November 1, 2014

November Dystopia Challenge Linky

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! Don't take this as excitement, more like panic. I am getting old. No bueno.
I am also failing at this year's challenge like a boss. I think I might challenge myself to dystopias this month, but whenever I make a plan something comes up and spoils it.
How are you doing? Two months left! It sure passed in a blur! I hope you had fun and want this challenge to come back in 2015 as well! Everyone's going a bit lazy end of the year but I hope we pick it back up!

I haven't gotten anyone to ask me for a new badge in a while, so if you have a new badge to earn, email me!

Again, make sure to read the RULES and FAQ for this year's challenge, I am more strict than I was in 2013. I will be checking the links you post, so please do not waste your (or my) time cheating.

If you plan to review the books you will read, post the links to reviews into the linky below. You can post more than one, of course, but make them WORTH READING. One-sentenced reviews are a no-go, and three-sentenced aren't much better. Please, take your time and do the job properly!

Like mentioned before, rereads are allowed, but not rereading the same book 5 times in a row! Also, if you're reading a series, each individual book counts as 1 book read. Short stories and novellas (.5 novels etc.) do NOT count as one book, so please stick to that! When you read 4, I can count it as one, but definitely not before. I hope you read this because I keep getting the same questions about this. I know it sounds harsh but if I counted novellas, you'd all be done in January. Make an effort!

For more info click the header.

When you reach a new level, send me an email letting me know. I'll check your reviews (or your read pile on Goodreads or similar) and give you a badge for you to post on your blog.

November Dystopia Challenge Linky

October 31, 2014

Monthly Wrap-up: October 2014

Book haul

Books read

Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan (★★★★ - review)
The Clearing by Dan Newman (★★★★ - review)
Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid (
Other things on the blog

Top Ten Tuesday

Guest posts & Interviews
The Clearing (ended)

A Glimpse into District 13

Are you excited for Mockingjay part 1?! I am very very excited, and I cannot wait to see the movie! It's about a month away so until then, have some D13 to go along with the brand new delicious trailer!

October 30, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Could you ever double as a spy like Snape?

I don't think I would. I mean first off you'd need a strong motivation, and then the means. He was an actual Death Eater long before he was a spy. He only became a spy out of his personal and somewhat selfish reasons (and don't talk to me about love here). But I can't deny he wasn't brave and daring. He risked a lot, especially with someone as ruthless as Voldemort. And above all, he remained calm and collected (more or less) when Bellatrix kept firing doubts and suspicions at him. 
Maybe I could be a spy, who knows, it takes a lot to intimidate me, and I am a master of deflection with my runny mouth. Who'd have thought someone who lacks a filter would be able to keep a secret? *wink* Maybe I'd be a kickass spy.


October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

We don't have Halloween here, or rather never had until it became commercialized and spread all over the world. So I refuse to participate in costume parties and so on, but I still wonder what I'd be if I was taking part. So here are my top ten picks. 

1. A Harry Potter character
Basically anything from HP - Hermione, Luna, Tonks, or a Death Eater. Yeah, a big leap, but I loved the costumes from the bad guys in the movies, those masks were scary ass cool.

2. Katniss Everdeen
I love Katniss, I think she's someone I can somewhat relate to. Plus she's kickass, why wouldn't I pick her?!

3. Arya Stark
I adore Arya to pieces, she's my all time favorite literary character. I would probably find a few other awesome costumes in ASoIaF universe but Arya would definitely be my first pick.

4.  Rose Hathaway
You see the pattern here? A strong kickass heroine that would probably growl at you if you asked 'What are you supposed to be?'. Which could have been the case since Rose more or less looks normal, save the stake. 

5. Celaena Sardothien
An assassin? Of course. Need I say more?

6. Middle Earth character
An elf or a Hobbit, either way. Love both for different reasons so either would do. 

7. Lyra Belacqua
I adored Lyra as a kid, and I probably still will when I reread His Dark Materials one of these days. She was brave and outspoken, and she had the cutest daemon possible. I'd just get me a ferret or something to go along with the costume!

8. Cinder
A CYBORG!!! She's a bloody cyborg. How cool is that?! I'd love to be Cinder for Halloween, that would not only take loads of time to prepare and test my creativity, Cinder is also such a cool character. And everyone would get it, I hope!

9. A Shadowhunter
Leather and rune tattoos? Sign me up. As much as I am getting more and more annoyed but this world Clare created, I can't help but think those fighters are still pretty awesome. 

10. Something Ancient Greece
I love myths from Ancient Greece, so I loved Percy Jackson and The Song of Achilles. I'd love to dress up as a god or an ancient hero. 

This weekly meme is from The Broke and the Bookish.

October 27, 2014

Guest post: Ryan Mark

Today's guest post is written by Ryan Mark, debut author of Tremor, Britain's Next Bestseller!

Uncovering Change Between the Pages of YA Dystopian Fiction/Understanding

We all know our world is changing at a drastic rate – but keeping up with how and why is difficult without becoming confused or feeling patronised. Global changes - whether environmental or social - can seem dry and boring or difficult to understand coming from news readers or journalists. A better way to approach them might be to pick up a YA novel.

Showing, rather than telling a specific issue, i.e. wars or the melting of the polar ice caps, is one of the most important skills a writer can use when trying to get a reader to fully engage with the issues that are contained within their stories, especially environmental ones, which as previously discussed in the above paragraph, can sometimes be hard to understand.

Two books that I’ve read which have been successful in this sense for me are: Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, and, The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Both of these authors managed to successfully explain the issues which led to their stories through their clever use of description and character’s emotions – which are two great ways in which a writer can successfully hold onto a reader’s attention and engage them in the issues of their world and what their characters are going through, thus showing the reader the state of the world of their stories.

One of the issues I looked in my YA Dystopian novel, Tremor, was the depletion of the Earth’s oil resources, and the problems that could stem from complete exhaustion. I found the best way to put this issue forward was not to use large descriptions or speech from one character, which could overwhelm a reader, but to incorporate it fully into the events of the storyline, rather than breaking away from the events and going into mass explanation on the issue, therefore showing, rather than, telling.
About the book

The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall's intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?

When someone close to William disappears, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would YOU go to save it?

About the author
Ryan lives and writes in the rural county of Cumbria, on the outskirts of the Lake District in the United Kingdom. Tremor is his first full length novel, and is part of the Tremor Cycle, a series of Dystopian stories set in a shattered world. He is currently working on book 2 in the series, titled Tremor: The Fracture, which he hopes to release within the next year. Ryan is passionate about: writing, equality and helping children learn to read. He has always loved to write and create different worlds, drawing his inspirations from his family and the place where he lives.