Cover Reveal; Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton

Posted on 23 May, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am sharing with you the super awesome cover of Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton! This is a book that I’ve heard the first chapter of and am DYING to read more of. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on this book out in August!


Memoirs of Neurotic Zombie

‘My name is Adam Meltzer and the last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped piñata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground.’

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door desperate for a shower . . . three months after his funeral.

When most people think zombies, they think of eating people, and unintelligent monsters. But Adam doesn’t like germs. Or dirt. Or things being disorganised. So waking up as a zombie was definitely not in his plans, and the idea of eating people is disgusting. Getting stung by a bee doesn’t normally lead to becoming a zombie, and it seems incredibly unfair that it’s happened to Adam.

Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again.

A hilarious adventure caper – if Ferris Bueller met Shaun of the Dead – all about friendship and being yourself . . . even if you’re undead.


Exclusive Extract!

Adam prepares for returning to school as a zombie, with an unexpected family argument

I woke up early on Monday and raided Amanda’s make-up stash while she was showering. I liberally applied foundation and colour, which I’ve seen her do a thousand times, and did my best to get that ‘While I may looked like a walking skeleton, I’m actually alive’ look the beauty industry pushes.
‘What do you think?’ I asked the family at breakfast.
‘You look like a ventriloquist’s doll,’ said Amanda.
‘I’m really sorry, Adam,’ said Mum. ‘I didn’t realise you were into SMOOCH, otherwise I would have bought you a ticket for Field of Screams.’
SMOOCH is this heavy-metal rock band where four British guys wear crazy make-up, dress up in outlandish costumes, and scream so loudly that peoples’ ears are known to bleed. My parents grew up listening to them, and for some reason Amanda loves them too. I, however, was convinced they should be institutionalised…or deported.
‘Field of Screams if on Friday and everyone’s going,’ taunted Amanda. ‘’Cept you, cos it’s sold out. You snooze, you lose.’
‘I wasn’t exactly snoozing.’


There are lots of different extracts out there in the web today, hope you enjoy them all!

Are you as excited about this book as I am?

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Posted on 23 May, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnowski

Posted on 22 May, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Don't Even Think About ItAuthor: Sarah Mylnowski
Publisher: Hachette Children’s
Published: 1st March 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.

When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.


When All

The concept of this book caught my eye as soon as I heard about it and I knew that it was a book I wanted to read. The idea of thoughts being overheard is definitely a scary one so I was instantly intrigued. Aside from that, I had no idea what to expect when it came to this book. Fortunately, I found the book to be an enjoyable, entertaining read that I’m glad I got a chance to read. It’s an easy read and one that I got through quickly and is good if you just want something nice and simple to read for a little while. A brilliant book to escape into for a few hours.

Your Thoughts

Homeroom 10B all thought they were queuing up to get your run-of-the-mill flu jab, they never thought anything could go wrong. But then they start hearing people’s thoughts. This premise is so scary! It’s also really intriguing because it could be so helpful to know what people are really thinking. This book looks at both of these pros and cons – amongst many more – and it was really fascinating to read. With a handful of characters, this book looks at so many different things with lots of little subplots going on as well, which helped to make the book addictive. There were times, however, especially at the beginning, where the stories of the characters got a little jumbled and hard to follow but luckily it got a lot easier to handle as the book progressed. Throughout the plot, this book filled me with many emotions, and while it wasn’t the most emotional book I’ve ever read, it was still a quite bumpy ride!

Are Heard

There are a bundle of main characters in this book, but my favourite by far was Olivia. She is a shy and anxious teenager just trying to work out her place in the world. I loved where her thoughts took her and who she became by the end of the novel. I also really liked Cooper. He’s the fun guy of the class, always helping to bring a bit of cheer to the world, and I just thought he was a really lively character that I could really imagine. The journey he takes in this story is really heart-breaking and touching and I just felt that it was really well done. Other mentionable characters include Tess and BJ. Both were liked for different reasons but basically I just adored both of their stories and how they progressed throughout the novel. While some of the characters felt stereotypical, it really didn’t matter as I still enjoyed reading about all of the characters, even the less nice ones!

