Back from NYC!

Hello gentle reader,

I’m back!

EM Castellan - Manhattan Skyline

As always, I had a wonderful time in New York City.

I went to see Wicked The Musical for the 7th time (!). It was amazing. (If you don’t know about my obsession with Wicked – the book and the musical – check out my Pinterest board).

EM Castellan - Wicked

And I bought books!

EM Castellan - New Books April 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (signed!)

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

How was your week? Did you buy any books? Did you read anything you’d recommend? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Two Year Blogiversary and Leap Into Books Giveaway! (closed)

Hello gentle reader,

My blog is two years old this week! To thank you all for following me on this journey, I’m taking part in the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Jinky is Reading.

Leap Into Books Giveaway2

The giveaway runs from today until Friday 7th March 2013. It is a chance for you to win:

a hardcover copy of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

(expected publication: 4th March 2014)

The Winner's Curse

Giveaway information:

The giveaway is open until Friday 7th March 2014 at 11pm (BST time).

To enter please fill in the contact form below with your name and email. If you follow my blog by email or WordPress, if you are a Twitter follower, if you like my page on Facebook, if you follow me on Pinterest or Tumblr, or if you tweet about the giveaway, this will grant you an extra entry. Mention it below.

Entrants must be at least 13 years of age.

This giveaway is open Internationally, as long as the Book Depository ships to your country.

The winner will be chosen randomly, notified by email and will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

I hold the right to end the giveaway before its original deadline without any prior notice.

I hold the right to disqualify any entry as I see fit.

Privacy information: no information given for this giveaway will be used for other purpose than this giveaway. All information provided (names, emails and mail addresses) will be deleted after the giveaway.

This is a blog hop! Check out the other giveaways here.

Good luck and feel free to leave me a comment below!

Waiting On Wednesday – 27

Hello gentle reader,

this week I’m waiting on The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (expected publication: 4th March 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux – BYR). It’s a YA Fantasy novel and the first book in a trilogy.

The Winner's Curse


From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music. Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head — or lose your heart. In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Doesn’t this sound awesome?! I really can’t wait for this one…

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

What are you waiting on this week? Is The Winner’s Curse on your TBR list?

Feel free to leave me a comment below!