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Top Ten Tuesday / June 18, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists.

I finally decided to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme (yay)! I’ve always loved reading other bloggers’ lists, but I was initially daunted. Knowing myself, it would take me ages to settle on any sort of ranking! I believe when I last did a top ten list at the end of 2012 for my favourite books of the year, I almost tore my hair out… read more

By: Daphne
Showcase Sunday / October 28, 2012

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea, and gives us an opportunity to talk about all the books we’ve begged, borrowed or stolen recently acquired!

Daphne’s Showcase Sunday

This has been an exciting book week as I’ve got so many awesome books for review!

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Books for Review

Thank you to Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Templar Publishing, Macmillan Children’s Books, Strange Chemistry, Quercus Books and Hodder & Stroughton for sending me these books for review. You’ve made my week! read more

By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / March 19, 2012
Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Date: May 2011
372 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mythology
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How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Starcrossed was really enjoyable as a mythology retelling. There was enough that was familiar about it and reflected the source material, but it still created its own world with its own rules. What starts out as a story about an ordinary girl trying discover who she is, turns into an eon-spanning family feud. I loved the epic scale the book achieved, while set in windswept, sleepy Nantucket. I picked up the book not knowing too much about it and it helped. I was surprised and excited by each revelation. read more

By: Daphne
Teaser Tuesday, Young Adult / January 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is:

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

“All night she had felt him watching her, and the weight of his eyes had been like an encouraging hand on the small of her back. She didn’t have to slouch or pretend to be weak or less of a geek than she was. She simply fitted in.” read more

By: Daphne