Category: Updates


Blog Post: What Am I Doing? April Style

Posted 27 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 1 Comment

Warning: This post contains high levels of ramble and Supernatural gifs. If allergic, please look away now.

Hey peeps!

I’ve been meaning to write a more..personalised post lately. I know, I mean…I dunno. ha ha. I feel lately that I’m just endlessly posting promo, and yeah, while that IS slightly true, it’s not like I’m purposely neglecting my blog. I love my baby blog. It’s the only – or I should probably say, one of the only things I’m most proud of. Because it’s grown like…well, more than I have. 

Today I just want to tell you what I’ve been up to. I ramble over and over on twitter, it must seem like I’m just glued to my phone screen. (I am mostly, but that’s not the point.) 

First off, I’ve discovered another hobby. Crocheting. I’m improving, and that’s good because it’d take me til next year to finish this baby blanket I’m making for my up and coming niece or nephew (who is due in July). However, I couldn’t decide on colours, so I decided that if the finished product doesn’t look suitable to give to someone else (like, say, if I botched it up badly) then I’ll keep it for myself.

My mum keeps saying I should just make a scarf or do the blanket straight (I’m doing it in zig zags. I think it’s technically called ‘chevron’?) but I made the point of saying that I can already DO straight patterns. I want to practice other stitches, because if I don’t, I’ll never be able to make anything adventurous. -Sigh- Oh, the drama.

I’ve got making bracelets down, though. Mostly because they’re simple (they weren’t at first) and quick. Although the first one took me hooooouurrrs. *yawn*

SO, there’s that…

Oh, and I’ve been sloooowly making headway on the books I got from Netgalley. Slowly slowly catchy monkey, as my mum would say. 😛 If I can read a few pages from two or three books a day, I call that impressive. When they come out in print I’ll get them and properly finish and review, because Netgalley is addictive but I’m a fail at finishing them in time before publication.

I’ve been trying to get more words written on my story. More like ‘stories’. I am attempting to stick to ONE this time, and not get sidetracked. I have so many shitty ideas. Ha ha ha. 

I had a birthday ( on 13th). Yes. Me. I will not say WHAT number I turned, but let’s just say it’s too big for my brain to consider. I’m so not that number and I will never BE that number, thankyouverymuchgoodbyesir. *breathe*

I’d been practically GLUED to Netflix for at least 3 weeks while I watched The Walking Dead (for some reason it doesn’t have season 5! 🙁 ) Z Nation – Has this bad boy in it  

 

and I loved the show so much. Can’t wait for season 2!

 

Also rewatching Lost, oh and found a cute show called The Crazy Ones which has Robin Williams in. I assume it was one he did not long before he passed away. I miss him so much. I wish more people had understood his sense of humour more because damn, he was so funny!

I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last Thursday 23rd. Brilliant film. Lots of action, CGI and witty banter, but mostly I just love the suspense. The new characters were ace, too. There were a few parts where there was so much going on I got a bit confused, but that didn’t overwhelm me. I was staring wide eyed at the screen like a big kid at Christmas. 

 

Ultron gave me the creeps, though. *shudder*

Been planning more for my America trip end of June. Three weeks…blimey*. I kinda wish I hadn’t rushed to do the trips I did in 09 and ’10, because we kinda ran out of money…so this will be…interesting.

I’ve also been visiting my niece, who is growing at the speed of light (figurativly) and is…I would say, in her terrible two’s. Good thing my brother doesn’t read this blog. So I can say she’s hella whiny, clingy and spoilt, but she’s also the cutest bundle ever (when she’s not crying) and I can’t wait to actually take her places.

That’s about it, I think. As for actually reading physical books…I got lots from the library but I think I’m coming to a halt. I don’t know why it is, but the more I get, the less I read. >_<

Well, enough from me. I hope you found this post captivating as always. 😛 I’ll be back soon with a review..I hope. 

