Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Interview with author Catherine Doyle on her highly anticipated forbidden love thriller novel VENDETTA! AND GIVEAWAY! check it out!

Casey here. So I have something pretty awesome for you guys today. Now I am obsessed with a new YA novel thats just been released in the last couple of weeks! its called Vendetta By Catherine Doyle. When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago. When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confrontedwith stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

This book was amazing! and today I have the author answering some of my questions! so without further or do! here we go: 
  •  So how did this story come about?
I had the idea for Vendetta when I was falling asleep one night and letting my mind wander. I was picturing this old haunted mansion, and in front of it there were five boys hidden in shadow. I was looking at them from across the street, through someone else’s eyes, and I just knew I wanted to tell their story!
  • Nic & Luca (OMG) did you base these characters on anyone you know?
Haha (OMG I KNOW)! These characters are, alas, not based on people I know, though if they were, I probably wouldn’t say so because it might get me in trouble ;)
  • A lot of people are saying once they’ve read it, that they get a Romeo and Juliet feel from it. Did Shakespeare’s play inspire you?
Not initially. I was just thinking about how to make a good story, and there’s nothing more enticing than forbidden love and some good old family rivalry! By the end I knew it echoed the basic theme of Romeo and Juliet and I was more than happy with that, but the way the story will ultimately progress will be quite different to the Shakespearean play.
  • Let’s talk about Luca. He’s a pain in the butt, but girls can’t seem to fall for him. Can you tell us any secrets we don’t know about him yet?
As will be revealed further in book two, I can tell you that Luca was born on the same day his grandfather, Gianluca Sr. a.k.a. the Capo di tutti capi (“the boss of all bosses”) was murdered. Gianluca Sr. was a very powerful and dangerous man. He did not suffer fools and was not laboured by a conscience. Because Gianluca Sr. spent his last hour on earth bonding with his grandson, Luca was named after his grandfather. From that day onwards Luca was expected to become just as ruthless and fearsome as his grandfather when he grew up. It was expected that he would carry on the legacy (violence and power included) and give the family back what had been taken from them. For that reason, Luca feels an extraordinary amount of pressure to be someone that perhaps he is not comfortable with being. Between that and the freedoms his twin Valentino has been denied because of their complicated birth, Luca has a lot of weight on his shoulders.There will be some alternate POV scenes from the boys’ point of views a little later in the year, so keep an eye out for Luca’s one if you want to know a little more about how he thinks! He’s not so bad really!
  • Your most favourite scene to write?
The scene in the trees during the movie night at Rayfield Park!
  • Your least favourite scene to write?
The scene after the house party when Sophie is walking home. That was tough to write.
  • We love your cover! What do you think about it? and what’s it feel like to be a published author?
I love it too! At first, I was unsure about having people on the cover, but the way it’s done is so classy and beautiful. It’s a real throwback to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, a movie I LOVE, and I really like that the cover of Vendetta echoes it. And of course, I completely adore the sprayed edges.


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top 10 Night School Web Series Moments + Giveaway!!!

 Alas...we have come to the end of season one of the fantastic Night School web series - though it's on the internet, so it's not really the end is it, it's sort of there forever now. If you have no idea what I'm talking about or if you've missed any of the episodes and want to catch up, or as I just have, want to re-watch the whole series again, you can check out CJ's YouTube page here.

The series brings to life the best selling Night School series books by C J Daugherty as little shorts set in between the events of the novels,  from different character perspectives. I've had so much fun being able to share these with you, as well as being able to interview nearly everyone  involved!
Check out out interview with author CJ here as well as with director Jack Jewers here. ANNNND we interviewed the cast, which you can watch over on our YouTube channel.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my top 10 moments of the series....drum roll please.....

10. Nathaniel wearing sunglasses at EVERY given opportunity

9. The time Allie didn't care (good thing those were sugar bottles) 

8. That Men Girls Moment:  "They Look at me and they think...

7.I just LOVE the look on Eleanors face when she says this....

6. The moment Allie and Carter KISSSS... No GIF because that might be weird! 

5 The time Katie said this: 

(Which is what I'm not going to go around saying from now on!)

4. The BEAUTIFUL locations used throughout!! 

I'm fully up for a Night School tour of all these locations...and then I can actually go and say "I didn't ask for sprinkles"  and climb the tree....and ...and 

3. The thing we've always ALL secretly wanted to do from Episode 1 "Flashback" :

(We are not responsible for any spontaneous table flipping this may cause!)

2. The one for all the girls (and guys) to swoon over. In between lots of running and thinking in Episode 2 "The Other One" Carter had time to do this Bond inspired moment: 

And finally my favourite moment...most likely because of the way thet I made the GIF but, the unique array of faces Nathaniel pulled in Episode 3 "Power" which looked a little something like this:

And there you have it, my top moments! 

NOW we want to know what YOUR favourite moments were. Leave a comment in the box below or tweet us your moment at @darkrreviews and our favour moment will win a set of the first 4 books in the series!! We also have a set of character postcards to give away too! 
Competition closes Wed 28th Jan 2015 so Get involved! 

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

'Grimm Tales' Theatre review

Take some two hundred year old fairy tales that we all know and love...give them a Phillip Pullman spin and dip that into some immersive theatre and what do you have 'Grimm Tales' on at the OXO Tower wharf (which in itself is a lovely location). Check out the trailer here:


One of the things that I love about literature is its adaptability into other formats, especially theatre and especially when its more than me just going and sitting in a theatre. Here you get to sit IN THE STORY! From the minute you walk in you're immersed in the purpose built set, of which the design and execution were fantastic! Just look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean. The attention to detail, and the taking of classic tales and adding a grit to them was beautiful. Walking in to a room find full on Snow White was quite the impression too...creepy might also be a good word, but that’s by the by, and you'd have to go and see it to understand what I really mean.

 The characters lead you on from room to room, where each separate story is told. The characters move around you, weaving their story, and it was more that they recited the tales like a narrator, adding action to bring them to life, rather than this being a play of the stories, which I really enjoyed as it felt fresh and gave a sense of understanding in some very strange stories. James

Byng was fantastic, as his characterizations really stood out for me, and indeed all the cast played their various roles well, switching between stories effortlessly, often creating a lot out of a little, with some great accents to boot!

This was however somewhat of its weakness. The stories chosen weren't you classic, commonly known Grimm Bothers either, with tales like Thousandfurs and The Frog King, and so on the one hand whist I found it interesting to get to know these stories, I felt like It would have been nice to
have known them beforehand, or that I would have liked more some the known tales just with added grit, so I could comment on their adaptation. And with only six stories there was scope for a lot more from this and including more stories I feel would have been an effective touch that would had made my experience amazing rather than just enjoyable, even if it was just actors milling around as we wondered around afterwards (which I loved you could do), rather than full on re-tellings.

The facts are however, I did enjoy the show, I do think people should go and see it, and I would love to be an actor in such a show one day! Just saying

Grimm tales is on at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf until April 11th

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