Thursday, 8 October 2015

COVER REVEAL: Spark by Holly Schindler

Hello, bookworms! I pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal for Holly Schindler's new novel, SPARK. So, drumroll please....

Holly Schindler’s Spark:
When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.

Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.

It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.

“In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…”
—Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site:, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter:

Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now. Links to pre-order -
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Monday, 5 October 2015

REVIEW: Rebels by Sarah Noffke

Series: The Reverians #2
Pages: 225, Kindle
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Buy it From: Amazon - Amazon UK

Em returns to Austin Valley, but there are many things that don’t add up about her homecoming. She’s left Rogue behind and is adamant that Dr. Parker must leave the Valley with her. Zack agrees to help her, but soon learns she’s not telling the whole truth when Rogue comes storming back. With the threesome reunited, they work on a plan to stop the Defect crisis. Their plan places all of them at risk, but Em knows they have no other choice. Hundreds of kids are being injected with poison every day and Nona, her sister, is one of them. Em Fuller has one mission and will stop at nothing to achieve it: Bring the government of Austin Valley down.

My Thoughts:
Rebels picks up a few months after the end of Defects. Rogue and Em are free from Austin Valley, but they both know that their peace is only temporary. They must continue the rebellion against the evil President Vider.

When Em realises that Rogue’s health is deteriorating, she goes back to Austin Valley in search of a solution. When Rogue follows her, they find themselves muddled up in even more secrets and lies surrounding Vider and his quest for ultimate power. 

The two of them team up with Zack and Nona in order to take away some of Vider’s control over the Valley. I loved Em being reunited with Nona. The relationship between the two sisters is wonderful to read, and I think Nona is a key part in the rebellion. What I also found interesting was Em’s discovery of her true name, and what it means. There is definitely more to the story of her, Nona, and the third sister, Dee. I’m excited to further explore the connection between them and their names.

Ren was back in Rebels, and he was just as fabulous as ever. Although he acts constantly irritated by Em and her questions, I think he is secretly growing fond of her. If anyone can help her figure out the path to getting justice for the Valley, it’s Ren. Even if he insists he doesn’t care! 

I adored the relationship between Em and Rogue. They work as a team, always looking out for one another. I found their relationship to be different to what I usually read in YA, simply because it was a healthy relationship. They were genuinely good for each other. It wasn’t some whirlwind romance that had occurred over the space of a week. Theirs was a relationship built upon friendship and years of history together. 

Although I knew Rogue was hiding something throughout the story, I was in no way prepared for what it turned out to be. It hit me like a train. I had my heart shattered by the ending of this book. I was actually on a train whilst I was reading the final few chapters, and once I figured out what was going to happen, I had to put my Kindle away until I got home because there was no way I was going to subject myself to that emotional torture whilst on public transport! 

The one character I have mixed emotions about in this book is Zack. I don’t know whether it’s because we don’t really know too much about him, or whether it’s just that he pales in comparison to Rogue’s vibrant personality, but I’m torn on whether I like him or not. With the ending of Rebels in mind, I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of Zack in the final book, Warriors, so I’m hoping he will get his chance to shine and my opinions will be changed. 

As heart-breaking as I found the ending, the one positive I can take away from it is that I know it’s going to make Em ruthless. She was determined to end Vider before, but now she will be completely cutthroat. I’m excited to see her strength grow.

As exciting as ever, Rebels is another fantastic edition to The Reverians series. Sarah Noffke always delivers a gripping plot and well-developed characters. I’m beyond ready to read the final book. 

Royal Rating:


Friday, 2 October 2015

7 Tips For Newbie Book Bloggers

When I first started blogging, I knew absolutely nothing about the online book community, but through the help of other bloggers and their advice, I was able to turn my blog into something I’m super proud of! I’m am by no means an expert in the world of book blogging, but I have learned a thing or two since creating The Queen of Teen Fiction in 2011. So I figured it couldn’t hurt to share my own tips with you.

7. Learn the HTML Basics
Ah, how I wish I’d known anything about HTML when I first joined blogger. If you’ve bought, or are planning to buy, a custom or pre-made blog design that includes support for any problems that might occur, then you don’t really need this tip. But if, like me, you can’t afford to purchase a professional design, you’re going to need to learn a bit of blog DIY. 

Google some tips to familiarise yourself with basic HTML and CSS coding. Although it might seem like a foreign language (and a complete bore), you will thank yourself for it later. When I first started out, I didn’t even know what HTML was, let alone what it could do! But through trial and error, lots and lots of error, I’ve learned a great deal. I still mess up all the time, but I love being able to say I designed my own blog!

