Friday, 31 December 2010

Farewell 2010...

So 2010 has been a great year. No, a brilliant year. I don't really talk much about myself here but that's something I'd like to change in 2011 so I want to start now - I want to share a few thanks and some of my favourite pictures of 2010.

I feel like I've changed and grown so much since 2010 began and I'm grateful to everybody who has helped make this year so perfect:

My followers - you are all awesome and I love each and every last one of you, my blogging friends, my uni friends, my school friends and my oldest, dearest friends - you make me smile every day and I don't know where I'd be without you. My brilliant family who are ridiculously supportive and have always encouraged me to follow my dreams.

All of the publicists and authors who have sent me books to review - you keep me going and knowing that you actually look at my blog is such a huge buzz. Thank you as well to every author who has taken the time to email or Tweet me to thank me for a review, it's lovely :).

Finally, Tom, you have well and truly changed my life this year and I honestly can't remember the last time I was so happy. You are fab, you put up with me having diva strops and insisting you tidy every five minutes, you are perfect and I love you very much indeed.

And my little Bertie hound, stay cute.





Goodbye 2010 - you've been just swell. Let's hope 2011 is just as kind to me.

Love love love x

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Blog tour: Wereworld - Rise of the Wolf - Curtis Jobling

Published: January 6th 2011, Puffin
Pages: 418 pages, paperback
Series?: Yes, this is the first installment
Acquired: Sent for review by Puffin

Summary (from Goodreads): ''You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it...Conquer it'. When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms ...

Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?'

My review: When I first received a copy of Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf to review I have to admit I wasn't 100% sure whether I would enjoy it or not. The book looked great and I liked the idea of the plot but I'm just not a huge fantasy fan - a few of the fantasy books I've read I've absolutely adored but there are an equal amount that I haven't been able to gel with so I do tend to approach fantasy with caution. However, within the first few pages I relaxed into the story and world of Lyssia and was completely drawn in. Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf is the kind of fantasy that I really enjoy.

Drew was an instantly likeable protagonist and the writer did a brilliant job of tugging at the readers’ heartstrings when Drew has to leave his family – it comes relatively close to the beginning of the book when I hadn’t had a chance to get to know Drew particularly well but I really did feel for him.

The action in Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf was great; fast-paced and exhilarating, I could really see this working well on the big screen. The back cover of the book describes it as ‘The first in an epic fantasy series’ and it definitely was epic. Everything seemed to be bigger and better than I imagined when I first laid eyes on the book and this one was a really pleasant surprise.

The cover art of this book is another thing I liked about it – sure, it’s less important than the actual content but it’s just another positive. I love the split screen design and it looks more modern and accessible than a lot of epic fantasy covers so I think this will help the book reach a wider audience.

I don’t want to go too much into the plot for fear of revealing too much but if you like your fantasy big, bold and well-written then I’d nudge you in the direction of the Wereworld series. Even if you’re not a huge fantasy buff (I know I’m definitely not) then you should give this one a go – I’m so glad I did and I’m eagerly awaiting the next instalment!

First line: 'Drew knew that there was a predator out there.'

Rating:
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 15/20 (B)

For more information about Curtis Jobling and the Wereworld series check out the author's website here and check out the awesome trailer below:


Monday, 27 December 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hello lovely readers,

I hope you all had a gorgeous Christmas with your loved ones and received many brilliant book shaped packages and other pressies.

I had a perfect day - presents at home with my boyfriend, mum and nan (plus the puppies), Christmas lunch cooked (to perfection!) by the boy and then Christmas evening with his family. It was lovely :).

I've got lots of presents to sort out and tidying to do so I'm going to take a few days off - probably until New Year's Day to give me a week just to chill. I may be back before but we'll see.

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you all soon.

Big hugs x

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Starstruck - Cyn Balog

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is a post detailing an upcoming book you can't wait to read.

This week I've chosen ‘Starstruck' by Cyn Balog. This is another one that drew me in because of the cover - so pretty. It also seems quite Christmassy to me which is why I'm featuring it now (ALMOST CHRISTMAS. I've been playing Fairytale of New York on repeat for weeks already). I haven't read anything by Cyn Balog before but I read some brilliant reviews of 'Sleepless'. 'Starstruck' sounds like exactly the kind of book I'd love so fingers crossed it does well when it's released in July 2011.

