'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Friday, 25 July 2014

HPM: Harry Potter Book Covers

Harry potter monthI'm a little late posting this post. It was supposed to be up on Monday but with working full time at the moment I haven't had a chance to squeeze much in. I really wanted to showcase as many covers as I could so I wanted to make sure I had enough time to get it all done! Today's post, as you may have guessed, is all about the various Harry Potter US and UK covers over the years. I'm going to share them all with you and then tell you which one is my favourite so far and why!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Harry Potter #73

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

Today I am so excited to be a part of the Deborah Harkness The Book of Life blog tour. The absolutely wonderful people at Headline and Bookbridgr have given me an extract of all three books for you all to read. Not only that but one lucky person is in with a chance to win ALL of the books for themselves to celebrate the publication of the final book in this fantastic trilogy. 

The Book of Life

Saturday, 19 July 2014

REVIEW: The Buried Life - Carrie Patel

The Buried Life - Carrie Patel
The Buried Life (The Buried Life, #1)
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility. 

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Angry Robot Books*

Friday, 18 July 2014

INTERVIEW: Lindsey Kelk Talks About Her New Book

Today I have the amazingly talented and completely hysterical Lindsey Kelk on the blog to talk about her latest novel, What A Girl Wants. 

Your latest novel What A Girl Wants is a follow up to the brilliant About A Girl. Can you tell us a little bit about these novels?

The Tess books very much came about because of all the things that had been going on in my life and in the lives of my friends over the last couple of years. About a Girl was about that moment in life when you think you’ve got it all worked out and then, out of nowhere, you realise that you know absolutely nothing about anything.

What a Girl Wants takes it one step further and looks at what happens when you have to make a choice. I think there’s a massive amount of pressure on people, but especially women, to make big important choices, younger and younger these days. You’ve got to be super successful before you’re thirty, you’ve got to find the one, you’ve got to beat your biological clock… It’s all so much. What happens if you make the wrong choice? Will you regret it forever? This time we see Tess in that position – smart choice or brave choice, safe option or random chance? It’s a position we all find ourselves in at some point.

How did you find the writing process for What a Girl Wants? Was it easier/ harder than About a Girl?

The process in general was the same – equal parts fun and balls out terror – but life in general was out to get me during this one! I was going through a bad break up, my grandmother who I was very close to got ill and passed away and all other kinds of assorted nightmares kicked in. Plus we had the worst winter in decades in New York so it wasn’t the easiest thing to transport myself into a summery mindset! But writing is always cathartic so in the end, I think it helped. Hopefully you won’t see any of that in the book!

How different is the writing process between these books and your I Heart series? Do you have a preference?

Writing the I Heart books feels like such a treat now! It’s easy to slip back into the characters and I so love seeing what they’ve all been up to. I know that sounds crazy because they’re in my head but I have to be at the laptop to catch up with them. Writing the Tess books is an adventure because I’m still getting to know the characters, I feel like I learn a lot about myself when I write those books.

Who is your absolute favourite character to write and why?

Oh, it’s so hard to choose one! I really do love catching up with Angela and Jenny, it’s like sitting down with an old friend but it’s always fun to meet new characters. I love Amy in the ‘Girl’ books and I love Tess. And Al. And Keikipi. Oh god, I’m rubbish.

What’s the best bit about being an author for you?

There are so many parts of the job that I love, the freedom to travel, keeping my own schedule, not having to get up in the morning! Mostly, I think I just love telling stories. It’s all I ever wanted to do and I think it’s what I’m best at so I’ll never take it for granted.

Finally, how has ‘going digital’ been for you? Do you find that social media/ blog tours etc. are an improvement on previous methods of getting your books out there?

Oh, it’s so important. I came around at the beginning of it all – I Heart New York is five years old this year! Back then ebook sales were a tiny margin of your overall sales and there weren’t many blogs at all. I was a beauty blogger back then and I think there were maybe ten or so of us, probably the same with books! Now, everything hinges on getting the word out there and when everyone’s fighting for retail space Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are amazing ways to connect directly with the readers and blogs are great resources to get genuine feedback from genuine readers.

From a personal standpoint, I love social media. Yes, it’s important for me as a marketing tool but I’ve made amazing friends online, I’ve met incredible men and women who have made me feel less alone and stopped me from going mad. I don’t know where I’d be without it.

What A Girl Wants
What A Girl Wants
Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she's the girl with a choice. Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick?

For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.

Lindsey Kelk

Lindsey Kelk is a British writer and used to be a children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

REVIEW: The Distance Between Us - Kasie West

 The Distance Between Us - Kasie West
The Distance Between Us
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Harper 360*

Harry Potter #72

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.