By Others

The narration in this book was a little hard to get to grips with at the start. Only because there was an ensemble of characters and it was difficult to work out whom was who. Fortunately that was quickly resolved as the writing style was really easy to get to grips with. Essentially I soon found myself rather enjoying the little asides that occur throughout the novel and the way in which the book jumps around from one character to the next. With all of that going on, it is easy to see why this book is such a quick read and my only complaint would be that it wasn’t long enough!

Something Changes

While I had no true expectations of this book, I can say with certainty that I really liked this book. It was a fun, easy, light read that was addictive and compelling. I loved the characters, some more than others, and I enjoyed where the plot of this story took me. It is one that I would definitely pick up again and one that I am just really glad I eventually got around to reading. I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary books with a twist, and is looking for a book that they can practically fall into and truly enjoy. It may also make you think about what it would be like if everyone could hear your thoughts!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 22 May, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Blog Tour Release Day Blitz!

Posted on 15 May, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
I’m here today to celebrate the release of Glaze by Kim Curran! Find out all the info on the book below along with an exclusive excerpt!
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


Glaze Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.

Goodreads. Limited HB Edition. Amazon Kindle.


Ordinary Excerpt

‘So, Petri. What have you brought me?’ Logan says, stroking Proxy’s ears.

I reach into my pocket and pull out the crumpled ball of tissue paper. Logan goes to snatch it out of my hand, but I’m faster.

‘First, the deal. I want on to Glaze. And I want the CDO wiped.’

‘No problem.’

‘And I want it now. No more waiting. I want to be sixteen. Now. You can do that, can’t you? Fix my files?’

‘Given I’ll be creating a false identity for you, I can make you any age you want.’ He reaches his hand out.

‘And Ryan.’ I don’t really know why I’m doing this. It’s not like I owe him anything. But I can’t bear the thought of seeing him when I’m on and he’s not. This way it’s a clean slate. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. ‘Ryan back on too.’

Logan shakes his head. ‘Why do you care what happens to that reprobate? He’s using you, you know that right?’

I remember the kiss in the elevator and the way he looked at me. Was that all a show? Isn’t everything?

‘Ryan too,’ I say, with a shrug.

‘You’re asking a lot there, kid.’

‘And I’m giving you a lot too. I’ve been looking into it. WhiteInc have DNA-protected access. You get the DNA sequence of someone with authorisation and you have access to Glaze.’

Logan and the twins share a look. They’d been hoping to keep that little fact from me. I ignore the guilt that’s making my cheeks burn and my stomach roil. Zizi will never find out it was me. Besides, if I don’t help them, they’ll only find another way in. I want to believe this. I have to believe it. I think about living the rest of my life surrounded by silence, banished from all human contact. It has to be worth the risk.


Exclusive Excerpt

I still flinch at every speed camera, CCTV and drone. There seem to be hundreds of them. Watching me. I never realised how many there were, monitoring our every movement. Some cultures used to think cameras took our souls. Maybe that’s what’s happened to us. Maybe our need to document our every thought, our every emotion, has robbed us of everything. Stripped us down to nothing but pixels on a screen.

I crane my head to watch a drone buzz by overhead, wondering how many souls it’s captured tonight. I don’t see the car coming.


Kim Pic Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.
She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds. She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

To find out more visit www.kimcurran.co.uk.

Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads. Youtube.


There is a tour wide giveaway during the tour.

Hardback copy of GLAZE signed by the author and cover designer
Signed copies of Shift & Control
Glaze Bookmarks
Glaze badges
Meet with Kim Curran or Skype chat if not able to come to London.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Posted on 15 May, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Blog Tour Review; Glaze by Kim Curran (+ Giveaway!)

Posted on 13 May, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments

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GlazeAuthor: Kim Curran
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 15th May 2014
Pages: 293
Format: Ebook
Source:: Review Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.


