Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #33

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com/) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 
Goodreads Synopsis:

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.
 
 
 
It was the cover that first initially drew me to the book.  It is something I would normally reach for in the bookshops.  After reading the blurb I've decided that it ticks all the right boxes, I love dystopian worlds and vampires and this book has both.  Fangtastic lol.  So on the wishlist it goes.  It looks like it was released yesterday, so I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.  Hopefully it will be soon :D

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Showcase Sunday #4

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another chance to peek at what I've had in the post this week. 

This week all the books I've had in have been e-books. 

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea- what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D




Books For Review:


* Click on the images to link through to Goodreads

 The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

This is one I received from Netgalley.
Goodreads Synopsis:
 A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious?

As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. He has never been good at relationships. Asperger's Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioural patterns, and an outsider's fascination with group dynamics.

Nothing obvious connects Hesketh's Southeast Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behaviour of his beloved step-son, Freddy. But when his Taiwan contact dies shockingly, and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, Hesketh is forced to make connections that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and - most devastatingly of all - his role as a father.

Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.




Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry


This is another one from Netgalley
Goodreads Synopsis:
I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.







The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter


Another Netgalley review book.

Goodreads Synopsis:
For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
  • CALLIOPE/HERA REPRESENTED CONSTANCY AND YET HAD A HUSBAND WHO NEVER MATCHED HER FAITHFULNESS....
  • FIVE ORIGINAL NOVELLAS OF LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING AND THE WILL TO SURVIVE THROUGHOUT THE AGES. AVA/APHRODITE WAS THE GODDESS OF LOVE AND YET COMMITMENT WAS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DEAL....
  • PERSEPHONE WAS URGED TO MARRY ONE MAN, YET LONGED FOR ANOTHER....
  • JAMES/HERMES LOVED TO MAKE TROUBLE FOR OTHERS—BUT NEVER KNEW TRUE LOSS BEFORE....
  • HENRY/HADES’S SOLITARY EXISTENCE HAD GROWN TOO WEARISOME TO CONTINUE. BUT MEETING KATE WINTERS GAVE HIM A NEW HOPE....
 FIVE ORIGINAL NOVELLAS OF LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING AND THE WILL TO SURVIVE THROUGHOUT THE AGES. 




This is a review copy from the authors - thank you :)
Goodreads Synopsis:
All London wants is her life back, not something easy to accomplish with her addiction to the Sidhe Touch constantly gnawing at her. This time she's found an earthborn Sidhe who just might take the edge off her craving. If she can keep the other predators like vampires and wizards from claiming her prey, that is.




What books did you get in your mailbox this week?  Leave a comment and a link and I will have a peek :D


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Saturday, 26 May 2012

***Review*** The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff by Kody Keplinger


Released: April 5th 2012
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Series: No
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC review copy
Find At: Goodreads | Amazon UK | The Book Depository
Author Website: Kody Keplinger



Goodreads Synopsis:


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review:

Quote: “Yeah, it was sick and twisted, but
that’s reality, right? Escape is impossible, so why not
embrace it?”
Kody Keplinger, The Duff


I’ve never heard of the term Duff before, didn’t know it stood for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, which is pretty harsh in my opinion. So imaging being called a Duff by a boy and then getting it on with him........ mmmmmm... wouldn’t happen in my case that’s for sure. Well it’s what happens to Bianca the main protagonist in the book, she is called a Duff by the school male lothario. When Bianca’s life crumbles around her she uses the lothario to her own benefit, but things turn out differently than what she expected.

 I have to say when I read a book I really like to connect to the main character, this did not happen in this book. Bianca made me cringe in so many ways. I mean what self respecting girl, no matter how much turmoil her life is in, would turn to the boy that insulted her and basically said that her friends all use her as she is the ugly one in the group. Hormone overdrive or what! I wanted to throw the book across the room and shake the main character by the shoulders. Well so many things irked me about this book. I definitely think this is a marmite book – you’ll either love it or hate it. This book did leave a bad taste in my mouth and I was actually relieved to finish it. However I did finish it and it turned out to be an OK read. I can’t knock the writing style either, it flowed it was fluent and I thought the author managed to capture the whole atmosphere.

This book is geared towards older teens; I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone younger as it does have some mild sexual scenes.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop

This giveaway is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is co-hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer & Page Turners Blog


 
 
 

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Blog Tour: Straight To Heaven by Michelle Scott (Day 2)


Hi guys!  I'm so amazingly happy to be able to do another stop on the Straight To Heaven blog tour
 The Lilith Straight series is amazing, if you haven't read the first book Straight To Hell, then I urge you to.  

