Monday, 23 September 2013

Feature: But What About The Cover? #9


'But What About The Cover?' is a weekly feature hosted by The Queen of Teen Fiction. I will be pitching two book covers from various countries up against each other to decide which one is best.

This week, the cover spotlight is on Legend by Marie Lu and I will be looking at the UK and US versions of the cover. 


This is a hands down easy one for me. I am obsessed with the UK cover. Normally, if a US copy comes out first, I prefer that cover because it's the one I'm used to (like with Divergent, I didn't like the UK cover) but with this one, I love the UK version.

I just feel it represents the story more. Having the image of June looking all badass just makes it look more exciting. I also like how the UK cover keeps the symbol from the US version on therr as well. I just like it better overall. I actually own both covers because I just had to buy the UK cover when it came out.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the US cover? Vote in the poll below!

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


This weeks topic is Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show. And believe me, I have a lot of them, but here are my top ten:

1. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: Everyone needs to know how much I love this series. How awesome would it be to see Suze being her usual badass self in movie form?

2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: Oh how I need to see Dexter and Remy come to life on the big screen! I could totally see this book being turned into a really great indie movie, just like The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

3. The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter: I’ve always thought that this series would make amazing movies, or even television. The series has recently been optioned for film, so fingers crossed!

4. Legend by Marie Lu: The epic action in this book would look fantastic on the big screen! I hear that this, too, has been optioned for film.   

5. The Flappers Series by Jillian Larkin: 1920s Chicago flapper scene on the big screen? Yes please! This series would stand out so much from all the other YA film adaptations. It would even make an amazing TV series.

6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: This is such an important, yet ignored part of history that I think should definitely be adapted to film.

7. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler: Okay, if this was to be turned into a movie, I would be thrilled! This book is so unique and I think a movie adaption would be really successful!

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: This is one of the best contemporary romance books I’ve read in a long time and I think that it would be a really good movie if done well.

9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Again, this is another great contemporary romance that I think would be a cute and quirky film.

10. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: How often do we see a YA Christmas book adapted to film? Yeah, never. This is a fantastic seasonal story that would make an amazing Christmas movie!

So, they’re my picks. If there are any books in that list that you haven’t yet read, go do it because they’re all fabulous! 



Monday, 9 September 2013

Feature: But What About The Cover? #8


'But What About The Cover?' is a weekly feature hosted by The Queen of Teen Fiction. I will be pitching two book covers from various countries up against each other to decide which one is best.

This week, the cover spotlight is on Vixen by Jillian Larkin and I will be looking at the UK and US versions of the cover. 


I can understand the UK design of the cover. This series is about Flapper girls and I think that the image on the UK version gets that point across more than the US versions. That being said, I absolutely adore the US cover. Personally, it draws me in more than the UK cover. 

So overall, I really like the model for the cover of the UK book, but as a whole, I prefer the style of the US cover.

What do you think? Which is best? Vote in the poll below and tell me your thoughts in the comments!


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Sunday, 8 September 2013

A Spooky Month!

Hey everyone!

I'd like to tell you all about a feature that I'm planning to post in the run up to Halloween.



The Ultimately Creepy Villain is a tournament that will run throughout October to select the best baddie in YA fiction.

On Thursday 3rd October, I will post a list of 30 villains, with a poll for you to vote. Every Thursday during October from that point, the list will narrow down from the poll results. By the 24th, there will be just 5 villains left. During that last week of October, I’ll do a write up of each of the 5 villains and I’ll reopen the voting for the final time so that I can announce your winner on Halloween! Here’s a rundown of how the month will go:

Round One: 3rd – 9th October (30 villains)
Quarter Final: 10th – 16th October (20 villains)
Semi Final: 17th – 23rd October (10 villains)
Final: 24th – 30th October (5 villains)
Winner Announced: 31st October

If you’re a blogger and would like to get involved, just save the banner for the feature and ask your readers to vote for your favorite villain! I want to be able to include as many as possible in the first round, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments so that I can include them! 



Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: United We Spy by Ally Carter

Bookish Details:
Series: Gallagher Girls Book #6
Pages: 303 (Paperback)
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: September 5th 2013
Source: Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Buy It From: Amazon


Goodreads Synopsis:
 
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

My Review:
And here we are. After five awesome books, countless amazing scenes, several badass teen spies and just a few unforgettable romances, we are at the sixth and final book in the emotional rollercoaster that is the Gallagher Girls series. 

United We Spy picks up near the start of the Cammie’s final semester at the Gallagher academy. But of course, it’s not simply a case of being able to have a normal semester, because the Circle of Cavan is still up to no good.

