How to Success!: A Writer’s Guide to Fame and Fortune – Corinne Caputo

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This sympathetically funny parody self-help book for writers is filled with hilariously misguided tips, factual-looking charts and other advice that knowingly pokes fun at writerly foibles while still cheering would be authors on. With this book, struggling writers can find suggestions for effective paragraph shapes, tips on where to find inspiration (in your reflection, in the shapes of gum stuck to the ground, in a consultation with your doctor), thoughtful poses for author photos, pull-out procrastination excuses, the Elements of Style (literary fashion tips), investment strategies for the super-rich and famous, and more. How to Success is filled with enough almost-helpful advice to keep aspiring writers amused, unblocked, and on their way.

My Thoughts

I would like to thank the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book was hilarious, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much while reading a book in my life it was just so brilliantly crafted.

After reading this I am confident that if I ever decide to write a book, I can sell it any type of event I go to.

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Corinne was obviously well taught in the topic as she had some amazing tips to share. I loved the way she always found a way to relate writing to food! I mean who doesn’t love food!

I would highly recommend this book if your looking for a fun non fiction book on writing!

Rating:4/4

Published By: Chronicle Books

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You – Rebecca Barrow

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There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.

Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life.

Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, consisting not only of the greatest family ever but of a snarky, loyal, sometimes infuriating best friend, Rose; a sweet, smart musician boyfriend, Julian; and a beloved camera that turns the most fleeting moments of her day-to-day routine into precious, permanent memories.

But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.

Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?

My Thoughts

This is another book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. This is the debut novel from Rebecca Barrow and it is truly amazing!

There are so many things I loved about this book and I’m not going to talk about all of them because that might give things away.

  1. Her Best friend Rose – was just me in every way! I loved her so much, do feel like she needs her own book!  Rebecca did amazing job of writing her perfectly
  2. Julian- Every guy in the world needs to be more like Julian
  3. Her mum – She was just everything and she was actually there! The whole way through the book!

The main thing that made me fall in love with this book was the way the plot developed and the way Rebecca wrote Audrey’s story so realistically.

This is definitely a book to put on your pre order list!

Rating:5/5

Published By: HarperTeen

I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR A WHOLE YEAR

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I can’t believe it’s been a WHOLE year since I started my blog! I’ve learnt so much and met so many amazing people.I’ve had such a great experience while blogging and I would like to thank everyone who reads my blog or just tweets me for coming along on this awesome journey with me. I genuinely can’t believe I’ve mad it so far and its 100% down to the wonderful book community.

I have a couple of special thank you’s to give:

Paige Toon – For giving me the extra push to start my blog!

Katherine Webber – For inviting me to first ever launch party and making me feel so welcome in the book community!

Alice Marshall – For just being lovely and inspiring me with her amazing blog!

Grace Latter – For inspiring me with her amazing blog posts and being like my big blogging sister!

Jess & Bex – The first blogging friends I met in real life

Becca –  Thank you for being my first twitter friend!

I would like to also thank all the publishers  for always being amazing and all of the authors for being lovely!

Thank you for a wonderful first year of blogging!

If Birds Fly Back – Carlie Sorsiak

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Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Alvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home? Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces. As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Alvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.

My Thoughts

I have been looking forward to this book for what feels like forever and it was definitely worth the wait!

If Birds Fly Back exceeded my expectations for it, Carlie is a stunning writer! I loved the way she wrote from both Linny & Sebastian’s point of view ( Sebastian is bae 😍) it was just the perfect way to tell both of their stories. To see both of their individual personalities, I truly felt like I was in each of their heads!

I also loved the fact that it was realistic to what teens would do. I could relate to all of the characters!

I also loved Sebastian and my love for him almost got me into some twitter fights because HE IS MINE!

I can’t wait to see what Carlie writes next! I also can’t wait for everyone else to read this fabulous book so get pre – ordering!!!!

Rating: 5/5

Published By: My Kinda Book

It Had To BE You Blog Tour

 

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James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

 Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

 Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

 

I am so excited to have Lizzy Charles author of It Had To Be You on my blog today! SO without futher ado…

Liv, thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I’m so excited to be on a UK blog and sort of wish we were chatting this post out in person. I’d love to hang out in London with you and share an afternoon tea. (I’m not even kidding, I love tea!)

Today I thought I’d talk about the reason I write, the inspiration behind my new novel, It had to be You, and my favourite places to write.

We all have different reasons we write, but for me I write because since I was in first grade I’ve known it’s what I was meant to do. Now, just because I knew I wanted to be an author in first grade doesn’t mean I went off and pursued a degree in English (though that would have been very helpful) and started sending off manuscripts to publishers. The truth was I was scared of the intense desire I’d always had towards writing a book, so naturally I ran off and got a Bachelors if Science degree and became a Registered Nurse.

It wasn’t until my first child was born that the weight of not writing became too heavy to shoulder. I mean, how could I raise up a daughter who I wanted to learn to believe in herself and be who she is created to be, if I don’t even try to be the number one thing I was called to do? I couldn’t live in that hypocrisy.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a sappy reason, but it’s stuck with me. For almost seven years I’ve pursued this career and I’m thrilled to be releasing my fourth book!

My initial inspiration for It had to be You came from a place and a television show. I’m a die hard Gilmore Girls’ fan (Team Logan pre Netflix special and now I’m simply Team Rory) and Rory’s elite high school, Chilton, always fascinated me. Pairing that with a nearby gorgeous college, nestled in rolling hills, and Brockmore Academy, America’s most elite (and fictional) boarding school was born. Once I could visualize the school, I knew I had to write a boarding school romance.

