Saturday, November 30, 2013

Monthly Round-Up: November

This month was awful! I flopped on Review-A-Thon and the amount of green (no post) on my schedule is horrendous. But none the less! 

Reviews this month...

The Sentinel- Holly Martin

The Soterion Mission- Stewart Ross

After Eden- Helen Douglas

The Memory Game- Sharon Sant

In A Jam and Boot Camp Blues- Megan Sparks

Finding Cherokee Brown- Siobhan Curham 

Other stuff I did...

This month has been majorly hectic, but HOPEFULLY now it'll calm down in the way of schoolwork, so there should be more in December, plus Christmassy stuff!

Charli x

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things I Am Thankful For

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

My 2nd TTT today! So, these are a mix of bookish and not... 

  1. My family: bit of an obvious one. I have a bother brother, sister and one on the way (who by the time this is actually published may have been born as this is scheduled...). I have had a, how you say, tough, childhood and yeah. Anyway, off the cliches. 
  2. BOOKS! Obvs. Ok, so, I've loved books since pretty much BIRTH. Read to, started reading pretty early, absolutely adore it (obviously or I wouldn't be book blogging :/) I mean, they take me to another world (haw-haw. see what I did there?)
  3. Tori, Bethan, Bethany and the rest of my form (including my lovely lovely form tutor/biology teacher). They are made of PURE AWESOME (and that element we found on the periodic table, Rutherfordium. And a lot of sugar. And arguments. And homework. ANYWAY). But yeah. Their support is AMAZING and although they annoy me A LOT I don't think I could love them all any less!
  4. Photography. Like my books and my blog, photography is my getaway! I love it and I'm currently doing my Silver Arts Award specialising in it, which is pretty cool. 
  5. Scouts! Again... As one of only three girls, it's hard sometimes, and the boys are CRAZY LUNATICS... but they're cool. Half of them are basically like brothers to me after like three years anyway. 
  6. The bloggy world, Twitter and my bloggy friends. Specifically Amber, Jack, Rita, Amy, Holly, Cat, Ruby, Sophie and SO MANY OTHERS! I love them all and I'm now a total twitter addict. 
  7. Music, I guess. I don't play anything, but I love listening and I do sing and rap a little bit!
  8. GUMMY BEARS AND RIBENA. Anyone who knows me knows these obsessions. 
  9. STICKY NOTES! See explanation on 8. 
  10. AND LASTLY... LIBRARIES! Cuz libraries are AMAZING. You can't beat that.

May have been teeny bit hyper whilst writing this on the 13th of November 2013. It is now the 26th, so... yeah. 

Charli x

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Blogger TMI Tag

This was started by one of my best bloggy friends Amber not too long ago so I figured why not? (This is scheduled)

How old are you? 13

What book are you reading? The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Forgotten by Cat Patrick

What are you wearing? PJ's with stars on and a green hoodie!

OTP? Scorose! And Fourtris aka Ten. Ohhh! And Jamber.

Blogger or Wordpress? Blogger of course?..

Going outside being active or staying inside and reading a book? OUTSIDE! Lol no jokes. TAKE A GUESS...

What is the last book you read? There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff and Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham.

What is the next book you are going to read? Sky Song by Sharon Sant, Red by Alison Cherry and Split Second by Sophie Mckenzie.

Ebooks... yes or no? Well. I just got a tablet so some. Plus I have no more bookshelf room and cant get another case.

Where do you prefer to read? In bed or on a chair... wherever.

The last person you tweeted? Sophie about our supply teacher who butted into a conversation about Catching Fire and said "this is for Rue" and kissed his fingers and the District 12 sign!! It was amazingggg.

Who's blog did you look at last? Jack's to copy these questions.

Who is your favourite blogger? Only one? Ok, Amber. She's my blogger idol.

Who is your favourite booktuber? See previous question.

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring? Stalk off after pulling "read between the lines" #insidejoke.

Who is the last author you spoke to? Siobhan Curham I think about my review of her book.

Who is  the last person you texted? My friend Bethan

Who is your all time favourite book character? Can't pick. Tris, Katniss, Cherry Costello, Jarra from Earth Girl and Cherokee Brown.

UKYA or USYA? I read both but UKYA for the win! #patriotic

What is your preferred drink whilst reading? I don't.  Just no. But when not reading, RIBENA <3

If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead? ...IDK I'd probably be a mindless clique girl or something.

