Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monthly Round-Up #3: October 2013

Hi guys! This month marks 3 months of TAW... yay! I didn't post as much as I hoped this month, so hopefully I'll make up for it next month. 

REVIEWS

What else?

  • For my Arts Award I reviewed at exhibition at MAC Birmingham, which you can see here
  • I revealed the cover of The Sentinel by Holly Martin here
  • I told you 50 facts about me... 49 more than you probably ever wanted to here
  • I also revealed the cover of Sworn To Conflict by Terah Edun here
  • I signed up for Review-A-Thon here
  • I talked about my bookish inspirations here
  • I asked about DNF reviewing here
  • Jack Croxall wrote about Halloween here 
  • I hosted The Lie blog tour here
  • And, I did a random lyrics tag here
In other news...

  • From the 1st-14th of November, I will be participating in a Review-A-Thon. 
  • On the 2nd November I'm in a national debating competition for my school... Wish me luck!
  • I was at camp from the 11th to the 13th of October, which was a badge camp, and I achieved my chosen badge (photography) so that was awesome. 
  • We hit 30 followers via GFC/Bloglovin', 4000 views and 300 Twitter followers!! :D 
  • You can like TAW on Facebook for the latest posts and news here 

Hopefully I'll be a bit more active next month with more exciting content than there was this month!! Hope you've had an awesome month, guys :) 

Charli x

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Random Lyrics Tag} Skywalk All Over My Rivals

 Well, this obviously isn't bookish, and it's a tumblr tag, but... Yeah... I felt uninspired and was tagged by Mishti, so why not?

RULES DO NOT SKIP, PLEASE READ NEW RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, mp3 player, Winamp, etc. on shuffle. (I used a YouTube playlist of mine)
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THE FIRST THING YOU HEAR, NO MATTER HOW SILLY THAT SOUNDS.
4. Tag friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!
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1. If someone says “Is this okay?”, you say?
Had I known how to save a life (How To Save A Life- The Fray. Not sure bout this one.)
2. What do you like in a guy/girl?
I know, I know, I know, I know I will be there for you (Count on Me- Chase and Status. This is quite accurate I guess)
3. How do you feel today?
We, go, where nobody knows (Chocolate- The 1975. Well.)

4. What is your life’s purpose?
I put that rock in ya body (Booyah- Showtek ft We Are Loud and Sonny Wilson. I have nothing to say to that...)
5. What is your motto?
I'm known to go a little too fast (Can We Dance- The Vamps. Again. Nothing to say.)
6. What do your friends think of you?
Together we cry, together we cry. (We Cry- The Script. Actually pretty accurate.)
7. What do you think of your parents?
The town is colder now, I think it's sick of us (Stop and Stare- OneRepublic. Not so sure bout this one.)
8. What do you think about very often?
Check the rhyme and rhythm (Skip To The Good Bit- Rizzle Kicks. Not really)
9. What is 2+2?
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh (Royals- Lorde... I didn't know that that was the answer)
10. What do you think of your best friend?
Things we lost to the flames (Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille. Interesting.)
11. What do you think of the person you like?
Even though the dancing's done, don't worry cuz the night is young (Afterglow- Wilkinson ft Becky Hill. Seeing as I don't like anyone at the mo, could be considered accurate.)
12. What is your life story?
Lay down your head you're not alone, anywhere you go I'll follow, we are the children of the sun, that's all you need to know (Children of the Sun- Tinie Tempah feat John Martin. Pretty accurate.)
13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I lost a friend, somewhere along in the bitterness (How To Save A Life- The Fray. I restarted my playlist here, so it might repeat.)
14. What do you think when you see the person you like?
Lately, I've been losing sleep (Counting Stars- OneRepublic. If I liked someone, this could be really accurate!)
15. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Can We Dance- The Vamps. Not so romantic.
16. What song will they play at your funeral?
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You- James Arthur. That's considerate isn't it...
17. What is your hobby/interest?
Cheating's just a thing you do (Cheating- John Newman. OMG not true.
18. What do you think of your friends?
People start to turn and stare, everywhere she goes (Juliet- Lawson. Not far off actually.)
19. What’s the worst thing that could happen?
There ain't no need to cry no more (R U Crazy- Conor Maynard. I suppose.)
20. How will you die?
I got a feeling for ya I just can't explain (Move- Little Mix. DIE FOR LOVE OMG NO NOT ROMEO AND JULIET)
21. What is one thing you regret?
And what will you have left? (Icarus- Bastille. I don't know about that one.)
22. What makes you laugh?
I was left to my own devices (Pompeii- Bastille. Didn't know that.)
23. What makes you cry?
When all of your flaws, and all of my flaws, are laid out one by one (Flaws- Bastille. Well, my flaws could make me cry I guess.)
24. Will you ever get married?
That these are the days that bind you together, forever (Bad Blood- Bastille. Slightly encouraging?)
25. What scares you the most?
Feel my way through the darkness (Wake Me Up- Avicii. I'm not scared of the dark... So...)
26. Does anyone like you?
We are one, one for sure (You Make Me- Avicii. Does that mean yes or no? It's a stupid question anyway, how would we know if someone likes us unless we're together?!)
28. What hurts right now?
I can't get over you, you left your mark on me (Hold On We're Going Home- Drake. Someone punched me in the stomach, and that hurts, but I don't like them like that. So, meh.)
29. What will you post this as?
Skywalk all over my rivals (Children of the Sun- Tinie Tempah ft John Martin)

