October 31, 2012

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to Turning Pages!

It's halfway through the week, which means it's time for WWW Wednesday! 

What am I reading?


Right now I'm reading Misfit by Jon Skovron! I just started reading it a few minutes ago, and haven't gotten very far in it, but so far I'm really liking it!

What did I just finish reading?

The Brides of Rollrock Island

I just finished reading The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan, and I'm glad to say its one of my favorite books! I hope to have my review posted this weekend!

What do I plan on reading next?

Naturally, CharlieTroll or Derby

I'm not exactly sure, because I haven't decide on my TBR pile for November, but I do have two books I need to get read and reviewed this month; Troll or Derby by Red Tash, and Naturally Charlie by S.L. Scott!

Waiting On Wednesday

Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls, #5)Title: Chosen at Nightfall.
Author: C.C. Hunter.

"Kylie Galen's life hasn't been the same since her world was turned upside-down in Born at Midnight, Shadow Falls #1, and now an epic conclusion to her journey—not to mention a tough choice between two guys!—is brewing in Chosen at Nightfall: When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all...and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same."

Release Date:  4/30/2013.

October 28, 2012

Book Haul!

Happy Sunday!

This week has been an awesome book week for me! I received two books for review, and since my birthday is coming up tomorrow, I decided to head to the bookstore last night, and treat myself. Comment down below, I would love to see what books you received this week!

Review Books:

Troll or DerbyTroll or Derby, by Red Tash!

"In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?"

Naturally, CharlieNaturally, Charlie, by S.L. Scott.

"Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times. New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary. Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny."

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years LaterSweet Valley Confidential, by Francine Pascal.

"Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood."

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)Switched, by Amanda Hocking.

"When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of."
Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
Sweet Evil, by Wendy Higgins.

"Embrace the Forbidden What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?"

October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

TimekeeperTitle: Timekeeper.
Author: Alexandra Monir.

"When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910. Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences. Alexandra Monir's Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love."

Release Date: January 8, 2013.

October 23, 2012

Book Review: Drought

DroughtTitle: Drought.
Author: Pam Bachorz.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 400.
Series: No.
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: EgmontUSA.
Published Date: January 25, 2011.
Barnes and Noble


"A young girl thirsts for love and freedom, but at what cost? Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved. When Ruby meets Ford—an irresistible, kind, forbidden new Overseer—she longs to run away with him to the modern world where she could live a normal teenage life. Escape with Ford would be so simple. But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possesses the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special—her blood—and it’s the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without. Drought is the haunting story of one community’s thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it."

First & Last Line:

"I wish it would rain."
"Then I set my boot on that beautiful terrifying hard black road.'


Drought was definitively an impulse buy. Never even have heard of Drought or Pam Bachorz, I saw it at my local used bookstore, and simply loved the cover! It caught my eye and pulled me in!

My Thoughts:

What really pulled me in was this synopsis and the cover, it was just something I haven't read before!

Having been a slave for almost 200 hundreds of years now to Darwin, Ruby has spent everyone of those days, of everyone of those years, collecting water everyday with a cup and spoon. If someone in the congregation doesn't meet the required amount of water for the day, Darwin or one of his men, will pull that person aside and beat them. Darwin is a cruel man, treating Ruby's friends and family like dogs, hitting them for not collecting enough water, not feeding them, and not providing the right shelter for them.

Having always being reminded by her mother, Ruby focuses on collecting water, praying to Otto, and taking lead of the congregation, and never really having time to do or think anything else....until, that is, when she meets Ford (one of Darwin's Overseers). After avoiding Ford, and her own feelings, Ruby soon has to decide between her mother (and the congregation) and Ford (and leaving everything she's ever known behind).

Im happy to say that in Drought I loved and enjoyed every single character! I loved that Ruby was a strong female character, who wants nothing but to kick butt and love a boy. Ford is the good guy just stuck in a bad situation. Ruby's mother is doing what is best for the congregation instead of her own daughter. And Darwin, who is cruel, even to Ruby's mother who he claims to still love.

Drought was an amazing read, and I loved Ruby and Ford! If you're looking for some adventure and a little bit of romance, this is the book.

October 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

EmblazeTitle: Emblaze.
Author: Jessica Shirvington.

"Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice ... and the consequences are unimaginable. Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was. Now Violet has something Phoenix - the exiled angel who betrayed her - will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too. Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn't take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell. With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to..."
Release Date: 3/1/2013.

