Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BLOG TOUR - UNDER ROSE TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

Hello Everyone and welcome to my post in the Under Rose Tainted Skies blog tour - one of which I am very excited to be part of. As you can see from my review last week that I absolutely adored it and I would really urge all of you to read too. Plus Louise is such a bright and fiery personality which you can really see in her writing. Believe me it isn't just the bright hair - which I love. But before I share with you my guest post from the lovely Louise, here is a little more about the book. 

Under Rose Tainted Skies 
by Louise Gornall 
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Release Date - 7th July
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.
Guest Post by Louise -
Your Writing Playlist

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my playlist with you. Heads up, it's kind of all over the place. And I capped it at 10 songs because otherwise we’d be here until Christmas, the year after next. Music is one of my most favourite things, and never fails to inspire.

So, you were forewarned that my writing playlist is a little bonkers. I think I listened to everything while I was writing Under Rose Tainted Skies. But here are a few that I wore out:

1. Lightweight by Demi Lovato.
2. This Isn't Everything You Are by Snow Patrol.
3. Human by Christina Perri.
4. We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow by Soko.
5. Suggestions by Orelia Has Orchestra.
6. Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran.
7. She’s In Love with You by Suzi Quatro.
8. We found Love (acoustic) by Boyce Avenue.
9. Let Her Go by Passenger.
10. Static Mind by Girl in a Coma.

  


About Louise Gornall
My name is Louise, and I write YA books. Sometimes contemp, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller. My debut YA contemp, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, will be published by HMH/Clarion (US), andChicken House/Scholastic (UK) in the fall 2016/17.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about this chick, Norah, who suffers from agoraphobia, OCD and depression. Her life is one long blur of cheese sandwiches and trash tv, until she meets the new boy next door, Luke, and he starts to challenge her way of thinking.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

REVIEW - UNDER ROSE TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

Under Rose Tainted Skies 
by Louise Gornall
Release Date - July 7th 2016
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …
An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.
My Review

Under the Rose Tainted Skies is just another novel that I absolutely adored. Lately these are all the books that I want to read that I need to read. It's just their originality, Louise heartfelt and passionate storytelling that makes you want to cuddle this book all the time. When I first saw this book even in it's proof copy form (Thank you Nina), it was Holly Bourne's quote on the book that can make you tell just how great this book will be and their really was no disappointment at all. 

Norah is the heart in the birdcage, all she wants to do is fly free, fly from the nest. But she can't, it's not that she doesn't want to but her body just shuts her down at the fear and the thought of stepping outside of the door. Especially when next door neighbour Luke, encounters on the step stirring a whole new complicated situation for her. That and her mum away for a week, this really isn't the best time to get to know a boy when Norah is in a new level of awkwardness and uncomfortableness.  

I loved Norah, she inspiring to say the least. If I'm honest when I've been ill for a week or injured being in the house for that long is suffocating so I can't imagine that having a fear and panic of going outside can just lock your body and rule your life. It's that fear that just makes the Norah so brave that it's hard to justify just really what it's like.

Being herself, being Norah is what she wants desperately to be but with Luke she feels at her most uncomfortable because she doesn't want to be judged. But Luke didn't judge her, he was understanding to say the least and at times it was sometimes awkward situation for them both because they didn't know how to be around each other without weirding themselves out. At times it was quite funny especially when Norah was searching the wrong things about kissing. Haha. (In the nicest possible way of course) Luke didn't want her to go through this alone, but the relationship aspect of it was beautiful and special in a way. Luke saw her as her, Norah was trying to be acceptable of that which is a HUGE step for her.

Under Rose Tainted Skies is a raw and emotional depiction of mental health. Lousie Gornall is a wonderful an poetic writer that really highlights today's society and reality that people are not the same and shouldn't be treated the same either. Louise is such a bright and fiery personality which you can really see in her writing. Believe me it isn't just the bright hair - which I love. 

Rating - 5

Don't forget - next Tuesday is my guest post from the lovely Lousie Gornall herself so don't forget to stop by for that!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

COVER REVEAL - A NEW THUNDER ROAD NOVEL by Katie McGarry



Hello Everyone, Yes you heard it... I have an exciting cover reveal of Katie McGarry's latest novel in her Thunder Road series. One of my favourites from her in comparison to the Pushing the Limits series. I really can't wait to read this though how can I wait till January 2017!!!! So cruel this post is, so cruel. Anyways I'm digressing, here is the cover you've been waiting for and a little bit more about the book as well....
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3)
by Katie McGarry
Release Date - 31st January 2017
Publisher - Harlequin Teen
Pre-Order - Amazon 

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

About the Author
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
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