Saturday, 19 September 2015

#YAieDay 2015

This is going to be a short post to tell you about an exciting YA event that is coming up soon! Yaie day is being held on October 3rd by the fabulous people who run the #YAIE twitter chat. YAIE is basically an Irish community of YA lovers talking about young adult novels. Any one can take part in #YAieDay by using the hashtag on twitter! Lots of authors , including Sarah Crossan and Samantha Shannon will be participating in twitter chats throughout the day but can read the full schedule here. There will also be book giveaways and lots of great chats! I hope to see you all there! 

Catch the #YAie chat every last Thursday of the month!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J Maas | Review

Genre: Fantasy , Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1st
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: 5/5
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
I think the best place to start is that this was one of the best books I have ever read. I have a list of my absolute favourite books and this is right at the top of it. I love all books in the Throne Of Glass series but this was on a completely different level for me. We were introduced to lots of new characters as well as caught up with the old ones and I loved every second of it. Unlike in the other books I was 100% invested in all plot lines and I loved how everything linked up.
Celaena doesn't go through as much character development as she did in other books but she remained beautifully flawed and realistic throughout. I feel like she crossed a lot of bridges in this book that will allow her to live her life to the fullest! Dorian broke my heart , but that's all I'm going to say about that. Chaol on the other hand annoyed the living daylights out of me but he definitely learned a lot of important lessons and still remains one of my favourites. I can't go into every individual characters but there was definitely and avengers feel to this book with all of the incredible new and old characters. Ms Maas' characters are always so developed and flawed , it's one of my favourite things about her writing.
I'm keeping this review spoiler free which means that I can't really state who my ship is but for me , while rereading the series I could not decide between Rowan , Chaol and Dorian. Well , let me tell you! I have decided and I can't understand how I wasn't 100% up for this ship since it's creation.
If I could read one book that was as good as Queen Of Shadows per year, I would be 100 times happier. This book was heart breaking , intense and all kinds of wonderful. Whenever I think I know where this series is going , it just turns everything upside down. When I finished , I felt satisfied and so happy that I discovered the series.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Interview with Nicola Yoon , author of Everything Everything

Hi everyone! Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is a Young Adult novel that came out on September 1st and I was lucky enough to ask Nicola some question about writing!
                                                         About Everything Everything
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster
About Nicola
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
The Interview
What is your writing process?

I write long hand into notebooks from 4 - 6 AM. I like writing early because my internal editor/critic is too sleepy to edit & critique and I just write all the strange things that come into my head!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read widely from lots of different genres. Try not to subscribe to the notion of highbrow vs. lowbrow. I will read pretty much anything anyone gives me. My second piece of advice is not to give up on your dreams. It took me 22 years of working as a financial programmer before I got my first book deal. Don't give up.

Are there any books that inspire you to write?

Do you have any tips for writing villains like a pro?
Pretend your hero is villain and that your villain is the hero. It's a great way to get at motivations and to humanize the characters.
Thank you Nicola for answering these questions (pretty amazingly if you ask me!).
You can purchase Everything Everything on Amazon or read about it on Goodreads and you can find Nicola on Twitter.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Characters That I Just Didn't Click With | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find the topics here . This weeks topic is Characters That I Just Didn't Click With. This topic is an interesting one because sometimes you have nothing in common with a main character and that doesn't mean that they were a bad character , just not a great one for you. I can't think of that many but here are the ones that jumped out!

Twylla from The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
I have extremely mixed feelings about this book I know that I did not relate to Twylla. I found her really annoying to read about and I didn't enjoy the book as much as I could have if she had've been a bit more relatable to me.
Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette is such a strange character. She's incredibly frustrating but that didn't annoy me *too much*. I just didn't connect with her emotionally!
Tana from The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
I actually DNF'd this because I didn't click with the world or any of the characters , I was quite disappointed.
Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Isla had all of the characteristics that I should have related to but for some reason , I just didn't!
Cadence from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book is crazy and I didn't really expect to relate the Cadence but reading from her POV was very , very strange. You couldn't trust anything that she said , thought or saw and  in this case that added to the book!
What characters did you struggle to connect with? Link your posts below so I can read your lists!