How many bookcases do you have? One :'(

If you had the choice to meet all of your favourite book bloggers or all of your favourite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one. Book bloggers of course! I rarely see authors anyway and I could go to signings whereas bloggers don't have organised events.

Insta-love... yes or no? NOOOO. Well, rarely. If it works, like in Delirium, then perhaps.

Favourite author? Veronica Roth.

What is the number 1 book on your wishlist? Earth Star by Janet Edwards.

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists? Either, as long as the writing is good.

Favourite book to film adaptation? The Harry Potters or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What is the last song you listened to? Somebody Told Me- The Killers.

Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews? I don't mind, though negative ones are good because they feel more honest.

That was fun! And long... I tag everyone, make sure to link me up if you do it!

Charli x

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Finding Cherokee Brown

His lips touched mine and for one split second the whole world stopped.
Then every cell in my body fizzed into life . . .

When I decided to write a book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I mean, who wants to read about someone like me?

But as soon as I started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!

Best of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen . . .

Author: Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Electric Monkey (Egmont)
Date of Publication: March 2013
Pages: 334
Source: For review
Goodreads | Amazon

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Siobhan!

Refreshing, captivating and real are three words that come into my head when I think about this book. I was absolutely hooked by chapter two and I finished it in around two hours flat, not including the three or four 5-minute intervals where I sat and stared at the cover. Don't judge me, it's so pretty!

But moving on, this is a beautiful contemporary that contains lots of subtle mysteries and intrigue, without you even realising it as you read. The book follows Claire, who is being bullied recklessly, as she finds herself, mentally, physically and biologically, and discovers secrets that have been kept from her all her life.

In some, most, books that include bullying, the bullying isn't realistic and I find myself sitting and not believing in the book, which stops my enjoyment. Curham achieved and overcame this and more; the bullying is described in complete depth and I believed in it, I felt as if it was really happening; and as horrible as bullying is, I loved this, because of how rare it is to find a book with good, believable bullying scenes in them.

Curham represents perfectly being a teenager, particularly a bullied one who has lots of family problems. The book shows how difficult teenager to parent communications can become, especially about things such as seeing a biological parent if your parents are split and difficult situations like these.

I also loved the "notebook extracts" that Cherokee wrote throughout writing her story, as they gave such a deep insight to how she thought and how she formed images of people, and herself, in her own mind.

As you can probably tell, emotion is one of the key parts of this book and Curham executes it perfectly: I could clear as glass see Cherokee's emotions throughout the book. One thing I found interesting is how you could tell the undertone of Cherokee, such as when she writes like she isn't bothered but a jealous undertone is there. I don't find this in a lot of books; because it's hard to see, unlike in a person where you can identify body language.

I loved Cherokee throughout the book and by the end loved her determination and bravery. Sophie said that she is as worthy a heroine as Tris or Katniss, and I couldn't agree more; she has all the characteristics as well as having made a stand against the bullies. I also adored Steve as the fatherly figure of the book; I could see how Cherokee's emotion changed when she was with him; how they formed their relationship with music, and I could relate to it. My relationship with my own father is fragile, but we both love music, which is something to connect with each other. One of my favourite quotes from the book was when she was about to go and meet Steve:

"I felt all the following in one go: excited, terrified, sick, 
giggly, angry, tearful and in a state of shock."

Overall, this an absolutely beautiful and realistic book. Cherokee as a character is gorgeous and clear cut, and the writing is just perfect.

Charli x

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bloggers on Bullying: My Experiences

Today I'm participating in Sophie's Anti-Bullying Blog Week Blog Hop on bloggers' bullying experiences. This will be quite a personal post...

Ok. I was pretty much bullied from the age of about 7 up to the day I left primary school at the massive age of 11 and 3/4.

I was never the "liked" girl. Apart from being always slightly chubby, a bit of a nerd and a "bossy-boots", I rejected being a part of the popular group and was always a bit of an outsider, from maybe even the first day of reception, when "bullying" was calling someone a meanie or stupid and possibly leaving them out of a game. In short, I had my own mind.

I had my best friends, but never for very long. Many of them left, or I broke friends with. My best friend in Year 5, Simran, probably the most faithful, lovely one I ever had, sadly passed away.

