• Book Review,  Reviews

    Under my Hat: Tales from the Cauldron – Edited by Jonathan Strahan

    A stellar cast of acclaimed fantasy writers weave spellbinding tales that bring the world of witches to life. Boasting over 70 awards between them, including a Newberry medal, five Hugo Awards and a Carnegie Medal, authors including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Holly Black delve into the realms of magic to explore all things witchy. *** A collection of stories has never caught my attention as much as this one did. The list of impressive authors on the magical cover was enough to make me want to read the book and the first couple of stories were so impressive they forced me to carry on. Of course with a collection…

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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…

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    Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman

    “There was only orange juice in the fridge. Nothing else that you could put on your cereal, unless you think that ketchup or mayonnaise or pickle juice would be nice on your Toastios, which I do not, and neither does my little sister, although she has eaten some pretty weird things in her day, like mushrooms in chocolate* *She did not actually like eating them. And I had not actually told her that there were mushrooms inside the chocolate. It was an experiment.” Mum’s away. Dads in charge. And there’s no milk. Fortunately, Dad is going out to get some. But from the minute the milk is in his hands…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#36)

    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! *** Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson & Antigoddess by Kendare Blake  The wonderful people at Hatchette Children’s books have acquired two awesome books from the states. I mentioned in a previous news post that they would be publishing Peter Pan inspired Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Hatchette however recently announced that the publication date for the book will be October 3rd. Also, Antigoddess, a new series…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#32)

    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! *** Cover Reveal: Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs This is the third book in the Medusa Girls series. I loved the first and really must get round to the second. The covers, of which the first and second can bee seen below the third, haven’t really had much of an effect on me to be honest, I could take them or leave them but I really do…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#31)

    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! *** New Signing: Amalie Howard signed to Strange Chemistry Strange Cheimstry have signed up author Amazlie Howard for two books, the first will be called The Almost Girl. The Almost Girl will be released in early 2014 and sounds like a must read for anyone out there who loves their dystopian/fantasy novels to have a hint of romance:  Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#30)

    Bookish and Bloggish 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! *** Cover Reveal: Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne This is the fantastic cover for Tanya Byrne’s new book Follow Me Down. I LOVED Tanya’s Heart Shaped Bruise and I really can’t wait to see what she has it store for us next. This was revealed on the UKYA site last week, if you don’t know about that site and you are interested in UK young adult fiction,…

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    Click Clack the Rattlebag – Neil Gaiman (Mini-review)

    “‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?'” So begins this subtle, witty, deceptive little tale from master storyteller Neil Gaiman. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy! *** One evening whilst our narrator is looking after his girlfriends little brother the boy decides he wants to be taken to bed and read a scary…

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    Bookish and Bloggish News #6

    Harro!! Hows everyone doing on this lovely (questionable as I’ve not looked out the window out!) Saturday morning!? This week Ive got a couple of bits and bobs that I want to share with you regarding new books that are going to be hitting our shelves in the second half of the year!  *** Emma <3’s LA – Keris Station The awesome Keris posted a sneak peak of her new book on her blog a couple of days ago. I have had the pleasure of already reading the book and it is absolutely fantastic. If you love contemporary teen fiction then please go and check out the first chapter here.…

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    Mini Reviews – Into the Woods by Stacey Whittle and Orange by Neil Gaiman

    Orange – Neil Gaiman This short story was one of those available to read on the World Book day 2012 iPhone App. It is written in the form of answers from some sort of interview; however the reader doesn’t know what the questions are. The Girl answering, Jemima, is talking about some experiment her mother, the inventor of a well known brand – Stuffed Muffins (TM)- was working on to create coloured blowing bubbles that didn’t splutter dye once popped when her younger sister, Nerys, fake tan applying extraordinaire, uses some orange dye on her skin which rakes over her mind and Nerys tries to set out on ruling the…