Blog Tour; Scroll by D B Nielson

Posted on 10 March, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
Today is my stop on the Scroll blog tour! I am here to host D. B. Nielson with a guest post about bad-ass heroines! Hope you enjoy it.


Badass Women! by DB Nielsen

Whilst futuristic dystopian fiction is forging ahead with Badass female characters, the world of romantic fiction (and I’m pointing to the bestsellers here from Twilight to Fifty Shades of Grey) seems to be lagging behind. Let me explain my frustration with young female characters who allow themselves to be used as doormats (even if the hero is seriously good-looking, wealthy, seductive, complex, and has that air of mystery) or are just plain boring – they just aren’t good role models for young women. Well, for any woman. Especially the 21st century modern woman.

Come on, let’s face it – whilst the fantasy of a a man who is almost unbearably handsome, rich and perfect, who spoils you and makes you laugh, gives you pleasure, is protective and makes all the decisions in your life sounds heavenly and leads you to believe that the ‘darkness’ within him is something that can be tamed with the ‘love of a good woman’, and perhaps that he’s even redeemable as he awakens your burning desire to conquer him – my issue here is that it begs the question: why would such a ‘wonderful’ guy be interested in a female that is shallow, superficial, insipid, silly, stupid, boring, lacks self-esteem, lacks imagination, or is predictable? Am I being too harsh? Well, let’s take a look at some female characters you can admire and who are definitely worthy of the ‘ideal’ man…

Pride and PrejudiceOn the top of my list is Elizabeth Bennet. Okay, I know Austen’s novel was written in the 19th century but hey, this girl is seriously Badass. Lizzie is everything the modern woman should be – strong, bold, unconventional, intelligent, outspoken, with a playful disposition, and who takes delight in the ridiculous – basically, all the things I admire most in a female. The great thing about this novel isn’t just the romance/ fairytale ending with Mr Darcy (and he really is a proud and prejudicial man worth ‘taming’), it’s Lizzie’s learning curve as she realises she’s capable of serious misjudgement and seeks to rectify her failings. At the same time, she challenges the snobbery and hypocrisy of the aristocrats, and refuses two advantageous proposals of marriage for the sake of love, family and self-identity. Go Lizzie!

Jane Eyre2. Jane Eyre. Another 19th century heroine, Jane Eyre is far from insipid. She may be plain in appearance but, even as a child, she stands up for her rights against the oppressive figures of her aunt and cousin, the Reeds, and later, the dreadful Mr Brocklehurst. Highly individual and bold, Jane challenges her employer (and the man she loves) Mr Rochester – and, realising the cost to self, flees Thornfield Hall rather than submitting to Mr Rochester’s proposal to become his mistress rather than his wife (move over Anastasia Steele – you won’t see Jane settle for some dodgy contract). No wonder she finds true love and asserts at the end of the novel, “Reader, I married him.” which suggests her own agency – she married him. Not the other way round. And purely of her own choosing. You go girl!

Harry Potter 13. Hermione Granger. In the Harry Potter series, Hermione starts as an insufferable know-it-all yet blossoms into an intelligent, feisty beauty who, on many an occasion, saves the day with her quick thinking and steadfast nature. Intelligence translates into strength and Badass behaviour – such as when she king hits the obnoxious, odious Draco Malfoy – and Hermione’s compassion tempers both Harry and Ron (seriously, boys can be daft at times!). I love Hermione … and Sage Woods, my main protagonist, shares many of Hermione’s wonderful traits.

The Lord of the Rings4. Almost all of the women in The Lord of the Rings. From Arwen to Éowyn, these ladies are truly Badass. Imagine a young woman defying convention to disguise herself as a man and go into battle because she feels that she loves her country and family as much as any man, or giving up her immortality for the man she loves – well, this is what Badass is all about and one shouldn’t make comments like “No living man can kill me” when there a feisty woman around to do the job!

the girl with the dragon tattoo5. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This girl is seriously kick-butt, take-no-prisoners Badass. A world class computer hacker with an eidetic memory, she’s survived an abusive childhood, exploitation and patriarchal oppression to become a “feminist avenging angel”. Girl power at its best!