So, yes. Year 2-4, it was just name-calling, leaving out, never using my ideas in a project, even though the others said they wanted to do that. I made it sound little, but it never was. Rumours were probably the thing in Year 4, because everyone had just learnt that they could make up stupid things and if you told them to one girl, they would spread it around the year in about 10 seconds flat. One time, there was one where at the lunchtime of that day I couldn't walk two steps without someone popping up in my face and asking if it was true.

Unfortunately, I couldn't do the cliche thing and hide in the toilets; our dinner ladies made sure you weren't in there for more than 5 minutes and we probably had the most awful toilets ever! We had to go outside; no library, no nothing, and so I was out in the wild.

When I was best friends with Simran, no one could touch us. Everyone loved Simran, and she loved us. We ended up linking up with two girls, Amna and Naimah*, Amna who was lovely, and Naimah who never really seemed to like me, but I put up with it. Me and Simran, we were Super Simmi and Chick Charli.

And then the wall came crashing down.

For a while, me and Naimah seemed to be best friends. We were both going to take the grammar school test, though she was having tuition. She'd never been to a library, so we'd go there with my mum and then walk to her house on a Friday, where we'd have dinner, do homework and "study". It was fun.

Until.

Naimah realised I had nothing to offer her in the way of study tips and realised I didn't revise to be how I am, and dropped me like a hot potato. She went back to the popular group, which had swelled dramatically since the shock, and they began to gang up on me. It never stopped. I never want to think about some of the things they said, because it wasn't the normal name-calling, it was insults to do with my leg conditions, my weight, my love of books, my family, my heritage. Amna was still friends with them, though loosely, and she hadn't changed, thankfully.

At lunchtime, I would go and talk to the dinner ladies; amongst the mean, horrible ones, there were a few younger, nice ones, and I would find one of my favourites around the playground and talk to them. They didn't mind; they liked me and knew the basics of my history.

Year 5 and Year 6 were my way of personal hell; though I had two friends, Aliyah and Rayna*, who were my friends, very on and off. We fought a lot. So much, it became as bad as the bullying.

I think my bullying experiences were a lot worse because of the rest of my childhood, and it was all worse than I can explain. I began blogging because of them, and I wouldn't change that for the world; so I guess there are always benefits.

Now, I attend a girls' grammar school, which Naimah does attend, but she's in another class and we're civil when we have to be. I love it there, and although I haven't changed who I am, I am a very different girl, and I think bullying helped that. I have my friends, Bethan, Tori, Bethany, and so many more, and it's amazing. I can't say bullying was a good thing, but it helped me in more ways in one, and to this day, whenever I see Naimah or happen to see any of the other girls, I say a silent "thank you, for making me who I am today".

My life motto is "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, and forget about the ones that don't. And believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it, if it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, they only promised it would be worth it."

And so the moral of my story is that everything happens for a reason, and it will all work out in the end. I promise.

Charli x

 *: names changed of bullies.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Author Spotlight: Casandra (Loving.And.Awkward)

Casandra, AKA Loving.And.Awkward on Fanfiction.net, writes my favourite fanfiction ever, The Luxury of Knowing. Her life-long goal is to be interviewed, and as her idol reader, I was happy to fulfil! You can find her on fanfiction here, The Luxury of Knowing here and follow her on Twitter @LovingAwkward

The Luxury of Knowing Synopsis: "There are two types of secrets. The kind you want to keep in and the kind you don't dare let go." Peeta and Katniss are married with two children, Hope and Hunter, who know nothing about the Hunger Games. But all the changes when Hope finds 75 tapes. Follow Hope, Hunter, Finnick and Tessa as they watch the tapes and find out the secrets their parents have been keeping from them. (credit to Casandra).

I loved interviewing her and I hope you enjoy her answers, even if you never read fanfiction!


Hey Casandra! *hands a plate of various cakes* Welcome to To Another World. Can you tell me and my readers a little about you, and your fanfictions, particularly The Luxury of Knowing? 

Hey Charli! *takes a delicious looking cake* Thank you so much for having me! A little about myself... Let's see... Well, as you all know, my name is Casandra, and I'm a 17 year old girl from Canada. I'm in my last year of high school, with no clue what I want to do after I finish, and I'm a figure skater.
The Luxury of Knowing is my baby. It's a Hunger Games story that takes place 20 years after Mockingjay and it follows Katniss' and Peeta's kids, Hope and Hunter, Annie's son, Finnick, and Johanna's daughter, Tessa, as they find out about their parents past by watching the Hunger Games tapes.

