Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2016!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. The last topic of 2015 is anticipated releases for the first half of 2016 and you can find mine below.

1) The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

2) A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab

3) Head Over Heels by Holly Smale

4) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

6) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

7) Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

8) Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

9) The Inquisition by Taran Matharu

10) Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

I hope you like my Top Ten for 2016 Part One, and would love to see your top ten. Feel free to leave a comment below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Cover Reveal: Time to Say Goodbye by S.D. Robertson

Today I have the wonderful pleasure of helping to reveal an amazing new Avon UK cover! Apologies for posting a little late due to a family meal, and a massive thank you to the wonderful Helena at Avon for allowing me to be a part.

Today's cover reveal is Time to Say Goodbye by S.D. Robertson and we have been told it is a heartbreaker of a book. Time to Say Goodbye is due to be released in E-Book and Paperback on the 11th February and has been described by Helena herself as 'impossible to forget'. Now that sounds like a wonderful book.

Feast your eyes on the beautiful cover and description below.

A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of JOJO MOYES and JOHN GREEN.


Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And 
he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn't know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he's faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that 
the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .

Personally this sounds like a book I may actually hesitate to read, but only because of my own personal experiences. After losing my aunt suddenly nearly four years ago I have been pretty much petrified of losing anyone else I love. It's a worry that consistently triggers my OCD, and is something that's honestly not fun to live with.

That being said, like the John Green books I have read, it also sounds like an uplifting tale of sorts. A sad story that has a much deeper meaning we're meant to carry with us and utilise in our lives. So there is also a good chance I may pick this one up and let the tears flow. We shall see.

Either way it is a gorgeous cover that I absolutely adore, and it is certainly going to be eye-catching once it hits the shelves.

What do you think of Time to Say Goodbye's cover? Feel free to let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

A weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday features upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about.  You can find out more here.

My pick this week is the highly anticipated The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury.


Image and description from Goodreads:

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.


I know I've gone on so many times about how much I adore The Sin Eater's Daughter. I know you're all probably sick of me saying how amazing it was and how I'm excited for The Sleeping Prince yadda yadda yadda. I'm afraid you're all just going to have to put up with it one more time however, because with the picture Mel posted yesterday of the copies that arrived at her home, my WoW for today was of course going to be The Sleeping Prince.

I literally cannot wait to read more about the amazing world Lormere inhabits. This book takes place in the bordering kingdom of Tregellan. Anyone who has read the first book knows that these two kingdoms are sort of at war, and that Tregellan was Lief's home. Well this book revolves around Lief's sister Errin and that is something I am so excited about. Although I will not hide that I ship Merek and Twylla, I still loved Lief as a character and cannot wait to see how interesting Errin is.

Of course, I'm also super excited to see what Merek and Twylla are up to. I won't spoil anything, but the end of the first book was a big cliffhanger in terms of character development and how these two are going to move on. There was also a lot of mystery surrounding Lief himself, as alluded to in the summary of The Sleeping Prince.

This book is pretty much my most anticipated 2016 release. There are many others I'm super excited for, some of which I've been lucky to grab as ARCS/Proofs, but TSP is making my head spin with wonder of what the pages might contain. I am literally bouncing in my seat just writing about it, and yes, I kind of went overboard on Twitter yesterday when Mel posted her picture of the books. 


I'm excited. Clearly.

The Sleeping Prince isn't released until April 26th 2016 but hopefully that isn't as far away as it seems, and if you're in the UK Mel is running a giveaway for signed TSED and TSP until midnight Christmas Eve! Check her Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. My second TTT, in no particular order, presents the books I've put on my wishlist this Christmas.

These books are all ones I've asked for so I've had to stretch it to twelve I'm afraid. I also asked my parents for the signed and numbered Crimson Peak collectors book, but I know I'm getting that so I haven't included it.

These are all books that I have heard so many good things about, and that I can't wait to own and read.