Peace out.

xx Kat xx

 

*going FOR 3 weeks, not that it’s 3 weeks til I go. Actually it’s 8 weeks til I go. Phew!

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#CoverReveal: The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2) by Rebekah L. Purdy

Posted 11 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Here’s the cover for the sequel to The Winter People…

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The Summer
Marked 
(The
Winter People #2)
Release
Date: 08/04/15
Entangled
Teen
305
pages

Summary

 

Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie’s glad to be home from
college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates,
and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn’t
returning her calls, and her family won’t say where she is. Feeling sorry for
herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music,
dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes,
Kadie’s fun turns into a nightmare as she’s ripped from the human world into
Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her
life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they’ll
stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark.
Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is
falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on
his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which
means Salome will be left alone—vulnerable in a world she doesn’t understand. A
place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae
play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive
in a world where humans aren’t meant to be. With death and enemies all around
them, it’ll be a miracle if they can survive.
Book One:

 

About the Author

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…
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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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Update: Something On My Mind

Posted 22 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

Hello! 😀

 

I’ve been ill for the past week or so, but even before that, I’d been really slow on reading and have been out of the ‘reviewing’ mood for quite some time. I think my last review was New Years. It feels like it was many months ago, not just 3 weeks. Boy, how time goes slow.

There was some discussion on twitter yesterday about the prospect of bloggers being paid to post promos/reviews, etc. Personally, I wouldn’t say no to being offered payment. But in any case, my blog isn’t well known enough to get the interest. There were some people saying they stay away, or would unfollow blogs that post promos. Why is that? 

I’m aware that I have been posting a lot of promo for books lately. I do this because a) it helps authors and their work get to a wider audience and b) okay, yeah, partly because it means something is always on my blog. 

In my opinion, every author deserves a chance. I don’t necessarily have every book promoted on my blog. I need to feel some…interest in the story itself, before I think “hmm yeah I’ll help” but that’s just me. I’ve signed up to a few marketing organisations to help, but do I sign up to every blog tour/blitz? No. Sure, i’d love to. But if I did that, there would be so many books that I’d be promoting that wouldn’t suit my blog, the way I want it to be, and also a lot that I wouldn’t personally want to read. And I don’t read all the books, in fact, if I’m being honest, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t read any of the ones I promote. Sure, maybe I shouldn’t say this, but after all, it’s my blog and I do my part.

Whether or not I read the books is another matter. But if I like the look of a story, I will promote it with a release day post, or whatever opportunity comes my way. I do this because it’s fair. I’m not a big ebook reader, a lot of you by now might know that, but I don’t shun them because of this. 

I don’t get why some bloggers are picky about promoting. I can understand it…I suppose, but maybe also there’s a part of me that thinks it would be nice if more did help. Reviewing is only one aspect of promotion. Call me crazy, but aren’t book bloggers already promoters of books? If you review, what’s the harm in having a post with the sole purpose of advertising. How else are authors supposed to spread the word? *cowers in corner away from the bullets* 

Of course, we’re all entitled to our opinion (though the way some react to said opinions is debatable). I’m just surprised so many said they don’t read or post promo posts. If I didn’t do that, my blog would get little to no action a lot of the time.

Maybe my thoughts are going to deaf ears. 

Although, despite my wonderings, the discussion – and often I stay out of these, because a lot of the time is usually because they often turn ugly – was actually interesting, and it just made me think why many of us become book bloggers in the first place. I, for one, started off because I wanted to review. But it’s soon grown to just promoting any way I can, even if it is unimaginative and boring. At least I’m doing something. However small. 

What are your reasons? Do you think people should shun promo posts, or should more bloggers promote?

-Kat

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The Start Of Something New #2015

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

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You wouldn’t believe how fucked up WordPress has been lately. I wrote a long post yesterday only for it to not save and then I lost it…

And I almost lost my shit, too. I mean, it’s like the site thought “Nah, mate. This is crap. Start again.” So I am.

