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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Guys and gals! ITS HALLOWEEN YAAAAAAAY. My favourite bloggy holiday!

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BOO!

muhahahhhahahahahaaaaa. (I’m blatantly the most terrifying thing ever)

I’m not doing anything for Halloween this year, even though it’s my first Halloween being 18 *plays small violin*. Instead I’m sitting in watching scary films and eating snacks with my pal (even tho she doesn’t like scary films, muahahah I’m evil). So not all bad! 😀

So for my Halloween post this year I’m doing a witchy brew of Halloween favourites.

First into the bloggy cauldron is…

(BOO)KS

Give me witches, give me werewolves and vampires, give me demons and ghosts… ALL THE SPOOKS!

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So, what are some great halloweeny books??

For witches, Id have to say Heir of Fire! It’s not exactly a scary book but the witches in it are FRIGGIN FANTASTIC! Yay for you Sarah J. Maas! Yay for you! Also there’s the fabulous Harry Potter books! Witches and wizards galore! And also a book I’ve read recently is The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin! It’s been described as Harry Potter meets Narnia, it’s adorable and a great read (review here, an the second book review is coming soon promise!)
(I haven’t read many witchy books! Let me know anymore in the comments and I’ll add them!)

For Werewolves, It’s have to be Darren Shans Demonata series. Oh my life do I just LOVE his books! And that series is AWESOME. It’s kind of Demons and Magicians but also WEREWOLVES, especially the first book. It’s intense and scary and just all around SPOOKTASTIC. (Actually I’ve excited myself too much and I’m gonna go read it now). And ofc if your after less scary, more romance, there is the awesome trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: Shiver, Linger and Forever.
(Again, please tell me more as my list is pretty short aha!)

For Vampires, I’m thinking The Vampire Academy series (which I haven’t started yet but everyone seems to LOVE). Ooh, and The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, it’s a little different to the usual vampire books, it took me a while to get into it but it’s actually really enjoyable. Also Darren Shan’s ‘The Saga of Darren Shan’ is vampires and its soooooo good!

For Zombies, I just loved The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson, ooooh its so good! Then theres’ Darren Shan’s Zom-B series (which I haven’t gotten around to yet! Bad Emily!). I think The Girl with all the Gifts is a zombie book, and supposedly really really good aswell! And ooh! A favourite of mine The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan! READ IT READ IT NOW.

Other creepiness, such as The Chronicles of Anceint Darkness by Michelle Paver. Creepy demon bears in an ancient forest. Such an imaginative series, loved it loved it loved it. My dad recommended The Stand by Stephen King sounds super scary, as you would expect from Stephen King.
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Next into the bloggy cauldron would have to be

Spooktacular Filmssssss

I love love love horror films, they’re my absolute favourite. I love being scared. Zombies are the best, and I love abit of gore. Here’s some of my favourites;

28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later (zombies zombies zombies)

The Happening (just plain creepy)

Silent Hill (creepy ghost town, and fantastic monsters)

Darkness Falls (creepy toothfairy)

Nightmare on Elm Street (LOVE ‘EM)

Underworld (vampires, werewolves, kick-ass)

The third must into the bloggy cauldron issssss

Halloween parties/costumes/and foooooood

and you know general excitement

My friend made creepy cakes 😀 how great are they, nom nom nom nom,
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Here’s some other awesome haloween food ideas
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And creep-tastic decorations, costumes and fun?
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ALL THE WONDERFUL BLOGGY EXCITEMENT AND POSTS

here’s some of my favourite posts,,

Publikworks: Boooooooooo

The Girl in Question: The Halloween opt-out

Brin’s Book Blog: Vintage YA Book Recommendations

Anibundel: Tardis Pumpkin

That’s all I have time for! If you have anything you thinks should be added let me know and I’ll add it!

HAPPY HALLOWEEEN, have a great day/night!

BOO.

