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Event Round Up: Geek Fest @ Waterstones: Holly Smale (talk and signing)

Posted 7 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Interviews, Middle Grade, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hey guys! So on Wednesday 6th April I attended a book event of Holly Smale’s (author of the wonderful Geek Girl series) to promote book 5 “Head Over Heels” (released 7th April – TODAY! GO GET IT!)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Summary from Goodreads: “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.”
The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…

Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?

It was so much fun and I learnt a lot, which is always a plus. I was front row and centre. Felt a bit self conscious but it was okay. Holly was asked a number of good questions, including one from yours truly. Most of which I’m going to talk about with you now.
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When asked if she would show her early work to family or friends, Holly said she used to show it to her mum but soon lost confidence with her after she was told “it’s good but it won’t sell.”
There were a few writing questions asked, which I always like to hear. She explained how she writes one first draft and then completely rewrites it for second draft. Then there’s small amounts of editing done after that.
Holly said that when she goes to bed, she’ll close her eyes, and let her imagination weave a story and the characters develop in her head, though not always the names. She uses baby books for those. For some names she uses friends names, too. I thought that was interesting because sometimes my ideas come when I’m trying to sleep, but as I told her, I mostly forget to write them down. Haha.
Her mum inspired her to start writing at a young age and she was read poetry as a kid. 
Good news: Holly has a short story coming out in the summer, which isn’t actually that short anymore. She said about how it was supposed to be like the Christmas story – length wise – but has turned out to be a lot longer. She’s also writDSC_0089ing another short story to go at the back of that, which will be from a different characters POV, showing their view of Harriet. She won’t say who, though. Sigh.
When asked if there would be a film on her books, she said there may be some news in the pipeline (on film/tv adaptation for Geek Girl.) Fingers crossed! I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’d certainly be interesting to see how they’d portray it. 
All of the trips involved in the book were places she’s been to: Russia she went to on a school trip. She lived in Japan for 3 years to teach, that’s why there’s a lot of detail in second book. Book 3 was set in New York, and she went there as a research trip. Book 4 was Morocco, which she went back to for research. Book 5 is set in India and she went there for 3 months. Holly explained how Book 5 was originally going to be set in Cambodia but she found it didn’t feel right so she changed it.
When it comes to the romance, Holly states that Nick, the so-called hero of the series, hasn’t been present since book 3. She wants to make the relationship between Harriet and Nick healthy and logical. Harriet’s life doesn’t end when she doesn’t have love in it.
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I braved my anxiety and asked whether any of the characters were based off people she knows or if they just popped into her head…here’s her answer. (Paraphrased. Obviously.):
Some of the characters are based off real people like Richard (based off her dad), her dad would give a list of jokes to add to the books. Harriet is loosely based on her. She based Toby off Edward Cullen, stating that if you take away the hotness, the behaviour isn’t good. Rin is based off a friend she made in Japan. And in general she picks up seeds of different people and combines them.

There was much more that Holly said, and was asked, but I felt like these were the more relevant points to mention. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll have another one up tomorrow in which I talk about seeing Alexandra Bracken, Melinda Salisbury and Eliza Wass.
Oh and here’s a mug shot of me with Holly:

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That’s all from me.
-Kat
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Waiting On Wednesday – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 30 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Book Promo, Fun, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 2 Comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 
(Psssst! Click picture to link back to Goodreads!)
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Released: April 26th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press

 

I am so looking forward to this, not just because it’s the last in the amazing Raven Cycle series but  I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO GANSEY! I think it’s pretty much all us fans want to know, and I won’t rest until he’s safe. I swear to god if Maggie kills him off, I’ll riot! There needs to be a loophole or SOMETHING! Grr!!
In other news, this is my first Waiting on Wednesday post. YAY! ME! I’m finally taking part in things other bloggers do. hehehe.
-Kat
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Posted 29 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Contemporary, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

 

 

Good day, all. Here’s another TTT going and this one is about 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads). This challenge is set by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish 
I’ll do this in order or how I read them. From most recent to furthest…if that makes sense? Sigh.
1: Angels Twice Descending(Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #10) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – I mentioned this in my last post. I forgot to put the rating, though. I suck at this sometimes. Ha! I loved this final installment in the novellas. It was a wonderful ending to Simon’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. 

2: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – Again, this one was one of my faves from the novellas. Brilliant. I miss them already. Sigh.

 

 


 

3: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I adored this book. I didn’t even think I would when I first got it from NG and then later got it from the library. I read it so quick and it was so sweet and sad and everything. I love when books surprise me like that.

4: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – I guess I was on a contemporary streak at the time and I read this and loved it. Such a simple premise but so heartfelt and sad and happy and romantic…I love Jennifer’s books. Well, most of them. I’ve read 3 of them and they’ve been great.

