Wednesday, 11 November 2015

BLOG TOUR: November 9 by Colleen Hoover Review + GIVEAWAY!


Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Publishing
Format: earc
Release Date: November 10th 2015

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

It's rare to find a book that can leave you lost for words. When you're finished, everything you had just read consumes your body and you're left sitting there, soaking it all in. It's a beautiful moment to have.   

This story was a huge eye opener for me. It's my first Colleen Hoover book where I fully related to a character. I may not have gone through what Ben and Fallon had experienced, but that feeling of self-doubt, is something that I believe we have all felt. 

When you first meet Fallon, you know right away this girl has some spunk to her and I loved it! Her inner thoughts were funny and sarcastic at times. You discover that she's a girl with many hopes and dreams, but her insecurity is holding her back.

Then you meet Ben, oh Ben. I literally had a huge grin on my face because of him. He had a way of words that will make you swoon for days. He was also mysterious. I was constantly asking myself, "What are your intentions, Ben." I was dying to know what he was all about. I enjoyed how he kept me guessing.

Ben and Fallon together were remarkable. They're a pair you will route for and fall head over heels in love with! There is nothing bad I can say about them as characters. To the first conversation they had with each other, to the very last, was so special. I felt every single word they said to each other, and every moment they experienced. The one thing I loved the most was how, as the story progressed, so did they. Their layers slowly started to shred, and they became more vulnerable. It was absolutely breathtaking.

The dialogue was witty and charming! I enjoyed their conversations about books so much. Even though Ben is a writer, be isn't an active reader. Fallon is a huge romance novel lover, and it was so adorable when she would say phrases us book lovers know about. Read this book, and you will know what I am talking about! 

Overall, this a story that defines the sacrifice you make for love, and the journey through your own self-worth. It has easily become one of my favorite books this year. I was left with many tears in my eyes, a smile on my face, and a heart filled with hope.

I do wish you all can take something away from this book, I sure did.

I stopped writing for months because I felt like I wasn't good enough. I had no inspiration left for my story, and the joy of writing slowly started to disappear.

Until now.

If I can make one reader feel even a fraction of what Colleen has made me feel from this book, then I think I'll be alright.



Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Twitter: @ColleenHoover
Instagram: @ColleenHoover

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Don’t miss Colleen on tour for NOVEMBER 9:

Monday, November 9th
10:00 PM
5803 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX  75231

Tuesday, November 10th
7:00 PM
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Wednesday, November 11th
7:00 PM
26 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525

Thursday, November 12th
7:00 PM
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Friday, November 13th
7:00 PM
230 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Saturday, November 14th
5:00 PM
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Sunday, November 15th
5:00 PM
279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA  02446

Tuesday, November 17th
7:00 PM
126 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Tuesday, December 8th
7:00 PM
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW! Home? By Liza Wiemer

Title: Hello?
Author: Liza Wiemer
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Plot: One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian)
This book was so beautifully written. The way this author told the story of these five teens, was so unparalleled to anything I've ever read before.

* I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so beautifully written. The way this author told the story of these five teens was so unparalleled to anything I've ever read before.

From the beginning of this book to the last, you're given very dark content.  It discusses many traumatic situations that these characters have endorsed. The story showcases the strength we have to overcome these moments, and how they don't define us. I definitely think the author got that message acrossed.

Unfortunately, I couldn't connect to the characters on an emotional level. With a story like this, it is really important to feel 100% sympathetic for them. I do wish we could have explored more about their lives, instead of focusing a lot on their troubles. Especially from the character, Angie. I really wanted more from her, and because her chapters were in poetry, it didn't allow for that to happen.

My personal disconnect from the story doesn't take away from the fact that this author wrote a very important story. I know so many people have loved this book, and I don't doubt many others will too.

Overall, this is an influential debut YA novel. It shines a light on lifes wonderful miracles!


- Nicole
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Londons Glory Blog Tour : Christopher Fowler - A sensory Journey

Bryant and May are back!! I've only recent found these two, but I fell in love with the style of writing, the whit of the characters and the different feel to these books within the crime genre. Whilst it's probably a weird thing to say, but I look for that spark of humour within crime books and that's definitely here.  
London's Glory is a collection of short stories than examines a lot of the past and previously mentioned cases in Bryant & May's long career, so I wanted to examine author Christopher Fowler's career through the senses - just like we did with Allan Boughs recently for UKMG Extravaganza - because I loved what Allan did, and its such a great perspective to look without further ado: 

That’s a nice idea, Stephen. Research takes place while I’m writing something else, and part of it is subconscious, so there’s a sensory journey involved.

Sight: Like my detectives I walk around London and read constantly (I’m on my 5th Kindle, having manage to break four), plus I feed my book habit by blowing the weekly budget on London books. I’m always taking shots of London oddities and incorporating them into the novels. Bryant & May like to meet on Waterloo Bridge at the end of the day. It’s the best place to see the most of London, but they also like summer mornings on Primrose Hill where you can see the city spread before you. In the next book Bryant & May visit the Shard, but the view from up there is so high that it makes London look like Tokyo or anywhere else, a sprawl of lights and buildings without any specific sights standing out. Bryant’s eyesight is shocking; he wears many pairs of trifocals.
Sound: I can’t work without music, but lyrics interfere with my thoughts so I mostly listen to soundtrack albums that help me to create mood. Today it’s the scores for ‘The Martian’ and ‘Crimson Peak’. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is based just off the Euston Road, one of the noisiest areas in London – sirens and road works are our bane, but I only notice them when they’re not there. Pub music, church rehearsals, someone whistling a familiar song – all London sounds. The city has an engine that starts every morning just before 6:am. Listen and you can hear it, a low hum of energy.

Smell: London has specific smells of its own. I live near King’s Cross Station where the play ‘The Railway Children’ is currently running, and at night the air smells of coal smoke from the old train they’re using, and wood smoke from the canal barges around me; they’re throwback Victorian smells. London rain has a specific smell too; wet brick and damp weeds. It’s disappearing as more and more glass boxes appear. Bryant has his pipe and rolling tobacco so I imagine he can’t smell much at all!

Taste: May is a gourmet, while Bryant’s tastes are based on my old business partner’s. He would have the same lunch every day – plain sliced beef on white bread. Bryant goes to London’s cafes for an FEB (Fried slice, bubble & squeak, beans, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, cup of Rosie Lee). May would prefer somewhere smart. I have to stay out of the fridge while I’m thinking. If I’m physically typing I don’t notice being hungry, but the moment I stop...

Touch: Warm city stone at the end of a summer’s day, rain on your face, the cold embrace of morning mist from the river…the detectives walk arm in arm like old people and children in the dark. Their job makes them tactile. Me, I like the feeling of the wooden balustrade along the Thames’s South Bank and the force-touch of my Macbook, which requires a very light touch and drives many of my writer friends crazy.

Bryant & May London's Glory is available now, deffo check it out and don't forget to check out the rest of the Blog tour, all the details below. 

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