December Wrap Up

Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
1. Rock Hard
2. Beano Annual 2012
3. Beano Anual 2013
Total: 52 / 50
A-Z Title Challenge:
R – Rock Hard
Total: 21 / 26
Millionaire Challenge:
48. Rock Hard 327 pages – 16.12
49. Beano Annual 2012 need to count – 25.12
50. Beano Annual 2013 need to count – 25.12
51. Indomitable 50 pages – 25.12 
52. Believe Like a Child 426 pages – 26.12
Total: ????
Shelf Stacking:
eBooks bought/freebies: 

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Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (35)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is a weekly event hosted by Talk Supe where you can share the books you have bought, borrowed or bagged (won) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews and on going events. 
(P.S. click the image to go to its Goodreads page)
Bagged (Christmas Presents):
Beano Annual 2013
As tradition from my Dad, they’re not as good as I remember or as funny :c
Beano Annual 2013
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and World War Z by Max Brooks
Also from my Dad! Such a sucker for zombies :3
Warm BodiesWorld War Z
The Walking Dead tshirt(s)
The first is mine, and the second is my boyfriends (who’s name is Daryl by the way) also from my Dad!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I actually got each of these twice due to delivery messing up, all from my Mum.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Bagged (For review):
Indomitable by J. Meyers

Yippee!
Indomitable (an Intangible novella)
Showtime by Chloe Kayne
I’ve heard mixed things but I’ll keep my thoughts neutral
Showtime (Marvelle Circus, #1)

Bagged (Freebies):
Angel Evolution and The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

I saw an event about these being offered for free for a short period, picked them up of course.
Angel Evolution (The Evolution Trilogy, #1)The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)

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In Other News:

I hope you all had a good Christmas! I always start feeling super organised around this time of the year, keeping my eyes peeled for a new layout for the new year but haven’t found anything yet…

Review: Indomitable

Indomitable (an Intangible novella)Indomitable by J. Meyers
Published: December 22nd 2012
Series: Intangible #0.75
Page Count: 50
Synopsis: Perhaps the most dangerous person to gain unimaginable power is the one who feels oppressed.
And full of wrath. For very good reason.
Review: So when I got the opportunity to request this novella for review from J. Meyers I simply couldn’t resist and jumped at the chance. Boy I’m super glad I did too. This novella accompanies her book Intangible which is the first in the series, which I enjoyed to pieces and my favourite character was Jonas. This story of course follows Jonas before our first meeting with him in Intangible as well as enlightening us on his life on the night he became a vampire, the death he had to deal with and what it was like becoming a vampire and visiting The Realm for the first time. It was all pretty wonderful and honetly I just want more chapters/stories from Jonas’ point of view ’cause he’s so completely bad ass and still retains some form of humanity too! Fifty pages wasn’t enough to quench my thirst so I’m just going to sit and wait somewhat patiently for the sequel of Intangible ;) Thanks again Jen!
4 / 5 stars

Amazon: UK | US
J. Meyers: Website | Twitter | GR |  Facebook

Review: Believe Like a Child

Believe Like a Child

Believe Like a Child by Paige Dearth

Published: June 22nd 2011
Publisher: Createpace
Page Count: 426
Synopsis: Alessa is just seven years old when her uncle rapes her for the first time. As the years pass, his sexual appetite becomes more voracious and his perversion more twisted, until the abuse has become almost a daily ritual, with the unspoken involvement of the girl’s mother.
At the age of sixteen, after the death of her only friend, Alessa finds herself at the mercy of her real-life monster, with no relief in sight. She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. About to hit rock bottom, Alessa manages to break away from her new tormentors and finds refuge in a shelter for homeless and abused women.
Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. Though Alessa’s bittersweet journey is perpetually fraught with challenges, she does, nevertheless, manage to find fleeting moments of joy along the way. But as she begins to settle down, a ghost from the past comes to haunt her again, threatening to destroy the very foundation of her small world and plunging her back into an abyss of despair, until she makes her final bid for escape.
Review: I honestly do not think I’ve felt such a range of emotions throughout a book before, it has left me somewhat speechless  As I was finishing up reading it I burst into tears, not just because what had happened on the page in front of me but because I’d held back such strong emotions throughout the every page, it certainly becomes a weight and really touches your heart. Sounds silly I know. This story follows Alessa throughout her roller coaster of a life – and by this I don’t mean its thrilling and exciting, I mean it has plenty of ups and downs – a few of my friends asked myself how I could possibly sit, read, by choice, and enjoy a book where rape and abuse happens for what feels like 80% of the book and I felt a little lost and first because it does seem an absurbed thing to do when I choose to read to relax and as first I did struggle getting through pages of the book but soon I found the more I read, the harder the book was to put down, whilst what I was reading was far from pleasant it was interesting, interesting to see how Alessa not only handled herself and the situations she was faced with time and time again, but to see how as a person she grew, bloomed if you will, into this amazing woman. Not only that, we can’t simply sit back and pretend things like this don’t happen, because they do and you’d have thought by now the world would have changed but its probably something that’s never going to happen, no matter how hard we all wish. Anyway back to Alessa and her story, like I said it really is a tragedy, but on her journey she gains a new family and gets to live and cherish a life that we all take for granted. It is an amazing book. I’m not even going to delve into the ending which led me tears, that is something you’re going to have to read about for yourself. But just remember no matter how insignificant you feel, if you will it enough you can change your life and the lives of those around you and make a difference in this world. I really really recommend this book and that’s why I’m giving it a 4.5 star rating, I can’t quiet commit to the full 5 but wow, it’s just amazing.

4.5 / 5 stars

Amazon: UK | US
Paige Dearth: Website | Twitter | GR |  Facebook

Bout of Books Read-a-thon 6.0 Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

It’s almost Bout of Books time! This will be my third time taking part in this read-a-thon, 4.0 was spectacular for me, 5.0 not so much. But as this one is in the New Year and I want to make a good dent in my to read pile I expect to do better.


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team
I know that I will be back at college by the time the read-a-thon starts so to make a goal of reading a book a day may be unreachable but I think by the end of the week as long as I’ve finished 7 books I’ll be happy, this means including finishing off books that I’m already part way through at the start of the read-a-thon as well as books read from start to finish during this time. I hope that I wont leave a book unfinished too which’ll help keep things tidy. Outside of reading I’d like to visit a minimum of 10 blogs a day, take part in at least one of the twitter chats and visit every single blog on the wrap up posts like I did during 4.0 – it took well over a week to fit everyone in and no doubt there will be even more members taking part this time but I’d still like to do it again!

Wishlist Wednesday (29)

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we can share books that are on our wishlist.

Hanging by a ThreadHanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield is another book that caught my attention due because of its wonderful cover, just so happens the synopsis sounds wonderful too!

GRSummer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year’s Fourth of July festival won’t see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing’s wrong.


And they’re not the only ones hiding something.

Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people’s pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year’s Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.

In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?