 

 


5: Girl of Nightmares(Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake – I read the first of this duo a couple years ago, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get to this,but it was a joy to read and so pleasantly creepy. 

 

6: All Wrapped Up(Geek Girl, #1.5) by Holly Smale – Such a short novella but so so enjoyable. I wanted more. I can’t wait for Head Over Heels to come out in PB.

 

 

7: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – What can I say about this that hasn’t been said by many people already? I LOVED this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 2, Gemina. It will surely be as mindblowing as Illuminae was. I might reread it soon, too.

8: You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – I actually got the audiobook of this and it was so much, so so much fun. She has a very quirky, interesting way of talking and brought this book to life in a way I wasn’t expecting. It took me a few days to get through it, but I found myself so saddened and inspired by what went on in her life so far. She’s brilliant!

 

 

 

 

9: Sapphire Blue(Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kierstin Gier – The sequel to Ruby Red was just as great as I’d hoped. I love time travel stories and this didn’t disappoint, though there were characters that bugged me, but not in any unnatural way. Mostly I guessed they were meant to be annoying.

 

 

10: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I was pleasantly surprised by this. Sure, there were moments that made me wonder why I’d rated it so high, but the overall story got me like WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. You should all go and read this. 

And so that’s it. I mean, I have loads more where that came from, because I seem to rate many books 5 stars. That’s just because if I have read it in a day or 2, or it left an imprint on my heart, then I loved it and it deserves a great score! 😀 
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you rated them! I’d love to know. 
-Kat
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What what? – Updates!

Posted 21 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Updates / 1 Comment

Hey guys.
Has it really been so long since my last post???? I missed doing the blogging extravaganza posts last week because…yeah, I was ill. Still, kinda, am. I mean, I’m on the outs as far as feeling like shit goes. This cold hit me like a full on hurricane of snot. (ew!)
Anyway, I have somethings to catch you up on.
*First off, I did manage some reading while ill. Not traditional stuff, though, I mean, I couldn’t wear my glasses for half the week so I just sort of stared, glassy eyed, at my tablet. My kindle app turned out to be useful, because I actually read not 1, not 2, not 3, but 5 ebooks. Yeah.
Okay, they were novellas. Don’t get too excited. 
If you haven’t read the Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy novellas then you NEED. TO. I mean, I didn’t intend on reading them until they were printed in an actual book but that isn’t until November, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t try to read them ages ago. They are so important, you guys. How Christine (Xtinemay) – yknow, Twitter/Youtube extraordinaire, was telling us all to read them before Lady Midnight. And that’s what I’m doing. I think with what felt like everyone having read LM when it first came out, the hype , and the delay that was me getting the book, made me just think…well, might as well put it off longer. Now it seems the chaos of people talking about it has somewhat died down, I don’t feel quite so pressured. 
Anyway, I’ll be doing a video review when I’ve finished them all, so watch this space…
*Okay, onto my next bit of news. I’m going to be taking part in #TBRTakedown 3.5  (also follow the twitter account for this challenge because so much fun! @TBRTakedown ) which is going to be happening 8th-10th of April. I am looking forward to it because lord knows I have a lot of reading to catch up on. Which leads me to the reason behind that-
*I’ll also be taking part in Camp Nano which starts April 1st. This is MY CHANCE to finish my draft, at which point I am currently nearing 17k. Yah. Slowly slowly catchy monkey. I’ll make it, I know I will. And though TBRTakedown is during April, I’ll count it as a much needed interval.
*Another slightly further thing that I’m doing, and this is where I’d love to find people that are also going – is YallWest. I’m going. Call me crazy, because it’s a long way for such a short time, but thanks to a good friend of mine, I won’t be entirely alone. But guys, seriously, have you SEEN the line-up? IT’S NUTS!
 
Okay so that’s it for now. I won’t be doing the Get Up Offa That Slump post today, mostly because I suck at poetry and I look too rough to do a video right now. >_< I’ll do it Wednesday, though. For now, I’m just going read, tweet, and think of some other awesome things to tell you. 
Peace out!
Kat xx
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Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza – Bookish Things You’d Give a Kidney For

Posted 11 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Updates / 7 Comments

Blogging Extravaganza

 

