An Interview With Marcus Sedgewick!

Hey guys, I am so so lucky to be interviewing the fabulous Marcus Sedgewick here today. I will soon be filming a review of his newest release The Ghosts of Heaven for my YouTube channel which will be linked down below for you guys to check out!
Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview!
Your latest book The Ghosts of Heaven is split into four different sections- this is not the first of your novels to be set like this- why do you choose this format?
I wrote one other book, Midwinterblood, in seven parts. There are lots of reasons why I like doing this kind of thing, not least to challenge myself, and my readers’ expectations of how a book ‘should’ be. With GOH it gave me the chance to look across time and wonder about universal themes throughout history.
I noticed this as I have read Midwinterblood too! It really does create a shape to the story, I think! Some parts of TGOH is set in the past and others, in the future. How much research did you do for this and what did you do for this?
There was a lot of research for the 1st, 3rd and 4th parts of the book. The 2nd part (about the witch) mostly drew on things I already was familiar with from previous books. All in all, I spent a long time reading about spirals, archaeology, space travel, linguistics, early 20th century psychiatric hospitals and many other things besides, but I love this – it’s all part of the fun of being a writer.
You must have had great fun researching psychiatric hospitals- that sounds fascinating! Each section is so different so it must have taken on a completely different challenge each time! How do you think you have evolved creatively as a writer?
It would take a book to answer that properly, but in brief, I can see that I have changed over the last two decades and that I have become more self aware of how I’m working, what I’m trying to do. That’s not necessarily a good thing – it can be destructive to be too aware of yourself. Each time I have had serious writer’s block (four times in 20 Years) I might very nearly not have gone on writing, but each time I think I have come out with more to offer on the other side. I hope so. 
That’s so interesting, I never knew it was destructive to be too aware of what you’re writing… I will apply that to my own. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
To continue to find new and exciting things to become obsessed enough about to write a new, and exciting (to me) book, when I’ve already written 20 or 30 novels.
It must be hard to find a new inspiration each time. What inspired you to become a writer in the first place?
I was not inspired to become a writer really, not by any one thing, or person, I just felt I had to start to do it.
So it’s not the angels coming down to inspire you. It’s just you. Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring young writers?
Yes: Enjoy it. Don’t judge yourself. Judge yourself. Take it seriously. Have fun with it.
Thank you so much again to Marcus Sedgewick for agreeing to this interview even though he is incredibly busy. I am so blessed.

An Interview With Anna Michels!

First of all, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview! You are releasing your debut novel ’26 Kisses ‘ soon. Could you tell us a little about it?
Of course, thanks for having me! 26 Kisses is the story of one girl who decides to take control of a bad situation and makes some mistakes but has a lot of fun in the process. When Veda’s longtime boyfriend dumps her unexpectedly, she decides to move on and up by taking on the ultimate summer romance challenge–kissing one boy for every letter of the alphabet. There are a lot of boys (and a lot of kissing!) in the book, and my favorite part of writing it was dreaming up these insanely awesome kissing scenes.

Sounds amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! How did you come about the idea for this book?
The idea was inspired by a real life story–not my own life, but a friend’s🙂
Great inspiration! Such an interesting friend to have! Can you give us some insight into your main character? Does she relate to you in any way?
Veda and I don’t have too much in common on the surface–I would never have the guts to take on that kind of challenge! But her lack of a car and her shaky relationship with her father are things I have experienced.
It’ll be great to see your inspiration in the book! I don’t think I would have the guts to take on this challenge either! What would you say was the hardest thing about writing- especially as this is your first YA novel?
The hardest thing for me is finding the time to write. My day job demands a lot of time and creative energy, so I generally have to get up early or stay up late to squeeze in an hour or two of writing each day.
That sounds like me with my homework! But don’t tell anyone that… I have literally no time left in my day! Why do you write?
I love creating the world, characters, and events of a book. After it’s written, it almost feels like these things really happened and that the characters really exist, but it all came out of my head. Pretty cool!
That is cool! Must be really awesome to have created such a scandalous story! Would you say you are more of a reader or a writer? Or are you both?!
I’m actually more of an editor! My day job is in editing, and my favorite part of the writing process is revision and making everything come together just right. But I was a reader before I was a writer or an editor, and reading is still my favorite free time activity.
Reading is definitely my favourite activity too! Editing must be such a great job! I don’t want to take up too much of your time so here’s one last question; do you have any tips for aspiring young writers?
My number one tip is to read! Read everything, and read a lot of it. And my number two tip is to write, write a lot, and let yourself get goofy with it. I still have some short stories I wrote in middle school that are totally off the wall (one is about an evil woman named Senorita Futon) that crack me up whenever I run across them. I feel like I’ll never have that kind of wacky creativity again and I wish I had done more with it before I got old and boring.
Thank you so much to Anna Michels for agreeing to this interview! Her debut YA novel 26 Kisses is being released on the 26th of May!

Is This BookTube You Say?!