I wanted to try video blogging. I made a video. I rambled my way through 6 minutes. I watched it back. I deleted. Seriously, I can’t stand the way I look or sound. Yet the reason why I wanted to try it is because I want to be like those girls on youtube who are funny and out-going and smart, and pretty. I’m never going to be pretty, or any of those things, but a girl can dream, right?

Also, I noticed I constantly put myself down. I just did it, see? You can tell I don’t think much of myself. I’ve never been told otherwise. When I was a kid, I didn’t have people telling me I was clever or destined for greatness, or that I’d be the Chosen One.

All jokes aside, I haven’t exactly had a very encouraging upbringing.

And it comes to this: I want to change. I just don’t know how.

I tell myself I’ve learnt to live with the way I am, but deep down I haven’t. It worries me. I don’t have a job, and I’m often torn between being ashamed of that and not really giving a fuck. I’m an Aries. So sue me. I want to be a writer, but I’ve never really had the ability to keep going even through the hard times. I tend to give up. But writing is the only thing I’m semi-good at, and most of the time I still think I’m bad at it.

I’m kind of like Cath from Fangirl. Except I never went to Uni. In the sense that, I hoped reading and writing could be my life for years to come. But I’ve been doing it for six years now and have achieved nothing.

I often feel like I’m stuck in this time warp of never moving forward. Sigh. Anyway, enough with the depressing personal stuff. Back to basics.

My goal for 2015 is to blog more. I want to review and post random stuff about books and myself or events I’ve been to. Perks started off being only book related, but I’m thinking it’s going to expand to other media things. Because there’s only so much about books one can write about. I’ve never been able to bullshit my way through posts about stuff, and I wish I could. It’s a talent that so many people have, and I’m jealous.

Now, I’d love for people to comment. Tell me your goals or if you have advice for me on how to improve my posts?

Sorry for the long rambles. Here’s to a new year!

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Update: why the silence?

Posted 4 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

Hi, 

I’m just writing a lil note to say I’m sorry that there won’t be any reviews up this week. I’m in a bit of a ‘new book’ reading slump and I have been REreading books. 

I suppose I could update you:

I reread The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 

and I’m rereading Fangirl now. 

I want to reread Anna and the French Kiss after, but also I’m half way through rereading Hush Hush.

See the problem is, the more books I have to read that are new(er) the less likely I want to. It’s a weird thing, but yeah.

I’ll try to get something up next week but I’m going to be away for a few days so may not have time. 

Let me know what you’re reading, yeah? 

BYEEEEEEE

XX KAT XX

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I’ll Be Doing “Write On Review-a-thon” Will You?

Posted 23 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Updates / 0 Comments

HEY HEY HEY!

  Look at this cool thing below…

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Let’s get those reviews done!

Write On Review-a-thon is a great way to get you motivated when you have a whole list of reviews that just need to be done because someone’s gotta do them, right?

I’m taking part because I will by then have a few to write, including:

  • Idols review
  • The Iron Trial review
  • Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 1 review (I’m going to a screening of it at the cinema as opposed to at home…) Although this might well be reviewed before the 30th since it’s showing tonight (23rd)

I’m sure I’ll have more to write up in the next week, but for now..that’s my to-do list. Once I’ve read them, that is. 

Kat

 

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#BoutOfBooks11 update Day 5

Posted 23 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Sci-Fi, Updates / 0 Comments

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Here’s my update for DAY 5!!

Friday 22nd August:

  • I managed to read about 100 pages of Idols by Margaret Stohl. I’m really enjoying it but I probably won’t get it finished until (Sunday)
  • I have also been reading an early copy of The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassie Clare from NetGalley. Only on chapter two, but really into it so far. It’s different. Plus, it’s ebook, so my brain isn’t computing. haha
  • No books finished yet.

My mantra:

Kat

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My Summer Challenge…that may or may not work.