Buffy6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before Katniss, Tris and all those other imitators was Buffy – her stake-‘em-in-the-heart, kick-butt attitude is only matched by the fact that it wasn’t just about killing vampires but slaying her love interests too. Both Angel and Spike couldn’t keep up with this Badass female – and her sardonic wit was a killer too!

There are many more Badass females to choose from so take your pick, but the Bella Swans and Anastasia Steeles can move over and make way for the Badass female characters we all can look up to and learn from…


Scroll Cover Identical twins. Poles apart. Light and Shadow. Saffron and Sage. Their Destinies interlocked in a Quest that will determine the fate of Humankind …

Seventeen-year-old Saffron Woods is haunted by strange voices as if from a distant past. With the SEED’s sentience awakened, these mystical voices intensify, forcing Saffron to acknowledge that she has also inherited its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and death. Venturing out alone, Saffron is driven to locate an ancient manuscript charting the location of the only undiscovered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gateway to the Garden of Eden. But last seen in the Library of Alexandria, the SCROLL is long thought to be lost.
Saffron meets Finn, the compelling caretaker of Satis House who appears to know more than he is willing to reveal. Knowing she cannot trust him, Saffron is drawn to this rebellious figure who seems to both threaten and protect her. But her feelings for Finn are complicated by the charming yet inscrutable Anakim, Gabriel Chevalier, who offers her his invaluable assistance in locating the elusive manuscript.
Torn between competing passions and facing an increasingly implacable enemy, the Grigori, Saffron struggles to find the SCROLL which holds the secrets to the past and the key to the future…

SCROLL: KEEPERS OF GENESIS II by DB Nielsen is published on 12th March

Goodreads. Amazon UK. The Book Depository.


Author Pic D B Neilson D B Nielsen was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia in childhood. Dee likes to travel the world with family; dividing time between residing in Sydney and visits to the cathedrals, crypts and museums the world over, researching new projects. The author is a university lecturer in Linguistics and Semiotics, and continues to teach English Literature and Language whilst writing fiction.

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I really cannot wait for this book to come out as I enjoyed the first one, Seed. Do you think you’ll read this series?

And who are your favourite badass heroines?

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Posted on 10 March, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blogger Spotlight; Interview!

Posted on 9 March, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi Guys!
Today I am here to introduce you more to Charli from To Another World as I have a wonderful interview with her.


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hi! I’m Charli. I’m a 14 year old nerd; in way too many fandoms (I’m a Nerdfighter, Initiate and Youngblood, to name just three), and passionate about several issues. I love photography, debating, youtubers and I’m also a Scout.

How long have you had your blog?
I’ve been running To Another World since July 2012, so for about a year and a half now; I previously had a general blog for a year too!

Do you enjoy running your blog?
Of course! I do have slumps and times where I wonder why I bother, but as a general thing it’s something I love.

When you started, did you ever think it would end up the way it has?
Definitely not. I think I was lucky, though; I already had some followers from my other blog that made it rise quicker than most.

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog?
I don’t know whether it’s interesting or not, really, but it was a twist on the fact that books take me to another world. In terms of that being personal to me, it derives from when I had a few tough years and reading pretty much got me through them.

As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog? What you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc
So, I run To Another World with my best friend, Tori, who joined me in March 2013. We post reviews, discussions and random musings that we tend to have either whilst sitting in a Physics class or eating pizza at lunchtime. In the last few months of 2014, we didn’t post much, so we’re trying to get back into it!

Do you participate or host blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
We don’t do any memes, but we have a few unique features – The Bookish Confessionary and Tori Talks.

What about blog tours? Have you ever or do you ever participate in them?
I used to do a lot of tours; now I only do a select few! They’re a lot of fun but can be stressful if you accept too many.

