Sunday, 2 September 2012

Showcase Sunday #8

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.

I honestly thought these last two weeks were quiet in terms of the books I received, but these last few days contributed some of the best books to my showcase pile; My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, Midnight City and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. All of these I’ve been eager to dive into.

If I Lie Corrine Jackson
The Forsaken Lisa M. Stasse
Point of Retreat Colleen Hoover
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Crewel Gennifer Albin
Onyx Jennifer L. Armentrout 
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Rachel Harris
Midnight City J. Barton Mitchell

Thank you to Simon & Schuster, Harlequin UK, Heather Riccio and Macmillan Children's publishing group. 

My review pile finally seems to be getting under some sort of control, but there always seems to be a non-review book which pops up and makes you want to fling your other books out of the window. I wasn’t a huge fan of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, I initially had some reservations about picking the second book Onyx up, but then some awesome reviews started coming in and I kind of got all excited again. I promised myself that I would order a copy after I tackled a few more review books, but my hand totally went off on its own accord hitting the one click buy button. But I have no regrets so far as I seem to be enjoying this a lot more than Obsidian. 

Defiance C.J. Redwine
Time Between Us Tamara Ireland Stone
Full Blooded Amanda Carlson
Wolf Pact Melissa De la Cruz

Thank you Atom, Orbit books and Miranda Kenneally for the bookmarks.

Defiance was another book that I knew I had to read once I came across it earlier this year; the gorgeous cover and enticing premise just screams pick me up! So I was ecstatic to receive a review copy thanks to Atom. I’ve been tearing through at a frenzied pace and absolutely loving it.

The Time Between Us also has another interesting premise; it reminds me a lot of The Time Travellers Wife. I’m also one of those people where I want something more when I know I can’t have it (this book was up on NetGalley, but the publisher at the moment doesn’t accept requests from bloggers). So I was happy to receive a copy through a swap on Read it Swap it. I do however much prefer the U.S cover which you can see for yourselves here.

Now over to Rachel to see the pretties she received. 

For review

Safekeeping Karen Hesse
Stormdancer Jay Kristoff
Take it Like a Vamp Candace Havens

Thank you to Feiwel and Friends, Thomas Dunne Books, Candace Havens and Netgalley.

For some reason I thought I didn’t request Stormdancer and I was so relieved because I started seeing reviews come through that talked about overly detailed writing, which makes me snore. I figured out I did indeed request it (darn my twitchy Netgalley finger!) when they sent me an approval email, so hopefully the writing won’t bug me too much. I’m really excited for Take it Like a Vamp. It sounds like a really cute adult paranormal romance. 


Cold Kiss Amy Garvey
Enshadowed Kelly Creagh
Seduction and Snacks Tara Sivec

I downloaded Cold Kiss for free on Amazon after Andrea at The Bookish Babe tweeted that it was free.  Thanks Andrea!  I’m both nervous and excited for Enshadowed. I’ve waited so long for this sequel but I hope it doesn’t end on a killer cliffhanger like Nevermore did. I finished Seduction and Snacks Tuesday and it is flipping funny!  It’s an adult read and very raunchy, but I was laughing through the whole story.

As a side note, you may have noticed we’re holding a giveaway for the ARC Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed. The authors noticed this, contacted us, and graciously offered to sign our ARC for the lucky winner. Jasprit and I thought this was so sweet and just wanted to say thank you to the authors! Also, they’ve decided to hold their own giveaway on their website for Amber House starting immediately after ours finishes on September 6th. So if you don’t win our giveaway, make sure you head over to their site and sign up here. They’re giving away TWO signed ARCs. I loved this spooky mystery/romance so you should definitely check it out! 

With us trying to keep our tbr's in check, you can see this so didn't happen. But we do have so many lovelies that we can't wait to jump into. Which books did you get this week? Leave us a link and we'll stop by and check it out.

Also I (Jasprit) will be away in London for the week. As I'm not sure whether I'll get access to the internet as often I've scheduled some blog posts, and will be sure to check out all your lovely blogs when I get back.  


