Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sci-Fi Month - An Interview with Cristin Terrill

Hello Everyone, I have another post for you as part of Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads, today I want to share with you a Interview with Cristin Terrill, author of her brilliant debut All Our Yesterdays, which you can see my review here She was very busy, but she took the time to answer my questions for this special event. But before I crack on with the interview here is a little bit about her debut novel...

All Our Yesterdays
By Cristin Terrill
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - August 1st 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository


Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

{An Interview with Cristin Terrill}

1. All Our Yesterdays is one of my first time travel books and I loved it, what inspired you to take on Time Travel as a genre?
I’ve always loved time travel stories, but I never thought about writing one until the idea for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS came to me one night. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up in the middle of the night and turned on the television. The Terminator was playing, and I started drowsily thinking about how the story would have been different if the killer robot from the future was the good guy instead of the villain. Then, because I write YA, I started wondering what it would be like if that character was a teenage girl instead of a robot.


2. Are you a Doctor Who fan and if so which is your favourite timelord? 
I love Doctor Who, so that’s a tough question! I’ve only watched New Who, but even between those three it’s hard to decide. I was a fan of David Tennant’s many years before he became the Doctor (I saw him in a play in London called The Pillowman that I loved so much I saw it five or six times), so I think I have to go with Ten. I adore Eleven too, though!



3. As its Sci-Fi Month, do you have any favourite or aspiring authors or films/TV shows now or when you were younger?
I grew up reading Madeleine l’Engle, Ursula Le Guin, and Lois Lowry, and I still love those books. Stars Wars and The Terminator movies got frequent play at my house, and many of my favorite television shows (like Firefly, Doctor Who, Misfits, and Battlestar Galactica, among others) are science fiction. I actually didn’t realize how much of a sci-fi fan I really was until I took a good look at my DVD collection one day!


4. What research did you have to do in order to create the perfect time travel novel?
Actually, most of the research I did for this book was for things other than the science. Since time travel doesn’t exist, I could just make stuff up and not have to worry about being too accurate! Cassandra is loosely based on the Large Hadron Collider, so I did some research there, but the actual explanation of how time travel is possible in the book is basically wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey nonsense!


A few quick questions:



1. Cybermen or Daleks?
 Daleks! Their seeming non-scariness is what makes them scary.

2. Favourite sci-fi heroine? And was it based on your character Em? 
Tough one, but I’m going to have  o go with Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise. I wouldn’t say she’s based on her, but Em definitely has a little Sarah Connor DNA inside.

3. Space or Time or Both? Both is obviously the most fun, but I’d go with time if I had to pick just one.

4. If you could visit any time period what would it be? London, 1602. I’d go see the first performances of Hamlet and Twelfth Night in the original Globe Theatre.

5. Finally can you tell us at all, any hints on your next novel as I believe its part of a Dualogy? Or is it a secret? I’m sorry, the future me would come back and kill me if I divulged anything!

  Thank you for joining me today Cristin.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post. 

DON'T FORGET - All UK and Ireland Bloggers, to ENTER my Breathe a Resist Giveaway by Sarah Crossan. 

Friday, November 08, 2013

Sci-Fi Month: Guest Post & Giveaway by Sarah Crossan


As part of Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads, today I want to share with you a Guest Post by Sarah Crossan who very kindly put together on the World Building of her novels Breathe and Resist. Also Bloomsbury has also allowed me to giveaway 2, yes TWO sets of her books. Find out more at the end of the post... But first here is a little bit about her recent novel, Resist.


Resist (Breathe #2)
by Sarah Crossan
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Released - October 8th 2013
The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan's Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what's left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there's enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod's Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.
{Guest Post} 
World Building of Breathe and Resist

Writing Breathe and Resist, my dystopian series set in a future world of no oxygen, is the closest I think I could ever get to writing sci-fi or fantasy, and man, has it made me admire those genre writers because world building is hard.