Everything Is

Having read and adored both Shift and Control, I was instantly interested in knowing about Kim’s next project. When it was finally announced and the synopsis was revealed, I was instantaneously hooked. It sounded like such an interesting novel and I just knew that I had to get my hands on it. I was also wary of my excitement – as I usually am – worried that I would somehow end up getting disappointed. Fortunately, however, I am here to happily report that, that did not happen. Instead I once again fell in love with one of Kim’s books and cannot wait to read everything else that she writes.

Streaming In

Petri lives in a world where social media is accessed through a chip in the brain. This chip connects you to everything and everyone. But you can only have the chip implanted when you turn sixteen. Petri is just a few months away from getting a chip when she’s given a five-year ban from the network. Now all of her friends are even further away from before and she simply cannot deal with living alone for another five years, thus she does everything she can to get herself onto the network known as Glaze. This is the set up of this plot and everything that happens because of it is truly compelling and interesting. This book is full of twists and turns, bumps and jolts, and is full of action and mystery. I loved the concept of the story in all of its shocking gory, and I loved the way that everything came together. It kept you guessing, it made you think, and it was just full of a really intriguing story that I couldn’t keep away from, and a story that stuck in my mind for days after I’d finished the last page.

To Your Brain

What helps to make this book strong were the characters. While it took me a while to connect with Petri, almost instantly I understood her. Trying to fit in as a teenager seems incredibly difficult – of course, what we don’t realise is most of us will spend our whole lives trying to fit in – but I remember so vividly how hard this was for me. I always felt outside of everyone, different in so many ways and so reading about a character who felt that way was really great. Petri has a few flaws and feels a little naïve at times but essentially I quite liked her as the main driving point of this story. While the romance in this novel feels a bit generic, I did also like the relationship between Petri and Ethan. There’s a lot of learning to be had between them and it’s a lot of scrabbling in the dark which is how it often feels when meeting new people. It just takes a while to find a unique rhythm. The only thing for me that felt off with the characters was Petri’s relationship with her group of friends at the beginning, I couldn’t work out how she fit in with everyone and it all felt a little forced. While I can see how important this was because of the plot, it did mean the beginning of this book was a little hard to get into.

Can You

I adored that this book was set in London but essentially apart from a few mentions here and there, the location of the city wasn’t mentioned but I felt that this really worked. For me, the real setting of this book wasn’t London itself, but a futuristic world where social media was quite literally ingrained in our skulls. This setting, in comparisons, was well built, continuously mentioned and it was just so easy to really see the world in this way – scary still as it was just so believeable. Aside from being described in great detail, what helped to make the setting and world-building so concrete was the writing style. I have, as mentioned above, loved both of Kim’s previous books and so I was really glad when I could find her style in this book as well. It helped to really make the book more entertaining and thrilling.

Survive It?

Essentially this was a hard-hitting novel that scared me to the core, gave me enjoyment, and stayed in my head for days after reading it. It was action-packed, intense, and was an easy read for me to enjoy. While some may feel that the story wasn’t very strong, for me that doesn’t matter so much as the world-building around it and the messages that Kim conveys throughout the book make it so much more than the plot. I really loved the concept behind this book and I feel that this is really what made it such a fascinating read for me. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the plot and where this book took me, as well as the characters that I was given. But I can also see how this may not be amazing for others. Initially, if you’re looking for a scary futuristic book that could paint a world that could come true, with an intense and fast-paced story within it, then you should give this book a try because I honestly believe that you will love it like I did.

Four Stars

** 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. **


Kim Pic Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.
She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds. She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

To find out more visit www.kimcurran.co.uk.

Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads. Youtube.


There is a tour wide giveaway during the tour.

Hardback copy of GLAZE signed by the author and cover designer
Signed copies of Shift & Control
Glaze Bookmarks
Glaze badges
Meet with Kim Curran or Skype chat if not able to come to London.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Posted on 13 May, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments


Countdown to 5th June; Nigel McDowell Interview

Posted on 12 May, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
It’s a pleasure to announce that today is my spot on the Countdown to 5th June tour! For all of you today I have an interview with the lovely Nigel McDowell about his upcoming book, The Black North (Which is fantastic and a review of it will be up soon!). Hope you enjoy all the questions and answers!


