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The Question: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! What books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season? Do a holiday book haul for us! If you don’t celebrate just show off your books that you got this week. Pictures!!!?

I got some AWESOME books this christmas!

CHRISTMAS HIATUS (23rd December to 2nd January)

As everyone knows... CHRISTMAS is two sleeps away, meaning sadly for this week (23rd December to 2nd January) I shall be having a small Blogging break over the Christmas holiday as it is going to be VERY BUSY! This is when I will be reading loads enabling me to be ahead of myself for once and stock up on some reviews!

It has been an amazing first 7 months of Book Blogging and I have enjoyed every second of it. I have met some amazing new people that have welcomed me into the Blogging community. I would additionally love to say a massive THANK YOU to all my readers and followers for all your support and comments. YOU ARE AMAZING!

Furthermore a big THANK YOU to all the publishers and authors I have worked with, you have all been wonderful and made this experience even more fun.

This is an experience that I never thought I would ever get to do, it has opened me up to a new world and helped me to truly decide potential career paths, but also truckloads of new and exciting things that I never knew before. I am still learning, I learn new things every day, however I hope you will all stick with me and keep on reading!

You can still contact me through Twitter and Email.

Thank you!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and I shall be back on Thursday 2nd December with Christmas news and reviews :0)

Merry Christmas!

REVIEW: The Waves (The Island #2) by Jen Minkman

Title: The Waves
Author: Jen Minkman
Series: The Island #2
Publisher: Jen Minkman
Date of Release: October 4th 2013
Pages: 174
Source: *Received in exchange for an honest review*

The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco. 
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.

Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!

This was an interesting side to the first instalment, The Island, allowing us to view the events that led up to their collaboration. The cover highlights the main aspect of the water, pronouncing the fact that they are alone and to fend for themselves; the lighthouse additionally portrays their search for Annabelle.

There are two lives you can life; a Fools or an Unbelievers. The Unbelievers are sent away from their parents at the age of ten, to fend for themselves and gain independence. They are then to marry and move back to the village where they may meet their parents again. However, the Fools side is a mystery to them; living behind the wall their life has been classed as tough and those who cross will never be at one with the Force. But what happens when the lies come crashing down on the Unbelievers? Furthermore, in the second we see the point of view from the Fools who believe in the land across the waters. However, they also believe that those behind the wall, the Unbelievers, have abandoned them all in their wait for Annabelle. However, what happens when their lies and beliefs are revealed making them judge the security and trust in those around them.

I was excited to view the same plot from the view of Walt, he is a strong, independent boy who has seen and experienced a lot making him judge the views that have been forced upon him. He is additionally very curious and holds great power and leadership when revealing the truth about the lies that have been unloaded on them all. Furthermore I enjoyed his friendship with his best friend, how they stuck together through hard times and trusted one another, no matter what happened.

The views of the Fools were interesting, the way they found the Unbelievers life compared to how the Unbelievers found the Fools lives really brought out the separation between the two communities, whether they were together before or not.I did however find some areas of this story dragging, due to the issue that you were reading briefly the same events happening again, it become very dragged out compared to what I was hoping of having a brief beginning and then hoping we would understand more about the events that occurred after.

However, this is a lovely story that highlights the importance of a communities collaboration... I also got the part about Star Wars correct, *happy dance* I had a bit of a giggle when Toby was trying to explain it with Walt being serious.

REVIEW: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date of Release: February 5th 2013
Pages: 307

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.

Fun and adventurous, this story explores the life of a 15-year-old-girl faced with the responsibility of becoming a proper woman advanced in etiquette... but additionally a twist of danger with classes of espionage. The cover is gorgeous! The dress is beautiful paired with the bright pink background with embedded delicate artwork, it is completely stunning.

Miss Sophronia Temminick is not what you would class as a proper lady in the 1800's. When she is invited to the exclusive Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, Mrs Temminick what not let her waste this wonderful opportunity to turn her daughter into her sisters. However, Finishing school is not what Sophronia expected, and not what her mother would approve of as Sopronia is spun into a world or secrecy, danger, mystery and espionage as she is taught to fight and defend herself but in the most discreet manner.

Miss Sophronia Temminick is a mature woman who knows exactly what she is doing. She has determination to train and uses her skills of climbing to their uses, she is also not afraid of the unknown and embarks on all adventures she can take. Additionally, I enjoyed the fact that she was open to new ideas and didn't perform everything the same way as others, she had her own personality and was not embarrassed by her fasicination for technology and the workings of contraptions.

I absolutely enjoy reading story's of espionage and historical fiction, meaning I was delighted at the prospect of two of my favourite genres to be combined. Furthermore, it flowed seamlessly! It was engaging and enlightening, learning the lives of a 15-year-old girl amongst others with advanced skills in espionage showed you how a girl was to behave in a variety of situations. Furthermore, it was interesting the way the plot went making me want to find out more about Monique and her position at the academy.

