'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

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

BLOG TOUR: Delete by Kim Curran

Today I have a lovely guest post from Kim Curran, author of Shift, Control and Delete on publication day for the long awaited Delete!

Publication Day

Publication Day has arrived! For a while there, I wasn’t sure this day would come. For those who don’t know, Delete was originally due to come out in August 2014, but unfortunately my publisher Strange Chemistry went under a couple of months beforehand and Delete was left hanging. To say I was gutted is a bit of an understatement. I cried. A lot. Moped. A lot.
But the shock and disappointment didn’t last for long. A few weeks after the news about SC broke, I got an email from Calee Lee at Xist Publishing saying she would be interested in picking up Delete. And even better, she would also be interested in re-publishing the whole trilogy.
And so, seven months later here we are. Three new editions of the books available to buy. And people can finally find out what happens after the killer cliff hanger at the end of Control.
It’s been a rocky journey but it’s taught me a lot. It taught me to take nothing for granted but to remain ever hopeful. It taught me It taught me I’m more stubborn that I’d ever known. And, most of all, it taught me that it’s OK to take a few steps back so that you can take a great leap forward.
I want to thank all the people who’ve hung in there and waited for Delete; everyone who offered sympathy when they heard about my old publisher and congratulations when they heard about the new one; all the readers messaging me asking when they would get to read Delete; all the bloggers who rallied together and supported me; and all my friends who offered calm words of wisdom – you’re all amazing.

I hope you enjoy reading Delete as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope it was worth the wait!

Title: Delete
Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Publication Date: March 31st 2015


The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He's a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country's frail defences from crumbling.
But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the world he knew, without losing the girl he loves. With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust – not even himself – how much is he willing to risk to get home?

Author Information
Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.

She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds.

She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

Author Links

Website: http://www.kimcurran.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kimecurran
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5451511.Kim_Curran


Giveaway

Prizes are:
All three books in the Shift Trilogy

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Harry Potter #99

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, 17 March 2015

BLOG TOUR: Jenny McLachlan talks all things Betty

Today the lovely Jenny McLachlan, author of Flirty Dancing and Love Bomb is here today to talk about her latest narrator, Betty.

Betty and Bettye

I always listen to music when I write. Rather than distracting me, it acts as a shortcut into a scene and my narrator’s voice. I had six months to write Love Bomb and I was also working full time as a head of English at a secondary school and I had two little girls. I had to write whenever I had a moment and I carried my tiny laptop everywhere. Listening to music was a quick way of jumping into back into Betty’s world and cutting off from the real world.

Monday, 9 March 2015

REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 5th May 2015


A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Debut Author Reading Challenge: March Reviews

Hey everyone! Welcome to the third month of Uncorked Thought's 2015 Debut Author Reading Challenge. I really hope you enjoy it. I've pasted the rules below along with a link to my Goodreads shelf compiled with debut author books if you're stuck for ideas! I'm going for Gold, so reading 20-29 debut author books! :) 

The Rules
1. This challenge will run from January 1st 2015 to December 31st 2015
2. The books have to be the debut book of an author, preferably 2014+ 
3. There will be a linky at the beginning of every month to post up your reviews/ posts on the books
4. Please link up your sign-up posts in the linky below and grab the badge for your blog! 
5. You can read as many or as little books as you like - that choice is yours
6. You must have reviewed a debut author at least once to enter the Debut Author Challenge Giveaway



Levels
1 - 9 - Bronze Reader
10 - 19 - Silver Reader
20 - 29 - Gold Reader
30+ - Platinum Pro-Reader

The Sign-Up post with all information about the challenge.
Check out my Goodreads Shelf for debut author ideas!