About northernplunder

I am a teenage bibliophile and obviously spend a lot of my free time reading, collecting and smelling books. Yes smelling, don't deny you don't because if you're here the chances are you probably do! I also have a ridiculous obsession with buying and collecting books to the extent that I'm almost running out of room for them and can buy faster than I read. I hope this blog will help encourage me to get through my never-ending to read shelf, but also to be able to review with more confidence. Speaking of confidence, I am very shy which probably explains why I'm happy with a stack of books than a group of people. Outside of reading I also have a passion for gaming and currently run a YouTube channel with three friends in which we air our PC gaming, which is a lot of fun. I also watch a lot of television series and films which I could happily talk about all day too, Whedon is a legend. I am currently at college where I study Double Award Art and Design (two A levels) and Photography (one A level).

Wishlist Wednesday (56)

Embracing the Wolf (Ritter Werewolves, #2)Demon Slave (Shadow Quest, #2)
Embracing the Wolf by Catherine Bybee and Demon Slave by Kiersten Fay are the sequels to two free ebooks I picked up simply because they were free, I ended up enjoying them so much that I’m now pining for the second books!

Embracing the Wolf: Werewolves come in two different categories, good and evil. Although Richard Ritter’s family has encouraged him to make the change for years, he never considered embracing his wolf until he meets Kate Davis. One night with her however, and his life changes forever. 
After a horrifying evening of violence, Kate Davis’s life is turned upside down. Richard offers more than security; he offers her passion, something she hasn’t experienced in years. Falling in love with him was easy, but once she learns what he becomes every month her fear of the unknown threatens their future.
Demon Slave: Marik Radkov believed the only thing left from his tortured past was the physical scars that adorned his body. But when he is stranded on a foreign planet, and held captive by an enticing blue eyed stranger, he is forced to face his past once more. To survive, he must subdue his lust, while keeping the mysterious and sexy woman from snaring his heart.
After escaping a violent assault of her home planet, Princess Nadua has been hiding on the cold planet Undewla for four hundred years, all but losing hope that her people will return for her. When the threat of a rebellion arises, Nadua must decide if she can trust the ruthless demon who strokes a desire she thought was long dead.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper where we share and post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Old Review

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Published: 3rd July 2002
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mystery
Page Count: 328

Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

2 / 5 stars
During my first year of college we had to read and study The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, as this was a book I already owned and wanted to read I was pretty happy about this and even got a head start on reading.

Honestly, I was pretty happy with most of the book, I liked the whole concept of how her heaven was and that she got to watch down on her family and seeing how they (didn’t) cope with her murder. I thought it was a very interesting idea.

Unfortunately the ending left a sour taste in my mouth, which explains the rating. As many of you know Alice Sebold is a rape victim, and actually managed to get justice for her attacker, which you know good for her! I bring this up because Susie (the main character of The Lovely Bones) was raped before her murder and at the end of the book she comes down from heaven, enters Ruth’s body and has sex, more than once, with the boy that Susie was crushing on before her murder.

To me, that is just one bit what the f*ck moment. Ruth doesn’t consent to this – and has no sexual attraction to him nor his gender. What if she got pregnant? Oh hey mum I technically haven’t had sex but I’ve got a kid on the way… How must Ruth feel having her body violated like that? I ugh I just felt so frustrated with this book and actually through it across the room after finishing it.

Please note I read this book in 2011, and wrote a sentence or two review of it on Goodreads, whilst looking back through my reviews of 2011 I decided to improve on this particular review because I still felt very strongly about the ending.

Alice Sebold: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

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Reviews: The Grimm Diaries Prequels #7 & #8 by Cameron Jace

The Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace
Published: 2012 – 2013
Publisher: Cameron Jace

At this current moment in time 10 of The Grimm Diaries Prequels have been published, I have only read up to #8 as my Amazon Prime account ran out and I haven’t yet re-purchased it.  Unfortunately these last two do not have any covers or synopsis’ so this post has already been significantly cut short, plus as they are only short stories so I can’t imagine that I’m going to have a lot to type up.
I can not promise that these reviews will be spoiler free, especially as they’re short stories!
Reviews for books 1 – 3 can be found here.
Reviews for books 4 – 6 can be found here.

Page Count: ??
Read Date: February 4th 2013
Synopsis: N/A.
Review: Okay so a lot about this book is not available, no cover, no page count and no synopsis but I really can’t keep this in my drafts forever. Do not let this deter you. Honestly this was the best of all eight, I feel this book acurately portrays the authors real skill of writing, when judging on writing skill for the others I’d say he was pretty average at best, but in this one he really shone through and you can see he’s been listening to his readers over time. If you haven’t guessed this short story is based on Beauty and the Beast only the gender roles have been flipped, and it is basically the back story to how the Beast as we know it came to be. It’s such a well thought out process and I really liked how the genders were opposites in the beginning.
5 / 5 stars

Page Count: ??
Read Date: February 8th 2013
Synopsis: N/A
Review: Another with very little information available but do not let it put you off, remember Jack from the previous short stories, well he’s back and having an adventure with the Moon, well the girl in the moon to be precise. It also gives us the back story to Marmalade the Mermaid that he was ever so in love with in one of the previous stories too. Whilst I enjoyed this book much like the others it did feel like a bit of a filler, and it really irked me that we didn’t get an answer to a problem he faced us with in this prequel – if the moon gets reborn then does that mean there is never a moon ever again? or is there a replacement agency we call? I don’t know it just seemed not as well thought out as some of the others. However I did really like getting to see a softer side to Jack so we realise he’s not just a flat character, there is some filling too him.
3.5 / 5 stars

Sorry for the poor look of this, I can’t really fluff it out :c
I’ve enjoyed the prequels a lot and upset I can’t get to finish them without use of the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library, I mean I could buy 7 – 10 but hello book buying ban, and they are only short stories too so I’d rather not.
Hope you’re all having a good Summer.

