Monday, 30 June 2014

Messenger of Fear: Cover Reveal


If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you'll have noticed an unusual, and slightly creepy countdown clock in the sidebar. The reason that this has been on the blog is because I have been asked by Electric Monkey to reveal the cover along with 9 other bloggers for Michael Grant's latest book; Messenger of Fear. Now, as someone who at the time of this post going live will be sat eating their lunch at school, I don't know what the clock is going to look like when it ends, however if it is now at 00:00:00, then it is time to reveal the cover.

And now I'd like to reveal the cover of Messenger of Fear...


                                

So yes! That is the the cover for Messenger of Fear! As part of agreeing to participating in the cover reveal for this book, I got to ask Michael Grant a question;

Holly asked: Did anything in particular inspire you to write Messenger of Fear?


My basic inspiration for MESSENGER OF FEAR was that I wanted to write something scary.  I realize that’s not a very profound answer, but the truth is I like to have fun with my work.  I thought MESSENGER OF FEAR would be fun to write, and I was correct.  It’s a kick to write.  I have fun doing it.  I hope readers have as much fun reading as I do writing.

Thank you so much to Electric Monkey for letting me be one of the bloggers to host this cover reveal. Messenger of Fear will be published in August.

Holly x

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Scared of the Hype



Ever since reading Cat from Through A Cat's Eyes post on books that she's scared to read because of the hype which you can see HERE, I've wanted to do a post like this myself. 
A lot of the books that I read I have found through other bloggers who have raved about them, and often. The majority of other books I've read have been cast into my radar through joyous reviews on Goodreads and rants about them on BookTube. I do read unpopular books, just not as many as the ones that are popular. Unfortunately, this is just how I read. However, some of these books have gathered dust on by bookshelves since I bought them, simply because I'm scared of the hype that surrounds their content.

So today I'm showing you 5 of the books that I really should have read by now, but haven't because I'm scared of the hype.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. 
A book that has less hype surrounding it but is an incredibly popular book and I feel ashamed to have not read it, yet.  I bought this book TWO years ago and there is a tiny sticker on the front saying "Read it before you watch it," because at the time I bought this it was about 6 months before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released. As you may probably sense by now I went and watched the film before I read the book - and it was amazing (as well as extremely long). However, I never got round to seeing the second film and the third is yet to be released. This is one I plan on reading before completing the film trilogy.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Profess your anger at me all you want but the fact is that I haven't read this book. After buying it in January I read about half but school took over and I had to put it down. I plan on reading this over the summer. The hype over this book has really put me off though, because out of what I read unlike everyone else I wasn't blown away. It was kind of just "meh". But I WILL get to this soon!

Paper Towns by John Green
This book doesn't have as much hype as the other books but it is a John Green book and therefore, hype. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favourite books - read it loved it, re-read it and watched the film. Looking For Alaska wasn't my cup of tea. I bought this when I was in Trafalgar Square's Waterstones whilst in London last year and ideally given that I'm going back to London in August I'd like to read it before then. There is just so much hype surrounding John Green books and after liking one and disliking one I'm kind of scared of what I'll think when I pick up a third book of his.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. 
Ah, Insurgent. I loved Divergent, but to put this short and sweet, there is too much hype over Insurgent and going into the book several times with thoughts of the hype in my head has meant that I've had to put it down. Whether I'll ever read it, I don't know. All I know is that the hype is just too much with this one.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K Rowling)
There is the assumption that just because J.K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books which were phenomenal, that every other book she writes will be just as good. I feel that because of that assumption I'll go into the Cuckoo's Calling thinking highly of it - when actually, it might be terrible. 

Are there any books you're scared to read because of the hype? Please let me know in the comments.

Holly x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Interviewing Fionnuala


Today I'm very pleased to be interviewing Fionnuala. Fi is a book blogger at Books For Birds and here are her answers to my questions.

