Month: May 2016

UKYA Book Blogger Winners

The Winners have been crowned!

First of all, a big thank you to all the helpers:

Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books
Amy McCaw @ YA Under My Skin
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Annalise @ AnnaliseBooks
Aurelija @ myblinddatewithbooks
Chelley Toy @ Tales Of Yesterday
Chloe @ Writer-On-Wheels
Cintia @ Reflection of the Books
Emma @ Howling Reviews
Georgia Stencel @ The Books Bandit
Jesse @ thatjessebloke
Kaisha @ thewritinggarnet
Rachel Kennedy @ Ya-bberingBooklover
Rebecca @ Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog
Virginie @ Chouett

 


Now finally, what we’ve all been waiting for… drum roll, please….

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Runners Up!

 

 

Best Adult

2nd Place – Jim – YAYeahYeah

3rd Place – Sally – The Dark Dictator

Best Teen

2nd Place – Lucy – Queen of Contemporary

3rd Place – Georgia Dalton – TeenBookHoots

Blogger Spirit

2nd Place – Viv – Serendipity Reviews

3rd Place – Lucy – Queen of Contemporary

Best Male

2nd Place – George Lester

3rd Place – Andrew – The Pewter Wolf

Best Female

2nd Place – Michelle – Tales Of Yesterday

3rd Place – Miriam – Hello I Am Miriam

Best Team/Co-op

2nd Place – Bookish Brits

3rd Place – The Big Book Project

Marvellous Blogger

2nd Place – Michelle – Tales Of Yesterday

3rd Place – Luna – Luna’s Little Library

Best Overseas 

2nd Place – Jamie – The Perpetual Page-Turner

3rd Place – Lili – Lili’s Reflections

Best Booktuber

2nd Place – George Lester

3rd Place – Stevie – SableCaught

Best on Social Media

2nd Place – Mariam – Hello I Am Mariam

3rd Place – Jim – YAYeahYeah

Best Oldtimer

2nd Place – Viv – Serendipity Reviews

3rd Place – Lucy – Queen of Contemporary

Best Growing Blogger

2nd Place – Virginie – Chouett Blog

3rd Place – Chloe – Writer-On-Wheels

Best Newcomer

2nd Place – Hannah Ha – Ninjas Reads Too

3rd Place – Cintia – Reflectionofthebooks

Best Blogger Feature

2nd Place – Secret Serendipity Seven & Blogger Island Books – Serendipity Reviews

3rd Place – Looks on Books – Casey Ann / Dark Readers

 

 

 


The 2016 UKYA Book Blogger Awards in numbers:

Something like 30hrs+ were spent backstage putting the awards together.
More than 100 nominations were put forward…
28 UKYA Bloggers made the longlist
33 UKYA Bloggers were on the shortlist
Over 2600 votes were cast in 14 categories
There were 16 lovely helpers and 1 host
On the 30th May at 6pm (that’s tonight) there is 1 epic Book Lover / Awards Twitter Party and you are all invited!

See you at the Twitter celebrations tonight!awardukyabbloggersPARTY

I hope everyone enjoyed the UKYA Awards this year and congratulations to all the winners!

 

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March/ April Book Haul

IMG_0021For the last few months I have been plagued by the constant need to revise for up-coming exams and as a result neglected to post anything for a while. I have two months worth of books I have acquired, because of that, I have not had the chance to read or review.

I did not feature this in my last book haul, though in February I did go to the Launch of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, where you can probably guess what I picked up.6fd235e651955b1a9768561dd0450e1f

Starting in March,  I picked up Kindred Spirits for World Book Day. Then, while I was in India, I picked up quite a few novels from the Oxford Book Depository.

  • An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
  • In His Keeping by Maya Banks
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

In April, I was gifted Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar from some family friends, and I cannot wait to read my first Indian YA book.

Have you picked up any good books lately? Tell me in the comments.

Kindred Spirits

26365537Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell                                                                                                                    

Published February 25th 2016 by Macmillans Kids UK              

Pages: 96                                                                                                                                                     

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                  

Source: Bought                                                                                                                                                  

Links: AmazonGoodreads 

Summary: If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

 

This book was not long, in fact it was one of the shortest novellas I have read in a long time. However, this book was good.

Elena was such a likeable protagonist and so were pretty much all of the other characters (my favourite was Troy). There was not a lot of room for character development but I felt like I was able to get the general gist of each persons trait.

The premise of the story was interesting and although I am no fan of Star Wars, I think it would be a good experience to go and camp out for the release of a new movie or book.

At the start, Elena came across as a little shy but during the course of the book she learns to become comfortable with new people rather than hiding in the crowd. Kindred Spirits was not a romance, like so many of Rainbow Rowells’ other books, but that was fine with me and I enjoyed watching as Elena and Gabe became friends and bonded over Star Wars.

Rating: 4/5

Chasing Eva~ Mini Review

29599989Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart

*I was given this e-book in exchange for an  honest review.*

Summary: After living through her share of disloyal relationships, Evangeline Avery will be damned if she lets another man cheat her. A beautiful and confident woman, Eva is the owner of an interior design firm at the brink of collapse. She swears to bring her company back to its past glory, even if it involves sweet talking the one man who caused this turmoil in the first place – Clive Stanton.

 

There wasn’t anything wrong with this book. I just personally didn’t like it. The story line did not stand out for me and the romance between the protagonists did not capture my attention.