October 15, 2012

Blogger of The Week!

Welcome to Turning Pages!

Thanks for stopping by, but this time its not only me! But instead we have to guests from YA Novelties visiting here at Turning Pages. Please give M and Jenny a nice warm welcome, and make sure to leave a comment or two!
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Photobucket1.M, who are you and what is Ya Novelties? How did you come up with the name? Does it have any background story?

I am ~M, and I am teenage bookworm. Ya Novelties is a blog where we post reviews, giveaways, and other fun stuff all having to do with books. I think our name was created by one of our other writers who suggested it, and we all immediately agreed on it.

2.If you could change one thing about your blog, what would that thing be? 

If I could change one thing about the blog, I would want some more reviews, but unfortunately there is only so much time we have to read. Other than that, I am really happy with our blog.

(I have the same goal, I really wish I could post much more reviews! And that's something I'm really working on.)

3.What are some of your own personnel goals for blogging?

Some of my own personal goals for our blog are to expand our audience and make our blog as enjoyable and useful as possible. I love our blog and can't wait to see it grow.

4.What got you into blogging about books? Have you always enjoyed reading? 

One day, my friends just asked me if I would like to start a book blog with them, and loving books as much as I do, I agreed. I thought it would be a fun new experience, and it is. That is how my book blogging got started. I have also always enjoyed reading, even from a very young age.

(I've never really enjoyed reading, but about half way through middle school, I started reading one book after another, and just couldn't get myself to stop.)

5.What do you enjoy doing besides reading and blogging? 

Besides reading and blogging, I enjoy acting, singing, swimming, and just hanging out with my friends. Between everything, I don't have much time to read, but I try to squeeze in as much time as possible. 

6.Favorite movie that was based off of a book? 

My favorite movie that was based off a book was The Prisoner of Azkaban (and basically the whole Harry Potter series). I have pretty much grown up with Harry Potter, and I greatly enjoyed the movies that brought it all to life. I also love rewatching them. Thank you so much for interviewing us.

It has been great and I hope everyone visits our blog!

(Thank you for stopping by M!)


My Photo1.Jenny, who are you and what is Ya Novelties? How did you come up with the name? Does it have any background story? 

Hi my name is Jenny and I am a reading addict:P YA Novelties, like ~M said, is a blog where we, Rosie, Angie, ~M, Maggie, and myself, Jenny, post reviews, giveaways, and other cool bookish stuff. Our name didn't come as easily as ~M said... If memory serves correctly, it was late-ish June when Angie was talking about how cool and how much fun it would be to have a book blog and I totally agreed seeing as how I love reading different people's bookish blogs. Around that time, I believe ~M, Rosie, and Maggie were all vacationing with family, so it was just Angie and I that were still home. The blog had a bunch of possible names, that were all really cute (and not just because I thought of 90% of them, well maybe because I thought of most of them ;P ), but it was Angie who thought of Novelties something, and we decided to added YA, but I honestly don't quite remember. After that we pitched it to everyone else and they liked the name, so a few days later YA Novelties was created. I think I really wanted our blog to be named Bookish Teens or something along those lines, but I love our current blog name, YA Novelties, just as much! Woah that was a long story, sorry about that by the way!

2.If you could change one thing about your blog, what would that thing be? 

If I could change one thing about the blog, it would be the design of it. Rosie actually spent a great deal of time making the design something that we all liked, and don't get me wrong, I DO love it and it's really cute and all, but I feel like the design is missing something and could be a little better, but our blog has only being running about two months now and our focus right now is to post reviews and make our blog a good blog. So maybe in the future we can revisit this, who knows?

(I really want to fix and change my layout, but I feel that no matter how much you change it, and work with it, it's never a 100% perfect! I always find something I don't like or want to change!)

3.What are some of your own personnel goals for blogging? 

My personal goals for blogging is to have fun reading and blogging and to meet other bloggers. I actually have met some bloggers on twitter, who might I add are super nice!

4.What got you into blogging about books? Have you always enjoyed reading?

Most of us on YA Novelties actually started blogging because Angie pitched the idea to us and we all thought it would be cool to blog and it is cool to blog :) And yes, I have always loved reading. Books are one my best friends!

5.If you were forced to live inside of a book, which would you choose?