Initially, the trickiest part is setting up boundaries for the world. What can characters do? What can’t they do? What scientific rules govern the place? And once these are set in place, they are fixed and you have to work around them. There’s no changing your mind in the sequel! And unlike with fantasy, magic can’t solve any of your characters’ dilemmas… drats! (Though I know that even in fantasy, magic rules and limits.)

What was particularly tricky for me was the fact that my narrators knew very little about the organic world because it died before they were born. Try writing over 600 pages without using metaphors or similes linked to flowers, plants or animals – that’s hard too!

But one thing that did make the world building a little easier was knowing my location. I set book in London. Firstly, because I know the city so well, but also because I love London, and a future where it has been destroyed is terrifying to me. I’ve been asked if this was difficult to imagine, but the answer to that is no. I simply focused on how a world would look if lots of people had suddenly died – if fear ruled the last moments of their lives and decay were allowed to take over.

The only research I did was to visit the places I intended to use as locations: Tottenham Hale tube station; Kings Cross; Arsenal football ground, and take plenty of photographs. I also drove the route from where I imagined the pod would be (Essex) right into Kings Cross, so I could get a sense of how far the characters would have to travel. I know Bea, Quinn and Alina all went by foot, but I was too lazy to try that – my commitment to world building only goes so far!

www.sarahcrossan.com


Here is also a short video about her dystopian novels

                                       

Thank you for stopping by today and I don't forget to enter the giveaway below. 


Friday, November 01, 2013

November is Sci-Fi Month!



As you have probably guessed over my previous tweets of things bookishly sci-fi, I'm part of a feature month hosted by Rinn Reads. Like Rinn I have been planning these posts as well as various guest posts and reviews to help throughout November. I for one don't read a lot of Sci-Fi, nor adult nor YA so this has encouraged me to at least tackle The ever-growing TBR pile. So why not join in on the conversation at #RRSciFiMonth or tweet at @SciFiMonth. So let's kick off Sci-Fi Month in style with a little intro post by yours truly and I'll look forward to sharing with you all my posts...

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm Emma, and I'm an 18 year-old Library Assistant and recently an Apprentice of Business and Administration living and residing in the UK. Aside from my daily jobs, by night I'm a reader, designer, film extraordinaire (well I think I am) of things paranormal and occasionally some chick lit. Photography, long walks and love listening to music. I also blog over at The Girls of YA with the lovely Megan over at The Book Addicted Girl

2. How long have you been a fan of Sci-Fi?

For me that's a very hard question. Without a doubt I've been a fan since the beginning of time existed or just with Doctor Who and Star Trek, hehe. Boohish wise, since reading the David Tennant BBC Doctor Who books. But I think for me the appreciation of Sci-Fi has come when I'm older and I can escape into different sub-genres of Sci-Fi. I think I'm more a TV Sci-Fi fan far longer than reading it...

3. Why do you like sci-fi, and what is your favourite thing about it?

On simple answer: the possibilities are endless and time is infinite...

4. Favourite books/games/films/TV shows in the genre?

Ooo... good one. I think I will give a visual dynamic of my favourite books/films and TV shows.

Books

   I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) The Lost Girl 
and many more... I just can't think of them!

Films

 
and there is many more of zombie sci-fi films. They are the height of my evenings at the moment. 

TV Shows

  

5. What are your plans for Sci-Fi Month?

My plans for this month is to post twice a week with a mixture of reviews, discussions, guest posts, interviews, creative twists and GIVEAWAYS as well. 

It will try and make me post more after my long absence and trying to get into a routine as I'm studying again now. I'm super excited to get started with this month. SO hopefully you will enjoy it with me... 

