Sunday, 9 December 2012

Showcase Sunday #16

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.

Hello everyone, I can’t believe two weeks have already last since our last showcase, before you know it will be Christmas already! For me the Christmas presents have already started trickling in. As you know my sister isn’t an avid reader as I am, so I can’t share bookish gifts with her, but my cousin is every bit obsessed as me and lately we’ve made sure we get each other a book for Christmas. My cousin spoiled me this year as she gifted me two books from my wish list, Front and Center and 7 Clues to Winning You. I’m loving the Dairy Queen series. I actually started the second book in a read along with the lovely Keertana and Leanne and zoomed right ahead and finished it without them! (sorry!). I think this series is a definite hidden gem everyone should read. I always wanted to read 7 Clues to Winning You after Nick recommended that fans of Anna and the French Kiss would love it.

Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
Survive by Alex Morel
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

Thank you to Electric Monkey and Random House UK.

I had to grab a copy of Eon when I realised my library stocked a copy (as usual my endless lurking on their catalogue paid off). I’ve been enjoying fantasy books a lot more lately and have you seen the number of 5 star reviews this book has a Goodreads? (4703!) And it’s an Aussie, enough said. Survive is another book I wouldn’t normally pick up, but the blurb sounds fascinating. You can check at the cover for it here. Thanks to Keertana’s fabulous review I was super excited when I had the chance to read a copy of The Lost Girl; doesn’t it look and sound fantastic? And I had to go and get a copy of Me Before You after reading Bonnie’s lovely review, I’ve never read book by Moyes before so I have my fingers crossed.

Gravity by Melissa West
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing and Atria Books.

I only received two books from Netgalley this week, I’m really trying to put a dent on my pile, but it’s so hard when you read gorgeous reviews for The Sea of Tranquillity by Keertana here and for Gravity by Sam here. Both of these ladies are getting the full blame for the awesomeness that arrived at my house this week! J

Over to Rachel now to see the pretties she received.

For review:

Taken by Erin Bowman
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin, Harper Teen, Atria Books, Bloomsbury, Edelweiss, and Netgalley.


Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (audiobook)
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (Audiobook)
Return to You by Kate Perry
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

I am so excited to read If You Find Me, it sounds like an amazing contemporary. After being taken and isolated from the real world by their mentally ill mother, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out for Carey.  I loved Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt, it was adorable. So I have high hopes for Going Vintage.  I’ve been having great success with audio books lately so I picked up another Urban Fantasy *looks pointedly at Maja and Keertana* lol!  I wasn’t blow away by Magic Bites but it was a solid start.  I’ve heard it only gets better. I can’t wait for things to develop between Kate and the yummy Alpha shape-shifter Curran! 

Thank you again to the fabulous publishers for our review copies! If you have a showcase/book haul, we'd love to see what you received so leave us a link and we'll be sure to check it out soon.


  1. Amazing haul this week, you two! Jasprit, I loved Eon, The Lost Girl, and Sea of Tranquility and I just finished up Opal as well. In my eyes, it was the best of the series so far and Front and Center was an amazing read too! (I just finished that one too!) I can't wait to see what you make of all these!

    Rachel, I am SO glad you bought the first two Kate Daniels books! I love that series and I'm thrilled you're enjoying it so much! I've heard amazing things about Pivot Point, Taken, and The Edge of Never, so I'm curious to see what you think of those. I loved The Sea of Tranquility, so I hope you enjoy it too! :)

    Happy Reading, ladies! :D

  2. Me Before You and If You Find Me! They caught my eye and part of my reading list. You have so many great books to read. Enjoy them all :D


  3. Brilliant haul as always, ladies! Jasprit, Eon is a MUST. Such a wonderful, intricate and finely-crafted fantasy novel, and I know how much you've been enjoying traditional fantasy books lately! Also, yay to Front and Center. :) After finishing Dairy Queen and partially The Off Season, I can hardly wait to dive into the last one. I own a copy, so when you want to give it a go just let me know. :) Happy reading and enjoy, Jasprit!

    Rachel, your haul is a cover whore's dream! *drools* Pivot Point, Taken, Going Vintage (I'm SO jealous you own that one, btw! Bloomsbury hates me..) I also have If You Find Me, and it sounds quite intense! Say, would you like to do a readalong of it with me? :) And happy reading, I hope you enjoy all your books. :)

    1. I would love to do a readalong with you, Leanne. Let me know when you were thinking. :)

  4. GAH I FREAKING HATE YOU TWO. Just kidding, I love you guys. :) You guys just get so many awesome books!! <3 I still really need to read The Lost Girl, it sounds so so fascinating! :) And Eon has been on my TBR for nearly forever. *wiggles eyebrows* The Sea of Tranquility! We must get to it soon, it has insanely high ratings on Goodreads! Pivot Point sounds so freaking awesome, I hope you enjoy it, Rachel! I bought The Edge of Never this week on a whim, hopefully it's as awesome as it sounds.