The story follows Cammie, Zach and the girls as they make the hard decision to go on alone in the mission to stop Catherine, Zach’s mother, from continuing her own mission of killing the former Circle leaders.

Cammie and the gang end up in some of their toughest situations yet and I was on edge a lot of the time, knowing that things could (and probably would) go wrong at any minute. I literally spent the other night telling myself that I’d go to sleep at the end of that chapter, and then I found myself staring at the clock at 2am, wondering where the time went.

I cannot express how much I love the characters in this series. I am going to miss all of them. Cammie and Zach are definitely one of the best couples in a book series I have read, because they’re so different to the other young adult couples! Nothing in their lives are certain and they know that the lives they have are dangerous, meaning that when they say goodbye to each other, they don’t know whether it’s for a day, week or even a lifetime. There are some moments between the two of them that make you want to bury your face in a pillow and squeal for a bit before you carry on reading.

I could talk about this book all day, but that would lead to spoilers, and I’m not going to spoil a thing for you. I always find it pretty hard to keep a review of a final book in a series spoiler free.

So what else can I tell you without spoiling you? There is plenty of that awesome, kickass action that the Gallagher Girls never fail to bring. Each girl has her own battle to deal with throughout the story but they are there for each other, as always. I am really going to miss the awesome foursome that is Cammie, Bex, Macey and Liz.  

As such a huge fan of this series, I cannot even begin to describe my love for this final book. Carter has closed the series in such a perfect way and even though I’m sad there’ll be no more books to look forward to, I’m left completely satisfied with the ending.

Thank you Ally Carter for your fabulous series! 

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Blog Tour: United We Spy by Ally Carter

Hey everyone!

I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for United We Spy, the last book in Ally Carter’s fabulous Gallagher Girls series!

Series: Gallagher Girls Book #6
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 5th September 2013

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Do you have a moment to talk about Macey McHenry? Because I would like to talk about Macey McHenry.

When I first picked up book one of the Gallagher Girls series a few years ago, I was sick of reading paranormal and dystopian stories. I’d been surrounded by books about vampires and creatures and futuristic worlds and I was begging for something different. And different is exactly what I got with the Gallagher Girls series.

Not only was this series full of awesome action and badass teens, this series also had that one character that is vital in making a story even more awesome. The confident, rebel chick who was here to spice things up.

Just when you get used to the friendship circle that is Cammie, Bex and Liz, Macey bursts into the picture with her jet black hair and combat boots. As a reader, you know that she is there to cause a bit of trouble, but a part of you also gets the feeling that the friendship circle in the story is probably going to end up a friendship square.

Macey ends up the fourth and final girl in Cammie’s dorm room and over the course of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, we begin to see that Macey isn’t the bitch she makes out to be. I love how her friendship with the girls’ develops, especially when she doesn’t start off being too fond of Bex at all.

She is so much more than simply a rich, high society, politician’s daughter. I feel like Macey really stands out the most in the third book of the series, Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover. This is when we first learn a lot more about Macey’s life. And, of course, we meet Preston. 

Over the course of the whole series, I’ve grown to love her character and she fast became one of my favourites. So I love Macey McHenry, and you should love her too. Here’s why.


  • Her short temper makes for great comedy. I adore her first introduction into the school whilst Cammie and Bex are showing her around. At one point, Bex grabs her by the arm and she responds with a classy: “Don’t touch me, b****.” That’s when I knew she was going to be an awesome character.
  • She has private jets on demand. Being the daughter of a political figure is a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.
  • Her advice on boys: “If he’s shorter than you, slouch.”
  • She’s that awesome, she even got her own little spinoff story with Hale, from Ally’s other fantastic series, Heist Society.
  • Her perfect reactions to situations. Like the time Cammie and Zach fell right at her feet in book three: One moment I was lying in the arms of one of the most complex (and gorgeous) boy spies ever, and the next I was landing like a ton of bricks on the hard, cold floor of a moving train while one of my best friends stared down at me. And the boy on top of me. And said, "Well, this wasn't on my agenda."
  • Basically, her general awesomeness: An eighth grade boy had cornered Macey by the punch bowl and was trying to act all mature, saying, "So, do you want to go somewhere more private?" 
         "That depends, do you want to keep that hand?" Macey replied.

So, I’m sure you’ll all agree that Macey McHenry is a fabulous character. If I was a super-secret teenage spy, I would want her by my side for sure. Who is your favorite character from the Gallagher Girls series? Let me know!

Also, don't forget to head over to Readaraptor tomorrow for the next blog tour stop!



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