So I will end with a very legendary character of Sci-Fi: 

Live Long and Prosper



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Girls of YA - All Hallows Halloween


Hi everyone! Megan and me have been getting into the Halloween spirit lately, reading loads of paranormal books and obsessing over paranormal shows and, of course, paranormal guys. And so we decided to launch our blog in the biggest and most awesomely Halloween-y way. Everyone, get ready for All Hallows' Halloween!
We're going to kick the event off with:
  • The Girls' Paranormal Guys!
  • The Girls’ Favourite Spooky Legends
  • She Says She Says – Joint Review of The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
  • She Says She Says Halloween Edition – Our Favourite Paranormal Movies, Shows and More!
  • From Girl to Girl Halloween Edition - Our Best Shows recommended to each other.
Well, we’re definitely getting into the mood of the spookiest holiday out there! We hope you’ll all stop by and celebrate All Hallows Halloween with us!! :D


Quick Note: I'm sorry I haven't been around lately, I have been focused on Girl's of YA my other blog. Also I am studying again towards a Business Apprenticeship so that has been keeping me very busy including my daily job. I'll definitely be back in November for Sci-Fi Month.  See you all soon, looking forward to all things bookish! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Showcase Sunday #22

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.
Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Unfortunately it has been a while since I have done a Showcase Sunday *sighs* but this week I got a little overloaded with books so I thought I would make a one of the best books I have received and looking forward to reading in the next few weeks. Work has also been keeping me busy with new prospects ahead for the future as well. Exciting Times. So thank you to my Postman who seems to know even when I'm not in to deliver to my work so I can get them. Haha! So thank you to again Royal Mail and the Publishers for these....



                           Shine by Candy Gourlay                                             Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones
                        Soulmates by Holly Bourne                                          AntiGoddess by Kendare Blake
                       Stolen by Lucy Christopher                                       Shadows and Haze by Paula Weston
              The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black              She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
                          Teardrop by Lauren Kate


I've kind of experimented with my book presentation. Hehe. Anyways Soulmates I'm so excited to read, Holly actually lives near where I work now so I was very honored to get this book. Stolen was one that I asked for and if you have seen my tweets on it with Sam @ Realm of Fiction you know how much I really want to get stuck in.Now the second picture; Dead Jealous is one that I'm reading for #UKYA (which I have only just heard of, Sorry Lucy!) But my surprise was from Indigo with the Shadows and Haze, I love when I receive them in series order. Finally She is Not Invisible was again a surprise, I haven't read anything by Marcus, so I'm looking forward to it. 

  

And Yes I have some NetGalley's this week. I have been a very good girl and only requested ones that sounds really interesting or ones that have been recommended to me. I love LOVE Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry book, I have re-read them like 5 times... So I can't wait for another series. The Breathe series I'm reading for Sci-Fi Month in September and Geek Girl 2, well I've heard such high praise and I'm thinking of doing a read-along of the series to those who want to join! Let me know in the comments!

So with the all that showcased I will resume my blogging this week. It has been manic... So thank you to all the Indigo, Hachette, Random House, Chicken House, Usbourne and Bloombury. 

On the blog recently my joints of reviews of City of Bones Book and Film Review, Go check it out!

Well that's my haul for this week. Have you read any of these novels? I would love to know... Leave me a link to your Sunday Post and I will be sure to see what you received!?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review and Film Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Publisher - Walker Books
Release Date - July 2nd 2007
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository 


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

For me this was a highly risky book for me to read for two reasons... Firstly, I didn't want to ruin the characters I have read and loved in The Infernal Devices and Secondly this is still highly popular book because of the film. At first I was seeking the relationships between the characters between TID books and TMI but it was no use and I needed to see it from a fresh perspective and that is it what I did.

Cassandra Clare previous books have been amazing especially the likes of Will Herondale, Jem, Tessa Gray and even Magnus Bane. What I thoroughly enjoyed was how the 21st Century was weaved into such a timely series such as this. First we meet Clary, a 16-year old girl who is completely oblivious to the world beyond her own until she was faced with foreign symbols and invisible people. When she goes to the Pandemonium a NY club, she is pulled by this guy and urged forward to know what he is about, until she witness a killing only she can see. With a mysterious blonde guy with tattoos and her mum missing, she is helpless to join these people to find some answers. Clary could be annoying sometimes and a little selfish but once she settles in into her own real world she becomes almost part of Shadowhunter world. Aside from the this I thought that the descriptive nature of the Institute and City of Bones was quite astonishing. I mean the some of the characters and eerie places really sends a shiver down your spine. Cassandra Clare brings a world of imagination into the 21st Century.