Publication date: July 12th 2011

Published by: Delacorte Press

Summary (from Goodreads): When Gwendolyn “Dough” Reilly’s boyfriend and best friend Wish moves away in seventh grade, the only consolation she can find is in her family bakery’s donuts. Now, it’s sophomore year, and Wish is coming back.

But in only three years, they’ve both changed—drastically. She’s seriously overweight, and suddenly Wish is the most popular guy in school, and girls everywhere want him. Dough has doubts that appearances don’t matter and that Wish can love her as she is, so she launches into a plan designed to keep them together.

That is, until she discovers that Wish’s gorgeous looks and charm might not be all they appear to be.

So what about you guys? What are your picks for this week?

Blog Tour: Entangled - Cat Clarke

Hi all! As you may (or may not) know I'm a huge fan of Entangled by Cat Clarke. It's due out early January and is being published by Quercus books. It's an absolutely fantastic story and I urge you to get your hands on a copy - I promise you won't be let down.

I'm lucky to have Cat here today to answer a few of my (highly intrusive) questions about her teenage years. Enjoy!


1. What was the most rebellious thing you did as a teenager?

I may have had a drink or two, if that counts as being rebellious. Oh, and I did skive off school once in a while, but please don’t tell anyone.

2. At what age did you realise that you loved cheese?

I came to cheese rather late – I was 18 when I first realized its magical properties. Since then it’s been a journey of discovery, I can tell you. *wistful sigh*
3. What was the first concert/gig you attended?
Wet Wet Wet. I’m saying nothing.

4. Would you mind sharing the story of your first kiss? What about your worst teenage kiss?

Gah! Do I HAVE to?! My first kiss was at the cinema with a boy I’m going to call N. It was probably also my worst kiss, because he smelt kind of strange (sorry, N!). I’m very proud to tell you that the movie was not some lame romantic comedy. (And no, I’m not going to tell you what it was... suffice to say there were people killing each other. That really helped set the mood for the kissing.) Pretty boring story, right? I could embellish it with dragons and vampires and man-eating tigers... but that would be lying.

5. What was the first song that really made you giddy with emotion?

Everybody Hurts – REM. Emo or what?! I’m trying to think of a song that made me giddy in a good way though... how about Tonight – New Kids on the Block? What a tune!
6. Tell me about your first time being drunk (or ‘intoxicated’ if we’re going to be formal)?

It was at a house party. I drank beer and cider. It was messy. There was vomit. I vowed I would never drink again. Alcohol is evil.

7. What’s the one thing you miss most about being a carefree teen?

Not having to stress about bills and mortgages and boring grown-up admin. I swear I’m allergic to filling in forms. There is a pile of forms next to me on my desk – some have been waiting for months. If anyone would like to volunteer to fill them in for me, I’d be ever so grateful. Anyone? No? Sigh. I also miss being able to spend most of my money on clothes and music. But there are also 43,267 things I DON’T miss about being a teenager, so that’s OK.

8. Did you have a secret teacher crush (I know you did - everybody did)?

I was all ready to answer ‘no’ to this question... and then I remembered Mr S! He was a temporary English teacher who came in to teach us a bit about acting. His brother was a semi-famous actor, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Mr S was shorter than his brother, but better-looking. He had blond hair and had nicely tanned forearms, which were always on show because his shirtsleeves were permanently rolled up. Wow. Thanks for that blast from the past, Carly!

9. What was the worst fashion trend you succumbed to as a teenager?

I bought a paisley shirt from the market when I was about 12 – not quite a teenager, but near enough. I think it was my first clothes purchase with my own money. Words cannot describe its hideousness. I’m not even sure there was a paisley shirt trend at the time! Maybe it was just in my town... Yeah, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

10. What is your favourite school memory?

The very last day of Year 11. Utter mayhem – everyone running round signing each other’s shirts. I was VERY excited about the prospect of not having to wear school uniform any more. Although, looking back at the clothes I wore in sixth form, perhaps school uniforms weren’t such a bad idea after all.
11. Would you say you were a well-balanced teen or more of a ‘everybody hates me/life is unfair/nobody understands’ type?