1 - The Falconer - Elizabeth May

2- Lock and Mori - Heather W Petty

3 - Vendetta - Catherine Doyle

4 - Never Never - Brianna Shrum

5 - The Book of Broken Hearts - Sarah Ockler

6 - The Magic Thief - Kendall Kulper

7 - All of the Above - James Dawson

8 - Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa

9 - The Girl at Midnight - Melissa Grey

10 - George - Alex Gino

11 - The Art of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson

12 - Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Which books are you hoping Santa will bring? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. This is my first time taking part and I'm excited to share with you all my top 10 reads of 2015! They are in no particular order.

1 - Illuminae

I adored Illuminae, having received a proof copy this summer from Rock the Boat. They were new authors for me, but since finishing I have been and picked up These Broken Stars which I'm very excited to read. Illuminae was a mix of many of my favourite sci-fi elements but told in a completely new way. The book itself is a work of art, the story heartbreaking and powerful.

2 - Ice Like Fire

Having read and loved Snow Like Ashes late last year, I was very excited for the sequel. This was another ARC I received and it absolutely broke my heart. I don't think I read anything else for around two weeks afterwards because I was completely in denial. It was that good. SLA has quickly become one of my favourite series' and I urge you to read it if you haven't done so already.

3 - A Darker Shade of Magic

This book simply contained everything I'd been wanting to read over the summer. Kingdoms, brotherhood, magic, pirates and multiple worlds, ADSOM (As it's lovingly referred to) is perfect in every single way, and A Gathering of Shadows is definitely on my 'most anticipated 2016's' list.

4 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I was urged to read this by author Helen Maslin (Darkmere) and it blew my mind. I'd heard a lot of things about this series but had been reluctant to start it. Now I only wish I'd read it sooner! I loved everything about it, especially Brimstone and Karou.

5 - Anna and the French Kiss

I read this over the summer and it was the perfect contemporary read for while I was on holiday. Perkins describes Paris with great detail to the point where I felt I was actually there, and I adored Anna and Etienne's story. I just wish I could read it all over again!

6 - House of Windows

HoW was my last read after I bought a copy from Liverpool Waterstones during a signing involving author Alexia Casale. I adored it from page one, as evidenced in my gif filled review (Here if you haven't seen it), and have been recommending it ever since.

7 - The Sin Eater's Daughter

If you've seen my Twitter account (And profile pic) you will know how obsessed I am with this book. Amazing, mind bending and thought provoking in so many ways, I am literally counting down the days until The Sleeping Prince is out. Let's hope February comes sooner rather than later, yeah?

8 - Summoner: The Novice

The Novice is another book that I am completely obsessed with and I have been recommending it to everyone since about June this year. Breathtakingly original and yet like all my favourite fandoms crushed into one, I found it extremely hard to put down.

9 - Queen of the Tearling

Though I mostly read YA, fantasy is my one big exception and I will happily read anything that involves spaceships and magic to regency and alternate universes. Queen of the Tearling was a book I knew nothing about, but which grabbed me one day whilst shopping. When I started reading I was immediately hooked and only put it down when I had to. The shocker ending tore my breath away and left me aching for the sequel, which I'm currently reading. It was simply amazing.

10 - Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda

A fabulous LGBT novel that completely encompasses its phrase 'Why does there have to be a default?' I tore through the pages in about three days and it left me a weeping mess in the corner. Everyone needs to read it, regardless of your orientation. It's a book that has really made me think about how often labels are used and how generic they can sometimes be.

What are your Top Ten Tuesday picks? Join in the fun!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Monday, 14 December 2015

Cover Reveal: Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman

Match Me If You Can is a new contemporary romance by Michele Gorman which releases in paperback and e-book on January 14th.

Last night Avon took to Twitter with Michele to reveal the UK and US covers, and I have to say they are both gorgeous.

I personally love the UK cover. It really grabs my attention and holds it, making me want to know more about the story inside. That being said, the US cover is also amazing, and I may just have to buy both...

Which do you prefer? Let Avon (@AvonBooksUK) and Michele (@MicheleGormanUK) know on Twitter!