Well that was interesting... I tag anyone who wants to do this, so yeah. Have fun and make sure to link me up in the comments if you do this! 

Charli x

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Lie Blog Tour + Great Giveaway!

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Award-winning and international bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is taking her new suspense book, The Lie, on tour! Find out all about the new release, read guest blogs and interviews with Ashley, PLUS enter to win an eBook copy of The Lie, an audio copy of Accountable to None (from the hugely popular Eviserating the Snake Trilogy) and the chance to interview Ashley live on Blog Talk Radio!
   
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A_Fontainne_The_Lie_Front_Cover'Karmen Moncrille's name has been known throughout the world since the age of sixteen when her first book shot to the top of the bestseller's list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release. The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic. Now just a week before her twenty-third birthday, Karmen s world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind forever. Is Karmen's ability to write a gift or a curse? She's about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it.'
 

   
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Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.
   
     
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Giveaway closes on 9th November
   
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Author Spotlight: Jack Croxall on Halloween

I'm so happy to welcome back Jack Croxall to To Another World today!



I love Halloween. Not just because of the fancy dress and mischievous hijinks, but because of all the spooky stories that rear their creepy heads to give us goose bumps, shudders and, most importantly, that little something extra to think about. A gory supernatural horror is all well and good, but I find a spooky tale is all the more unsettling if it is driven by something real; by a theme or character we can relate to, or even by a situation we recognise from real life.
Throughout the beginning of this year, I’d been mulling a horror story over in my mind constantly. I had a character, a claustrophobic setting and an unforgiving menace, but no actual theme – no real point to the story. Luckily though, I got one idea and just ran with it. That true-to-life idea turned out to be the very thing that gave the story meaning, and turned it into a tale worth telling. The story is called X and you can read an extract from it below:

What follows is the contents of a journal, found in the basement of a farmhouse somewhere in the English countryside.

I spend all of my daylight hours in this musty old cellar now. It’s woeful, and I bet it smelled this bad even before everything turned to crap. Great. My second sentence and I’ve already resorted to swear words. When I decided I’d start this diary (five minutes ago) I thought it would be my poetic and deeply-moving goodbye to the world. Maybe I’d write about love and loss, or maybe even the splendour of nature. Then, if anyone ever found it, at least I’d have left something to be remembered by. As well as my corpse, of course.
This was a bad idea.

OK I’m an idiot. There’s nothing else I can do down here; I’ve rooted through every cardboard box a hundred times, organised and reorganised my supplies until I can recite the labels on the cans by heart, and even built a fort. So, I’m back. Hello. Again.
God this diary is going badly.
But there’s just enough light coming in through the boards I nailed over the cellar’s tiny window to write by. So I may as well. Stops me constantly staring up at the window waiting for a shadow to pass by.
Where to start? Well, my name is – actually, I think I’m going to refer to myself as X. That sounds mysterious. If you’re reading this and want to know my real name, I still carry my purse. Stupid I know. But my railcard is in there and, if you really want to know who I am, go find me and fish it out. I won’t bite.