Here are a few of the websites I used for tips, tutorials, and free features for my blog: 

6. Find Your Design Resources
If you want a header image, a pretty background, or even a rating system that offers something a little more personalised to your blog than a basic star, you either need to design them yourself, or use images from the web. You can buy commercial-use images on sites such as Shutterstock, but there are also plenty of free alternatives. Search around for websites that offer free vector images, but make sure they are free for commercial use! 

For a blog background, if you’re just looking for a simple pattern, you can customise one yourself on the awesome site COLOURlovers – it’s were I created my own background!

5. Join in with the Community
There are so many book bloggers out there, and they’re super friendly! Make an effort to chat to other bloggers and writers on Twitter and Goodreads. Make sure you read and comment on other blogger’s reviews. It can make a blogger’s day to know that someone has read their opinion and wants to share thoughts! If you want to be involved in the book blogging world, you have to make the effort to join in. We don’t bite. I know lots of bloggers who appreciate a good Twitter conversation about their favourite fictional characters. *cough* me *cough* 

4. Don’t panic over review requests!
You’ve started a book blog, so why aren’t you swimming in review requests? The answer? It’s not going to happen straight away, and authors aren’t going to magically appear in your inbox. Authors and publishers need to be able to find you and your blog. Make sure you sign up to be listed in the Book Blogger Directory, or if you only review young adult novels, you can sign up for the YA Book Blog Directory

Goodreads is also a great place to find authors looking for book reviews. Try searching through various book blogger groups and introduce yourself. It’s also a great way to meet other bloggers and gain some followers!

This is super important when writing reviews. Of course your blog is to share your own opinions, but you don’t have to be rude whilst doing so. Never be purposefully cruel about a story you don’t enjoy. Remember that you are reading someone’s personal creation that they’ve put a lot of time and effort into. I try to be constructive in pointing out the parts of the book that didn’t work for me, explaining what I wished had been different. Simply stating that a book was awful and you’re sorry you wasted your time on it isn’t a very polite way to give feedback to authors who have willingly handed you their book.

2. Take part in challenges
There are all sorts of bookish challenges out there created by other bloggers, especially on other social media platforms, such as Instagram. There is a huge book presence on Instagram, with bloggers taking all sorts of pretty book pictures for themed challenges, such as rainbow arranged books, or the book-through-phone: 

Looks out for these hastags and get involved! Make use of as many social media sites as possible to get people noticing your blog.

1. Do it because it’s FUN
This is so important. Don’t start a blog because you want it to be popular. Don’t start a blog because you’ve seen exciting books get sent to other bloggers. Start a blog because YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS. Otherwise, where’s the fun? Don’t let your blog become a chore for you. Don’t feel pressured into blogging a certain way. Always remember that you’re doing this because you want to share your bookish opinions with others! 

Also, please try not to suffer from blogger envy. I know it’s difficult when everyone else seems to have a super pretty blog and really exciting opportunities, but you have to remember that they’ve worked hard for it! They’re passionate about what they do and they're dedicated to their blogs, and you need to feel that way about yours. Support other bloggers, and you’ll get support in return.

Happy Blogging! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Queen of Teen Fiction Has a New Look!

After several weeks of crying in despair over HTML and CSS, my new blog design is finally here! Since I created the blog in 2011, I've always had a dark-coloured design, so I thought it was time to lighten things up, because who doesn't love a bit of pastel?

It's been a nightmare trying to get the coding right. Don't even get me started on how many cups of coffee it took to get me through completing that drop-down menu. I lose my patience easily. Tensions run high. BUT IT'S FINISHED. I'm so happy with how it's turned out!

I have a new FAQ page that hopefully answers any questions you might have about the blog. I also have my reviews listed alphabetically, which you can see here, making it easier to find some of my older ones. (Please don't judge my writing from four years ago, nobody has time to go back and correct all of their old reviews.) Everything is a little more organized now, which is a miracle, really.

So, I hope you like the new design as much as I do! Also, I'm sorry if anything messes up within the new couple of weeks. I always seem to have approximately five million problems once I upload a new design. If you spot anything that doesn't work properly, please put me out of my misery and let me know!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

5 Reasons Why I Fangirl Over Fangirl

Hey, bookworms! Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that I've been taking part in a Fangirl readalong, hosted by MyKindaBook, over the past couple of weeks! The readalong reminded me just why I adore Rainbow Rowell's awesome book so much, so I made a video about it over on my booktube channel!

Feel free to share some of your favourite Fangirl moments in the comments!

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