Definitely the latter. I’d guess lots of writers fall into that category. I hid my emo tendencies pretty well though, so people probably thought I was well balanced.

12. Finally, did you write while you were a teenager? If so, was it overindulgent emo poetry? Please say yes.

I did write a little. And... um... yeah. There may have been a couple of overindulgent emo poems. Mostly I wrote the beginnings of novels – I’m talking a page or two max. I got bored easily. Everything I wrote was a poor imitation of Christopher Pike, whose books I adored. I kind of wish I’d knuckled down and finished a book back then (mainly because it would be hilarious to read now!).

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So there we go - I hope you all know a little more about the lovely Cat now :). Make sure you pick up a copy of Entangled when it's released in January, promise?

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Nine: Four books I didn't want to read but ended up loving in 2010

I've said this quite a few times but here at Writing from the Tub I try my hardest to broaden my horizons when it comes to reading and seek out titles that are far outside my comfort zone. This year I really expanded the type of books I read and the four books below are a great example of why I try to read different types of books whenever I can.

I did have reservations about reading each of these titles but decided to give them a go. I'm really glad I did and I enjoyed each and every one:

Day Nine: Four books I didn't want to read but ended up enjoying in 2010

• iBoy – Kevin Brooks

Shameful as it is I have to admit that iBoy was the first one of Kevin Brooks' books that I read. The story of a boy that gets hit on the head with an iPhone and develops powers is not the kind of book I'd generally gravitate towards but I really enjoyed iBoy. It was one of my favourite books of 2010 actually and made me realise that taking a chance on the unknown can be a good thing!


• The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson

Although I was intrigued by The Adoration of Jenna Fox it was a few weeks after I received the book that I started reading it. I thought it sounded a little too sci-fi for my tastes but I fell in love with the story as soon as I started reading. It's a fantastic book and I'd really recommend it.


• My Love Lies Bleeding – Alyxandra Harvey

As I've said numerous times on this blog, I'm not a big Twilight fan. I am a vampire fan but more Interview with a Vampire rather than YA paranormal romance - it's just not my thing. However, I read My Love Lies Bleeding on holiday a couple of weeks ago and was blown away. It's brilliant and has renewed my faith in the sub-genre. I've got the rest of the series and I'm really excited about reading them.


• Crank – Ellen Hopkins

Although I was keen to read Crank I was worried about reading it as I'd never read a verse novel before so wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it. However, I adored Crank and am now a huge verse novel fan. I've got a stack of them ready to read in 2011 and would recommend them to anybody - they're far more accessible than I ever thought they would be.


So those are four of the books I enjoyed so much more than I thought I would in 2010. Did any of you approach any books with caution this year? If so, which ones were they and did you end up enjoying them?

Also, the lovely Kylie over at Kylie's Reads and the lovely Keris Stainton (of Della says: OMG! fame) are both posting their own versions of this feature so head over to their blogs to check out their posts :).

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Teaser Tuesday: The Hate List - Jennifer Brown

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The book I'm reading right now is 'The Hate List' by Jennifer Brown and here are my sentences!

Teaser sentences (from page 27): 'I'd heard of women who were completely blind and ignored all these signs that their man was some sort of pervert or monster, but no way could you conveince me I was one of them. When Jeremy wasn't around...when it was just me and Nick and I looked in Nick's eyes... I knew what I saw and it was good.'



So, what's your teaser this week?

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eight: Five Bookish Events I Attended in 2010

So at the beginning of 2010 I knew nobody in the blogging community and wouldn't dream of getting the train up to London for an event. However, I attended a few over the course of this year and loved all of them. I've got a few events lined up for 2011 already and I'm super excited about all of them!

Meeting up with other bloggers is one of my favourite things about running this blog and everybody's always so friendly. Plus, it's awesome to be around other people who are as bookish as me. Of all the events I attended this year these five have been my favourites:

Day Eight: Five Bookish Events I Attended in 2010

• Blogger Meet Up (Picadilly, London - April)

My first ever blogger event! I very nearly didn't make it to this one. I dropped off the radar between February-April as I had a bit of drama going on but got things back on track and decided to hop on the train and head to Picadilly Circus to meet up with a bunch of other UK bloggers. I'd never met (or really even spoken) to any of them before and my blog only had a handful of posts on it. I felt a bit cheeky really, like my blog wasn't as big as anyone else's and I shouldn't really gatecrash a meet up for 'real' bloggers.