Welcome to A DayDreamer's Thoughts! Could you begin by telling us a little about yourself and Books For Birds?
Hi Holly, thank-you for having me! Well, I’m pretty much your ordinary run of the mill fourteen year old, I’ve been a huge Potterhead for years and I love all things Marvel – I’m basically all fangirl, all the time. Books for Birds is my book blog which I use as a tool to share all my thoughts on book related things, and books; because, let’s face it, seeing a blank look on someone’s face every time you try to explain how perfect Eleanor & Park is or how much you ship Noah and Echo (Pushing the Limits) get’s very tiring after a while. Book blogging lets me talk to likeminded people… and when I say talk I actually mean caps locked tweets… hehe.
Books for Birds 
2) How did you come up with the name "Books For Birds"?
The name was really pure luck, I was trying to think of a name that hadn’t been used before, and this popped up – it actually fits though because I love birds, cos they can fly, like, I’m obsessed with flying.

3) Which author would you like to meet the most and why?
J.K. Rowling – this is basically my life ambition, to meet her. I’m not sure that there’s one exact reason, but I really admire her and of course like I mentioned earlier I am an advocate of the Harry Potter world. Meeting her would just be the most amazing thing.

4) A few months ago, you posted a booktube video... How did you find that?
I found the experience nerve-wracking but it was super fun making the actual video. Funnily enough (or maybe it’s ironic…) I got pretty sick after that and wasn’t able to make another video that I was happy with, but I am hoping to start making video’s again in July after our exams finish.

5) You travel a lot as well (not always living in N.Ireland) do you see yourself continuing to do that in the future?
Hmm, I think I would like to settle down back home, in Ireland, and go to university for the next couple of years, but after that yes, I definitely want to travel for a bit before I start worrying about getting a proper job and having a family.

6)Are there any other blogs that inspire you and inspire what you write?
There are many book blogs that inspire me, to name a few The Mile Long Bookshelf, Oh the Books, A Day Dreamers Thoughts, The Perpetual Pageturner - and they do motivate me to put out better content – but specifically I wouldn’t say they inspire me to write specific things.

7)What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading Say Her Name by James Dawson the other night and am planning to start reading the Slated trilogy by Teri Terry!

8) Which books are currently on your TBR pile?
Gosh, there are so many, my physical TBR pile alone has 80 plus books, but some mentionable ones include; Pivot Point, Dorothy Must Die, Ignite Me, Undone, Daughter of Smoke on Bone, We Were Liars and The Archived.

9) Where would you see yourself in 10 years time?
I would think that I would be in the first year of studying my Bachelors in Architecture at University, having overcrowded bookshelves, possibly a job at a second hand bookshop or library and very hopefully still blogging!

10) Finally, is there any advice you would give to new bloggers or people wanting to start a blog?
I would not come to me for advice, but to answer the question, I think I would tell anyone wanting to blog or new bloggers to not be afraid to ask questions and make friends, just be yourself and be comfortable with what you’re writing – your personality will really start to come through. And just enjoy what you’re doing, have fun, it shouldn’t feel like it’s a chore (although sometimes it does).

Thank you so much once again to Fionnuala for letting me interview her, I loved reading her answers to my questions and I hope you do to. Please take a look at her blog Books For Birds as it is brilliant.

Holly x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera DietzVera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

A.S. King is an author that I've wanted to read for a long time. This wasn't the book that I wanted to read of hers first - I had my heart set on Ask the Passengers, but I'm glad I read this when I did. I only finished this today but I feel that this is one of those reviews that I need to write and post straight away.



Here's me using surprised in a sentence;
I was really surprised by this book.

Anyone who has read Please Ignore Vera Dietz will know that Vera uses this style of phrase frequently throughout the book. But, as the phrase says, I genuinely was surprised by this book, and one of the reasons for this is because of going into it blind. The part of me that thought I knew what to expect, definitely expected something else.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz is about Vera, an 18 year old whose best friend recently died in suspicious circumstances. Vera's main focus is trying to get over Charlie's death - someone who she still cared about even if the feeling was not mutual. 

