Wednesday, 6 November 2013

NOVEMBER Book Bonanza

Hello November aka Movember!

I am welcoming you with open arms! Actually, scratch that. My arms are full of books. I have been a busy bee who spent lots of money on books this month.  So with a packed book shelf, no more space to any other things like DVDs or CDs  (they all have to be moved to living room), I am here to share with you my treasures I have found in Waterstones (Oh honey, how much I love the shop!). 

This month's bonanza is a little bit bigger than usual as there was a lot of books with promising stories in the stores. I hope you will find something you like. I surely have, otherwise this month's post would be blank piece of page. 

Anyways, wrap yourself warmly, make yourself a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, find a comfortable place and start reading :)


THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

A heart of ice. A will of steel. Meet the assassin. 

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. 

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. 

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?

THE SHADOW SAGA by Orson Scott Card

Behind every great leader.

Twice an alien race has attacked mankind, and twice we have only barely survived. Now, the International Fleet is training exceptional children to command in the next war and defend humanity against the threat of total destruction. 

There is a great lieutenant. 

The battle school's next recruit is the orphaned runt Bean. Displaying staggering tactical genius, he will soon become right-hand man to the legendary Ender Wiggin. Together they will lead mankind into our final conflict. 

This is his story. 

This omnibus edition contains the complete Shadow Saga: ENDER'S GAME, SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, SHADOW PUPPETS and SHADOW OF THE GIANT. 

THE BOOK OF TOMORROW by Ceccelia Ahern

This is a story about how the future can change the past…

Tamara Goodwin has had everything given to her. She has never wasted a thought on tomorrow. But when tragedy turns her wold upside down, she has to leave her comfortable life behind, abandoning an affluent existence for the charity of relatives deep in the countryside. 

When a travelling library arrives in the village, it offers an escape into the pages of the books on its shelves. One of them, a heavy leather-bound volume locked with a padlock, draws Tamara to it. And what she discovers within its pages starts to change her life in the most unexpected of ways…

UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia

Kennedy waters didn't believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world unravels. Then she meets gorgeous identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart who reveal that her mother was part of the Legion, a secret society responsible for protecting the world - a society whose five members were all murdered on the same  night. 

Now the Lockharts need Kennedy's help to track down the evil being responsible. Will they be able to destroy it before it kills again?

THE END OF MR. Y by Scarlett Thomas

When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. 

She knows enough about its author, the eccentric Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed. 

With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself swept into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel. 

THE TWINS by Saskia Sarginson

They were identical in every way, until the unthinkable tore them apart. 

Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they've grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder. 

What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of half-remembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back - and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives…

SOME DAY I'LL FIND YOU by Richard Madeley

James Blackwell is handsome, sexy, with an element of mystery about him. He's a fighter pilot - every girl's dream. At least that is what Diana Arnold thinks when her brother John first introduces them. They marry in haste, one summer morning in 1940, and Diana is still wearing her wedding dress when her new husband and John are summoned back to base to fly their next, terrifying, mission. 

Then fate delivers what is the first of its cruel twists: James, that very day, is shot down over northern France. Diana is left a widow - and pregnant with their child. 

Ten years later, living in the south of France with her new husband and a daughter who will never know her real father, Diana is content and flourishing in the Provencal sunshine. Until one morning, sipping her coffee in the town square, she hears something that makes her blood run cold: the voice of someone who will set out to torment her and blackmail her, and from whom there can only one means of escape…


'A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb of Exocet missile. Dating Rule Number 1: DO NOT TEXT WHEN DRUNK.' 

Bridget Jones is back. 

WHAT DO YOU DO when a girlfriend's 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend's 30th?
IS IT WRONG to lie about your age when online dating?
IS IT MORALLY WRONG to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?
DOES THE DALAI LAMA actually tweet or is it his assistant?
IS TECHNOLOGY now the fifth element? Or is that wood?
IS SLEEPING WITH SOMEONE after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day?

Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stables through the challenges of single-montherhood, tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out datedly call 'middle age'.

SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Joanna Trollope

Two sisters could hardly be more different. 

Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values patience and reliability. Her impulsive sister Marianne, takes after their mother Belle and is fiery and creative, filling the house with her dramas and guitar playing, while dreaming of going to art school. 

But when their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly his whole family finds itself forcer out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years. Without the comfort of status, their values are severely put to the test. 

Can Elinor remain stoic and restrained knowing that the man she really likes has already been ensnared by another girl? will Marianne's faith in one and only lifetime love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county, John Willoughby? And in a world where social media and its opinions are the controlling forces at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?

With her wit and eye for social nuance Joanna Trollope cast Sense & Sensibility in a fresh new light to re-tell a wonderful coming-of-age story about young love and heartbreak, and how when it comes to money especially, some things never change…

TEARDROP by Lauren Kate

Never, ever cry…

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. 

After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing hold her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. 

And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried and entire continent into the sea. Suddently her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. 

Can everything you love be washed away?

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

She must make her final choice…

What if your whole world was a lie?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior one believed in is shattered - factored by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is read. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. 

But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. 

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