Monday, 5 May 2014


So it's yet another new month, MAY, and I know I'm later than I wanted to be again with this post (due to my health issues and family health issues) So below are the books I am looking forward to buying, reading and reviewing or putting on my wishlist as I'm still trying to stick to a book buying ban,Though my wishlist is getting ever longer, and I've indulged on a few 77p ebooks in the last month. Reading is just about the only thing I can do without totally aggravating my health issues. Though the health issues have even interrupted my reading in this past month.

Title: Cuckoo Song
Series: N/A
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 8th May 2014

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The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak.

'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. 

Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late..

Title: Riot
Series: N/A
Author: Sarah Mussi
Publisher: Hodder
Release Date: 1st May 2014

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It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

But it is all so blatantly unfair - the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won't.

It's time for the young to take to the streets. It's time for them to 

Title: Surrender The Sky
Series: N/A
Author: Meradeth Houston
Publisher: Self/Indie
Release Date: 2nd May 2014

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Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

Title: Rush
Series: N/A
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Forever Yours, Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: 6th May 2014

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For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him. 

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives. 

Title: Dead Girls Walking
Series: Dead Girls Detective Agency
Author: Suzy Cox
Publisher: Constable & Robinson
Release Date: 15th May 2014

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The Dead Girls Detective Agency trilogy charts the adventures of teens in NYC, tasked with solving the mystery of their murder from beyond the grave.

Lorna has been dead long enough to know the Rules. But that doesn’t stop her showing up at her little sister’s high school production of Hipster Hamlet. But when she arrives, a lighting rig comes crashing down on the lead cast member mid-performance. All fingers point to Lorna’s little sister, Emma, and it’s up to The Dead Girls Detective Agency to find the real culprit. Unless Em’s not as innocent as she looks?

Charlotte wants to help Lorna prove her sister’s innocence, but she’s completely distracted. Not only is her ghostly-self suspended in this New York-limbo-hotel, she is having to deal with the fact that the very alive love of her life has moved on. And then there’s the cute dead boy Edison, who seems to be acting nice all of a sudden. But is Charlotte ready for a new boyfriend, and one with such a murky past?

Title: Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Series: New World
Author: G. Michael Hopf
Publisher: Plume
Release Date: 27th May 2014

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Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined…
Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all.
While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary. 

Title: Forty Things To Do Before You're Forty
Series: N/A
Author: Alice Ross
Publisher: Carina
Release Date: 1st May 2014

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The truth is that Annie Richards is just too busy to fall in love! 

Running a successful cake-making business, acting as caretaker to grand country house, Buttersley, and not to mention single-handedly raising her five-year-old daughter is more than enough to keep Annie’s (flour-dusted) hands full! So can someone please remind her why she agreed to train for a marathon as a ‘40 things to do before you’re 40’ pact with her same so-called best friend?! 

With every hour of day already taken up, the arrival of crime writer Jake O’Donnell at Buttersley shouldn’t really have any impact on Annie’s day-to-day life at all. There’s definitely no time in her carefully scheduled day for daydreaming about drop-dead gorgeous authors. Is there?

But between whipping up batches of her signature limoncello cupcakes, Annie realises that Jake, and his twinkling dark eyes, can’t just be ticked off her mental to-do list as easily as she though. Especially when it seems that no. 40 on her list could be creating a truly decadent wedding cake – for her very own wedding…

Title:  Magic City Recent Spells
Series: N/A
Author: Anthology (see book cover)
Publisher: Plume Books
Release Date: 7th May 2014

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Bright lights, big city…magic spells, witchcraft, wizardry, fairies, devilry, and more. 
Urban living, at least in fantasy fiction, is full of both magical wonder and dark enchantment. Street kids may have supernatural beings to protect them or have such powers themselves. Brujería may be part of your way of life. 
Crimes can be caused (and solved) with occult arts and even a losing sports team's “curse” can be lifted with wizardry. 
And be careful of what cab you call — it might take you on a journey beyond belief! 
Some of the best stories of urban enchantment from the last few years is gathered in one volume full of hex appeal and arcane arts.

Title: Deep Blue
Series: A Mermaids Novel
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 6th May 2014

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Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. 

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.
The first in a series of epic tales set in the depths of the ocean.

Title: Undone
Series: N/A
Author: Cat Clarke
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 1st May 2014

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When a highly sensitive video goes viral, one teen is left dead and another seeks revenge
Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. It's not ideal, but she's learning to live with it. Until Kai kills himself after being outed in a highly private moment. All she has left is a series of letters he's left her-one a month, each encouraging her to come out of her shell. But Jem has a different plan. Sure, she'll be more outgoing-whatever it takes to infiltrate the group of Populars who released the video that made Kai commit suicide. And then she'll bring them down.
Title: Kallista
Series: N/A
Author: Della Rose
Publisher: Lazy Dayz Publishing
Release Date: 21st May 2014

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The choosing season has begun. Young men will choose their brides. Young women will graciously and honorably accept. This is the way of the P-caste. Men choose, women accept. No questions. This belief had been programmed into every P-caste youth since birth. Don’t question. Do. Don’t argue. Obey.

The I-caste do not have the same opportunity. They are the servants and backbone of the P-caste society, only to live in the outcast camp. Their bloodline is believed to be the reason for the shattering of the world, leaving nothing but islands surrounded by sea. There is only one way an I-caste can become a P-caste: Marriage. A P-caste can choose an I-caste during the choosing process and change the caste.

Kallista Copper was born an I-caste. Her goal is to marry and change her caste forever. Sage Lander is a P-caste. His goal is to marry out of love and not just custom. Two people, two castes, one love, but a risk that could end it all.

Title: How Rude
Series: N/A
Author: Alex J. Packer Ph.D
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Release Date: 15th May 2014

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Here's an etiquette book that teens will want to read—because it keeps them laughing, doesn't preach, and deals with issues that matter to them, as teens themselves reported in a nationwide survey.

In How Rude!, author Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers through the mysterious world of manners from A ("Applause") to Z ("Zits").

He starts by explaining why etiquette is important—because people who know how to handle themselves in social situations come out on top, get what they want, feel good about themselves, and enjoy life to the fullest. Fourteen chapters describe the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations at home, in school, and in the world.

Teens learn how to be a host with the most (and a guest with the best), what to do (and not do) when going online or waiting in line, how to deal with rude relatives, how to act at the mall and the concert hall, how to make introductions, who invented manners, and much more. Hundreds of "Dear Alex" questions and answers cover everything from dating to breaking up, thank-you notes to table manners, ethnic jokes to social cliques, skateboarding to celebrating. Survey results reveal what teens, parents, and teachers think about manners and why they're important.

Full of practical tips for every occasion, How Rude! is a serious etiquette encyclopedia—and a hilarious read.

Title: The Dark World
Series: The Dark World
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 27th May 2014

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Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

Title: Blonde Ops
Series: N/A
Author: Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 6th May 2014

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Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly. 

Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.

Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? Blonde Ops is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman.

As always thank-you to all the Authors, Publishers, Netgalley & Edelweiss that have sent me e-galleys or paperbacks for me to review.

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