Hey there, it’s Day 2 of this wonderful challenge set by Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf. This time it’s about all the bookish things I’d give a kidney for, as it was World Kidney Day on the 10th.
So here goes. What would I give a kidney for? Hmm… Let’s see.
*A bigger bedroom– I know, it sounds silly and petty but I’ve had a bedroom the size of a box (not literally, it just feels like it) for 22 years (while living in this house) and I am so sick of it. It means I can’t fit the book shelves in that I need/want, and makes me wish for more space. Then again, if I could ask for anything – while on the hospital table getting sliced into as they procure my kidney – I’d be asking for a new house and a car and maybe life insurance…oh no my pulse is going….Haha don’t mind my sick sense of humour. 😛
That brings me to my next point…
*More bookshelves. If I gave a kidney in exchange for fancy, spacious bookshelves, I’d be ALL OVER THAT. Okay, there’d have to be more incentive, but not much more.
*To finish my book and have it published and be successful in my own small way. Then again, I’d probably need it to be spectacular first. Hmm.
*To have a big book convention near me and have all the authors I love going to it. The UK gets very few conventions for books, let alone YA, and when we do, we don’t get anywhere near the selection of authors that US cons do. It makes me sad. I know travel is an issue, but come on! (That’s why I’m going to the US for them instead. :P)
Well there you go. Not exactly big big things, but for me they’d mean a lot. Let me know what kind of things YOU’D give a kidney for, and why? Maybe we have something in common. 🙂
-Kat
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Get Up Offa That Slump – An Interview With Myself

Posted 9 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates / 8 Comments

Blogging Extravaganza

Well hello there. I love challenges, especially when it comes to blogging because it really helps me stretch my boundaries. So here’s the first task – to interview myself. Okay, so that might sound weird but hey, trust me. It’ll be fun. I hope. 🙂

 

What’s your name?
Hey! How’re ya doing? My name is Kat.
Kat…?
Well, Katheryn. But whatever, right?
How old are you?
*looks away* I don’t want to say. Okay…I’m 29.
When’s your birthday?
Soon. April 13th.
Okay, enough personal stuff.  What are you reading these days, Kat?
Too much. I’m a part way through Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Grey. Such a great series. I implore you to read the series.
Oooh, I’ll take you up on that. So bought any good books lately?
Some. *squints mysteriously* But I’m not saying until my book haul post is done.
Ah, meanie.
Sorry.
Back to basics, what’s your favourite colour?
Damn, that’s so hard. See, I used to love red. Swore by it. Then I changed to pink, then mauve, but now It’s more….Purple. Violet? I dunno. I just like those kind of shades.
Sweet. If you could be a colour, what one would you be?
*thinks* Peach?
Really? Why that?
I just like peaches. 😛
Nice. The world is ending, what two items do you keep on you at all times?
Hmm…Phones wouldn’t work, right? So…maybe a book, yeah. Definitely a book, a small one, though. Also…a pen and paper. I know that’s technically 3 things, but…really.
I’ll let you off that one. 
Phew! Thanks.
Watched any good tv shows lately?
Yeah, actually I’m watching The 100 while I answer these questions.
Ooh, cool. Anything else?
I love Supernatural. I recently got into Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is so funny.
Favourite book series?
SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS
So…you like the Shadowhunters books?
Yus! Cassie Clare created a gold mine.
*laughs* Okay then. Hardback or paperback?
Can I choose both? I used to be against hardback, mostly because I didn’t have room for them, but since I got new book shelves, I just love the really pretty hardbacks. I’m slowly losing space, but man…they’re so  nice. Sigh.
If you could live in any fictional world… where?
I’d love to be in the Doctor Who-verse. 🙂
What’s your bookish pet-peeve?
When I go to signings and the authors bend back the front page to sign. I know it’s a necessity, but man does it make my insides squirm. Also when the books don’t fit in my bookshelves because they’re too tall. Grr
When did you start reading books as a hobby?
Oh…I used to read contemporary, and Harry Potter, of course, when I was about 16. Then there were many years when I was at college and stuff, didn’t read much. I don’t know why. I started up again properly in 2008, when I read Twilight.
Right, well, I think that’s about it for this interview. It’s been great talking to you…uh…me?
And you, me. Um…This is weird. Let’s just…uh…go. Bye! *waves*

That’s it for this first challenge. It was fun. A bit confusing, but yeah. I talk to myself on  a daily basis so yeah. 🙂

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

Posted 8 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, Reading Challenges, Top Ten Tuesday, Updates, YA / 3 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the delightful girls at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks Top Ten is all about Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. Honestly, there are so many, but anyway. (P.S. This is my first time taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, so I’m rather excited.)

First off, really, I’ll start with:

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  1. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices: I’m sorry, I really am, but I just don’t like him. So many people do, and it’s baffling to me, but each to their own I suppose. I can see why he’s popular, I suppose. But in my honest opinion, he’s the polar opposite to Will. Boring, doesn’t speak up, bland, uninteresting. Yes, he’s ill, but that doesn’t excuse him. Maybe my reasons aren’t valid enough, but it’s enough to annoy me whenever I had to read his scenes. I guess I could have skipped but…no. That wasn’t an option. Haha.

 


 

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2) Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass series: Now, I’m sure he’s got a great physique, but I’d like more than that. Brains, perhaps some personality, would be nice. From what I read of him in the first book, he didn’t seem to have either. Sure, he had his moments but to be honest I kept on waiting for someone to kill him. Not that he couldn’t have beaten his way out of the biggest paper bag possible, but still….I was hopeful. And then Crown of Midnight came along and he was in it MORE and this killed me. I know he wasn’t the point of the story, but his presence alone was annoying.