Of course, a novel needs characters so the idea simmered in my head while I figured my main characters out. I’m a big fan of Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino) and once I fell in love with his work on Community I knew he was my James. Edelweiss is a blond version of Rey from The Force Awakens Brave, bold, kind, and good to her core.

This novel took me two years exactly from my first paragraph to the day the book was published, which I find so bizarre! With three kids and also juggling my nursing career, this novel wasn’t written anywhere fancy. Most of it was written wherever I could possibly word-vomit out a story as quickly as I could. And, due to that word vomit, I ended up rewriting it at least twelve times, maybe even more! I used to hang out in coffee shops but the smell saturated my clothing so much that I couldn’t even get it out in the wash. So I switched the library, and my productivity shot through the roof. My local library has these huge windows and study rooms where I can literally lock out the world. For me, this is where my best craft came through.

 

Disarm You – Pia Mia

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Disarm You is the first song we’ve heard from Pia Mia this year which hopefully means we will see an album soon! I got such strong Ariana Grande vibes while listening to Disarm You I JUST LOVED IT! The simplicity of this song was just perfect and really highlighted what a great singer Pia is.

Let me absolve you
Of the past that controls you
I just wanna know what you look like
Without a weight on your soul

Another thing I loved on this track was the production, it was just perfect.I absolutely adored how meaningful the lyrics were in this song and I honestly can’t wait to see Pia Mia’s full album so we can hear the full Pia Mia sound.

Hopefully this isn’t the last song we’ve heard from Pia Mia this year 😉

Chapter 2 EP – Vanessa White

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This is my first ever music review EEK! I decided to do it on one of my favourite artists which is pretty perfect as she dropped her second EP at the end of March which you can buy on iTunes !! 

You may be thinking you know Vanessa from somewhere and no it wasn’t from that party at your friends last weekend, although if  you thought you saw her at a bar then your probably right because Ness is always out just take a look at her Instagram stories. Vanessa used to be a member of The Saturdays and now she’s a fabulous solo artist!

Personally I think I prefer Vanessa as a solo artist, she’s got that amazing R&B vibe.

Running Wild 

“I been thinking all these freaky thoughts about you
It’s my dirty secret baby what do I do”

The way this track is produced is just fire and when Vanessa released the stripped back version it became even more apparent how great the vocals were on this track. A simple R&B sound.

Good Good

“Hard to resist, falling in love
Don’t wanna commit”

This is such a sensual track that will stick in your mind all day & night. Vanessa sure as hell is not afraid to be sexual and this comes off in the song. The high notes!

Rotation

“How do I not give in to temptation
When he put it down like that”

An open honest song that allows you to see the sexual side of Vanessa White. 

Trust Me

“People change trying not to change, trust me
It’s just me, it’s just me, myself, and I”

I’m not even going to lie when I say this is  my favourite song on the whole EP! It was just 100% relatable! Trusting people because they tell you too but really they don’t deserve it. People constantly trying to change you but you’ve got to stay true to yourself because your the most intelligent. 

Pressure

“So fuck the pressure, pressure
I don’t mind if this thing that we have ain’t forever, ever, oh”

This has got an addictive melody with powerful vocals. Honest lyrics. Perfect Song.

Chapter 2 continues on from Chapter 1 with an even stronger R&B vibe. Bringing back that old R&B sound.Each track is dominated by Vanessa’s sultry vocals. 

In Alicia Keys words this girl is on fire! and I can’t wait to see what’s next from her.

Buy on iTunes NOW!!

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

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You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret …is to press play. Clay Jensen comes home from school to find outside his front door a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did – and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he got onto the list – what he hears will change his life forever.

My Thoughts

I decided to finally read this book since it was becoming a Netflix series. I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews over the years mostly good but some negative. What I did know going in was that some bits were going to be difficult for me to read.

Hannah committed Suicide and before she died she made 13 tapes about the reasons why she killed herself. The tapes are passed along to each person who has a tape. The story is told from Clay Jensons side as he listens to each tape.

I have to admit that while reading this book I had a mixture of emotions from ranging from sadness to anger. I was upset at all the things that Hannah had to go through and the fact she had to go through them alone!

As weird as it may sound I did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it even if you’ve only watched the series!

Rating:4/5

Published By: Penguin books

Everything,Everything – Nicola Yoon

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Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.

My Thoughts

I know what your think, how am I only reading this book now? And to be completely honest I don’t really know why it’s taken me so long to read this beautifully worded novel.

When starting this book I’d heard so many amazing things from friends, Twitter and from the fact it’s being made into a movie 😱 So I definitely had high expectations.
I fell in love with this book from the very first page I instantly connected with the main character and found it easy to see everything through her eyes. I loved the romance in this book, I could really relate to that feeling of first love.

I think the thing I loved most in this book was definitely the ending and that’s all I’m gonna say on that because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone that like me is very late to the Everything, Everything party but it was SO good!

I would definitely not say no to Maddy’s mum getting her own book though as I really want to find out more about her 😊

Rating:4/5

Published By: Random House Children’s Publishers UK

The Inconceivable Life Of Quinn -Marianna Baer

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Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

 My Thoughts

I would like to thank the Publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

It took me quite a while to read this book andI can understand why! I’m still a bit perplexed as to the whole concept of the book.

It was very strange and wasn’t what I expected at all.The Inconceivable life of Quinn includes a lot of magic realism and as much as I don’t mind a bit of magic realism this one was very complicated!

I didn’t really connect with many of the characters probably because the book was quite slow paced.

Rating:2/5

Published By: Abrams and Chronicle