Now like all fangirls of this series, you will find only one word in their vocabulary... Jace. I mean I was very torn about it because I was very much in favour of Will Herondale in The Infernal Devices, but I am no longer. Jace has stolen my heart irrevocably. His sarcasm, humour, and the occasional stints of hate towards to each other is play on his character and one that admired greatly. Its obvious that Clary makes him feel something, makes him believe in anything other than himself. Its self-preservation with Jace, he will only acknowledge the things he has been trained and taught to do and occasionally runs at full strength into danger when it calls for it. To be honest you have probably heard every appraisal under the sun from the likes of him...

What I also appreciated was the lack of secondary characters, there wasn't too many but just enough to keep you interested. I mean for me the only one that I slightly got a bit annoyed of was Simon, he is sweet, cute and obviously Clary's best friend but to be honest he got in the way of Jace's and Clary's true purpose and of course their relationship... am I babbling here? I do apologise.  One of my favourite secondary characters has to be Magnus. His personality, humour, superiority over everyone was quite funny and I think his presence alone in the novel brings it to life a lot more.

The characters aside I think this has become a guilty pleasure for me and I can't wait finish the series....The Mortal Instruments is a phenomenal series and one that will be timeless adventure to the hearts of avid readers.

Rating: 4.5


The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones
Written by - Sony Universal Pictures
Director - Harald Zwart
Cast -  Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan
Release - 27 August 2013

Usually I don't do film reviews, actually scrap that, I've never done one, but as I saw the film last week, finished the book that day and its the first YA movie that I've seen at the cinema in such a long time, I thought it would be great to do one.... annnnnnd I have to fangirl about Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. *sighs* I really don't sound like an adult here do I. Haha!

Spoilers ahead if you haven't read or seen the film!

Like all movies with books, you always, ALWAYS, have to read the book before you see it at the pictures and I'm so glad I did. For one its my new favourite series and two I loved the film as it was just like the book minus a couple of things. They can never be accurate and even now when I'm reading City of Ashes, I know they added a few things so they can move on and grip the audience with anticipation further. The Downworlders were even scarier than I imagined and did I jump at the Silent Brothers they really do send a shiver down your spine; the stitched mouths, cold, blank eyes and an eerie voice in your head. In point of fact the plotline for me actually cleared some unanswered questions that I had with the book, like how did Jocelyn go into a sleepless coma etc and vice versa with the film... like the bites on the neck of Simon.... ect... I wouldn't want to spoil the whole thing for you...

Lily Collins as Clary was a brilliant choice again, at times I was a little frustrated with her character, but other than that I thought her acting was spot on for Clary's persona. What I love about her in both the book and the film was her artistic nature especially one of Jace with wings, that was beautiful (even though she probably didn't draw that in the film, but I still admired it). After all she is the most powerful Shadowhunter they have to come to pass in a while.

The secondary characters like Alec, Isabelle, Simon, Luke and of course Magus were just brilliant, though I wish Magnus was in it a little more, I wanted to know more about his character and his status of High Warlock of Brooklyn. Finally, I also thought that Luke was much more likable in the film than the book with his persona, he so suited change of a werewolf.

Now onto to more pressing business... Jamie aka Jace, wow did I fall him love with him instantly. He made me laugh out loud so much and it wasn't a very busy cinema so that was a little embarrassing. I think the Director, Harold Zwart really captured the characters perfectly especially as Cassandra Clare was in on the screenplay, of course. Oh the greenhouse scene was beautiful... though he did irritate (even in the book) when he just completely dismisses it when Simon comes around... Grrr. But there is an obvious event in this series, that absolutely crushes your heart if you know which I mean *wink wink* but in the film I felt so content and at peace with the ending that its now my new favourite film of the year so far. I have to wait until the beginning of 2014 to buy the DVD.

Rating - 5 (Is it bad to rate the film better than the book) Each way I love it all the same.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

NEW FEATURE: Book of the Week #1

Inspired by my job as a Library Assistant, this feature is to showcase the best book that you either received or reserved from your library this week whilst also promoting your love and support to your local libraries. For more information about this meme, please click here.