Vera was a very likeable character and she was well developed into someone who had an interesting perspective to read from. I could understand a lot of her emotions and why although Charlie had broken her heart she knew that she would always love him. I could also understand why she was so livid at him. But whilst I appreciated Vera as a character, I didn't understand a lot of the decisions that she made. A lot of the time Vera came across as incredibly naive and I just wanted to scream at her for not tuning in to what was really going on. Charlie had protected Vera to an extent, but that made her appear to be obnoxious to reality. Early on it we establish that Charlie is doing something horrendous that means Vera never quite tunes into reality. This is not revealed until near the end of the book and the ambiguous style helped with adding to the book's mysterious nature. 

Changing perspectives that varied from chapter to chapter worked well hiding the end's revelation. For example; there were chapters from Vera, Charlie (referenced to as "The Dead Kid",) and Vera's father. A.S King uses magical realism in her novels and in this, her second one, a pagoda in Vera's town has it's own voice throughout the book. Having inanimate objects empowered with their own voices was a fascinating detail. 

Problem-wise, my main issue was the slow pace. There were points were about 200 pages in I just thought "When is this going to end?" because nothing seemed to be happening. Day to day events were taking place but nothing was moving the plot forward. When events did occur, the would happen all at once. Due to this often it would be hard to taken in everything that was happening. Another problem was the way that Charlie acted. I don't think I could ever like his character, apart from the parts where he narrated the book. I won't go into why as that will spoiler the story. 


A truly moving and surprisingly honest read.

Holly x

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Perks of Being a Bookworm: Goodreads


Given that there hasn't been a post surrounding this feature in nearly a month, I felt the need to write the fifth perk of being a bookworm. Goodreads is something that I want to talk about a lot more, and whilst I did the Goodreads Tag a while ago, I felt sort of restricted with the questions that were included in that, so here I am doing this!

THE POSITIVES
  • A SOCIAL NETWORK FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BOOKS! Honestly it's my idea of heaven.
  • Reading Challenges
  • You can record when you read a book, how long it took you to read the book, how many times you've read it, it's like a personal library.
  • QUOTES!!!! QUOTES QUOTES QUOTES
  • Goodreads First Reads Giveaways
  • Interviews with authors
  • Great way of discovering new books and new authors
  • The page tracker (that's what I call it) telling you how far in % you are through the book your reading - this can be really motivating.
  • Newsletter emails, specifically to genres you read e.g. YA

THE NEGATIVES
  • The rating system: no 1/2 stars, need I say more?
  • The strange strange messaging system.
  • Groups - some are good, some are great, but then "here comes the constant unneccessary emails".
  • 5000 friends limit - not that I'll ever reach that but to be friends with people who have that many, it's not fair.
  • You can't have a book and read it one year and have it on that years reading challenge and then re-read and do it again the next year. If that makes any sense (if not then I'm sorry!)
  • The design could do with being.... well, with being redesigned - it's a bit bland but I like it too.
As you can see, I have a lot of opinions on the Goodreads debate and I also have a lot of issues with the website - no matter how much I love it.

What do you think of Goodreads? What do you want to see in this feature?
Please let me know in the comments.
Holly x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next DoorBudding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Seriously. Seriously, Stephanie Perkins is a God.

Since I read the last pages of Anna and the French Kiss in January - the review of which you can see here, I've been desperately waiting to get my hands on Lola and the Boy Next Door. There was however a wait. If I wanted to get hold of matching covers (which matters a lot in my eyes) then I would have to wait until June. I was willing to wait. 

By some miracle, I found a copy of this two weeks earlier than it was due to be released. So I went home and read it over the course of the half term holidays and to say this book didn't let me down is an underestimate. This was such a beautiful book that was bursting with surprises around every corner. 

I know often I talk about the characters in my book reviews and that can cause some rambling, but I feel like I have to do this with this book. Lola was an incredible character. She was the type of person that doesn't give a damn about what anyone else thinks of them. She dared to be different, and that is a quality that you don't often come across in reality or in fiction. And Cricket as well. CRICKET was just awesome, and you could see how much he loved Lola from the very second that he watched her through the window next door. A charming, charismatic person that whilst he did have his flaws, (he'd hurt Lola in the past), he is one of the sweetest male characters I have seen in a long time. 

