Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Last Post of 2011 (Can you believe it!)



2012 is literally a couple of hours away now. Where has this year gone? A whole year of blogging and reading has passed and I feel kind of sad that it's over (finally completed a whole year of blogging as well!)

This year has been so fun and so many things have happened that I didn't think that would happen, I managed to up to 757 followers (how the hell did that happen?) and I grateful for all you guys and for the people who just pop by read posts and comment. I also didn't expect was to make friends with blogger and authors and those friendship I treasure. I hope to make a lot more friends in 2012, so if you want to chat with me please do!

Challenge wise this year I did OK. I completed two out of the four challenges that I entered but I failed epically at the Off the Shelf challenge only reading 1 out of 25books, then I failed less epically at the 2011 Debut challenge only 2 books off completing it (I will comlete the 2012 Debut challenge though, I am detrmind!)

In 2012 I'm hoping to get a lot more done though. I'm planning to use my YouTube channel more for book related vlogs. I have got one or two other things that I want to do but I'm going to keep them as a surprise. Also I'm co-hosting the ABC Reading Challenge (Follow the link HERE to sign up.) so be expecting some post on that as well.

Bring on 2012 now that I can't figure out anything else to say! Happy reading and have a great new year!!!

Friday, 30 December 2011

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky


Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.


Title: Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Published by: Houghton Mifflin
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 320
Source: Bought
Challenge:
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
2011 Debut Author Challenge

Review:

4- Great!

I really enjoyed this book there was just something about it that kept my face glued to the page and kept me flicking to the next page. There was just something that latched onto me and drew me into this story. The scary part about this book was that this could be our world in the future with how much technology takes over our lives at this moment.

I loved how this book just seemed real in ways such as the main character Maddie finding herself. The characters were well rounded and easy to relate to. Justin… I loved Justin, for most of the book he just seemed like that boy that you want but can never have. I loved that. But going on from that I loved the romance, it wasn’t instant it just spanned throughout the entire book which just made it feel more real but I did get frustrated at times when I just felt like screaming ‘just kiss her already’.

Kacvinsky’s writing drew me in and kept me hanging on her every word. The words just seemed to flow off the page. Trust me when I say you wont regret this one guys.

Plot 4/5
Character 4/5
Cover 4/5
Ending 4/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Katie Kacvinsky's website

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

2012 ABC Reading Challenge!!



Okay, so I'm actually co-hosting this challenge believe it or not. Mia from Gripped into Books, Cicley from Cicely Loves Books and myself have created this and are going to be hosting it throughout 2012. And personally I can't wait to get started not only because of the fact this this is the first reading challenge that I have hosted (helped hosted) but come on how awesome does it sound!!

ABC Reading Challenge

This challenge is to basically read a book that begins with each letter of the alphabet from A-Z. Yes, I realise books starting with X Y or Z will be near to impossible to find but try your best! And if you do manage to hit 26 books, you're just awesome!

You should join definitely join this challenge. It's fun and a great way to discover new authors and books. The challenge will run until January 2013.

How to enter:

Follow the link HERE to sign up.

Create a list on your blog or Goodreads with your list of books. You can create a list of books that you want to read or start a blank list and add the books as you read them. Once you have created your list click the link above and add it to the linky! Make sure that you post it on the same blog/Goodreads that you are going to post your reviews on throughout the year.

Rules:

You need to be a book blogger or have a GoodReads account.
Any book fictional book released in 2012 will count towards the challenge. MG, Young Adult or Adult.
Make a blog post/Goodreads list on the books you plan on reading and then link back here.
Sign ups end at June 2012.

My list of book: (will be added as soon as I figure them out)

A: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
B:
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D: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
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F: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie
G:
H: How to Ruin a Summer Vaction by Simone Elkeles
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K: Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon
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S: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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Winner of the Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop!!!

First of all thank you all for entering the the giveaway!!!


And now the winner of one paperback copy of 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins is...

jabelfield congratulations!!!!!!

I have sent out an email and if there is no reply within 48 hours another winner will be drawn.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Blog Survey!



This is the first year that I'm doing a survey and I'd love to see what you guys and girls think of my blog. Since 2011 is almost over and 2012 is just around the corner I want to see if I can make Book Geek Central better all you follower and readers. Any suggestions and feedback would be helpful and I am very grateful to anyone who takes the time to fill in the survey.