I finished the book, but I did not at any point feel like I would miss anything if I stopped reading it. The characters in particular were likeable, but I didn’t feel anything for them and that dimmed my enjoyment of this novel.

I would think that readers who like light, contemporary romances with a slight hint of suspense, would appreciate Chasing Eva, though it is aimed at a slightly older age group than other Young Adult books I’ve read…(more like New Adult).

Rating: 2/5

 

 

UKYA Book Blogger Awards Longlist

ukyabookbloggerawardsThe UKYA Book Blogger Awards are OPEN!

Give a big shout out to the wonderful helpers this year:

Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books
Amy McCaw @ YA Under My Skin
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Annalise @ AnnaliseBooks
Aurelija @ myblinddatewithbooks
Chelley Toy @ Tales Of Yesterday
Chloe @ Writer-On-Wheels
Cintia @ Reflection of the Books
Emma @ Howling Reviews
Georgia Stencel @ The Books Bandit
Jesse @ thatjessebloke
Kaisha @ thewritinggarnet
Rachel Kennedy @ Ya-bberingBooklover
Rebecca @ Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog
Virginie @ Chouett

Voting for the SHORTLIST is via Luna’s Little Library who is hosting the UKYA Book Blogger Awards this year. Just follow this link here

The voting closes on Friday 27th May 2016.

Don’t forget to share the love! #awardukyabbloggers

 


28 UKYA bloggers made the UKYA Book Blogger Awards LONGLIST this year:

Annalise – Annalisebooks

Ben – Benjaminoftomes

Beth – Bibliobeth

Charli – To Another World

Dani Reviews Things

Denise – The Bibliolater

Emma – Howling Reviews

Hollie –  Hollieblog

Holly – Lost in a Library

Huriyah & Nalisha – SugarQuills

Jenny –  Wondrous Reads

Jessica – Paper Utopia

Kaisha – The Writing Garnet

Katie – queenofteenfiction

Maia – maiaandlittlemoore

Miss Meira Dee

Nicola – Nicola Reads YA

Olivia Mitchell – Rewrite This Story

Rachel Kennedy – Ya-bberingBooklover

Rebecca – Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog

Rita – Weaving Pages

Sanne – booksandquills

Sarah – Feeling Fictional

Sophie – So Many Books, So Little Time

Stacey – The Pretty Books

YA Fictionados

Debbie – Snuggling on the Sofa

Julianne – This Fleeting Dream

Congratulations to everyone! Remember to head over to Luna’s Little Library to vote for the shortlist!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Where did I get it? The Local Library

Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Thoughts:

In accordance with the recent release of A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to A court of Thorns And Roses, I thought the time had finally come to review this book.

I read this a while ago, and I had to immediately know what was brewing through the mortal and faerie lands. Going into ACOTAR, I was slightly worried that I would find it too similar to The Throne of Glass series, but that was not the case at all. Feyre was nothing like Celeana and it would be wrong to the compare the two as they are both great characters in their own right.

Feyre may have been completely usurped from her home and thrown unarmed into the court of the Spring High Lord, but she did not take it sitting down. There was no small amount of action packed into this novel, on top of the romance promised in the blurb and I was enthralled by the world that lay beyond the mortal realms.

I could not help but like Tamlin, however saying that my favourite character was definitely Lucien. His sharp wit and slightly sarcastic comments were the highlights of the book for me, and I increasingly looked forward to interactions between him and Feyre.

I am glad that I picked this up, despite earlier reservations and I would like to think that others would not be disappointed by ACOTAR either.

Rating: 4/5

2016 UKYA Book Blogger Awards

ukyabookbloggerawardsIn 2016 UKYA Book Blogger Awards Nominations are now open!

Before we begin, please let me introduce you to the wonderful bloggers who’ll be helping:

Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books

Amy McCaw @ YA Under My Skin

Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf

Annalise @ AnnaliseBooks

Aurelija @ myblinddatewithbooks

Chelley Toy @ Tales Of Yesterday

Chloe @ Writer-On-Wheels

Cintia @ Reflection of the Books

Emma @ Howling Reviews

Georgia Stencel @ The Books Bandit

Jesse @ thatjessebloke

Kaisha @ thewritinggarnet

Rachel Kennedy @ Ya-bberingBooklover

Rebecca @ Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog

Virginie @ Chouett

Big thanks to them and to Faye @ A Daydreamers’s Thoughts for letting Luna’s Little Library host this year.


Let us start!
In 2016 UKYA Book Blogger Awards there are 15 categories to vote in.

Please submit your nomination via the form below. You can nominate up to 3 Bloggers per category. Make sure to include both the Blogger and Blog Name to make it a valid nomination.
Nominations close at midnight on the 15th May 2016.

Don’t forget to share the love! #awardukyabbloggers

CATEGORIES:

*Best Blog Design*

*Best Feature*

*Best Newcomer*
under 1 year

*Best Growing Blogger*
1-3 years

*Best Oldtimer*
3years+

*Best on Social Media*
be it Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc… The Blogger in question doesn’t have to be on all types of social media, they can be you favourite on Twitter for example.

*Best Booktuber*

*Best Overseas Blogger*

*Marvellous Blogger Award*
combining the Sweetest & Friendliest Blogger category

*Best Team / Co-op Blog*

*Best Female Blogger*

*Best Male Blogger*

*Blogger Spirit Award*
combining the Most Enthusiastic & Most Passionate category from 2015

*Best Teen Blogger*

*Best Adult Blogger*

Are you looking forward to the UKYA Book Blogger Awards? Who are you going to nominate?

Kaavya xx