One thing that made Lola and the Boy Next Door so different to Anna and the French Kiss was that things were in reverse. Instead of Etienne St Clair being the guy who loved Anna at the same time as another girl, it was Lola who was struggling to accept the fact that she was in love with Cricket as oppose to her boyfriend. It was Cricket trying desperately to make Lola see him in the same light that he saw her in, instead of Anna trying to get her head around the fact that she wanted to be with St Clair. I liked how those roles were switched around. And Anna and St Clair were in this book too! I was so happy to see them again and I loved how they had a connection to both Lola and Cricket.

The plot was so perfect too, with so many different elements; there was Lola trying to find out if the girl in costume was really who she actually was. There was obviously also the idea of Lola and Cricket falling in love. And as well as all of that, there was Cricket trying to realise that he had lived in his sister Calliope's (I googled it - apparently you pronounce it Cal-eeh-oh-pee) shadow all of his life whilst she became a famous figure skater and him trying to break free of the shadow he was living in. Lola's story was one that will stick with me for a long long time and was a heartwarming tale to read about. 

If you need something that will make you laugh and make you smile, then pick up this book. Even if you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss (although you really, really should), just pick it up because it's more than worth it.



Holly x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Discussion: Romance in Delirium with Amy

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Today I'm honoured to have Amy from Amy Bookworm joining me for a conversation surrounding Romance in Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. We both love the trilogy (I'm yet to read the final book though!) and so we have created two posts - one of which is on Amy's blog.

Holly - A DayDreamer's Thoughts Amy - Amy Bookworm

We’ve met Alex and Julian- two very different love interests- during these two books. Whose ‘team’ are you on? Do you think it’s a bit like a love triangle?
I feel like I can sense a love triangle coming on! And as much as I’m in love with this trilogy, I feel like it’s one of those situations where it’s becoming something which we see so often in YA fiction that it’s growing a bit dull. I like the idea of a love triangle in this world though, because falling in love with two people in a country where love is a disease is bound to cause some trouble! I really liked Julian throughout Pandemonium even though there’s a part of me that really doesn’t want me to. However, I’m definitely on Team Alex. I just feel that Alex is the one who introduced Lena to the fact that love really isn’t such a bad thing, and he was also her first love - I’m kind of a sucker for things like that. So I’m certainly on Team Alex.

What about you?
The readers don’t know, like Lena, whether Alex will come back though ;) So, hey, she deserves to move on. I would (perhaps easier than her and, in a sense, I don’t relate to her for that!) and… importantly, stay that way. If you don’t feel sorry for Alex, that’s all I’ll say, I disagree & think there’s something wrong with you :P I was prepared, as from reviews, it appeared many disliked this appearing character “Julian” but he’s amazing so I’m Team Julian all the way. He’s the sensitive type, understanding, kinda brave but not unrealistically so & you never get this overly “bad guy” vibe from him. Not one bit, but he does rebel which is fab to see. He steps out & stops relying on Lena. Supremely intelligent as well… But we all have different tastes & I’m interested to see why other readers think what they did when it comes to the guys :P


Do you find it easy to empathize with Lena? Do you like her, or rather, her actions?
I found it very easy to empathise with Lena the majority of the time. (see our review to see where Holly couldn’t, we could empathise with her at other times though.)...
I know what it’s like to feel like you’re starting to like someone. I also know what it’s like when it appears that that person is dead, because that happened to me a while ago. So I could completely understand Lena’s sense of grief. Her actions at times could potentially be seen as naive, but overall, she is a character which I found it very easy to relate to.

