Sunday, 3 February 2013

Showcase Sunday #20

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 lovelies, I hope everyone’s had a great week. With the snow causing havoc I’ve had a nice few days off work and got some solid reading done. I was surprised by the amount of books I read in January (19!) And already I have so many favourites for the year. This week was a great book week too my postman trudged through the snow and brought me some great pretties.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
The List by Siobhan Vivian
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Thank you Headline

Boundless was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. After the tumultuous ride this book put me through I was finally be able to write a coherent review which will be up soon. A big thank you to Jodie from Books for Company for the Swap; The list was a book high on my wish list. And thank you Hannah from Booking in Heels for Lucid. Another book high on my wish list that I won thanks to taking part in a Bout of Books challenge. Also thanks to Donna from Book Passion For Life for my copy of Prodigy by Marie Lu (not pictured).

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Level 2 by Lenore Applehans
Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein
The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston 
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

Thank you to Disney Book Group and Entangled.

And I couldn’t but help myself but go on a bit of a book splurge with Paper Valentine, Falling for you and Level 2. I’m a huge fan of Schroeder’s books, and her verse is beautiful. But Falling for you isn’t written in verse. And Level 2 is something I wouldn’t normally read, but the reviews have been great so far.

Lets see the books Rachel received.

For Review:

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey

The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston 
The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Feral Nights by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Poison by Bridget Zinn

Thank you to Scholastic, Carina Press, Disney Hyperion, HarperTeen, Candlewick Press and Netgalley.


Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Shadows by Paula Weston
Everbound by Brodi Ashton

I’m so excited about my haul, but I think one book in this haul dominated my mind this week: Dirty Red.  Well, to be more accurate two books: The Opportunist and Dirty Red. I’ve finished Dirty Red and I still can’t get that series out of my head. As you know I read and reviewed The Opportunist last week at the prompting of Arlene over at WinterHaven Books. We continue to exchange emails theorizing and talking about these two books!  I don’t know if obsession is a strong enough word for my feelings, lol! I’ll have my review up for Dirty Red on Sunday, so please READ The Opportunist before so we can gossip! Also, last week at the prompting of Jenny over at Supernatural Snark, I bought the audio version of Iced by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve started listening to it and I already love it which shocks me because it’s an adult novel centering on a fourteen-year old! Jenny and I have been exchanging emails as therapy for our perverse thoughts.  

If you posted any sort of book haul this week, we'd love to see what you received, so please leave us a link in the comments below.


  1. Jasprit! You lucky thing! You got a copy of This Is What Happy Looks Like! I'm so excited to read that book. I loved The Statistical Probability. It's one of my fav contemporary books. :)
    I'm interested in seeing what you think of Paper Valentine and Level 2. I've heard mixed things about those books, so I haven't been tempted to try them out.

    Rachel, I've never heard of The Opportunist and Dirty Red before I saw you reading them on GR. Sounds like a pretty intense book that managed to really capture you're attention. I love those kinds of books, so I must try it out soon. Also, yay for Shadows! I've heard so many great things about that book! :)

    Great book hauls, you guys! :)

  2. Great haul but I'm so jelaous you got The Rules For Disappearing and This Is What Happy Looks Like. I really want to read those.

  3. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE! How did you get a copy?! I am DYING for it! <3

  4. oh you two! you got amazing books! I WANT THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE!! and Rules For Disappearing too!! hope you enjoy reading them all! Lovely haul girls!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  5. The Rules of Disappearing sounds AMAZING! I'm hoping I'll get to read it soon :P Haha I love how you both bought Boundless this week! Can't wait for both of your reviews<3
    Happy Reading!

  6. Lucid and Poison. You got cool books this week. I look forward in seeing your review on Lucid :D Happy Reading


  7. SO many great books up there. I hope you love Boundless... I bought The Opportunist after reading your review, Rachel and now I need to check out Dirty Red. I am hoping that The Reece book is a cute read. I really liked Dead and the Buried the journal is wickedly fun. Have a great week ladies!

  8. Eeee!! This is What Happy Looks Like is going to be fantastic! I'm excited to read Reece Malcolm too. I'm hoping to read The Opportunist soon, and can't wait to see what it's about.

    Enjoy the books, ladies!

  9. Ooh Rachel, you have Shadows! I can't wait for you to read it! I already know you will love Rafa. ;) Poison sounds brilliant too. I hear there is a talking piglet in that book. :D

    Jasprit, I'm looking forward to your review of The Reece Malcolm List. The reviews so far have been brilliant. I'm glad you got Prodigy, too. I LOVED it. Far better than the first book, in my opinion! Enjoy. :)

  10. Lucid was one of my first WoW picks, so I still can't wait to read it.. Level 2 and Poison <3 I especially want to read Poisoin, because it sounds like everything I love in a book :D Spellcaster looks great and I want to read Everbound. I really liked Everneath :)

    Happy reading!
    Haul from Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  11. The cover for This is What Happy Looks Like it so pretty and it sounds like a cute read. I haven't read the authors other book as it didn't really spark my attention, but this is one I know I'll be purchasing! :)

    Rachel - Ooh, Poison is on my most anticipated debuts of 2013 list, it sounds fantastic. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. ^^

  12. Omigoshh this is an amazing haul! So many of these books are on my wishlist - so jealous! I most want to read Boundless out of all of these. Can't wait to read all your reviews :) Enjoy!