Hi Everyone and welcome to my very first post of this feature Book of the Week. I would love for you to all join so I have left the linky widget at the end of the post. I got my hands on some pretty looking YA books this week but the aim of this feature to highlight one of them. So my pick for this week is:


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...

From the moment I saw this is the bookshop I knew that this was a book I'm was going to enjoy. I don't know if it was the cover and colours or the synopsis of this book but I really did call out. So instaed of buying it I saw it was coming to my library so I couldn't help my hands grabbing it. I'm not usually one for Mystery Thrillers, but I just couldn't resist.

So this is the what a Book of the Week feature post will look like! You don't have to add the book description but that's what I like to do to show my book. All you need is a picture of the library book of your choice and a little bit about why you chose it/what's it about/or even if someone recommended it to you. I would love for you to all join so I have left the linky widget below...So link up your Book of the Week's and I'll hop over to you! 


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Mini Reviews: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - August 15th 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository 
I never really done a review for Throne of Glass, it was either a mixture of I wasn't in a blogging mood at the time or I'd simple got so caught up in it that I knew so many of you would have already read, and reviewed it with the similar ideals and expectations like me. Throne of Glass was for me a little tough for me to get into as it was the start of the series and it contained quite a complicated and historic background. But going passed that the characters for me were what brought it to life. Celaena Sardothien is merely an 18 year-old, yet I regard her as someone far older and far wiser. But I guess for her she has seen her life flash in front of her eyes, seeing beyond those with far greater knowledge and experience in the world she lives in. After suffocating in the salt mines of Endovier, she is taking on far greater threats, Cane was only beginning. The danger lies within The King's Champion.

This was a exceptionally written sequel, which is incredibly hard to find once your surpass the first book. Again what enhanced the book was the characters and especially the relationships, both professional or romantically involved ones, for example Chaol and Celaena, Archie and Celaena and even the King. I felt as if I feel into sync with the characters and I couldn't re-surface without my heart breaking. Yes we all know what chapter I'm talking about 23... Will that ever be out of my head for this series, No! Despite a very traumatic cliffhanger this chapter will live on to the next book. The relationship between Chaol and Celaena was just magical and beautiful and and there is really no words to describe other than a huge wide grin. (Which unfortunately was in public for me when I read that bit in a Cafe.)

I think I have great admiration for Sarah as she took a giant leap with that ending one that left the majority of the book loving community to peaces but for me I think it was a risk worth taking. In my head it was as if they are reaching out to each other always and they will close that gap once Celaena finds her truth path. Its a prolonged step in their relationship that needs to distance to focus on the threads of the plot that have woven into each other. That doesn't say that the plotline of this book wasn't half as good because it was brilliant, yet I feel she has cleverly delivered the story to enhance the qualities and intense world-building like no other. It is therefore I say I'm absolutely and irrevocably obsessed with the outcome of the series.

Rating: 5

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Time Between Us (Time Between Us #1)
by Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher - Corgi Childrens
Release Date - July 4th 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository
Romance with a twist is definitely how I like my contemporaries and it was Tamara who said to me on Twitter. I have these Contemp periods when I can't get enough of them and despite some being quite a cliche this one surprised me. Especially me lack of reading time travel books it kind of reminded me of a younger Time Traveller's Wife or The Lake House which are just great films. Anne is from Chicago, 1995 and Bennett from 2012, San Francisco. But like all time travelling romance there has to be a moment or a point in time for Bennett to either change or correct. Neither went as he wanted when his own feelings enhances any point or place in time at that moment.