Whereas for me, things like first love seem so fragile & I’m quite logical when it comes to that, maybe ridiculous… I know. But I think you don’t truly know love until you’ve experienced it a few times & you can compare. I think you should choose somebody who you know supports you, you can have a great future with & things like that… It’s not just about lust, which I felt with Alex & Lena, I’m afraid :P While it can be damaging to compare lovers too much you learn from past experience & I think, Lena was too afraid to be hurt to love Julian as much! There is nothing wrong with him. It made much more sense, her & him, in Pandemonium! :P In hindsight, Alex and Lena? Umm, nope :P
Oh no I do agree with you on that, that you only know what love is when you’ve experienced it a few times or  you’ve had enough experience to know that that is what’s happening. But I know what it’s like to experience that first moment where you start to really like someone - and it’s one of those moments where you feel like your heart is getting faster and faster. I know that the person I liked, I really really liked and it was that first feeling of attraction that makes you think how weird love really is. I don’t know true love I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever fallen in love, but I’d definitely say I know what it’s like to lose someone that you admire so much, and grief when you love someone hurts. With Alex and Lena, I felt like I was grieving along with Lena because you could see how much she loved him. I think Lena was in a position where like you said, she’s somewhat scared that if she loves someone again, she’ll hurt even more.

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)See, I think I may have chosen to not like or whatever people anymore? I’ve had worse ends to friendships XD I’ve never had a boyfriend but I’ve liked boys and not in the crush “obsessive” way; it’s a bit more like love in the sense I think it through; like what future would be like? I don’t mean to, I just do. I’ve experienced this feeling more than once & I never know who I’ve liked most. Was it the first? The last? I think when I get married, I’ll know I like them best though XD
I understand that, because it wasn’t like I was “obsessed” with the person I really liked, it was sort of like “Hmm, I really like them…” in my head and I agree that I do think what the future would be like in that kind of situation. But I know it was different with the person that I liked because I’d known them for quite a long time and then they got diagnosed with Cancer and so I never thought into the future.

We’re all scared of rejection though, I KNOW I AM (that’s why I’m all logical & ‘don’t like them anymore GIRL’) so… yes, that’s a huge part of why Lena is how she is with both boys, it’s different & I wish she understand why. Is it just cos Alex would be the better prospect? I don’t think so. Love is a complex thing & be an issue, so like many things, it’s hard when you look at it sociologically but I definitely think love cannot be, like it has been in this series, labelled as just a good thing or bad thing. It’s both. Can be awful but you take the risk if you start a relationship; it might be worth it. It might end, no matter how much pre-thought & planning you try to put into it. If love worked like that, this world would be much closer to perfection.
I’m someone who is terrified that if I ever get a boyfriend, I’ve never had one before - that I’ll get rejected like you said. It’s something that means people behave differently in the hope that they don’t get rejected. I’m someone who loves love and it’s kind of heartbreaking to see Lena at the point where she has lost Alex, but it’s nice to see her getting back on her feet and falling for Julian. You can tell though at the end when she sees Alex that trouble is going to be caused because whilst she may have tried to move on, those feelings that she had for Alex never really went, they just became buried underneath the feelings she had for Julian.

I thought there was a reason she just wasn’t moving on. Not having experienced anything like it I wasn’t sure if I was right & it was accurate but… hey ho :P
In all honesty, I’ve not got a clue when it comes to love. I think at first it’s clear that she isn’t moving on because of Alex still consuming her mind, and also because they live in a world where it’s illegal to be in love, I guess she doesn’t really know what to do next, so that could slow down the moving on process perhaps.