I had a fantastic time, though and everybody was so lovely. It really gave me some motivation to keep working on my blog and I'm pleased to say I think I've found my way with my blog since then. If I hadn't attended this event I'm not 100% sure that I would have carried on with Writing from the Tub as it was meeting all of these other bloggers that gave me the confidence to keep going. Yay!

• Random House Book Blogger Brunch (Random House Offices, London - July)

When I received an invite to visit the RHCB offices in London I was over the moon. I never thought I'd get invited to anything like this and I was so excited. The event was brilliant, I got to know the Random House girls a lot better and raiding the bookshelves with the other bloggers has got to be one of my highlights of 2010. Awesome!

• Trash dinner (Notting Hill, London - September)

When Random House asked me to host Andy Mulligan's blog tour leading up to the release of Trash I was ridiculously excited. I loved the book so it was such an honour to be asked. A few weeks later when an invite came through to my email asking me to attend a dinner in Notting Hill to celebrate the release of Trash I was SUPER excited, to say the least.

I met some brilliant people, had an amazing time and am still so, so grateful that I was invited - this was definitely the highlight of my blogging experience so far so BIG thanks for Random House. In fact, big thanks for Random House for all they've done for me this year - they've been amazing.

• Maggie Stiefvater/Jennifer Lynn Barnes signing (Bath Literature Festival – October)

Living down in the West Country like I do means we don't get too many author events going on but when the lovely Sophie from So Many Books, So Little Time asked if I wanted to go to the Maggie Stiefvater/Jennifer Lynn Barnes event at the Bath Literature Festival I jumped at the chance.

We had a brill time (and maybe one too many cocktails) and both authors were great - I have to admit I didn't know much about Jennifer Lynn Barnes before the event but she was lovely (and told great monkey stories) so I'm really excited to read Raised by Wolves in 2011. Big bonus of this event was randomly bumping into the lovely Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies!

• Lauren Kate meet up (Angel Islington, London - November)

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I was lucky enough to get to meet Lauren Kate at a blogger event last month (or was it October...? Maybe) when a few of us UK bloggers went up to London. She was absolutely lovely and spent so much time answering all of our questions, signing all of our books (and trust me, some of us had a LOT - I'm looking at you Lynsey :P) and posing for photos. Brilliant!

Also, the lovely Kylie over at Kylie's Reads and the lovely Keris Stainton (of Della says: OMG! fame) are both posting their own versions of this feature so head over to their blogs to check out their posts :).

Monday, 20 December 2010

News: 20th - 26th December 2010


Hi everybody - I've got some exciting news and videos to share with you today that have been sent to me over the last week.

The blog tour for the fantastic Entangled by Cat Clarke is taking place this week. My stop is on the 22nd (Wednesday) so check back then for an interview with the writer herself. I've got the blog tour poster and book trailer so share with you below so make sure you check them out (sorry about the blurry picture - that's just how it came out!):


video

The lovely ladies at Simon and Schuster sent me a link to the trailer for The Thirteen Secrets by Michelle Harrison, which is due out in February 2011. It looks great, right?:



The fantastic Random House sent me this awesome video of Lauren Kate talking about her new book, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, which is coming out in early 2011:



Finally, I've got the Bloody Valentine trailer here to share with you. This is the next installment in Melissa de la Cruz's brill Blue Bloods series:



So what do you think? I think all three books look great and I'll definitely be looking out for all of them in 2011!

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Seven: Six Favourite New Authors of 2010

Hi all! Wow, I'm over half way through this feature now and we're only days away from Christmas! I don't know about all of you but I cannot wait to finish work on Christmas Eve and head home, get wrapped up in some warm pjs and start the Christmas-fest. What are your plans for Christmas?