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(NaNoWriMo) #2

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So NaNoWriMo is over! (Sad times) And congratulations to the hundreds of winners this year! (Woo!)
Unfortunately I’m one of the losers, I didn’t reach my target (boo!) I was extremely busy with college work and applying for uni and such (which is no excuse I know, but hey!)
I did however get some writing down! And if you’re interested I’d like to share abit of it with you!
Now be warned, it’s only a draft, and it’s only the prologue (and I’m by no means any good at writing) but oh well! Let me know your thoughts! 😀

“Screams. All she could hear was a never ending chorus of screams. Screams so full of pain and anguish and hopelessness. Who was making such a sound? Why wouldn’t they stop? Please stop, she silently begged.

One scream was louder and half sobbing. Was that her making those broken sobs? Suddenly a light came on across the room, she stopped sobbing as the other screams around her became louder and more desperate. As she cringed from the sudden bright light she became aware of the restraints holding her up. Her wrists were cuffed to the wall above her head and her ankles spread about a meter apart manacled the the wall thirty centimetres off the floor. She looked into the light, her eyes streaming from the sudden brightness. A man walked in, she guessed he was around 20 with electric blue hair and dark grey eyes. “Fern, Fern, Fern.” He tutted. “Just look at the state of your wrists, pulling at your chains won’t help anyone.”

Who is Fern? she thought desperately. Is he talking to me?
“You look confused Fern. You probably shouldn’t think so much, your mental state is pretty delicate at the moment. There only so much one person can take. Even someone as strong as you.” He strode towards her suddenly, an intense slightly crazed glint in his eyes. He stopped just in front of her. “Listen to their screams!” he cried slamming his hands on the wall either side of her head, his face just inches from hers. “They’ve given up, given in to the madness. And they’re happier for it, no more fighting, no more pain.” He stepped back and slowly removed one of his black leather gloves. As he took of the glove she could see that the tips of his fingers were elongated and slightly clawed. Like talons. “Well,” he said as he ran one sharp clawed finger down her cheek, “there will still be pain. Always pain.”

Suddenly he grabbed the top of her leg, digging his clawed hand into the muscle of her thigh. She cried out in unimaginable agony as he tore his handful of flesh from her leg. With her scream came her memory. Her name was Fern. She was 12 years old. She’d gone to find her brother when she was taken by The Bazaar. Now she was locked up in this room with countless others. The only way to tell time passing was when the blue haired man came and tore chunks of flesh from her or one of the others.

As he shoved the chunk of her flush into his mouth, she gave in to the scream that was building in the back her throat. She felt a sharp pain in her neck like a needle, and as the wave of numbness rolled over her. Her last thought before she gave into unconsciousness was that she knew beyond all doubt that her brother would save her.

A manic laugh filled her ears as her world went black once more.”

Not brilliant, I know. But I tried! Your thoughts would be much appreciated!

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Perfect Edge Triumvirate (Blog Tour)

20131106-164342.jpg“Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as thee new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Triumvirate–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!”

I am reviewing Gripped by Jason Donnelly!
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About the book: Hi, Friend. Have you ever read an advertisement and felt like it was written directly to you? Well, what if it was? And if you were told that there’s an underground group telling you and those around you what to buy, what to wear, and what to consume? Join the fun. The only thing holding you back is your own personality. We recommend that you read Gripped with a nice bottled water.

My Review:

20131106-170031.jpgThe Book: Gripped
The Author: Jason Donnelly
The Publisher: Perfect Edge
The Pages: 279
My Rating: 4/5

