Friday, October 31, 2014

September and October Wrap Up!

Hi everyone, I am here with my wrap up for the last two months which were extremely busy for me! I have finished another year of university and have moved back home for summer break. I am finally able to some what relax after these last two months which means more reading and blogging time. Today is also the day I get my uni marks back so *fingers crossed* I do well!

  • Head of the River by Pip Harry- Aussie YA *whoop whoop*
  • Temptation by K.M Golland- Aussie Romance *whoop whoop
  • Corruption by Jessica Shirvington- Aussie YA *whoop whoop*
Looks like I was really supporting Aussie books this month!

Borrowed from library:
  • How they met by David Levithan
  • The Sky is so Heavy by Claire Zorn- More Aussie YA 
  • Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James- Also Aussie YA 
Review copies:
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • The Year it all Ended by Kristy Murray
  • Conjured by Sarah Durst 
  • This is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld
Huge thanks to Penguin Teen Australia, Bloomsbury Australia and US, Allen and Unwin!

  • All Broke Down by Cora Cormack
  • Until The End by Abbi Glines
  • Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan
  • Seaside Hearts by Melissa Foster
  • Be My December by Rachel Brookes
  • Satisfaction and Fulfilment by K.M Golland
  • Make it Right by Megan Erickson
  • Three and Out by Meghan Quinn
  • Reluctantly Royal by Nichole Chase
  • Missy's Moment and Breaking Travis by Jill Sanders
  • Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo
  • Hope Burns by Jaci Burton
  • Tied by Emma Chase
  • Saving Tatum by Michlea Smeltzer
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  • One More Chance by Abbi Glines 
  • Scoring Wilder by R.S Grey
So what did you get this month?

Keely xx

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Liebster Award

So I was nominated by Eugenia from Genie In A Book to do this tag and I thought why the hell not! 

There isn't just one winner as such, but rather it's a way of promoting smaller blogs and for bloggers to support each other.

Here are the rules:
  • Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  • Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  • Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

What is your favourite thing about book blogging?
I love meeting all the lovely other bookish people either on twitter or in person at events. It is fantastic to meet everyone who likes the same things you like.

How long have you been blogging for?
So I orginally created a book blog in year 10 (2010) and that kind of died off and I deleted it. Then in 2011 I started getting into twitter until finally when I was in year 12 (bad choice Keely) I re-started up My Spin On Books! Now it is 2014 and I celebrated by two year blogoversary at the start of the year.

Who is your favourite author of all time?
Ally Carter hands down! If you've been on my lovely little blog before you would have noticed how much I love Ally Carter. If you follow me on twitter despite Gallagher Girls being over and done with Kim (@SteelKimberley) and I still talk all about it.

How do you decide what to read next off your TBR?
I generally just pick whatever I'm in the mood for. I usually read romance and contemporary books but I don't mind some paranormal and fantasy every now and again. Also my TBR is quite small so usually I'm buying an ebook to read.

Do you generally prefer standalones or series?
I like series but I since I am a contemporary lover I do enjoy standalones too. 

What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
Dog earing books, just no.

Paperbacks, hardbacks, or ebooks - what's your favourite reading format?
Paperbacks however, ebooks are more conveniant for me with university so I only have to take my tablet/kindle to read my books rather than my physical books.

If you've been to any, what has been your favourite book event so far?
PTA Live in Sydney and when I got to have afternoon tea with Jessica Shirvington last November! 

What one author would you most love to meet in person?
ALLY CARTER because she made me love spies, 'nough said.

What is your favourite genre to read and why?
I love contemporary because it is what I relate to the most, I love some fantasy but I get contemporary more. 

What is the last book you read that you'd recommend to anyone?
Corruption by Jessica Shirvington!

So everyone who I could nominate has already been nominated so I am not going to nominate anyone.

Keely xx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm back!

Hey everyone!

I am finally back after the craziness of this last month, I have never been so happy to have a four month break! Four months of absolutely nothing, well hopefully some work somewhere, but no uni work at all. I won't have to think about what muscles are where, what they do, what they are connected to and I won't have to analyse human movement! I love my degree but like any science degree it is full on and the amount things I have learnt this year is crazy. I have my final exam tomorrow afternoon (see procrastination is kicking in) then my second year of university is officially done! 

I have gotten a few review books in this last month which I haven't been able to read and review, so I am looking forward to reading them. I also have bought a couple books here and there, I defiantly did when I was in Sydney for a week of university games! I will put them in my October wrap up which will also include September since at the end of September was final week of classes, university games and assignments due like crazy. 

I am going home to this beautiful sight!

In November I am going to Sydney Author Event so I am super excited for this to meet a lot of my favorite adult authors! I am also moving back home this weekend so hopefully once I have unpacked, read a review book and have relaxed a review should be up next week (fingers crossed!). I have been so stressed this last month it is beyond crazy and I have somehow (who knows how) managed a distinction average this semester which could also somehow see my GPA go from a 5 to almost a 6 (this is ridiculous, my lectures are crazy for me to be getting these marks).

So that is my little life update right now, let me know in comments what has been going on in your world lately, I know us Aussies are in final exams, HSC, end of year exams right now so life is going a bit crazy for everyone!

Keely xx

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review Time #70

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

What can I say, the elementals series is over and what an ending it has. I have loved the Merrick boys since Storm & Elemental came out and have continued to love the series. I remember when I stopped studying for my HSC to run out, buy and read Spark because I was so excited.

Sacrifice is Michael's full length novel after his novella which told the story of how this war all started out. After everything that happened at the end of Secret, Michael, the Merricks & Hunter are all prepared for war. Michael is full of pressure to protect his family, to keep his family together & to keep the women he loves away from everything that could hurt her.

Hannah, we finally get to learn more about her. We see how and why she became a firefighter, learn more about Jamie & how much of a bad relationship that she has with her father. I loved how Hannah really grew as a character in Sacrifice & became stronger & more independent. While yes, she isn't as kickass as some of the other female leads, her vulnerability made her character.

We meet a new firefighter Irish who I absolutely loved! He was a fantastic edition to the novel & helped out Hannah a lot when Michael was in some trouble. The Merrick boys, while we did get less of them this time around it was still great to read about them. Adam was fantastic he gave some good advice to Michael when he needed it. Tyler was actually good & helpful which was a great change after his previous actions. Hunter was well Hunter, he really became selfless throughout the book.

The ending. I did not see some of it coming. It was intense, crazy and worrying. I want to write more but  I just cannot say anything with spoiling it.

Sacrifice was a brilliant conclusion to the Elementals series. Kemmerer wrapped almost everything up to have a satisfying ending (and a chance for more books). Secret was still my favorite book of the series because Nick is mine (sorry Adam). 

Thanks Allen and Unwin for the review copy!

Rating: 4.5/5

Keely xx