Today I'm bringing you my six favourite authors that I discovered during 2010 - funnily enough they're all ladies! Michael Grant, Andy Mulligan and Chris Priestley very, very nearly made the list but were just pipped to the post but these girls:

Day Seven: Six Favourite New Authors of 2010

• Lauren Kate (Fallen/Torment/The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove)

When I received a copy of Fallen for review my immediate thoughts were that the cover was beautiful but I was pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy the story. I thought it'd be a badly written rip off of Twilight (and I'm sure all of you know I'm not the biggest Twilight fan in the world - understatement) and I would give up a few chapters in. How wrong was I?

I loved Fallen, was drawn in from the outset and am now a huge Lauren Kate fan. Along with some brilliant UK bloggers I met the lady herself in London at an event organised by Random House a couple of months ago and I can confirm she's absolutely lovely - plus, she liked my eye shadow so that's always an easy way to win me over :).

I enjoyed Torment just as much as Fallen and I've got a proof of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove on my bookshelves that's calling to me right now.


• Grace Dent (Diary of a Chav/Diary of a Snob/LBD series)

At the beginning of 2010 I knew Grace Dent as a comedian but was unaware that she was also a YA writer. A couple of months ago I ordered the first installment in the Diary of a Chav series. Instantly, I was hooked. Dent is a hilarious writer but heart achingly tender in parts - she has that rare ability to have me shaking with laughter in one paragraph and welling up in the next.


• Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games series)

Much like everybody else in the blogosphere I devoured the Hunger Games series and am a huge fan of Collins' writing. The scene in The Hunger Games when Katniss first enters the arena is a fantastic piece of writing that shows off Collins' skills to the max. She can built tension like no other writer I've come across this year and I can't wait to start reading The Underland Chronicles to see how they match up to The Hunger Games.


• Lucy Christopher (Stolen/Flyaway)

I am absolutely in love with Lucy Christophers novels and her gorgeous writing style. Stolen was one of the first books I ever reviewed and it will always have a special place in my heart - I love it :). I really, really enjoyed Flyaway when I reviewed it later on in the year and I cannot wait to see what she does next. Plus - any graduates from Bath Spa always make me happy.


• Jenny Downham (Before I Die/You Against Me)

I don't know any YA reviewers who have anything bad to say about Jenny Downham. I was convinced it was impossible for her to outdo Before I Die but I loved You Against Me even more. Downham's writing style is infectious and delicate and if you haven't read either of these novels yet you must!


• Jandy Nelson (The Sky is Everywhere)

Well, I don't know what to say about this writer and book that I haven't said before but I'm a huge, huge fan of Jandy Nelson's. The Sky is Everywhere is my favourite book of 2010 and I've reread it so many times but I still enjoy it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I haven't read a review that hasn't touched on Nelson's wonderful writing style so if you haven't picked up a copy of The Sky is Everywhere yet then make sure you look out for it - especially the UK version as I think the cover's beautiful.


So there we have it - my six favourite writers of 2010. Do you agree with any of these and who would be on your list?

Also, the lovely Kylie over at Kylie's Reads and the lovely Keris Stainton (of Della says: OMG! fame) are both posting their own versions of this feature so head over to their blogs to check out their posts :)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Six: 7 Favourite Series of 2010

Hi everybody - happy Sunday! Last one before Christmas, are you all excited? I know I am! Today I'm talking about my favourite seven series that I read (or started reading) this year. While I am a big fan of standalone novels I do like getting stuck into a series and really seeing the stories and characters develop over time. I'm sorry this is a bit of a lazy post but I'm a bit knackered from all the birthday fun...yay!

I would like to read a few more series in 2011 but, for now, these are my favourites:

Day Six: Seven Favourite Series I've Read in 2010

• Diary of a Chav – Grace Dent


• My Love Lies Bleeding – Alyxandra Harvey


• The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins


• Gone – Michael Grant


• The Caster Chronicles – Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl


• Perfect Chemistry series – Simone Elkeles


• Crank – Ellen Hopkins

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Five: 8 Favourite Covers of 2010


Hello lovely readers! So sorry for posting so late in the day but I've been a bit busy today sorting out yesterday's presents and the like :). I had a brilliant birthday yesterday and got some gorgeous presents. I'll do a big IMM post tomorrow with all of my birthday books up so do look out for that!