I think the quote from Roberta Donnelly, the authors mother, on the front cover pretty much summed up my thoughts on the book. “After the shock of the first paragraph, I actually liked the book.”
Yep. This book starts of kinda like ‘woah, what am I reading?’, but it’s a seriously good book I promise. (Even if it did forever ruin the song ‘Come on Eileen’ for me.) (thanks for that Jason.)
It took me a while to warm up to the main character Marky, he’s almost too realistic. Most authors sugar coat their characters, ignoring the not so dignified parts of life. We’ve all seen them, characters who never seem to need to go to the bathroom? Well Marky is most definitely not sugar coated, in fact if there’s an opposite to sugar coated then he’s that, as you find out extremely quickly. All the characters are well developed and they all show some serious personality, none of this dull secondary characters who’s only purpose are to move the story along for the main character, even the cat has more of a personality than most secondary characters in other books (yep, the cat was one of my favourite characters).
Your Personality Is What’s Holding You Back, is the program that Marky had never heard of and never signed up for but ends up taking part in. It promises to completely change his life for the better, and his personality is the only thing holding him back.
After I’d gotten over the shock of the opening few lines, I was utterly gripped (haha, see what I did there?), this book was so refreshing. It had a whole different tone to the majority of popular books out at the moment. And it was scary, now this book is by no means a horror but it scared me, the idea of something like The Program being real is totally believable it shook me up a bit. And I really felt the confusion and helplessness that Marky felt throughout the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and the ending was good drawing the book to a satisfying close. However there was a few things that felt unexplained, making me feel like someone had cut a couple of chapters from right near the end.
But I definitely recommend this book to everyone, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone, it was uncomfortable and edgy, and if the first chapter does seen abit iffy, power through cause it’s definitely worth it.
Now is anyone else craving a bottle of Evian?

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Pick up your copy of this Humor/Coming-of-Age/Satire through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

20131106-170711.jpgAbout the author: Jason Donnelly

20131106-170855.jpgJason Donnelly is a writer in NYC currently seeking world domination. He has an MFA in creative writing and a horrible amount of debt from a University in Pennsylvania that shall not be named. Over the years, he’s held the title of juggler, college recruiter, adjunct professor, headhunter and is currently a copywriter at a NYC ad agency. Connect with Jason on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

20131106-171233.jpgAbout the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Gripped, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen or Spiral Bound Brother by Ryan Elliot Wilson. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter.

You can find the contest entry form on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity.

Good luck!

Perfect Edge Books was founded in late 2011 to unite authors whose books weren’t “obviously” commercial. Our books tend to sit in various genres all at once: literary fiction, satire, neo-noir, sci-fi, experimental prose.
“There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say,” Cyril Connolly wrote, and we believe he was right.
Perfect Edge seeks books that take on the crippling fear of other people, the question of what’s correct and normal, of how life works, of what art is.
Our authors disagree with each other; their styles vary as widely as their concerns. What matters is the will to create books that won’t be easy to assimilate. We take risks, not for the sake of risk-taking, but for the things that might come out of it. We prefer to cultivate a word-of-mouth approach to marketing, and keep production as simple as we can. Learn more at www.PerfectEdgeBooks.com.

Learn more about Gripped’s tour mates HERE.

 

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Upcoming Event! (Blog Tour!)

Upcoming Event!
Perfect Edge Triumvirate Tour!

Stopping here-(14th November 2013)

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“Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as thee new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Triumvirate–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!”

Quick update to let you know that I’m a host for the Perfect Edge Triumvirate Blog Tour!

They are touring three books between the 4th and the 24th of November with a bonus week from the 25th of November to the 1st December!

The three books touring are:

1. WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CAPES OF HEROPA? by Andrez Bergen -( 4th Nov – 10th Nov)

2. GRIPPED by Jason Donnelly -(11th Nov – 17th Nov)

3. SPIRAL BOUND BROTHER by Ryan Elliot Wilson -(18th Nov – 24th Nov)

4. Bonus Week All three books! -(25th Nov – 1st Dec)

I will be hosting Gripped by Jason Donnelly on my blog on the 14th of November!

So be sure to stop by then for info about the book and author, my review and PRIZES!

See you then!

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(NaNoWriMo) [1]

20131102-002937.jpg Yay! It’s November which means NaNoWriMo! National Nobel Writing month challenges you to write a 50,000 word draft in 30days, that approx 1,667 words every day. No editing, just writing. I took part last year but gave up miserably. This year I am determined to do it! WOO! You should do it too! You don’t even have to sign up if you really don’t want to. Just write 50,000 words in 30 days and you’re a winner!

Have you started yet? Are you just planning it still? Here’s some quick last minute planning tips. (You’ll want a notebook or some paper)

First Name Clouds (aka name banks?) are incredibly useful! Write down as many names that you like as you can think of, half boys half girls. Then you can pick out your main character names and as you’re writing if you come across a secondary character who needs a name, you don’t have to waste time searching for one and your character won’t end up being called Pablo-Marco Junior the second, because you had to come up with a name on the spot.

