'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

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Harry Potter #98

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, 4 March 2015

REVIEW: The Three - Sarah Lotz

The Three
Title: The Three
Author: Sarah Lotz
Series: The Three #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 26th February, 2015


Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right? The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.
Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioural problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

You May or May Not Have Noticed: An Explanation

Things have been a little quiet at Uncorked Thoughts lately. There is a reason for this. At the beginning of January, myself and my boyfriend upped sticks from the green Welsh valleys and moved to London to start my new job in publishing! EEK. It has all been so very exciting and everything that I dreamt it would be BUT... it has meant that blogging has fallen to the side. This isn't intentional, but I have an hour commute each way and it's 7pm by the time I get home. I'm still figuring out a routine where I can inject a bit of blogging into my life (it's part of what helped me get this amazing job!) but to still enjoy it at the same time. I don't want to force myself and lose the enjoyment.
This is just an FYI. Things are going to be a little quieter. I don't have as much time as I used to but I will still be blogging! I've missed you all and I hope you all stick with me :).

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Harry Potter #97

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.

Monday, 9 February 2015

GIVEAWAY: Ally Carter's The Gallagher Girls + Make-Up

Today I have an exciting giveaway for you guys! To celebrate the re-jacketing of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, Hachette are giving THREE of you a chance to win an item of Miss Sporty make-up PLUS one re-jacketed copy of one of the Gallagher Girls books.


The Rules

  • Prize is 1 copy of one of the Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter + 1 item of Miss Sporty Make-Up
  • There will be three winners chosen
  • Open to residents of the UK and Ireland only.
  • Fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
  • I reserve the right to disqualify any rule breakers.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email otherwise a new winner will be chosen



  • Title: I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You
    Author: Ally Carter
    Series: Gallagher Girls #1
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Publication Date: 5th February 2015


    Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses - but it's really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.

    Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

    Thursday, 5 February 2015

    Harry Potter #96 - Happy Harry Potter Book Night!

    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.

    Tuesday, 3 February 2015

    BLOG TOUR: Suicide and My Heart and Other Black Holes

    Today I have the wonderful Jasmine Warga on the blog to talk about teenage suicide and the importance of discussion around the topic.

    I get asked pretty frequently about why I chose to write a novel about teenage suicide, and the first thing that usually comes to my mind is this: My book is much more an exploration of teenage depression than teenage suicide. Sadly, suicide and depression are often linked, as severe depression is often listed as one of the causes of suicide.

    But I would like to focus on depression. I know that it seems like the biggest “taboo” so to speak surrounds suicide, but I would argue that our society has made depression equally “taboo”, which has led to a stigmatism and misunderstanding of this disease. We live in a world of daily memes and platitudes that yell at us to “Just Cheer Up” and to be “Mentally Strong” and while I think at the surface level those messages are benign, the problem lies in what they are implying—that someone who is depressed is not mentally strong, that someone who is depressed can help how they feel.