How did you get into writing, particularly Fanfiction?
It was actually really late at night, about 4 years ago to get specific, and I was watching some fan-made Twilight videos on YouTube when I find out about FanFiction. I accidentally clicked the link to someones FanFic account and started reading their story. I never thought I would start writing myself, I just enjoyed reading. Then, one day, I thought "Hey, why not try and write something" and I did. My first story was a Twilight story - which I took down long ago! - and I updated every night. Now, even though I don't update every night, I love writing even more and I can't get enough of it!

The Luxury of Knowing follows some of the Victor's children discovering The Hunger Games, which sounds, to an average reader, like a cliche sort of fanfiction story. Is there a reason you decided on this particular theme?

I love stories where characters watch their movie/show - like the Harry Potter characters watch the Harry Potter movies for example. Really, I just woke up one morning and thought "What if Katniss' and Peeta's kids found all the tapes of the Hunger Games?". I had the story planned out for months. I had what tapes the kids would watch, who was going to be apart of the story, where the teens would be when they watched the tapes, if the parents knew, everything was planned out. But, in the back of my mind, I couldn't stop thinking about how cliche the idea sounded, and that stopped me from actually starting to write. Then, about three months after I got the idea, I told my sister - who isn't a big Hunger Games fan - about the story and she loved it and told me to start writing. So really, you all have my sister to thank for this story being put up, haha!

You write very well, I absolutely love your writing style, as you know. Do you have a particular way you like to write? (Places, with food, drafting, etc). 

A: Why thank-you very much! I am very... I guess you can say picky, with what's around me when I'm writing. I have to be sitting at my desk and I have, what's call, The Luxury of Knowing Playlist on repeat in the background. And I need to have my giant, black and white water bottle, filled with water, next to me at all times!

How did you come up with your character names and backgrounds? They're all very vivid. 


A: It was actually a lot harder coming up with names for these characters, compared to my other stories. I always knew Katniss' and Peeta's daughter was going to be named Hope and Annie's son would be Finnick. Me and my sister argued all the time about Hunter's and Tessa's name. Hunter was Mitch for weeks until I changed it and Tessa was, and still is really, Robyn. Their backgrounds however, came easy. I just knew how they grew up and how they would act, their likes and dislikes. I sat down for a day and just wrote out all their backgrounds. And I'm still adding things to this day!
Fun fact: James, who as people know, is Johanna's 'husband' and Tessa's father, was the Victory of the 64th Hunger Games at first. I had his whole background done up, and I still have it. In the end, I just felt like we need someone in the mix who wasn't in the Games and was in the same boat as the kids with the fact that he can't fully understand how Johanna and the others feel.


Now for some fun questions! :)

I ask all my authors this question! You're stuck on an island, what three  items do you take? (And because I've learnt from experience of you creative types, you are stuck! Nothing that can help you get off!!)

Oh good god... Haha! I would have to say my sister - so I have some to bug and talk too - my laptop if I could get it solar-powered because my laptop is my LIFE and an endlessly supply of Hershey's Cookies & Cream bars!

Who are your favourite authors? 

J.K. Rowling, definitely, Suzanne Collins and Sarah Dessen.

Favourite ice-cream flavour/type? 

I am IN LOVE with Cookies & Cream ice-cream!

And lastly, some this or that... 

Ice-cream or chocolate? Ice-cream, no questions asked!
Books or fanfiction? Now that's a hard one... I'll have to say books, only because without books, we really wouldn't have FanFiction.
Twitter or facebook? Twitter, definitely!

Thank you to Casandra for taking time to do this interview with me! I love her fanfiction and she's absolutely lovely, so check out her and her fanfic! Links in the introduction box :) 
Charli x

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blog Tour: The Prophecy: Erin Albert on Inspiration!

I'm so happy to welcome back Erin Albert, author of The Prophecy, to To Another World today, this time for her blog tour! She's talking about inspiration...



Thank you, Charli, for hosting me to on my blog tour for The Prophecy!  ((HUGS))  Hello to all of Charli’s followers!!

Today Charli asked me to write about my inspiration for The Prophecy, its world, and the characters.  Before I delve into that topic, I’d like to say that I believe inspiration can be found anywhere.  All aspects of life—the good, the bad, and the ugly—can be a springboard for creativity.  I challenge you all to look at the world, the people, and the art around you.  Let your mind wander. Let your imagination soar.