In Annie's (Sorry I mean Anne, only her Dad calls her that) world she is a very strong-willed character with ambitious and admiring attitude to life and travel. Yet she hasn't left the outskirts of Chicago just to go beyond her dream. Basically she has whats considered a very average in life in 1995 (even though I was just born then) But when she see's a boy on her usual track it sets a very familiar yet unsettling feeling to the individual that walks through the school doors next. In Bennett's universe, he is everywhere and nowhere. Never quite settling down because he has a gift... time travel. He can only go as far as his timeline and no-one else. Changing slight moments in time to protect himself or Anne and even changing an outcome of a major accident. It took me awhile to grow to him but their relationship was a whole different story. They can give something to each other that they never thought possible; Anne: an all access pass to every country in the world. Bennett: a chance at normal life with just a girl he cares for.

What was surprising was the world building and style of how it was written. I've only read a handful of time-travelling novels both sci-fi or contemporary but they've either had multiple protags/perspectives or timelines. This kept me interested, I wasn't confused by what was happening or thinking "What time am I in now." The only thing that let it down was probably in the plotline a little when it kind of ran out of steam so to speak purely down to the fact that Bennett wasn't there. But the ending was certainly a happy smile from me. I love when that happens.

Time Between Us is a warm, refreshing and unique contemporary romance that I've read in a while. I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves through Bennett's eyes in Time After Time.

Rating: 4

Monday, September 02, 2013

Our NEW Blog - The Girls of YA

Throughout the Summer I've had a little project been going between myself and Megan over at The Book Addicted Girl. We have been Twitter Buddies for quite a while and we've had some good laughs and book talks so I decided to see whether she wanted to do a joint blog with me!? I love my own and I wanted to be part of something else as well;  Read, Fangirl and Design together. What could be better. So here is where the Girls of YA has been born today.

The Girls of YA

We will blog weekly with some of the following features below:
She Says, She Says – A Joint Review
From Girl to Girl – Were we each suggest a MUST read! (i.e Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
From The Minds of the Girls – Were we each design a graphic based on a book either a cover, quotes, badges etc.
We really hope all of our followers from our individual blogs stop by The Girls Of YA and love it as much as we already do!  We promise everything we do will be fresh, unique and exciting!  The blog goes live with our first 'proper' post ...  Stop by to hear what The Girls Of YA have to say!! :D

To find out more please visit our brand new blog at:  http://girlsofya.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NEW FEATURE: Book of the Week

Hi Everyone, Today I bring to you a new feature hosted by myself called Book of the Week. 

As you all know I have been a Library Assistant since September of last year and I just love it. As a part of the library we have a weekly stand known as 'Book of the Week' where we present a book for the public to take out. It could be anything, a new film release to a well-known classic or novel. I know like myself I have always used a library since I was little and more since this blog. I see on Twitter or IMM/Showcase Sunday memes that people still use the library so today, I promote this feature to showcase the best book that you either received or reserved from your library and I would love for you to all join in with me and my new library meme for avid book lovers.

Would you like to join in? (Please do =) )

Every Thursday I will create a post with my 'Book of the Week'. All you need to do is to link your post back to each post of that week  when your own '=Book of the Week post goes up, so that other people can join in too. Also, feel free to grab the meme button and post it with your Book of the Week post. When your post goes up, make sure to come back here and enter your blog post into the linky that goes up with each post. Make sure to visit other participants too! After all, the aim of this feature is to show each other what you got and you’ll definitely find some great reads by browsing other people’s blogs.

 So if you would like to join me in this new feature come back next Thursday where I will do my very first post and layout of Book of the Week. I would love to hear your thoughts on this feature as well... Until Next Week. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post - Witchling by Ari Harper


 
Today, I'm part of the Witchling by Itching for Books. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop is a Guest Post of 'Book Structure'  I have always been interested as how one author would structure a book and I'm really excited to show you this one. I hope y'all enjoy it. But first here is a little more about this book...
 

The Witchling
By Ari Harper
Series: Curse of Kin #1
Released: November 29th 2012
Publisher: Lycaon/Breathless Press
Purchase: Amazon

Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland-or so she thought. Her world is forever changed when she discovers that she is descended from a long line of witches. To her horror she finds she is the one that is supposed to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her. As if that isn't enough, she must learn to use magic and her trainer is a man named Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches, and a god. It is Bones that has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons. Can Nera learn what she needs while staying immune to the charms of the man that gets under her skin at every opportunity?