Cover Reveal: Eramane by Frankie Ash

It’s cover reveal time!
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours I am able to share with you the cover for…
Eramane by Frankie Ash

Expected Publication: Summer 2013
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Series: Eramane Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.

As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.

In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.

Author Bio:
Frankie Ash

Frankie Ash is the author of the YA novel Eramane, COMING SOON! She holds a B.A. in English and resides on the east-coast somewhere between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “The summers here are too short!” She is currently writing book #2 of The Eramane Trilogy, to be published in 2014.

Bout of Books 8.0 Sign Up

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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
It’s almost Bout of Books time! This will be my fourth time taking part in this read-a-thon, and this time I’m dragging along Lewis, my best friend, to be apart of it too. Lewis is new to the whole reading thing because I *ahem* heavily encouraged he should pick up a book once in a while rather than complaining of being bored, and guess what? He actually enjoyed himself, yipee. Any how as he doesn’t have his own blog I’ll be posting his updates on Northern Plunder along with mine

As we’ve still got a bit of time before Bout of Books starts I’m not going to decide on any goals yet, I’ll post them at the start of the read-a-thon instead because I’m not sure where either of us will be on our reading pile. I wish you all luck!
Follow Lauren: Twitter / Goodreads
Follow Lewis: Twitter / Goodreads

Wishlist Wednesday (55)

Batman and SonOrchid, Volume 1

I’m not sure why I don’t own that many graphic novels, well other than their price so I kind of went on a wishlist hunt for some I’d fancy, Batman and Son by Grant Morrison sounds pretty gorram interesting and Orchid by Tom Morello is beautifully amazing so I really want my own copy.
Batman and Son synopsis: Comic legends Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Seven Soldiers) and Andy Kubert (Ultimate X-Men, 1602) join forces to bring you an unforgettable tale of the Dark Knight. After Batman faces down an army of winged horrors in a no-holds barred, bone-crunching superbrawl among the treasures of London’s Pop Art Museum, Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he discovers that he has a son. Sparks fly when the new addition to the Bat-family is introduced to Batman’s adopted son, Robin, the Boy Wonder. Which one will be chosen to carry on the legacy as Gotham’s protector?
Orchid synopsis: When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Delve into the first chapter of Orchid, the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her, from the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman).

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper where we share and post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist.

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (50)

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme hosted by Braine and Debbie @ Talk Supe where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news and The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news; a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. As you can see I’ve decided to link on another weekly haul/wrap up meme because I’d like to start visiting some new blogs on the atmosphere and I find meme’s are the best way to do so!

– Bought –
xkcd by Randall Munroe, Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, The Poison Eaters by Holly Black and Machine of Death by Ryan North
Remember when I bought the humble bundle ebook #2 lot? Yeah well they added these four books to the bundle so I automatically got them. That means I paid like $7 for 10 eBooks and some of that went to charity.

– Bagged –
Moon Child by Tracy E. Banghart and Gargoyle Addiction by Livia Olteano
These are both for book tours, in September!

Catalyst by Jennifer Synder, Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen and The Wizard Tales Vol I – III by Red Tash
These are all review books. Thanks to Braine for setting me up with Catalyst! Thanks to Cara for her book and Red Tash for hers.

Talented by Sophie Davis, Blur by Kristen Middleton, 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart, The Nightlift: New York by Travis Luedke and Dark Wine by M.D. Bowden
All of these are Amazon freebies, not sure but they might still be up for grabs.
24 BonesThe Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1)Dark Wine (The Two Vampires, #1)

Touched by Zoe E. Whitten
Big big big thanks to Frodo for gifting me a copy during the twitter chat yesterday :) It has no cover though so the link is on the title.

& finally some swag to go with the ebook I won last fortnight from Talk Supe <3

This fortnight on Northern Plunder:
Book Blast: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels *
Wishlist Wednesday
Review: Death Dealer *
Vamps vs Zombies Event
Review: Warm Bodies
July Wrap Up
Book Blitz: The Howling Heart
Books, Brains & Blood Readathon: Goals + Updates
* – Both of these posts have giveaways going on!

Upcoming on Northern Plunder:
Wishlist Wednesday
Bout of Books Sign Up with a guest!
Reviews: 7 & 8 Grimm Diaries Prequels
Old Review: The Lovely Bones
Old Review: The Secret Scripture
I kind of left these two weeks fairly free due to the read-a-thon cause it’ll effect what I post.

Lauren’s Progress:
Read in 2013: 41 / 60
World War Z by Max Brooks
Endure by Laura Diamond
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Currently Reading:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [re-reading]
By Blood by Tracy E Banghart [for blog tour]
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore [from NetGalley]

News from Lauren:

I almost forgot to post this due to the excitement of the announcement of the 12th Doctor, ahhhhh! I’m so excited to see how he portrays him. Anyway, I’m also in the middle of a read-a-thon which is going pretty well considering I like my sleep far too much! Two giveaways still happening so its worth checking those out as they’ll have ended before my next BB&B. I read Gone Girl with Kimba which was great fun, we were lucky the book was so … well you know … we had loads to talk about! :D