Very exciting news that the submissions are now open for the Young Writer's Award and National Short Story award. It's so exciting that the submissions are open again. It is a really great opportunity for writers to show their talent and I really enjoyed reading this years finalist! They're are some brilliant stories out there and this is a great time to get your story heard.
Mel Giedroyc will be chairing the judging panel for 2018 for the Short Stories. She will be joined by Short story writer and 2016 BCC NSSA winner Ky Orr, Granta's '20 under 40' novelist Benjamin Markovits, last year's shortlist writer Di Speirs and books editor, BBC radio and multi-award wining poet Sarah Howe.
For the Young Writers' Award BBC Radio 1 and CBBC's Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton will be judging the YWA for 2018. Katie will be joined by Carnegie Medal-winning YA author Sarah Crossan, celebrated poet Dean Atta, adult and YA author William Sutcliffe and author, singer, actress and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher.
We are getting super close to Christmas, I am so excited! If you have a book lover in your life I have made a list of some of my favourite trilogies that would make great gifts. Some times it's hard getting some a book but, trilogies are the best because then they've got the whole series there to binge read and, don't have to wait for the next book when one leaves you on a cliff hanger.
I remember reading this trilogy last year and I was hooked. It absolutely brilliant. One of the best fantasy series I have ever read.
This trilogy is so, so, so good! It covers so many topics of young girls going through life dealing with boys, family, relationships, mental health, being kick ass feminist...it is just so brilliant and I love these girls so much.
This is such a fun trilogy! I adore these books. They are really fun and Sam is a brilliant character to follow.
If you know me you know how much I adore these books! Drama, love, relationships, mafia...so much! Cat is a fantastic writer and gave me so many emotions with these books.
Another series I binged. I just loved this trilogy so much! It is very political, which I wasn't expecting but added so much to the fantasy story!
Today I am unboxing my November Fairyloot box. I hardly get book subscription boxes but, I loved the sound of the November theme Ladies That Slay and I knew I had to treat myself to it.
This box was filled with goodies. Not pictured below are the exclusive Fire Is Catching Badge by Literary Emporium which is so beautiful! Fight Darkness sticker designed by Reverie & Ink which is inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, one of my favourite books.
I was so excited that this box was containing a book sleeve! I have been known in the past to just throw my book in a bag and sometimes they don't come back out normal. This sleeve is designed by AunjuliArt and it's so beautiful! Next is this amazing tea from Bookish Teas. It is inspired by Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle. I can't get over how amazing it smells! Last before the books is this really cute candle from Flick The Wick which is inspired by Hermione from the Harry Potter series. One of my favourite witches and this candle smells amazing and is so cute I don't want to light it!
The first of the two books was an ARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I was so excited that this was the early proof we got! I've seen it all over book twitter and it's not out till May 2018!
' When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.'
And the main book is the fantastic The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I actually received an early proof of this book and I adored it! I was so happy to get a finished copy with an exclusive cover that was only for this book. It also came with a letter from Kristen and a signed bookplate!
'Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she's sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child - one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.
But protecting her father's kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she's wicked.
Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom.
Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard.
And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .'
So, that is the Fairyloot November box! I adored this box and I can't wait to get another box soon!
We are almost in December which means, we are almost in 2018! How scary is that? But with another year brings new books. I have 6 books that I am really looking forward to in 2018. Books that have been on my calendar since they where announced.
Also-some of these covers are the US ones as the UK ones don't have them out yet:)
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster - who she’s loved since she was twelve - and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that's all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
- a rented dog that just won't stop howling
- an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
- her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
- fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
- and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there's so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she's been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
Morgan is one of my favourite authors. Her books always make me feel warm and I just adore them so much. BUY HERE!
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she's the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends - not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It's hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting-especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Becky is another one of my favourite authors. I am so excited for her new book...and she has one coming out with Adam Silvera?! Sign me up. PRE-ORDER HERE!
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion--even at the cost of his humanity.
Oh Sabaa destroyed me with the previous book and I am so excited for the 3rd book. I also can't wait to get the new covers *_* PRE-ORDER HERE
Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leoponaires prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Possibly one of the most anticipated books of 2018! PRE-ORDER HERE!
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . .
If you're not excited for this book then, you should be.
PRE-ORDER HERE .
Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother's and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can't forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King-who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world-or the ones Liesl loves-is in her hands?
A very exciting sequel to Wintersong which, was one of my favourite books of 2017! PRE-ORDER HERE
Mare has been betrayed for the last time...The #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard comes to a stunning conclusion in this fourth and final book.