The Black North The Divided Isle, once a place of peace and tranquillity, has been ravaged by war. Twins Oona and Morris live with their grandmother in a stone cottage in the quiet southern county of Drumbroken, but the threat of the Invaders of the Black North – the ravaged northern part of the island – is coming ever closer. When Morris, fighting against the Invaders, is kidnapped by one of the evil Briar Witches, Oona must journey to the unknown realms of the Black North in search of her brother.

She is accompanied only by Merrigutt, a jackdaw with mysterious transformative powers, and a treasured secret possession: a small stone in the shape of a plum, but a stone that reveals truths and nightmares, and which the Invaders and their ruler, the King of the North, seek more than anything. Oona must keep the stone safe at all costs, and find her brother, before the King of the North extends his evil hold over the whole island and destroys it forever.


The Black North has a very unique fantasy style – which I loved! – which book(s) and/or author(s) inspired you most?
The fantasy writing that I love is always odd. A bit weird, slightly off-key, and always pushing the boundaries of things. Philip Pullman was and always will be a massive influence on my writing (and on the work of lots of other writers, I’d guess!) – his daemon idea, just to take one example, is so strange and beautiful. And he makes it perfectly possible in the boundaries of Lyra’s world – I love that! Other books and authors I loved: have to include Mervyn Peake and his Gormenghast trilogy; Angela Carter and her fairytales; Philip Reeve, who is able to write historical fiction as well as he can write fantasy as well as he can write science fiction (I get the impression he can do anything, and brilliantly!), and also JK Rowling, a fantasy writer whose work is always focused on the humanity and humour in all of us, and on the special magical potency of love.

Tall Tales From Pitch End was your debut novel, is it a similar style to this one? Would you say your fans would like both of your books?
I’d hope that if a reader enjoyed Tall Tales from Pitch End that they’d also find lots to enjoy in The Black North! It is another dark fantasy adventure, about a character trying to find their way in a complicated and crumbling world. It has the same fairytale and folktale influences as Tall Tales. And has a distinct sense of Irishness in its feel and atmosphere. I think both books talk to each other in some small ways, and so I hope a reader could have lots of fun with both!

If you could only use five words, how would you persuade someone to read The Black North?
Five words! Okay – epic, magic, heroine, nightmares, adventure…

There was a lot of world-building and backstory in The Black North, how did you go about with your research for the book? Was anything based on reality or real myths?
I’m always seeking out and hoarding volumes of fairytales and folktales, particularly any of Irish origin. So the idea when I started writing this book was to incorporate some of those stories. Some I changed, some I embroidered a bit and embellished…but most I invented myself. And throughout the writing of the novel, I always had lots of books scattered on the bed (I write in bed – not as glamorous as it sounds!) about plants and trees and animals and the countryside, because the main character, Oona, lives in the countryside and grew up learning the names of birds and mammals and the uses of plants and flowers. I really wanted The Black North to have a feeling of wildness and adventure and possibility, and fairytales by their nature are full of twists and turns, transformations and revelations.

One of the things I loved about this book was how strong and stubborn Oona was. Was she a character that was based around someone you know?
Oona Kavanagh is so stubborn! I had trouble writing her sometimes because she was always so determined to go her own way…she’s quick-thinking, outspoken, decisive (perhaps irresponsibly so), and definitely knows her own mind. But there’s a lot of talk these days about “strong” female characters. It seems that if a girl is even remotely able to speak or fight or speak out or think for herself, we slap these labels on them – strong, feisty, independent. I find that a bit reductive. So when I was writing Oona, I had in mind my own mother and grandmother, and my partner’s mother and grandmothers. These were women who, when they were girls, had to cook and clean and work the land. Not because they were “strong” or “independent”, but because they had to: it was expected. They didn’t over-think – they had act on instinct. In The Black North, Oona has responsibility thrust on her – mother and father gone, and a grandmother who is ailing, and she has to take on the running of the household. I think there are lots of young girls in the world having to do just this – keep family and home together, looking after siblings, grandparents, perhaps parents. And that, I respect enormously.

