Friday, May 3, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #16 (5/3 - 5/9): The Last Book You Read That Was Recommended By Someone Else

Welcome to the new
Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Bill @

What to Do

1.) Post on your blog answering this question:

What was the last book you read
that was recommended by
someone else?  Did you like it?

2.)  Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Bill's blog.

3.)  Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts. 

4.)  Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit Bill's blog!

My Answer

The novel I'm featuring here was not directly recommended to me; I simply saw it on several other blogs, especially those devoted to paranormal romance and young adult fiction.  Most of these bloggers were raving about it at the time.  I guess this is a recommendation, although an indirect one. 

After desperately searching all over the Internet, I finally found the book, for a reasonable price, at  This novel was published in Australia, and the shipping charges at other Australian sites (I live in the U.S.) are astronomical!  Fishpond has free shipping, though -- just like The Book Depository (the book is still not available there).   To my knowledge, this novel has yet to be published in the U.S., or any other country, for that matter.  Amazon does sell it, but only in the Kindle edition.  Since I hate digital books, this was definitely out for me!

(Winter Saga #1)
Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Pan Macmillan Australia
June 1, 2011
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA

You can read my review HERE.

As you will see when you read my review, I really enjoyed the story of Winter Adams and Blake Duchamp!  Even though their story had many familiar paranormal elements, it's still a very original one.  Blake is a very different sort of otherworldly creature, and Hearle has created a fascinating mythology to serve as background setting for his hero. 

I was very happy to be able to get the book at last!  When it arrived, I started reading it at once.  It's a real page-turner, too, so I picked it up every chance I got until I finished reading it!

Needless to say, I gave this book a very favorable rating, and bought the sequel as well, when it was published later on.  I've also read that book, which is titled Winter's Light.  Now I'm breathlessly anticipating the third novel in the series!  Alas, it doesn't even have a title yet..... 

What book(s) have you read that
was (were) recommended
by someone else?
Did you enjoy it (them)?


  1. It is good to know that you really enjoyed this book after going to such trouble to find it, it sounds great although I generally don't read this type of fiction.

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Oh, I wasn't disappointed when I finally got the book! And yes, it IS great! It's a wonderful romance!

      Thanks for commenting!! :)

    2. As I like romance then it may be one for me after all!

    3. Well, if you're interested, check out the Fishpond purchase link above. You might end up liking it! :)

  2. Sometimes the best books are hard to find.

  3. I don't like digital books either, but I read them if it is the only option. :)

    THANKS for your post.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      I don't think I'll ever be able to read them...REAL books are just too precious to me!

      I'm glad you liked the post. Thanks for commenting!! :)

  4. Great story as to how you found the actual book. As I sometimes search for hard to get titles it is a nice feeling when you figure out how to hook one!

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Oh, let me tell you -- it was an ARDUOUS search, but well worth it in the end! I not only wanted the book because of the story, but also because of the cover, which I LOVE!! In fact, I featured this great cover in one of my "Shelf Candy Saturday" posts.

      Since I'm a bibliophile as well as a bookworm, I did get the warm fuzzies when this novel was finally in my possession. YAY!!!

      Glad you liked my tale of tracking down the elusive book with the GORGEOUS cover. Lol.

      Thanks for being such a loyal commenter!! :)

  5. Looks like an interesting read. It has a pretty cover. I don't mind digital books but I prefer to have the actual book.

    My Hop

    1. Hi, Vonnie!

      Believe me, it IS an interesting read! This author's world-building is terrific!! His two books still remain unpublished in this country, though... I know he had been making some arrangements to get them published here, but I guess nothing came of it.

      I will ALWAYS prefer real books to digital books!! I'm probably a rare bird in the blogosphere. Lol.

      Thanks for commenting!! :)

  6. WOW, you were really determined to get a copy if you went through all of that. Certainly glad it ended with a great read for you. It is so hard when you fall in love with a series and are left pacing until the next book is released. Hope it comes soon (though without a title, doesn't sound like it).

    Hang in there!

    ~~Emmly Jane

    1. Hi, Emmly Jane!

      Yeah, when I REALLY want a book, I don't stop until I get it!! Lol. And I totally agree -- it's SO nerve-wracking when the next book in a series isn't out yet... I don't know when this one will be, either. You may be right that it won't be anytime soon.

      Thanks for commenting!! :)


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