  1. Great haul, ladies! Jas - I hope If I Lie is awesome!! And Rachel - the beginning of Stormdancer is really slow but I think it was worth reading, if you can make it past all the details and descriptions

  2. Wow amazing haul! I really want to read Stormdancer so will be looking forward to your review :) Wolf Pact and Defiance look so good too so will definitely need to check those two out. I've seen a lot of people talking about Crewel lately too so will need to take a lookie at that one too! Hope you both enjoy all of your new amazing books! :)

    -Becca@Lost in Thought

  3. Yay! So many amazing books, you two! :) Jasprit, I absolutely loved If I Lie, Onyx, and Midnight City, so I think you'll really enjoy those! I'm so glad you were able to snag a copy of Midnight City before its release too! :D Plus, those bookmarks look awesome! I hope you enjoy your stay in London dear and I'll miss seeing you on my blog, but I'll be excited to see all your scheduled posts!

    Rachel, YOU'RE GOING TO READ STORMDANCER! Yaayyyy! I'm so excited! I also bought Cold Kiss and Enshadowed this week, so I am really excited to start both of them! I hope you enjoy all your books, hun, and I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for your updates/review on Stormdancer! I hope you enjoy it, despite its slow start! :D

    Ivy Book Bindings

  4. Amaaaaazing books!!!

    I got Midnight City recently and I've heard great things about it! I hope we both love it. :)

    About Stormdancer -- I read that a few weeks ago. The BEGINNING part (first ~70 pages) has loads of overly detailed descriptions. I'm talking about descriptions that span several pages. I kept tuning out and wanted to DNF the book, but kept moving on. But once the action kicks in around page 70, the descriptions drop down to a more "normal" level and the book gets *great*! So hang in there, and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! LOL!

    Have a great week. :)

    Ashley from booknook

  5. You both got some seriously amazing books these past few weeks!

    Jasprit- I thought both Dash & Lily's Book of Dares and My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century were really cute and fun books. I enjoyed them, and I will be looking our for your review! =) I won a copy of Crewel a few weeks ago, and I liked that one too, although some little things irked me. The Forsaken looks really awesome, but I'm on the fence about whether or not I should buy it. I'll have to see what you think to help me make my decision!

    Rachel- I've heard a lot of iffy things about Stormdancer so far as well, so it'll be interesting to see if you like that one! I'll keep an eye out for your updates and review. I also bought Cold Kiss last week, who could resist?! It's free! ;) I've heard really great things about Nevermore, but have yet to read it. But I hope you like the sequel!

    Fabulous haul you two! Enjoy your books, and have fun in London Jasprit! <3

  6. Oh lala! I got Rachel Harris's book this week as well--I can't WAIT to read it, seeing the blog tour going around and all! I've heard that the prose is beautiful and rich in STORMDANCER, can't wait to see what that's about too. Happy reading, ladies!

  7. Awesome book haul! I hope you love Cold Kiss! My cousin was just telling me a few minutes ago that I must read Time Between Us. I'm so excited to see that you loved Snacks and Seduction, b/c I bought it last week and can't wait to read it. I hope you enjoy all the books!

  8. Wow, SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS, Jasprit and Rachel! I just finished Defiance yesterday and really enjoyed it although it wasn't what I expected at all! Time Between Us sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it too!

    Stormdancer! I read it recently and it was AMAZING. Jay's writing was fantastic and the world-building was great too.

    Awesome books this week, you both! ♥ Hope you enjoy all of them and happy reading!

    PS: Hope you have a great time in London, Jasprit! I really really want to go to London ;)

  9. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century! Crewel! Onyx! Jasprit, you're so lucky!<3

    Ohmygosh, Cold Kidd looks so great. You got it for free?! So jealous, Rachel!

    Ah, you both got such great books this week.(': I hope you both enjoy them.<3

  10. Awesome haul! The Forsaken looks so good :) I hope you enjoy all of these!

  11. Guys, I just died of jealousy. No seriously!! How do you get such amazing books!!! Eeeeeeeeeep okay going away now before I explode :P

  12. So much awesomeness with your haul this week, I don't even know where to begin! Crewel,Defiance,Forsaken, all ones I need to get my hands on! I got Onyx the other week, but I'm waiting to get my new matching paperback version in before I read it. Enjoy everything!