So for day two of the tour I have a guest post from Michelle Scott.  I hope you enjoy it!!!

Guest Post by Michelle Scott:


One of my favorite things about being a writer is completing a project. Whether it’s a short story or a novel, I experience a wonderful high each time I finish. A writing project, even something as small as a short story, can take me anywhere from six months to six years to complete. Then, when the final draft has been written, it’s off to the editor for another harrowing few months of revisions. This is why it’s such a victory to finish a project.

Usually, when I finish a novel, I’m all alone in my office, and I do what I refer to as my ‘happy dance’. This involves jiggling about in my chair while pumping my arms over my head. Obviously, I look ridiculous which is why I only do this dance when I’m all alone.

 Knowing how much I love finishing a project, my daughters told me that my solo chair dance was not enough of a victory celebration. They said that I wasn’t a real writer until I smashed a wineglass in the fireplace when I finished a novel. I have no idea where they picked this image up, but it apparently stuck with them. So, the last time I finished writing a book, they insisted that I drink a glass of champagne and throw the glass into the fireplace.

Why not, I thought. I mean, it isn’t often that I indulge my kids to the point of absurdity. Besides, my wine glasses all come from Ikea and are therefore cheap and easily replaced. Since we didn’t have any champagne, I settled for white wine. They poured me a glass and stared at me while I drank it. “This could take a while,” I told them, but they persisted.

Finally, when I finished the wine, I got ready to throw the glass. The moment before I flung it, I asked, “Who’s cleaning up the mess?”

They eyed each other. Cleaning up was not a part of the fantasy. Finally, my older daughter said, “You?”

 “No way,” I said. “I’m the writer. The writer doesn’t have to clean up the glass.”

“Maybe we don’t need to do this after all,” my younger daughter said.

Since then, I’ve gone back to my solo chair dance. It may be embarrassing, but it’s definitely not as messy.

Author Bio:


Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Her fantasy novel, The Dragons of Hazlett was nominated for a 2009 EPPIE Award. Michelle’s YA novels include the vampire romance, Blood Sisters, and the fantasy Uncommon Magic. Her latest fantasy novel, An Anthem for the Battle Lands, was recently released from Mundania Press, LLC. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.



You can find my review of Straight To Hell (#1) HERE or my review of Straight to Heaven (#2) HERE

Below you will find a giveaway that Michelle is hosting.  There is a chance to win an iPod and also ebooks of the series.  Just fill in the rafflecopter below.

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Showcase Sunday #3

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another chance to peek at what I've had in the post this week.  This week as I've had a huge amount of physical books  I thought I would do a video.  I hope you enjoy watching it!

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea- what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D









What books did you get in your mailbox this week?  Leave a comment and a link and I will have a peek :D

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Blog Tour: Straight To Heaven by Michelle Scott (Day 1 - Review)

Hi Guys!  I'm really happy to announce that Chocolate Chunky Munkie is participating in the Blog Tour for Straight To Heaven by Michelle Scott.

If you look to the left you will see the blog banner and it has all details of the where the blog tour will be each day.  You can also visit Dani @ Pen to Paper who will be giving a daily report on where the tour will be stopping.  A big thank you to Michelle Scott and Dani for letting me take part of the tour!

For my stop of the tour I will be doing a review of the book.

Straight to Heaven by Michelle Scott

Released: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Urban Fae Publications
Series: Yes book #2 in the Lilith Straight series
Format: Kindle
Source: From author for review purposes
Find At: Goodreads | Smashwords | Amazon | Amazon UK
Author Website: Michelle Scott


Goodreads Synopsis:

 Hell’s newest employee, Lilith Straight, thinks she’s got a handle on her job as the Devil’s temptress until she finds herself going horns-to-halo with a guardian angel who’s determined to rescue Lilith’s next victim. To make matters worse, William Darcy, the hottest demon in hell, is trying to undermine Lilith’s mission with a few temptations of his own.


My Review:

This book continues the story from where the first in the series, Straight to Hell, left off. I found it a very enjoyable second instalment. I really do love the main character Lilith Straight; she really is someone to be admired. I can certainly relate to her and I bet she would be a fun person to meet in real life.

