Sunday, September 14, 2014

Letterbox Love (#92)


Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about.


For Review: 

Ironsky: Dread Eagle - Alex Woolf (unsolicited) 

I hadn't heard of this book until it dropped through my letterbox but it sounds pretty awesome. It sounds like a steampunk historical book about a fight between Britain and France. I am very intrigued about it! Thanks to Scribo Books for this. 
Published: 25th September 2014 


This is a finished copy of a book I've already got a proof for that sounds awesome. I am very much looking forward to this but will be finding a new home for this one by way of my stepsons school library I think! Thanks Chicken House! 
Published: 2nd October 2014


NEW LOCKWOOD!! 
I am so excited to find out what happens next in the Lockwood series! I loved the first book and this is definitely going to the top of my tbr pile! Thanks Random House! 
Published: 28th September 2014

The Winter Wolf - Holly Webb 

This has a christmas-sy feel to it and seems really sweet, a middle grade book about wolves and I can't wait to curl up and read it when the weather turns! Thanks Stripes Publishing! 
Published: 1st October 2014



Friday, September 12, 2014

Winterkill - Kate A Boorman

“Out here, I can feel the dead in the trees. The Lost People rustle the leaves, muddy the shafts of light, through the branches, whisper in my ear. They creep dusty fingers along my neck, tug at my braid, pull strands from my plait to tickle my face.
Or mayhap its the wind”

Emmeline lives in a settlement within a woods. The fortification keeps her and the other townsfolk safe from the dangers that lurk outside. For five generations the people have lived there, hoping that they can make a life for themselves and keep their families safe from the malmaci. The townsfolk are expected to stay within the settlement if they want to live, to only go out for gathering plants and roots for healing, or hunting for animals on the edge of the woods. But Emmeline hears whispering in the woods, and that whispering is pulling her further out. Inside the safety of the wall she is being watched, expected to array a man she doesn’t love and falling for a boy she can’t have Emmeline wants to explore, wants to get away from the confinement. But outside that wall lies the evil, and the freezing winterkill is almost upon on. 

***

This book is going to be compared to the movie, The Village, by anyone who reads it or its blurb. It will happen and I’m fairly sure both the author and the publisher knows it. However, it was good on its own merits, with its own story and a great set of characters it was an interesting, good read and I really enjoyed it.

The story follows Emmeline, a cripple who is viewed as being ‘Stained’ because of her bad foot and the fact her grandmother was cast out of the settlement for propositioning a married man. Emmeline is so set on everyone being against her that she doesn’t realise how many real friends she has and is very lonely early on in the book which made me sad. She thinks anyone who shows an interest is after her as a joke rather than genuinely interested in her and that works well for the rest of the story when it comes to Brother Stockham and Kane. There is a major love story element to this book but its more about the town and its secrets, and Emmeline’s dreams than anything else. There is a lot of mystery and a bit of a creepy story running through the book. Its also about survival and the idea that the freezing months are upon the town so Emmeline must move fast. 

I loved the mystery and creepiness of the story. Emmeline was an interesting character because she was strong and determined, despite being so lonely that she didn’t know what was good for her. I enjoyed her friendship with Tom and especially that with Andre and the healer who's craft she was learning. I felt like they knew more than they were letting on and I was happy to find out more about goings on in their earlier life as it made things they said make more sense. 

The writing was difficult to get used to at first and for around 60/70 pages I struggled with the use of different words for stuff and the use of french within the English. However once I was emerged more into the story this became less of a problem and I enjoyed that it left things for me to work out as Emmeline was doing. 

I did really enjoy Winterkill. It was an interesting story with good charatcers, it feel a little short as the bringing was low going but the end more than made up for it, especially as it developed its own story and I stopped seeing The Village in it. All the way to the end it kept me on my toes and Iw as dying to find out what would happen next and I was happy with what did. When I finished I didn’t know there would be a sequel but thought that it would be good if there was an a little digging has allowed me to discover that there will be. I can see which storyline will be followed but knowing the twists and turns in this one I can image there will be a lot of mystery regarding what will happen once that storyline begins - and I can’t wait! 

