Meeting Rainbow Rowell

Yesterday I met Rainbow Rowell. Yep. I can officially say that I have met Rainbow Rowell, my favourite author. I thought It’d be fun to do a little event recap and a tiny recap of the day as a whole, just really for my benefit so that I can look back on it.

I started off the day waking up ridiculously early from excitement and getting completely dressed and ready despite having to meet my friends in a couple of hours. I packed and repacked my bag, I kept changing my outfit. I failed at taking selfies. I attempted to read but I couldn’t focus. I was meeting Rainbow Rowell later that day and that was all that was on my mind. I had never met an author before or been to any form of signing so of course I was nervous but immensely excited.

How I felt before the signing.
How I felt before the signing.

 

I then met up with my friends( after arriving late because of the bus!) and we shopped for a little bit but honestly, we were just passing time. We went into the store just to do a little book shopping but then found out that around 200 people were due to come to the signing and started freaking out slightly(well I did anyway!). What if we didn’t get good seats? We then went separate ways and ate quickly and returned to the shop, refusing to leave it. We thought that as soon as the shop closed, we’d go outside and be the first in the queue. However some people started queuing before the shop was even closed! There were only three people ahead of us in the queue anyway. We went and queued for a while. Then me and two of my friends, Ambi and Priya had to go to the other Waterstones in town. We had won a competition on the YABirmingham blog to meet Rainbow Rowell before her signing and we had to meet somebody at Waterstones to take us over. We were given two beautiful badges also; one that said ‘I’m A Rainbow Rowell Fangirl” and one with the UK landline cover. We went over to Waterstones and went in before everybody else. The minute I walked through that door, the excitement hit me. She wasn’t in the room when we went in and we waited around for a bit but the excitement kept bubbling away in me. I was minutes away from meeting my favourite author of all time. We were lead upstairs to the office and I walked in and there she sat! Rainbow Rowell was sitting there, metres away from me. I couldn’t contain my excitement and I squealed slightly. She was so nice and we talked about some things and she signed our books with messages in them, longer than the ones she normally puts in(I’ll put some images at the end). We took a picture with her plus the other winner of the competition, which I shall put at the end. We were given fangirl tote bags, even though they said we’d only get them if we bought the special edition of Fangirl but I had already pre-bought it. We then went downstairs and picked out seats while everyone else entered.We joined the rest of our friends for her talk. Instead of reading, Rainbow decided to just do a Q&A and it was amazing! She is an incredibly funny and entertaining person but she is also insightful and has interesting perspectives. It was then time for the signing and we all stood in the queue, even me and my friends who met her early because we all wanted separate pictures and a picture with all of our friends in it. We got these thankfully but that was the end of the evening.

This was basically how I felt throughout the whole event!
This was basically how I felt throughout the whole event!

We all sat around for a bit and just watched her sign some books. She ended up running over and missing her train but I heard her saying she was fine with it. I did however feel sorry for her because she had to attend LeakyCon today in Orlando so she must be extremely jetlagged. However, I would like to thank Rainbow Rowell for being so amazing and making yesterday one of the best days of my life. I’d also like to thank Waterstones New Street for holding such a fabulous event and YABirmingham for allowing us to meet her beforehand! Yesterday was honestly one of the absolute best days of my life. Now I’m going to attach some photos from the event and of my signed books.

Our picture with her when we met her beforehand!
Our picture with her when we met her beforehand!
The packed audience at the signing last night!
The packed audience at the signing last night!
My picture with her!
My picture with her!
The signing of Attachments.
The signing of Attachments.
Rainbow Rowell during her talk.
Rainbow Rowell during her talk.
Signing of Eleanor and Park
Signing of Eleanor and Park
Signing my other copy of Eleanor and Park
Signing my other copy of Eleanor and Park
Signing of Fangirl
Signing of Fangirl
Signing my other copy of Fangirl
Signing my other copy of Fangirl
Our group picture with Rainbow Rowell
Our group picture with Rainbow Rowell
Signing of Landline
Signing of Landline

 

At the end of the day, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I had lasted through a day of meeting my favourite author and it was fabulous! I can’t wait for anymore events and the one at the moment that I’m most excited for is Alice Oseman’s launch party on Thursday. I shall be hopefully writing a post about that event as well so look out for that soon. I’ll see you soon with another post.

