Happy New Year 2012 Giveaway Hop: Dec 30th- Jan 3rd



I wish yous all a very Happy New Year and for it to be filled with joy and happiness.


2012 is just upon us so why not start 2012 with a great read! (and yes its INTERNATIONAL)

I am offering you the chose of three classics books! The winner can chose one of the following:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

To Enter you must be a GFC follower it is as simple as that!
Comment below with your email address so you can be contacted if you win.

-International
-Ends Jan 3rd

Check out the other awesome blogs particapting in this hop!


2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt


I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
Question #55What do people begin calling Saba after she proves how lethal she is in the fighting ring?
 
Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!
 
Book Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young (young adult, dystopia, post-apocalyptic)Synopsis:Saba  has spent her whole  life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged  by constant  sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been  destroyed, leaving  only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge  from. That’s fine by  her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is  around. But when a  monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked  horsemen, Saba’s  world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks  on an epic quest  to get him back. Review: I’ll be honest with you: I do not understand people who “don’t read young adult fiction” (and likewise, people who only read young adult fiction). You may as well say “I don’t read books” because it’s such a massive generalisation. I have been very impressed with the diversity within young adult fiction over the past year and Blood Red Road is a perfect example. I know it’s cliché to say “I’ve never read anything like this before” in book reviews (and I do it a lot), but it’s true. I found Blood Red Road to have both a futuristic and historical feel to it. How does that work? Well, the book is set in the distant future. We know this because the characters refer to a past, technologically advanced civilisation, the “Wreckers”, which I judge is us. However, the world they currently live in is extremely primitive and Roman-like. One of the events in the book takes place in The Colosseum and involves cage fighting, reminiscent of The Hunger Games without the innovations in technology (although I am by no means comparing the two books; they are nothing alike). It also has the odd fantasy element. I also see Blood Red Road as an adventure story. Saba, our protagonist, witnesses her brother Lugh being forcefully taken from their home and the entire book depicts the quest to rescue him. There are no chapters but instead it is split into seven sections – each major step of the journey. It’s not the type of book that has constant twists and turns, and puzzles that we must uncover, but instead we hang on to every word, wondering if the characters are going to survive their ordeal. There are underlining themes of family and friendship, and the lengths people will go to in order to help each other out.  The writing style is also unusual although fans of the Chaos Walking trilogy will feel right at home: “Nero does what he always does, which is perch on my shoulder an caw real loud, right in my ear, to tell me what he’s thinkin. He’s always got an opinion does Nero, an he’s real smart too. I figger if only we could understand crow talk, we’d find he was tellin us a thing or two about the best way to fix a roof. He’ll of thought about it, you can bet on that.” The entire novel is written in the characters’ regional accent, which really adds to the atmosphere. What I also really liked about the book is the presence of Nero at the beginning of every paragraph:  Who would have thought that I’d ever want to have a pet crow? Overall, I really enjoyed Blood Red Road and the adventure does not end here - the sequel will be released in 2012.
This book was read as part of Lenore’s Dystopian August.My Rating: ★★★★Goodreads Average Rating: ★★★★64 / 100 books read for 50 Book Challenge #3

Interview with Cathy Cassidy

First off welcome to Reading a Little Bit Of Everything :) We are really happy you'd take the time out and answer some questions. Can you tell readers abit about yourself as well as your new book Marshmallow Skye?

I'm Cathy Cassidy and I write books for young teens and pre teens... they're realistic stories about growing up, friendship, families, fitting in and falling in love. My new book Marshmallow Skye is the second in my Chocolate Box Girls series which tells the story of five stepsisters... each book is from the viewpoint of a different sister. Marshmallow Skye focuses on identical twin Skye who has always felt that she is in the shadow of her talented twin...  
 
What was it like when you held your first ever published book?
Kind of amazing... you don't really believe it to start with! It's 7 years on now and I still have to pinch myself sometimes!  
 
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere... things you see, hear, imagine, remember, and much, much more! When I find a nugget of inspiration I daydream about it, and if I am lucky a story begins to unfold...
 
Which of your books have you enjoyed writing the most?
Probably the first, Dizzy - I had no idea if it would ever be published, so there were no deadlines, no pressures, no worries about what people would think of it. There was just the thrill of knowing I'd finally got past chapter three and was actually writing a book-length story! I'd always fallen at chapter two or three in the past so pushing past that pain barrier was cool - the characters seemed to come alive and began to do things I hadn't even imagined. 
 
Would you ever want to want to write a book from another Genre?
Probably not. Even if I write older or younger, I'd still stick with the realistic format and feelings and emotions would be what I'd want to focus on.  
 
