Monday, 23 February 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Thursday, 19 February 2015
I'm very excited to announce my part in the Conspiracy Girl blog tour! The latest Sarah Alderson book, published by Simon & Schuster UK is now available and to celebrate I'm offering an exclusive extract to give you a taste of what's to come.
Today we'll be taking a look at the synopsis, an exclusive extract and there will even be chance to enter a competition to get your hands on Sarah Alderson goodies.
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings.
There was only one survivor – fifteen year-old Nic Preston.
Now eighteen, Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life. But then one night her high-security apartment is broken into. It seems the killers are back to finish the job.
Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again.
He’s the reason her mother’s murderers walked free. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best chance of staying alive is by staying close to Finn.
And the closer they get to the truth, and to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
Don’t be mad,’ I say. ‘I needed to run a tracer on your emails, see if anyone had hacked into your account.’
‘Besides you, you mean?’
‘Yeah,’ I admit.
She glares at me but I ignore it. I was only trying to look out for her. It’s not like I was stalking her. ‘So who is he?’ I ask.
‘Like you don’t know already,’ she snorts.
I try not to smile or laugh. ‘OK, yeah, you got me,’ I admit. ‘I ran a check on him. Of course I did. I ran checks on everyone you came into contact with over the last four years. But there’s something about this guy Marcus that doesn’t add up.’ I wonder if now’s a good time to mention the waxing.
‘What?’ she says, laughing scornfully. ‘Are you suggesting that Marcus is in on all this somehow?’
‘He’s studying orthodontistry, and has a totally clean record,’ I say.
‘And?’ she asks, staring at me in total disbelief.
‘You’re seriously dating the guy?’ I ask, frowning at her. ‘He kind of looks...’
‘He looks what?’ she asks, her voice hitching up a notch.
I’m starting to wish I hadn’t brought this up. But I have, so I may as well follow through. ‘Just,’ I say, looking for the right words, ‘he doesn’t seem like your type.’
Her mouth drops open before she clamps it shut. ‘How do you know what my type even is?’ she spits. ‘I don’t have a type!’
I let out a snort. ‘Oh, yeah you do.’
She blinks at me twice in astonishment. ‘What?’ she asks. I don’t know Nic Preston very well, but I’m starting to know her a lot better, and I can tell that when her voice goes low and quiet like it has just now, that she’s on the verge of blowing her top.
‘You’ve rented every Ryan Gosling movie ever made in the course of the last six months. And you have a thing for period dramas. So I’m thinking your type is actually pretty obvious. You want someone who’s like a cross between Noah from The Notebook and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.’
She doesn’t talk for a few seconds and I start to think that maybe she really is about to lose her shit. I even glance around to make sure I haven’t left the gun lying around. Maybe I shouldn’t have let it be known that I checked her Netflix subscription while I was doing background checks. She turns back to the fire, glaring into the flames and shaking her head. ‘My god, Finn, where do you draw the line?’ she mutters.
‘So why are you dating him?’ I ask.
It’s just a brief flash, but I swear a tiny trace of a smile appears before she stifles it. ‘What’s it to you?’ she demands.
‘Nothing,’ I say. ’Just curious. I’m gathering evidence for my theory that short, aesthetically-challenged men have to work harder to please women, and hence make better...boyfriends.’
‘He isn’t aesthetically-challenged,’ she says indignantly, but there’s that smile again which she’s trying desperately to suppress. ‘He has good teeth.’
About the author
Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this and which is shortly to be turned into a book).
After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.
As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.
Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.
Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
There's a reason that this book has received so many gleaming reviews and is celebrated by so many. In ten days I was transported to 1930s Nazi Germany and fell in love with the story of Liesel Meminger, the book thief.
Firstly, we're introduced to Death. He explains that he is tired of his job and in desperate need of a holiday, but who else would carry the souls the same way that he could? In order to avoid distractions, he rarely looks down at the people who are left behind. The worst part of his job is not collecting the souls of the dead, but glancing down at the pain-stricken family and friends who have been left to grieve.
He prefers to look at the colour of the sky, until he meets Liesel and steals her notebook. The young girls spirit and passion for words enchants him and he retells her story. Liesel has already seen more than any ten year old should have. The death of her brother haunts her, providing her with the most epic and frightening nightmares.
Her mother gives her up to a foster family, due to her ill-health and she is never seen or heard from again. Although her new carers love Liesel, there's still something missing. Set in Germany in 1939, she is apart of the Hitler Youth and the majority of the nation has been brainwashed by the words of Hitler.
This novel explores the beauty and the power that words can have. They can control a whole nation, but they can awaken people, too. Liesel finds her place and purpose in words and begins stealing novels. First to help her to read and then to offer an escape. They will eventually lead her into telling her own story.
Markus introduces a wide range of characters and families. Each with their own problems and each psychologically whole. It can often be difficult for an author to include so many different characters and have the reader keep up, but he does this flawlessly. Liesel's relationships with her Papa, her best friend, Rudy and Jewish boy, Max become central to the story. It's wonderful to see each one unfold and develop.
It's a strange mix of humour, devastation and hope. You'll feel a wide scope of emotions when reading this novel. I cried because I was heartbroken, but I also cried because I was relieved. (Disclaimer: there was a lot of crying!)
Have you read The Book Thief? What did you think?
Sunday, 15 February 2015
|Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman*|
Showcase Sunday is hosted by the lovely Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a chance for bloggers to show of their weekly book swag and an opportunity to meet other bloggers and talk about all things bookish!
Happy Sunday, bookworms.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had a great time in Chester with my Mom. Unlike most, I wasn't celebrating Valentine's Day but my mother's birthday. I treated her to a meal at Carluccio's and we picked up quite a few bargains at Cheshire Oakes along the way.
For me, a beautiful green coat, a pair of pointed boots, a floral skirt and trousers, and for mom a brand new suit and two new pairs of shoes. The ultimate girly weekend before I move out!
As for books, I am still going strong on my six-month book buying ban and avoided every Waterstones, WHSmiths and independent book shop I passed (which was very difficult, and goes against everything I believe in!) However, I did receive Winter Siege from Transworld Publishing* this week, that has kept my book buying at bay.
Winter Siege is a medieval thriller that was written by Ariana Franklin, who is known for her historical crime novels. Sadly, her death in 2011 meant that this novel may never have been published, had it not been finished by her daughter, Samantha Norman.
The narrative follows a mercenary who watches as a little girl is attacked by his own men. For some reason, he is powerless to stop them. However, a twist of fate brings them back together and he knows that he must protect her.
Winter Siege seems unlike anything else I've read before and I'm really looking forward to starting it.
What books have you bought/received this week?
Friday, 13 February 2015
What's your favourite romantic book?