As usual Lilith has to appease the demands from Miss Spry, the demonic office boss from Hell, and complete her tasks. Given a particularly hard task Lilith is put under pressure to complete it, there has been a huge carrot dangled in front of Lilith as an incentive. But as usual things are not as they seem, not only competing against the other side, the Guardian Angels from Heaven, Lilith also finds she has to compete with William Darcy.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the plot as this is book two in the series. I hate spoilers!

The writing style is very comfortable, I managed to whizz through the book with great ease. In fact I really was gutted when I finished. I have more than one favourite character in the book, in fact there are about 4 more characters which I totally love – Ariel, William Darcy, Mr Clarke, Miss Spry........ the list could go on and on!

 I’ve now read both books in the series and I have to say I have equally enjoyed them. I would highly recommend these books especially if you are looking for a fun quirky light read. I hope there is more to come from Lilith Straight; I feel she is not done yet!

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Story Rating: 4/5 – A fun light quirky read, one that I would recommend.


Cover Rating: 4/5 – I think it fits the style of the book. I do like it :D 


You can find my review of the first book in the series - Straight To Hell  - HERE 






Tomorrow is day two of the blog tour, be sure to check back here as there will be a guest post from Michelle Scott :D

Below you will find a giveaway that Michelle is hosting.  There is a chance to win an iPod and also ebooks of the series.  Just fill in the rafflecopter below.
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Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Time Will Come #23

Every Thursday, Jodie at Books For Company hosts The Time Will Come, a weekly meme in which we list a book that we really want to read or keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books that have been on the TBR shelf for awhile now but also they can be books that have just come into my home.  I have a massive to-read pile, it seems to be growing by the day.....

If you'd like to join in?
  • Pick a book you have been meaning to read
  • Do a post telling us about the book
  • Link the post uhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=1938482608550076693p in the linky on Jodie's blog.
  • Visit the other blogs!
  
Here is my choice for this weeks Time Will Come:
 
 
 
Goodreads Synopsis:
 
 A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage.
 
I've chosen Fateful this week because it stood out for me, it is a story that takes place on the Titanic.  The reason I've picked this book this week is that I went to the funeral of my Great Great Auntie Olive, she was 99 and a half when she passed away a few weeks ago.  She was born the same year the Titanic sank, 1912. She always said that the secret to her long life was porridge for breakfast every morning, so there we go....... the secret to a long life. 
 
Right back to the book, I've not read any books by Claudia Gray before, but I think Fateful is a very clever twist on the story from the Titanic.  It has been on my shelf for a month now, I managed to pick this book up when I went for the Gail Carriger author signing.  A little book buying beforehand ;)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

We Have A Winner #9

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D There have been a few competitions going on recently. I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winners of the Chocolate Chunky Munkie Children's Book Week Giveaway.  Drum roll please.............



The winner is:
Michele O
Congratulations on winning Michele, I hope you enjoy your copy of Awkward by Marni Bates.

Wishlist Wednesday #32

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com/) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 
 

Goodreads Synopsis:

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

I seem to be really interested in post-apocalyptic  dystopian books at the moment, must be something in the air.......  Anyway back to the book, it sounds like a good read. It's book one in the Lost Souls series.  I want to know more  about Tess and how life as a Chosen One affects her.  It sounds like there is a good mix of drama and romance thrown in.  This book isn't out until June 12th, so I will have to wait a month until I can get my hands on a copy.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

***Review*** Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey


Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey


Released: January 17th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books/ Walker Books
Series: No
Format: Kindle
Source: From Netgalley, for review purposes
Find At: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK| Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Author Website: Alyxandra Harvey





Goodreads Synopsis:



For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.

The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.

My Review:

I’m beginning to read more and more books based on the Fae. I have to say I am really getting into these kind of books. Anyway back to Stolen Away, it was a fairly good book and the story was certainly exciting in places. It has certainly made me want to read more books on fairies and also I would like to try more books by this author. I don’t like to write authors off after one book.

One of my concerns was that I was a little confused at times with the dual narrative, I kept getting the two female characters mixed up and had to keep going back to see who the character was. The two main characters are Eloise and Jo, they both have different experiences of the Fae but both of them have a love interest. Also at times the story seemed to fall a bit flat. A couple of times I really had to pick the book back up otherwise it was in danger of staying unread. Although not gripping read, it did have moments of glory. I felt there was no one character that stood out for me, they all seemed to lack depth. I love a good complex character, and I certainly like to see character development throughout, this did not happen for me in Stolen Away. The British slang used by Jo is a little annoying too, I’m from England and it had me cringing.

