Thursday, 24 July 2014

#Review Head Over Heart by Colette Victor

Head Over HeartBook: Head Over Heart

Author: Colette Victor

Publisher: Chicken House

Pages: 240

Recived for review

Rating: ✪✪✪

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Blurb:

Zeyneb is like any other thirteen-year-old British girl, juggling the demands of her social life, school work and family. But as a Muslim girl attracted to a non-Muslim boy she has more difficult choices - and one very big decision. Now a woman in the eyes of her religion, she must decide if she will wear a headscarf. Zeyneb wants to make the right choice, not just for her family or friends, but for herself.

Review:

"Everyone young and old should read Head Over Heart as it is a story and struggle that is affecting young and old right now across the world."

Head Over Heart is a book about a young girls struggle to find a balance between her faith and the society she lives in. Colette Victor was great at betraying the feelings and confusion Zeyneb was going through. To follow the tradition of her faith but struggling with the demands of her daily life at school and with friends.  Can she be a good Muslim girl and make her family proud and embrace the world she lives in?

Zeyneb is a 13 year old girl brought up in a Muslim household and she is trying to decide whether she should wear a headscarf, she also finds herself falling for a non muslim boy. The woman in her family wear a headscarf but she isn't sure if it's the right thing for her. Throughout Head Over Heart Zeyneb struggles with this decision. She wants to make her family proud but doesn't want to be treated differently by her peers. In the end Zeyneb has to decide is it the right thing for her and not want everyone else wants and thinks.

Head Over Heart feels very real with so many faiths living in the one town or city sometimes even the same household in the world today. And the struggles people young and old go though to fit in. These are emotions and feelings that are happening right now. She doesn't just have to contend with being a typical teenage her faith factors into her decisions. I think Zeyneb comes to realise that her faith is who she is it's not seperate from her.

Head Over Heart may be a story but it's a powerful one. It shows you that we as a society can ridicule someone for being who they are, may it be their religion, their sexual orientation,  if they like one band over and other and we don't stop to think what that person may be going though and the reasons behind it. Head Over Heart is a story that will stick with you!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #11

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're excitably anticipating.
 
Invaded ( Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers
 
Invaded (Alienated, #2)
 
 
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
 
Expected Publication: Feb 3rd 2015 via Disney -Hyperion
 
My Thoughts:
 
Alienated is one of my favourite reads of 2014 and I can't wait for the sequel. I frickin love this cover it's as beautiful as the Alienated cover. I can't wait to see what happens next. I need this book NOW! Hurry up 2015!
 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

#Review Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated (Alienated, #1)Book: Alienated

Author: Melissa Landers

Series: Alienated #1

Pages: 344

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Bought Hardback

Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

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Blurb:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.


Review

"Alienated has a beautiful cover with an even more beautiful story beneath"

I loved this book! I could not put it down. It is one of my favourite reads of 2014. First off that cover!! It is amazing, I LOVE it! It is the best cover I have seen in ages, it is one of the reasons I picked up the book. I saw the cover and thought if the cover is awesome the book is going to be as well and I wasn't wrong!

I can't explain how much I love this book. As from the title you can probably guess it involves  aliens and hot aliens at that! I have gained a new book boyfriend in Aelyx. *swoon* The only other alien related book I have read is the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout and they were amazing as was Alienated. In my opinion I think aliens are going to become the next big thing. We had vampires, now we have aliens!

The story was amazing. I loved that you were unsure if Aelyx was going to betray Cara are not and I really didn't know if he was going to. It was great to see from Aelyx's point of view, him viewing us as the aliens it was crazy to think we are aliens as well. Cara is a strong female protangnist and I think she was so strong in the end.

You also got to see that both humans and aliens can be ruthless and behind the masks people put on they are always after something. I also loved that it showed when humans are afraid of something they don't understand they act out in the only way they know, violence and hurting the so called threat. I think Melissa Landers protrayed this trait in humans really well. I also loved that the aliens where alien but in fact it felt like they could be us in thousands of years to come. Picking from the best DNA to create the perfect human to survive.

I really loved this book and I am so excited to read Invaded the next book in the series. If you are looking for a book with an amazing and compelling storyline with great characters and a new book boyfriend thrown in you need to pick up Alienated!

Monday, 21 July 2014

#Review: Right Click (Click #3) by Lisa Becker

Right ClickBook: Right Click 

Series: Click #3

Author: Lisa Becker

Publisher: Createspace

Pages: 380

Recieved for review

Adult Fiction

Rating: ✪✪✪✪

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Blurb:

Love. Marriage. Infidelity. Crises of identity. Death. Cupcakes. The themes in Right Click, the third and final installment in the Click series, couldn't be more pressing for this group of friends as they navigate through their 30's. Another six months have passed since we last eavesdropped on the hilarious, poignant and oftentimes inappropriate email adventures of Renee and friends. As the story continues to unfold, relationships are tested and some need to be set "right" before everyone can find their "happily ever after."