Winterkill was published on Septmber 4th by Faber and Faber. My copy was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins

“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy - that guy right over there - thats him. 
The him. 
His posture is as familiar as a recurring dream. Shoulders rounded down, head cocked to the right, nose an inch from the tip of his pen. Absorbed. My heart swells with a painful sort of euphoria. He’s close, only two tables over and facing my direction. The cafe is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips:
‘Josh!’”

After a chance encounter at a cafe in Manhattan over the summer with her crush Josh, Isla is determined not to let him get away. The only problem is hes gone. He wont be seen again until they return to senior year at School of America Paris, and by that point Isla’s Vicodin has worn off and she's the same shy girl she has been the past three years. As Isla manages to overcome her shyness the two become close, and romance blossoms, but the school year isn’t as great as she imagined it would be. As more work gets piled onto them uncertainties about their future become apparent and the two of them may just have to be apart. Isla and the Happily Ever After becomes a story unlike any fairytale as both Isla and Josh both tackle demons they thought would be long buried, but will they make it through? 

***

This is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of true love from an author who already stole most of our hearts, Stephanie Perkins. 

It takes place mostly in Paris, with a few chosen chapters whisking us away to Barcelona and Manhattan, so the setting is just incredible, but its nothing compared to the story. I was grabbed at the first chapter and I loved every second as I got to know Isla and Josh and Kurt, and just how much they needed one another but also how much they messed things up for one another too. It was not the swept off my feet romance I expected because it had some serious hurdles but they were all worth it for the ending, oh man, that ending. 

I obviously can’t go into detail about what happens right at the end without spoilers, but it broke my heart into tiny little pieces, then stitched them back together just to do it all again. I was moved, almost to tears, by what happens and I’m not usually moved by romance, I’m the least romantic person there is I swear it! 

The thing that got me about this book was the characters and the way they worked alongside each other. Stephanie Perkins’ writing is brilliant and her chose of wording is brilliant because each character has their own way of speaking and its so clear through that. I liked Isla but to be honest she wasn’t my favourite character because she just talks about her crush on Josh for the most part - I would have liked to know more about her, about why she was reading that comic in her first year and other stuff. I loved Josh and the battle he has to go through with having a public and private persona and I loved the fact that he seemed so passionate about art. I could tell just from the writing that his art was beautiful and I’m not gunna lie, I am genuinely gutted there weren’t any strips from BSB included in the book, I think that book should come out! 

I can rave about this enough. I thought there were some bits that got on my nerves a little like how much Isla’s size was mentioned and how it seemed to make her sound a bit weak, even though she really wasnt. But saying that I loved her approach towards sex and the that there weren’t any fade to black scenes. I adored the fact that [SPOILER] the characters from the other Stephanie Perkins’ books turned up and we got to witness something very special involving them, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone! 

Isla and the Happily Ever After was published on August 14th by Usborne. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review through the lovereading4kids.co.uk reviewer system. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Where the Rock Splits the Sky - Philip Webb

“Leaning against the doorpost of the smithy, I pretend it is a normal day. For the thousandth time in the last hour I wonder whether I should say goodbye to Luis or just slip away. The boardwalk outside is as bright as the forge - it always is - under the light of a sun that sits on the horizon and refuses to set. Where farewells ever easier at night all those years ago, when there was proper darkness? Before the Zone. Before the Visitors came to this world and stopped it dead on its axis.”

Ever since the Visitors came twenty years ago the world has stood still, never rotating and never allowing people to see differences in the time of day. It is the only world Megan knows and it contains an area of forsaken wilderness known as The Zone. Everyone is scared of it, and no one dares wander it, no one other than the trackers who built maps within it and the few who dare live in its one horse towns. Megan’s father was one such tracker and even though no one has seen him for two years and presumes he is dead, Megan is determined to enter The Zone and find him. 

***

Where the Rock Splits the Sky is one of the most mind boggling books I have read. Its unique storyline sets it apart from so many young adult books out there and it was a promising read. However the way it was written made it difficult to follow and I was left confused by some events throughout. 

The story was pretty crazy. Set 20 years after an alien invasion in Texas and other western states of the US, in an area where technology no longer worked it felt like a Wild western style dystopian universe interspersed with aliens. It was just hard to get your head around. I really struggled with the setting and the way it was written so the story was kinda overshadowed a lot by that. Once I got my head around enough to understand what was going on it was a lot better and I got into the story more. 