What is the best book you read in 2014?
Solitaire by Alice Oseman! Amazing read!

What about so far in 2015?
Hmmm… The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion!

Has there ever been a book that haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
There have been quite a few, but the most notable is deciding to ditch The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal devices by Cassandra Clare. It just became too long for me.

What is your favourite book genre?
Dystopia, but, I love contemporary too!

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
Hardcopy, always!

YA or Adult?
YA (but I’ve been reading more adult recently!)

Vampires or Werewolves?
Werewolves!

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate!

Harry Potter or Twilight?
HARRY. POTTER. (I have just a mild dislike for Twilight. Sorry about that.)

Four or Peeta?
Four *heart eyes emoji*

Series or Single?
Hmmm… standalone or duologies tend to work for me!

Blogger or WordPress?
Blogger!

And finally, is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
Well, I’ll just say that although I’m very opinionated, I don’t bite and I’d love for you to come and talk to me over on twitter or the blog! (@Charli_TAW). Thanks for having me, Faye!


You can find Charli on her blog here. Or you can follow her on twitter here

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Mini Reviews; The Underwood See, Hi So Much and Full Metal Alchemist

Posted on 5 March, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Underwood SeeAuthor: Michael Lawrence
Publisher: Orchard
Published: August 1st 2007
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
In an old stone house in an empty world a traveller yearns for a Withern Rise haunted by tragedy. In two identical realities there are glimpses of people who shouldn’t be there, and whispers in the night. Life changing resolutions are in the air in the realities of the Underwood See.


This is the third and final book in the Withern Rise trilogy and I waited a long time to read it. Fortunately I thought it was a very interesting read that definitely got me thinking. This is a book that can get confusing if you’re not careful but one that I ultimately thought was very entertaining. It was addictive, fast-paced and fairly emotional too. It was a fantastic way to finish this trilogy.

Three Stars


Hi So MuchAuthor: Laura Dockrill
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Published: February 27th 2014
Pages: 288
Format: E-book
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Ten-year-old Darcy sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. This second book sees Darcy move-up to Big School – and all of a sudden EVERYTHING changes. Her best friend Will isn’t sure he should talk to girls anymore, her new teacher may in actual fact be a cauldron-bubbling witch and, horror of horrors, her precious pet Lamb-Beth goes missing. Can Darcy face these challenges head-on, armed only with her curious, whip-smart mind and eye for a story?

Joyous drawings, colourful characters and a high-energy voice – the Darcy Burdock books are packed with personality from start to finish.


This book returns us to Darcy’s world as she takes an important step in her life – starting secondary school. This book was another fun, yet emotional, book from the talented Laura Dockrill. It is a book that successfully looks at all the fears and worries that we face as we transition from junior to secondary school. It also shows how, at the core of it all, things will be okay. It is a quick fun read that I would highly recommend.

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. **


Full Metal AlchemistAuthor: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
Published: May 3rd 2005
Pages: 183
Format:Paperback
Source:: Bought Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill. Except his powers aren’t unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are…


This was only the second manga I have read but I really loved it. It was easy to follow, had an exciting story that twisted and turned and really just hooked me early on. Add in fantastic artwork that was beautiful and depicted the story well and you can see why I really enjoyed it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series and seeing what else the Full Metal Alchemist gets up to.

Four Stars

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Posted on 5 March, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


February Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 3 March, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Monthly Highlights

This month has been crazy busy in the best kind of way! I went to five amazing bookish events, had some fun with social things, announced some exciting news about my freelancing, AND started up my running again. On top of all of that, I’m actually starting to feel more human again, in a way I haven’t in the longest time, so yay!

First up, I went to the launch of the The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Mel Salisbury. I was so glad I got the chance to share this with her. I loved this book and it was just so nice to see Mel so happy about it all.

Then came an awesome HP Night spent at Waterstones Piccadilly. While the event wasn’t exactly what I had expected, it was really interesting and I definitely enjoyed hearing all about how Johnny Doddle created the covers!