I additionally loved the tie in of paranormal creatures, for example vampires and werewolves adding a twist and more danger to the plot. This story is fun and easy to read, with engaging events. You also see the value of friendship between spy's and how they help each other through mysteries and events, also the division between people and their lives. Furthermore, the way that a female spy can use the rules of etiquette to their advantage to plot the perfect act of espionage!

[BOOK BLAST] IXEOS: Darian's War (The IXEOS Trilogy #3) by Jennings Wright

Title: IXEOS: Darian's War
Author: Jennings Wright
Series: The IXEOS Trilogy #3
Publisher: Ross James Publishing
Date of Release: November 30th 2013
Pages: 268

After the decisive Battle of La Defense, Darian and the rebellion try to cope with the loss of Landon and with his warning: It won't be as easy as you think. With the transporter under outsider control, and all the slaves and rebels willing to fight, Darian should be able to win. But the Firsts seem to have eyes and ears everywhere, and they have weapons and capabilities no one dreamed of. How can Darian wrap up a global war without destroying the planet the humans will need to rebuild their lives?

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.
Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.
Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.


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[BOOK BLAST] The Offering (The Pledge Trilogy #3) by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Offering
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge Trilogy #3
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Expected Date of Release: December 31st 2013
Pages: 336
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True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy. Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks. When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom. But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

Praise for The Offering
 "This was a truly epic ending to the series." --Crystal Perkins, Goodreads Review 
"The final book in Kimberly Derting’s Pledge trilogy is a thrilling conclusion. I was immediately swept up into it and powered right through. It was pretty much what I wanted with a few surprises along the way." --Krys at Bibliopunkk Reads
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  Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.  
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REVIEW: The Rainbow Man by P.B. Kane

Title: The Rainbow Man
Author: P.B. Kane
Publisher: Rocket Ride Books
Date of Release: November 15th 2013
Pages: 162
Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When Daniel Routh, together with friends Jill and Greg, and little brother Mikey, discover a body washed up on the beach after a storm, it’s one of the most exciting things ever to happen on the island of Shorepoint. And, as the man in question slowly recovers, he befriends the inhabitants of this small fishing community one by one. Only Daniel suspects something might be wrong with the newcomer, who cannot remember who he is, nor how he came to be there. To start with, this John Dee (as they label him, short for Doe) brings prosperity and happiness with him, but it isn’t long before the tide begins to turn. Then John begins to worm his way into Daniel’s own family, trying to take the place of his late father, and the teenager knows something must be done. Little does Daniel realise that he’s now involved in one of the most ancient conflicts of all time; one that might decide the fate not only of Shorepoint, but of the entire world.

Full of mystery and intrigue, this story will suck you straight in to how a tight community can fall to pieces in the blink of an eye! The cover... it was his eyes! I love them! So bright and colourful, they immediately represent the rainbow.

What happens when a tight community is slowly pulled apart, piece by piece? Well, on the island of Shorepoint it is isolated from all surrounding life. So when a man is washed up onto their island by the sea, they take a large curious amount of interest in him. Especially Daniel whom is the one to first find him... when he was dead. But as happiness and love is reigned down on the island of Shorepoint, Daniel can't help but have his doubts about John Dee. So what happens when he becomes mixed in a dangerous game of a conflict that has lasted for years?

Daniel is a character who is consistent and driven to solve any problems, no matter what people think of him. He also tries his best to protect his family and friends no matter what, even if it means driving them away. His involvement in the story was key and his theories prompted you to try and solve the mystery alongside him.

The bonds between all characters of the community was interesting to view; how they changed from one personality to another as they were manipulated. Additionally their actions towards their own family members was eye-opening, especially how their bonds changed from close to rather distant.

The mystery and conflict behind his story is incredibly engaging. The way that some of Daniel's thoughts concerning his father always ended in: 'Especially before he...', ah, I just really wanted to know what had happened. The manipulation of the community was interesting to read about, how they turned against each other and acted the opposite of their usual characters gave a thrilling and creepy edge to this story that kept you wanting to read further and allowed you to look deeper into their hidden feelings and personalities.

This is an engaging and thrilling story, testing the friendships and family bonds between all when they are pushed to their limits.

[COVER REVEAL] Dovetailed (Immortal Essence #3) by RaShelle Workman

Title: Dovetailed
Author: RaShelle Workman
Series: Immortal Essence
Publisher: Polished Pen Press
Expected Date of Release: December 2013

World’s divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

In the final installment of the Immortal Essence series questions are answered, alliances are ripped apart, and the war on Kelari rages between more than just the factions. There are those who want to take over planet Earth as well. Venus must find a way to bring peace to both worlds and do so without destroying the one person she’s ever truly loved.

RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses," book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She's sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: rashelleworkman.com.