  13. The Forsaken has been on my tbr pile for ages - I really need to hurry up and read it! Was so excited when I got accepted to read Midnight City as it sounds awesome, but I don't think there's a kindle option. :(

  14. You got so many awesome books this week, Jasprit and Rachel! Glad to know you're enjoying Onyx, Jasprit! I've heard so many good thing about Crewel and If I Lie. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century sounds like a really fun read. I got a copy of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares ages ago but still haven't read it. *fail*

    So many people are loving Stormdancer! Glad to see you were able to get an ARC of it too, Rachel! I've seen Seduction and Snacks in goodreads and it sounds like a fun and humorous read.

    Hope you enjoy all these books, girls! Happy reading! :)

  15. Oh, you have some great books waiting for you! Midnight city, forsaken, Crewel & Defiance! :) Happy reading.

    My showcase Sunday.

  16. AMAZING BOOKS! :) The Forsaken, Defiance, Cold Kiss, My Sweet Sixteenth Century and Onyx sound fantastic :) I received Crewel too, I hope we both enjoy it! ;)
    My Showcase Sunday:

  17. enjoy all . enjoy . full blooded . kind of green

  18. Jasprit, I really look forward to seeing what you think of If I Lie! I've only heard positive things about it so far. :) Readalong, perhaps? :) I also have Crewel for review, and even though the reviews for it have been mixed, the cover is gorgeous and the premise so interesting. Fingers crossed it will exceed our expectations...

    Rachel, I'm currently reading Stormdancer! It's true, the writing is overly descriptive and dense, and there are often inserted Japanese words that the average reader wouldn't know, but the world-building is ingenious and original! I hope you like it. :)

    Great haul, ladies! Enjoy your goodies. :)

  19. Wow! Great haul guys!

    Jasprit, I haven't had the chance to speak to you before... Any ways, Hi. I'm a new blogger. :) You have some great books. How do you keep up with books? I envy you! LOL! I need to check out Obsidian! I have seen this across load of blogs... I hope you enjoy it... Defiance looks awesome, both from the cover and synopsis. I have requested Crewel, hopefully I'll get a chance to receive it.

    Rachel, Nice haul of books! Again, I'm falling behind on YA books and need to catch-up.I have requested some of these like Stormdancer, fingers-crossed I get to read it. Oo I may pop over to Amazon and get Cold Kiss, looks like another good book. =)

    Enjoy the books girls. Happy Reading.

    P.s here's my SS if you would like to pop over...

  20. I'm trying to get through Defiance at the moment Jaspirit and I'm really struggling. Glad to hear your enjoying it, I was really looking forward to it too. And I think your the first person I've heard say they didn't love Obsidian lol, I haven't read it yet but I do hope to soon. I hope you enjoy Onyx more. I read Forsaken recently and I really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy all your books.

    @Rachel, I didn't request Stormdancer, it just didn't appeal to me. I hope you're able to enjoy it. And I really hope to eventually get around to reading the Nevermore series, it sounds really good. Enjoy all your books.

    Happy reading guys :)

  21. Wow awesome haul! Onyx is great and I adore Point of Retreat. I cannot wait to read Defiance and I just finished Enshadowed and it was worth the wait. But you heard right, it is another cliffhanger. Lets just hope the wait for the third book isn't another two years! Thanks for stopping by My IMM

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  22. Oh I really want to read Enshadowed. LOVED Nevermore so I'm excited to finally get my hands on the sequel. Hope you love it!


  23. Wow! Normally I would be jealous but I so trying to get out from under the TBR committments! I have read rave reviews on Stormdancer and the Sweet Sixteen books! I hope you have a lovely trip, Jasprit! Have a great week, ladies.

  24. I don't even know where to begin! Stormdancer is such a wonderful book, but it requires a certain amount of patience. The first part is pretty hard to get through. Cold Kiss is one of my favorite books ever, I just preordered the sequel and I think I'll die when I finally get it.
    I'm so curious about Defiance, Jasprit! The reviews have been all over the place and I just need to find out for myself.
    Happy reading, darlings!

  25. I am so insanely jealous that you have Wolf Pact!! Well I am insanely jealous over everything actually lol!! I really can't wait to see what you ladies think of everything!!


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