Sunday, 31 March 2013


AKA Showcase Sunday

I may not have made it to any blogger events this week but I did get masses of lovely post. When I started blogging, I never in a million worlds would have thought I would get advance copies of my favourite authors' books. I was tempted to do a vlog this week just to fully express my joy at receiving Kelley Armstrong's new book!!! It's the start of a new series and I can't wait to dive in.

A couple of books this week that will count towards my Translation Challenge (I know, I've been slacking somewhat), What Lot's Wife Saw sounds like a fantastic post-apocalyptic yarn and Harlequin's Costume is a tale of Russian intrigue set in 1871.

For review:
The Scarlet Thief by Paul Fraser Collard (Headline)
Harlequin's Costume Leonid Yuzefovich (Glagoslav)
Ink by Amanda Sun (MIRA Ink)
The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones (Head of Zeus)
Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Sphere)
The Humans by Matt Haig (Canongate)
What Lot's Wife Saw by Ioanna Bourazopoulou (Black & White)
Shift by Hugh Howey (Century)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury)
Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach (Vintage)

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

Eek, I had better get reading! I also received a non-book-shaped parcel from HarperCollins this week, promoting The Shining Girls:

Remember these? The original 3D viewing experience. It's a bit tricky taking photos of the insides, but I think the double-exposure, blurry redness gives it a certain atmosphere.

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.


  1. What an excellent haul, Ellie!!! I hope you enjoy all your reads! I'd love to see what's Harlequin Costume and Ink are about, and I'm keeping fingers crossed that my request for The Bone Season is accepted on Netgalley. I really want to read this book!

    1. Bloomsbury foolishly gave me auto-accept on there, although I think I've been pretty good at reading most of what I download.

  2. Coooooool. That 3D thing's kinda intriguing. And kudos on getting your hands on the new Matt Haig, I'm very jealous!

    Happy Easter honeybun, may your day include AT LEAST ONE of the following: hot cross buns/daffodils/Easter eggs/sunshine/chillin' time... If you can squeeze in all five, then so much the better. :)

    1. The sun is out! It's an Easter miracle! I have the hot cross buns ready and considering a little potter on the beach :)

  3. I love it when publishers come up with such original and fun ideas to promote a book. I loved the evidence bag for Cold Killing last week and this one is super creative too. :)

  4. I LOVE those 3D slides! Wow what a great way to promote a book :) I used to have those slides when I was younger, a lot of Disney ones where you could see the whole film through slides, my favourite were Pocahontas and The Lion King :)

    Love your haul, you got so many interesting books - I'm definitely adding a few to my wishlist!

    Have a lovely Sunday,

    Megan xxxxxxx
    My Showcase Sunday if you'd like a look :)

  5. Ah! YOU GOT OMENS! How awesome is that? What a great SS!

    Enjoy all your books, and have fun with your 3D viewer, hehehehe.

    Happy Easter!
    Julie @ Bookaroo-Ju

  6. The 3D-thingy is awesome! :D And Yay for Omens! I have heard amazing things about Kelley Armstrong's books, but I haven't read any of them yet.
    I hope you enjoy all your books!

  7. Awwwwesome haul! :D Very jealous of you getting Kelley Armstrong's book.
    My Showcase Sunday

  8. I really want to start some of Kelley Armstrong's adult series'. I've heard a lot of great things about them. That 3D viewer is awesome! I haven't seen one of those in years! I hope you enjoy all of your new books! :)

  9. Great haul. You lucky thing. Some fab books and love those spooky photos

  10. What a wonderful selection of review books! I just adore Kelly Armstrong as well and I'm so jealous you have Omens! :-)

  11. Nice haul! Enjoy them all! Here are my newest book:

  12. Ooh, I really enjoyed Matt Haig's The Radleys, hope his new book is just as good.

  13. I miss those 3D viewing things!! :( Looks awesome and the pics of the inside are so cool! I loveed Kelly Armstrong's other series so I'm really excited for her new series too!
    Happy reading :)

    My SS

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  14. Tons of good books this week! I'm really excited for The Bone Season, I really hope it's as fantastic as people say it is! I really need to get around to reading the Wool series, I have the first two on Kindle. Great haul!
    Happy Reading. :)
    My Showcase Sunday!

  15. My copy of The Rising by Kelley Armstrong is on its way to me, too! Can't wait to read it. :)
    And Omens seems like a great story as well!
    Great haul, enjoy! :)

    My Showcase Sunday. :)

  16. Those pictures from the 3D slides are very disturbing!! You got some great books, enjoy reading them!

  17. What Lot's Wife Saw sounds intriguing, will definitely have to check it out. Ink looks so original and I've never read something like it before so I hope I get accepted for it on Netgalley! Love those 3D pictures too!

    Becca @ Lost in Thought

  18. Since reading 'Bitten' I'm desperate to read more Kelley Armstrong... got a lot of others on my TBR shelf to get through first though! Hope you enjoy yours. :-) Harlequin's Costume looks really interesting too. And I love that Shining Girls viewer thingy, what an original idea for book promotion!

  19. Oh my! I'm a little jealous whilst also simultaneously remembering why my incoming doesn't look like this. :D Good luck.

    And omg yes I remember those AND the noise they made! I had a couple of Disney ones.

  20. It looks like you've got some great books! Some of these books/authors are new to me. Ink looks especially interesting, I'm going to have keep my eyes out for it.

    Happy Reading!


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