Posted 16 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Uncategorised, Updates / 0 Comments

I thought I’d indulge you all on what I like to call The Book Readers Collecting Obsession From Hell.
You know the type. The girl or guy buys and buys and tells themselves they WILL read these. But alas, sixth months to a year later (or in some cases, several years later) the books are still there. You’ve maybe read two or three of your stock pile but over all…yup, you’re just not making a dent.

I severely have this problem. Oh, you don’t believe me?  Well…uh….TOUGH!

*hugs self*

I have about 70 paper backs to be reading but every time I read a couple, I find I’ve added ten to the pile!

Does anyone else have this problem?

Right, so. As part of my OWN summer challenge, I’m going to try and get through as many of the books I already have WITHOUT buying more!

Ha. Ha. You don’t think I can do this, do you?

You may have a point.

At the moment I will read Ruins by Dan Wells, the third and last in the Partials Sequence.

What are you reading?

Tell me in the comments. :))

-Kat

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My #YALC experience (including some wickedly cool GIFS!)

Posted 16 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Uncategorised, Updates / 0 Comments

 

HELLLOOOOOO THERE!

I’m calling to you, my readers, to tell you what I’ve been up to.

You might have heard of London Film and Comic Con. If you’re into your comics and/or your movies and books then perhaps you’ve gone to conventions.

2014 saw the arrival of the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (or YALC for short. Which made me think of talc…I dunno.) And it was not at all as bad as I expected.  Don’t get me wrong, I know the authors that went are so good and well respected,  but when it comes to the UK and conventions, I’m always a little sceptical. Run by Malorie Blackman, it was certainly impressive. She truly deserves a medal for the organisation and set up. My first comment though would be that I actually wished it had been bigger. More stalls, more…bedazzle, I guess. I’m hoping there might be another YALC sometime in the future but in its own venue because sharing the chaos that is LFCC was horrendous.

I went to quite a few talks, mostly all on the Sunday (I was ill and didnt fancy the crowds) and wow, the panels were fun. With the likes of Sophie McKenzie and Meg Rosoff…what could go wrong? The conversations went deep sometimes, but also there was much funny banter between the authors which is always nice to see. And hear.

When it came to signings, I was both successful and not. The organisation for LFCC was awful, especially for space and so it was hard to know where to queue for what. Luckily I had my mother in tow so she queued for me while I ended up stuck somewhere.

I missed seeing Rainbow Rowell (I am a massive fan of Fangirl) because I thought I had time to go to the toilets (the queues for those were enormous!) And by the time I found mum again, she’d already had the books signed for me.

To say I broke down after all the stress of the day, the HEAT, and the tiredness, would be an understatement.

 

Oh, yeah i mentioned the heat thing, right?  Was it hot in there? WAS IT?

 

Uhhhhm…. you could say so!

Hehe what a cool use for SPN gif! Burrrrn baby burn, DISCO INFERNO! Sorry…going off track.

So okay, it wasn’t all bad in the end. Sunday was better, as I’d said. I got some books. I also got some freebies, which is ALWAYS nice. At the end of the Sunday, they were giving loads out, but because of time…well, I couldn’t KEEP going around and around in the queue just to pick up 1 at a time. I mean, come on!

I wanted to browse the merchandise but sadly we ran out of time and had to leave. 🙁 But it was one of those experiences where I both hated it but also loved it because being surrounded by so many people who enjoy the same things as me makes me proud and happy. I saw so many cosplayers it began to freak me out. I think there must have been hundreds of spidermen. Haha.

So now you know. And oh, just in case you’re wondering, I am recovering from my cold. I’ll be able to actually get some reading done soon. Oh, I almost forgot.

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I’ll have more information up soon, but if you fancy winning signed copies of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I suggest you keep checking this site.

Just sayin’.

But for now, GOODBYYYYYYYE!

XX Kat XX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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