If I was forced to live inside a book, I would choose to live inside the magical world of Harry Potter! I am the BIGGEST HP fan; I love watching the movies! If I ever get to go to Hogwarts, I would definitely participate in the Quidditch games! Hey fun fact: did you know that there are real Quidditch teams? It's actually a pretty serious sport.

(I'm not a big fan of HP but I still enjoy the story and the way the wizard world works, I would pick HP too!)

6.Do you prefer hardback or paperback? Why? 

Hmm do I prefer paperback books or hardcover books? That's actually a hard question because I don't really care as long as it is a book. But, if I were to choose I would pick hardcovers because I have more of those on my shelves, so if I buy books I always buy in hardcovers because then they will all match. Lol, I'm a bit OCD like that.

(Thank you Jenny for answering our questions!)

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Book Review: Stage Fright

Stage Fright (Tara Sharp #3)Title: Stage Fright.
Author: Marianne Delacourt.
Format: Papeback.
Pages: 372.
Series: Tara Sharp #3.
Source: Author, Review Copy.
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Pty Ltd.

"Tara Sharp is back in this frightening foray into the music industry. Things are a bit hot for Tara Sharp in her home town of Perth, so she jumps at the chance to leave town when a music promoter offers her a gig looking after a difficult musician who's touring Brisbane. Though minding musicians isn't Tara's usual line of work, the money is good and she's a sucker for a backstage pass. Respite from her mother - with her not-so-subtle hints about 'eligible young men' and 'suitable jobs' - is also a plus, as is the time and distance to try to resolve her mixed up romantic life. Arriving in 'BrisVegas', Tara finds her hands full dealing with the bizarre habits of the 'artist', not to mention his crazy fans. And it's not long before she discovers that the music industry can be more cut-throat than she imagined and it can be very dangerous messing with the big boys..."


I'm not a very big fan of the cover, the story inside is so exciting, action filled, and funny, that the cover doesn't describe those aspects at all. A good story, deserves a good cover!

My Thoughts:

Stage Fright, was definitely something I've never read before! The story has so many characters and so much going on, that at times I felt over whelmed, and at other times I had tears in my eyes from laughing to hard.

Tara Sharp is not only a expert sleuth and aura reader, but she also gets beat up with a skinned duck in hand, took a job as a strip club hostess, befriended an American rapper, and avoided all the many people that wanted to kill her for one reason or another.

But Tara's main job was in Brisbane (leaving Perth wasn't the hardest decision, she was actually glad to leave her "love life", her mother, and Viaspa (a guy who wanted to kill her). The job included, that Tara would become an undercover body guard for Slim Sledge the rapper, and also to find out who was sabotaging Stuart Cooper's music promotion business, and stop it.

Even though it did take me a while to catch up with the story in the first few chapters, and slow down and reread a few pages, I did enjoy myself, and I'm excited to read more about Tara Sharp, and more from Marianne Delacourt!

October 14, 2012

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to Turning Pages!

And to another WWW Wednesday! I am a bit behind with my reading this month, but I do hope to catch up with this long weekend I have coming up!

What am I reading?


Right now, I'm reading Drought by Pam Bachorz! With only being 50 pages into it, I'm already loving it! I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it's definitively a book to put on your TBR pile!

What did I just finish reading?

Stage Fright (Tara Sharp #3)

I just finished reading Stage Fright by Marianne Delacourt, I'm writing my review right now, and I hope to have it posted by today! Also make sure to stop by burnbright.com.au to check out my review there!

What do I plan on reading next?

The Brides of Rollrock Island

Next I plan on reading, Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. It's this months book club book at burnbright.com.au! I haven't heard much about it, but I'm loving the cover!

What's Coming This Week?

Welcome to Turning Pages!

"What's Coming This Week" is a meme hosted here at Turning Pages, to show and present all the new books coming out in the next week! Don't be afraid to click on any title, it will just take you to that specific book's Goodreads pages.


Ashfall (Ashfall Series #1) by Mike Mullin: Book CoverKiss and Blog by Alyson Noël: Book Cover


Hidden (House of Night Series #10) by P. C. Cast: Book CoverSecond Chance (The Slayer Chronicles Series #2) by Heather Brewer: Book CoverAshen Winter (Ashfall Series #2) by Mike Mullin: Book CoverStarstruck (Fame Game Series #2) by Lauren Conrad: Book CoverZom-B by Darren Shan: Book CoverOut of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Book CoverSanctum by Sarah Fine: Book CoverBreak My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters: Book Cover