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3) Cress from The Lunar Chronicles: I thought Levana was the only one that was going to drive me batty in this series. Then along came this girl, one who I thought might be strong, fun, slightly unhinged maybe but overall a decent person. Cress was no such thing to me. It might have been because she was all over Thorne from the get go, but I just couldn’t handle this insipid creature that thought she should have been the sole focus of Thorne’s life. No. Also, her complaining all the time about Thorne not loving her like she loved him, and I mean…this was after a day. She had this whole image set up about him. I just wanted her to buck up her ideas and grow a pair (of brain cells, despite being a computer genius.) lol.  She drove me nuts.


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4) Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: What? Why are you giving the evil eye? I must clarify, I don’t hate Percy. I just don’t…I guess I don’t get what the fuss is. There are many other characters I prefer in this series. I enjoyed this series but I must admit, not as much as the Heroes of Olympus series. ( I haven’t read the last book yet, though.) Percy, to me, was whiny, stupid sometimes, and despite the fact he was practically the ‘chosen one’, boring. I didn’t really feel any connection to him, no dedication. If he’d gotten killed, I probably wouldn’t have minded apart from the fact he was apparently the main character. I know, it sucks, but there you have it.


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5) Adam Kent from the Shatter Me trilogy: When I read the first book, I really liked Adam, but then Warner came into it and I gradually found myself not liking Adam. Especially in Ignite Me, though the dislike actually started in Unravel Me. He got possessive, controlling, and just plain irritating. I know a lot of people like Warner, but many also love Adam, and I can’t. I reread this series not that long ago and I disliked Adam that much more.


 

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6) Alec Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments: I guess I can’t say I dislike him so much, but he was one that was more of an irritation than anything. Alec was one of those characters that couldn’t do ‘grumpy’ in an appealing way, not like, say Will from TID could. No, Alec was moody and whiny, seemed far too stuck up for his own good, and though I could, for the most part, deal with it, he grew to be one character I wouldn’t mind seeing die in a fire. And then when that thing happened with Magnus in book 6…You know what I’m talking about. One word: idiot.


 

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7) Jacob Black from the Twilight saga: This is one of those old school debates. Team Edward or Team Jacob. I was always, from the beginning, team Edward. I know, it sounds petty now but I still hold a small candle for him despite his faults. Jacob, however, I had a love hate relationship with. I really couldn’t stand him in the first two books, and though the actor (Taylor Lautner) wasn’t too bad, (I didn’t find him attractive, but that’s not to say he isn’t) I just wanted him gone. It’s fair to say I still wish he hadn’t gotten involved. Damn love triangles. They’re so stupid sometimes. *grumble grumble*


 

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8) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy: Girls, girls, calm down. I know you love him. But I’ve always been a Gale fan. I know it’s another old school debate, but I must explain. I don’t care what your excuses are about Gale not being a good guy *la la la la I’m not listening!* From the get go Peeta annoyed me. (In the books. Movie Peeta was seriously a LOT better…grrr). Gale got sidelined for this idiot? Jeez. Suddenly Peeta was the man, despite Gale having been Katniss’s best friend for YEARS! WHAT THE HELL, GIRL?! Anyway, whenever he was mentioned, I wanted to cry, scream, rip the pages. I guess I could understand why he’s appealing, but no…no I can’t. I hate that the movies made me feel something for Peeta. Had nothing to do with the actor, but the acting…the portrayal…damn you Josh.


 

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9) Four (Tobias Eaten) from Divergent trilogy: I thought I’d like him. For the most part I did, but then came Allegiant. Man, did he WHINE! Also, I don’t like the guy playing him in the films, so that kind of amps up my dislike for the character as a whole. Tobias was one annoying guy, and really, I can’t say why without spoiling the last book, and wow we wouldn’t want that, would we? So please, just take my word for it that I have my reasons.


 

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10) Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter series: Basically, all of them. All the books. I disliked Ginny from the very beginning, but it wasn’t until the fifth/sixth book that she REALLY got on my nerves. She was just always THERE. Also, again, the portrayal of her in the films was abysmal and doesn’t help my dislike. I don’t think I realised how much she annoyed me until she got with Harry. UGH.

 

So there you have it. 10 characters that I don’t like but other people seemingly do. This has been one interesting post to create, and I look forward to doing next weeks. 🙂 Let me know if there are any characters that you don’t like, and/or if you agree with any of my choices.

xD

Kat x

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(Video): Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Posted 4 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Booktube, Fun, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I have the strangest feeling I’ve already done this before on here, but never mind. It was fun to do again, and I probably have different answers this time. haha

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