{Guest Post} Book Structure

I often get asked how I structure by stories.

Truth is I don't. I'm what is commonly called a 'pantser'. Basically I write by the seat of my pants.

My mind is rarely my own. Thoughts and plots constantly race around driving me crazy at the best of times. Often I ignore the jumble, other times I write down a few paragraphs and let it churn away to see if anything comes of it. Some of those ideas make it to a book.

When I started Witchling, the same short paragraph had been running around in my mind for months and I was at my wits end. I never had any intention of being a writer, I was more than happy to read other peoples stories.

Finally I decided that if I wanted to be able to sleep at night I would have to do something about it. So I sat at my computer and let it all pour out. My characters take over and I do what they want. It's their story after all and they have the most to contribute.

I envy writers that plot every chapter and know exactly where they are going. I have tried repeatedly to do this and it just doesn't work for me. I struggle to get past chapter one this way so I stick to what works best for me.

In Book Three, Treason, I tried to make my characters do what I wanted. Bad idea, they slapped me into shape very quickly and I no longer even bother to try.

If you want to write, do what works best for you. And write what you know, always. I've had a passion of all things paranormal for ever so it made sense for me to pursue this genre.

And my best piece of advice, 'never ever give up.'

It took me five years to get Witchling good enough for a publisher to contract it. Keep an eye out for Book Two, Changling out later this year and 'Treason' Book Three early next year.

Also here is the Hint for the Scavenger Hunt: Question #8  Who comes to visit Nera on the roof of Jasper's home?


About the Author
Ari Harper never wanted to grow up.
To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.

Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.
www.ariharper.com


**Giveaway**
Signed copy of The Witchling and other goodies.


Friday, August 16, 2013

GIVEAWAY - Celebrating my A-Level Results with you!


Yesterday I opened a envelope, an envelope that held the end of an era and the beginning of a new journey. Those 3 letters made me the happiest girl; Basically: 

I passed my exams! Hard work + Intelligence  +Dedications + Determination x Reaching for the Stars =
Happiness and Success
This was on one of my cards and it just summed it up all together. Hehe! But now that this part of my life is finished its time for new start... I'm a full-time Library Assistant what could be better to start again. I'm able to be me without the burdens of school, exams and above stress. Stress is so horrible.

So to those who received their results yesterday, those who's already had them or to those who still have yet to received them in the future. I wish the best of luck. In celebration of this new start I'm giving away A Book of your Choice up to the value of £10 through The Book Depository. Make sure you know that The Book Depo ships to you.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Showcase Sunday (#21)





Showcase Sunday banner
Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.
Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.
Its been a while since I've done a Showcase Sunday so I thought I would do one this week. After a much deserved break from college forever and now working full time, I can now get back to reading all the time without any interruption of any coursework, revision and essays. I'd say that's its a time to celebrate... well after my results that is, next Thursday, so wish me luck! *fingers-crossed* But this week has been a great week of ARCs through the post... I feel for my posty, but he is a great man to leave them on my doorstep. Thank the Royal Service as well as the Publishers for these:



ACID by Emma Pass
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

I'm really looking forward to reading all of these. So thank you to Random House, Hodder and MiraInk. Though I have never read The Boy in Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne so I'm a little nervous about this one. Also between my Showcase Sunday and this one I have added a new addition to my bedroom to cater for all these beautiful ARCs


So this is what I plan on tackling for the rest of the year... I also bought recently This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith, Angel Fever by L.A Weatherly, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and finally I also received Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo gifted by the lovely Rebekah over at Reflections of a Bookworm. AND....Finally I got myself a new Kindle. My old one was getting slow and blipping out so I have requested quite a lot of e-Galleys at the mo, but I'm being a good girl from now on and I'm going on "NetGalley - Ban" until further notice or even if there is a book that I would really like! Ha!

On the blog this week was my review of All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


Well that's my haul for this week (or for the last 5 months) Have you read any of these novels? I would love to know... Leave me a link to your Sunday Post and I will be sure to see what you received!?
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