as well, and most recently ‘Ship of the Month’ (honest to God Gina there better be a Chaolaena one and I’m buying 10!)

Who? Behind the Pages | Instagram 

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2. Lip Smackin’ Good!

Let’s stick with Gina for a minute, because I haven’t even told you my favourite thing about Gina and her incredible store. If you’re like me (and I can guarantee it, you probably are), you probably go through, what, at least a gazillion lip balms in your life. I lose them all over the place, they’re like bobby pins, I swear. But Gina here, Gina’s solved all our problems ladies. At this stage, I’ve only got Manon, which came with the YA Chronicles October box, but I’m putting in an order very soon because well, honestly? Who wouldn’t want Chaol on their lips?!?

Who? Behind the Pages | Instagram

3.  Scent It with Candles

Why did I not know that bookish candles were a thing? Because they are an amazing thing, and I think candles are one of the most practical gifts you can give someone, because who doesn’t want a beautiful smelling room, especially when the scent is your favourite book or character or fictional location or just books in general?

Who? Burning Pages Candles | Instagram 

Who? The Wick Library | Instagram

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I’ve recently discovered that there are some AMAZING candle makers out there, so if you get a chance, check out these other stores too:

The Book Hangover | Nook and Burrow | The Melting Library | The Leaky Candle | Meraki Candles | Anthology Candles

4. Say It Loud, Don’t Cover It Up!

I’m so in love with this beautiful iPad skin designed by Aentee of Read at Midnight, who also designed the header for my blog! I use my iPad as my e-reader, so it’s only fitting that I kit it out in something pretty to show the world what a ‘bibliophage’ I am! You can get other practical things too, such as laptop cases or iPhone covers, but I think this is my favourite!

Who? Read at Midnight | Instagram

5. There’s Nothing Better Than a Hot Beverage and a Good Book

I love my coffee almost as much as I love my books, and there is nothing better than curling up in bed or on the couch with a wonderful book and a warm drink. Or what about a mug for at work? Assert your dominance as a book lover and shout it out loud with a beautifully designed mug by Bookworm Boutique!

Who? Bookworm Boutique | Instagram

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6. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I know it’s practically summer now, but when it’s cold outside there’s nothing better than a warm pair of socks or a comfy jumper…and Out of Print have some pretty cute designs!

Who? Out of Print | Instagram

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7. Never Be Late for Any Important Date!

Never be late again for anything because this adorable Alice in Wonderland desk calendar is absolutely a perfect edition to any study space (and look, it comes with that gorgeous edition of the book too!

Who? The Rifle Paper Co | Instagram

8. Channel Your Inner Marauder

This cute 2017 planner from Hafsah at Icey Designs is absolutely gorgeous, and would make a great student diary (because we are always up to no good!) It’s the perfect size as well to slip in your bag! Perfect for any Harry Potter lover, that’s for sure!

Who? Icey Designs | Instagram

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9. More Than Just A Pouch

This is my favourite quote from Beauty and the Beast and this carry all pouch is utterly adorable! I always have too much stuff and I hate loose bits! My handbag is meticulously organised! Of course, this pouch’s practical use is completely up to you! Is it a pencil case? A make-up bag? A coin purse? It can be whatever you want it to be!

Who? Books and Cleverness | Instagram

10. Practical People Always Love Presents

As much as I love useful things, every now and again it is extraordinarily wonderful to receive something pretty yet meaningful. I love the necklaces that Julie from Author Adornments creates. They’ve got that beautiful vintage look that makes them look like absolute treasures. Being a major Mr. Darcy fan, I would definitely wear one of the Pride and Prejudice necklaces! And bonus – they also do subscription boxes too!

Who? Author Adornments | Instagram

Do you love Bookish gifts? Let me know of your favourite places to buy book related items!

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