Thursday, 18 December 2014

Web Series Trailer, Interview and Giveaway: Night School by CJ Daugherty

Hello!

I am so excited to inform you that the hit YA mystery series Night School by C.J Daugherty has hit Youtube as a web series! Are you hearing this?! A web series! And it has hit the web live on Friday 12th December on CJ Daugherty's Youtube channel. If you have never heard of this series before then I would definitely recommend that you check it out. You can also stay tuned for a giveaway later on in the post as well as an exclusive interview with the one and only C.J Daugherty!
Night School (Night School, #1)
Release Date: January 1, 2012

Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was. 
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The web series will be following the first book for now, but who knows what could become of the next four books in the series (one is yet to be released yet).
Legacy (Night School, #2)Fracture (Night School, #3)Resistance (Night School, #4)
Now let's welcome C.J Daugherty to the post!
- What or who inspired you to write the Night School series?
I was working in Whitehall at the time, for the government. And I knew I wanted to write a political thriller. But I wasn’t sure where to start. Then one day I saw a picture in the paper. It was a group of young men in tuxedos and had been taken in the 1980s, and the caption said ‘The Bullingdon Club: A secret society at Oxford University’. A teenaged David Cameron was in the photo and Boris Johnson. Until then, I hadn’t really thought about secret societies, and I was never much of a conspiracy theorist. But once I started looking into the Bullingdon Club, and found out how many CEOs, politicians, media executives and judges were in it when they were teenagers.... Well. Let’s just say Night School was born.

- Which character can you relate to most from the book?
I completely relate to Allie. Her anger is my anger. Her rebellion is my rebellion. Someone asked me recently why I write about angry young people from difficult families and I said, ‘Because I don’t know any other kind.’ I don’t write about happy young people from unbroken homes because I don’t know what that’s like. 

- Would you like to get involved acting in the Night School web series? Make a small appearance?
No! I’m not an actor. I want to be behind the camera, standing by the director, holding a cup of coffee and typing the scripts!

- Are you working on any other projects at the moment? What can we expect from you in the future?
Night School 5 comes out in June! It’s the last book in the series -- I can't believe it's nearly over! 

Then in October, I’m launching a new 2-part YA series, The Secret Fire. It’s a paranormal thriller that takes place in Paris and Britain – I’m co-writing it with the AMAZING French author, Carina Rozenfeld. And I can’t wait for everyone to read it! 

- If you could sum up Night School in 10 words, what would you say?
Beautiful people hide ugly secrets. Truth is worth fighting for.


Here is the trailer for the magnificent Night School Web series just in case you have yet to see it:


CJ Daugherty is the bestselling author of the Night School books, which are the first in the UK to be made into a web series.

Night School the Web Series runs on the You Tube Channel Night School Book, every Friday. 

Check out the first episode here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nightschoolbook

Thanks to the publisher, I also have a set of the four books released in the Night School series to giveaway! This giveaway is open to those who live in the UK. To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
Have a good week,
Sam :)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (134)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
Conspiracy Girl
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant. 

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

Sarah Alderson never fails in bringing out something AMAZING in each of her new books. This book sounds like an extraordinary adventure and I bet it will be just as exciting, or even more so, than her other books.
Leave a link to your WoW post in the comments below so I can check it out!

Have a good week,
Sam :D

Monday, 15 December 2014

My review of Undeniable

Undeniable by Liz Bankes
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon | The Book Depository

UndeniableGabi is so excited she's spending the summer working as a runner on her favourite TV show. It's a dream come true! Plus it's perfect for for distracting her from The Break-Up especially with all those gorgeous actors around. And then there's Spencer Black: student, extra, expert flirt. Everything with him is fun, intoxicating and uncertain. Things between them are hotting up when he lands a minor role on the show. So is it make or break for them? Is Spencer undeniably the one for Gabi?

Undeniable is a humorous and likable romance of a crazy summer romance involving a girl getting over ex-boyfriend and trying to keep her eyes off a future hit celebrity. Liz Bankes offers an exciting voice and fun plot.

Gabi is our protagonist and she is extremely quirky and absolutely hilarious! At times she was hard to like but overall you cope with her because of how much she makes you laugh. As for Spencer, at the start we see him as charming and lovely and the best thing that could happen to a girl. And that pretty much carries out through the novel. His charm will definitely make you smile and even swoon.
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The writing flowed nicely and the humor came naturally and at completely random moments. Liz Bankes has a great style of writing that I simply loved. The plot was interesting but at times I felt that the story fell flat. However the characters made up for it.

Undeniable is a great YA/NA novel for those who are looking for a slightly humorous contemporary romance.I will definitely be reading Bankes' previous novel Irresistible.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Three Year Blogoversary Ramble and Giveaway

Hey,

Yes. It's been three years!
HOW CAN IT BE THREE YEARS ALREADY?!
I don't really know what to say except: thank you for all your support that you've given me over the past three years.

I've met some amazing people and been introduced to a world where the possibilities of finding a good story is endless. I couldn't have wished for a better audience following my blog and I appreciate everyone of you who leave comments and tweet me about books. You guys are simply incredible and I don't really know what else to say.

To celebrate, I am offering three winners a chance to win a book of their choice each from the list below. This giveaway is international as long as the Book Depository ships to you. And simply enter using the Rafflecopter.
A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy, #1)Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy, #2)Misty Falls
Whisper the Dead by Alexandra Harvey
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)If You Find Me
Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)The Queen of Zombie Hearts
The Witch of Salt and StormBetter Than Perfect (Wild Cards, #1)Storm and Stone (Struck, #1)
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
Altered (Altered, #1)Erased (Altered, #2)Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Wide Awake (Wide Awake, #1)Otherbound
I love you all,
Sam :')

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Book Haul (#97)

Hey,

I hope you've all had a brilliant week in books! I am certainly excited about the book that I received this week.

This week I received:
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski - Received -
Thank you Bloomsbury Children's Books and Netgalley! The Winner's Curse has been one of my favourite reads this year and when I saw this book on Netgalley.... I have never clicked the request button so fast.

Leave a link to your Book Haul/Stacking the Shelves/Letterbox Love/In My Mailbox/Showcase Sunday in the comments below so I can check it out!

Have a good weekend,
Sam :)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Sceadu by Prashant Pinge

Hey,

Welcome to the book spotlight and giveaway for the YA fantasy Sceadu by Prashant Pinge. You can check out the cover, blurb, and book trailer below:
Release Date: November 10, 2014
All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey. 

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind. 

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?

There is a giveaway available as well for 10 Amazon gift cards (worth $10 each) and 15 e-copies of the books! Simply enter by completing the Rafflecopter below.
Best,
Sam :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (133)

Hey,

This week I'm waiting for...
Inspire
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

I have not read anything by Cora Cormack despite the massive buzz around her novels Losing It" and "Faking It", I will get on to one of them some day! BUT THIS. THISSSS! This sounds so awesome. I know I say this about most of my WoW picks, but THIS! An immortal muse? I love the sound of this and obviously with some gorgeous romantic interest who will most definitely be charming and steal our hearts.
Leave a link to your WoW post in the comments below so I can check it out!

Have a good week,
Sam :D