I absolutely adore the covers of both of your books, but what do you think? Do you think they’re a good representation of your stories?
When I saw both covers for the first time, I thought they were completely beautiful! Such talented guys in the art department at Hot Key Books! The kind of clockwork gothic of Tall Tales from Pitch End, and the wildness and dark of The Black North – both are perfectly captured by the illustrator, Manuel Sumberac. I feel very lucky, very proud, and couldn’t be happier with how the books look on the shelf! Everyone should have a look at more of his wonderful work – www.manuelsumberac.com

I know which part was my favourite – it shocked me and saddened me – but what was your favourite thing about writing The Black North?
I’m pretty sure I know which part you’re talking about. Sorry. It saddened me too! Graham Greene talked about every writer needing a chip of ice in their heart, but it was the most gruelling and emotional thing, writing that scene. But there was lots of enjoyment in the writing of this novel too! Mostly because my debut, Tall Tales from Pitch End, was set in an isolated community, completely cut-off from the rest of the world; I spent so long in that particular world that with The Black North I really wanted to tell a story that travelled: across wastelands and mountains, along rivers and through ruined forests, meeting lots of different characters and creatures along the way, and dabbling in plenty of dark magic…that journey was very, very enjoyable to write.

Oona goes on a very distinct physical journey in this book but comes across many challenges. What difculties did you come across while writing this book?
Apart from all the usual worries and difficulties of writing, the thing that was most difficult was the thing I wanted most of all to accomplish – to show a young girl going through a physical journey that felt too like a transforming, emotional journey. A passage that felt something like the journey of adolescence – going from a comfortable place you know well and out into a landscape that is constantly shifting (and in this novel, it does that literally – the Muddgloggs, creatures made of earth, are remaking the landscape, moving mountains and
altering the course of rivers) and being changed by what you experience. I wanted the story to have a simplicity, but yet contain some complex revelations. But as always, it was much easier said than done!

Evelyn is a very interesting character, what did you like best about writing her?
Everything. I love the fact she is so changeable – her mood always on the move as she transforms, shifting between her guises as a jackdaw and an old woman. She is grumpy, filthy, bossy, secretive, unpredictable. But as Oona learns, Evelyn Merrigutt is also extraordinarily brave. Someone who read the book recently described her as “the heroine” of The Black North. I couldn’t disagree.

Are you excited for June 5th?
Definitely! There are some great books being published on the 5th June, and I feel very lucky to be amongst them. And of course, to have a second book out there in the world is a lovely thing. It will hopefully be the beginning of another exciting adventure.


What great answers! Thank you so much to Nigel for answering all of my questions and to Jim over at Ya Yeah Yeah for organising the Countdown to 5th June!

Next up on the tour, Katy Moran is visiting Raimy over at Readaraptor.

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For the full schedule of the tour – and to catch up on the posts you may have missed, head over to the Countdown to 5th June website!

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Posted on 12 May, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Bout of Books 10 Goals & Updates!

Posted on 10 May, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments

Bout of Books

Woooo! It’s ALMOST THE START!!
So I figured… hey… I need GOALS and STUFF. Right?
I’ve been fairly bad at blogging lately, *stares at empty days*, but I’m hoping this will be a good way of getting back into it because instead of just using this week to read, I’ve decided some of my goals are going to be blogging related… yay!
So a double twist bout of books for me!

In my sign-up post, I announced that I would be participating in this read-a-thon with a twist and that is all the books I plan to read this week will be library books! I have too many on my card and it is time to deal with that!

Goals

With that being said, my goals for this week are;
- Read three books
- Participate in two challenges
- Spend 30mins every day commenting on blogs (participants or otherwise)
- Try to participate in the Monday twitter chat. (the one on wed is at 2am – but I do have thursday off so if I’m awake… – and I’m at work on sat, so MONDAY.)
- Write three blog posts

Books I have to choose from;

A Crack in the Line Amy and Matthew Bone Jack

Far From You Stormbreaker The Forever of Ella and Micha2 Two Boys Kissing

Any suggestions on what I should start with?