Second General plot bubble. Draw a mind map (aka spider diagram?) and everytime you have a possible plot idea, jot it down. Eventually it builds up and up and you can read over it when you get stuck for ideas and it will jog your memory or inspire a new idea!

Third Timelines! Draw a line out over a couple of pages. Then put a label at the beginning Of the line for Prologue/Opening or Chapter One, and one at the end for the Last Chapter or Epilogue. The. You need three or four (maybe more maybe less, up to you!) labels of the ‘Main Events’. Jot some notes for each label and then fill the gaps in for what happens in the chapters in between to get you from one event to the next. This is useful for when you’re writing and you get stuck not sure where your plot or your characters are heading next.

Fourth Character Trees. Draw (stick figures are fine) your main characters near the middle of the page. Draw and label arrows between characters showing the relationships between them. You can also add labels to each character saying a bit about them. You can then clearly see the connection between main characters and between all the secondary characters too.

So as I’m writing this the first day of NaNoWriMo has finished, and my Target for today’s word count was: 1667 words.
My actually word count was: 1680 words!
So YEY!

Let me know if you’re taking part, and if so, how are you doing?!

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(BOO!)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Are you super excited guys? What are you doing for Halloween? Partying? Trick or treating? Staying in with a good book and some spooky films?

Are you looking forward to all the mini monsters and fairies and ghosts visiting all night? Now, maybe you have a big bowl if Halloween goodies to give out, and that’s a good thing cause it’s important to keep the little monsters happy! But here’s another idea, (I saw this on twitter but I can’t remember who posted it so I’m sorry!) how about going round all the charity shops and buying up bags of really cheap scary themed books? Then giving them out to the trick or treaters? (Maybe with a lollipop or chocolate bar each to keep ’em sweet) I know that if there was a house by me giving out books, id be over there again again!

Now talking about giving away books, guess what I’m announcing? That’s right!

Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of the super scary ‘Playtime’ by Stephanie Fox is the owner if the brilliant book blog, The Blurb!

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Let me know your thoughts on Halloween and comment links to your own Halloween post!

By the way, one last thing before you go…

BOO!

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Halloween Week (BOOks)

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20131030-105557.jpgFor my special Halloween post I shall be posting the good things about Halloween, some of my favourite Halloween/scary books, my scary film recommendations and my super spooky giveaway winner announced!

My favourite Halloween/scary books,

.Okay so my biggest recommendation if you’re looking for a scary read HAS to be Darren Shan’s books. I am a humongous fan of ALL his books, I have an entire shelf (and a bit) dedicated to his books.
His ‘Saga of Darren Shan’ series were the first of his books that I read. Then I read the series which I’m going to feature as my Halloween recommendation! *drum roll* …
The Demonata!’ A brilliant brilliant series and well worth a read! This series first of all follows the life of Grubitsch (Grubbss) Grady, who starts of as a normal teenage boy with absolutely no idea of the horror awaiting him in his future. From the first book in the series ‘Lord Loss’:

“The door feels red hot, as though a fire is burning behind it. I press an ear to the wood – but there’s no crackle. No smoke. Just deep heavy breathing… and a curious dripping sound. My hand’s on the door knob. Inside the room, somebody giggles – low, throaty, sadistic. There’s a ripping sound, followed by snaps and crunches. My hand turns. The door opens. Hell is revealed.”

Demons and werewolves and magic! What’s not to love?

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Another set of books I want to recommend are one (I hope) you’ve all heard of before!
GOOSEBUMPS.
There are loads of short goosebumps books, good ones, bad ones, funny ones and scary ones. Some good examples are ‘beast from the east’, ‘the haunted mask’, ‘One Day at Horror Land’, ‘Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes’, ‘Monster Blood’, ‘Attack of the Jack o’ lanterns’ and ‘The Horror at Camp Jellyjam’.

20131025-203817.jpg There are loads and loads of scary books out there that I could of recommended, but these are ones that I’ve enjoyed for a long time and I don’t think are appreciated by enough people!

What are your favourite Halloween reads that you don’t think enough people know about?! Let me know in the comments!