    Happy reading, ladies!! :)

  5. Jasprit! Yay! I'm so happy you got a copy of 7 Clues! :) I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Be sure to keep me updated! ;)
    I've been meaning to get a copy of Eon for the longest time ever. I love the cover and the main character seems so kick-ass! I'll wait for your review before purchasing a copy.
    Gravity was an interesting read, but I did have a couple of issues with it as far as I can remember.
    I read the first Dairy Queen book and thought it was so good! I have to get to the other books as soon as I can. Thanks for reminding me, Jasprit!
    I hope you enjoy all your lovelies, Jasprit! Happy Reading! :)

    P.S - Your cousin is so awesome! I wish at least one of mine would know me enough to gift me books! -_- Sadly, no one in my family appreciates my obsession with reading!

    Rachel, your book haul is SO awesome! I'm excited for If You Find Me. It was one of my WoW, but I'm trying not to request anything from NG although I probably will in a couple of days! :P
    The Edge of Never is a book I have too. I've heard positive things about the book so far, so I can't wait! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of Taken and Pivot Point!
    Lovely books, Rachel! Enjoy your book haul! :)

  6. Eon is such an awesome book! Lovin' the new cover for it!

  7. Eon *_* I'm dying to read that book! :) Also I've heard only amazing things about A Sea of Tranquility! :) I have it too and can't wait to read it!! :) Amazing books you've got! :)

  8. Wow, fantastic books all round. Will have to check out Eon. Hearing good things about The Sea of Tranquillity. Happy reading.

    Katie ~ My Mailbox

  9. Survive sounds really good! I also have a copy from Lost Girl, but I first didn't recognize your cover. I have another version.

    Taken has such a pretty cover and I like the promise from the blurb. I can't wait to hear what you think about this book :) Happy reading!


  10. Oh my gosh, I love all your books this week. Have heard so many good things about most of them.

  11. Lovely haul, ladies! I hope you'll find the time to read them. May I suggest, not sleeping? Lol. Oh well, we're on the same boat.

    As always, I look forward to your reviews, ladies.


  12. I need to read Eon! Everyone seems to love that book and I'm pretty sure I will too. I have a copy somewhere that I need to dig out. The Lost Girl and The Sea of Tranquility have been getting wonderful reviews lately too. I plant to read TSoT very soon actually! Rachel, a very impressive haul! I'm curious to see what you'll think of Going Vintage. I wasn't too keen on the sound of that book at first, but I am fast changing my mind. I hope you like it!

  13. GOING VINTAGE! *screams* There's a lot on here I can't wait to read, but Going Vintage was one of my WW posts! So jealous. I hope you like it and give a review ASAP. Great haul!

  14. Ooooo you guys got such fantastic books this week! Can't wait to see what you think of The Sea of Tranquility Jasprit, I've been hearing such phenomenal things about that one:) And Rachel! YAY! You're reading the Kate Daniels series! Magic Bites is definitely the most challenging one in terms of emotionally connecting, it was kind of all over the place for me, but the series definitely does get better as it goes. Books 3 and 4 are my favorites CURRAN!

  15. Wow, amazing haul!!

    Jas, I can't wait to hear what you have to share on books two and three of the Dairy Queen series!

    Rachel, have fun with the audio books! Going Vintage sounds awesome - looks like I just found something to add to my pre-order list :)

  16. Great books! I have heard good things about Gravity, I am eager to read that one. I still need to read a JLA book yet, I think I am the only person who hasn't -_-
    Touch & Go looks interesting and I love the cover of Taken. Enjoy your books, ladies! :) x
    My SS:

  17. Jasprit, I really think you're going to love The Lost Girl, at least I hope so. I had a few minor issues with the concept, but it is an amazing debut.
    Rachel, so much Kate Daniels awesomeness warms my heart. :) And I really REALLY want to read Pivot Point very badly. I'll just wait for your review. :)

  18. I need to read Kate Daniels and I have had the Dairy Queen series languishing for way too long. I am looking forward to the Sea of Tranquility as well. I also got a copy of If you Find Me.

  19. Wow, you guys got some awesome books this week! Me Before You is one of my favorite books of the year, I hope you love it too! Sad but heartwarming.
    And oh! Going Vintage, that looks like a super cute 2013 release that I'm excited for. Happy Reading!
    My Showcase Sunday!

  20. So many great books! I still need to read Sea of Tranquility. I've also meant to start Ilona Andeews' books. Can't wait to see what you think!
    Happy Readibg!

  21. Once again so many pretties! Really excited to see that you both got The Sea of Tranquility I've been hearing amazing things and can't wait to read my e-copy!

  22. Looks like a really great haul as usual. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Going Vintage, Rachel. It's not usually my type of book, but it looks really good.

    I've heard about The Sea of Tranquility from Keertana, but I'm still unsure about it.

    The Lost Girl and the Dairy Queen series are something I need to get my hands on too.

    Oooooh, aren't you two just lucky! Hope you enjoy.

  23. Great haul.

    I have a few on my To Buy list, but I've just added The Lost Girl after seeing it here.

    Enjoy your reads.

  24. The Edge of Never is a current read and I am loving it SO much. Really good.

    Jealous over Pivot Point. Can't wait to see what you guys think about that.

    Happy reading and amazing haul! :)


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