Monday, 14 May 2012

*** Review*** The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


Released: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Yes, #1 in the Blood of Eden series
Format: Kindle
Source:  From Netgalley, for review purposes
Find at: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Author Website:  Julie Kagawa







Goodreads Synopsis:


In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.


Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


My Review:


 This book is set in the future, a future where vampires are rulers and humans are just their cattle. Some humans choose to comply and register themselves, in exchange for their blood they are given food to survive. The rest, the unregistered, are treated like the rats, they have to forage and steal their food to survive. We meet Allie an unregistered human; she hates vampires with a passion. When a food scavenge goes horribly wrong in the ruins outside the walled city, Allie is left on the brink of death after being savaged by the rabids, (these are a cross between zombies and vampires,) Allie has the choice to accept death or be turned into a vampire and live. Bearing in mind the hatred Allie has for vampires this is a pretty big deal! If she does decide to go down the vampire route then her life as she knows it will be no more.

I have to say that at first I did struggle to settle into this book, but after settling into a couple of chapters it was whoosh. I think there is such a huge amount of detail to absorb that the mind just boggles. The story is exciting and at times had me on the edge of my seat. After the first hurdle was over, I have to say that it more than made up for it. This book is a WOW book. This is not a light and easy read, at times it did get dark and gritty.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

We Have Some Winners #8

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D There have been a few competitions going on recently. I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winners.  Drum roll please.............


Winner of the Slated by Teri Terry Giveaway is Sarah @ Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf

Winner of the signed copy of Soulless by Gail Carriger is Franchie

Winner of the Spring Fling Giveaway is Lacey and she chose The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa as her prize.

Winner of the Shower of Books Giveaway is Tayte and she chose a copy of Entwined by Heather Dixon

Congratulations to everyone who won!!

 Don't forget to look out for more giveaways happening right here at Chocolate Chunky Munkie :D

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #31


Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com/) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 
 

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.
 
 
I thought this book sounded like something completely different to what I would normally choose. I don't read many books with aliens in. But it has caught my interest and  it sounds really good.   I can't wait to get my hands on it but it's not out until October so I have a little wait yet.  The cover is really gorgeous, I love the colour scheme.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Musing Mondays #6

 
Musing Mondays is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week MizB asks a book related question and we have to give our answers.

This week’s musing asks…


 If you were going to write a book, what would you write about? Would it be fiction, or nonfiction?

 

Mmmm interesting question, one I know the answer to straight off.  I am always going to be an avid reader and have absolutely no urge to ever write a book.  Blogging is as close to it as I will ever get.

However if by some miracle I did write a book it would definitely be on the fiction side, definitely YA and in the fantasy genre.  Because this is what I mostly like reading about.  Plus I have a very vivid imagination and this would certainly help.

I haven't got the patience to sit down and write a book, hats off to anyone that can.  You have a lot of respect from me ;)


 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

This giveaway is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is co-hosted by KidLitfrenzy,Classic Children's Books, Mymcbooks & I Am A Reader Not A Writer,


 
 
 So what is up for grabs??  Well the winner will get to choose one Children's book from the Book Depository up to the value of £10 or $15(USD).  It can be
  any picture, juvenile fiction, middle grade, young adult book.

 So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will choose one book of their choice from the Book Depository.
  • ·         Open to International Followers·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end 13th May 2012
  • Please don't leave your email address in the comments box

Showcase Sunday #2

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another chance to peek at what I've had in the post this week.  I'm doing something different now, so here is my 2nd ever Showcase Sunday post :D

This week all the books I've had in have been e-books. 


Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea- what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D



Books I've Bought:



Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Goodreads Synopsis:
 Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.


Existence by Abbi Glines


Goodreads Synopsis:

 What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.

What books did you get in your mailbox this week?  Leave a comment and a link and I will have a peek :D

**  Signed Copy of Soulless by Gail Carriger up for grabs. Open to Everyone, click HERE to enter giveaway :)** 
** Paperback copy of Slated by Teri Terry up for grabs.  Open to UK only.  Click HERE to enter giveaway**

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Giveaway for Slated by Teri Terry (UK)


Chance to win your very own paperback copy of Slated by Teri Terry.

As the book is kindly being provided directly from the Publishers it is open to UK only.

You can read my review HERE

Goodreads Synopsis:


Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

 Goodreads | Amazon UK | Book Depository | Author Site


 
 So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will receive a paperback copy of Slated  directly from the Publisher.
  • ·         Open to UK Followers·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end 12th May 2012
  • Please don't leave your email address in the comments box

 
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