I can’t exactly trace the origins of The Prophecy to any one thing or person.  The inspiration for it came more from a collection of ideas. One night, as I watched a movie based on Arthurian legend, the words Ethereal and Vanguard popped into my mind, and I just knew they were two warring nations. Over the next few days, character names joined the two kingdoms: Layla, Wil, Nash, Samson.  A story took root.  At the time, I’d been reading the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin.  I liked the idea of combining olden times (castles, kings, queens, etc.) with fantastical elements, so I think reading that series definitely influenced my story.  When I sent out my query letters, I labeled The Prophecy “Game of Thrones meets Arthurian legend.”


After the idea sprung to life, I wrote a brief three-paragraph synopsis and sent it to my friends.  These four ladies eventually became my Dream Team and a source of great inspiration and accountability for me.  I asked them if the little blurb I wrote would be a story they’d be interested in reading.  All four gave an enthusiastic “yes,” so I started writing.  Whenever I found myself stuck in the story or on a logical hang-up, I called one (or sometimes all four) of my Dream Team Members to ask for help. 

Sometimes when I am creatively stumped, I seek inspiration from artistic sources that spark my imagination—book, arts, television, movies, etc.  I love that moment when I’m watching or reading a really great story, and I feel my own creative juices start flowing.  Ideas form—sometimes in a trickle, sometimes in a torrent—and before I know it, I’m back on track.

I encourage you to go out and experience the world: fall in love, get your heart broken, make mistakes, take risks, go on adventures, talk to fascinating people, sit in silence and ponder, pursue a seemingly impossible dream.  Let all those moments, all the people you meet, all the beauty you encounter serve as muses for your own art.

Thank you again for hosting me, Charli!  I hope everyone will give The Prophecy a read and enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  Who couldn’t use that with the holidays approaching?  ((HUGS))

The Dream Team (left to right: Danielle Craver, Dawn Ward, Ginny Hunsberger, and Kim Sharp)






Awesome guest post, Erin! So, guys, enter for an amazing $50 giftcard! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police."  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing. 
Find me online:

Preorder Link: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/our-authors/50-our-authors/authors-a/381-erin-albert

Twitter:  @ErinAlbertBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erin-Albert-Books/182769448541270

Website:  www.erinalbertbooks.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18160774-the-prophecy

Thanks to Erin for this awesome guest post! I will be reviewing this soon guys, so stay tuned! :D 

Charli x

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

 *Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

This is my first top 10, but I figured I'd try it! So... most of the time covers are gorgeous but I'm going to try or at least do some! So, in no particular order...

10. The Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl MOVIE COVER

 

This is the copy that I have, and compared to the normal covers I don't really like it. Plus, I don't think it quite interprets the book well enough.

 

9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (UK COVER)


I don't like the UK cover! I totally prefer the US one and I don't think the UK one is right for it...

8. The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross

I don't know with this one. I'm just not keen. Meh.

7. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen (UK)


I love how all of Dessen's covers match, but I just didn't think this one went quit with the book. I'm not sure. I just... I thought it was nice, I just didn't particularly like it.

6. Shug by Jenny Han

I didn't really like this book, and I don't like this cover much. I know Shug was short for Sugar, but it didn't really go with the book generally to me and I found it quite plain. I think this has had a re-design since, though.

5. In Darkness by Nick Lake

Hated the book, didn't like the cover. Yep.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

There have been many, many redesigns of this, but none of them particularly capture me and I always feel something is missing!

3. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

I haven't read this, and although I want to, I don't feel comfortable with reading it and it makes me cringe slightly... Shame, I really want to read it.

2. Knotted Roots by Ruthi Knight

 

I find this quite pretty, actually, but I'm just not sure. I haven't read this but I would quite like to!

1. Paper Towns by John Green

 










Don't shout at me! Let me justify. I like it, and I know it's different from his others', but I would love a redesign that went with the other books.

So that was my first Top Ten! I think I'll only do it when I like the topic, not every week :) please comment and let me know how it was and if I should continue! 

Charli x

P.S I know the formatting is a bit crazy but I couldn't fix it :(

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Bump in the Night Book TAG

Hi! I know Halloween was a while ago but Amber of The Mile Long Bookshelf tagged me so... WHY NOT. This will probably fail as I don't read much horror, but... Enjoy! 

1) Which are your favourite supernatural/horror/scary characters to read about? (e.g. vampires, werewolves, witches, monsters, serial killers, murderers etc).

