Thursday, 29 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop.

As my way of saying Happy New Year to you all here is another giveaway!! I've had a great year for books in 2011 - let's hope 2012 is even better :D

This giveaway is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is co-hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer & Babs Book Bistro

To find details of the hop and the links click Here
So what is up for grabs??  Well the winner will get to choose one book from the Book Depository up to the value of £10 or $15(USD)

So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will choose one book of their choice from the Book Depository
·         Open to International Followers
·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end January 3rd 2012

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Winner of the Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop

 
Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D  I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winner of the Chocolate Chunky Munkie Mid-Winter's Eve Blog Hop.  Drumroll please.............
The winner is:
Marketa
 Congratulations on winning Marketa, I hope you enjoy your copy of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

Wishlist Wednesday #16

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:

Goodreads Synopsis:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.
But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.
Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.
But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

 I've had this book on my wishlist since October.  I think it was the cover and book name that first caught my attention.  After reading the blurb I was sucked in a thought it sounded an amazing book.  It just shows the lengths people will go to keep a loved one close, even a deceased loved one!!



Monday, 26 December 2011

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop

This giveaway is to celebrate all the wonderful books I've read this year :D There have been some absoloute crackers!!

This one is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer
To find details of the hop and the links click Here
So here is what is up for grabs, one winner will choose one book from these listed:
 Touch by Jus Accardo
0.4 by Mike Lancaster
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will choose one book of their choice from those I've listed above
·         Open to International Followers
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end December 31st

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.


Dear Readers!!

I've had a great year of blogging and next year I look forward to sharing many more posts with you.  I've got a few posts pre-written for the next few days, so feel free to pop back and have a look.


For those of you that celebrate this festive period, I hope you have happy holidays.  Myself and Hades would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year.


I shall be taking a bit of a break and spending time with my family, as we have just lost my father to cancer.  Sad times :,(


Best wishes,
Jen & Hades x x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Time Will Come #17

Every Thursday, Jodie at Books For Company hosts The Time Will Come, a weekly meme in which we list a book that we really want to read or keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books that have been on the TBR shelf for awhile now but also they can be books that have just come into my home.  I have a massive to-read pile, it seems to be growing by the day.....

If you'd like to join in?

  • Pick a book you have been meaning to read
  • Do a post telling us about the book
  • Link the post up in the linky on Jodie's blog.
  • Visit the other blogs!
  
Here is my choice for this weeks Time Will Come:

Goodreads Synopsis:
A novel set mostly in Afghanistan. The introverted and insecure afghan narrator, Amir, grows up in Afghanistan in the closing years of the monarchy and the first years of the short-lived republic. His best and most faithful friend, Hassan, is the son of a servant. Amir feels he betrays Hassan by not coming to his aid when Hassan is set on by bullies and furthermore forces Hassan and his father Ali to leave his father´s service. Amir´s relatively priviledged life in Kaboul comes to an end when the communist regime comes to power and his extrovert father, Baba emigrates with him to the U.S. There Amir meets his future, afghan wife and marries her. Amir´s father dies in the U.S. and Amir receives a letter from his father´s most trusted business partner and, for a time, Amir´s surrogate father, which makes Amir return, alone, to a Taliban-dominated Afghanistan in search of the truth about himself and his family, and finally, a sort of redemption.

 I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by this author and thought it was a very thought provoking and powerful novel.  I would really like to read The Kite Runner as I think it would be just as good.  It has sat on my bookcase gathering dust for years now.  I'm afraid shiny new books keep distracting  me away from it.  No excuse really?!?

What books do you have on your bookcase that you just can't wait to read? 


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wishlist Wednesday #15

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 

Goodreads Synopsis:
 
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


I think if I see a male character with green eyes, I'm already sucked into the book :)  So when I read the blurb and spotted the bit that said "until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up"  well that got my attention alright lol.I have a few of Jennifer Armitrout's books on my shelves, this is a new series and souds brilliant!  I have seen it advertised and reviewed everywhere, so on my wishlist it goes :)

 

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Midwinter's Eve Hop

Yay we have another giveaway!!!  I had so much fun last time that I've signed up for another one. I’m so grateful for the support you guys give to my blog :D

This one is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is co-hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer
Jessie Harrell from Oasis For YA & The Daily Harrell
To find details of the hop and the links click Here
So what is up for grabs??  Well the winner will get to choose one book from the Book Depository up to the value of £10 or $15(USD)

So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will choose one book of their choice from the Book Depository
·         Open to International Followers
·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end December 27th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Top Ten Tuesday #10

Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish  hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a meme in which a new and different top ten list appears. 

This weeks Top Ten list is:


Top Ten Books I hope Santa Brings



Oooh I hope Santa will be kind this year and send me loads of bookish goodies :D


#1
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey - This one would be lovely as a pressie from Santa.  It sounds an amazing book and I want to read it!!!


