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First of all, my apologies for the hiatus in posting this week.  I’ve been suffering a miserable cold and eye infection so I’ve not really been feeling much like blogging.  On the other hand, audiobooks meant I was still able to enjoy my reading without hurting my eyes.  I was able to get through both The School for Good and Evil, a good vs evil fairytale by Soman Chainani and Cress, book three in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  Both of these are excellent books narrated by fantastic narrators and I will do full reviews once I get rid of this cold.

Added to my library this week

I had been hearing good things about The Maze Runner by James Dashner, but it was not one that grabbed me so much that I wanted to buy it.  I waited patiently to come to the head of my library’s ebook queue and downloaded it to my Kobo today.  

Cress, in both Kindle and Audible formats.  This is the week of release of the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and as I adored the earlier books in the series I had this on preorder.  I listened to it straight through and loved it – Meyer does it again.  A full review will be forthcoming.

The Guard – A Selection Novella by Keira Cass, which I picked up in Kindle format.  This also was released this week and I had it on preorder.  It was a fun, interesting story, told from Aspen’s viewpoint.  However, as I am not exactly Aspen’s biggest fan, I didn’t really warm to it.  I don’t care how much you claim to love your girl, if your actions are consistently putting her in danger for no good reason, that doesn’t sound like love to me.  I did enjoy the sneak peak chapter of The One that was included.  This series while not brilliant is a real guilty pleasure for me and I look forward to reading the rest of the book. 

So onto the main event.  The Vampire Academy audiobook giveaway!  The winner is… drumroll please….  Mindy Demars!  Congratulations!  Please drop me an email at evelynne@scottishereader.com so that I can send your codes to you.

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First of all, I’ve decided to extend my give-away for another week – if you’re interested in winning the first three books in Vampire Academy series from Audible check it out.  A reminder that you don’t need to have an Audible subscription or account to take advantage of this prize.   Good luck!

This last couple of weeks, I’ve done something I don’t do very often – marathoning an entire series of books.  In the last couple of weeks I have read the entire six books in the Vampire Academy series.  I just adored the world, the characters and the storylines.   You can follow my Vampire Academy reviews through the index.  I kept thinking ah well, the books aren’t that thick (ebooks can be deceiving in that way…) but then I realised that they were four or five hundred pages each!  Often I like to change things up a bit, so it says a lot for Mead’s writing and worldbuilding that she was able to retain my interest through six large books.

Recently I came across a fun exercise from Random House of Canada: Reading Bingo.  Please check it out on RHoC’s Facebook page or their site page.  I challenge you to play.  

For me, if we’re only including books read since January, I haven’t read much other than marathoning my way through Vampire Academy.
Let’s see.

First Line. More than 500 pages – Spirit Bound. Became a movie Vampire Academy.
Second line. Written by author under 30 – The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Non human characters. I guess vampires count? Blood Promise A female author. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. 
Third row. Non fiction. Mary Poppins, She Wrote
Fifth row Second book in a series Frostbite 

Added to my library this week

Surprise, surprise, I added the first in the Vampire Academy spinoff series Bloodlines to my library in both Kindle and Audible formats.  Yay for Whispersync for Voice. I don’t think I’ll get through this series as quickly as VA, mainly because there are just so many other books begging to be read.

This week was also release week for a couple of books about which I’m excited;

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab.  This is the sequel to Schwab’s The Archive which I really loved.  It was a fresh, compelling YA supernatural mystery and I look forward to seeing where she goes next.

Silence of the Library by Miranda James.  This is the latest in a series of gentle mysteries in which librarian Charlie and his Maine Coon cat become involved.  I love the characters and of course I am a cat and book lover so it hits all the right notes for me.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to get to these in the very near future – a pesky thing called work keeps getting in the way of my reading…

Upcoming releases for February

Cress by Marissa Meyer.  This is the third in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series based on classic fairytales.  This one is based on Rapunzel.  I have Cress on preorder from Audible and Amazon and I can guarantee I’ll be starting it as soon as the downloads hit.

What are you planning to read this week?

Let me know in the comments.