The sense of victory I felt at the end of the day is well and truly depicted in this gif.
The sense of victory I felt at the end of the day is well and truly depicted in this gif.

 

Sofia

Bookish Academy Awards Tag

Hey! Today I thought I’d do another tag that I found on YouTube which is the bookish academy awards tag. This tag was created by Kayla over at Bookadoodles and you should all go check out her videos because she’s amazing. The concept of this tag is simple. It takes the academy awards and alters the categories to suit books. You are meant to do it only based on a year of reading so I thought I’d do it based on the books I read in 2013. Let’s get started!

Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)

This would have to go to Percy Jackson. I read House of Hades so I can rightfully hand this award over to him because he is just so funny and witty. He is also strong and fights amazingly for those he loves. This shows a lot in House of Hades when we see him go through all kinds of hell with Annabeth. He protects her amazingly.

Honourable Mention: Perry from Under the Never Sky

Best Actress:(Best Female Protagonist)

This would most definitely go to Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Celaena is strong and an incredibly kick ass character. I love reading from her perspective and I can’t wait to read more of her perspective in Heir of Fire.

Honourable Mention: Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy

Best Cinematography:(Best Plot Twist)

This one would have to go to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Honestly both of these books could have won this but the first one just won it for me because that ending was just mind blowing and unpredictable!  I cannot wait for The Retribution of Mara Dyer because I know that it will mess with my mind almost as much, if not more, than the other two did.

Honourable Mention: Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Best Costume Design:(Best Book Cover)

I have to give this award to Crown of Midnight( I would have given this to The Assassin’s Blade but I’m only doing 2013 books). I love the covers of the whole series but Crown of Midnight just won slightly because I prefer this cover just slightly because of the colours. I prefer the UK covers of these books just because of the contrast between the colours on the front and the ones on the back so that is why it wins.

Honourable Mention: Mara Dyer covers by Michelle Hodkin

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

For best male sidekick I give the award to Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments because I absolutely adore Simon. He is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time(check out my top fictional crushes list) because I think he is just funny and nerdy yet still so helpful and badass. He really improves a lot as the series goes on. For female sidekick that will have to go to Isabelle Lightwood from the same series because she also incredibly badass and just all round fabulous.

Honourable Mentions: Kenji from Shatter Me, Nehemia from Throne of Glass

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

For most unique world that will have to go to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Delirium has such a unique world that I think is so fascinating. I actually wrote a whole post on it so click here to read it.

Honourable Mention: Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

This one has to go to the obvious one that everyone is probably saying which is Catching Fire. This movie was absolutely stunning and such a perfect adaptation. I didn’t realise you could get an adaptation so right until I saw this one. Honestly, this movie was amazing and just breath taking.

Honourable Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Animated Feature:(A book that would work well in animated format)

I give this award to the Legend trilogy as a whole but because this is 2013 books it goes to Champion and Prodigy by Marie Lu as I read both of them last year. This series would just be amazing as an anime, I believe. I don’t watch anime but if this was one, I’d watch it!

Honourable Mention: House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

Best Director:(A writer you discovered for the first time)

This award goes to my favourite author of all time: Rainbow Rowell. I read her first three books for the first time last year and I fell in love. Honestly all her books are amazing and I just can’t recommend them enough. If you’re interested check out my review of Fangirl, my friend Ambi’s review of Eleanor and Park and my review of Landline. Seriously, go pick up one of her books now. Stop everything you’re doing and read one of her books because they will change your life completely.