#2
Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder- I am a huge lover of this author's work, she is amazing.  This is a new series!!  Dani at Pen to Paper recently reviewed it and she gave it a top rating, so that's good enough for me :)


#3
Unleashed by Nancy Holder - This is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles.  I have seen this advertised a lot of the past few weeks and it has really taken my fancy, so YES PLEASE Santa!




#4
Destined by P C Cast - This is book 9 in the House of Night series.  I loved reading the rest of the series and would like to carry on and find out what happens to Zoey Redbird and her clan, oh and also the delicious Stark.  YUM!


#5
The Body Finder by Kimberely Derting - This has sat on my wishlist for a little while now and I am still intruiged as to find out what it's about.  I would love to read this book as it sounds so different.


#6
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams - This one really interests me, I have read the blurb and it sounds great.  There are some really positive reviews, which is a good thing :)




#7 
The Colour of Death by Michael Cordy - I am a huge fan of his work.  This is the only book of his I don't own and haven't read.  I hope Santa will be kind and bring me a copy of this book.


#8
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey -  The title alone intruiges me, let alone reading the blurb. I so want to read this book!!


#9
Witch Song by Amber Argyle - The cover alone makes me want to own a copy of this book. It is so beautiful and haunting.  I have seen this around on many blogs, but I'm yet to own a copy.


#10
Lost in Time by Melissa De La Cruz - This is book 6 in the Blue Bloods series.  It's a bit like Gossip Girls but with vampires.  I have really enjoyed the series so far and would love to read this book.

Which books would you like Santa to bring you for Christmas???

Monday, 19 December 2011

***Review*** Suspense by Jason Letts







Released : 3rd September 2011
Publisher: Self - Published
Series :Yes #1 in the Spencer Nye series
Format :Kindle
Source : Author review
Author Site:  Jason Letts 
Goodreads Synopsis:
Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.

But Spencer discovers there is plenty to fix within the Idols’ competition for more popularity. She becomes a diehard and promises to do anything to help her Idol, a dreamy movie star named Cleary Mintz, bring his vision of hope and purpose to the world. When she stumbles onto a threat against his life, she’ll have to fight harder than she ever thought possible or lose the man who means more to her than any other.

Suspense, the first book in a dystopian trilogy, contains 76,000 words and is recommended for ages 16 and up because of depictions of violence and some sexual themes.

 My review:


I was given a copy of this book to review from the author.


Suspense is a fast paced and edgy thriller.  It does border on the weird and wacky at times, but then again this is a dystopian book so anything goes really.  It really brings home how a society depends on social networking.  I liked the futuristic feel of this book, you kind of think it’s possible that this world could happen.


I will say that it did take me a few good chapters to get into this book, at times I felt it pretty hard going.  But I am glad I finished it, the ending was the best part.  I did like the concept of the story but at times I think it went a bit flat.  I’m not going to knock this book too much as I did think it made an interesting and colourful read.


I have to admit I didn’t really bond with the main character Spence, I found her a bit of a cold and complex character.  But hey some characters are developed to be like this, we can’t always like everyone.  


I would like to read book two in the series, just to see what’s next in store for the main character Spencer Nye.

Story rating 3/5 – I’m not sure really what to make of this book.  I don’t think it helped that I didn’t particularly like the main character.

Cover Rating 2/5 -  Not really a cover I personally like.  I love the colour scheme, but the figure of the girl does not do it any justice.

About the Author:
If you've lived through the American educational system, you can understand that things get pretty boring from time to time, and so I spent a lot of my youth disappearing into stories, whether they be movies, video games, or books. They were vibrant and exciting, each of them about achieving something wonderful despite all odds.

That was the kind of thing I wanted when I finished my degree and went to teach English in Japan. I was battling the language barrier and discovering new people, but then of course I met something even more paralyzing than the American educational system, the Japanese educational system. In both places there were tons of incredible professionals doing the best to help students develop, and I have benefited directly from so many great teachers, but this time I around I started writing stories of my own instead of absorbing them.

Now I write young-adult fiction in a variety of its sub-genres. I'm lucky enough to do this for a living, and I hope I'll be able to keep doing it for a very long time. To all of my wonderful readers, thank you so very much!

Cover Reveal: Sleepers by Megg Jensen



Here at Chocolate Chunky Munkie I have great pleasure in introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen’s bestselling novel SLEEPERS.

To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.


Isn't it gorgeous!!!  I love the artwork and the colour scheme.  It would certainly catch my eye as I'm a "cover lover" ;) 
 
Goodreads Synopsis:
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

This book is now on sale now for only 99 cents!

*** Click here to buy the books. **


Find Megg Jensen:


My review for Sleepers will be come shortly, I can't wait to read it!!!

 
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