Monday, 22 December 2014

#Review : A Year Full Of Stories by Georgie Adams & Selina Young

 
A Year Full of Stories
 
 
Book: A Year Full of Stories 

Author (s): Georgie Adams & Selina Young

Pages: 264
 
Children's Book

Publisher: Orion Books
 
Received Hardback VIA publisher for review
 
Review:
 
When I was younger I loved these sort of books. Big story books with little stories throughout. A year Full Of Stories has a story/or poem for every day of the year. From January 1st where Ben is cleaning his room for a fresh new start to the year, to Harry's Holiday diary in August. Each story/poem is only one page but I think it is enough for a bedtime story with a little one. It will appeal to both boys and girls and having a bedtime story designated to each day of the year will make bedtimes fun to see what the story is that day.
 
The pictures are bright and colourful and will encourage discussion with your children.
 
A Year Full Of Stories is a great collection of stories/poems that will be used for many years and would make a great addition to your child's bookcase!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Popsugar's reading challenge 2015

I found Pop Sugar's 2015 reading challenge on facebook and I think it's a cool reading challenge. Some of the challenges include A classic romance, a book more than a 100 year's old, a book you can finish in a day and lots more. You can read more about the challenge here they even have a printable so you can keep track. I think this is a cool challenge and I am going to undertake it in 2015 along with some other book challenges I have set myself. Those other book challenges will be revealed in a post later in the month.
 
Photo: Saw this on my timeline and thought I'd share. Reading challenge for anyone that wants to give it a try. :-)
 
I do not own this Pop Sugar does!!
 
Each month I will be updating you on my process of the challenge! Are you going to undertake the challenge? Leave me a comment below. Also which challenge are you most excited for. Don't forget to check out Pop Sugar
 
 
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Friday, 19 December 2014

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl OnlineBook: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Series: Girl Online (1)

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 352

Bought Copy

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Blurb:

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.


Review:

I loved Girl Online. There has been so much criticism of Zoe and the rumour of a ghost writer but I can see Zoe all over this book. In the things the character loves, in the personality of the character and one big similarly is the character Penny's struggle with panic attacks and anxiety. Everyone knows that Zoe has struggled and still struggles with these issues it has been well documented online. On to my review of Girl Online.

The story is romantically cliché but I love cliché romance and it was just so cute. The story takes you from Brighton to New York. And Penny the main protagonist grows so much. She learns to deal with her struggles to realise she is beautiful and unique, her own person. She may learn this from Noah, the love interest but she realises when he's not around she can still be this person.

Girl Online has great characters aside from the protagonists. My favourite was Elliot, Penny's best friend he was so quirky and fun and had his own struggles.

Girl Online is real, the romance may be cliché, all romances aren't like Penny's and Noah's, that's every girls dream relationship but Penny was real.  She could be any girl out there with insecurities, anxiety and not knowing who they are. It touches on the good and bad side of the internet and shows you that you may think you know someone online but you really only know a tiny percentage of who they really are.

I really loved Girl Online and can't wait for more from Penny, Girl Online!
  






Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I heart...Melissa Landers- SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

 
 
 
2015 is just around the corner and I am already looking forward to all the amazing new releases. Saying that in 2015 I want to highlight amazing authors that I love, and books that I have read, that have given me all the feels. 

This has developed into a new monthly feature called I heart... I will pick an author/book each month, to highlight and to have posts with this author on my blog throughout the month. The Second author who will be featured in February is, Melissa Landers! I loved Melissa's debut novel Alienated this year and I am so excited for the sequel coming February 2015!

As part of the feature I'm taking questions from fans of Melissa and her work. Do you want to know where Melissa gets her inspiration for her books? Why did she start writing books? What is her favourite colour? Does she have a favourite animal? Now is your chance!

You can leave a comment below with your question for Melissa or you can tweet your questions using the #IheartMelissa

Last day to submit a question is December 31st 2014.  Check back on to see if Melissa answered your question on February 16th!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Bloggers I have loved in 2014!!

This year I have interacted a lot more with bloggers. Through this I have fallen in love with a few blogs, two in particular. They are Lost in Lit & Writing My Own Fairytale. I love these girl's posts and their blogs and I encourage you to all check out both blogs. Becca and Lisa @ LOST IN LIT & Lori @ WRITING MY OWN FAIRYTALE have kindly answered some fave book 2014 questions for me and what books they are looking forward to in 2015! Check out their answers and don't forget to stop by their blogs and say hello :)


Lost in Lit's Lisa



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Favourite 2014 read:
 
I read so many 5 star books this year, I can't even believe it!  The one I'd like to highlight though is Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke.  I was completely blown away by that book, and had no idea I was going to love it as much as I did.  Others that were fantastic include Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, On the Fence by Kasie West, Maybe Somebody by Colleen Hoover, and Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine.  (As you can see, I'm a HUGE contemporary fan, so I enjoy my contempts most of all.)
 
Favourite 2014 blogging moment: 
 
 April 2014, when I welcomed Becca to Lost in Literature.  The blog has been so much more since she's joined, and I can't imagine ever running Lost in Lit again without her.  <3

2015 book I'm most looking forward to:  
 
There are SO many!  Naming one is impossible, but maybe I can name three.  ;)  Confess by Colleen Hoover, Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher, and The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.
 
 
Becca's @ Lost in Lit



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Favourite 2014 read:

There were so many books that I read in 2014 that I really enjoyed. Topping the list would have to be Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker, Clipped wings by Helena Hunting, The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan, All Broke Down by Cora Carmack and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Just for the record, it was really hard for me to narrow that list down and I still listed too many LOL :) 
 
Favourite 2014 blogging moment: 

 
My best blogging moment of the year would have to be joining Lisa at Lost in Literature as her co-blogger. I had been toying with the idea of starting my own blog and when Lisa came to me with the idea of joining her I was so excited and happily accepted! Since then we have had so much fun and our relationship has grown and become even better! She is not only my sister in law, but a really good friend and co-blogging with her has become one of my favourite things in the world! So without a doubt in my mind I have to say that joining her has been the absolute best blogging moment of 2014 for me!
 
 
2015 book I'm most looking forward to:  
 
The books that I have come across that are releasing in 2015 have got me SO excited! There are so many excellent books that I cannot wait to get my hands on! They include: Rebound by Noelle August, Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, The Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding. 


Lori @ Writing My Own Fairytale 

Writing My Own Fairy Tale

Blog * Twitter


Favourite 2014 read:
This is a really hard question because I have to choose just one! Comparing fantasy to romance to sci-fi and pick just ONE overall favourite?!?! It's hard! But I did. I'm calling my favourite 2014 read Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I was so surprised by it and its characters, the way I connected to the MC and how much I ended up loving all of the characters and their journeys, there's no way I can pick anything else. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone and everyone. So, if you haven't read this, you should! I loved it!


Favourite 2014 blogging moment: 
 
 This one was actually an easy one. I was lucky enough to be a moderator for an author event this fall and I just about died! It was a stop on the Heir of Fire Tour with Sarah J. Maas and Emery Lord. I was so excited and so nervous and I got to sit at a table with both of these authors and I'm still not sure I said any actual words during the whole time but they were amazing. It was so much fun and definitely my favourite blog moment of 2014.

 
2015 book I'm most looking forward to:  

This is SO HARD! There are so many books coming out next year that I'm dying to read! Pretty much every one is a sequel and I'd list them all here but it says favourite so again, I'm going to pick just one. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson is definitely one I'm excited to read. If you didn't read The Kiss of Deception and you're a fan of YA Fantasy books, I would definitely recommend it. I loved that story and I can't wait to see how it continues in the sequel! 
 
 
Who are some of your favourite bloggers?  Leave me a comment below with your faves you think I should check out!
 
 
 
 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Inspire by Cora Carmack Release Day & #Giveaway

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We are so incredibly excited to be able to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and the first book in her new Muse Series!! Holy canoli, y'all. Go out and get this today!

  Inspire

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Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.
 
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  Excerpt:
 
I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed. The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms. We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw. I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench. He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.

 
 
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  About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Night House by Rachel Tafoya Blog Tour: Interview & #Giveaway

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Interview with author, Rachel Tofoya
 
Tell me a little about yourself and your writing journey so far
 
            Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m 22, and I wrote The Night House when I was a senior in high school. I’ve been writing forever, and when I was in high school, I joined an experimental writing group for teens, run by Jonathan Maberry. He was an incredible person to come in contact with, and gave me a lot of hope and inspiration for my own writing. My dad is also a published author, and his own journey helped encourage me to try professionally writing.
 
Tell us a little about The Night House
 
            This is a pretty dark book about vampires, addiction, and empathy. Bianca is an addict who gets bitten by vampires and ventures alone out into the city, waiting for something to unfold. James is a recluse, who feels everything the people around him feel, dreading when something does change. When the two meet, a storm brews.

 Why Vampires?
 
            I love vampires. I think they are the perfect creatures to use to write about addiction. They need blood to live, and they’ll do anything for it. I also wrote this closer to the Great Twilight Craze, and witnessed some first hand accounts of people being addicted to vampires (or books about them).
 
Describe your main protagonists in less than 140 characters.
 
            It’s about two kids who live opposite lives, and look for the strength to break out of their patterns.
 
Why should we pick up The Night House in one sentence?
 
                It’s unlike any vampire book you’ve read!
 
Blurb:
 
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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
 
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
 
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
 
 
 
 
Author:
 
 
DCIM100MEDIARachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

 


 
 
 
 
 

 
 


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