Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list!
Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out!
Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours
Fancy seeing you here? :)
I am BACK! :D
Having a break was definitely the BEST thing for me to do and I feel so renewed and ready to take on blogging again in a way that I haven’t felt in a LONG time. I have some posts all scheduled and ready to go up in the next few weeks and some more that I’ll be popping in as and when I feel like it. But basically, I’m back and it feels good. Did you miss me?
And I thought the BEST way to announce my return is to do a list of all my Bookish Truths and Confessions. This is a list for you to really get to know ME. Maybe you will dislike me after but this is who I am and I’m not changing for anyone.
I will never read every single book on my TBR pile…
This I know but that doesn’t stop me from adding more. Because all the books sound amazing and I want to read them.
I stopped reading for three years
WHAT? It was half a year before university and the first two years. I did read a little, like maybe three books in the three years but no where near as religously as I did before and after. It was a weird period of my life.
I used to love the Twilight books…
I devoured them. I fell in love with them deeply and just wanted more. But then I read the final book and everything fell to pieces. I realised what Stephanie Meyer had done in EVERY SINGLE BOOK and the illusion simply shattered. Now I can’t stand them.
It can sometimes take me a long time to finish books because I start them, I get halfway through them, and then my mood changes and I want to read something else… but it is not the sign of a BAD book.
It’s really, really, not. Some of my FAVOURITE books have taken me weeks to read because I put them down for a long time in between other books. Unhinged and Splintered being perfect examples of this!
Reading YA is still relatively new to me.
I read some teenage books when I was a teenager (Malorie Blackman, Kevin Brooks!) but mostly I read adult books (Jodi Picoult, Cecelia Ahern). But then I started blogging and the rest is history…
I buy and borrow books to make me feel better when really I should just read the books I already have…
This sort of falls in line with the first one but the reason I buy and borrow more books (and get excited when I get review copies) is because books CHEER ME UP. I get so happy when I get a new book and even if I don’t read it STRAIGHT AWAY, knowing it is there and waiting for me is really nice. Instead of buying clothes and shoes, let me buy books please.
It takes me a long time to read the last book in a series because I just… can’t… say… goodbye.
Seriously. The only time I read the final book STRAIGHT away was with Harry Potter and that is ONLY because EVERYONE at school was talking about what happens and I was NOT going to be left behind. Now though, I rarely read books that people around me talk about so the ending can be given a bit of time to gear myself up for!
I don’t think I have ever read a series from start to finish without having a break of other books in between, even when I own all the books…
This goes with my reading books halfway analogy… I NEED other books to keep my interest in the series. It sounds odd, but otherwise I just KNOW that I’ll get bored and that would be terrifically sad.
With that in mind, I am in the middle of SO MANY series, I have actually lost count. Many series of which I own all/most of the books for…
Sometimes I will read the first book in the series and will convince myself I WILL return to the series later. Then a year later I’ve forgotten all about it…
I used to damage books. Bend spines, dog-ear them, bash them about without a care. But now I just can’t. Books feel wrong if they’re not pristine.
I know, it’s bad. But I was a kid and I just wanted to read the story. I didn’t care about the books. (And my Harry Potter books are the BEST example of this) But now they need to be PRETTY too. I don’t know why though.
I also used to borrow ALL the books from the library. Now I work there and inspect EVERY book I take out first. Which means I don’t take out nearly as many books as I should.
I work in the library. I see the state in which some of the books come back in and then I can’t help but wonder… WHAT DO PEOPLE DO WITH THESE BOOKS? Do they read them in the bath? Do they eat food NEAR them? Do they go to the beach with them? It’s all just a big NO-NO for me now.
I loved signed books but it’s still a little foreign to me. Sometimes I still wonder why a signed book makes it more special…
This is a difficult confession for me as I own SO MANY signed books now but only started getting them signed since blogging. But for me, it’s more exciting SEEING the author than it is having the book signed. Hence why I’m unlikely to buy a book JUST because it’s signed. Unless it’s a book I LOVED. (Hello Books of Wonder books!)