Match Me If You Can

What if Mr Right was just a click away?

Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah.

Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now.

But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can rate and recommend their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen . . .

There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves!

So I hope you enjoyed that amazing cover reveal. Do let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Guest Post: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall, with giveaway!

Posted by Dahlia Adler Fisch

If you've already read The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall, you probably don't need to be told that its gorgeous, thrilling, sexy-as-hell sequel, Map of Fates, releases in three months. What you do need is an Advance Readers Copy of it, and some signed swag, and this is where you can get it!

(Photo: Sofia Embid)

To get your hands on a beautiful ARC, signed postcard, signed bookmark, and tattoos, you have to make the same tough choice as every Conspiracy fan:

Team Jack?
Team Stellan?

Pick one of the below pictures (with thanks to creator Diana Sousa!) and share it – on Instagram and Twitter – with the hashtag #MapOfMates, and tell us where you’d want to be swept away on an all-expenses-paid trip!

On January 2, five ARC winners will be selected, and yes, the giveaway is international!
  • 1 #TeamJack from Instagram
  • 1 #TeamStellan from Instagram
  • 1 #TeamJack from Twitter
  • 1 #TeamStellan from Twitter
  • 1 from either team who has one of the pics as their Twitter avatar
Haven’t read The Conspiracy of Us yet? Buy it now, and/or enter to win it (until 12/17) here! (Prefer paperback? That releases on February 2nd!) (Whether you enter or not, please spread the word; Maggie’s an amazing, generous, and talented member of the YA community, and due to emergency circumstances, she's unable to promote her own books right now, so please give all the support you can!) (But, like, you should enter, because these books are pretty damn good.)

Winners will be notified on January 2, 2016. See you on #MapOfMates!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Spotlight Sunday - Books On Tour: Bécherel, France.

Books on Tour is a new monthly feature here at TheArtsShelf which showcases books and bookish references in places around the world. From just down the road in Liverpool, to the Mediterranean, books and bookish references can be found everywhere.


Described as 'A beautiful book town', 
Bécherel in France is located in the arrondissement of Rennes. Although I have never been before, this lovely place was mentioned to me by a friend and I've been more than a little obsessed with visiting it ever since.

"Bécherel officially became a Book Town in 1989 when the first Fête du Livre was held; it is now an annual event, which takes place at Easter and is complemented by a series of events throughout the year including a reading festival in October. The town has around 15 bookshops, some with cafés, which specialise in every subject under the sun and range from rare first editions to contemporary fiction. A book market takes place in the town on the first Sunday of every month."

I'll be the first to admit that my french could use a lot of work, but Bécherel just seems like the perfect place for me when it comes to looking at potential holiday locations. First and foremost, coming from a town that has no bookshops whatsoever, fifteen bookshops would be a holiday in and of itself. Imagine all the hidden wonders that could be found, treasured first editions hiding in the nooks, and the delectable foods that would be on offer in the attached cafes. I think I could spend a whole week just eating and browsing!

The Sunday book market sounds like a lovely treat, while it would be truly amazing to be able to attend one of the many festivals held in Bécherel. I think what is quite possibly the best part of Bécherel however is the scenery.

As a writer I love places that inspire me; places where I could sit all day and write without a care in the world. I think Bécherel could be one of those places. The picture above is so stunning that it looks like someone painted it, while the buildings and town itself are so completely evocative of the age before the internet. Bécherel seems like a town frozen in time, hidden from the world, and that's something I really adore. To me it is the perfect place to simply get away from the stresses of everyday life; to be able to curl up and care about nothing but the book in front of you. It's somewhere I am aiming to visit in the near future, and a definite destination to think about when it comes to my next holiday.

I would love to say more about this magical retreat, but I assume its best kept secrets are ones you would have to see for yourself. 

Next time I will be delving into a town just down the road from me, Warrington, with Half Bad by Sally Green. Look out for it in the new year!

Do you have any travelling books or global bookish references you'd like to share? Feel free to post in the comments below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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