I enjoyed the journey that Megan took and her friends that she made on the way and thought that friendship was a major part of the book as it helped her understand who she really was. The story was focused on her father but I felt like a lot of it was her own soul searching, not just the searching for him that she was doing. 

The characters helped me carry on with the book a lot too. Luis and Megan were ok enough but didn’t really click with me. Kelly and Marshall on the other hand really made the book for me and I absolutely loved Kelly’s humour and personality. 

The pros weighed up the cons of this book and I did enjoy it more than I thought I was going to at first. I think that the ideas portrayed in the book when it came to The Zone didn’t work because of the way they were explained. I just couldn’t follow the writing very well and it kinda ruined the book for me, taking forever to read just 266 pages and making me skim read a lot of it because I just couldn’t follow. Maybe its an issue with me and my imagination but this book wasn’t for me. 

If you are into aliens and sci-fi with a realistic twist then Where the Rock Splits the Sky will be for you. It is a mind boggling adventure through an area of the US that actually exists but has been changed beyond recognition. It was very nearly a DNF for me but once I got into it I found myself enjoying it. I think most of that was down to the characters and would be shocked if anyone didn’t like Kelly particularly! Its not a book I would thrust into many peoples hands but I definitely would be intrigued to find out what people think. 

Where the Rock Splits the Sky was published in March by Chicken House Books. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Letterbox Love (#91)


Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about.


This weeks letterbox is actually two weeks' worth and has a fair few books on it, most of which arrived yesterday! So I have split them all into groups. The first is bought and for review with gifted as the second, more on that further down the post! Thanks for stopping by! 

For Review:

Opal Plumstead - Jacqueline Wilson!!!!!! 
(link) - (unsolicited) 

Ok, so I may be ridiculously excited about this! I answered my door to my postman yesterday who handed me a pile of packages. One was a rather large one from Penguin Random House which contained this... Jacqueline Wilsons 100th book in manuscript proof form! I don't usually request books that are in a manuscript form, preferring bound copies but this was not requested, it was totally unsolicited and omgosh I wish I knew who sent it because I could seriously kiss them! I LOVED this author when I was a kid and I keep meaning to catch up with her books now but there are just so many I don't know where to begin! I still have my faded battered copies of Bad Girls, Secrets and The Illustrated Mum and they honestly are falling apart but I can't bring myself to get rid. Thank you so, so much Penguin Random House for this. I cannot wait to read it! 
Published: 9th October


This arrived last week and honestly I've never heard of it but I kinda like what I've read from the publisher so far so I'm definitely willing to give it a go. It sounds urban fantasy like and is set in Dublin, theres a romantic element obvious from the blurb so there'll be some kind of love story throughout no doubt, but I'm intrigued. Thanks for this O'Brien Press
Published: 1st September 


I am intrigued by non-fiction for teenagers about being a teenager and have seen this in the shops and though it sounded great. I think it sounds a bit like a modern day Chicken Soup for the teenage soul which I read as a teenager but even better, can't wait to see if I'm right! Thanks so much Walker Children's Books! 
Published: 3rd July


This intrigued me, and sounds like it could be really scary, as in thriller-like. I love a good thriller and I needed to request this one when I got the email through because of its obvious genre and that incredibly eye catching cover! Thanks so much to Chicken House for this! 
Published: 4th September


Another through from O'Brien which wasn't requested but could be a fun, quick read. This is obviously a 8-12 kinda age group book and I believe is the fourth in a series but sounds like it could be read standalone. Thanks guys! 
Published: 22nd September 


Another than I hadn't heard of until it came through my letterbox was Black Wreath. Again from O'Brien Press this is a historical YA set in Dublin in the 18th Centuary. I love historical fiction so I'm fairly sure this one will go down a treat! Thanks again O'Brien! 
Published: 15th September

Bought:

Published: 14th January

Published: 3rd April

These were both bought from Storytellers Inc in St Annes On Sea. I love that bookshop more than anything and these were both recently looked at for its book club. I usually can't make the book club meetings but I have had my eye on these for a while and thankfully Storytellers had some left over copies that I snapped up when I was there on Tuesday. Katy from Storytellers highly recommended Bone Jack and Back to Blackbrick has been on my to-buy list since reading The Apple Tart of Hope a few months back.




