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Giveaway, Miscellaneous / June 6, 2012

Hey Guys! So, May was a great month for us here at Winged Reviews. We took part in the Bookish Bucket List Blog Hop and between us attended thee author events!


Firstly, I travelled down to London on 12th May to attend the ‘Creative Voices’ talk. There were four authors at this event talking about how they became published authors and reading from their newly released books. But the author that I particularly went to see was Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series and The Pledge. Kimberly read from both of her newest releases, The Pledge and The Last Echo and also met with everyone and signed our books. I had a really great day and it was so nice to meet Kimberly. read more

By: Alison
Showcase Sunday / May 20, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, and gives us an opportunity to talk about all the books we’ve begged, borrowed or stolen recently acquired!

Ali’s Birthday Books!!

Greetings! Sorry this is a bit late on in the day. I’ve been nursing a demon of a hangover (all in aid of my birthday night out) and only just felt well enough to stare at a computer screen! I got some amazing books for my birthday this week and still have some more to come apparently so there will be another book haul soon! Until then, here’s my birthday book haul (warning, its a long one!) read more

By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / May 18, 2012
The Pledge by Kimberly DertingThe Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #1
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Date: November 2011
323 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian
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In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

This is a great dystopian story! It’s different to any other I’ve ever read and it’s written really, really well.

What I really love about The Pledge is the way that the story reads very easily. Its complex yes but it doesn’t seem so in the way that Kimberly tells it. She has created an oppressive, scary world of classes and languages and royalty. read more

By: Alison
Blog Tour / May 16, 2012

Welcome to the Bookish Bucket List Blog Hop!!

What is this in aid of you may say? Well.. a few bloggers have decided join forces to share with you our top ten 10 (or in our case 5, as there are 2 of us) book related things we would like to do… so like a bucket list but purely fictional! read more

By: Alison
Teaser Tuesday, Young Adult / May 15, 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:

The Pledge

“But Max was already pulling us in the opposite direction, away from the mines and away from the latest assaults on the city. I wondered briefly how long it would be before the blast of bombs would not be our only concern. How long until enemy ground troops marched into the streets, wreaking their own brand of havoc and killing with reckless abandon.” read more

By: Alison