Next up was the Electric Monkey Blogger Day, which is definitely one of my favourite days last month. It was so much fun, was great to see so many bloggers, lovely authors and to finally meet the Egmont team! I truly had a fantastic day.

Then I went to SRCF (Super Relaxed Fantasy Club) and got to hear both Jen Williams and Den Patrick talk about their books and I got to mingle with people and it was just a lovely night.

Lastly, but certainly not least, was the absolutely brilliant UKYA Extravaganza day! This event was so much fun. It was great to see so many wonderful authors in one room and to talk to so many of them in one afternoon! The event went really smoothly and was just a lot of fun.

But… moving on to the blog highlights…

My top three posts this month were;
Faye’s Thoughts On… Review Books.
Book Review; Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough
Top Ten Tuesday; Book Related Problems

I didn’t do so well on the reading this month, as I went through a bit of a reading slump, but I did end up reading six books in the end. (Which may be the least amount of books read in a month for two years, eeek!)


Blogger Spotlight

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For the month of February, I had the wonderful Michelle as my Blogger Spotlight.

Check out these fabulous posts for/about/by her;
Announcement
Interview
Guest Post (This may be my favourite post of the month)


UKYA Book Blogger Awards

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These were technically announced in March but since this post is late I’m adding them in here.

The winners have been announced! Click here to find out who won!

(Don’t worry if you didn’t win this year, I’ll be doing them again next year!)


Favourite Book

the sin eaters daughter I had a very hard time choosing my favourite this month because even though I only read a few books, I read some really good ones! But, eventually, I decided that this book was my favourite. I loved how this book pulled me into Twylla’s world so well. I found myself truly getting attached to her and her journey. I admired the queen and all her evilness as well, and just found it truly fascinating to watch how she behaved through the book. This book was a fantasy with a lot of world-building but it was also a book that was rich in characters and I also love that. It hooked me early on and kept my attention until the end.


Books Read

Three Stars

The Underwood See Heir of Fire

The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence; This was the third and final book in a series that I started as a child but never finished. I re-read them last year and finally completed the trilogy. It was a good, entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas; I so wanted to love this book and I especially hoped to give it more than three stars but I just couldn’t get into this book as quickly as I’d hoped and it didn’t evoke the feels I thought it would. Nonetheless it was an interesting and enjoyable read, and I will definitely continue on the series.

Four Stars

Obsession in Death the sin eaters daughter Salvage

Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb; This was my first J. D. Robb book and I have to admit I was impressed. I’d heard some bad things about this author but actually I really enjoyed the story. The writing was stilted so as to create a fast-pased tense atmosphere and while it took a little while to get used to, I eventually fell in love with it. I quickly got absorbed in this book and really felt for all the characters involved.

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Mel Salisbury; I had high expectations for this book and was very glad when they all came true. This book is a wonderful fantasy book that keeps your heart tense as it rumbles through the plot. It’s full of a brilliant world, wonderful realistic characters and a plot twist that will throw you off balance. A fantastic read.

Ways To See A Ghost by Emily Diamond; I really enjoyed this book. It hooked me from the very start and got my curiosity really flowing. This book is imaginative, unique and just really grabbed my attention. I loved the characters and where the story went. Would highly recommend.

Salvage by Keren David; I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages so when I was faced with a chance to finally meet her, I decided that it had to be done. I’m so glad I finally read it because it was a story that sucked me in and kept me entertained. It was gritty and brilliantly written and I just loved it.


March TBR

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How Was Your February? Did You Read Anything Amazing? Have You Got Any Great Books You Want To Read In March?

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UKYA Book Blogger Award Winners!