Monday, 26 December 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter


It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.


Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimée Carter
Published by: Harlequin
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 304
Source: Bought
Challenge:
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
2011 Debut Author Challenge

Review:

4- Great!

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, to be completely honest I was half and half about reading this book when I first saw it, but I am glad that I picked it up and read it. I love Greek mythology and out of some of all the books that I’ve read I’d would say that this is one of the better ones. This book was different to other YA books that I read and I enjoyed reading something new.

I loved the character they were well rounded and enjoyable to read throughout the book. The story was captivating, and I found it easy to read. I was quite surprised by the tests, I thought that they would be more of a main feature in the story and more obvious throughout the book as well. I found myself wondering when the tests were going to start. But by the end I thought that the actual tests were quite clever in the way that they were laid out throughout the book and the concept of them as well.

I enjoyed the romance throughout the book it wasn’t instant nor was it that cheesy either it just seemed right for the story. And I can’t wait to see how it continues in the next book.

Overall I found 'The Goddess Test’ an interesting read and would recommend it to anyone who loves Greek mythology.

Plot 4/5
Character 4/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 4/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Aimée Carter's website

Friday, 23 December 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.


Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published by: Harper Collins
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 487
Source: Bought
Challenge:
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
2011 Debut Author Challenge

Review:

5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

Why did I leave it so long to pick up this book and read it? Some one should have jabbed me with a stick until I picked it up I’d say. This book is amazing! This book was totally unforgettable and an outstanding debut. I could not put this book down until I had devoured it. I would have to say that this book is my favourite read this year. Yeah I think that just about sums it up.

This book was fast paced and full of action that kept me turning the page and glued to my chair. When I first saw this book I wasn’t really that fussed on reading it, I’ll admit that, but then after hearing all the hype for it I went out and bought a copy and then it probably stayed on my shelf for about FOUR months! Why did it take me that long to pick it up I don’t really know.

The character had depth and it was easy to relate to more than one character. I loved how each character was written, it just made me feel what they felt and that just made the book feel more real and enjoyable. It was superbly written. There was always something happening that made me turn the page until there were no more pages left to turn. The romance was almost perfect for me, I love how there was no love at first sight and how the romance was gradual and also a bit more of a back story to what was happening but also played a main part at the same time. But I would like to see more romance in the next book though.

If you haven’t read this book yet pick it up NOW because you won’t regret it trust me!

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
The Book Depository

Veronica Roth's blog

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop!!



Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop!!!

I have one great giveaway today and there will be one winner.

Giveaway:



One paperback copy of 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanna Collins to giveaway to one person!

This giveaway is open on Wednesday 21st December and closes Teusday 27th Desember at midnight. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 28th Desember.
It's open to everyone!

•entrants must be 13 years of age or older
•contest deadline is Desember 27th, 2011 at midnight
•contest open Internationally
ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
•check out my Contest Policy

Fill out this form to enter:

Form Closed

Check out other people on the hop as well:

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Just Contemporary Reading Challenge!

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Hosted by Basically Amazing Books

I'll have to say that contemps are probably my favourite thing to read, so I am so excited about this challenge!

Here's a list of some contemps that I have read in 2012 (some are already on shelves some are up-coming in 2012):

1) How to Ruin a Summer Vaction by Simone Elkeles
2) Anna and the Frech Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3) Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie
4) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (#37)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating.

Grave Mercy
R.L. LaFevers
April 3rd 2012


Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Sophomore Reading Challenge!!!



The Sophomore Reading Challenge hosted by Chick Loves Lit

I'm totally looking forward to this challenge! There were so many great debuts this year (2011) but since it's almost over and 2012 is literally around corner and some sequels to our new favourite (debut) books are also around the corner and I think that this challenge is a great way to celebrate those upcoming books!!

Here are some of those books that I am planning to read:

1) Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth
2) Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano
3) A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) by Beth Revis
4) Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2) by Josephine Angelini
5) Until I Die (Revenants, #2) by Amy Plum
6) Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2) by Aimee Carter
7) Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire, #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton
8) Truth (XVI, #2) by Julia Karr
9) Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake
10) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver
11) Timepiece (Hourglass, #2) by Myra McEntire

Is there any others you guys think I should read?