Gifted:

My favourite indie bookstore Storytellers Inc is going through a refurb and whilst clearing out some of the office Katy found some proofs and stuff and asked if any members of Blogshop wanted them. I am exceptionally grateful to Katy for her shop and these proofs and most of all for allowing us north west based bloggers to get together and chat books in her shop every other month! Thank you!! 

Published: 3rd October 2012

Published: 2nd January 

Published: 13th February

Published: 30th January 



Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest post: My Epic Train Journey by Kenneth Oppel author of The Boundless


I love trains, and am always up for an epic journey, so here are five people that I would definitely want with me on the voyage.

William Cornelius Van Horne
The General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Van Horne’s job was to make sure the railway got built, pushing it west to meet up with the tracks being built into the mountains from Vancouver. Van Horne's energy and drive were legendary. He joined survey teams and hefted a sixty pound pack through the wilds of the Rockies. No detail of the railway was too small for him to overlook. He had many and varied interests and hobbies, a restlessly curious mind; he slept very little. He would be an excellent dinner and drinking companion.

Sandford Fleming
An engineer and a surveyor for the CPR, he was probably best known as the inventor of Standard Time. Once trains started crossing great expanses at great speeds, it became necessary to develop time zones. Before then, time was pretty much up for grabs, decided by every town or region as they saw fit. Fleming divided the entire world up into 24 zones. What’s less well known about him is that he invented something called Cosmic Time, which is the same all over the world. He actually had a special clock which shows Standard Time and Cosmic Time. Cosmic time never caught on. (But one of the interesting things about time zones in The Boundless, is that they’re a bit dodgy. Whenever the train passes through a time zone, there’s a little, shall we say, shimmer. An adjustment. A moment of confusion, maybe just a few second, which makes sleight of hand all the easier.) Fleming would make a good train companion, although his beard was so huge and terrifying, I wouldn’t want to sit directly beside him.

Maren Amberson
Known as the Miraculous Maren, she was one of Zirkus Dante’s star performers. An expert wire walker, she was also an accomplished escape artist. Her disappearing act was first rate. I’m sure she’d have all sorts of fascinating stories to tell, since she worked in circuses pretty much from birth on. Also, she’d probably be pretty good in a scrape. It’s always good to have a tightrope walker and a lock picker around.

Sam Steele
Steele may be the closest thing we have to a Canadian Action Hero. He was sort of the first Mountie. (Actually he was the third to be sworn in, but no one knows about the first two.) An officer of the newly formed Northwest Mounted Police he marched across the country to the west, parlayed with Sitting Bull, battled Big Bear, and kept law and order in the Klondike during the Gold Rush. He was a mountain of a man, and conveyed unassailable authority. It’s possible he might be a bit of an egomaniacal bore, but if I were on an eleven-kilometre long train, a rolling city, like The Boundless, I’d want Steele there to keep law and order, especially if there was a rowdy saloon car, and a shooting gallery, and a circus menagerie. 
The sasquatch
Yeah, I’d want a sasquatch aboard too, safely caged at the back. But it might be pretty cool if he broke loose on the train....
Kenneth Oppel is the author of well known series' Silverwing and The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. His latest book The Boundless was published on September 4th through David Fickling Books. You can read my review of The Boundless here, and find out more about Kenneth and his books via his website.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harry Potter new cover editions blog tour: Goblet of Fire

       
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, Dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – ALIVE!

Jonny Duddle's facts about the cover design

Jonny Duddle, jacket illustrator for the new Harry Potter children’s editions reveals three facts about the cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

·         This was the most difficult cover, and the background changed many times whilst I was painting.

·         I meant to paint Harry’s torn robe, but I forgot all about it whilst struggling with the dragon and background, and only remembered after the artwork had gone to print.

·         In the finished artwork, there was a big section of the dragon’s wing above the flames, but it made the titles difficult to read, so was painted out.

Some of this can be seen in the beautiful gif Bloomsbury sent over. I love seeing the progression of the cover and seeing more into how harry came to life for it. 