Honourable Mentions: Tahereh Mafi, Michelle Hodkin, Sarah J.Maas

Best Visual Effects:(Best Action in a Book)

This has to go to  the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena is an assassin so of course, there is a lot of fighting and a lot of action. I loved reading about the action in this book because it was incredibly detailed and I felt like I was actually seeing it on a TV.

Honourable Mention: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Best Musical Score:(Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation)

I listen to a lot of film scores but the winner for a 2013 book-t0-movie adaptation has to go to Catching Fire. The score in this movie was so hauntingly beautiful and it fit in well. It didn’t distract from the movie but you did notice it was playing because it made the scenes more real.

Honourable Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Short Film:(Best Novella or Short Book)

I have to give this to Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi. Anyone who knows me well, will know I love Warner a lot so of course this novella was perfection in my eyes. I loved seeing inside of his head and seeing a different perspective to the story. I definitely recommend you read this before reading Unravel Me because you will love the books a lot more if you do.

Honourable Mention: The Prince by Kiera Cass

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

This has to go to my favourite book of all time, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s no surprise that I absolutely adore this book for many reasons that  I won’t go into now. If you want to know more about why I love it so much, click here to go read my review.

Honourable mention: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)

I don’t read many historical fiction or even non-fiction books so this award will have to go to  the one historical fiction I have read, The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory. I read this in anticipation for the BBC TV series and even though it took me over two weeks, I loved this book.

Honourable Mention: Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre

This was a fun tag so I tag my friends Priya, Makayla, Veena and Ambi. I’m interested to see your responses. Thanks for reading and see you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

I’m A Rainbow Rowell Fangirl

Weeks, maybe even months ago, the amazing people at YABirmingham held a competition to meet Rainbow Rowell before her Birmingham signing and I of course entered. You had to write a post about what makes you the biggest fangirl or why you love Rainbow Rowell so much. I chose to do the latter. I ended up being a runner up which is exciting because I still do get to meet her early! But I’m here to share with you my entry because I think it shows a little bit about why I am such a big Rainbow Rowell fan. I hope you enjoy it.

I’m not going to sit here and write a paragraph about how I think I’m the biggest book fangirl because I’m not. Being young, I haven’t been able to travel to various places to see some of my idols and they seem to hardly ever come to Birmingham, but I would say that I am a big fangirl, especially when it comes to Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is my absolute favourite book and I could write pages about how much that book means to me and I did actually write a review of it on my blog and on the YA Birmingham blog so definitely check that out if you are interested in knowing why I love that book so much. But in a nutshell, that book changed me and made me feel like I should be happy being who I am. I’m quite a quiet person and I’m incredibly socially awkward. Most fangirls that I’ve encountered are loud and they scream at the mention of their fandom whereas I quietly freak out(unless I’m surrounded by my friends). I thought this meant that I wasn’t a proper fangirl, until I read Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell wrote a character that was very real to me and I related to her a lot. Fangirl wasn’t the first Rainbow Rowell book I ever read, I had read Eleanor and Park previously and had absolutely adored it. I was excited for Fangirl ever since I first found out about it and I read as soon as it came out. After that I was going through Rainbow Rowell withdrawal and I started researching her and this is how I came across Attachments. I immediately got it on my kindle and read it and again absolutely adored it. I then heard about Landline and started freaking out, then I realized that I’d have to wait a while for it and became very upset. I then wrote my Fangirl review  and got into twitter.  I tweeted Rainbow Rowell about how much I loved Fangirl and she replied to me! I had a massive fangirl attack and started freaking out! My favourite author had acknowledged my existence! It was crazy and I couldn’t believe it. She has now tweeted me a total of three times and has favourited a few of my tweets! I love the fact that she really gets involved with her fans. When I found out she was coming to the UK, I started freaking out and was already planning what to wear and what to say when I met her. Then I found out that she wasn’t coming to Birmingham and I was distraught. I wanted to go to London to see her but unfortunately I will be fasting during that time and I can’t go to London. Then my prayers were answered! She announced she was coming to Birmingham! I immediately started freaking out and I kept texting my friends in our group chat and none of them were replying! I was in the car with my mum and brother and I was literally shaking. My mum told me to calm down but I couldn’t! My favourite author is coming to Birmingham! Finally my friends started answering and we started freaking out together! We were the first people to get tickets and I’m still in a state of shock. I’m going to meet Rainbow Rowell. I mean how crazy is that? I’ve started planning it. What I’ll wear, what I’ll say when I go up to get my books signed. I’m saving all my money and I’m going to have self restraint when buying books because I need the special editions of her books, especially Fangirl. I’m honestly so excited and I just can’t wait for it. It’s going to be a perfect day.