So anyway, on to today's post! For this post I'm going to talk about my favourite eight covers of books from 2010. As most of you know I'm a massive cover whore so it was really hard to narrow my list down to eight but here we are:

Day Five: 8 Favourite Covers of 2010

• Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare


• Torment – Lauren Kate


• Halo – Alexandra Adornetto


• The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff


• Bleeding Violet – Dia Reeves


• Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson


• Chasing Brooklyn – Lisa Schroeder


• Zombies vs. Unicorns – Holly Black


So what are your favourite covers from 2010?

Friday, 17 December 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Four: 9 Books I Missed Out On In 2010


So today is my BIRTHDAY. I'm 23, oh my! I'll be posting up later today about my birthday and a little review of the last year so do look out for that. PRESENTS. I'm actually writing this in advance so no presents yet but by the time you read this it WILL be my birthday, hurrah!

Anyway, I digress. Today's Twelve Days of Christmas post is about the nine books I think I missed out on 2010. For whatever reason I never got around to reading them and I wish I had! I'll be trying to read all of these in early 2011 to make up for lost time, as they've all received brilliant reviews so I won't let them elude me again!

Day Four: Nine Books I Missed Out On In 2010

• The Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead

I have to admit I knew almost nothing about the Vampire Academy series until Last Sacrifice mania hit the blogosphere a couple of weeks ago. I'd seen reviews of the series in passing but never looked into the books in much depth. Vampires aren't massively my thing so I wasn't sure I'd enjoy them. However, so many bloggers have demanded I read the series RIGHTNOW and all of the reviews are brilliant so I've cracked - I've ordered the first three books and will be reading the whole series in 2011.


• The Pretty Little Liars series – Sara Shepard

I'm a massive fan of the PLL TV show so I think I've kind of ruined things for myself with the books, well, the first couple of books at least but at least the 'A' mystery is still intact. I've got the first two books ready to start reading so I'm definitely going to have to start those soon. I always try to read the book before I watch the TV show/film so it was naughty of me to watch the show first. Oh well.


• Tell Me a Secret – Holly Cupala

I completely missed the release of Tell Me a Secret. I KNOW. How? It completely passed me by and before I knew it it was a couple of months later and I still didn't have a copy! This one was on my Christmas list though so fingers crossed!


• Hush Hush/Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick

I definitely missed out on some brilliant books this year so I have a lot of catching up to do in 2011! I've already got a copy of Hush Hush but I haven't yet bought Crescendo - I guess there's the possibility that I'll completely hate Hush Hush but judging by the glowing reviews out there I think that's a pretty slim chance.


• Personal Demons – Lisa Desrochers

I've seen team Gabe/Luc buttons all over the blogs and have read review after review of Personal Demons - there have been recreate a cover contests and interviews galore but somehow I managed to get to the end of 2010 without even owning a copy, despite the fact I actually really like the sound of this book. The second installment is coming out in 2011 so I'll need to make sure I've caught up by then!


• Finding Sky – Joss Stirling

It was the cover of Finding Sky that first put it on my radar but the more I've read about it the more I've been intrigued by the story. I love the title of this one as well and it's another one that was on my Christmas list so we'll see if I get it or not!


• The Mortal Instruments series – Cassandra Clare

I need to read these books! I've got City of Ashes and City of Bones on my shelves already so I just need City of Glass to catch up - but I've yet to read any of them. I know, how is that possible? Well, I have no idea. I just got distracted... I have, however, read Clockwork Angel which I loved! And Cassandra Clare's 'South Carolina' Tweets made me laugh so much I'm going to start this series as soon as 2011 chimes in.


• Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld

After reading Uglies earlier this year I fell in love with Westerfeld's unrivaled world building abilities and am really eager to read more of his books. I do actually have a copy of Leviathan coming out to me soon so I'm really excited about that one.


• The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting

This one just slipped under my radar when it was released as I had been intending to pre-order a copy. I've read lots of wonderful reviews of The Body Finder so it's high up on my list to read in 2011 - I promise!


Phew! Can't believe I missed out on so many brilliant titles this year. How about you - are there any books you think you missed out on in 2010?

Also, the lovely Kylie over at Kylie's Reads and the lovely Keris Stainton (of Della says: OMG! fame) are both posting their own versions of this feature so head over to their blogs to check out their posts :).