Why I love Harry Potter by author Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George, author of Thursdays with the Crown, explains why Harry Potter is so important to her:

In 1999 I graduated from college, moved across the country, and got a job in a bookstore in the space of about two weeks. Yes, I was a little overwhelmed. As part of my training at the store, they encouraged me to familiarize myself with the current bestsellers. The manager pointed to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

“If you’re going to read any of the current bestsellers, I’d do this one,” she said. “It’s a children’s book from England, but it’s been on the bestseller list for a year!”

I was deeply smitten by the cover, so I decided to buy it and impress my new co-workers with my willingness to learn about publishing trends. But by the time Hagrid’s feet were described as being young dolphins, I stopped thinking about work. When Mr. Dursley had his relatively owl-free morning, I looked up at my husband and said, “I’ve never read anything like this! This is amazing!”

But that didn’t even begin to describe what I found in Harry Potter. I felt like I’d found a book written just for me. I felt like it was Christmas and Halloween all at once. I felt like I was home, surrounded by friends and family.  I’ve never encountered characters that felt so real, a world so magical yet believable, or stories so engaging. Will anything ever be better than Harry? Does it matter?

I love to reread favorite books, but Harry Potter is the only series where reading it for the fifth/eighth/tenth time still makes you feel as wonderful as the first time.


Why I love Harry Potter

I was around 13, my sister was going off to university soon and she could not stop raving about these silly books about wizards and the fact that they were turning them into films. I didn't see the appeal, but she wouldn't stop reading them. Finally the time came to say goodbye and she went off, packed up for uni all the way down in Norwich - which is a long way from the North East village we grew up in. But with her farewell she promised a visit; if I read the first Harry Potter book she would let me go and visit her in halls that November, and take me to see the film. 

Knowing she would hold on to that promise only once she knew I read the book I decided to read it, begrudgingly. That begrudge only lasted a couple of pages and once Hagrid had knocked down that door and muttered 'Sorry 'bout that' I couldn't stop reading. I was hooked. 

I begged for the next books and impressed my sister when I went to visit. I loved the film (at the time, now I cringe whenever its on, they are just so young!) and from there my love for this fandom grew and grew. I'm now the proud owner of multiple Harry Potter editions, have fan t-shirts and declare myself a proud Hufflepuff at any given moment... I even have my very own Marauder's Map! I love everything about the world and don't think the books will ever grow old for me. Thank you JK Rowling for writing something I am so passionate about! 
  
Bloomsbury Publishing has relaunched its Harry Potter website to support the new children’s editions. The new Harry Potter site uses the Jonny Duddle artwork from the new children’s editions and includes pages of information on the bestselling series as well as exciting new content from Magical Downloads to a Harry Potter Quote Generator. Check out the new site at:http://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Boundless - Kenneth Oppel

“Three hours before the avalanche hits, William Everett is sitting on an upturned crate, watching for his father. 
The town doesn’t even have a name yet. Nailed to a crooked post at the side of the train track is a messy hand-painted sign that says only: Mile 2553. Paint has dribbled down from the bottom of each number and letter. Yesterday when Will and his mother stepped off the train, the conductor shouted, ‘End of the line! Farewell Station!’ But Will wasn’t sure if Farewell was the town’s name or if the fellow was just in a hurry to say ‘Good riddance.’”

Its 1887. Three years ago Will’s life changed forever when he was asked to drive in the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The drive was followed by an avalanche that nearly killed him, his father and the boss of the railway, Mr Van Horne - but his father saved both his life and Van Hornes, and the family were rewarded by promotion after promotion. Now Van Horne’s vision for the grandest train to ever run has finally come to head and The Boundless is set to make her maiden voyage across the Railway, only he isn’t around to see it. Will ends up with a key to the most precious carriage of the Boundless’ 987, and as the train journey begins so does an adventure he will never forget. To survive Will must join the circus, entrust an expert escape artist and make his way up, over, and through the train without before trouble finds him. 

***

This book was incredible. I always love historical fiction and this has its basis in history with the actual railway and its owners, with some of the characters within the books actual people from the time, including Van Horne and Smith right at the beginning. This was all just in the background and the real story is fiction, but thats all fine for me. It was a brilliant story with a lot to keep me on the edge of my seat. I loved that Kenneth Oppel wasn’t afraid to do what he thought would be right with the story even though it could upset a lot of people and the book didn’t have the typical ‘all is well’ feeling about it. The ending was brilliant and brought about a lot of emotion for me. 

