Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Filed in Ally Condie , News , The Smutty Lover Posted on March 29, 2013 @ 3:00 pm 5 comments

Welcome to this edition of  our news post and for a quiet week, it has definitely ended with  a huge bang with the announcement that Amazon has purchased Goodreads.  We also have our usual book and author news as well books to watch out for!


My twitter stream last night was ablazed with the news of Amazon purchasing the social reading site Goodreads. I am not really surprised by the move of Amazon buying Goodreads. It makes a lot of sense, because it is the popular reading social site compared to the other sites like Library Thing and Shelfari (which Amazon owns). Although Goodreads in an interview stated there wont be any huge changes, I do suspect there will be more integration with Amazon’s online store and their buy buttons will be prominently displayed. And Library Thing’s, Tim Spalding states the same thing and is asking members of Goodreads who are disconcerted by this news to check out his site and to offer suggestions to improve usability.


I think its that time of year again when new tablets/ereaders are starting to rev up and be announced. The first one to come out of the gate right now is Sony which is rumoured to ready a new reader. They’ve already discounted the PRS-T2 in the UK and there are other similar offers in the US and Canada and this is a good sign that they are preparing a new model with an FCC filing due soon.


This story just melted my heart! A library member chose to propose to his girlfriend at the Chicago Public Library. He also wrote a book covering their relationship and illustrated it and hid it in the Children’s section. When his fiancee found it he proposed and she said yes! For pics and more details check out the Facebook link here.


News in Brief:

Shiloh Walker has posted the blurb and an excerpt for the 3rd book in her Night Blade series – Broken Blade is slated for 2014!

Another YA adaptation is on the way! Columbia Pictures has picked up the upcoming trilogy by Arwen Elys Dayton’s  Sci-fi fantasy series about a young girl who is trained to be an assassin. The series will be published by Delacorte Press.

YA (Matched trilogy) author, Ally Condie has just signed up a new two book deal with Dutton Children’s book – the series will focus on a young girl who yearns to escape from her underwater city.

Who is looking forward to the new season of Game of ThronesWell I have another time suck for you all! You can create your own Sigil/Coat of Arms based on the books and series! 



N0w for books to watch out for!


This looks like an intriguing UF by Rhiannon Held – Silver is out later next month.




Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.



Janet Edwards followup to the wonderful  Earth Girl which is slated for this summer.



Sequel to Earth Girl

18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?



And finally Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer looks fantastic!!!



A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake

It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.



So what do you think of Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads? Is it a good thing or will it drive you away from the site because it will focus on selling books and interference of reviews?  

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Ora March 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t know if I like it. Are they only going to be concerned with authors that sell with amazon or will it be a requirement in order to get your books on the site now? I enjoy goodreads because it is a place where I can easily find out what my friends are reading and see what others think about books I am considering or just stumble upon. I hope that doesn’t change.

  • aurian March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I only started using Goodreads to post my reviews as it is supposed to help the author. Which is also why I post the very same thing on Amazon, and like the author’s page and such. I stopped using Shelfari after Amazon bought it, but that was because the changes then made it impossible for me to find out how to upload my new books, and I just gave up. I hate it when good working sites get updated, and I have no idea how to use them anymore.
    So I will just wait and see what happens.

    The books you posted? Totally not interested in those, sorry.

  • LSUReader March 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Amazon is beginning to look like the big, bad monopoly of the book world.

  • blodeuedd March 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks a lot Amazon! Not.

    Haha, that GoT thing was great, even if mine looked way too cute

  • Diane March 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I posted some reviews on Goodreads but now I’m not quite sure what I’ll do.
    No books of interest to me in your list, we’ll see what else comes along!

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