So, as you may have gleamed from the title, I’m getting married this month!
Yes, Cory and Shawn are happy for me too.
So as much as it pains me, in between all the family and friends visiting, the wedding and the honeymoon, I have decided it would be best to put the blog on hiatus until the end of May. I have some new features and changes coming your way in the summer including a much needed new layout, so I hope this break will give me time to work on those as well.
To keep you guys going until then, I’m holding a giveaway for a SIGNED COPY of Delirium by Lauren Oliver, which I got when I was lucky enough to meet Lauren on her London visit (thank you Hodder and Waterstones)! This giveaway is open internationally for the entire month of May, so enter using the Rafflecopter below.
So from me and Alex both, thanks for understanding and see you guys on the other side!
I just wanted to take a quick moment to to mourn the demise of Google Reader.
Now that it’s over, I wanted to encourage everyone to use BLOGLOVIN to follow all their favourite blogs instead. From their website:
Reading blogs can be a pain in the ass. We created bloglovin´ so you wouldn’t have to visit un-updated blogs, open ten windows in your browser, or forget your favorite blogs’ web-addresses. With bloglovin´, we wanted to make your blog-reading fun and easy.
I’ve always had bloglovin’ as an option on my blog as I’ve been using it to follow fashion blogs (which use it a lot). You open up an accout (or use your Facebook), add your blog and start clicking ‘Follow’ and everyone’s RSS feeds show up on your homepage. You can also import all your old blogs and there is a handy iPhone app for on-the-go following.
So, here is the handy button for you to press to follow Winged Reviews on bloglovin’! If you follow me and I recognise you through Twitter or your blog, I will follow you right back. Happy following!
I’m really sorry to announce that Alison, my co-blogger and partner-in-crime for Winged Reviews has decided to step down from the blog. Alison has been with the blog from the beginning, writing a load of excellent reviews and kickstarting a lot of the weekly features participation on the blog. She’s also been a great friend and I’ll miss bouncing ideas off her and texting her about silly blog things.
Alison has kindly written a little goodbye note to everyone, below:
I’m sorry to say that this will be my final post on Winged Reviews. Unfortunately real life (and more specifically impending motherhood) has gotten in the way of blogging recently and I’ve had to concede that this is not going to change in the near future once the baby arrives. And so, I have decided to step down from Winged Reviews so that Daphne can find another co-blogger who will have MUCH more time to put into the blog than I have recently or will have in the future.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Winged Reviews and blogging in general and I thank Daphne a million times over for inviting me to be a part of the blog and giving me an outlet to share my bookish opinions and wish her and the blog all the best for the future. I will of course be following Winged Reviews as it continues to grow and become more and more awesome!
So thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my reviews, join in discussions and just generally followed the blog, you are all awesome!
And lastly, I just want to say that I will not be disappearing from the bookish community completely. I will be continuing to make bookish videos on my channel on Youtube (as this is not all that time consuming!) and so if you are a subscriber to that then you will continue to be subjected to my bookish opinions in the future (both the good and the bad)!
Farewell and happy reading,
As sad as I am to see Ali step down, I’m very lucky that we’ll continue to be in each other’s lives as friends, if not as co-bloggers. I hope you’ll join me in wishing Ali well and continue to show her support by subscribing to her YouTube channel! Thanks again Ali, it’s been a real fun journey and I will miss you lots. All the best with the little one <3
As mentioned above, since Ali has stepped down and my real life commitments continue to be the same, I am looking for a new co-blogger. If you’re interested, please send me a message using the contact form with the subject ‘Co-Blogger’. Let me know a bit about yourself and send links to some of your sample reviews or Goodreads page. I can’t guarantee I’ll make a decision soon, but it would be great to know who is interested.
I just couldn’t let this year pass without picking my Top 10 books of 2012! I wanted to recap a fabulous year in book reading and spend one last moment urging everyone to pick up these books. Seriously, they are incredible!
10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (UK title: The Gathering Dark)
An enchanting tale about a young girl Alina discovering her unique powers. This book brought tsar-punk into our lexicon and has one of the most intriguingly mysterious villains (or is he…?) I’ve read in a long time in The Darkling.
9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
YA high fantasy at its best. Set in an amazing castle of glass, it features an assassin contest and so many cool mysteries that I’m aching for book 2. Has a great cast of endearing characters and a love triangle to root for. I love Celaena’s blend of prissy and tough, one of the many great kick-ass characters this year.
8. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
A new series from an old favourite I’m glad to have discovered this year. Completely fresh take on vampires, with flesh-eating zombies thrown in for good measure. Allie with her katanas is amazing and Zeke was a refreshing break from the bad boy monotony. I want more of this broken world!
7. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Best contemporary book by far I’ve read this year. The chemistry between Noah and Echo was absolutely sizzling. I can guarantee, you will fall in love with them both and root for them from start to finish.
6. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Julie never fails to impress, and I think it’s the hint of old magic that made me love this just a bit more than her other top 10 book. A really strong tale where Ethan, Queen Meghan’s little human brother, has grown up and finds his own adventure. Plus, it’s got cameos from Grim, Ash and most importantly, Puck. How could you not love it?
5. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Each new Heroes of Olympus book always comes out around my birthday, and what an absolute treat they normally turn out to be. The first two were great, but this one takes it one notch better by bringing all 7 demigods of prophecy together on the quest for the first time. Best part of the book is Annabeth, hands down. Loved finally getting a narrative from her point of view.
4. Pantomime by Laura Lam
A book not out until next year, but I’m so grateful to have read early. The most unique book I’ve read this year by far, it’s really unlike anything out on the market today. You will fall in love with this beautifully written story about a boy in a circus and a privileged girl as they struggle to find their place in the world. Fantasy with heart.
3. Defiance by C.J. Redwine
I thought I had read it all, but this dystopian fantasy exceeded all my expectations. The story was engaging and unpredictable and I loved the many layered world that the author developed. But the best thing about this book was Logan. It’s true, I’ve flirted, but I haven’t really considered another book boyfriend since Peeta. It was the alternating Logan/Rachel point of view that gave me an insight into his lovely, logical brain, that I think I might consider switching. Or at least developing some sort of book boy harem.
2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Oh, a quest! And what a quest it is! The back hints at a supernatural romance, however it is so much more. It follows Blue and the Raven Boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah) and their search for the long lost Welsh king, Owen Glendower. Delicious prose and exceptional detail (ley lines and psychics and ravens, oh my), the book weaves you on a magical journey. I cannot wait for the next three books!
1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Ok, I admit I cheated by putting these two together in the top spot, but they are part of the same series, so I figured I could get away with it. I am both kicking myself and thankful that I only read Daughter of Smoke and Bone this year. It was so incredible I wish I had it in my life sooner, but at the same time, I was thankful that I didn’t have to wait long to read the sequel, which was equally amazing. The writing is gorgeous. I am so invested and in love with this series that if you haven’t read it yet, I can only urge you to do so. I promise you’ll love them.
For a bit of self publicity, the wonderful Faye from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts has also interviewed me for her Blogger Spotlight all this month, so please check out the post on her wonderful blog here.
Thanks for reading this and please leave your top 10 posts in the comments below! I love reading them and I for sure will be looking for a few great recommendations to start 2013 with. Happy New Year everyone!
Ali’s Bookshelf Tour
So, since I’ve had my YouTube channel for nearly a year now, and as my favourite type of ‘booktubing’ videos to watch are people’s bookshelf tours, I decided it was about time I recorded a Bookshelf Tour of my own!
So if you’re interested in taking a peek at my collection, go ahead.. enjoy!