IT'S THE FINAL BOOK AND I AM NOT READY OHMYGOD I CANNOT WAAAAAAIT!
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice - to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
If you read Flame In The Mist you know why I need this book. I cannot wait!
If you know people with children and stuck on what to get them then, books are always the best answer! I've picked some books that would be perfect for the whole family. Books you can read together. Some of these books I haven't actually read but, they just look perfect for Christmas and for the whole family.
What books are you getting your loved ones this year?
This beautiful edition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas is perfect for Christmas. It comes in a special edition slipcase for the 60th anniversary and I just can't wait to pick this up. The Grinch is one of my favourite characters and I need this special edition and it is a great gift for everyone.
Jacqueline Wilson is one of my all time favourite authors. I have been reading her books since I was a child and I was so excited to see that she was bringing out Hetty Feather's Christmas! For all the Jacqueline Wilson fans out there and a great book to read with your younger ones and get them into Jacqueline Wilson as she is a fantastic author!
Harry Potter is everyones favourite and, if you've seen Fantastic Beasts and loved it this illustrated edition would be perfect! I can't wait to pick this up and add it to my collection. The illustrations look amazing and just a beautiful thing to go through with your family.
Loads of my friends adore this book and I am excited to pick it up and read it with my niece and nephew. It just looks really fun and cute and something really great to read on Christmas Eve!
A book full of ten stories by the great late Terry Pratchett. Another wonderful author to read to your children or to get for your friends and family who have never read any of his books. This is the top of my buy list as I know some people (and me) who would love it and you can get really nice HB edition of this book as well!
Do you have someone in your life who loves Sci-Fi & Fantasy books but you have no idea what book to get them? Well, I have made a list of books I think every book lover would love from these genres. I've mainly picked books that came out this year as it would be less of a chance that person would have it.
Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she's seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn't have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he's ever known.
If you enjoy The Phantom Of The Opera you will enjoy this. OH THE FEELS IT WILL GIVE YOU.
When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger?she was meant to marry for love?until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there's no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton's mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.
Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand?ridding the kingdom of the beast?but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he's buried begin to surface against his wishes.
A story that will keep you gripped from the beginning.
'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.'
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.
But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...
Sequel out next year! Book I read at the start of the year and fell in love with. Beautifully written and haunting. I can't recommend this one enough.
Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies...Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She's spent her whole life in hiding. Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people.She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus - a Frostblood rebel - by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend or foe?Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn...
A bloody fantastic book. It is one of the best fantasy books I've read and the sequel is just as good. I recommend buying both to gift as whoever you're buying for will need the sequel after reading the first one.
(Fireblood, the sequel is out now!)
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride?
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family's inn, Liesl can't help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds?and the mysterious man who rules it?she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
I fell in love with this book at the start of the year. The sequel is out next year and if you enjoyed Labyrinth you will love this.
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place?she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort?a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love?a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
I'm so ready for the second one. Beautifully written and I can't recommend this wonderful, kick ass fantasy enough.
Ever had a bad day? Try having one on the moon...
WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it's not enough.
So when she's offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it's a lot more dangerous...
If you enjoyed The Martian you are going to love Artemis. One of the best books I've read this year.
Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects - Lyra, aka number 24, and the boy known only as 72 - manage to escape.Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven Institute. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. REPLICA is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.
RINGER-the second book is out now! I recommend you buy them both and binge them as this dueology is amazing.
I can already hear people saying, 'no! It's too early for this!'
Well, it's not. I finished Christmas shopping in October as last year I left it too late and was panicking by mid December.
Do you have some people in your life that love books? That you're having trouble with getting them something? Well, here is my list of bookish things every book lover would love. It ranges from Candles to pillows to book subscription boxes!
1. Book Subscription Boxes
These are high on my list to get book lovers. A box filled with geeky/bookish items and a surprise book that would have only came out that month and even sometimes, they're not even out yet. Some of my favourite subscription boxes include; Fairyloot, Illumicrate, Owlcrate and Rainbow Book Box-this one doesn't come out till January but, it's still a nice present for someone! Also-check out Cratejoy for other bookish boxes and other ones.
I adore bookish candles! They are some of my favourites. These shops have a range of different books, characters etc. Always keep on eye out on social media as well for discounts and promos. If you know your book lovers favourite book or character I can guarantee you will find an amazing candle for them. Meraki Candles, Two Candle Thieves and Flickerink have a great range of candles and I can't recommend them enough!