Friday, 31 January 2014

Best of the Bunch January 2014

Apologies for the late posting- I have had no internet connection all week!

Well, I have had a busy month this January despite there not being any evidence of it on the blog!

I am house-hunting, and helping plan my sister's wedding, and I have also been to Paris for a weekend-

Aside from that it has been extra busy at work and I am shattered!

I have still been reading well though, and this has been my January in books-

January 2014

  • Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs - 3 of 5 stars
  • Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs -3 of 5 stars
  • Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs - 3 of 5 stars
  • Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore -4 of 5 stars
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam -4.5 of 5 stars
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick -5 of 5 stars
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman -4 of 5 stars
  • Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton -4 of 5 stars
  • The Mephisto Mark/ Only You Mephisto Covenant, book 3) by Trinity Faegan -3 of 5 stars

And the winner of Best of the Bunch January 2014 is...

...dramatic pause...

... My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick!

My Life Next Door  by Huntley Fitzpatrick

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

I actually read this book on the recommendation of a fellow blogger who had it as her Best of the Bunch pick last month. I pestered the library to buy a copy of the book, read it and loved it. It's romantic, has a great plot, excellent characters and is really well-written.  

That was my Best of the Bunch pick for this month. What has your month been like?
Let me know- link up below!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Exciting New January Releases

These are some of the new books coming out this month that I am most excited to read...

Most hotly anticipated

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Glow, book 3) Goodreads

Book 2 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger- but I'm desperate to know what happens next. I'm very excited to see the conclusion of this series, and I've already pre-ordered the book. 

Also released this month

(Please note these are the UK covers and release dates)

  • Enders by Lissa Price (Starters, book 2)
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrines, book 2)
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam (Pantomime, book 2)- I absolutely loved Pantomime- I can't wait to read this.
  • A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games, book 2)- Book one was published as Sister Assassin in the UK
  • Unhinged by A.G Howard (Splintered, book 2)
  • Erased by Jennifer Rush (Altered, book 2)
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter- I have read this already and loved it.
  • Timestorm by Julie Cross (Vortex, book 3)

  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I really like the sound of this one.
  • The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver. This is the start of a new fantasy series. It is not being published in the UK (as far as I can tell), but it deserves a mention because I loved Kluver's other series. 

  • Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton. A new series set in the 1800s.
  • Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. This is a new series about a girl whose genetic test reveals she is destined to become a murderer. 

Any of these that you are looking forward to? Are there any that I've missed off this list that you are excited to read?


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