Meeting authors is also new to me. I have now met MANY authors and still I sometimes don’t know what to say to them, even those who I would probably now consider friends. Sometimes I just have a little… (Oh My God, Blah author just had a FULL conversation with me.)
This one I think stems from putting authors and there amazing books on pedastals. And also because these are people who have done what I have continuously failed to do; written a book to the very end, edited it, and put it out into the world.
But I fangirl in a very different way to other bloggers. I get MORE excited about receiving/buying books than I sometimes do about meeting authors and it can still feel odd jumping up and squeeing. I would rather fangirl online.
When I first started blogging, I loved fangirling online with fellow bloggers but I had never met an author before. Then I did and we spent ALL day together (with his publicist) and it was so lovely and I realised he was, you know, human, and it was all FINE. But now, I actually fangirl more than I ever did but it’s more of an “oh wow” than a “SQUEEEL. OHMIGOD.” moment. It’s hard to explain but… yeah. Embarrassing.
I will be SO EXCITED about receiving/buying/borrowing x book and then I may not read it for months or years.
This is incredibly bad of me. I got Talon, Heir of Fire and Lockwood & Co 2 at BEA and I was SO EXCITED for all of them. Had been waiting for all three of them for MONTHS and they ARE STILL SITTING UNREAD on my bookcase. I can’t even…
I am, and always will be, a MOOD READER.
And the clincher of ALL my problems, I read what I’m in the MOOD for. I cannot read a fantasy when my brain wants a contemporary. I can’t read a YA when I want an adult story. And my mood changes DRASTICALLY. I could be halfway through a book (*cough*above*cough*) and suddenly, I want to read a thriller, not a sci-fi. It is hard to deal with, especially when you have review deadlines and this is why blogging got hard for a little bit but now I am allowing myself to read WHATEVER the hell I want to. Yay!
I am certain there are more confessions and truths to tell you all but these are the ones I have shared with you today.
Do you have any of the same confessions? Or what do you do differently to me? I’d love to hear from you!
Today I’m here to wrap up the Ascension of the Whyte blog tour!
I’ll be listing all of the stops, linking to the posts, listing some review quotes and announcing the winner of the tour giveaway.
Book Briefs – Guest Post
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Guest Post
Big Book Little Book – Character Interview
VVB32 Reads – Guest Post
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review
Pretty in Fiction – Top Ten List
A Thousand Words, A Million Books – Review and Guest Post
Whatever You Can Still Betray – Guest Post
Uncorked Thoughts – Author Interview
Ginger Reader 22 – Author Interview
VVB32 Reads – Review
Blog of Erised – Guest Post
On The Broomstick – Guest Post
Bookish Outsider – Review
“Good start to this fantasy series.” – Velvet at VVB32 Reads
“This book was in one word – BRILLIANT!” – Aditi at A Thousand Words, A Million Books
“I was thoroughly entranced by the writing and the characters.” – Fi at Bookish Outsider
“This book will take you into a new, imaginative world and on a journey that will force you to continuously hold your breath.” – Faye at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
The winner of the amazing tour-wide giveaway was
Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your prizes!
A Big Thank-You
Finally to finish, I just want to say a big thank you to every blogger that helped to make this blog tour a success! Also thank you to Karen for being a fantastic author to work with and for working so hard to make sure this whole tour ran smoothly.
And thank you to all the readers who followed the tour! You’re all amazing!
Today, I am afraid that I have some bad news. Or, well, I think it’s bad, you may not.
I am officially putting this blog and my vlog channel on a hiatus.
I just don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to blog at the moment. Blog topic ideas have vanished, and after my disaster attempt at a personal post last week went sour quickly, I just don’t know what the point of it all is anymore.
Essentially I just need to take some me time.
I want to read simply to read. And I still really want to stop feeling guilty when I don’t read or blog for a while.
I don’t know how long I’ll be gone but hopefully it won’t be too long!
I will still be reviewing for Big Book Little Book so keep an eye on my reviews over there!
Until next time…
Today I am one of the stops on the Ascension of the Whyte blog tour and I am here to share with you my review of the book!