 This entry turned out to be longer than I thought it would be but I just have so much to say about how much I love Fangirl and Rainbow Rowell and I’m so excited for Landline and to finally meet her. I would definitely call myself a big fan of Rainbow Rowell, even though I’ve never travelled to meet her but being young and broke doesn’t let me do that. I had always hoped she’d come to Birmingham and that I could finally meet her and now it’s happening and I’m so excited.
I hope you enjoyed that. Honestly, I just uploaded it so that I can have my own way of referring back to it before I lose it forever. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.
Sofia
P.S This was written back in May so some of the information may be a little outdated.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

After finishing A Grimm Warning, I wanted to read just a cute romance novel that I could fly through quickly so I picked up Breathe, Annie, Breathe, the latest installment in the Hundred Oaks series. This is a series of  YA romance novels that generally have a sporty aspect to them. This series is a set of companion novels which means that each book centers around different people but people from the previous novels are involved in the books. This one was probably my favourite out of the series so far. If you are interested in knowing what it is about, here is the blurb:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

This book focused a lot on grief and moving on after someone you love has passed away. Annie feels incredibly guilty and takes up running in order to ease her guilt. Since she is training to run a marathon, she has a lot of alone time which means we as the reader spend a lot of time in Annie’s head when she is alone. This allows us to understand her a lot more. I think Annie is probably my favourite so far of the Hundred Oaks girls just because I feel like she didn’t let a guy take over her life and mind as some of the others did. For most of the book she struggled with moving on and accepting being with someone else since Kyle had died and I liked this aspect. Usually in books, the girl moves on quite quickly from one boy to the next and I liked the fact that Annie couldn’t just move on.

Jeremiah is also probably my favourite of the Hundred Oaks boys(even though he doesn’t actually go to Hundred Oaks). I feel like he’s tied with Henry because I really liked Henry. He was understanding and he helped her a lot when she was trying to deal with her own problems. He was very comforting. I didn’t understand his adrenaline junkie thing but as we got further into the book and he explained why, it made a bit more sense.He was quite sweet.

The plot was simplistic, simply because it was just a YA romance novel. YA romance novels generally followed a trend and this one did but I don’t mind. I enjoy the trend because it’s comforting in some way to me. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I recommend this series to anyone that likes YA romance novels because they are quite enjoyable. I liked this one more because the sport was running but Annie herself wasn’t a runner so I wasn’t lost by a lot of terminology as I sometimes was in the others. Thank you for  reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

P.S The lack of gifs in this review is because I couldn’t find a review that showed off how I felt about this book.

A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

Earlier today, I finished A Grimm Warning  after waiting months to read it and I had a lot of feels about it so I thought I’d attempt a review. A Grimm Warning is the third book in the Land of Stories series written by Mr Chris Colfer a.k.a Kurt Hummel in Glee. I must admit the reason I started this series was because I am a big Chris Colfer fan(despite not really liking Glee anymore) and because I had read his other book, Struck by Lightning. If you’ve never heard of the Land of Stories, it’s a great children’s book series. For those of you who are interested here is the summary of the first book:

The Land of Stories tells tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

It’s a very short summary but it is just about what it says. It’s about two twins who find themselves in a universe where all of the fairy tale characters live. After reading the first book, I discovered that Chris Colfer is absolutely fabulous. He sings amazingly, acts stunningly and writes beautifully. This series is honestly so amazing and it makes me feel like I’m a little child again. Since I never really read any fairy tales growing up, reading this series sparked my love for fairy tales hence why I am currently reading the Grimm fairy stories, one by one. Now onto A Grimm Warning. This was a fabulous third book in a series and as soon as I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading. I have never attempted to write a review of the Land of Stories books before and that is simply because there is so much to talk about and it’s basically impossible to do it without spoiling anything but I’m going to attempt it anyway.

Alex and Conner were amazing as always. I love the fact that they have grown up throughout the three books and I can only see them growing up throughout the future books. I feel like this series will become like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Many children will grow up along side these characters. In this book, Alex and Conner are 13 turning on 14 and I loved seeing them face teenage issues as well having to deal with saving the world yet again. In the previous books, it had been very much focused on them two doing everything together yet in this book they spent time trying to do things separately. As much as I missed, seeing them together saving the world, it was nice to see them growing up and not having to rely on each other all the time.

The plot of this book was so interesting. I won’t tell you what it’s about because it would mean giving spoilers for the other books but the plot line of this one has been my favourite of the series so far. It meant seeing the two worlds, our world and the fairy world and that made it interesting. Previously, we had only really stayed in the fairy world for the duration of the book but it was interesting to see both. The plot made it fast paced and easy to read despite it being over 400 pages long. It was quite action- packed and I just wanted to know what happened next and how they would fix everything.

The side characters in this novel were so intriguing as well, including the new ones. This series has so many characters that it’s easy to forget people but once you remember who they are it makes it so much more intriguing. Red was funny as always and Froggy was amazing too. There were too many characters to mention. Some of the new ones e.g. Rook were always quite interesting but I still didn’t like them as much as the others.

The ending of this book was mind-blowing! It ended on such a cliffhanger and it left me wanting more! I probably have to wait over a year for the next book and that annoys me. I need to know what happens and how it can be! I have so many theories and I just want to know which one is true if any of them are. I had predicted the big mystery by the end but still when it was actually revealed to be true, I was like WOAH!

My reaction to the ending
My reaction to the ending
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.

I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Mr Chris Colfer, you are a talented author and I applaud you on your ability to write such amazing books. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. It has also come to my attention that a film of the Land of Stories may be in store so I’m very excited for that! Thank you for reading and definitely go check this series out if you haven’t already. See you soon with another post.

Sofia

On The Fence by Kasie West

Hey. So yesterday after finishing Just One Day by Gayle Forman(which will not be getting it’s own review because I didn’t enjoy this and I found it boring but I’ll talk about that in my July wrap up) I sat down and started reading On the Fence by Kasie West, which just came out at the beginning of July. I read it all in one sitting which isn’t something I usually do. I didn’t love this book just because it is just another fun fluffy contemporary read(which I love) so it didn’t make me think. If you don’t know what this book is about here’s the synopsis for you:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door..

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets- she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Now I went into this book not knowing what it’s about but only knowing that it was a cute contemporary and that Kasie West had written it. I do really enjoy Kasie West’s writing and I’m excited for more books by her hopefully. As soon as Braden was introduced, I knew that he was the love interest. The whole book was generally predictable with her becoming girly and catching another guy’s interest making the other guy feel jealous but I still really enjoyed this book.

Charlie herself was quite interesting. She did remind me a lot of Jordan from Catching Jordan. I am not very sporty so it was intriguing to read in the perspective of a sporty girl. Charlie had a very intriguing family. She has three brothers and a dad but her mum passed away and this made it interesting to see how her family react to her becoming girly. I did really enjoy the aspect of this book about the mother because I was intrigued to find out what happened and how this affected Charlie. Braden himself was another charming love interest. I didn’t fall in love with him but I did really like him.

I’m not really sure what else to say about this book because it was just a cute fun contemporary. I love reading fun romances but I can never write a review for them because I don’t have much to say about them. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because I did really enjoy it, a lot more compared to her other contemporary The Distance Between Us. I do recommend this book if you enjoy fun romances. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post, hopefully another review but slightly longer.

Sofia

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Hey! So Landline came out in the UK on Thursday and I was told that I’d have to wait until next week for Amazon to deliver it but it came! On the day as well! I, of course, wanted to read it on the day but alas I was busy but I ended up reading most of it yesterday and finishing all of it today and I’m in love with it. If you don’t know what Landline is, it is Rainbow Rowell’s new adult book so of course I was excited because Rainbow Rowell! Here’s the synopsis of it if you haven’t heard of it:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Now if you’re interested in listening to the audiobook rather than reading the book, here is a chapter samplar for you courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Thank you very much for this audio sample.

This book was absolutely fabulous and I, of course, gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. And if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell novel, what are you doing with your life? I’m not sure where this goes on my ranking of Rainbow Rowell novels but it’s definitely below Fangirl and Eleanor and Park but I’m not sure if I prefer Landline or Attachments. At the moment, I prefer Landline but I think that’s because I just finished it. Now I’m going to jump into my spoilery review so if you haven’t read it, go read it and then come back.

Q&A with Sophie Davis

Hey! Recently, I read the whole of the Talented saga by Sophie Davis in less than a week and let’s just say I got a little obsessed. Sophie Davis had sent me a copy of Talented for review(click here for my review) and then I automatically went and got the rest of my kindle and read them all. I then emailed Sophie and told her that I loved her books and that I was interested in doing a short Q&A with her for the blog. Surprisingly, she agreed! Now I had to think of some questions but since I had never done this before, I ended up coming up with the generic questions but honestly, I was interested in her responses to the questions. I’m not a very creative and original person so I had to go with the generic questions. I loved Talented very much but you can’t buy a physical copy within the UK. However if you have a kindle or a device to read kindle books on, Talented is free! Definitely go check it out. If you don’t know what it’s about here’s the goodreads summary for you:

Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country’s top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

Talented is an emotionally raw Dystopian Romance, about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

So without any more waffling from me, I present to you my very short Q&A with Sophie Davis, the author of the Talented saga.

What was your inspiration to get into writing?

 Hmmm, well, let’s see.  I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember.  I used to be an avid runner, and would pass the time on long runs by telling myself stories.  Each run, I’d pick up the story where I left off the last time.  Sometimes I’d start the story over, sort of revising as I went.  But I didn’t actually try to write one of my stories down until I met a work friend who is really into writing.  I started reading her stories and providing feedback, which gave me the idea to give writing a try.  There were a lot of false starts, but eventually, Talented, was finished.

 Any tips for aspiring authors?

 Write every chance you get.  Just like with anything else, the more you practice, the better you will become.

 How did you get the ideas for this unique world?

 The idea for the Talented world came while I was studying for the bar exam just after law school.  I was staying with my parents in the boonies and the only non-studying time I had was during my runs.  I was so overwhelmed that I started to think how much better life would be if I could just read the minds of the smarter students around me.  It all sort of snowballed from there.  By the end of that summer I had the overall storyline for Talented Saga mapped out.  It would take me another three years to actually write the first draft.

Your book centers around people with Talents and they are basically like superheroes. Do you have a favourite superhero?

Favorite superhero….that’s a hard one.  Do the Incredibles count?  I LOVE that movie.

 Do your characters reflect a bit of you in them? Are you more like Erik or Talia or any of your other characters?

 A little bit.  Talia physically resembles me in some aspects.  I, too, am pretty short and have brown hair that I sometimes wear curly.  When I was a teenager, I was a lot like Talia in the act-first-ask-questions-later respect.

 What is your favourite part about being a writer?

 The work wardrobe.  I live in pajamas and yoga pants!

 Do you have a specific area where you love to write?

 I have a large desktop computer where I do most of my writing.  But I do love sitting outside to write.  It helps me block out distractions like my dogs, the overflowing hamper of dirty laundry, and the dishwasher that needs to be emptied.

 Your Talented series contains a lot of romantic scenes, are these easy or difficult to write?

 The romantic scenes are usually pretty easy to write, but extremely hard to revise/edit.  It’s sort of strange reading back through those scenes to make sure they aren’t too steamy or too boring but just the right amount.

 Your book also contains a lot of violence, do you prefer to write violence scenes or romantic scenes?

 It depends what type of mood I’m in.  The fighting scenes are usually easier to come up with since I think a lot about them while I run, when my adrenaline is going.  Both the fighting and the romance scenes are fun to write, though, since they are the most interesting to read.

What is your favourite YA book?

 My favorite YA book is the Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

And finally, for a little bit of fun, who would you marry, who would you kiss and who would you throw off of a cliff: Erik, Donavon or Henri?

I’d definitely marry Erik, kiss Henri, and throw Donavon off of a cliff .

 

Thank you all for reading and thank you to Sophie Davis for agreeing to do this Q&A for my blog! Make sure you all go check out Talented because it is absolutely fabulous. See you guys soon with another post.

Sofia

 

June Wrap Up

Hey. I told you to look out for another post soon and here it is! It’s the end of June which means that I have an excuse to make a post. I made an April wrap up but I was so busy at the end of May with exams that I didn’t do a May wrap up but here I am doing a June wrap up. This month I read 14 books and I’m currently on my 15th book. Since I read quite a lot, I won’t be giving a summary and my opinion of them will be very short. Let’s get started.

The first book I finished this month was Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I started this book back in April and I was so excited for it. I got about 60% through this book but it just became slightly boring and repetitive so I didn’t put it down until one night in June when I just decided that I was going to finish this book. I finished it all that night. I found the book really interesting because it combined two things I loved: Greek mythology and Beauty and The Beast. However, this book was missing something for me. I just couldn’t get into it or love it so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I did absolutely adore the ending though so it’s more like a 3.75 stars out of 5.

The second book I read this month was Never Ending by Martyn Bedford. I got this book for review from YABirmingham and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t like what I normally read at all yet I got addicted. I would say a lot more but I wrote a whole review on it so click here to read about my whole opinion on the book. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars but it would be leaning more towards 5 stars. Let’s say 4.75 stars.

The next book I read this month was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I didn’t write a review of this book because I didn’t find that there was much to write a review about. I loved it so much and I can’t wait for the movie.  Mia was a great protagonist and I fell slightly in love with Adam. I gave this book 5 stars.

The next book I read was The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. I got this book for review from Headline. This was my first Neil Gaiman novel but I don’t think it really counts as being fully exposed to his writing as it is a graphic novel. I did enjoy it but it was slightly weird. Click here to see my full review. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was Boy21 by Matthew Quick. This was my second Matthew Quick novel and I got this from Headline for review. I did absolutely adore this book but not as much as Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Click here to see my full review of this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but  it will be more like 4.5 stars.

The next book I read was Where She Went by Gayle Forman, the sequel to If I Stay. I also did not write a review for this book because I didn’t know what to write about. I did enjoy this less than If I Stay but I did still enjoy it. The reason I enjoyed it less was probably because of the way that Adam was presented. I did however love the ending so this bumped it up to a 4 out of 5 stars.

I then read the whole Talented saga by Sophie Davis which consists of Talented, Caged, Hunted, Captivated( A Novella) and Created. I read this series so quickly that they all melded into one slightly. I can’t remember what happened in each book individually because I read it so quickly. I loved this series and when I finished the last one, I felt very upset since it was all over. I loved Talia and Erik as characters, especially Erik. The plot was amazing and it kept me reading. It was very action-packed. The world was very unique. I did write a review of the first book, which the author sent me for review, so click here to see it. Even though I know the writing wasn’t the best, I still loved them so all of the books got 5 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I was going to write a review for this book but I just couldn’t write a non-spoilery review.  During this book, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever read because it was really confusing. Some of the metaphors confused me so much. I thought something was actually happening when it wasn’t. The main character was also very dramatic. However, that ending was just so shocking. I sat there and just stared at the kindle for a while because I couldn’t believe I had just read that. I did end up really liking the book but it wasn’t the best so it got a 3.75 stars out of 5 for me.