Posted on 1 March, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hello All!
Today I am here to announce the winners of the UKYA Book Blogger Awards!
Before I do so, however, I just want to send out a quick thank you to every single person who nominated and voted.
I also want to take another minute to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who helped out.
Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf
George @ George Lester Writes
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Michelle @ Tales of Yesterday
Jessica @ Jessica’s Rainbow Inspiration
Priya @ Priya Piggle
Sarah @ Book Babblers
Mandy @ BookWorm
Sofia @ The Reading Fangirl
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader

But now onto what you’re all really here for…
Best Feature Prettiest Blog Best Blog Design Best Co-op Team Best on Instagram Best on Twitter Best Booktuber Sweetest Blogger Most Fun Blogger Best Overseas Blogger Welcoming Committee Friendliest Blogger Most Enthusiastic Most Passionate Best Oldtimer Best Growing Blogger Best Newcomer Best Male Blogger Best Female Blogger Best Adult Blogger Best Teen Blogger

But, before we leave it at that, I also want to highlight the runner ups! Some of the categories were so close so I thought it would be nice for everyone to see who came second and third (but unfortunately, I don’t have any graphics for the runners up).

Best Feature
2nd Place – British Books Challenge – Fluttering Butterflies
3rd Place – Showcase Sunday – Books, Biscuits and Tea

Prettiest Blog
2nd Place – Stacey – Pretty Books
3rd Place – Jess – Jess Hearts Books

Best Blog Design
Joint 2nd Place – Carly – Writing from the Tub
Joint 2nd Place – Michelle – Fluttering Butterflies
3rd Place – Ruby – Feed Me Books Now

Best Team / Co-op Blog
2nd PlaceBig Book Little Book
3rd PlaceSerendipity Reviews

Best on Instagram
2nd Place – Stacey – Pretty Books
3rd Place – Lucy – Lucy The Reader

Best on Twitter
2nd Place – Jim – Ya Yeah Yeah
3rd Place – Cait – The Cait Files

Best Booktuber
2nd Place – Sarah – Sarah Churchill
3rd PlaceBookish Brits

Sweetest Blogger
2nd Place – Luna – Luna’s Little Library
3rd Place – Jess – Jess Hearts Books

Most-Fun Blogger
2nd Place – Hawwa – It was Lovely Reading You
3rd Place – George – George Lester Writes

Best Overseas Blogger
2nd Place – Jamie – Perpetual Pageturner
3rd Place – Kat – Cuddlebuggery

Welcoming Committee
2nd Place – Jim – Ya Yeah Yeah
Joint 3rd Place – Debbie – Snuggling on the Sofa
Joint 3rd Place – Faye – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Friendliest Blogger
2nd Place – Luna – Luna’s Little Library
3rd Place – Jim – Ya Yeah Yeah

Most Enthusiastic
2nd Place – Jim – Ya Yeah Yeah
3rd Place – Jesse – Books 4 Teens

Most Passionate
2nd Place – Jim – Ya Yeah Yeah
3rd Place – Michelle – Fluttering Butterflies

Best Oldtimer
2nd Place – Amber – The Mile Long Bookshelf
3rd Place – Sophie – So Many Books, So Little Time

Best Growing Blogger
2nd Place – Charli – To Another World
3rd Place – Laura – Bookish Treasures

Best Newcomer
2nd Place – Sofia – The Reading Fangirl
3rd Place – Paige – The Book Carousel

Best Male Blogger
2nd Place – Jesse – Books 4 Teens
3rd Place – George – George Lester Writes

Best Female Blogger
2nd Place – Debbie – Snuggling on the Sofa
3rd Place – Carly – Writing from the Tub

Best Adult Blogger
2nd Place – Carly – Writing From the Tub
3rd Place – Viv – Serendipity Reviews

Best Teen Blogger
2nd Place – Amber – The Mile Long Bookshelf
3rd Place – Georgia – The Bibliomaniac

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

If any of the winners would like their graphics, just let me (Faye) know and I’ll send you an individual image of the award! (Or if you’d like the image on the graphic changed, let me know. AND if you’re a runner up and would like a graphic, let me know and I can make one for you!

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Posted on 1 March, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments