In My Mailbox #32

Good morning everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday. ;) It’s a quiet IMM for me this week since I spent all my money on presents for Christmas and birthdays coming up also! I am really looking forward to the festivities this year! :D

It’s IMM time, my favourite time of the week! :D In My Mailbox is a weekly meme bought to you by the lovely Kristi at The Story Siren.


The Power Of Six - Pittacus Lore

Last week I bought I Am Number Four. So I thought I should follow this up with the sequel. I am really hoping to get around to these books shortly!

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

The Future Of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

This looks SO interesting! It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right - and wrong - in the present.

What’s in your mailbox? Let me know - leave your links in the comments section as always!

What’s happening!

Hey readers!

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I’ve been away for a few days, which explains the lack of updates - I appologise! They don’t call it the silly season as a joke!

So Christmas is nearly upon us, and I’ve been out this weekend doing all my gift shopping since I am definitely one of those people who leave things till the last minute! Thankfully this year it wasn’t so hard. I had some requests for cash or vouchers so it really was pretty easy. But that meant having to venture into the shopping centre (or mall for the US folk here!)….. which was utter insanity.

The shops open at 9am… so I got in early. By 9:20am the line at JB Hi-Fi (they sell dvds, blu-ray, games, music, stereos, computers, TV’s… anything in the entertainment bracket basically!) was snaked around the store and I was lining up to make my purchase IN the Blu-Ray aisle since there was no where else to go!! :( But it’s done.

IMM will be coming shortly. My list is relatively small this week since after all, tis the season to be thinking of everyone else around you and not necessarily stocking up on books for myself. But that being said I did get a couple of things this week, so you’ll get to see that soon!

Take care! xx

W..W..W.. Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the last week! W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Everneath by Brodi Ashton. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I am really enjoying it. It’s soon to be released so keep an eye out for a review of this book!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer. I loved it so much that I’ve stated in my review that it was amongst my top 5 for 2011!!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Legend by Marie Lu is definitely next on my to read list. I have a beautiful Hardcover edition of the book sitting there waiting for me to pick it up. :)

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin


Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Review: Mara is a pretty big read for a YA novel at 452 pages. But I swear I have never read that many pages in such a little space of time. I went to a cafe today for a coffee so I could “catch up” and read maybe 100 pages or so of this book to get into it. Instead, what happened was I stayed at the cafe for like 4 hours and finished most of this book in that one sitting. And then I went home (the cafe was closing… lol) and finished this book off. Unbelievable.

So what I am trying to say, is don’t be intimidated by the page numbers, because this story is so captivating and mesmerising that before you know it, you’ll glance at the bottom of the page and realise that another 50 pages have gone by since you last checked and you have flown through the story.

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer tells the story of a girl (who’s real name is not Mara Dyer, but let’s go along with this), who wakes up in a hospital bed and finds out her best friend and two others are dead. And she’s sure she’s murdered them. She can’t remember what happened though.

Fast forward and Mara and her family have relocated in an attempted to get Mara on the mend from her PTSS. It’s there she meets the cocky yet mysterious Noah who is the resident school bad boy. But there’s another side to him that is absolutely amazing and beautiful. And there’s more to him as we find out. But he helps Mara remember what happened. And there’s so much more to the story.

It really takes this weird twist 3/4 of the way through. And whilst I didn’t see it coming, I actually really loved it. I finished this book and just sat for a few moments afterwards putting the pieces together and pondering. I absolutely love stories like this that affect you afterwards and Michelle Hodkin’s writing was so good at doing this.

The characters were fantastic. I absolutely completely fell for Noah. He is sexy personified. He has all those cheeky qualities you love in a guy as well as the persistence and a little bit of arrogance that makes girls lust for them. The deeper sides that we get to know later are like the icing on the cake and the cherry on top though. I want to marry him. :)

Mara is amazing.. she really goes on such an emotional journey in this story. She starts off with her guards up, and doesn’t want to let anyone in. She’s cynical, sarcastic and sometimes a bit of a bitch really. But then as we continue, we see a really vulnerable Mara and her softer side which is so endearing.

I am really conscious of spoilers, so there’s probably not too much more I can say without a reveal. But look… this story is something I can honestly say is completely unique and fresh. It does flick a little between before and after, but I didn’t at all have any issues with this. I thought it was extremely well written and it just flowed like a movie in the mind.

It’s also the first book in a series, so the book leaves you on a massive cliffhanger, but it’s worth it. It’s up there within my top 5 reads of 2011 - highly recommend this one!

Rating: 5 out of 5

In My Mailbox #31

Good evening readers!! What a day it’s been! Not only have I almost completely polished off all 450 pages of The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer in one sitting (It’s just that good, review to come tomorrow!) but it was my WONDERFUL nephew’s 8th birthday today so I got to eat lots of ice cream cake and give him some pressies!

This follows last night (Saturday night for those playing at home) where it was my work’s Christmas break up party which was 1920’s themed. We all dressed up in our best flappers gear and massive eyelashes and danced the night away to jazz and took copious amounts of photos in the free photobooth. The wine flowed, the laughs kept coming… it was seriously an amazing night.

SO that is why the lack of updatage, and why I spent most of my day playing catch up! :D

And now….. it’s IMM time! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme bought to you by the lovely Kristi at The Story Siren.

I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
I really must read this. Since I have a personal rule of not seeing the movie before I read the book, and I REALLY want to see the movie. So I bought this from Amazon for my Kindle! :)
The Girl Who Was On Fire - Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy - Leah Wilson

The Hunger Games impacted me so much when I read this series (like so many of us). I fell in love with it. And so this book seems interesting to me! In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more.

Cracked Up To Be - Courtney Summers

A 2010 release, I hadn’t heard of this, but it was recommended to me as a really good book, and goodreads has pretty good ratings for it. Since I am particularly enjoying contemporaries at the moment I thought I would seize the opportunity!

Some Girls Are - Courtney Summers

Another Courtney Summers book! This also looks really good and both were pretty cheap so I picked them both up!

What’s in your mailbox? Let me know - leave your links in the comments section as always!

Friday blog hops!

TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads
Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

I think the Harry Potter movie adaptations were done really well… undeniably the best book to movie version of any I’ve seen before!

I KNOW The Hunger Games is going to be amazing, I am highly anticipating this release. :D

In my experience more often than not though, books to movies usually fail. Some of the ones I really didn’t like though:

My Sisters Keeper (Book by Jodi Picoult)
Flowers In The Attic (Book by V.C Andrews)
The Lovely Bones (Book by Alice Sebold)
Twilight movies (Books by Stephenie Meyer)
IT (Book by Stephen King)

Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

I’ve already bought and recommended The Hunger Games to MANY of my “non-YA” friends, who have loved it - I am known as a Hunger Games pusher at work. lol But people are loving it!

I would recommend Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi, Divergent by Veronica Roth, both Anna & The French Kiss and Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins since they were my fave reads of 2011. :)


dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman

Synopsis: A friend posted a video of me dancing online and now I’m now longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl—and suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stranger isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali, dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose more than just my love of dancing.
I could lose my life.

Review: This book has such a creepy element to it. Alicia is being watched by a stalker after videos of her dancing are posted online. Everyone knows she is ‘dancergirl’ and she ends up with more attention than she could ever have bargained for. So when videos of her continue appearing online… videos she never knew were being taken, of her in her room dancing, Alicia knows that things have escalated.

What unfolds is a little bit of a who-dun-it style mystery where Ali and her friends have to try and narrow down who the stalker is one by one.

Whilst I think this story is aimed at teens aged 13 - 17 (and I’m much older!) I really thought the story had a strong moral behind it about the dangers of the internet - that we’re not all as anonymous as we think we are, and a fable for teens to be careful.

Highly entertaining, and I didn’t guess until close to the end who was responsible so that was refreshing also!!

Rating: 3 out of 5

W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the last week! W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin… it’s REALLY good so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

Finished reading Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman tonight which was pretty good and also recently finished Crossed by Ally Condie (review is up).

What do you think you’ll read next?

Still have some ARC’s I’d like to read but probably Legend by Marie Lu. :)

Crossed (Matched #2) - Ally Condie

Synopsis: In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Review: Crossed is the second installment in Ally Condie’s Matched series. Crossed picks up where Matched leaves us where Ky has been sent to the Outter Provinces sentenced virtually to die, and Cassia is determined to break out of The Society to try and find him to be with him once again.

I was really excited to read this book - I had even pre-ordered this a month or so prior to it’s realise. Which is why it saddens me to say that this book (which promised so much) delivered so little. I was really expecting a lot more from it. Now people on Goodreads are either saying they loved it or hated it, it doesn’t appear there is too much in between - however I am going to be one of those in between people, because there were parts of it I loved and parts not so much. So to be fair, I wanted to discuss what I liked and disliked about the book itself.

So one of the things that I really liked about Crossed is Ally Condie’s ability to just create a whole world in front of us. She litterally has a map in the start of the book panning out The Society, The Carving and the Outer Provinces which is fantastic, because you really get a visual understanding of what she’s created in her mind.

I also am still enjoying the alternating narrative from Ky and Cassia’s perspectives. It was something I liked about Matched, and this has carried over to Crossed, which I think helped the reader to understand what was happening in the minds of both Cassia and Ky.

I DID enjoy the story line itself. I can see that Ally Condie has all three books clearly mapped in her mind and it seems she has a clear directive of how she wants them to go and knows what’s going to happen from start to finish. I also really quite enjoy her writing style and find that easy to read and it flows quite well.

What I didn’t love about Crossed though is whilst she has this clear directive in mind in regards to the story, Crossed just for the most part didn’t have a whole lot going on. For the majority of the book, Cassia and Ky as well as the people they met along the way Eli and Indie were just walking through the canyons known as The Carving. They were trying to survive and trying not to get killed, but they were walking.. walking.. climbing.. walking. It just moved very slowly for me personally, and for me to take over two weeks to get through a book is unheard of. But everytime I picked this up it just moved too slowly for my attention span (which to my defense is normally very good).

Also, something which I enjoyed about Matched but just wasn’t feeling in Crossed is the connection between Cassia and Ky. The words were all there, the idea behind them ruiniting was there too.. but I just didn’t really feel the electricity that I have felt reading other YA books with a romance in it. And that disappointed me, because I had such high hopes for Cassia and Ky!

That being said, the book picked up near the end and I am interested in the direction it now seems to be taking with the third installment, so I am definitely not going to be giving up on this series, I will be reading the third book upon its release.

For those of you who have read Matched, I still think you should give this book a try, because SO many people have said that they did love it. I personally wasn’t really feeling it, but I am rating this a 3/5 because overall taking all things into consideration I can say I liked it as a whole.

Rating: 3 out of 5

In My Mailbox #30

Good afternoon everyone!! It’s IMM time and we’re up to my 30th week doing IMM, which is just a little bit exciting! Didn’t get TOO much this week since I am saving up for my trip to the US which is in 6 months (SCARY) now!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme bought to you by the lovely Kristi at The Story Siren.

Bumped - Megan McCafferty

This has been on my wishlist for a while now and so I finally bought it yesterday for my Kindle! It sounds completely unique and captivating.

From Goodreads: When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

This looks awesome!

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2) - Rick Yancey

I bought this on Kindle from Amazon, and didn’t realise when I got it that it’s #2 in the series! Nooooo! lol So now I need to make sure I buy the first one. But I’ve heard amazing things about this whole series. Priscilla from The Readables in fact did some excellent video reviews of the series that you can check out on youtube, and it made me want to check them out myself!

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2)

I know you don’t find out who “A” is… but I feel like I need the next installment in the PLL series already!! After watching Season 1 of the TV show in a matter of days, I am hungry for more! PLL season 2 is not out in Australia yet, so until it is, I am going to devour the books!

What’s in your mailbox? Let me know - leave your links in the comments section as always!

The DUFF - Kody Keplinger

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 “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

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

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out 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.

Review: Oh what a great fun read!!

The Duff is a story that I am pretty sure all females can relate to at some stage. Bianca Piper is the latest victim of this.

Bianca gets told by resident school sleaze Wesley Rush that she is The Duff. The Duff is the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”. He says that every group has one that stands out. His plan? Flirt with Bianca, show her some sympathy and her two hot friends Casey and Jessica will come running to him.

Bianca couldn’t be more disgusted in Wesley, but with a myriad of personal issues at home (her parents are getting divorced and her ex boyfriend is back in town with his new fiance) she needs an escape. And since she’s The Duff, she doesn’t have to worry about impressing Wesley now does she? So she makes the move… and this creates even more issues.

I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I read Kody Kelingers newest book Shut Out, and I liked it, but I probably think it’s fair to say I enjoyed The Duff even more. The writing style is heavy in dialogue which made for a really quick read, I read it all in one sitting! And it’s content is really not heavy so it was a welcome change.

As for the characters, I particularly enjoyed Bianca’s character. The only thing I was wishing was that she would have just been more honest and open with her friends - but I get that she didn’t because she was trying to run away from these issues.

Wesley Rush OMG. Bad boy! I honestly never get tired of the bad boy going from jerk to big softy. Bring it on, I want more! His character was fantastic in his harshness. It made it all the sweeter when he started changing.

Whilst the story line itself was in many ways predictible (I knew what was coming before it happened), I really enjoyed being taken on the ride, and it didn’t bother me that I guessed what was going to happen because of the way in which it happened.

Overall I think this book is deserving of its 5/5 rating. It was a page turner, highly entertaining, well written and fun!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Random Act of Kindness (R.A.K) November wrap up

{Please click on the RAK button above to be re-directed to the Book Nerd Reviews wishlist on Amazon.}
Sorry this is a little late - with the giveaway I’ve been occupied!

I sent:

The Replacement
I sent One Night That Changes Everything to Temara from Any & Everything Books.

I received:

The Replacement

I received Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey from Stormi of Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! Thank you very much!! :)

November Review Wrapup:

This month I reviewed:

Lola & The Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

Deadly Cool - Gemma Halliday

Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater

Shatter Me - Tehereh Mafi

Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

It’s Friiiiday!

TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads
Writing Reviews 101: What’s your process for writing book reviews?
Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?

The first one is really important to me, because I have a goldfish memory. I really try and write my review as soon as I have finished the book. Where possible. If it’s not possible, I will at least jot down the emotions I felt reading the book as well as the stand out points while I they are still really fresh in my mind.

I try and break my reviews down into a few parts:

  • Synopsis in my own words. Since the synopsis from Goodreads is always posted above my reviews, it’s not usually necessary for me to go into much detail, however I feel it’s often a good breaker to get into the conversation about the book, and it also can tell readers more about the book from someone else’s perspective, especially if the official synopsis is a bit mysterious!
  • Stand out points with the book - what did I really love about it? What did I perhaps not love about it? What were the highlights (without spoiling the book).
  • Reviews on the depth of the characters - were they relateable? Realistic? Out of touch? Review on the writing style itself - was it heavy in dialog? Discriptive? Did it write like a movie?
  • Wrap up of the review - Did I love it, did I not love it? Why?
  • Rating - My reviews always have a rating. There’s been books I enjoyed that might just get a 3/5 but that’s beause I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. 4/5 is a great book, and 5/5 is a must read.


Q: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

Pet peves! Let me count the ways….

  1. Insta-love: Just add water. I hate that. You just met, no you’re not in love. Lust maybe, like definitely, but not love. I do love writers that do love in the right way that being said. I am not a love hater. Just a hater of the whole “We met 8 hours ago and now we’re getting married” crap.
  2. Books with too much description and not enough dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, some people love this. But I am a talkative person by nature. And I like my books to be the same. Chances are, the more dialogue you offer, the more I’ll like your book. It’s how I’m wired.
  3. Unoriginal story lines - I am sorry… there is only so many vampire/warewolves books I can get through. However that being said I do love books with vampires or warewolves that involve an original idea.
  4. Nice guys in books. Sometimes I just want a bad boy to come and charm the pants off our protagonist. Like Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Jacob from Twilight, or Wesley Rush from The Duff. Nice guys are boring.

I am sure there are more.. because I am pretty fickle when it comes to pet peves. But for the most part I am pretty laid back (I know you don’t believe that after reading that list!). But this is my absolute nit picky list. :)


My Christmas Giveaway is here!

Yay it’s December already! No matter where you are in the world and whatever you believe or celebrate (or don’t celebrate for that matter) this competition will have something for everyone I hope!

There will be THREE WINNERS this month! Pick any book you like, I’ll give away the same book three times if I have to (if it’s popular!). This competition is international to anywhere that the Book Depository ships to!

The THREE winners will each be able to choose ONE (1) book each of their liking of the following books:

Legend - Marie Lu
The Future Of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Catching Jordan - Miranda Kenneally
You Are My Only - Beth Kephart

Terms and Conditions:

  • This giveaway is open internationally (to where Book Depository delivers)
  • You must be over 13 years of age to enter
  • The contest closes on 31st December 2011 at 6pm AEST (Australian Time)
  • A winner will be chosen via
  • The winner will be contacted via email
  • Book Nerd Reviews is not responsible for any issues with delivery

To enter, you need to complete this form.