First of all in honour of the new site name, Scottish eReader, and also in honour of my current obsession with Vampire Academy, I have decided to host a giveaway of the first three books in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  They are:

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy.  In which we first meet dhampir bodyguard-in-training Rose Hathaway and her best friend, good vampire Lissa Dragomir.  This is narrated by Stephanie Wolf.  Check out a sample.  

Vampire Academy Frostbite.  This is the second book in the series and Rose’s relationship with Dimitri deepens as does her and Lissa’s knowledge of spirit magic.  This is narrated by one of my favourite narrators, Khristine Hvam.  Check out a sample.  

Vampire Academy Shadow Kiss.  Things start to get more serious between Rose and Dimitri and St Vladimir’s faces an unexpected threat and tragedy is ahead.  This is also narrated by Khristine Hvam  Check out a sample.  

The prize will be gift codes to pick up the first three books from Audible.com.  In order to enter the giveaway, please check out the books on Audible.com, share the giveaway on your favourite social media sites and leave a comment below telling me why you would like to have these great books in audiobook format.  I will choose a winner at random on Friday 31st January 2014.  Good luck!

Added to my library this week

Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice AKA the last three of the Vampire Academy books.  I picked these up in Kindle and Audiobook formats.

I used another Audible credit to preorder Words of Radiance from Audible.  This is the second in Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive series.

From Netgalley I received an advance reader’s copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  The description intrigued me:  In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.  I will of course post a review once I’ve read it.

I was also asked by the author, Chinenye Onyeaso to review The Land of Honey.  The story is about a couple who immigrate from Africa to Canada (set in Edmonton) and the journey and challenges and joys as they work to make a home in Canada. It captures the reality of life for immigrants and provides a window on how they tackle life in a new country, will they hold together and stay, or cut and run? as well as how the different cultures affect the relationship dynamics,  and helps the wife Anuli her find her voice.  I’ve read a few pages and loved the writing style.  I look forward to reading the rest of it, and will of course give my review.

Have a good week, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

First of all in honour of the new site name, Scottish eReader, and also in honour of my current obsession with Vampire Academy, I have decided to host a giveaway of the first three books in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  They are:

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy.  In which we first meet dhampir bodyguard-in-training Rose Hathaway and her best friend, good vampire Lissa Dragomir.  This is narrated by Stephanie Wolf. Go ahead and read my review of Vampire Academy.  Check out a sample.

Vampire Academy Frostbite.  This is the second book in the series and Rose’s relationship with Dimitri deepens as does her and Lissa’s knowledge of spirit magic.  This is narrated by one of my favourite narrators, Khristine Hvam.  Check out my thoughts on the book.  Check out a sample.

Vampire Academy Shadow Kiss.  Things start to get more serious between Rose and Dimitri and St Vladimir’s faces an unexpected threat and tragedy is ahead.  This is also narrated by Khristine Hvam.  Review coming soon.  Check out a sample.

The prize will be gift codes to pick up the first three books from Audible.com.  In order to enter the giveaway, please check out the books on Audible.com, OR share the giveaway on your favourite social media sites OR leave a comment below telling me why you would like to have these great books in audiobook format.  I will choose a winner at random on Friday 31st January 2014.  The prize will be Audible gift codes for the first three books in the series.  Note that you don’t need to subscribe to Audible to accept this prize.  As long as you have an Amazon account, you’re good to go. Good luck!

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Added to my library this week

Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice AKA the last three of the Vampire Academy books.  I picked these up in Kindle and Audiobook formats.

I used another Audible credit to preorder Words of Radiance from Audible.  This is the second in Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive series.

From Netgalley I received an advance reader’s copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  The description intrigued me:  In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.  I will of course post a review once I’ve read it.

I was also asked by the author, Chinenye Onyeaso to review The Land of Honey.  The story is about a couple who immigrate from Africa to Canada (set in Edmonton) and the journey and challenges and joys as they work to make a home in Canada. It captures the reality of life for immigrants and provides a window on how they tackle life in a new country, will they hold together and stay, or cut and run? as well as how the different cultures affect the relationship dynamics,  and helps the wife Anuli her find her voice.  I’ve read a few pages and loved the writing style.  I look forward to reading the rest of it, and will of course give my review.

Have a good week, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!