I really enjoyed the writing but I will say that The Boundless was filled out a bit too much. The beginning was a little slow, however the ending does really make up for that. Once Will gets to the circus carriages things really heat up and I had trouble putting the book down. 

The characters are brilliant and I loved all of them. The good guys had a decent level of intrigue about them and the baddies were classical. There was a quote from The Times on the front of the proof that I read saying that any child who loves Indiana Jones or Tintin will love Kenneth Oppel’s work and I totally see where they are coming from. The Boundless did have that classic children's book feel about it, and if Sunday afternoon family TV movies are still a thing I think it would make a brilliant one! 

Unique and gripping The Boundless definitely got my attention and as my first look into the authors work I am happy to say I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything else by him. I can easily see another story coming from Will Everett’s world - even though this one rounded off quite nicely - and would definitely pick it up if there was one! 

An adventure like no other, The Boundless will keep any young adult reader on their toes from first page to last.

The Boundless will be published on September 4th by David Fickling Books. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

To buy the book or find out more please visit:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

365 Days of Wonder - RJ Palacio


“Precepts of maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find. - Seneca.”

A companion to the beautiful 2013 book Wonder, 365 days of Wonder is a book of quotes and wise words, one for each day of the year. It includes brilliant, funny and insightful quotes from well known authors, singers and even characters, including some form those we met in Wonder itself, along with a bit of additional information from Mr Browne, Auggie’s wonderful fifth grade teacher. 

***

I loved the wise words in this book and thought they offered a wonderful insight into life and what we should take from it. As a book full of very short sentences on each pages there’s not a great deal I can say for 365 Days of Wonder but I still enjoyed reading it. 

This book would make for a great gift at christmas, especially for someone who read and loved Wonder, and that time of year would be perfect to share it with someone, just in time for a new year and a new way of looking at things! I am tempted to come back to 365 Days of Wonder next year and read each precept every day and try and live life by it because of how wonderful they are. 

I would have trouble picking out my favourite of the quotes in the book, however I absolutely loved one in particular because it represented something I try and live my life by already; ‘Normal is a setting on a washing machine’. This is such an important thing to think about because its a reminder that everyone is different and that we should not judge others for not being ‘normal’ as there isn't such a thing! 

I also really loved that a lot of the quotes were sent in by readers of Wonder and RJ Palacio’s website. There were some quotes that I wouldn’t have put in there myself - Harry Styles comes to mind - but I understand why they were there, and there are others I wished were in there but never mind. I still love the idea of 365 Days of Wonder and what it shares with people. 

Mr Browne’s little bits in between the months were brilliant and I loved being back in the world of Wonder and finding out a little bit about how the kids in Auggie’s class were doing, and Auggie himself of course! If there was one downside to this book though it was that those little bits from Mr Browne were too little, I would have loved for more of them! All in all though, 365 Days of Wonder was indeed Wonderful and I think it would make for a perfect desk calendar - one I need to make for next year perhaps?

365 Days of Wonder was published by Bodley Head on August 28th. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

To buy the book or for more info please visit: 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Blogger UKYA Awards - Best Horror, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure



Hey Guys!

Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA

Awards
! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list!

Voting is open until September 21st

Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: 


Best Horror, Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure

And then you will hop along to the next blog to vote for more awards!

There are five different awards to jump to (and five/six bloggers hosting each group, but you only need to visit five blogs!).

This doesn’t have to happen all at once, it gives you the chance to vote in your leisure – but make sure you do so before 21st September


For each of the other categories please visit: 

Best Contemporary, Best Historical, Best Crime/Mystery, and Best LGBT

Big Book Little Book

Fabulous Book Fiend

Feeling Fictional

It Takes A Woman

The YA’s Nightstand

Funniest Book, Most Heartbreaking Book, Best First Sentence, Best Ending

Ya Yeah Yeah

Cicely Loves Books

Challot

Queen of Contemporary

Luna’s Little Library

Best Protagonist, Best Couple, Best Friendship, Best Villain

Snuggling on the Sofa

Much Loved Books

Hush Hush Revealings

The Pewter Wolf

The Little Munchkin Reader

Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose

Mind You Wish Was Yours


A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

This Fleeting Dream

Bookish Treasures

Escapism From Reality

Book to Basics