Fifteen-year-old X thinks she is going to die. Shacked up in the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts a journal to document her last few days. Much less than a few days if the things outside manage to get in.
A best-selling short story, X is available through Amazon UK and Amazon US now.
Much more info at www.jackcroxall.co.uk

 Thanks to Jack Croxall for this! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: Finding Your Inner Cherokee

"Introduction: Bullying is something I feel very passionately about and I wrote the novel in the hope that anyone reading it who was being bullied would find inspiration and strength in Cherokee’s story. After the book came out, I started receiving emails from readers telling me how it had affected them. Some of them wrote that they’d imagined what Cherokee would do in their situation and this gave them the confidence to stand up to their bullies. Others told me that the book had made them feel happier by reminding them that they were not alone. When I realised how the novel was helping people it made me want to do more. And so the idea for this free e-book was born. Finding Your Inner Cherokee is a non-fiction guide, full of case studies, exercises and advice, designed to help reassure and empower victims of bullying. Just like the main character in my novel, we all have an inner ‘Cherokee’ – a part of us that is happy and care-free and strong. But when we are being bullied it’s very easy to lose sight of this part of ourselves. I wrote this guide to try and help people rediscover their confidence, uniqueness and strength – to help them find their own inner Cherokee – and overcome their bullies." - Siobhan Curham's website

Author: Siobhan Curham
Pages: 72
Format: Free ebook for Anti-bullying Week
Source: For review

I received an early copy of this ebook from the author in return for an honest review. This does not affect my review/views in any way
 
I normally don't ever review non-fiction, but I knew this advice ebook from Siobhan Curham was something I had to read and review for myself. It's a FREE ebook, full of case studies, stories, exercises and techniques that will help anyone that is being bullied.

The ebook is unlike most other bullying guides. It doesn't contain lots of sympathy, though it contains lots of empathy, and doesn't try to skirt round the truth of bullying. Curham is quick to define what bullying is and share her own experience of bullying, which starts it off well and isn't unsettling, like so many other bullying guides. That's the key thing about this ebook, it doesn't bother trying to make you feel sorry for yourself, it shows the cold, hard side of bullying and helps you tackle it. I certainly wish I'd had it when I was being bullied for a total of around 5 years during primary school.

One specific little exercise the ebook contains is "power tweets", which, like tweets are under 140 characters, are basically little statements that you can post around your room, house etc to uplift you when the bullying is getting you down.

 “Other people have got through this – and I will too.”

The exercises that the ebook contains are things unspecific to bullying in some ways, such as listing your favourite things, but when you look deeper, you can see how they associate. One I liked was where Curham explained how you should forgive the bully, and how it's similar to "‘Not forgiving is like drinking a cup of poison and hoping the other person will die.’", or in this case, "‘Not forgiving your bully is like drinking poison and hoping the bully will die.’".  Through various exercises, case studies and little power tweets, this ebook is obviously going to help many young people in the near future.

At the end of the ebook, there is a poem which was written for Curham's competition. It is uplifting, and can I just say, it is awesome! It's by my blogger friend Amber, which makes it even more awesome. So, if you're not being bullied, I'd download it to see the poem!

This ebook will be avaliable, for free, on November 1st, 2013. Beat bullies and be happy! :D

I'm not rating this because it's non-fiction and the rating wouldn't be fairly placed, but it's extremely good and I'd really recommend it for anyone who is going through bullying, either now or in the future.

Charli x

Friday, October 25, 2013

Discussion: Do You Write DNF Reviews?

This is something that has been bugging me as a newish book blogger for a while. 

I haven't seen many DNF reviews around, but it makes me wonder if people write them. I'm yet to DNF a review book, even if I have to force myself, but I know that one day I won't be able to finish one and yet feel the need to review it because it is a review book.

A few times, I've had to DNF library books because of the fact that I need to read review books, so I don't bother reviewing these, especially since there's a high chance I'll go back to them when I'm between books (which currently is rare, but it does happen, obviously).