Well as you can probably guess from the title of this post… Yes, I am starting booktube…

That’s why I’ve been so inactive lately, I’ve been practicing vlogging with my brand new camera. It’s so awkward-I mean, I am a generally excitable person, but stick me in front of a camera and nope. Shut Down.

I think I will keep blogging as well and I’ll definitely link all my vlogs and videos right here for you guys!

What can you expect?

Well, soon I ill be postiing my Febraury Releases Post and updating my Readathons post… I’ll also be reviewing all the books I receive from publishers so look out for a very special one coming soon! Anything else?…

Maybe mini updates like this? Let me know what you guys want!

Now I have to go figure out how to turn my camera on….

Speak to you soon! (hopefully sooner than 19 days…)


January Releases!

Okay, I know that it’s already the 10th of January but I still wanted to let all you guys know this month’s releases that I am most excited about! There are only two release dates for these 5 books so the 5th of January and the 28th of January- fab days for book releases I know!

  1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.

Release Date: 05/01/16

This book has been on my radar for the past three or four months and the hype that has been building up surrounding this has been phenomenal. It is almost my birthday soon and I am so excited to either receive this book or have enough money to buy it- yes, I have already spent all my Christmas money on books…

Anyway, this book (from what I’ve gathered) is about time travel and New York..? I think… But the main character is a violinist and I think it would be really interested to see how Alexandra Bracken writes musically. This will also be my first book by her and I’ve been eyeing up The Darkest Minds for ages!

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Release Date: 05/01/16

Truthwitch is also a really hyped book for me and ever since I heard  about the concept of two best (girl) friends saving the world. This is probably the first magical fantasy that focuses more on friendship than love and I cannot wait to see how that plays out! The author, Susan Dennard, is best friends with Sarah J. Maas who has quickly become one of my top,top favourite authors so I trust her judgment  when she says  this book is incredible! Another to add to my list for my birthday!

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

3. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.

Release Date: 05/01/16

I read Red Queen back in the middle of 2015 and, come on, that ending though! Plot twist! I don’t know if I am necessarily going  to read this book but it just serves as a reminder that Glass Sword is coming! If I feel in the mood for a novella I will definitely pick this one up!

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

4. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard.

Release Date: 28/01/16

I have actually already read this book and I loved it beyond words. I actually could not believe how amazing this book was… I’m still speechless. This would have actually made my top books of the year list but because I decided not to add ARCs to that list. But it was so close! I cannot wait for you guys to read it! I loved the elements of friendship and the way really difficult subjects were handled was absolutely beautiful.

I’ve done a full, no-spoiler review so you guys can go read that if you’re interested!

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

5. All The Rage by Courtney Summers.

Release Date: 28/01/16

I actually just finished a copy of this book- Macmillan was lovely enough to send me a copy, so thank you! This book was so poignant, so deep and rich that I just melted into it and became attached to all of the characters. I found this book so beautifully written and yet so heart-breaking that it was difficult to digest… Lots of mixed emotions surrounding this book.

I will do a full, non-spoilery review to express my thoughts!

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won’t now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

And there you have it! There are the top five books I am most excited for this month! Like really, I cannot wait for a few of them… Yep I’m going to go order them now… I hope you guys do too!

Speak to you soon!


Life Update #1

I’m sure you guys really don’t want to hear about the boringness of my life but I just wanted to jump in to reassure you guys.

I have not abandoned you!

Life has been so hectic here, what with going back to school and an English exam today and what not so… Yeah. Breathe Cait, breathe.

Anyway, over the weekend, I will be writing a few posts for me to publish next week and maybe this should become a routine so I don’t have to do these updates and bore you.

But anyway, I will be posting about a book I read a very long time ago and still need to review called Thirteen Chairs. My anticipated releases post for January is coming! Along with another book review for We Are All Made of Molecules which I read in one sitting!

So, loads to come and I’m sorry I’ve been so inactive but that will chamge! I’m still getting the hang of this!

Let me know any requests for posts you’d like me to write down in the comments!

Right, back to reading!

Cait x

Winter Biannual Bibliothon!

I don’t even think words could express how excited I am for this readathon! Honestly, all the hosts are so much fun and they are so nice so you should really go and check them out!

Basically, this readathon is about reading as much as you can and having fun with it! It is not a stressful readathon at all and there will be loads of challenges and sprints to make our time so much more fun!

I am balancing this with revision and work but… Who needs sleep?

I thought I’d share with you the reading challenges and my TBR for the readathon!

1. Read the group book: Soundless by Richelle Mead.

So obviously I’m reading Soundless by Richelle Mead… No brainer…
2. Read a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for over a year.

For this one I’m reading The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I have had this book on my shelf forever and I have been meaning to read it forever so I though, why not?
3. Read a book over 300 pages.

I could pick almost any book on my TBR for this one so I’m really in for a hard time but the one I’ve actually assigned to this challenge is The Selection by Kiera Cass. My best friend bought me the entire box set for Christmas and I am just going to marathon the rest after the readathon! Can’t wait!
4. Read a book from your favourite genre.