In the world I guess her mum never moved on from her dad. There was no one else to love. It's sad; Lena moved into the Wilds & they both risked a lot just be be split up & really, when you've done that I can only imagine how hard it must be! So yes, I can see why she'd still love with Alex & how he may be angry that she's moved on since... But he's done things wrong (ie. not giving the full picture of the Wilds) so I can't love him myself; He's all yours and Lena's :P
Requiem (Delirium, #3)Haha! I think the thing I liked most about Alex was the poetry and the books (whilst Julian mentioned books Alex was more open about it originally). Everything about him is forbidden. But it isn't like he's evil, it's just that he's grown up in an environment where love does exist. He seems more evil in other things, (they possibly happen later) I think to have a whole life planned together just to be torn apart must be earth shattering. But surely they knew how much of a danger it was to risk so much, especially when Lena has been imprisoned in her own home at the end of Delirium because people discover that she has caught the Deliria. I'll admit to come back after months and months and expect Lena to come flying into his arms is a bit much, but he didn't give her the full story surrounding the Wilds. He only showed her a tiny spot of paint on a massive canvas and he's made a lot of mistakes. But Julian is in a position of serious power, and whilst he has now caught the Deliria, his family are leaders of the DFA and all sorts of problems could be caused simply by that matter.
...All I have to say now is GO JULIAN! And go read Requiem Holly :) Thanks for having this thought provoking discussion on your blog; I've been happy to be here. It was also great that we could have a joint review on my blog. THANK YOU for it all <3
Thank you to you too!

Thank you so much to Amy for doing this post - you can see our joint review of Pandemonium on her blog

Holly x

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Amber by Julie Sykes

AmberHow do you live by the rules if you don’t know what they are? Amber’s lost her memory. She doesn't even know her real name. The only clues to her identity are a beautiful amber necklace and a broken mobile phone. She’s determined to learn the truth about her past life, and the secrets she’s hiding, but how many rules will she break along the way?

Going into this book, it was very unclear what the story was about. If you read the synopsis which is above this, the very same synopsis which is on the back of the book, the writing is incredibly vague. I think it was only due to the fact that the cover looks like something in space that I figured out that this is a sci fi book.

I don't read very much science fiction at all, and so this was a nice introduction to that genre, but I feel like it could have been better. Amber wakes up in a Scottish hospital with no idea who she is. Soon after she arrives she is fostered by a couple who run a music school and Amber goes to stay with them.

I loved how music was involved in the story and I think that brought up my rating, because that was rather enjoyable to read about. Amber was a great musician within the book and as someone who is a musician themself, I liked how it was accurate and different meanings were used correctly. 

Amber was a great character. She was a mystery waiting to be solved - because she hadn't a clue about who she actually was. I easily warmed to her, and I think it was easy to have sympathy when it came to her. However, some of the things that she said when narrating the book left me just as confused as she was.

When I say this, I mean that whilst I enjoyed the plot, there were just bits that made me think "but why would she do that?", "but why would that happen?", "where did that come from?". In a book you need the story to entertain you, to intrigue you, to interest you and that's fine. But you need the story to be logical and actually make sense and aside from the fact that there was the aspect of aliens involved, there were parts to this plot that just didn't make sense and that kind of ruined it for me.
One thing that really bothered me was that the writing was overly descriptive. Sykes is an author that mainly writes for younger, younger children and you can really tell throughout the book that this is the case, because all the language was how you would write a descriptive piece of writing at the beginning of high school. It was just a bit too much and rather unnecessary.

A nice, enjoyable read, but quite disappointing too.
Holly x

Friday, 6 June 2014

Published In June

The Truth About AliceThe Truth About Alice
Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Date: 3rd June 2014
208 pages (Roaring Book Press)
Standalone.

Louder Than Words
Louder Than Words
Rafi idolises her seventeen-year-old brother, who is popular, generous and a borderline genius. Ever protective, Silas always includes her when he's with his friends, so Rafi gets to hear all sorts of things that younger sisters wouldn't normally be a part of. Like the time Silas hacks a gaming site to help out his friend Josie, who has been trashed by her ex. With Josie, Rafi finds herself with a proper friend for the first time in her life. As they grow closer, she realises that she wants to find a way back into the world – she wants to learn to speak again. But Silas has found a new interest too – and it’s taking him away from everything that was once important to him. Can Rafi find the words to save her brother?
Author: Laura Jarratt
Date: 5th June 2014
416 pages (Electric Monkey)
Standalone
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
Ruin and Rising
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Date: 17th June 2014
432 Pages (Henry Holt & Co)
Last in a trilogy


Holly x