But because of this, I wonder what I should do if I can't finish a review book. Do you write a review on what you've read, that's probably very judge-mental? Do you write to the author/publisher and tell them that you can't review the book? It's quite an interesting debate, I think. Some bloggers don't, but some do. Would DNF reviews put people off a book further, just because you couldn't swallow down a book just to review it negatively?

I don't know if I'll ever have to write a DNF review, or if I'll want to. What's your opinion? Do you write DNF reviews? Do you read them, and if so, do they put you off the book?


Charli x

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Bookish Inspirations

As a book blogger and bookworm in general, I have lots of bookish inspirations. So today I'm going to highlight some of those people :D (in no particular order)

  1. J.K Rowling- Obviously, J.K Rowling wrote one of my favourite series' (and fandoms) of all time. I love the fact that she's so modest about it and she donates lots of money to charity. 
  2. Cathy Cassidy- Where do I start with Cathy Cassidy? She's so lovely (I've talked to her on Twitter a lot, and her facebook posts are beautiful) and I've loved her books since I was 8 and still do today. I can't wait for the last Chocolate Box Girls book, I love the characters, plot, everything about it!
  3. Sarah Crossan- Sarah is also ultra-lovely, and as you all know, I absolutely LOVE the Breathe books, which have come to an end. 
  4. Veronica Roth- The Divergent books are my absolute favourite books, so I can't admire Veronica enough! She started out as just another writer, and now she's world famous! I can't wait for Allegiant on Tuesday and the movie next March/April. 
  5. Ally Condie- Ally Condie is much the same reason. I love the Matched books! I'm not so happy about Disney getting the movie rights, but that's another story.
  6. Meg Cabot- I adore all of Meg Cabot's books, and she, like the rest of them, has had to work really hard for it. 
  7. Holly Smale- Holly is super lovely, and I adore Geek Girl!
  8. John Green- John Green is the only male author on this list! I love TFiOS and many of his other books, and he started out, and is still, making videos with his brother! He's super humble and met lots of his fans on the set of TFiOS. 
Others include Cathy Hopkins, Jacqueline Wilson, Amy Good, Sharon Sant and Sophia Bennett.
Book blogger inspiration includes Amber, Jack, Rita, Sophie and Ruby...  The list just goes on.

Who are your bookish inspirations?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mini-Review: Treason and Letters

Fourteen-year-old Beth Johnson is a talented and beautiful young actress. She is also a spy. The year is 1664, and Charles II is on the throne, but all is not well in the bustling city of London, and there are those who would gladly kill the king and destroy the Monarchy. One morning, a mysterious ghost ship drifts up the Thames. Sent to investigate by the King’s Master of Secrets, Alan Strange, Beth quickly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous adventure. Will Beth be able to unravel the plot to kill the King before it’s too late?

Author: Jo Macauley
Publisher: Curious Fox
Date of Publication: June 2013
Series: Secret and Spies #1
Pages: 224
Source: For review- Team Fox Assemble!

Set in 1664, this Historical Fiction novel is intriguing and exciting. I read it in about an hour and a half! It starts off quite slow, but it pulls you in with description and the pace speeds up as you get into it. The authentic language such as " 'Tis" helps you to feel like you're really there and shows the culture and history that the book is set in.

The big thing about this book was the detail. Every single thing is described, down to the characters that only make one appearance, and I love this in a book. The feelings, emotions and thoughts of Beth were described down to the minute, even though it's in third person, and I thought this was just perfect. The character formation is flawless.


The way the author links Beth's spy life to her normal life is amazing. Friends with Maisie, she has to watch out for the bell, and she found out some of her key mission facts while she was being herself. Another thing is how the book shows how women were treated at this time.

I felt that the only negative points of this book were how some bits were slightly confusing, and some of it felt too modern to be at this point in time. Even though most of it was authentic, the occasion page or speech was just too modernised to be during 1664. 

The recommended age for Secrets and Spies is 9-12, which I think is accurate because though I enjoyed it, I felt like someone slightly younger could have enjoyed it more.

Overall, this book is really good! It's characters are flawless, the description is plentiful and I loved it. It's not going to be a favourite book, but I'll certainly read the rest of the series at some point without forcing it!




