Wednesday, 20 May 2015

#nightofinfinities -A Novel Fundraising Idea! Inspired by John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars COMING this June



Fault in our stars by John Green. Who hasn't heard of it? I have to admit I am one of the few who hasn't read it but really want to. Especially after last weekend when I finally watched The Fault In Our Stars movie and LOVED it so so much. I used two packs of tissues watching it. It is so beautifully sad. I NEED to read the book NOW.

The awesome thing about this book is everyone has supported it so much. And the wonderful UK Publishers of The Fault in Our Stars, Penguin is having a fundraising event inspired by the book in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust on FRIDAY 26th JUNE 2015. For more info check out the press release below.

#nightofinfinities

A Novel Fundraising Idea!
Inspired by John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
All info VIA Penguin official PRESS RELEASE

Penguin has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to mobilise and inspire the legions of teenage fans for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to help raise money for the charity.

On 26th June, with John Green’s support, the publisher is inviting all fans of the book to unite in a ‘Night of Infinities’ and organise fundraising sleepovers nationwide inspired by the book. 

The Fault in Our Stars was the UK’s biggest selling novel of 2014 with sales to date exceeding a million copies in the UK alone. The book which tells the story of Hazel and Gus, two extraordinary teenagers, who first meet at a cancer support group has resonated with readers of all ages. 

Penguin and Teenage Cancer Trust hope that the younger end of the novel’s fan base will be inspired to help raise money to support the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.

John Green comments: "I worked as a student chaplain at a children's hospital about 15 years ago for five months. During that time I started wanting to write about the young people I had met there… It just took a long while for that book to become The Fault in Our Stars. From that experience, I understand the importance of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do in bringing young people together and helping them get the best possible care in the best possible environment. I would be delighted if fans of my book were able to translate that into tangible support for the charity.”

Charli XCX, whose song Boom Clap was released as the first single from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars film and achieved worldwide chart success, is also supporting this initiative:“It is incredible how passionately people have responded to the book and the film. I really hope that enthusiasm drives as many people as possible to organise a sleepover and have fun while raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust which does so much for the many young people with cancer like Hazel and Gus in the UK.”

A ‘Night of Infinities’ event pack is now available to download from www.nightofinfinities.co.uk. The pack gives you all the information you need to organise your own sleepover whilst raising money at the Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/nightofinfinities. It also includes a personal thank you letter from John for taking part, tips on how to organise your sleepover (plus advice on staying safe), real-life stories from young cancer patients and lots of fundraising ideas including: making and selling Okay Cake, sponsored Karaoke of songs from the film’s soundtrack as well as nominating friends and family to take facepack selfies.

On the night itself, there will also be live online moments which will connect all the sleepovers nationwide using social media and including a dedicated radio show on W!ZARD Radio Station, the UK’s Most Popular Online Teen Radio Station set up by teen entrepreneur James Gilmore.



Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Blog Tour: The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader #Review & #Giveaway


Book & Author details:

The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader 
Publication date: January 14th 2015 
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Synopsis: When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside downHer life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins… Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself. Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?

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Review

Rating ✪✪✪✪

The Enchanted Rose was a quick fun read. I read it in a few hours. It had the feeling of a possible retelling but it's not, it's quite hard to example unless you have read it. I no am being very vague (Little Red Riding Hood came to mind a lot) 

The Story was interesting and I was intrigued by a lot of the characters. There where so many twists and turns and it kept me turning the pages. The Story seemed to end abruptly but it makes you excited for the next book.

Apart from a few grammer errors the book was written well and was written in an engaging and exciting tone. Overall I really liked this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

AUTHOR BIO:


Nadia Nader was born and raised in Kuwait.

You can find Nadia on her website: www.NadiaNader.com

In addition to writing, Nadia’s interests include traveling around the world.


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Evie Carter has faced trials and tribulations her entire life. Her teenage years have been ripped away from her as she battles cancer. Just when things can’t get any worse, her doctor delivers the news that it’s finally time to make a life or death decision. Her options are limited and come with deadly consequences. The miracle drug that is meant to save her life changes her on a cellular level. She might not be damaged anymore, but she might just be damned in her new life.





As I return his gaze, my heart seems to stop and time slows to a screeching halt. There’s nothing else that he can do to save me. The only chance I have now is to trust that these researchers in their government funded laboratories have discovered some miracle drug that might give me my life back. I lean back into my pillows clutching the black and gold fleece Purdue blanket my eight year old niece, Shay, made me when my hospital stays increased to weeks instead of days. Touching the soft fleece helps my rapid heartbeat slow down and allows my mind to consider the options. I close my eyes and consider what I have to gain if I could through with the drug trials. It could help me lead a normal life if it works or it could take away the quality of life in the time I have left.  I know deep down I want to live and this trial could mean everything in my battle. After what seems like hours, even though it was only a few minutes in reality, I open my eyes and look for my parents. They are both sitting in the blue plastic covered recliners in my room holding each other’s hands with their foreheads pressed together in what I am assuming is prayer.  They hear the plastic move on my hospital bed as I shift trying to make myself as comfortable as I can with all the tubes coming out of me and they turn their faces towards me. The look on my mother’s face tells me that they know I’m about to make the decision that will forever change our family. A decision that I don’t even think they would have the strength to make on my behalf. I turn my eyes to Dr. Bob, who is still sitting on the edge of my bed waiting for my decision. It takes me a few seconds to realize that I hold the keys to my life in what I’m about to say. As I open my lips the tears finally begin to flow. I utter quietly as I wipe away my tears, “I want to do the trial. Where do I sign?”










Avelyn Paige is a born and raised Indiana girl. She may be a Hoosier by birth, but she’s a Boilermaker by choice! Avelyn lives in rural Indiana with her pastor husband, 2 spoiled cats, and one very odd looking dog.  She’s an oncology research scientist by day and a writer and book review blogger by night. She enjoys reading anything she can get her hands, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Never intending on ever writing her own book, the idea behind the Damaged series came to her on a drive to work early one morning thinking about her father who’d recently passed away. His strength during his cancer and rare blood disease battle inspired Avelyn to do something she’s never thought about before. She’s excited to see where this wild ride takes her. 

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Blog Tour: The Day The Wave Came by Becky Wicks- Interview & #Giveaway


Interview with author Becky Wicks

Tell me a little about yourself and your writing career so far.
Well, I had a crappy Christmas poem published in my local paper when I was about ten, and won first prize in my local creating writing competition two years running after that! I think I wrote about owls!! I guess I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a writer because I’ve always just written. Anything and everything. I started a blog very early on, when blogs were new, and I wrote for mags and websites all over the world (I’ve lived and worked in Dubai, NYC, London, Sydney and Bali!) I was lucky enough to get a 3-book deal with HarperCollins when I was 29. I just love writing, it’s a part of me I guess. I go kind of crazy when I don’t do it!
Tell us a little about The Day Of The Wave and the creation behind the book.
It all started when I was in Sri Lanka last November (2014). I kept meeting locals who all had stories about the tsunami and how it ripped through their homes and washed their tuk-tuks away - many were still struggling to make ends meet because of it over ten years later. It was heartbreaking. I had so many nightmares there about tsunamis striking the house I was staying in, and one night the story about Ben and Isla surviving and finding each other against all odds just came to me. I knew I had to write it down and I didn’t stop once I’d started. It took me five weeks to get it all down!
 Can you describe Isla and Ben in 140 characters or less.
Ben: Running away from himself, love and life. Guilty but good-hearted. Constantly searching but secretly scared of what he’ll find.
Isla: Living in a bubble, under someone’s thumb, stronger than she realises and evolving day-by-day with new confidence and brand new hope.
If you book was turned into a TV show/film who would you like to play Ben and Isla?
Ooooh, you know the show Beauty and the Beast? I kind of picture Vincent and Catherine in the roles somehow, I think they’d be perfect! The guy who plays Vincent - Jay Ryan is just brooding enough, and definitely sexy enough, and Catherine, aka Kristin Kreuk would be a vulnerable yet super strong Isla. They would kick ass in these roles. Let’s make this happen :-)
Why should we pick up The Day Of The Wave?
As far as I know there hasn’t been a fictional romance written about the Boxing Day tsunami yet, and I hope that all my research has meant I’ve stayed true to what happened and perhaps what some of the survivors must have gone through at the same time as creating a compelling story. It took a lot of research to make sure I could do it justice and I hope I’ve succeeded! That’s up to the readers I guess! 
The Day Of The Wave by Becky Wicks 

Publication date: May 1st 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.
Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.


AUTHOR BIO:


Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.


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Blog Tour: Sons Of Old Trilogy by Annabell Cadiz- Top Ten & #Giveaway


Top Ten Favorite Villains

One of the best parts of books is discovering the cray cray villains and the reasons behind what makes them decide to walk the path of evil instead of good. What makes villains even more intriguing is that villains often aren’t just straight evil. Their reasons scarily make sense sometimes and a reader can find themselves nodding along, cheering the villain on despite how wrong their actions can be. 

That’s why I love the villains listed below. They are complex, driven, determined, arrogant, broken messes. They are cunning and clever. Even with their powerful gifts, they still long for something—whether it be love or acceptance or understanding or family—and that longing, that lonliness they feel is what helps readers not only connect to them and even relate to them on certain levels, but unable to put the books down until the very end.

If you haven’t read these books already, you should definitely give them a shot!

10. Gregory Leicester (The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima)


9. Lara Cassnoff (Hex Hall Trilogy by Rachel Hawkins)


8. Angra (Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch)


7. Kronos (Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan)


6. Sea Goddess (Theatre Illuminata Trilogy by Lisa Mantchev)


5. Sarafine Duchannes (Caster Chronicles by Kami Garica & Margaret Stohl)


4. The Darkling (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)


3. Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)


2. Victor (Vicious by V.E. Schwab)



1. Magnus (Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes)


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday Post #16- An awesome reading week

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post was created by Caffeniated Book Reviewer this is a post where we recap on the going on's on the blog the week previous and the week coming up as well as the awesome books we have received, bought or been gifted for review!

This week has been great.....

This week has been a great week. Firstly I read 4 books. Guys I never read 4 books in a week. I am such a slow reader but they where great books so I think that's why I read them so fast. Your thinking what where those great books I read. 

First of I read the last 50 Shades book it was a 're read and I love this series if you didn't already know. Then I read Thing's My Heart Knows by Jessi Kirby, this was my most anticipated book of the year and my first Jessi Kirby book. And I really enjoyed. I then picked up My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I wasn't sure when I started reading if I was going to be really immersed in the story but after the first few chapters I couldn't stop reading it. It was really good. Finally I read The Echanted Rose by Nadia Nader for a blog tour. I read this book in a few hours it was quick and a good read, my review will be up this week as part of the tour. So it's been an awesome reading week. I hope I can keep this reading pace up. However am currently 're reading a series again, which I seem to do every few books so I may be stuck with these books for a week :/ but I can't complain as again I love the series am 're reading. I definitely have a 're reading obsession.

On the blog...

This week I had a couple of guest posts which I haven't had in a while. The first was a Behind the scenes of Angels of Moirai by Nicole Salmond, this is a YA book with angels and it sounds good. You can check out more about it here and also enter to win an ebook of Angels of Moirai.

On Friday author Sarah Noffke talked about being a late YA bloomer. It shows you are never too old to fall in love with YA. Sarah also kindly offered a giveaway I
of her YA Book Awoken, you can enter to win a copy here


You can check out all the other posts from this week by clicking on the side bar.


In other news...

As you may have noticed over my last few Sunday Posts I was freaking out over Arrow. I am obsessed with the TV show and this week was the season finale and it was just perfect. #Olicity I have never hearted and cheered on a couple so much. I can't wait for season four. Also the trailer for Legends of Tomorrow on the CW dropped and it looks so so good. 2016 seems so far away. I love D.C. and Marvel, I tend to lean more toward D.C. but I just love super heroes. 



Now for some new music I discovered:

I love music as well as books, obviously not as much as books but it's something I get obsessed with if I love a song or a band. For the last few Sunday's I have been telling you about songs I love on my Sunday Post. I am going to keep doing this every week. So my question to you is do you want me to keep putting it in this post or a separate post?



I love this song. The video is pretty strange but the song is awesome.


I never thought I would like this. But I love it. It's a catchy song.


Photograph by Ed Sheeran, enough said really. His voice is incredible, this video made me smile and this song is just going to become another classic.


Kinda can't stop listening to this. 

To the books...


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Unsolicited VIA Chicken House, middle grade fantasy releasing June 2015 *paperback*


Yay so I haven't seen the TV show but I kinda want to pick up the book am not sure when I will get to it but hell, why not add it to my book shelf. *paperback*


So this is my favourite book series ever. And I have a paperback of the first book, and hardback of the second and third. So I want to have a paperback and hardback set. Yesterday I bought the paperback of the last book. So all I need now is a paperback of Shadow of night and hardback of A discovery of witches. Yay am obsessed with this series *paperback*


*Love my new vase*

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Guest Post: Late YA Bloomer by Sarah Noffke #Giveaway


When sixteen-year-old Roya Stark attends a dinner party she hardly expects to be drugged, much less told by the host that she’s a special race of human with incredible abilities. Then she follows his orders, closes her eyes and enters a different world. And meets a leader of secret society who promises that his people can protect her.
This is Roya’s first meeting while dream traveling. Within forty-eight hours Roya is pulled into the mysterious world of the Lucidites with a vengeance. By that time her family has already fallen victim to violent hallucinations and the dark figure has dared to approach closer at night, hovering just outside her window. When told her world is in danger and her fate is connected to greatness, Roya knows she has no choice but to seek refuge in the Lucidite Institute. The only catch is she’ll have to risk drowning to get there…
Roya thought she was just a weird teenager. Turns out she’s an extremely powerful Dream Traveler and her fate is to rid the world of a real nightmare. Captivating and mysterious, Awoken will take readers on an exciting voyage they will not soon forget.

Late YA Bloomer by Sarah Noffke

What literature inspired my own writing? What literature can I credit with inspiring my YA series, The Lucidites? All writers have to answer questions like these and I’m a little hesitant to divulge the truth here. 


I have a confession. As a child I didn’t read a lot. Yes, that’s right. I’m a writer who started off by breaking the cardinal rule. Everyone knows that to be a writer you have to be a reader first. The truth is, I wasn’t a very good reader. I didn’t have a learning disability, I just hadn’t fallen in love with literature yet. Still I had a crazy imagination and so without knowing anything about the craft I wrote furiously as a child, scribbling down plays, poetry and short stories in my treehouse.  And guess what? Because I hadn’t read a lot, my work sucked. Well, it probably also sucked because I was ten and a poor speller and had horrible grammar.  All of that changed though…very slowly.


I did start to read more as I grew up. Assigned reading lists. Poetry. Self-Help. Yes, that’s right I was reading Oprah’s recommended books for the soul before I’d even read my first MG or YA sci-fi fantasy. I think I was born forty and have regressed as I’ve grown up.

I’m about to make a confession that I hope doesn’t earn me too much ridicule. I didn’t read my first MG/YA novel until after I graduated from school…grad school, that is. With no more papers to write or textbooks to read, I was finally free. And somehow Dan Brown or Nelson DeMille didn’t appeal to me on a particular day. On that faithful day, a different book found its way into my hands. 



The Golden Compass. 

It’s the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. I don’t recall the words that sprang out of my mouth when I finished that book and quickly went on to the next, but I remember the feeling in my heart. Longing. I was inspired by this magical story and characters who weren’t my age, but rather a much more impressionable one. And I was envious of a writer who had used science and fantasy together to create an incredible series. That’s right. I was downright jealous. And when I finished that series I do remember thinking something very clearly: I want to write YA. 


And that’s where my love for YA started. I went on to read more. A lot more. At first I was a little jaded that I spent the first twenty-four years of my life reading books with characters who didn’t have special powers or magical tools. Don’t get me wrong, Jay Gatsby is a magical character in his own right, but he definitely doesn’t save the world or destroy a battlefield of monsters with his pet dragon. 

My love affair with YA fiction was the beginning of an important journey for me. It’s when my ideas really started to spin, the very same ideas that later would create my own series about a special race of people who dream travel. Whereas before my stories had flat characters with mundane missions, under the inspiration of YA literature they took on fantastical features. They came to life. I’m definitely a late bloomer when it comes to YA. But I’m grateful I did find my genre. It continues to inspire my writing. And Pullman’s tales continue to keep me striving to be a writer as half as excellent as him. 


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