Sunday, 11 December 2011

In My Mailbox (#26)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren




Review:

Nikolas and Company: A Creature Most Foul by Kevin McGill
The Drangonfly Phrophecy by Jacquelyn Castle

Bought:

Crossed by Ally Condie
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Swag:



Nikolas and Company: A Creature Most Foul by Kevin McGill bookmark

What did you get in your In My Mailbox?

Friday, 9 December 2011

2012 Debut Author Challenge!!!



The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Can you believe that 2012 is just around the corner... already? How fast has this year gone? It feels like only last month I was signing up for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.

This is going to be my second year doing the Debut Author Challenge and I can't wait to get started! And how fun are debuts? I just love discovering new authors. Plus there are some fabulous titles coming out in 2012!

CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE:

To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1st 2012 - January 31st 2013.

Here's a list of some YA books that I have read in 2012 (note: these books are books that are 2012 debuts in the UK, so some titles may have been out in countries such as the US in 2011):

1) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez


Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. Two weeks before the most important violin competition of her career, she has bigger things to worry about—like growing out of that suffocating “child prodigy” label, and not disappointing her mother. But it isn’t just the wrong time. It’s the wrong guy. Jeremy is Carmen’s most talented rival, and according to her mother, he’s only interested in one thing: winning.

He isn’t the only one.

Carmen is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to control performance nerves. But what started a year ago as an easy fix is now a hungry addiction. Her mother insists now is not the time to quit, but Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of doing what she’s told.

When the darker side of the classical music industry and her mother's ambition collide, Carmen must choose between her career and her love for music


Title: Virtuosity
Author: Jessica Martinez
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 292
Challenge: Howarts Reading Challenge 2011
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
2011 Debut Author Challenge

Review:

5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

This book was different to what I thought it would be but I still highly enjoyed it.

Good Points

I enjoyed the aspect of this story it was different to all the other books that I have read. The writing was easy to read and flowed off the page with ease. The characters were all well rounded and I did enjoy reading Carmen’s story, she was easy to relate to and she also grew throughout the book. I also loved how the story ended, it ended in just the right place for me and by that point I really like Jeremy and Carmen’s romance.

Bad Points

I thought that the romance was a bit to fast for my liking, it just felt like they hadn’t really seen much of each other before he was saying that he had fallen in love with her.

Even though the mental addiction was a bit of a back story it just seemed more of a back, back, back story to what some summaries had made it out to be. And last of all the scandal that happen (not going to say what it is) seemed a tiny bit far fetched for the plot but it did add a twist to it though. These are my only bad points.


All in all, the book was enjoyable to read and I would recommend to everyone who love music romance and drama.

Plot 4/5
Character 4/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Jessica Martinez's website

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Winner of the Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop!!!

First of all thank you all for entering the the giveaway!!!


And now the winner of one paperback copy of 'Crossed' by Ally Condie is...

Danielle Plant congratulations!!!!!!

I have sent out an email and if there is no reply within 48 hours another winner will be drawn.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop



Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop

I have one great giveaway today and there will be one winner.

Giveaway:



One paperback copy of 'Crossed' by Ally Condie to giveaway to one person!

This giveaway is open on Friday 2nd December and closes Teusaday 6th Desember at midnight. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 7th Desember.
It's open to everyone!

•entrants must be 13 years of age or older
•contest deadline is Desember 6th, 2011 at midnight
•contest open Internationally
ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
•check out my Contest Policy

Fill out this form to enter:

Form Closed

Check out other people on the hop as well:

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick


The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.


Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Age Group: Young-adult
Hardcover: 438
Challenge: Howarts Reading Challenge 2011
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge

Review:

5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

I love this series so much and I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of this book, and boy was it worth the wait. I would say that this is my favourite book in the series so far.

Good Points

I loved the romance, this books was probably the best for the romance out of the series so for just for the point that it seemed that they were just together, they weren’t really getting to know each other, he wasn’t trying to keep her away to protect her… they were just together. It gave the story more depth than the others in the series.

I enjoyed the plot it kept the story going especially after the cliff-hanger of the last book and it added a new adventure for Patch and Nora which I loved. And the writing was intriguing and just flowed off the page.

Bad Points

There is only one bad point that I can think of for the book and that was that I was that I was slightly confused to what was going on in the first few chapter but I did understand the point of it as the story went on.

All in all I loved this book and it makes me want to read this series all over again!

Plot 4/5
Character 5/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barens and Noble

Becca Fitzpatrick's website
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