I sorta-kinda took this idea from Rita at Weaving Pages, but it's not quite the same. So yeah.

Dear Mrs. Macauley,

Wow! I read the first Secrets and Spies book, and as you can see from my review above, I really enjoyed it. I'm going to have to read the second book at some point, aren't I? Because I read it late at night and I basically didn't move for like an hour. Thank you for writing it!

Charli x

Dear Beth,

You are quite inspirational. Sneaking around, lying... But all in others' interest. I love the fact that you take care of Maisie whilst being a spy, and you even manage to be a top actress. I found it really interesting reading your thoughts and feelings throughout the book. I commend you, please continue with such abilities.

Charli x

Dear Maisie,

Don't worry about Beth. She's perfectly fine, she just has lots of responsibilities. She loves you loads, so don't worry!

Charli x

And with that, I'll see you soon! :)

Charli x

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review-A-Thon Sign Up!


I've decided to participate in Little Book Star's Review-A-Thon!

 "Basically this challenge’s goal is for you to write as many reviews as you can in 2 weeks (Nov.1-14). Get those reviews you procrastinated on or write reviews for your future blog post (if you don’t post reviews every day.. I sure don’t) ! If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay! You can join if you have Goodreads or BookLikes. If you don’t post reviews everyday on your blog, what I would do is write all the reviews on Goodreads or BookLikes then just schedule the review post on your blog, then on your updates AND at the rafflecopter just link your Goodreads or BookLikes review. You have a max of 8 reviews to enter in the rafflecopter per day. The reviews MUST be written inside the time frame of Nov. 1-14.
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Rules:
1. Sign up ends on November 5.
2. You MUST have a blog OR a Goodreads OR BookLikes account in order to participate.
3. To sign up, make a blog post telling about the Review-A-Thon (just copy & paste the rules and the blurb up there where it says “Basically this challenge’s goal…”) + your updates/progress/goals. If you’re signing up via Goodreads, tweet it on twitter saying you’re participating in the Review-A-Thon (#ReviewAThon) & include a link to this post so others will know. Then, enter your Name, Sign Up Post/Tweet Link, and Email in the linky (click the blue frog).
4. There will also be 3 mini-challenges along the way so make sure to check back here.
5. HAVE FUN :)"

Goal: To Write 5-8 reviews! (Scheduled or posted)

  1. The Soterion Mission- Stewart Ross
  2. Geek Girl: Model Misfit- Holly Smale
  3. Sky Song- Sharon Sant
  4. The Memory Game- Sharon Sant
  5. The Sentinel- Holly Martin
  6. After Eden- Helen Douglas 
  7. In A Jam/Boot Camp Blues- Megan Sparks 
  8. Shooting Stars- Allison Rushby
And hopefully more!

Why don't YOU sign up?

Charli x

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Sworn To Conflict by Terah Edun and Giveaway (INT)

Cover Reveal: Sworn To Conflict by Terah Edun + #Giveaway (International)

On Sale on Amazon, iTunes & Barnes & Noble December 6, 2013
Sworn To Conflict by Terah Edun (Book 3)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming Of Age
Summary:
Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides. A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever. As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire. This third novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Transfer.
Other Books in the Series
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Series Order Links:
Sworn To Transfer (Book Two) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8PIH0W www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940148397472

International Giveaway!

Terah is giving away 1 signed copy of Sworn To Transfer, 1 eARC of Sworn To Conflict, and 1 ebook of Sworn To Raise or Sworn To Transfer. There are 3 total winners! CLICK HERE to enter! Good Luck!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

50 Facts About Me TAG

This has been going round a bit, so I figured I'd do it... I was tagged by Amber, Sophie and Fionnuala! And it could take a while.