Sara Carson did not believe in life after death, Heaven, Hell or even reincarnation. However, what she didn’t know was that some of us are special. For some of us, death is just the beginning of our next great adventure. Sara Carson was one of those special people, and her most incredible journey did not begin, until the day she died.
A magical début novel that will leave you breathless.
As soon as I heard that this book was a mix between Harry Potter and LOTR, I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. I love fantasy books, especially ones that are full of imagination and so I was looking forward to reading this book and seeing if it was as good as it sounds. Fortunately, upon reading this, I was instantly sucked into the story and the world it was set in. This book is definitely full of imagination, and is set in a very curious world. I, for one, cannot wait to read more in this series.
One of the most important things about fantasy books is the world building. As the story is set in a new place, the reader has to be able to imagine this world and all the rules that the characters in the book have to live by. Karen Wrighton has done a great job at not only creating a fascinating world, but at doing it well. Through characters that are learning the new envrioment as well, this book eases you into a new world that is exciting and fresh. Also important is a compelling story which Karen has delivered well. This book is intriguing and full of action and mystery that really make you want to turn the page, over and over again. While it was a little slow and hard to grasp at first, it definitely makes up for that by the end!
Rose is an interesting character who really makes this story enjoyable. Rose is strong and powerful without being truly aare of it which makes her a very likeable character. She’s also a great leader and is good at rallying people together. I really enjoyed reading her. I also enjoyed the other characters in her team. They all had very distinct personalities and it all worked really well together. The only issue I had was that it was hard to remember who was who at the start of the story as you’re introduced to a lot of characters at once. Fortunately, however, the story quickly focusses on less characrers, making it easy to get to know who everyone is, and all of their personalities.
While this book did have a few flaws, what helped to look past them was the writing style. Karen describes the world really well, helping to paint a very vivid image in the mind. Add to that, fast-pacing, exciting incidents, an aroma of mystery, and it should be easy to see why I really liked reading this story! Karen, as a debut author, has done a brilliant job with this book. It is a wonderful start to what looks to be a very intense series. I know that I am definitely invested enough in the story and the writing to want to know where the series will take us next!
All in all, this book will take you into a new, imaginative world and on a journey that will force you to continuously hold your breath. It is full of adventure, magic, and excitement. So, if you’re a fan of fantasy books, such as Harry Potter or LOTR, then I definitely think you should give this book a try! I really enjoyed reading it, I loved the fantasy elements, the intriguing story and really, I just cannot wait to continue with this series to find out what will happen next! I would well and truly recommend this book to others.
** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Tour Wide Giveaway
Part of the tour is also to include a giveaway!
- Author signed paperback copy of Ascension of the Whyte
- Themed metal bookmarks
- Postcards with graphics of the book cover and a colour map of the Afterlands (signed by author if requested)
- Original hand-made Adder stone pendant like the one described in the book.
Today I am the first stop on the Better than Perfect blog tour and I am really excited to share with you a snippet from Derek’s phone and an extract from the first chapter!
Hope you enjoy!
Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car – Ashtyn’s only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she’ll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek’s flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?
DEREK’S MOBILE PHONE
Derek hasn’t been replying to any of the messages Brandi, his step mom, has sent. Find out why he is feeling so sheepish in the extract…
Chapter One Extract
And that’s everything!
What did you think?
Are you intrigued? Will you adding this book to your TBR?
Let me know!
Today I am proud to announce that the Book Blogger UKYA Award Nominations are open!
Today I am here to tell you all about the Ascension of the Whyte Blog Tour!
This tour runs from 9th August to 16th August and is full of lots of cool and intriguing posts!
For links to the blogs, click on the blog names below, and once that tour day has arrived it will take you straight to the post!
There will also be a tour-wide giveaway during the tour! More details of that will be in the first post of the tour and the rafflecopter to enter will be on every single tour stop so there are plenty of chances to win some exciting goodies!
And there you have the entire tour!
Hope you’re as excited for it as I am!
Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
Today I am here to announce something super exciting that I need your help with!
A few bloggers have been working behind the scenes to show our gratitude to all the amazing UKYA authors out there. To do that, we have been planning the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
But, we conceded, we couldn’t do everything and are asking all of you fabulous bloggers if you would like to help us out with a few things!
What we need bloggers to do;
- Help us host the nominations for the awards
- Help us publicize the awards to get lots of people nominating!
- Help us host the shortlist
- Help publicize the shortlist
- Help us host the winner announcement and hand out the “awards” to the authors!
- To be available to post nominations on their blog on the 11th August 2014
- To be available to post the shortlist voting on 1st Sept 2014
- To be available to announce the winners on the 1st Oct 2014
If you think that all sounds like something you can do, fill out the form below and Faye will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know the next step.
** Please note, this will be based on first come, first served and nothing more. We only need a handful of bloggers BUT if you don’t get to host, EVERYONE can still vote! **
Today I am here to welcome you to the wonderful Simon David Eden who has written you all a guest post!
His book, The Savage Kingdom was published on the 17th July and is a middle grade fantasy adventure book that cat lovers are sure to truly enjoy! Find more information and where you can get the book, below!
The Savage Kingdom’s feline lead character Will-C is actually an amalgam of two cats. The main inspiration was our black cat Bagherra who joined the family when we were living in St Margarets, near Richmond back in the mid-90s.
Bags was an abandoned kitten with a gammy eye who my daughter Millie fell in love with at a rescue centre. They became inseparable. Later on when we moved to Sussex, Bags befriended a three-legged cat who lived nearby. When I began to devise the story, I drew on Bags’ nature – smart, inquisitive, playful, loyal, always affectionate and tolerant (even when pursued by tail-tugging, over-enthusiastic human tots!), but as the epic journey at the heart of the story is pretty terrifying in places, it didn’t feel right to actually put him in it. So I sort of merged him and his three-legged friend to give myself license to go wild. As you can see from the photo below, he took his role as muse very seriously and stayed as close as possible to the action!
Someone asked me recently if I’d become wary and suspicious of our cats as a result of writing the novel. And the answer is no. Just like Bags (who sadly died in 2012 aged 15) I’m sure our two new additions to the family, Bea and her brother Mosey will look out for us and help to organise the Truckles Domesticated Animal Resistance when the trouble starts. At least I hope so!
Picking up where Bags left off! Mosey’s a big fan of the petting-while-typing combo, whereas Bea is more interested in the process. If they need someone to handle IT in the post-human world she’ll definitely be the go to feline!
Brother and sister were born at the Champions Animal Sanctuary which was set up by my late great friend the actress and animal rights campaigner Alexandra Bastedo. Their mother was a pregnant stray found wandering the streets. Though they were part of the same litter, they are very different. Bea is slight, incredibly bright, independent and fearless – the latter perhaps because she was born completely deaf, which is quite common with white cats, and therefore isn’t frightened of loud noises like the neighbouring farmer’s dogs barking furiously as she pads through their garden. Physically she fits the description of a ‘White Oriental Shorthair’, while Mosey on the other hand – who always has a lot to say, is frightened of his own shadow and salivates uncontrollably when snuggled – is closer to a ‘Turkish Angora’, with his two different coloured eyes, thick fluffy coat and tail held looped above him like a Husky. Look out for a guest appearance in The Savage Kingdom Book II!
When Drue’s beloved cat Will-C goes missing, she’s unaware that his disappearance is the start of the greatest global conflict the world has ever known. The animal kingdom has declared war on mankind, and now domesticated creatures must choose who to fight for: Man or Beast.
Cast into a world full of danger, but determined to rescue Will-C and bring him home, Drue starts out on a quest and makes an astonishing discovery: an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, who have lived in the shadows since the dawn of time, are about to play a key role in shaping the future – but can they save mankind? And what role is Drue herself about to play?
The Savage Kingdom is an unforgettable tale about courage, hope, loyalty… and the unbreakable bond between a girl and her cat.
Simon David Eden a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Simon has written screenplays for film and award-winning television drama. He has also worked as a lyricist, lecturer, designer and playwright. This is his first fiction novel and this new direction is something he’s now passionate about pursuing and focusing on. For more information about Simon’s work visit his website: www.simondavideden.com