Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted on 6 August, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether to post this because I feel it is a very unpopular opinion and I might get booed and loose followers and just ugggh. But I also just want to know if I’m the only one feeling this way or if there are others out there feeling the same way.

And this is what I am currently feeling:

I am NOT excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Just nope. Not got that feeling of excitement or the butterflies or the I MUST HAVE IT, I MUST HAVE IT NOW feeling at all. In fact, the biggest feeling I have about the book is just.. ummmm.

I WANT to be excited. I WANT to jump up and down and squeal with delight about seeing the play or reading it but I am just not. For me, Harry Potter is over. It was ended and it was done. I liked thinking about where it might have gone after that, I don’t particularly want to be told where it’s going to go next.

So I’m just not excited.

And I’ve borrowed the script from the library, just in case I change my mind but I’ve been staring at it for hours and I just don’t have this urge to pick it up and read it. I’m just not interested.

This thought has been scaring me. I am supposed to be a REALLY BIG FAN but lately I feel like my HP-ness has been slipping away from me. I’m not that bothered about houses, I’m not that bothered about Pottermore or the new american school and houses (I don’t even know what they are!), I’m just not that bothered about any of it anymore.

So does this mean I’m not a fan?

Does it mean that I’m just someone who likes the books and devoured them and lived through them throughout her teenage years but now is just past it?

Can you just stop being a fan of something?

On the other hand, I AM excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For me this is set in the world but it isn’t with the main characters so it’s new and exciting and different. And I like that about it. It’s in the wonderful Harry Potter world but it isn’t Harry Potter.

So where does that leave me?

I just feel really confused and a little lonely as the rest of the world goes a little crazy for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

So…

Are you feeling the same way as me?

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Posted on 6 August, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


YALC 2016 Wrap-Up

Posted on 4 August, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

YALC Wrap-Up

I’m not really sure how YALC has already been and gone. And that it’s nearly been an entire week since it all happened too. I’m a bit confused by it all but all I know is I had an amazing time and I cannot wait to do it all over again next year!

Now I’ve been umming and ahhing about how I want to do this wrap-up but I’ve decided to just highlight the few things that I absolutely loved about the event. Sadly I don’t have any photos to add as the one thing I completely forgot to do was take good photos!!

So… here’s what I enjoyed the most…


Getting Books Signed

Now, I know I get books signed all the time but there’s still something so wonderful about meeting or re-meeting favourite authors and having a little chat – if I can! – with them while they dedicate and sign their book to me. It makes the book special in a way that only fellow booklovers would understand. I got books signed by C. J Skuse, Lisa Heathfield, V. E. Schwab and Louise Gornall.

Workshops

I haven’t really written any fiction in over six months. So I was really impressed that I managed to write fictional words in the workshops but I was also really happy too. All of the workshops were really interesting and helpful and I’ve come away from the weekend armed with tips, tricks and a head full of inspiration – perfect!

Panels

So I did more panels on the Friday than I did on the Sunday but I really enjoyed the ones I went to – especially Maggie Stiefvater‘s panel at the very end. The panels were all informative, entertaining and interesting – and it was also a wonderful excuse to sit down and take some weight off my feet!

Publisher Stands

Okay, as a blogger I knew about a lot of the books already but it was great to see them all out on display and to have a chance to chat with the publicists and marketing team – especially with those I hadn’t met face to face before! It was also fab to get lots of sag bits and pieces too. I loved that the books were also on offer as well and I’m sure I could have come away with a LOT of books if I wasn’t careful!

Blogger Event

On the Sunday morning we got there early for an exclusive blogger event with David Levithan and Nina Lacour and it was such a fab event. The bloggers were given a chance to ask questions and David and Nina made everyone laugh. Plus it was great to see all my fellow blogger friends which leads me to my final point…

Seeing Friends

The final thing I loved about YALC was getting the chance to spend some of the time with my friends. Some who I haven’t seen since YALC last year and others that I haven’t seen for months and some who got to experience YALC for the first time with me! It’s such a social – and thus exhausting – event but it was just so lovely and wonderful and I really cannot wait to do it all over again next year!


What were your YALC highlights?

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Posted on 4 August, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blog Tour: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Posted on 3 August, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Hi Guys!
Today is my spot on the The Last Days of Jack Sparks blog tour. Now I was supposed to share with you a review of the book but because life has been busier and more demanding than I expected, I haven’t actually finished the book but I have loved what I’ve read so far so I am instead going to tell you five reasons I want to finish it and reasons why you should definitely pick the book up as well.

And I am also giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner! To enter the giveaway, read the post and the final question and comment below! More details at end of the post!

First though, here’s some info on the book!


9780356506852 Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.

In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances.

To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.

It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy.

Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack’s final hours.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


Five Reasons To Read (And Finish) The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Addictive

And I’m really not just saying that. I have not finished the book because life got in the way but I cannot tell you how many times I just wanted to stop time so that I could pick the book back up and continue reading it. From the very first page, my eyes were glued to the book. It is full on and pulls you straight into the tension of it all. You know what’s going to happen but you just have no idea how and you simply have to keep reading to find out.

Unique

I’ve only read one other book that had a similar narrative style to this book (and guess what, I loved that book too!). This book is a fiction book but it is set out like a non-fiction auto-biography/biography book (because the “author” died while writing it! And I’m not sure why but this just makes the book that much more interesting to me as there are little excerpts here and there. There’s the narrative that Jack writes interspersed with “conversations” and “emails” between the other characters he interviews which contradict everything and makes you wonder what is actually going on.

Strong Premise

This book hooked me in with its synopsis but as well as having a strong premise, it also keeps the reader hooked with fantastic writing, vibrant characters and a plot that just keeps the reader intrigued. Where is it all leading? What actually happened to Jack Sparks? What is or isn’t real? It’s so brilliantly written that I would recommend it based on this quality alone.

Supernatural

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you should know that I absolutely love supernatural books and I love that this book which is set out like a non-fiction book set in our world deals with it. It starts with an exorcism and a celebrity wanting proof about ghosts and the devil and it spirals from there. It’s so fascinating to read about in this book and definitely makes you wonder about your own position about supernatural entities in this world.

Intense

This book definitely does a brilliant job of building the tension throughout – or well, it has so far anyway – and I love books that are intense. I got pulled fully into this story until I felt like I was right there with the characters. It’s such a wonderful thing to happen with a book. It also kept my morbid curiosity in check and is one of the biggest reasons that I cannot wait to pick the book up again. In fact, I am going to go and do that right now…


About the Author

Jason+Arnopp+photo+-+credit+Amy+Terry%2c+Take+Aim+PhotographyJason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism: he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word, Kerrang!, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday The 13 th .The Last Days of Jack Sparks is the first novel which is entirely Jason’s own fault (though some readers will blame Jack himself).

Website. Twitter.


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Giveaway

For the part of the post you’re most looking forward to! I am giving one lucky UK or IRL based winner (sorry INT followers!) a chance to win a copy of The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp.

All you need to do to win is comment on this post answering this question:

Do you believe in ghosts and satan? Why or why not?

The giveaway will end on 10th August 2016.

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Posted on 3 August, 2016 by Faye - No Comments