  1. My name is really Charlotte. Which you probably guessed. 
  2. I LOVE GUMMY BEARS
  3. I've been a Potterhead since I was 7, when I first read the books. 
  4. I have hypomobility. I refuse to explain it, look it up if you want. 
  5. My best friends and friends in general are complete lunatics
  6. As am I...
  7. I am a complete procrastinator
  8. I am currently working on my Silver Arts Award, I did my Bronze last year. 
  9. My Ribena is always way too strong. Fact. 
  10. For some unknown reason, I became organised over the summer. 
  11. I love photography and own an DSLR camera. 
  12. No-one knows what is wrong with me. 
  13. Mentally 16, physically 80, actually 13. 
  14. I have the same birthday as my mum. 
  15. I am always in chinos and a hoodie
  16. I'm a Scout
  17. My favourite book in the world is Divergent
  18. I also love Breathe, HP, Geek Girl, Starcrossed, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Gone, anything by Cathy Cassidy, Sophie McKenzie, Meg Cabot or Cathy Hopkins, and THG. 
  19. I love pizza
  20. I'm a bookwhore, i.e I pick up a new book boyfriend every book I read. Favourites are Peeta, Four, Draco, Jam, Ethan....
  21. I love The Script
  22. I love Coldplay
  23. I love Disclosure
  24. I have a love of old alternative music. 
  25. Twitter is my life
  26. I couldn't survive without a laptop
  27. I do indoor rowing
  28. I LOVE PRINGLES
  29. I was going to call my kids Amber, Sophie and Jack but then I met Sophie, Jack and Amber in the book bloggy world... Soooo... Awkward
  30. I want to be a solicitor.... But I wouldn't say no to a multi-millionaire author, either. 
  31. I go to an all-girls school. (Why...)
  32. I'm running out of facts
  33. When this is published (it's scheduled) I'll be at camp, so yeah. 
  34. I know that most people won't still be reading this
  35. I'm Divergent... Amity, Dauntless and Erudite. 
  36. I give out bits of Charli Wisdom at school. It's needed A LOT. 
  37. My life is in my school library. I work in there and everything. 
  38. IF YOU DIDN'T GET IT EARLIER I LOVE FOOD
  39. I... Hate book reviewing. And I do it for fun? I don't even know. OK, I used to hate it. A LOT. 
  40. I don't cry at books or movies, only in my head. Like, hypothetically crying. But I don't. 
  41. I'm running out of facts, but there's only 8 to go, so that's ok. 
  42. I am sitting in a really uncomfortable chair. Well, I was when I wrote this, right NOW I'm at camp. As said before. 
  43. I love The Literary Gift Company. Seriously, look them up, it's a site with mugs and t-shirts and pens and omg. 
  44. I also love Paperchase. It is amazing. 
  45. My favourite subjects are History, RE and English
  46. Microsoft OneNote is a lifesaver
  47. I'm really bored of writing facts but it's been fun
  48. OMG I LIVE ACROSS FROM A GRAVEYARD. It's random, right? 
  49. I like purple. And stars. I like hoodies. I want a purple hoodie with stars on it.
  50. This is my 50th random fact. Good morning/afternoon/evening/night. 

 SO THERE WE ARE! Yes, I am at camp. But yeah. I TAG EVERYONE! Do it. 

Charlix

Friday, October 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR- Review: Juniper's Princess (AND GIVEAWAY)

Daniah is different, she always has been and now her dreams and visions of the future are increasing, she knows her life is changing. She just doesn't know by how much... Jaiden is different, but he knows why and he knows his responsibilities. He must find the saviour of his race, the angel human half-breeds who are fighting a war for humanity's souls. If he can't convince Daniah she is more than just a little different - she is the princess of their people - they are all going to die. Unfortunately Daniah doesn't have many reasons to trust Jadien, especially when he is caught in a web of his own lies. In a world where half-breed angels walk among us, fighting an evil for our souls, Daniah must find the strength to become the princess we all need. 

Author: Chelsea O'Neal
Pages: 224
Series: Angel Crest #1
Source: For review

I received a free copy of this book from Fiction Addiction Blog Tours, courtesy of the author, in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. This does not affect my review, nor does the fact that the tour will be advertised. 

In all honesty, I didn't know if I'd like this; the cover and title don't sound like my usual book and I wasn't sure of the synopsis. But it intrigued me, so I decided to give it a go! And it was a good decision that I made.