I can do it, right? Normally I fail my goals in some way and I’m not sure I will get a chance to read three books but a girl can dream, right? I have two train commute days next week and two days off so we will cross our fingers that I’ll use that time wisely! And I’ve set an alarm for Monday’s chat so *fingers crossed* I’ll be there! Wooo!

If you’re joining in, what are your goals?


Updates

Monday
Number of books I read today: One
Number of books I’ve read so far: one
Books: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz
Notes: I started reading this book and just instantly got hooked. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and just a nice easy middle-grade book that I really enjoyed. I was completely invested in the story from the start and really liked where it ended. Glad it was my first Bout of Books book!
Notes: I also participated in the twitter chat! yay!

Tuesday
Number of books I read today: Half of One
Number of books I’ve read so far: One and a half
Books: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke.
Notes: Today I actually read the last half of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and it was a non-library book but I had to get it read for a buddy review so it was still important! It was good, but more thoughts on it to follow!
Other: I finished my first challenge today and wrote two guest posts! Yay! Just one more guest post to go and one more challenge to go! The only thing I’m not doing so well on at the moment is commenting. Hopefully I’ll make up for that on my day off on Thursday!


Challenges

Books You’re Looking Forward To Challenge
For this I have decided to choose the few books that are upcoming this year that I’m REALLY anticipating the release of!

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton; This is a middle-grade book but is one that I’ve heard the first chapter from and guys, it was A-MAZING. Seriously had me in stitches. Am sooo excited for the next book!
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas; Gah. I need this book in my life. Please? This series is just one that I have completely fallen in love with.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell; Um… it’s a new Rainbow Rowell book! It must be in my life! :D
Talon by Julie Kagawa; IT’S JULIE KAGAWA AND IT’S DRAGONS AND IT SOUNDS AMAZING. OKAY?
Rooms by Lauren Oliver; Lauren Oliver, check. Ghosts, check. Mystery, check. Interested? DOUBLE CHECK.
Made for You by Melissa Marr; I’ve never read a Melissa Marr book but this just sounds so interesting and exciting and I just want to get my hands on it!
All Lined Up by Cora Carmack; After Losing It and Faking It, Cora quickly found her way on to my “auto-buy” list when new books get written. Needless to say I’m super excited for this new book of hers!

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Posted on 10 May, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments


Glaze Blog Tour Announcement and Schedule!

Posted on 5 May, 2014 by Faye - 9 Comments

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Hey Guys!

Today I am here to tell you all about the Glaze Blog Tour!
This tour runs from 8th May to 22nd May 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!

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8th May
Word to Dreams

9th May
Making It Up
Nut Press

10th May
Death, Books, and Tea
Blog of Erised

11th May
Nyx Book Reviews
Big Book Little Book

12th May
Snuggling on the Sofa

13th May
Much Loved Books
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

14th May
Bookish Outsider

15th May
I Hate 00 Critics
So Many Books, So Little Time
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

16th May
Ya Yeah Yeah

17th May
Kirstyes
Uncorked Thoughts

18th May
Under the Mountain
Kool Kat Kitty

19th May
Over the Effing Rainbow
Choose YA

20th May
Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
Man of Words

21st May
Adam Christopher

22nd May
To Another World
Bookish Treasures

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!

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Posted on 5 May, 2014 by Faye - 9 Comments


April Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 1 May, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

My mind is going crazy over the fact that we’ve reached the end of April. Because… seriously? I have done SO MUCH in April and I cannot quite believe how much, and essentially, how little I managed to squeeze into one little month!
I went to the London Book Fair (which already feels like a distant memory!) and it was AWESOME! Maybe not as good as last year, but still amazing.
We had EASTER and so I spent quite a bit of time with family which is always really fun and lovely.
It was also my mum’s birthday so we went to Portsmouth for the day and even went up the Spinaker Tower! OH MY.
And, most importantly, I moved HOUSE. Like… gah. I’m almost completely officially moved in and that is hella scary – and obviously hella awesome too! I still have SO MUCH unpacking to do, and I still need to get the internet sorted but I’m there and most of my stuff is there and it’s all just insane and wonderful all at once!
Blogging wise, I had to take a step back due to internet restrictions and being busy unpacking, but I think I still had a fairly good month! I’m probably going to still be posting little next month as I still need to do my blog tlc!!
So, here is what DID happen on my blog in April.

