and enter the amazing giveaway over at


Yes, it’s a copy of Torment! No, it’s not out yet! Most importantly, yes it’s international!

The giveaway closes at 11.59pm PST on August 14th (tomorrow) so you’ve still got a bit of time to enter 🙂

I found Shannon’s blog about a week ago and I’ve spent many an hour the last few days reading just about every entry – you’ve got to support a fellow cat lover!


One of my favourite books of 2009 was Lament by the wonderful Maggie Stiefvater, closely followed by the sequel, Ballad. Of course, being here in the somewhat backward (sometimes) UK I had to order both books with the American covers because neither book has yet been published here.

This is the fabulous US cover for Lament –

I actually love this cover, you’ll probably soon discover my secret (or not so secret) addiction to gorgeous book covers but a couple of days ago Ms. Stiefvater showed off the new cover for the UK edition that is finally being released so more people can read this great book.

Isn’t this just stunning?

I absolutely adore this cover, maybe because I have a “thing” about birdcages, but I think this will be hugely popular. The only gripe I have? I still don’t get this fascination with hundreds of YA Paranormal/Fantasy books having red/black/white covers. Is it because people are pushing the whole “Twilight has those colours on its covers therefore every YA Paranormal/Fantasy book published for the next century must have these colours too” syndrome? I just wish I knew… Anyway, I shall be buying another copy of Lament, just for that cover 🙂

Teaser Tuesday

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

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* 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!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So, my current should be The Earth Hums In B Flat but the library called and said my copy of The Hunger Games was in so I bundled up the twins and went to collect it. I’ve been on the waiting list for Hunger Games for what seems like forever, I think it probably would have been quicker to just buy a copy! Anyway, here’s my teaser –

The sound of the trumpets startles me. I’m on my feet and at the mouth of the cave in a flash, not wanting to miss a syllable.

Taken from pg. 332 of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Cover comparison post will be tomorrow, I promise 🙂

Link for Should Be Reading – http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/

First and foremost, poorly babies and a poorly mama do not make an auspicious start to my blogging life. Babies are teething so will no doubt be fractious for some months to come but I’ve made a full recovery – fingers crossed!

Back to the book thing, I came across this meme on – one of the book blogs I’ve been reading/lurking on for quite some time – and thought what a great way to get myself posting with some regularity!

It’s hosted by this blog

The Replacement

If you were ordering The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff would you want this cover?

Or this cover?

Exactly! The first one is fab but the second (UK cover) is just meh, another book to get from the US…

Also reading…

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Currently reading this – Linger by Maggie Stiefvater