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read lots – you’ll learn about style, plot and narrative as you go!
Write about something you care about – it’ll show!
Write as often as you can, even if it’s just in a diary/journal – it’s all practice!
Every story needs a beginning, middle and end – keep to the point and don’t get sidetracked!

Don’t expect overnight success – it took me A LONG TIME to get my first book published! But aim high, work hard… and follow your dreams! 
 
Is there anything I haven't asked which you would have liked me to?
Um, no, just very happy to be included in the blog! 
 
Can you tell readers one random fact about youself?
I used to be an agony aunt for a teen mag until 5 years ago... 
 
Author what?
 
Night Owl or Early Bird?
early bird!
Favourite:
 
Book:
The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger 
Author: 
I have some awesome author friends, like Fiona Foden, Maggi Gibson, Meg Rosoff and more... but I'd pick a long-gone US writer called William Saroyan whose writing was a big influence on me growing up. 
Place:
Home. 
Genre:
Anything with feelings and emotions, but ideally YA and real-life, growing up stuff. 
 
I'd like to thank Cathy for taking the time out and answering some questions, I know we all appreciate it.
 
What did you think of the interview? Have you read any of Cathys books?
 
 
 
 

Merry Christmas to YOU!

Review of The Faerie Ring + Mini Swag Giveaway

The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring, #1)


Kiki Hamilton truly captured my imagination with The Faerie Ring, It is definitely one of my favourite 2011 reads.

Taken from Goodreads: Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, Suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of Faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood - Tiki's blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched - and protected- by Rieker,a fellow thief who suspects she is invloved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, The Queen's son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, Pauper and thief - all must work together to secure the treaty  . . .

If that doesn't make you want to read The Faerie Ring  . . . Then I have no idea what would but you'd be missing out loads! As this Kiki Hamilton has honestly wrote such an epic novel which will leave everyone craving more!

The cover of The Faerie Ring first caught my attention weeks ago as it's so beautiful (and pink) and also very very mesmerising.

I've been intrigued by the Victorian Era since I was a child and when I read that The Faerie Ring was based in that time I couldn't wait to read it.

I felt the characters and the scenes were very detailed it amazed me at how much I could picture it in my head. I loved how Tiki was adventurous and a good strong female character (which we need more of.)

I thoroughly loved The Faerie Ring, it was my first ever Fae book plus set in the Victorian Time something which I never thought I'd get into . . . I'm so glad I did!

A link to where the book can be bought: http://www.thefaeriering.com/p/buy-my-books.html

Mini Swag Giveaway:

1 *Signed Faerie Ring bookmark
1 Faerie Ring postcard
1 Faerie Ring badge

Open Internationally

Leave a comment below with your email address as a way for me to contact you if you win.

Winner will be chosen from Random.org.

I will post out the above to the winner on Friday 6 January 2012!

Have you read The Faerie Ring? What did you think of it?

What did you think of my Review? Was there anything I could have added?

Check out the fabulous wonderful blog Reading Away the Days on 23 December (Tomorrow) for an interview with the author Kiki Hamilton!  You won't wanna miss it! :)

Honest opinions and comments are always appreciated and I welcome any sort of feedback from my review.

Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway 21st-27th December


For my INTERNATIONAL giveaway you can win either of your choice:
Tithe by Holly Black OR The Demons Lexicon by (#1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
To enter:
*You must be a GFC follower
*Comment below with you choice of book and your email address so I can contact you if you win
-Giveaway Ends 27th December
-Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
-Prize will not be shipped till 6th January
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year.
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UK Blog Tour for The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton- Character Profile!

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Character Profile: Tiki

Full Name: Tara Kathleen Dunbar

Age: 16

Physical Description: Petite, long dark hair, creamy skin, green eyes, "like the hills of Ireland," as Mr. Potts would say. Has a birthmark on her left wrist that is a tangle of black lines. She's been told it is an fainne si which means "the faerie ring".

Background: Grew up in a middle class home, her father was a barrister, her mother stayed at home and volunteered. No siblings. As a family, they liked to take long walks in the park, play chess and read faerie stories. Her parents died of consumption in 1869 and Tiki was sent to live with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle, however, was evil and Tiki ran for her life. At King's Cross, alone and penniless, someone stole her luggage, leaving her with nothing. A young girl named Fiona, takes pity on her and shows her how to pick a pocket, eventually talking Tiki back to Charing Cross to live with her and her cousin, Shamus.

Who she lives with: Tiki lives with Fiona, 15, Shamus, 17, Toots, 10 and Clara, 4. All are orphans who have been abandoned by their families for various reasons.

