On My Wishlist (3/5/12)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City and now hosted right here, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don't forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 

On My Wishlist This Week 

I don't think my choices this week could be any more different. I'm definitely finding a variety keeps me a happier reader (after I read my fifth dystopian YA in a row!) Anyway, one YA one adult this week...

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk? 

This one's already out in the US and due for publication in the UK this July. I've loved the previous two books and can't wait for more from the delicious Fuentes brothers (phew at that cover!):D  

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones A sinister tale of haunting beauty, from The Outcast author Sadie Jones.

She was obeying a prompt, an instinct: the instinct that makes a dog lying by the fire tremble of a sudden, and whimper, when there is no one near to see.

The cake is iced. The wine decanted. The house gleams invitingly. But as Sterne prepares for Emerald Torrington's birthday supper, who are the pale strangers struggling silently up the drive?

A supernatural comedy and spellbinding thriller, The Uninvited Guests strips away the respectable layers of Edwardian society to reveal the dark secrets beneath.

'What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone.' Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress 

This one came up on my Amazon vine list a few months ago, but was snapped up so quickly I missed it :( I read The Outcast by Sadie Jones a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This one sounds very different though. I love the cover, the setting and the fact it sounds so unusual. 

So what's on your Wishlist this week? 






Book Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's... (from Goodreads.com)

I honestly don't know what to make of this book. Or rather my feelings towards it. I'd heard so many positive things about it that I picked it up specifically when I needed a guaranteed good read. Sure, it's an easy read and I got through it in just a couple of days but I was just so underwhelmed by it.

The biggest issues I have with this book is believability. I did not believe Nikki's reasons for going to the Everneath. I did not believe she spent a hundred years there (six months of our time). And I certainly didn't believe in the romance that she supposedly couldn't forget during that time. It was all so insipid and unconvincing.

I really didn't enjoy Nikki as a character either and couldn't muster any sympathy for her at all. She's given six months back in her old life and completely wastes it as far as I could tell. She pretty much completely ignores her family and best friend, who only get brief occasional mentions and seems to spend an amazing amount of time doing homework alone in her room for someone whose time is limited! It wouldn't be what I'd be doing anyway! Jack, the boyfriend she loves so much is equally as dull. I can't think of anything much more to say about him.

The only interesting character was the villain, Cole, although I'd have liked to have known a lot more about him and his world. Oh and I was also quite intrigued by minor characters Meredith/Mary and her Mother and would have loved to hear more of their story. I did like the splashes of Greek mythology based around Hades and Persephone. I was prepared to fully hate this book, but felt it redeemed itself towards the end somewhat, surprising me a little and making me a teeny bit curious about what will happen in book two.

I'm not sure if I've just reached the end of the road with paranormal YA, but this really was just a 'meh' book for me, although I appreciate I'm in the minority there! If you like a lot of angst but not much action then you may like it more than I did.

Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Books (UK) February 2012

Book Review: Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid

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'They tried to make me go to my sister's funeral today. In the end I had to give in ... I'd been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness. It was a good place to hide.' 

Rebecca's twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful and daring. She was the one who always wanted more. The one who wouldn't listen. Now she's gone, Rebecca is alone.

While there were two of them, they stayed silent about their home life. But Rebecca, who knows the truth about how her twin died, suddenly finds herself keeping too many secrets. Hephzibah dreamt of escape, but failed. Could Rebecca be the one to find freedom?

Original and unforgettable, Black Heart Blue is not just Rebecca and Hephzibah's story. It's a story about all of us: a story about the lies we want to believe, the truth we sometimes can't, and having the courage to discover the difference. (From Goodreads.com)

I knew very little about this book when I started it, mainly attracted by the story of twin sisters ripped apart. I certainly wasn't prepared for the dark, emotional and heartrendingly sad story inside.


Written in alternating chapters of before and after from each sister, Louisa Reid blends a tense tale of abuse and religious extremism with courage and hope. I felt we really got to know both sisters, who were scarily believable and uncliched (as characters in books covering similar stories can often be) My heart ached for them both. Beautiful, lively and naive Hepzi, as she longed to break out of the claustrophobic and cruel clutches of their vicarage home. Rebecca, who is quietly brave and loyal to her sister, even when she is suffering the brunt of her fathers anger at her sisters actions. Louisa Reid creates both characters perfectly, so while they are victims they also have flaws. This adds a true sense of 'realness' to the situation. 

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The Father is a terrifying character who manages to get right under your skin. We see stories in the papers all the time and ask 'how did nobody know?' This would be one of those stories, and Reid encourages the reader to not only think about the twins situation, but as people how we often find it easier to look the other way and how easy it is for a person to present themselves as something completely different in public. 

I was gripped to this book right from the beginning and read it in just two sittings. It's all consuming and I couldn't stop thinking about it for a long time after. With some very dark themes and scenes of violence, it's not the very fainthearted, but despite that there's an overarching feeling of hope throughout. Highly recommended by me. 

Published in the UK by Penguin/Puffin as both Adult and Childrens (May 2012)



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