Review:

I love this series and was excited when author Lisa Becker contacted me to review the final book in the Click Trilogy. I read Click: An Online Love Story the first book in the trilogy back in 2011 and loved it and continued to enjoy the series with Double Click in 2013.

One of the reasons I love this series is it is written entirely in emails between a bunch of friends and this is one of my favourite formats of books to read. The story if you don't already know revolves around a group of friends and the up's and downs in their lives. I love that throughout the entire series you see the friends grow and change and that is another reason I love this series. You see the highs and lows and author Lisa Becker isn't afraid to write them.

I love Shelly she is one of my favourite characters in the books, she makes me laugh with her antics and she still gets up to mischief in Right Click but you also get to see another side of her. In my opinion I think she is the person who you have seen the biggest changes in from the first book till the last book.

Again as in Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click you get to see real life events taking place. In Double Click it was birth, marriage and struggle. In Right Click it's marriage, adultery, death and joy.

I really enjoy reading this series. It is very real and alot of fun to read and makes you feel like these characters could simply be your friends, picking up on quirks you find in your own real life friends. If you are looking for a quick, fun series to read this summer pick up the Click Trilogy by Lisa Becker!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #10

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're excitably anticipating.
 
Into the fire (Birth of the phoenix #1) by Ashelyn Drake
 
Into the Fire
 
 
Sixteen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.
 
Expected Publication: September 9th via Month9books
 
My Thoughts:
 
This book is written by Kelly Hashway one of my favourite authors writing as Ashelyn Drake. I love this cover and I am really intrigued by the story.
 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Life Cycle of The Rain (Blog Tour- The Rain by Virginia Bergin)

Today I am excited to be taking part in day two of the UK blog tour for The Rain by Virginia Bergin. The Rain releases in two days, July 17th via Macmillan. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of the book last month and I really enjoyed it. My review will up on release day :) This blog tour is a unique tour with fun and inventive posts and props goes to Macmillian for coming up with the awesome idea. I hope you enjoy the post and will check out The Rain this summer. #TheRainIsComing

THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RAIN


We all remember learning about the water cycle at school don’t we? How the sun heats the water, and the water evaporates and… blah blah blah. The Water Cycle was never a topic that set our school books on fire BUT maybe if Ruby Morris had paid more attention to her Geography teacher then she’d know exactly which clouds might kill her! So we’re here to educate you, because don’t forget, just one drop will kill you. From the writing process to publication, join us for a blog tour with a difference, as we learn about a FAR more interesting cycle – The Life Cycle of The Rain by Virginia Bergin.

 The sun heats the ocean i.e. Virginia Bergin gets an excellent idea

Prevailing winds pick up the manuscript and deliver it to the Agent Louise Lamont

Pressure (also known as excitement) begins to build within the  publishing cloud of Macmillan with Editor Rachel Petty

Virginia Bergin is as high as a cirrocumulus cloud as her book begins to form

Storm clouds gather over Frankfurt and Bologna – Right A downpour of marketing and publicity support

Take shelter in your local bookshop – Totnes Bookshop

Prevailing Winds: blog tour part two by Louise Lamont 

When Macmillan told me that they wanted to model THE RAIN’s blog tour on the water cycle, I was ALL IN. Nothing in my life since has ever been as beautiful as the water cycle diagrams I coloured in (skillz) for Miss Wilmshurst in 3rd Form Geography; this blog tour was a chance to recapture that glory, to use words like ‘precipitation’ and genuinely mean it.

Then I read Virginia’s blog about the months of terror I put her through (that’s a blog-tour preview for you) and I thought ‘Wait. As a responsible agent, I should probably address this issue of the months of terror I put her through.’ It’s true that every step of the publishing process can throw up a new kind of torment for authors, and in a way our role as their agents is to be the John Cusack to their Jeremy Piven:


And look how well Jeremy Piven has done since! See, it all works out for the best.

Anyway, my part of THE RAIN’s cycle began last September, when a friend of Virginia’s suggested to her that she might need an agent and suggested she get in touch with me. I liked the gumption of Virginia’s approach – saving up her time and money to see once and for all whether she could actually write a novel – but I was sceptical that a really good novel could have come of the process. I was very wrong. It was very good. I knew this when I found myself putting it down only to press my nose against the window of my flat and watch all the people in the street trying to find shelter from a sudden bout of precipitation. 

‘Doomed,’ I whispered sadly. ‘You’re all going to die now.’
Overnight I sent Virginia a few editorial notes (mostly along the lines of ‘ewwww why did you ewwww?’ because it turns out I’m quite squeamish); unfazed by her future agent’s lily-livered suggestions, she agreed to sign up as a client and just like that we were ready to make like a monsoon and shower this town with submissions.