Where she lives: In an abandoned clockmaker's shop next to Charing Cross station.

Likes: Tiki likes to read, and borrows books from Mr. Potts, an old man who owns a bookshop in Charing Cross. She is teaching Toots to read , though he's fighting her :) She likes to be outside and often walks though the parks near Charing Cross. Though she doesn't get it often, Tiki loves chocolate.

Dislikes: Anyone telling her what to do. And black olives.

Mysteries: Rieker, another pickpocket, who typically works King's Cross in the West End is suddenly paying an unusual amount of attention to her. At first Tiki suspects he wants to hedge into her territory, then she worries it's something more.

A blond girl keeps appearing around Tiki, but she doesn't know who she is and why.

Tiki steals the Queen's ring, but then finds the ring is really a reservoir that holds an ancient truce between the world of Faerie and the British court. Others are after the ring....



The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring, #1)"Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 
 
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
 
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty… "

 http://www.thefaeriering.com



 
A link to where the book can be bought: http://www.thefaeriering.com/p/buy-my-books.html
 
Come back on the 22nd where I will have a review of The Faerie Ring along with a swag giveaway! Next stop is on Belle Books tomorrow with a review on The Faerie Ring!

Interview with Jeyn Roberts

Jeyn RobertsFirst Things First, Can you tell readers about yourself and your first novel Dark Inside?

Sure. I’m Jeyn Roberts. I’m an avid traveller, lover of outdoors, hiking, kayaking, camping, etc. I play guitar and used to sing in a band. I’m also an animal lover and have three cats: Lucy, Dexter and Hera.

Dark Inside is the story of four different teenagers as they travel across North America to find each other when life as we know it ends. Earthquakes rock the world, bringing forth an evil that gets inside people, accessing their darkest thoughts. People turn instantly into crazed killers and no one is safe.

What was it like when you first saw and held your book in your hands?
I’ll admit, it was pretty amazing. There were tears. Happy tears of course. Mostly from my Mom. haha

What has your writing journey been like so far? (i.e when and why did you start writing, any struggles along the way?)

I’ve always been a writer. Yes, I know that’s a cliché in itself but I really have been. I remember writing novels at eleven. I finished my first book at sixteen. It was terrible. Of course there have been struggles. Being a writer is hard. There’s a lot of rejection and you have to have a thick skin to handle all of it. You have to be determined to keep going, no matter what.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think so. I like to write in a variety of styles. The last thing I want to be is stagnant. Currently I’m working on something that is first person present. Dark Inside is third person. I like to try everything at least once.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

 Everywhere I can find it. Most of Dark Inside came from a dream. The ending came from a series of long walks through South Korea because I was stuck and didn’t know how to end it. I use walking a lot for inspiration. Especially hiking through the mountains in BC—I always seem to figure something out when I’m playing around in the trees.

I loved reading Dark Inside and following the lives of Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael will we see a sequel?

Absolutely. The sequel to Dark Inside will be released in the spring. I’m currently finishing up the final edits for it.

Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1)

The UK Front Cover of Dark Inside is amazing who designed it? I agree! I love it. You can thank James Annal, Art & Design Director, Pan Macmillan. He’s the mastermind behind the beautiful cover.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Be true to yourself. Love what you’re doing and keep doing it. Don’t give up. Writing is subjective and rejection is part of the process. Listen to others. Be open to criticism. We get so involved in our own stories and we don’t always see our mistakes. It always helps to have a second pair of eyes.


Author what?

Night Owl or Early Bird? Night Owl.
Colour? Depends on the day. Today it’s blue.
Book? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Author? Stephen King
Film? Donnie Darko
Random Fact? Once had a line in the movie Future Sport although it didn’t make it past the cutting room floor. But you can still see me in several scenes as an extra.

Jeyns Official:

Website: http://www.jeynroberts.co.uk/
Twitter: @JeynRoberts
Facebook:(Click Here)

VOTE for Dark Inside in the Teen Choice Book of the year HERE When on the page follow the instructions and show your support!!

I'd like to thank Jeyn for taking out the time and answering some questions for Reading A Little Bit of Everything! :) I know Readers really appreciate it.

Thanks :)

2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt! Question #21


I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

Today's question is from If I Die by Rachel Vincent.
 
 
Question #21:
 
 Fill in the blank:
 
 “Nash finally stopped trying to push past me and glared at his brother over my head. ‘Don’t tell me what I have a right to feel. And don’t talk to her like she should listen to you. You don’t get to talk to her, and you damn sure don’t get to ____ my girlfriend!’”
 
Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!