The book starts with description and you can tell it's set in the future. It starts off normally, if anything slightly cliche, before the fantasy element comes into it. The cliche of it works, it doesn't make me frustrated like cliches normally do. The author explains the situations well through a mixture of description and action, a perfect balance of the two as opposed to one being more heavy than the other. The description helps and adds to the book, as opposed to smothers like some authors do.

It's a beautiful story, it's intriguing and I can't deny falling for Jadien.The relationship developments were flawless, growing over periods of time in the book.

Each point of view is distinguished from the others and has a distinct difference; which some books just don't have. However, at some points I thought there were too many point of view swaps and I wasn't entirely sure what was going on.


I don't know why I liked these particular quotes so much, but I did. I think they just appealed to me!

"As I study the photographs I notice that she doesn’t look

anything like anyone else in her family."
 "I look around and don’t see anything out of the ordinary. My vision is almost completely back to normal although I have a splitting headache and my eyes are still sore" 

This book does have some swearing and a few intimate scenes in it, so if you don't like those (I know some of my readers are quite young) you should, unfortunately, avoid this book.
Overall, this is a beautiful book, and I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to readers 14+, or those with extremely high maturity. 


 
Charli x

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

BLOG TOUR- Review: Godspeed (AND GIVEAWAY)




"What is a heart if not the ultimate clockwork?" Abigail’s young life was saved by the kindness of strangers: Schuyler Algernon, the man who found her collapsed on cold city streets, and Quinn Godspeed, the doctor who risked everything by breaking the law to keep her fragile heart beating. As the truth about what she’s become and her feelings for her saviour overtake her, Abigail is forced to ask what constitutes life, living, and what dark secrets are contained within Godspeed’s past and the walls of Schuyler’s house. 

Author: February Grace (Before I even start, I'd like to say that I love that name!)
Publisher: Booktroupe
Date of Publication: 18th June 2013
Pages: 204
Format: Ebook
Source: For review

I received a free copy for review of this book from Fiction Addiction Blog Tours, courtesy of the author. This does not affect my review in any way possible, nor does the fact that the blog tour will be advertised. 

I'd never actually read a steampunk before this book, though I knew what it was all about, and I wasn't entirely sure to expect, so that's something you guys need to keep in mind as I write this review! 

The first chapter, though particularly the first paragraph, was really interesting, and the back story in the first few pages makes you wonder where the story is going to go. 

"I WAS RAISED in and among the beautiful, well-tended gardens
just beyond the city of Fairever, though the residence in which I
lived was never mine.
My earliest memories are of spring… of days spent contentedly
hiding amidst graceful, gossamer willow branches as they curtsied
in the afternoon breeze."

For a large part of the book,  there is lots of description. In a way, it feels like there should be more dialogue, but there's no need for it. A big part of this book was how everything was described in so much detail, particularly the emotions of the characters. It makes it furtherly intriguing! The descriptions and emotions used in this are beautiful. Only in a few places did the detail feel like too much. 

Physically, I wasn't gripped to the book, because there wasn't a huge amount of action during it and I didn't feel connected; but I still felt the name to keep reading it. However, there is a big block of action near to the end. 

I think the reason why I didn't feel particularly connected or gripped to this book was the fact that it was probably for older readers. I'm a younger reader of YA, because I have the maturity, but realistically it's actually for readers slightly older than me, who have more patience. And, in all honesty, it wasn't really what I like to read. 

A couple of quote loves: 

"Every feature had been erased of emotions, leaving
the slate completely blank."

  "I STRUGGLED FOR AIR; gasping, halting breaths of atmosphere

too thick to be contained by my constricting lungs."

So, overall, this wasn't the worst read, but I think it's for people of around 15+ who don't mind there not being much going on. 




Charli x

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Sentinel by Holly Martin

Today, I'm revealing the cover of Holly Martin's new YA, The Sentinel! It looks great, synopsis below :)







When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed.  But what happens next is even more harrowing.  

In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her.  They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.
However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies.  Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night.  Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against. 
With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with. 
But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer.  Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?
A fast paced fantasy adventure for young adults. 
With high speed car chases, airborne fights, amazing stunts and super powered beings, this is a story of loyalty, friendship and love. 

RELEASE DATE: 16th October 2013

 Charli x