Sunday 31 March 2013

Showcase Sunday #12

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

This week I've had some review books from the publisher, some really exciting titles that I cannot wait to get stuck into.

This is book two in the Slated series.  I read Slated last year and it was awesome so I can wait to read this one!!!

This one has been on my wishlist for so long.  When I was given a chance to review it I was thrilled!

This is book #3 in the Winter Trilogy.  I haven't read any of these books yet, but now I have all three in the series I think it's about time I got cracking. Such a gorgeous cover too!!


I was really excited to get this one as I really love Gail Carriger.  She is by far one of my favourite authors.  This is book 1 in a new series. 

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

Thursday 28 March 2013

New Addition to the Family

Hi Guys! Just wanted to update you on the pitter patter of tiny paws. Chocolate Chunky Munkie has a new addition to the family. Bertie Bee has arrived. 

A sweet bundle of pure chocolate chunk. You can see he has settled in well. 

Bertie and Hades chilling out

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #54

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:

 When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.

This is book two in the Pure series.  I read book #1 Pure last year and it was one of my favourite books of the year.  It's set in a post apocalyptic world, which seems to be one of my favourite genres at the moment; I haven't quite overdosed on them yet.  I simply cannot wait to read the next book in this series, Fuse, and see where the rest of the story leads.  Pure was a keeper, lets hope Fuse is the same..... Hopefully I will soon be able to find out, just got to get my hands on a copy first :)

You can read my review of Pure HERE

Tuesday 26 March 2013

***Review*** The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks

Released: 1st February 2011
Publisher: Corgi Books
Series:Yes #3 in the Fourth Realm series
Source: Bought
Format: Kindle e-book
Author Site: John Twelve Hawks

Goodreads Synopsis:
A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure. Packed with knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that will keep you turning the pages.

In the Fourth Realm trilogy, John Twelve Hawks introduces readers to a dangerous fantasy world inspired by modern technology that monitors our lives. The suspense series concludes in this powerful third novel,
following the entire cast of this mesmerizing world that exists in the shadows of our own. Maya, the Harlequin who has pledged to protect Gabriel with her life, will face a situation from which there is no escape. Nathan Boone, the cold and calculating executive of the Brethren, will face Michael, a man who has gone over the edge for power. Hollis, living in grief and becoming a Harlequin himself, will have to choose whether to stay with Gabriel as he embarks on a journey that may lead to his own death. Publishers Weekly hailed the series as “a saga that’s part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.

My Review:

Well first of I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Traveller, I raved and raved about it to anyone that would listen.  I even managed to persuade a few people to buy it.  But and this is a big but, steadily over the series the magic has receded.  Book one amazing, book two The Dark River, mmmmm ok.  This book which is the final part of the trilogy was the weakest of the books.  I felt so sad as I was really so excited when I got my hands on a copy.  I'm afraid the expectation far outweighed the delivery.

I did feel a bit out of my league with this one, I love fantasy books but this one I didn't feel connected to at all.  The parallel worlds did nothing to inspire my imagination.  I loved some of the characters and it was nice to see all the loose ends tied up.  Maya still has to be my favourite character, she is complex and has many qualities I admire in a female kick ass character.

As usual as this is part of a series I'm not going to give any spoilers away.  I would say that if you have read either the first or the second then I would recommend you read this book as it does finish off the series. 
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Sadly a disappointing end to the series, however it does tie up loose ends.

My Thoughts on the Cover:
I do like the colour scheme, the blue and the gold a very striking.  It's not the normal cover I would go for, but it does have a certain something about it.

The series in order:

Monday 25 March 2013

Blog Tour: Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

Hi Guys!  It's been a while since I've posted here on Chocolate Chunk Munkie, but what better way to return from my blogging break with a blog tour.  I am really excited about this tour as Mortality by Kellie Sheridan looks awesome.

For my stop of the tour I have a guest post by Kellie.

First off I'll kick off with some info about the book.

 Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

Released: 19th March 2013
Publisher: Snarky Books
Series: Yes, #1 in the Hitchhiker Strain Series
Author Site: Kellie Sheridan

Goodreads Synopsis:

 After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough

Guest Post: Kellie Sheridan - My Favorite Internet Distractions

I need to invest in a typewriter. Either that, or I should just throw out the wonderful gadget that connects my desktop computer to the wifi network—that thing has cost me more hours than I could possibly count. You see, I am what you might call easily distracted. I can’t even seem to get through two hours of work without taking a brief break to check in on some of my favorite internet obsessions. In a world where almost anyone can become a content creator, there’s a lot of great stuff out there to keep you entertained. These are some of my favorites.

1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries  Alright, this is all over the internet and you’re probably watching it already (if not, you should be!). My problem is that I seem to be watching every episode at least three times. They’re all so good! The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern retelling of Price & Prejudice told through a series of scripted vlog style videos. The casting is great, the way the story is adapted for 2012/2013 is thought provoking, and overall it’s just a fun way to revisit one of our all-time favorite classics.

2. TwoXChromosomes  Now, if you’re not already a redditor, then you need to stop reading. Right now. This website seems to magically do away with most of my free time before I even know what’s happening, and it’s a tricky cycle to break out of because there is always something new on reddit. But it’s not all overused memes and cat gifs. TwoXChromosomes is a section of reddit dedicated to discussions about the ups and downs of being a female human. It’s an incredibly supportive and funny community, which engages in some really great (and at times, heartbreaking) discussions.

3. SourceFed I am not a news person. It’s hard for me to sit still long enough to watch the 6 o’clock broadcast or read the newspaper, so when I stumbled across SourceFed it was a perfect fit. Four days a week, SourceFed delivers short clips recapping the big news stories of the day, as well as discussions on everything from the big stories to pop culture. All six of the hosts are incredibly talented, intelligent, and hilariously funny, but the women are especially noteworthy, and are definitely the kind of girls I would love to hang out with, discussing video games and the newest tech trends. The SourceFed crew quickly start to feel like your friends hidden inside the computer, and how can you have more fun than that with the news?

4. RainyMood  This last one is less of a distraction and more of a way to make absolutely everything you do more wonderful. Rainy Mood is a website (and now an app) that makes it sound like there’s a thunderstorm going on inside of your computer. I love the sound of rain, so I’ll almost always have this on in the background—it’s especially great for leaving on while you’re reading a book. Or, occasionally I’ll just stare at the animated rain soaked window that makes up the webpage. I like rain that much.

What are some of your favorite internet distractions? Believe me, I’m always looking for more. I mean writing—I’m always writing. Yeah, that’s it.

Friday 8 March 2013

One To Watch: The Great Ice-Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott


By Elen Caldecott Publication Date: 6TH June 2013

 Available in paperback original and eBook format Elen Caldecott’s books have received high acclaim and award recognition since she was first published in 2009.

 In the last four years she has been shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, been highly commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards and won The Lennoxlove Author Award. She has received more than 30 award nominations to date. The Great Ice-Cream Heist is Elen’s fifth book. This funny and moving family adventure is about sticking up for your friends. It subtly tackles bereavement and through the main protagonist explores what’s it’s like to deal with dyslexia on a day to day basis. 'Those McIntyres are nothing but trouble!' When the McIntyre family moves in next door, Eva is intrigued - it is the first interesting thing to happen for ages. But her ever protective Dad - even more protective since Eva's mum died - does not agree. And the McIntyres are certainly noisy! But Eva is curious about Jamie, who she often sees on the roof of his garden shed, escaping the family chaos. Then Eva gets to know Jamie a bit better. And when he is accused of vandalising the youth club, Eva is sure he didn't do it. It is up to Eva to stick up for him - but then Jamie disappears. Eva finds herself in a race against time, culminating in the high jacking of an ice-cream van pursued by an army of keep-fit enthusiasts. Will she find Jamie before it’s too late?

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