Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ARC REVIEW - WAITING FOR CALLBACK: TAKE TWO by Perdita & Honor Cargill

Waiting for Callback: Take Two (Waiting for Callback #2)
by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Publisher - Simon and Schuster UK
Release Date: 26th January 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.






My Review
"I'd never been called am 'Artist' before, mostly because I was poor at art, but I liked it."- Elektra

I literally am on a happy book high right now. This being my most anticipated book of 2017 it certainly has a set a high standard for the year. For the entire year I've had to wait since finishing Waiting for Callback at the end of 2015. The smile and excitement when this came through my door was just sheer joy to have it in my hands. I think the bright cover and the wonderful signing my book too made my day or my weekend really. So it was no wonder that from the first to the last page I couldn't stop the smiling, the giddiness and the laughter that came from every page. 

Without going into too many spoilers, Take Two continues on from Elektra's moment of fame, being cast as the main lead of Straker, (still a working title) dystopian action-packed, apocalyptic movie that is going to be the best movie of the year...apparently. Whilst she is beyond excited and her love life is officially on the cards, life as a celebrity isn't as it sounds. Glam - nope, nadda, love-scenes - *cringe*, πŸ™ˆ dressing room - amaze-balls, being a heroine - hard and exhausting. Oh and Archie is on a film set with sexy vampire maidens in Transylvania, nothing to worry about of course. Life as a actress isn't as it's cracked up to be. What I loved was that Take Two didn't distinguish from the reality of being a teenage actress, and teenager with real-life family.school and love life problems. That's the beauty of these books - you just get so involved and carried away with the storyline that you yourself can't help but believe in them. With the additional touch of the actor quotes at the start of each chapter it really does give you a feel, a perspective of the actressing world.

The star of the show Elektra James, is nothing but a character to love. She's smart, funny, warm and just has the biggest heart much like her creators. This novel is meant to test her, to grow up and she does, living in the spotlight, you have too - but what I love is that she still keeps that innocence about her as a 16 year old girl. That's what we lack in these time, teenagers grow up far too quickly whether they have to or it, life will be waiting for you in a couple of years time.

The best part for me is the relationships in the book, between Elektra and her mum, immediately as you start the book she has already fallen in a bush from being excited at Elektra's news and that's on Archie's first meeting with her. She comes across as your ditsy, down to earth character, again similar traits to Eualie. Oh Archie and Elektra, there were so right for each other, that it's awkward both for me and for them, but being an 'artist' they really don't catch a break with each other. But their relationship is just totally adorable, cute and heart-warming it's hard not to get lost in it.

The mother-daughter duo that is Perdita and Honor, they are the most wonderful of authors as they are people. I haven't met them (but I hope that will change) but the messages and tweets we share are just so lovely. They really are your down to earth authors and that you can really see from the every word in their book. I think Take Two is their best, I think that their first was amazing but I see such growth and fluidity in their writing but also in each of the character's development, take for example Eulalie, she is absolutely the most eccentric, loud and sensational woman and possibly a bit bonkers too, but you need that in family don't you. I just loved when she came into the story, she just makes you laugh so much, it almost makes you take a step back and see a different perspective in life. She is also got quite the infectious personality too.

Waiting for Callback: Take Two fills you with so much love and laughter, it will brighten your day. It's completely catching in this book, there was so many laugh out loud, cringe worthy moment's your heart just beats that bit faster out of pure joy and happiness for this book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, January 16, 2017

REVIEW - HARRY POTTER and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling 
Publisher - Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date (this edition) - September 1st 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous - or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!



My Review

I read this when I was 7, that was a long time ago and it took me a year to read a book. I don't think I had fully come into reading or the type and genre of books I enjoyed. I guess I was still very new to the magical world of reading. I certainly started in a magical world with Harry Potter. But then I only read the first two and I don't think I fully appreciated the brilliance that is Hogwarts, and magic. I was in effect a Ruggle - Reading Muggle. Hehe. That's very bad but it's what came to mind.

Now Twenty *cough* something, I think I've truly enjoyed Harry Potter for what it is, a masterpiece of Children's Literature. You don't really need me to tell you what it's all about as you all know by now, whether you've read it or seen it. But there is so much more and here is just a couple of things I noticed: (Spoilers if you haven't read nor watched it!!!!)

πŸŽ†In the Forbidden Forest, Hagrid takes 4 students for their detention. In the book it was Harry, Hermione, Malfoy and Neville. In the film it was Harry, Hermione, Ron and Malfoy.

πŸŽ†In the trap door, theres a series of traps for Harry to try and get to the Stone first. In the book there's, Devil's Snare, The Old Keys, Wizards Chess, and Poison or not Potions. In the film it was just the first three.

πŸŽ†Oh and there's a librarian called Madam Irma Pince which I never knew nor saw in the film either. Should would've been a brilliant character to have more in the films as the library is featured in it so much.

I admit that I did obviously see the films a lot more than reading the books, but then I don't regret reading them now when I find little things that makes it all the more magical. I know a film can't possible include every single detail of the book either, it just lends more imagination and perspective of the book.

So are you a Ruggle, do you need to read the books again or read them for the first time (I highly doubt that!) I'll be interested to know.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Friday, January 13, 2017

WING JONES PHOTO BLOG TOUR: Stop 17

I'm so excited to be part of this book photo tour, I mean it's Wing Jones, the most anticpated, uplifting book of 2017! This #WJPhotoTour follows Katherine Webber and her journey to stardom as a debut writer, of Wing Jones and the inspiration that lead to the inspiring words in this beautiful bounded book by Walker. From childhood memories that inspired her writing to her time living in Atlanta and Asia that influenced the book to authors she’s met over the years right up to receiving her first finished copy of the book, follow along to see Katherine’s author life unfold! Keep an eye on the hashtag to see the latest photos! 
Here is a little more about the book:

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With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants…
Wing Jones is the much anticipated debut novel from Katherine Webber, publishing 5th January 2017 in the UK. 



So today is my stop, Picture no. 17 - so we've met her brother and how that starts Wing Jones, through high school, trip to London in the summer then off to University, studying and falling in Love with Hong Kong and the rest of China, where Katherine met Kevin on this journey and then moved to Atlanta... the highlights of the tour so far and now hosting the next chapter in Katherine's journey...

 Ever since I’d graduated university, my two main goals had been to move back to Hong Kong and to somehow become a published author. So as much as I enjoyed living in Atlanta, when I had the opportunity to go back to Hong Kong with my job, I took it. It was amazing to be back in the city of my heart.
Gorgeous photo isn't - I admit I'd love to travel myself and so much of this has influenced Wing Jones then I can't wait to read it. 

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About Katherine Webber
Katherine Webber was born in Southern California but has lived in Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong and now in London. For several years she worked at the reading charity BookTrust, where she worked on projects such as The Letterbox Club which delivers parcels of books to children in care, and YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention.
You can find her on Twitter @kwebberwrites


So don't forget the follow the rest of Katherine's journey via #WJPHOTOTOUR!  
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