WITCHES AND WIZARDS!! HARRY POTTER ALWAYS

2) Which scene from any book would be your ultimate nightmare to have been part of?


The Hunger Games- the Tracker Jacker scene. Anything in THG really but this scene would really freak me out!


3) If you could visit and explore any one scary or evil setting which would you pick and why?

I don't know... Um, Malfoy Manor? It's kinda evil, so yeah. And I've always wanted to go and play Hide and Seek in it... It's a shame the Malfoy's are so conserved, they would have had awesome games! 

4) Which book was so frighteningly terrible that you almost fell asleep for eternity trying to finish it?

Good one! Ok, Children of the New Forest. Funny story, actually, about why I HAD to read it. At school in Year 7, they have a research project (to introduce kids into how to research in the library, I knew how but shocking how many don't) where you get a word and have to find a non-fiction book, fiction book, poem and piece of art in a book for that word. For the fiction book though, you had to read and review it. Unlucky me, I got TREES. So I had to read Children of New Forest. I ended up reviewing it without even talking about the plot because I hadn't read it properly and it bored me to tears.

5) Name one book you wish you could pull certain pages out of and swap for others to make it better?

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I LOVE Divergent, it's my favourite book, but I can't deny some faults in the final book. I won't be reviewing it, but... Ah well.

6) If you could turn any 'bad or evil' character into a good character, who would you pick and why?

DRACO MALFOY OF COURSE! I know he becomes good by the end, but still. I ship Romione, but I adore Dramione fanfiction and kinda wish it had happened. 

Quick fire round:

1) Favourite vampire character? ew no
2) Favourite werewolf character? I have two. Grayson from the phenomenal Rooted by Amy Good and Sam from the amazing Shiver by Maggie Shiefvater.
3) Favourite witch character? Hermione and Professor McGonagall.

4) Favourite monster character? The monster from The Monster Calls
5) Favourite ghost character? The Bloody Baron!
6) Favourite serial killer/murderer character? Voldemort... or... well, I guess Eric from Divergent could be counted...

Hope you enjoyed! Amber tagged everyone, so I won't re-tag but feel free to do it. 

Charli x

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Double Review: In A Jam and Boot Camp Blues

"Annie and Tyler are going out! OK, he can be a bit controlling sometimes, but Annie's never had a boyfriend before so she assumes that's what they're like. Her roller derby team, the Liberty Belles, are in top position in the league – but are they getting over-confident? Annie misses a few practice sessions so she can spend time with Tyler. As punishment, she gets left on the bench at a big bout. The whole team needs to refocus – especially Annie."- Curious Fox site (IN A JAM).

Author: Megan Sparks
Publisher: Curious Fox
Date of Publication: September 2013
Series: Roller Girls 3/4
Pages: 192/208
Source: Review copies from the publisher
Buy these books

I received a free copy of these books from Curious Fox in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Curious Fox, Team Fox Assemble! 

If you saw my double review of the first two books, you'll know that I absolutely adore these books and am a diehard jesseXannie shipper (Jessie? Annse? I don't know), so I devoured these two books within about two hours without even a pause. In In A Jam, Annie and Tyler start going out and Annie makes some bad decisions, before realising her mistakes. In A Jam begins with an action start where her and Lexie are at a football game, which sets the atmosphere for the book.

I didn't like In A Jam quite as much as the other three books, and I think this is because the author is trying to set the essence for the last book and we get quite a lot of hints, clues and development for the next book, which is great but at points slightly overwhelmed what the book itself is about, as each book is different. That probably made no sense, but I hope you vaguely know what I mean.

Annie's emotions are very clear throughout all of the books, though particularly these last two. I love how Annie compares her own situation to the characters in Jane Austen's books that she is studying in her English class. There is description in the books, too, but as it's a contemporary it isn't very heavy, but it works!

Two quotes I really liked that particularly reflected Annie's character in the last two books of this amazing series are:

" 'Sorry,' Annie apologized again. She was good at that."

"...Lexie giggled. 'I guess you can take the girl out of England 
but you can't take the England out of the girl.' "

So, as you know, I absolutely adore this series and really wish there were more books, but it doesn't appear that there are going to be (everyone: booo!!!). I love them and hope you will read them too!!


Charli x

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

UKYA Blog Tour: Author Spotlight: Interview with Karen Saunders!


I'm totally honoured to have Karen Saunders, the author of Me, Suzy P, on To Another World today as part of the We Love UKYA blog tour, which has been organised by Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary and Project UKYA.



Hi Karen, welcome to To Another World! Tell my readers and I a little bit about yourself and your books!

Hiya backatcha, and thanks so much for having me! I’m Karen and I like reading, cheesy 80s pop, potatoes, chocolate, goats and guinea pigs. Oh, and cheese. I’m a total disaster area, and have spent a lifetime managing to humiliate myself in weird and wonderful ways, which is mainly what inspired me to write Me, Suzy P. It’s about 14 year old Suzy Puttock, a girl with an embarrassing surname, embarrassing family and altogether embarrassing life. She’s always making a total donkey of herself, but luckily she’s got a great group of mates to help her out. She’s also got a fab boyfriend, Danny, but she’s starting to have wobbles about their relationship…and these wobbles get worse when a hot new boy, Zach, starts at Suzy’s school and she realises she has feelings for him. Yup. Big fat uh oh!

How and where do you write? Do you have a certain process for writing, or do you just do it however you want to at the time?

I have set days when I write, which are the days when my son’s at nursery. I settle myself into my study at the PC, and once I’ve done my procrastinating for the day (check emails, Facebook, Twitter, repeat, repeat, repeat once more for luck…oooh, and maybe just ONE more time) I generally unplug the internet and get to work. I’ve just finished working on the second Suzy book, and once I’ve finished these questions, I’ll have no excuse but to begin the third.

What’s your favourite book of all time? You can have two if you really can’t decide, because I’m nice…

AAAAAAHHHH! Only TWO?! I can never choose a favourite, I always have to have several options. I might choose three, because I’m nice too. That’s okay, right? Pleeeease? *puppy dog eyes*
I’ve read Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, loads of times, I just think it’s fantastic. VIII by HM Castor is a brilliant historical novel about the early life of Henry the 8th and explores the events that might have turned him into such a tyrant. And I LOVE the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I got a tweet from Ann Brashares a couple of weeks ago, and nearly passed out with the excitement.


How long have you wanted to be an author, and was there anyone or anything that particularly made you want to write? 

I never actually thought I could be an author, to be honest. When I was growing up I was a complete bookworm, but enjoyed reading much more than the writing part. I struggled to settle on a career after I graduated, and eventually went back to university to do an MA in Writing for Young people in 2004. I’ve been writing in one form or another since then and I love it, I’ve finally found a job I like doing! I don’t know that I’ve been inspired particularly by anyone, but the authors that had a huge impact on me when I was younger were Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and Paula Danzinger. I also adored the Sweet Valley High series. I remember thinking authors were these amazing, god-like beings, which is why I didn’t think I could actually be one myself. 


Do you have any strange habits or hobbies inside, or outside, of writing?

I always wear odd socks, purely because it irritates my husband. I tend not to have long running hobbies, I flit from thing to thing. Past obsessions include mosaic making, attempting to learn to knit (fail), painting and I’m currently learning to sew.

Now for a bit of a killer (?). If you were on a desert island, what three items would you take? And they can’t help you off, because I know what you creative types are like!

A huge bookcase full of books I’m going to enjoy.
Enough food to keep me going.
A bus with all my friends on. 

(Ed's note: Very good answers, grasshopper)

Pen or paper? Paper
Cake or crisps? Crisps!
Reading or writing? Reading (writing is hard work! Reading means someone else has done the hard work for you…)
 
Thanks so much for having me, these were great questions. Just so y’know, Me, Suzy P, is available to buy now online and from all good book shops. If you’d like to find out more, do come and visit my website at www.karensaunders.co.uk, ‘like’ me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karensaunderswriter, or say hello on Twitter @writingkaren. There are also tweets from Suzy Puttock @suzyputtock, so do follow her too. Look forward to seeing you around!

 Thank you Karen, and to Lucy for organising this tour! Make sure to follow Project UKYA (the blog and it's Twitter @ProjectUKYA) and Karen using the ways above! I've got to say, I want to read Me, Suzy P now!

To keep following the tour, head over to Luna's Little Library with James Dawson tomorrow!

Charli x

Monday, November 04, 2013

Review: The Memory Game (Buddy Read with Georgia)

'If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.'

Three weeks after fifteen-year-old David died, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.

Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.

Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…

Author: Sharon Sant
Publisher: Self
Date of Publication: September 1st
Pages: 144
Source: For review
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I buddy read this short read with Georgia @ Books and Writers JNR. We both had pretty similar thoughts on it! For quite a short book, under 200 pages, it really packed a punch and we have a lot to say on it.