The next book I read was definitely my favourite of the whole month and possibly the whole year and that was Solitaire by Alice Oseman. This book was honestly perfection. I got this for review from HarperCollins and I just fell in love with the book. I wrote a whole review in the form of a list with reasons for why you should read it, so click here to go read it. This was one of those books where I love it so much that it’s hard to write a review for it since I loved it so much. Of course this book got a big 5 out of 5 stars from me.

The final book I finished this month was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I have yet to write a review for this book and I don’t think I will because I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was interesting and it dealt with a lot of serious issues but I just didn’t enjoy it as a book. I did like so that’s why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars but I just found the writing style to be slightly boring. I did however give this book 3 stars because of the plot and the characters but it was the writing that stopped me from giving it anything higher.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Books at each star rating level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars:  4 books

4 stars: 3 books

5 stars: 7 books

 

That’s all the books I finished this month. I’m currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman but I don’t think I’ll finish it by the end of the month. However, I need to finish it before Thursday because that’s when Landline is officially coming out so obviously I’m going to be reading that. I think I had a good reading month because I loved most of the books I read. I didn’t hate any of them which is always a good thing! I’ll see you soon with another post, hopefully with a review because I need to write more reviews.

Sofia.

 

June Book Haul

Hey. Today, I just felt like blogging but I was lost for what to blog about. I then remembered that it’s the end of the month so I could do a mini June book haul. Let’s get started.

This month I got 11 books, only 3 of which I bought (actually that’s a lie. I bought none of them. My mother bought me 3 and the rest I got for free). The first book I bought was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I have of course already read this book. I read this back in November and I loved it obviously. But since Rainbow Rowell is coming to Birmingham and I’m going to her signing, I thought I should actually buy a physical copy of Attachments so I can get it signed.

The second book I bought was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. I haven’t started the Noughts and Crosses series but I now own the first and final book in this series. I want to own them all and then marathon them. Plus I found this book at a sale for only 50p for a hardback! The third book I bought, which I also got for 50p at the same sale, was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I have seen the movie of this and it almost made me cry so of course I want to read the book.

The next 5 books I recieved from YABirmingham for various reasons. These guys are just the best so check them out. The first 3 books I recieved because at their John Green Fan Party, my raffle tickets got picked out 3 times but I had already got the prizes because I had won the quiz. They then let me choose three books from their cupboard to make up for it. The first one I picked up was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. After watching Christine’s video, I had been intrigued by this book so of course I picked it up. I then picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I had heard of this book previously and the synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up. The final book I picked up was Shattered by Teri Terry. This is the final book in a trilogy in which I haven’t even read the first book but it sounded interesting. The next book I got because it was in the goody bag at their party and that book is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have yet to read this book but I will. The final book I got from them was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I won this book in a giveaway that they held and it’s signed! I just finished this book and it was weird yet good. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

The final three books I got for review. The first one was Solitaire by Alice Oseman which the lovely people over at HarperCollins sent to me. I’ve already read and reviewed this book so click here to go see it. I loved this book so much. The final two books I recieved from Headline via BookBridgr so thank you Headline! I’ve already read and reviewed both of this. The first one is Boy21 by Matthew Quick. I loved this book and if you want to know more about my thoughts on it, click here to see my review. The final book in this mini book haul is The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. This book was intriguing but odd. Click here to see my full review of it.

I did get loads of books on my kindle but I’m not including those because it will make me feel bad for buying so many for my kindle. Thank you for reading and since I’m in a blogging mood, stay tuned for possibly another post later this week.

Sofia