    My Showcase Sunday

  13. Love love love those books and I'm so jealous of The Rules for Disappearing! Wow!

  14. OMG This is What Happy Looks Like! So excited for that one! I hope it is as good as I've hoped. I'll be on the lookout for a review. And Shadows! I just ordered that one, finally! It won't be here for a month, but I look forward to it arriving. I've heard great things. I hope you both enjoy your new reads! :)

    My Book Haul

  15. I just finished The Dead and Buried and it wasn't bad at all. It was exactly what you'd expect from one of Kim Harrington's books. Oh, and of course, I adored Paper Valentine. There's just something so magical about Yovanoff's writing.
    I have such a good feeling about The Rules for Disappearing. Hopefully I'm not wrong.

  16. Aww, good postman! Wow, so many great looking books there :-) And you read 19 books in January!? Go you!! :-D

    Hope you enjoy all these, and have a lovely week!

  17. OMG!! Boundless and EVERBOUND ... and so many good books *dies*

  18. I can't wait for your review on This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jasprit!

    I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Paper Valentine and Level 2 since I've heard lots of mixed things. Hope you enjoy your reads, Jasprit! :)

    I literally adore the covers of Shadows and Everbound. I'm really excited for Everbound too, I need to get my hands on a copy ASAP. Hope you enjoy your snazzy reads, Rachel! :)

  19. Jasprit, I'm so excited to see what you think of This is What Happy Looks Like! I really hope it's as good as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! *fingers crossed* Also, I hope you enjoy Level 2. It was quite good, although not mind-blowing for me. I desperately need to pick up Lucid soon - I've had it on my shelves since it first released! - and your new e-books look great! I've been on the fence about a few of them, so I'll be looking out for your thoughts to see if I should add them to my shelves or not.

    Rachel, I'm so excited you bought Shadows! I loved it and I know Jasprit did too, so I can't wait to see what you think. I also bought Everbound, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I've heard nothing but amazing things about it. Dirty Red also looks fantastic, so I'll definitely have to check out the first book soon.

    Happy Reading, ladies! :D

  20. You got Dear Cassie already? That's really exciting!! Can't wait to hear what you think of the book, Jas :)

    I can't believe you're already holding Spellcaster in your hand, Rachel! And I love the cover of Poison :)

    Enjoy your books, and have a lovely week!

  21. Sigh. That's all. If I can take a picture of my face, I'll show you exactly WHAT HAPPY DOES NOT LOOK LIKE. Jealous. Jealous, as usual. :)

  22. Great Haul! There are quiet a few books that look amazing! I also just got The dead and buried for review. I also won a hard copy from goodreads. I can't wait to get to it.

    Here's my Showcase Sunday!

  23. Lucky! You got snow up there! I really want some snow down in sunny wacky weather CA! XD Anyways....PAPER VALENTINE! Look so gorgeous! And so interesting! And I saw one of my GR reading it and she gave a quote and now I want to read it now. *dying on the inside of jealous-ness ;D*

    Hope you enjoy all those books! ^^

  24. *drools with envy* This is What Happy Looks Like, The Reece Malcolm List, Dear Cassie, The Rules for Disappearing...I would flail with happiness if I just read those books. I don't even have to own them. I don't even have to touch them, just read, that's it. So yes, GREAT stash this week! Enjoy! :)

    1. Oh..and Lucid too :) I won that in a giveaway but the email was sent to my spam and I didn't know that you should check your spam folder back I didn't get it. I have mixed feelings about that book now! Hope you love it!

  25. Looks like both of you got some lovely books! I really do need to get to Level 2. I was lucky to randomly recieve a copy in the mail, so that was very exciting. I'm also quite curious about Paper Valentine!!!


  27. A friend of mine just finished This is What Happy Looks Like and loved it, so I'm very much looking forward to that one! I hear the Kim Harrison is great, too. Such a great pile of books this week, ladies. :) Happy reading!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  28. Two great hauls this week! I must read everneath soon!

  29. I've had The List on my TBR for ages now, it sounds excellent and I hope you enjoy it. :) The Rules for Disappearing looks great too. Happy reading!

  30. Amazing haul. Happy reading ;)

    Loving the covers for Boundless and Everbound. Very pretty. Need to start both series.

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  31. AWESOME hauls this weeks girls! Some of the books are on my wishlist so I can't wait to see your thoughts. Enjoy!!!


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