The submission process for THE RAIN (or H20 as it was known back in the day) was complex. It was intense like a cloudburst and pressured like an isobar; at one point it featured a roomful of upturned umbrellas (ellas, ellas) and a gruesome snow globe. It ended with me waving a laptop around a Paris apartment, trying to find enough internet to bring a four-way auction to a close. There is nothing quite like that moment of knowing your author is going to the best possible home on the best possible terms.

And now here we are, scudding towards publication, and I’m amazed that I still represent Virginia Bergin, because it’s taken me all this time to pronounce her surname properly (‘berg-in as in iceberg, not ber-gin as in alcohol. COME ON, Lamont, you can get this’). I also once told her to meet me at the wrong station at the wrong time when we were visiting prospective publishers, but she may have forgotten all about that 15 minute potentially-life-altering trauma so let’s not bring it up now. May you all enjoy reading THE RAIN as much as I did, but may you not then shy away from water for quite as long.

Louise Lamont is a Literary Agent at LBA Books @LLMonts

Next stop on the blog tour Book Lovers' life 

 The Rain


Virginia Bergin

Virginia Bergin learned to roller-skate with the children of eminent physicists. She grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and went on to study psychology, but ruined her own career when, dabbling in fine art at Central Saint Martins, she rediscovered creative writing. Since then she has written poetry, short stories, film and TV scripts. Most recently she has been working in online education, creating interactive courses for The Open University.
She currently lives on a council estate in Bristol and has taken to feeding the birds in between writing the sequel to The Rain.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Dream Boy Blog Tour: Annabelles, Likes & Dislikes & #Giveaway





Blurb:

If dreams can come true…then so can nightmares

One night Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy: tall and handsome with impossible blue eyes. Then, just as suddenly as he appeared, he’s gone…until he walks into her science class the next day. Perfect and REAL. The boy of her dreams. And when he brushes past her, he whispers “Annabelle.” Suddenly, Annabelle’s got the perfect boyfriend and a date to homecoming. Her life is like a dream come true...until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin.

Guest Post- Annabelles Likes & Dislikes

3 Things Annabelle Dislikes

1.      Her hometown.

Annabelle is tired of the smallness and closeness and slowness of her small town (the fictional “Chilton,” set in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia).

In Annabelle's words:

Time goes slower in Chilton than anywhere else on earth. It should be the town motto: Two years in Chilton is eternity.

2.      Stephanie Gonzales.

As a writer, I quite like Stephanie Gonzales. She's uber-gorgeous, full of her own sense of self, and has a wicked ability to zero in on someone's emotional bruises for no other reason than to firmly press them—all while pretending to be administering first aid. Definitely someone I'd like to spend more time with on the page.

Annabelle, however, disagrees. In her words:

With her sleek black hair and almond eyes, she looks like Cleopatra, accessorized with pompoms instead of an asp. She moved here at the beginning of last year, and she’s ruled our class with a golden fist ever since.

There are some advantages to being noticed by Stephanie Gonzales, but there are more advantages to being ignored. Luckily my friends and I are, for the most part, invisible.

3.      Chemistry (sort of).

            Here she is in class:    

“X- ray crystallography captures the distinct lattice pattern of the crystal, so we can see how the electrons that surround the atoms interact with the incoming X- ray photons…”

Mr. Ernshaw might as well have been speaking Xhosa, which is the only language I know of that begins with an X. It wasn’t that I didn’t like chemistry, or even that chemistry didn’t like me. It was just…Friday. And last period. And COME ON MR. ERNSHAW CAN’T YOU GIVE US A BREAK?

 3 Things Annabelle Loves

1.      Her friends.

If I had to choose a quote that shows how important Will, Talon, and Serena are in her life, I'd pretty much end up quoting the entire book.

2.      Music.

Even though Annabelle is a talented artist, she loves the social aspect of listening to music, going out to hear bands, and dancing with her friends. We probably have my coauthor Madelyn to thank for this. You can read about her dream of being a rock star here (http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com/2014/06/blog-tour-guest-post-from-author.html).

3.      Her dreams.

Dreams are where Annabelle goes to escape the humdrum of everyday life. (And where she finds her dream boy.)

            In her words:

It seemed sometimes like sleeping had become my real job, and the waking hours—school, homework, family—well, that was just me resting up for my dreams. Which maybe wasn’t so bad, in the grand scheme of things. At least my dreams got me out of Chilton, if only for the night

About authors Mary & Madelyn:

Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.comand www.madelynrosenberg.com.

Giveaway:

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1 Paperback of Dream Boy by Mary Crockett& Madelyn Rosenburg
Giveaway Ends: 31st July
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