We Have Moved!

So it is official! Crash My Book Party has moved to a new domain!

You can keep following our posts at the new, improved Crash My Book Party!

Come over and meet my new coblogger Tessa, see the new design and all our cool new stuff, and enter one of our giveaways that we are running to celebrate the launch of our new blog. We hope you love it 🙂 None of our new posts will be posted here so if you want to keep up with our book reviews make sure to follow us via Bloglovin’ or email.

See you there!

Merry Christmas!

Well, the presents have been unwrapped, lunch devoured and we’re all sitting around a bit exhausted watching National Lampoons. Christmas is done and dusted for another year, and it has been a wonderful day. Spending Christmas with my family is always eventful and now with kids around again the excitement level is hyped up like crazy!

I have been very spoilt with books this year, both by my family and from my Aussie YA Secret Santa. So thank you all for my very bookish Christmas! I am looking forward to everything I have to read in the New Year.

The year is drawing to a close and you might notice I haven’t been as active especially in the last couple of weeks, on the blog, Goodreads and Twitter. I have a pretty shoddy internet connection at the best of times plus I have started a new job, but the actual reason for my inactivity has been the fact that I have some very exciting new things in the works for the new year! So stay tuned because 2015 is going to be a big year here at Crash My Book Party and I am very excited to share with you what I have planned 🙂

I hope all of you lovely readers and followers that I have had the pleasure of interacting with this year have had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Enjoy lots of food and presents and books! Can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve got in store for the blog next year. See you then!! 🙂

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan
Penguin Books UK
Published 10th July 2014 (this edition)
Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book via Netgalley
in exchange for an honest review.
This did not influence my review 
in any way.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two Will Graysons who meet by chance one night in Chicago. Their lives collide in the most unexpected of ways and it leads to romantic turmoil, misunderstandings and one massive school musical. A collaboration between YA heavyweights John Green and David Leviathan, the two points of view alternate and are very easy to tell apart. But despite the title, this book is not about either of the two Will Graysons. It is about Tiny Cooper.

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Kidnap in Crete


Could not be further from Crete right now but
I respect and admire what they did for us,
so that we can enjoy the lives that we do now.
Wow that was a long one…

Rick Stroud
Bloomsbury
Published October 2014

Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did
not alter my review in any way.

I feel like when I read I am constantly learning something. This is even more true when I read historical non-fiction. I would consider myself pretty learned on World War 2, my dad being pretty much an amateur historian on the subject, but I didn’t know about Crete’s part in the war, how it was used as a German base and how the Cretan people fought back, built a resistance with the help of some dedicated Brits and then kidnapped a Nazi general from practically outside his house.

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An Outback Nurse


An Outback Nurse out the back of my house

Thea Hayes
Allen and Unwin
Published October 2014

Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did
not alter my review in any way.

Thea Hayes’ An Outback Nurse is a fascinating account of her life as nurse on a cattle station in the Australian outback (title is a little explanatory, I suppose). Thea was a city girl, just home from travels in Europe and the U.S. when she applies for a job in the Northern Territory on a whim. When she accepts the position she couldn’t have known then what her life would have in store for her and she didn’t know a thing about the four million cattle station she would soon be calling home. She found love, life and a home in the middle of nowhere.

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Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa 2014 Blog Hop

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I’m very excited to be taking part of the inaugural Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa, which includes this blog hop! The questions below are to find out if I have been a good or a bad blogger this year and to help the santas and santees to get to know each other! There are also a few clues at the end for the person I have bought for – your gift is not yet on its way, I’m sorry, but it will be soon!

Questions

1. How are you going with your Goodreads challenge?
I’m nearly finished! I have read 129 out of 130 books and am 8 books ahead of schedule. I am on track to finish very soon (like within the next day or two) and surpass my challenge!

2. How many times did you post per week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?
It varied week to week, sometimes I would post as much as five times and sometimes only two or three. I’m not sure whether I’ll post more or less but I’d like to post more to a schedule, which does require having a schedule in the first place (which I do not).

3. What is your Netgalley ratio?
Mine is 69.2% which is pretty good, only because I’ve been really careful about not going crazy with my requesting, although I have missed the archive dates for a couple (whoops!).

4. Have you been commenting on other blogs?
Not recently :/ I go through some stages where I am really good and keep on top of it but lately I haven’t been very good due to starting a new job and busy life stuff. I have every intention of improving! Looking forward to a more interactive 2015.

5. Did you read mostly review or non-review books this year?
A good mix of both, I think. I buy a lot of books so I try to get through them while staying on top of the review copies. There’s so many to read, both new and old!

6. What are your blogging goals for 2015?
Well there are some exciting things planned for next year at Crash My Book Party that everyone will be hearing about very soon! I would love to expand the blog’s presence in the blogging/book community and continue to enjoy it, interacting with bookish people and reading great books!

7. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2014?
I’ve enjoyed the whole experience – I only began blogging this year and I have loved every minute of it. It was crazy to watch my follower and view count start to rise and every comment makes me happy and proud! I have been able to be part of some great events that I wouldn’t have known about before, built relationships with fantastic publishers who love books as much as I do and have met a whole new community of people. It has all been a blast!

Based on your answers above, do you think you’ve been a good or bad blogger this year?
I think I have been a good blogger this year!

Clues for my santee!
1. You are not the only blogger on your blog
2. We have both recently reviewed This Shattered World & Talon
3. The header of your blog includes fantastical things – fairies and dragons and trees (I love trees)!

If you would like to join in or follow the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop (what a mouthful!), head on over to Happy Indulgence and join in the fun 🙂

This Shattered World


Enjoying an Aussie author over an Aussie breakfast

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The Starbound Trilogy #2
Allen & Unwin
Published 19th November 2014
Bought from Dymocks Melbourne (who 
also got my copy signed for me when
I couldn't get to the signing, thank you!)

This Shattered World is everything I wanted These Broken Stars to be – and more. In the places that These Broken Stars didn’t deliver enough for me, This Shattered World far exceeded any expectations. One of those super big positives was that This Shattered World is not about Lilac and Tarver, though I was curious to know what had happened to them, I couldn’t deal with Lilac’s voice again. In This Shattered World we are on the planet Avon where we meet Captain Jubilee Chase, an absolute badass soldier leading her men to maintain the peace on Avon, which is far behind the other planets in terraforming and is also home to The Fury, which sends people crazy. When she crosses paths with Flynn Cormac, the leader of the peaceful rebellion known as the Fianna, he kidnaps her to find out about a secret facility that seems to have appeared overnight. Neither of them could have known what this would lead to, but it is just the beginning of a sequence of events that’s about to change the world they live on.

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