Sunday, 23 November 2014

Stacking the Shelves

[inspired by Pop Culture Junkie]
Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

This week I received…….

Friday, 21 November 2014

Night School the Web Series + Giveaway

Based on the international bestselling Young Adult books by CJ Daugherty

Night School the Web Series
Brand new British teen web series
Launches on You Tube Friday 12th December

The first time a British book series has been produced for an online audience

Britain is set to get its first ever web series based on a book, as Little Brown author CJ Daugherty prepares to release Night School the Web Series based on her bestselling YA novels.

Set to release on Friday 12th December and produced by Trailermade Films, Night School the Web Series tells the story of Allie Sheridan, a school girl at Cimmeria Academy, an exclusive British private school that hides a dark secret. At the heart of Cimmeria is Night School, a Bullingdon Club style secret society whose members are both destined to run the country and mentored by the world’s most powerful people. When Night School members become involved with a series of student murders, the secret society implodes and Cimmeria Academy becomes the scene of a civil war between teachers, students and Night School members. With no-one to trust and friends getting murdered all around her, Allie finds herself caught up in a love triangle between two of Night School’s most powerful members; Sylvan and Carter.

The brainchild of a husband-and-wife team: BAFTA-nominated Director Jack Jewers and author CJ Daugherty who penned the scripts, Night School the Web Series does not attempt to adapt the books on film, but instead presents six original stories set within the world of the books. Night School the Web Series will be launched on the Night School YouTube channel which has already had 300,000 views and counting for its book trailers.

CJ Daugherty says Night School fans tell me the books feel REAL to them. I wanted to make the story even more alive. I am barraged with emails and messages every single day from fans asking for a TV series or film of Night School. This was a way to give them what they want and to be at the cutting edge of something brand new.

Jack Jewers Says YouTube now accounts for more than 50% of everything we watch. It’s the future and the present. This is the way we will all be watching television soon. America is already way ahead of us in transforming books into web series and I’m really excited that we get to be the first people to launch a web series based on a book in the UK.

Each webisode in Night School the Web Series is less than ten minutes long. One webisode will be released each week, beginning 12 December and continuing through January. The webisodes use the same cast as the cult hit Night School book trailers and aim to unite action with the complex emotional and political issues inherent in the books.

Press Screening 4th December at Soho Screening Rooms, 5pm

Watch the official trailer:

About Jack Jewers
Jack Jewers is a BAFTA-nominated, Royal Television Society award-winning director. His short film work has been screened nightly over a special season on BBC2; shown in and out of competition at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Miami and Toronto; and released in UK cinemas by the BFI. One of his most recent films was Shalom Kabul, a comedy-drama about the last two Jews of Afghanistan. In 2012 Jack founded Trailermade Films, a production company specialising in high quality, low budget advertising, book trailers and other short form content for web and television. Since then it has grown to become one of the most successful agencies in the field of book trailers, with a fan following separate from the novels it has helped turn into international bestsellers

About CJ Daugherty
CJ Daugherty is the author of the Night School series, including Night School, Legacy, Fracture and Resistance, the fifth book in the series, Endgame will be published in 2015. Night School has been translated in 22 languages and is a bestseller in 5 countries, in the UK Night School was the no.5 bestselling YA debut when it was first published in 2012. Before writing YA, CJ Daugherty worked as a crime reporter, a travel writer for Frommers and Time Out as well as time working for MI5 in the UK, which she’d like to tell you about but she’d have to kill you. All of her experiences from seeing her first body aged 22 to working with spies have informed the Night School series.

Allie Sheridan (Jessica Sargent)
Carter West (Campbell Challis)
Nathaniel St John (Danny Carmel)
Jeremy Simpson (Damien Thomas)
Lucy Li (Kunjue Li)
Katie Gilmore (Grace Parry)
Jo Arringford (Jodie Hirst)
Gabe Porthus (Tom Blount)
Mark (Lewis Lilley)
Eleanor (Jessica Swallow)

I also have some even more great news. I have a UK only giveaway to win the complete set of the Night School series so far.

To be in with a chance just fill in the rafflecopter form below:
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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Life of a Blogger: Things I'll Never Do

[Hosted by Novel Heartbeat]
What is it?
It’s a weekly feature. Each week I will choose a subject and talk about that subject in my life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know me on a more personal level! I definitely encourage you guys to participate, too. I want this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. I want to know more about you guys as well!

When is it?
Every Thursday. It doesn’t really matter when you post, though, as long as it’s not before 12 AM EST on a Thursday. If it’s more convenient to post on another day of the week, that’s perfectly fine! Just remember to come back and add your link to the linky :)

See the full list of topics HERE.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: Banished by Liz de Jager

Title: Banished
Author: Liz de Jager
Author Info: Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Blackhart Legacy #1
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Tor UK
Publication Date: 27th February 2014

Tell Me About It
Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. And her home-schooling now includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Reader Problems Book Tag!

I saw this on Becky's Babble Blog, and although I haven't been tagged I thought it would be good to give this one a also looks like a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what my tagged people say.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
As a general rule I tend to let my review books take priority. But given the chance to actually read something from my TBR varies for different reasons. If it's a travelling book I don't take huge books with me, I tend to stick to smaller books that are lighter to carry. Any other time I pick up what I fancy reading at the time, I don't tend to have a rule I follow like reading a series, or certain author, or older books first, it all depends on my mood.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I quit, I have too many books waiting to be read for me to waste time on a book I don't enjoy and really cant see myself finishing. I know it might seem heartless but those weeks I spend struggling to read one book could be spent reading at least five other books I know I will enjoy.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I'm actually doing pretty good on my challenge this year and I only have about 4 more books left to reach my target of 200 books this year.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I hate when this happens. There are several different routes I take. If it is a series I like then I will giveaway my old books and replace them all with the new covers, however a series I did like ended up getting two changes as I originally picked up the USA versions, but after already buying over half the series again only to have the covers change I had to make the decision not to re-buy the books, it also helped that I was losing focus on this series. If the new covers are ones I don't like, then I won't by the UK versions, and I will either buy the USA version once the series is finished, or just buy the kindle versions for each new book out.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I try to get a feel for the book before I read it outside of my house. If it's one I know I will cry in I don't take it out and I pick up a different book to take with me. But if it's a surprise and I wasn't expecting it, then I stop reading straight away and distract myself with my phone or my iPod.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
Again this depends if it's a review book or not. Review books I try to read back on my previous review, or check out Recaptions to see if it's there if I don't have time to re-read the previous book or if I don't own it. Failing that I read it and hope it jogs my memory at some point, but a few sequels I have put down as I couldn't remember the previous book. If its my own and I have time to spare I will re-read the previous book and jump straight into the new one.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I don't tend to lend my books out to anyone...except my brother. After people hear my rules about reading my books they tend to not want to read it anymore ;)

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I pick up a book I know I will enjoy from authors/series I can't get enough of. This happened recently to me, I went about two weeks with not finishing a book, so I picked up a series I love and read five books in the space of two days.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I have a few auto buy authors who I buy no matter what, others tend to go on various wishlists and will get purchased when I have a bit more spare cash lying around

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
This again depends on the author, or how desperate I am to read the next installment. I know I have several books on my TBR shelves from series I really enjoyed but have yet to read the second and third parts, yet some authors I stay up till midnight to get the kindle download to read there and then, and wait till the paperback is released to buy that too.

I tag:
Lisa @ A Life Bound By Books
Jenny @ A Life Bound By Books
Bungle @ Midnight Reads
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
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