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    Manchester Literature Festivals Events October 2013 – Malorie Blackman, Neil Gaiman and Audrey Niffenegger

    Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Grammarly, an online automated proofreader. For more information about the services Grammarly offer you can visit them here. I used Grammarly as a proofreader for this post because I decided to have a drink to wind down after a long week whilst writing. Due to this there was a good chance of commas and colons appearing in the middle of words! Rubbish quality – this is why I should have taken my SLR! So a couple of weeks ago the Manchester Literature Festival took place. This is a yearly event run by some awesome folks in Manchester in association with HSBC, the Arts…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish News (#53) A UKYA CONVENTION!!!

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** This was received in my inbox yesterday morning and I could hardly Contain my excitment… seriously I am going to do anything and everything in my power to be at this convention! Who’s with me?: WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S LAUREATE TO CHAMPION BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS Malorie Blackman announces campaign to support the best of young adult fiction in the UK, including the country’s first ever YA Literature Convention…

  • Discussion Post

    Favourite books of 2013 so far (January to June)

    So its that time of the year, we’ve hit the halfway point and so far (at the time of writing this post) I have  read 88 books. I am on track to hit my target of 175 but I’m not overly confident I will get there because of certain things going on in my personal life (nothing bad, I’m just trying to concentrate on other things as well as books!) Of these 88 books, I have read some fantastic stories and I thought I’d do a post about my favourites of the year so far. These are not necessarily books that were published this year but many of them will…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman

    “Nearly two centuries ago, the region on our Eastern boarders was not the volcanic wasteland it is today. It was a land as beautiful as our own, but inhabited by another culture, the so-called Crusaders, whose very nature was intemperate and undisciplined. Whilst we in the Alliance lived in harmony with the land, valuing and living at one with nature, their highly skilled scientists sought to control and subdue nature through their technology.” Kasper is graduating from his training as Guardian for the Alliance when the ceremony is caught under attack from a group of Insurgents, soldiers for the Crusaders. All his life Kasper has been told about their vicious,…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Stuff of Nightmares – Malorie Blackman

    “There’s something about running. Something… well, if you don’t get it, you won’t get it. Every time my foot smacks the pavement, it’s like an echo of my heartbeat slamming inside me, telling me that ‘I’m here, I’m now, I’m alive’. I don’t jog – jogging is for posers showing off their latest designer gear. No, I run.” Kyle and his classmates are on their way to a show, a class trip to the local theatre. But getting on the train Kyle can sense there is something wrong. It’s not until a while into their journey that Kyle realises something is really wrong. There’s an accident and the first carriage…

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    Malorie Blackman week wrap up and giveaway

    Thanks for reading my reviews on the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, I hope that if you haven’t read these books then I might just have convinced you to go out and pick them up, and if you have you desperately want to reread them now! To wrap up the week I have a couple of videos to share with you and a fantastic giveaway to win the complete set of Noughts and Crosses, which include the two short stories Callum and An Eye for an Eye. Please note the below videos do contain slight spoilers for the first three books as they were promoting Double Cross when…

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    Double Cross – Malorie Blackman

    ***Double Cross is the fourth and final book in the Noughts and Crosses series. Please note that this review may contain spoilers for the previous books*** “The Glock 23 felt heavy and seductively comfortable in my hand. The pearl stock, warmed by my body heat, fitted snuggly against my palm. I now held McAudley’s custom-made semi-automatic. A real honest-to-God gun in my hand.  A proper killing machine.  Or was that me? Where did I stop and the gun start? I really couldn’t tell any more.  Now what?” Callie Rose’s life has been shot to pieces. A bomb blast has killed her Nana Jasmine and everyone believes a nought terrorist was…

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    Checkmate – Malorie Blackman

    ***Please Note: Checkmate is the third in the Noughts and Crosses Series and this review may contain spoilers for the previous two books***“The General watched as his Liberation Militia commanders took their places around the imposing mahogany dining table. He studied each of them in turn . Years of self discipline honed from childhood made it easy for him to keep his expression neutral. Six mend and three women finally settled and look at him in respectful anticipation.” Sixteen years after the birth of her daughter Callie Rose, Sephy is struggling. Callie Rose can barely be in the same room as her and she’s so full of hatred and anger…

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    Knife Edge – Malorie Blackman

    ***Knife Edge is the second in the Noughts and Crosses series. Please note that this review will contain  unavoidable spoilers for Noughts and Crosses, the first book. ***“‘Oh come on, Jude. My feet are killing me,’ Morgan moaned. ‘Tough!’ I said from one of the two single beds in our hotel room. ‘And keep watching out the window. We don’t want any surprises.’ ‘I’ve been watching the traffic for the last three hours.’ ‘And you’ve got an hour to go, shut up complaining.’ I ordered. He was getting on my nerves and no mistake.” Jude and Morgan have been in hiding since the kidnapping of Sephy Hadley, the kidnapping that…

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    Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

    “‘Honestly, Mrs Hadley,’ said Maggie McGregor, wiping her eyes. ‘That sense of humour of yours will be the death of me yet!’ Jasmine Hadley allowed herself a rare giggle. ‘The things I tell you, Meggie. It’s lucky we’re such good friends!’  Meggie’s smile wavered only slightly. She looked out across the vast lawn at Callum and Sephy. Her son and her employer’s daughter. They were good friends playing together. Real good friends. No barriers. No boundaries. Not yet anyway. Callum and Sephy had grown up together, known one another for years. Until Callum’s mum got fired from her housemaid job at the Hadley household. But that didn’t stop them from…