The synopsis is quite mysterious and doesn't show the depth of the book, so you are instantly intrigued, and this continues with the descriptive beginning. The deep thoughts and the way Sant introduces the character very cleverly through description of a room makes you want to find out what happens, and you only go further into the story. A lot of the emotions in the story, particularly of David, the main protagonist, appear to be embedded into descriptive blocks, such as when he was upset the description felt kind of... distant, if you understand me.

The concept of the book is amazing, the fact that as a ghost, you can talk to one person of, not necessarily your own choice, but your subconscious's, and make things better, and experience life in a completely different way. Obviously, Sant hasn't experienced death to write about it; no-one has, but the insight or perspection on death is amazing. To think about how it could feel to be a ghost, and how you could see how your family feels... This book simply tugs at your heart whilst sparking curiosity.

At first, I found Bethany a slightly naive, weak character, but when we find out more about her persona and history, I realised that there was a lot of reason for it and came to love her as a character. I loved the interaction between her and David, because of their history (bullying). The idea of the book, as I explained before, makes their history powerful, but they as characters forget that so they can unite.

Throughout the book, there are lots of little details added in that aren't necessarily needed but aren't useless, which, again, is very cleverly done. In a lot of books, extra details overpower the book and aren't needed at all, but in this book, they were just weaved in occasionally.

And, naturally, the ending absolutely kills you; whether you enjoy the book or not, the ending will make the tears fall. Well. I don't cry at books for some reason, but, hypothetically!

Of course, my favourite quote involved the actual "memory game" that David and Bethany played. It's simply about a ham and pickle sandwich, but it's almost crucial to the story.

"Then I close my eyes and think about salty ham and the fruity 
sharpness of the pickle, and I can almost remember the flavours."

As you can probably tell, I can't fault this book. It's short; but it's hard-hitting and just perfect. Snuggle up with it this winter... I guarantee it won't fail to keep you warm (that was such an awful way to finish off talking about an amazing book, but you get the gist of it!) 
 Charli x

This review is part of Review-A-Thon!


Sunday, November 03, 2013

Review: After Eden

Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she's hooked. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So why doesn't he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he's taking in her.

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan's bedroom - a biography of her best friend - written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose ... and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success

Author: Helen Douglas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of Publication: 7th November 2013
Pages: 288
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free, advance copy of this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Bloomsbury! 

Before I say anything, please admire the cover. Isn't it beautiful?! It may be a favourite cover of the year, this one! After Eden follows Eden, who meets a boy who seems just a little bit mysterious. She finds out many different points before she manages to figure out the puzzle, and has to do something about it.

My key point about this book is how unique it is. It's a time-travel contemporary with that added splash of romance, and a subtle love-triangle!The beginning prologue simply pulls you in, and the rest of the book doesn't disappoint.

Personally, I loved the characters in the book. Flawlessly formed, I knew their personalities, their pasts, everything about them, and I couldn't resist falling for both Ryan and Connor! I think given the choice, I'd go for Connor though! ;) The reason why we know so much about them is because when they are introduced, lots of subtle details are added in and I loved this. Particularly, the introduction of Ryan, which isn't actually when he comes into the story. The author included pieces of conversations about him, subtly making a slight mystery about him, which continues throughout the most part of the book: "'He's Canadian"..."He's South African"'. 

For the duration of the book, there is a lot of description. It's descriptive through everything; action, thoughts and emotions, but it somehow still manages not to overpower the balance of "description, dialogue and action" that a lot of books don't have. My favourite chunk of description was when they were at the Eden Project. The description made you feel like you were there, and even if I hadn't been there before I know I would have still felt like that.

"He walked ahead of me, up the path, through 
the lush green foliage and sultry air."

Following on from that point, I loved the relationship developments of both Eden and Ryan, and Eden and Connor. Connor being the friend... Or is he? (That wasn't a spoiler by the way). The description following the development of the relationships was immaculate and I wanted to finish the book just to find out the outcome!

As I mentioned before, there is a slight love triangle. It worked really well; it wasn't too forceful compared to other books, but it was still one of the main themes of the book if that makes sense! The love triangle mixes with the relationship developments to form an extremely well-written romance.

So, as you can tell, I absolutely adored this book and I didn't think I could find a flaw. The characters, description and relationships are all perfectly done, and I loved it.

Charli x