I don’t really have a favourite genre so this one was also very difficult to pick but the one I chose for this was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I chose this because, in readthons, my favourite genre is an easy genre so I thought I’d pick that fluffy contemporary that’s been sitting on my shelf forever!
5. Reread your favourite book in a series.

For Christmas, my amazing family gave me the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition! Because of this my favourite Harry Potter book is the first one because it is just so beautiful! I just can’t wait to dive into this, I am so excited!
6. Read a book based on it’s cover.

A couple of weeks ago, the amazing people at Pan Macmillan HQ gave me loads of ARCs that are coming out in 2016 and one of these books was The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. Does that title not sound amazing?!?!? Honestly that’s all I’ve read about the book so far and I am just going to jump right in blind!
7. Read a book that’s been recommended to you more than once.

For this, I picked Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Oh my God, this book is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. My parents just came back from America and bought me the stunning hardback edition from Barnes and Noble… I keep drooling, is that bad?

I doubt I’ll be able to read all of these books for the readathon but if I manage to read three, I will be so proud of myself!

See you at midnight guys!

Happy reading!



My Top Books of 2015!

Guys, I’ve had such a difficult time putting this list together! I decided not to include ARC’S that I read in 2015, instead I just included published books. I didn’t know it would be this hard to rule out some of my babies! I couldn’t go any lower than 8 so… Here are my top 8 books of 2015!

*DISCLAIMER- These books are in no particular order and all opinions are mine.*

#1 The Rain duology by Virginia Bergin!

The Rain was the very first book I read this year and I knew from the minute I read it, it would be on this list! I read the sequel the minute it came out and I am so sad to see this series go! I look forward to any more releases from Virginia Bergin in the future, her writing is fantastic!

It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.

Review of The Rain:

Interview with Virginia Bergin:

#2 Landline by Rainbow Rowell

After a huge binge read of Virginia Bergin, I decided I needed a little bit of contemporary to bring me back down to earth. so I turned to my favourite author Rainbow Rowell who I knew was going to give me another amazing read. And she did. Wow it was good, I highly recommend it, this book is amazing. Especially for those who want to move into adult fiction, this book is a great starting point and, it’s Rainbow Rowell, what’s not to like?

As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.

TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actually visit the past; all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up. And hope he picks up — because once eorgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants is make things right with her husband, Neal.

Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over. . . . Does Georgie want to start over?

#3 The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

This is probably the most under-hyped book on my list and I cannot understand why no one has heard of this book because honestly they would love this book if they knew about it! I love the whole idea of using an Amish community because it is just so different and I haven’t read anything like it before or since. With swoon-worthy romance and terrifying horror- this book is guaranteed to grab you and not let you go till the last page. Oh, and did I mention zombies?

If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in? 

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing.

Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?

#4 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I know that this year officially marks the release of the final book in the series… I know you guys are probably thinking ‘Where’s Winter!?!?!?’

I haven’t read it yet and I just can’t wait to! I also read Scarlet this year but if you guys have read the series you can see that Cinder was just that little bit better than Scarlet… eeeeeever so slightly. I cannot wait to delve into Cress and Winter and maybe even Fairest! Bring on the completion of The Lunar Chronicles!

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

#5 The Shatter Me trilogy

Before I read this trilogy, I had heard so much hype surrounding it that I was sceptical I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as everyone else had. But boy, was I wrong! This trilogy got loads better with each book and came together for one of the most explosive finales I have ever read! I highly recommend this to all lovers of… Books. Yes,it will appeal to every, just go buy it.

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

#6 The Territory by Sarah Govett

This book was probably one of the most rewarding books I read in 2015… I got to meet the author and have a meal, I got to interview Sarah and I got to receive a copy of one of the most poignant books I’ve read in advance! This book gave me the heebie-jeebies but I loved every second of it and cried all night when I had finished with it… Man, this book was rough.

Noa Blake is just another normal 15 yearold with exams looming. Except in The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything – because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death. But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?

Review of The Territory:

Interview With Sarah Govett:

#7 The Silence of Six by E.C Myers.

The Silence of Six was the first book I ever buddy read and so it will always hold a special place in me (God that’s cheesy). Anyway, I loved the elements of hacking and love as well as the mystery and suspense. But, you the thing that really sold it for me was the trailer for this book. Seriously, I’m just going to stop typing and just let you watch it for yourself!

Book trailer:

“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.

Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.

Review of The Silence of Six:

#8 The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

I have only just discovered the world of LGBT+ fiction and ever since reading this book I have been searching and searching and searching for more books that I can sink my teeth into. I loved each and every one of the characters in this book and it helped teach about ideas that I know nothing about. I love reading about LGBT themes because unfortunately it is a taboo subject and it really, really should be talked about more freely.

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …

Interview With Lisa Williamson:

Wow, that was probably the longest post I have ever written and I am so sorry that you guys had to read that! Well, you didn’t have to but hopefully you read a bit!

I promise you my next post won’t be as long!

Speak to you soon!