A Quick Book Haul!

I found some real bargains this week when I was browsing charity shops! Here’s what I found:


Fallen by Lauren Kate – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and it was on offer in WHSmith’s for just 99p! I love the idea of a book about a fallen angel.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Everyone seems to have read this but me. I think I’ll either love it or hate it but for 70p it’s worth a go!

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff – I’ve never heard of this book before but it looks interesting. Again.. 70p!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – A young adult book about fairies.. I needed it.

Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast – I loved the first House of Night novel and have been looking for the second one in charity shops ever since. It seems that once I’ve found it I’ll spend ages looking for the 3rd and so on. This is the 4th one and I picked it up for just £1.

The Long Song by Andrea Levy – This was only 20p! It’s about life in Jamaica during the years of slavery and sounds interesting!

Have you picked up any bargains lately?


Anne & Kristilyn’s 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge – Update 1

In January I decided to take part in the 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge which is hosted over at Reading In Winter.

This is the first update in the challenge! You can see my scorecard below…

As you can see I’ve got the whole top line filled and have started on the second! Here are my reads:

Read 2 books from your TBR pile

Beauty by Robin McKinley has been in my TBR pile for years! I finally got around to reading it in January. My review is here.

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris is a library book that I’ve had for a year now! I finally read it this month and the review is here.

Read 2 books that are part of a series

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a part of one of my favourite series, True Blood. It was actually a re-read as well as I’ve read this series a few times!

Marked by PC and Kristen Cast is a book I’d been wanted to try for a while. It’s from the House of Night series which I am now desperate to read. The review is here.

Read 1 book that is released in 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard was on my list of 2013 debuts I needed to read and my spring to-read list. My review is here.

Read 1 book everyone but you has read

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a must read for all vegans and a book that it seemed every vegan in the world has read. I finally finished my copy this month and enjoyed it a lot. My review is here.

Re-read 1 book

Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris is the second in the True Blood series. As above, I love this series!

Are you taking part in this challenge? I’m looking for a recommendation for the middle square which is a book chosen by another participant or a genre chosen by another participant!

Review – Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast


The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends

This is one of those books that I wanted to read for ages then found a copy and left it unread for months. When I finally got round to reading it I loved it though! It reminded me of Hogwarts but with vampyres!

Zoey was not a character that I immediately liked. She was one of the stereotypical “popular” kids which immediately put me off her. Once she was marked though it made for a much more interesting story as she had to change her whole outlook. Once she started at the House of Night I fell in love with the vampyre school with amazing history lessons, fencing and equestrian studies. I don’t want to give too much away but the ending was really gripping and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Off to find the next installment now!

Have you read the House of Night novels? What did you think?