My top three posts were;
LGBT Book Review; Love Letters to the Dead
Book Review; The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
LGBT April; Top Five Read and Top Five To-Read

I am so behind on my youtube channel that I posted my March Wrap-Up video yesterday… BUT I have been getting a handful of new followers and I have plans to film lots of videos in May to make up for it! Hopefully that’ll make everything better there. I did however post two videos for Bookish Brits this month – yay!

Bookish events I attended this month obviously include London Book Fair which was absolutely fantastic! I had a brilliant time on all three days and am just super glad that I went! I hope to do a full write up of the event or at least a few posts about the seminars I went to in the next month but we shall just have to see how it goes! The highlight of the event was definitely hearing Malorie Blackman talk in two panels and getting a chance to meet her again – talk about nerves! eeek! I also got to hand out my business card to people which was really fun!
I also went to the first #DrinkYA which was really fun. It was quite crowded and a little awkward at the start but then everyone got drinking and chatting about books and that made it so much better! It was a great way to meet new people and I’m really looking forward to #PicnicYA in May! Look to @yayeahyeah on twitter for more information about it!

Non-Bookish events I attended this month include the chocolate festival which was such a weird and wonderful experience! I went with Debbie, Daphne, and Stacey and it was just really great! I tried some super tasty gluten free items – like macarons! – and it was just so much fun. Afterwards we treated ourselves to mexican and then a second hand bookshop where all the books were just £1! Needless to say I bought a lot! I also had afternoon tea with the same ladies as above and Cait and Caroline. It was really tasty and a lovely experience. See the wonderful food in Stacey’s post here.

I also went and saw Divergent and thought it was such a wonderful film and a brilliant adaptation! I was hoping to get a review up but it didn’t happen. Maybe when the DVD comes out and people can actually buy it! I also went and saw Captain America 2 and thought it was aamazing! I can’t help it, I just love all the Avenger movies!

I read eight books this month and I’m rather proud of that! I wasn’t expecting to read anywhere near that many so I’m really glad that I managed to do that. Next month I am aiming to read mostly library books and netgalley books! We’ll just have to see how that goes…


Favourite Book

The Forever SongOnce again this was one really hard month to choose as I loved EVERY book I read and gave three of them five stars! But eventually I decided to choose The Forever Song because this book was just THE best ending to a trilogy that I’ve read in a really long time. The book stuck with me, it made me feel all the emotions, and it was just perfect in every which way. But, the runner ups were Vicious and Glaze, both of which are AMAZING books that I couldn’t stop thinking about for DAYS after I read them. But as The Forever Song was brilliant in many different ways it just beat them. This series is simply spectacular and incredibly well-written and just shows how absolutely amazing Julie Kagawa really is. Seriously, can I just live in her head, please? If you haven’t yet read this series, I honestly urge you to do so RIGHT NOW.


BEA

What? What’s that? Oh yes, I shelled out a LOT of money last month because I am going to BEA! (Book Expo America)
I am so super excited because it is in NYC and I have NEVER been to NYC. I am also going with three AMAZING people and I get to see Gaby again AND I get to meet all of those amazing US bloggers I know AND I get to meet some INCREDIBLE authors and just…

GAH.

It’s going to be AMAZING.

So that’s what I’ll be doing in May!! :D


May TBR

As mentioned previously this month is going to be dedicated to reading library books and netgalley books, and these four are the books I HAVE to read this month because I am DYING to do so!!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters Don't Even Think About It Fangirl The Forever of Ella and Micha2

I’m also hoping to read another adult book, I have another book club book (not decided yet) to read, and a few more netgalley books to read! Here’s hoping I get to them all :D


And that concludes my month!

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Posted on 1 May, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments