January in review, Week in Review #5 (26/1-1/2) & Tentative February TBR

JANUARY WRAP UP

In January I managed to:

  • Read-
    • Schism Series by Michael Phillip Cash
      • Schism(#1 Schism, 204 pages)
      • Collision (#2 Schism, 260 pages)
    • The Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal Aka Christopher Golden
      • Dreams of the Dead (#1 The Waking Trilogy, 276 pages)
      • Spirits of the Noh (#2 The Waking Trilogy, 272 pages)
    • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (240 pages) by Leselye Walton
    • The Sculptor (469 pages) by Scott McCloud
    • Forgotten (#3 Fade, 234 pages) by Kallin Gow
    • Just One Day series by Gayel Forman
      • Just One Year (#2 Just One Day, 336 pages)
      • Just One Night (#2.5 Just One Day, 42 pages)
  • Finish Reading –
    • Fade Combined Books 1 (Fade) and 2 (Forever) 231 pages by Kallin Gow
    • The Ocean at the end of the Lane (196 pages) by Neil Gaiman
    • The Room Beyond (223 pages) by Stephanie Elmers
    • Anna (#1 The Starseed Series, 334 pages) by Meghan Riley
  • Start reading ()
    • Shades of Grey (#1 Shades of Grey, Sample: 23 of  448 pages) by Jasper Fforde
    • Collaring the Saber-Tooth (#1 Masters of the Cats series, Sample: 26 of 241 Pages) by Trinity Blacio
    • The Crown (Vol.1 Queen of Hearts Saga, 19 of 222 pages) by Colleen Oakes
    • Review Book: The Hawk and the Dove (#1 The Hawk and the Dove #1 Trilogy, 12 of 177 pages) by Penelope Wilcock
    • Hallowed ((#2 Unearthly) 33 of 421 pages) by Cynthia Hand
    • Day 21 (#2 The 100 (16 of 320 pgs) by Kiera KassRe
    • Review Book: City of Stairs (160 of 400 pages) by Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Review Book: Red Rising (#1 Red Rising (12 of 401 pages) by Pierce Brown
    • Review Book: Half Wild (#2 Half Bad (33 of 416 pages)) by Sally Green
    • Blog tour Book: The End of All Things (#1 The End of all Things Series (68 of 264 pages)  by Lissa Bryan
    • The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer Trilogy (33 of 480 pages)) by Michelle Hodkin
    • Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles (56 of 560 pages) by Marissa Meyer
    • Review Book: Risen (#3 Schism Saga) by Michael Phillip Cash

Total number of pages read this month:  3497

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BOOKS READ AND CURRENTLY READING

Read: Just One Night,#2,5  Just One Day by Gayel Forman

Read: Murderess #1 The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga by Dara Marnin (netgalley review ebook)

Read (Sample): Collaring the Saber-Tooth by Trinity Blancio (Sample, will be purchased on 5th Feb)

Read (Sample): Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (will be buying this book soon)

Started Reading: The Crown, vol. 1 The Queen of Hearts by 

Currently Reading: The End of All Things (#1 The End of all things Series) by Lissa Bryan (Review copy for a blog hop review in March)

Currently Reading: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (review book from bloggingforbooks.com)

Currently Reading:Half Wild (#2 Half Bad) by Sally Green (review ebook from Netgalley)

Currently Reading: Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Currently Reading: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer Trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin

Currently Reading: Risen: The Battle for Darracia (#3 The Darracia Saga) by Michael Phillip Cash (a review paperback)

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BOOK REVIEWS

Just One Night,#2,5  Just One Day by Gayel Forman

Book Information

Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)

 After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch  actor Willem De Ruiter,  sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu”  Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared  without a trace. Just  One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One  Year  chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now,  back together at last, this  delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final  chapter
 Format: Kindle Edition
 File Size: 996 KB
 Print Length: 48 pages
 Publisher: RHCP Digital (29 May 2014)
 Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
 Language: English
 ASIN: B00KHX0G1I
 Price: £2.48
Review

I loved this book and devoured it in one sitting and was a fantastic short novella, that provided a conclusion to the Just One Day duology as it enabled the reader to find out what happened between the characters in the previous books Willem and Allyson following Allyson showing up on his door step.

It was great that at the end of the story both of them were heading back to America to be a matter of miles away from each other.

All this along with the fact that I will re-read this book again along with the other two as well as recommend it to others as its well worth the read is why I have given it a 5 star rating.

 

Author Information

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interesting people, a third sex (we’d probably call them transvestites here) in Tonga, Tolkien-obsessed, role-playing punks in Kazakhstan (bonus points to those of you who can find Kazakhstan on a map), working class hip-hop stars in Tanzania. The result of that year was my first book, a travel memoir called You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year On the Fringes of a Shrinking World. You can read about my trip and see pictures of it here.

What do you do when you get back home after traveling the globe for a whole year? First, you get disproportionately excited by the little comforts in life: Not having to look at a map to get everywhere? Yay! Being able to drink coffee without getting dressed and schlepping to a café first? Bliss! Then, if you’re 32 years old and have been with your husband for evah, you have a kid. Which we did. Presto, Willa!

So, there I was. With a baby. And all of a sudden I couldn’t do the kind of gallivanty reporting I’d done before. Well, you know how they say in life when one door closes another opens? In my case, the door came clear off the frame. Because I discovered that I could take the most amazing journeys of my life without ever having to leave my desk. It was all in my head. In stories I could make up. And the people I wanted to take these fantastical journeys with, they all happened to be between the ages of 12 and 20. I don’t know why. These are just the people who beckon me. And I go where I’m told.

My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….

Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications asJane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Murderess #1 The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga by Dara Marnin (netgalley review ebook)

Started: 5/1               Finished:

Book Information

Product Details

Lu Killer never wondered if her name was strange. ‘Killer’. How was she to guess her ancestors fought ferociously against the royal family for generations? How was she to know her family lived in a completely different world called Greywall’d? All that 16-year-old Lu cared for was when she could next listen to her music, next be left to her own devices and when she could truly feel at peace.

But her life changed completely when a young boy with a hat fell from the sky into her train…

Murderess is the first book of ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’ and features the beginning of a spine-tingling story with a new world where Lu will discover that she has a critical part to play in the future of Greywall’d.

Daya Marnin started writing Murderess two years ago when she was thirteen. She is currently writing “Priestess”, the second part of the saga.

  • File Size: 1116 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Morphus VC Pty Ltd (20 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K30ZOVW

Review

When I saw this book on Netgalley it was the cover that made me want to request it from the publisher and I was so glad when I was accepred, so thank you so much Netgalley for allowing me to read this fantastic book.

The cover art and the world/ character building  that the author did was fantastic, especially when you consider she was only thirteen when she started writing it. This along with the fact that I will re-read the book again as well as recommend it to others and buy it for friends/family who I think will enjoy the book  are what made me give the book a 4 star rating.

Thus book was a fitting start to a new series as it introduced the reader to the main character Lu Killer as well as the life she has both on Earth and back on her planet when she returned to it.

The way that Dara describe things that happened to Lu when her power was surfacing ready to be used as well as things that happened in the story was so evocative that it made you feel like you were part of the story. Due to this I can’t wait for the next installment of the story.

About the Author

Daya Marnin Daya Marnin is a 16 years old fantasy author that had just published her first book –  Murderess.

Murderess is the first of six parts of the ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’. The story of Lu  Killer (hence the title)  and her quest for answers in a world of uncertainty becomes a  compelling spring board for a complex narrative  that is sure to gratify its readers for  years to come.

In her writing, Daya created Greywall’d, a whole new world parallel to Earth, full of  imagery, characters and  sights that are written in such a level of detail that immerses the reader from the very beginning.

Daya started writing Murderess over two years ago when she was 13 and is now writing the second book of the  saga – Priestess.

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BOOKS I RECEIVED THIS WEEK

From Netgalley

 Michelle Mankin

 Pub Date  

  •  ISBN: 9781507659663
  •  Price: $ 1.99 USD
  •  Edition: Ebook

 

 

 

 

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A house in the south of France. A holiday of a lifetime. What could be nicer? What could  possibly go wrong?

 Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

 Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780718179403

 Price: £14.99 GB

Edition: Hardcover

 

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Greenleaf Book Group

 Greenleaf Book Group Press

 Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780983477808

 Price: $15.95 US       Edition: Other Format

 

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Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road Media

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9781497645608

Price: $14.99 US

Edition: Ebook

 

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The Number One bestselling author is back with a dark, compelling and controversial  novel of one family’s darkest secrets

 Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

 Pub Date  

 ISBN: 9780718181277

 Price: GB£14.99

 Edition: Other Format

 

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Strange Worlds Publishing

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780985779177

Price: us$1.99

Edition: Ebook

 

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 Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

 Penguin

 Pub Date  

 ISBN: 9781405917957

Price: GB£7.99

Edition: Paperback

 

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Blair Hahn

Greenleaf Book Group

Greenleaf Book Group Press

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780983477815       Price: us$15.95      Edition: Other Format

 

 The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

 Oxford University Press

 Pub Date  

  •  ISBN: 9780199730032
  •  Price: us$34.95
  • EditionHardcover

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The second sophisticated and dark installment in Jake Woodhouse’s Amsterdam Quartet, featuring returning series character Inspector Jaap Rykel

Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9781405914314                 Price: £6.99 GB

EditionPaperback

 

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A murder investigation unearths a body from over 60 years ago in this gripping blend of  cold case and serial killer thriller.

 Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780718180324        Price: GB£6.99

 Edition: Paperback

 

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Text Publishing

Text Publishing Company

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9781922147363

Price: us$15.95

Edition: Paperback

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Ambient Light Publishers

 Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles

 Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780986332401

  Price: us$17.99

  •   Edition: Paperback

 

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Poetics Press

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9780989124720

Price: $8.95 us

Edition: Paperback

 

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Simon and Schuster UK Children’s

 Simon & Schuster UK

 Pub Date  

 ISBN: 9781471124556

 Price: £7.99

  •  Edition: Paperback

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DI Helen Grace 3

Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

 Penguin

 Pub Date  

ISBN: 9781405919197

Price: 16.99 CAD

Edition: Paperback

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Penguin Random HouseUK Children’s

Penguin

Pub date: Mar 26 2015

 ISBN: 9780141350882

 Price: 7.99 GBP

 Edition: Paperback

 

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Sourcebooks Fire

Pub Date  

ISBN: 9781492619031

Price: 9.99 USD

Edition: Paperback

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Carina Press

Pub Date March 3o 2015

 ISBN9781426899645                                    

 Price 2.99 USD                                                               

 Edition: Ebook                                                               

 

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Carina Press
Pub Date March 20 2015
ISBN: 9781426899201
Price: 2.99 usd
Edition: Ebook
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 Harperimpulse
 ISBN: 9780007594641
 Pub Date: Feb 19 2015
 Price: 0.00 USD
 Edition: Other Format

 

 

 

 

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MY TENTATIVE TBR FOR FEBRUARY

  • Finish: Shades of Grey (#1 Shades of Grey, Sample: 425 pages 2 be read) by Jasper Fforde
  • Finish: Collaring the Saber-Tooth (#1 Masters of the Cats series, Sample: 215 Pages 2 be read) by Trinity Blacio
  • Finish: The Crown (Vol.1 Queen of Hearts Saga, 203 pages 2 be read) by Colleen Oakes
  • Review Book, Finish: The Hawk and the Dove (#1 The Hawk and the Dove #1 Trilogy, 165 pages 2 be read) by Penelope Wilcock
  • Finish: Hallowed ((#2 Unearthly) 388 pages 2 be read) by Cynthia Hand
  • Finish: Day 21 (#2 The 100 (304 pgs 2 be read) by Kiera KassRe
  • Review Book, Finish: City of Stairs (340 pages 2 be read) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Review Book, Finish: Red Rising (#1 Red Rising (389 pages 2 be read) by Pierce Brown
  • Review Book, Finish: Half Wild (#2 Half Bad (383 pages 2 be read)) by Sally Green
  • Blog tour review Book, Finish: The End of All Things (#1 The End of all Things Series (196 pages 2 be read)  by Lissa Bryan
  • Finish:The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer Trilogy (33 of 480 pages)) by Michelle Hodkin
  • Finish: Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles (56 of 560 pages) by Marissa Meyer
  • Read: A Winter of Ghosts (#3 The Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal (aka Christopher Golden)
  • Blog Tour Review Book, Start (hopefully Finish: The Land of Shadow (#2 The End of all things by Lissa Bryan
  • Start (hopefully Finish: Anna an the French Kiss (#1 Anna and the French Kiss) by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

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