Earlier today on Radio 1, the shortlist was annouced for the Young Writers' Award! If you missed it I have the exclusive list down below. The award cermeony will be on Tuesday the 3rd October.
If you would like to check out any of the short stories you can read them here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/ywa
If you don't know what the YWA are it is - it is a writing competition for young people, aged 14-18 to show their creative side. These 5 stories where picked out of many of wonderful submissions and I must recommend you go check out each of their stories online. Good luck to the 5 finalist. You have all done brilliantly!
‘Wolf’ by Matt Coleclough, 17, from Bristol. The most experimental in structure, Wolf was inspired by a school writing competition where the image of a wolf was set as the jumping-off point. This lyrical, beautifully realised story draws parallels between the wolf’s struggle for survival and the desperation of a local thief.
‘Decisions’ by Miranda Crawford, 14, from Datchet. The tensions of a marriage breaking down and a child caught between two warring parents are captured through the metaphor of ‘tea’ and ‘coffee’ in this strong, visual story from the youngest of this year’s shortlist.
‘Something Wicked, Something Wild’ by Victoria Knight, 18, from Solihull. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dedication to an ancestor persecuted for witchcraft in The Handmaid’s Tale, this evocative and haunting tale tells a story of revenge and retribution realised after centuries of torment.
‘The Roses’ by Elizabeth Ryder, 17, from Oxfordshire. The story of a relationship in decline, this inventive and imaginative story of emotional abuse was inspired by the idea of sacrifice and new life in the midst of darkness.
‘Sunflowers’ by Abiah Wyatt, 17, from Cornwall. A poignant and dream-like story of domestic abuse told with raw and brutal beauty, the sunflower field setting was inspired by a family holiday in France.
We've all read a book and instantly thought, oh my god this would be amazing on the big screen, I have read so many I would love to see as a TV show or movie. I know in the past some book to movie adaptions haven't been the best. But, I still like to dream that some of these books would be amazing on a screen. Plus, they would have to pick the right people for each character so-
I have a list that includes series and standalones. Let me know in the comments what you would like to see adapted.
The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.
I would love this as a TV show, it would be kind of like Game Of Thrones but for YA fans. Just think about how amazing this series would be on the TV with all the world building and the drama and just so much more!!
The Winner's Curse
The Winner's Crime
The Winner's Kiss
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book, this bloody amazing, fantastic book. I would love this as a movie but, I know some things would have to be kept out so they would have enough time to get it all in even though I wouldn't mind if this movie was 5+ hours long. It is one of the best fantasy books I have read. It is only a standalone and I'm so sad about that but it ended perfectly and I just miss the characters. If you haven't picked it up you need too, it will change you and I have re-read it about 6 times now.
The Chronicles Of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder
This is one of the first book series I read when I was younger and it really got me into reading. I'm so surprised it never got picked up for a TV Show. It currently has 6 books in the series but, the original 3 are just still my favourite. One of the best fantasy series out there.
The Potion Diaries Trilogy by Amy Alward
This trilogy is so fun and full of laughs, drama, romance, friendship, magic and so much more! I would like it either as a movie or a TV show as I think it would be great as either and I would love to watch this on the tv. Amy has written such a brilliant trilogy and I miss these characters a lot!
The Potion Diaries
The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour
The Potion Diaries: Going Viral
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
If you've read this book you would understand why I want this to be a movie. It would be super adorable and hilarious and have so many different elements within it. It is a YA love story that I really, really enjoyed and would love to see it in the cinema so I can see these characters come to life. Also, the people on the cover should play Dimple & Rishi.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
I don't know if I want this as a TV show or Movie. I kind of think of the way Riverdale is would be perfect for this. A kick-ass feminist book needs to be brought to the big screen. It made me feel empowered when reading it and I'm sure it would do the same to others. I think it would be great as watching these young girls stand up for what they believe in and trying to change the system.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
This would make a great tv show. It is a drama filled Sci-Fi book. It had loads of twist and turns I wasn't expecting and, there is a sequel on the way. The premise of the book is what got me hooked in the first place. How does she keep dying on her birthday by the same man and then be alive the next day? And no one knows anything about it but, what are people hiding from her? A ya thriller sci-fi that I thoroughly enjoyed and think would be perfect as a tv show.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
If you follow me on social media you know how much I adore this book. I read it earlier this year and I'm still in shock about the story and where it took me. I think, if this was made like Gone Girl it would be a perfect movie. Or, like Big Little Lies about 7 episodes would also be perfect. So much happens in this book that it will keep you on your toes. I adored this thriller and I still just can't get over how much it gripped me from the very beginning and kept me gripped with all the twists.
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
A YA thriller that is set around 5 high school students when they all are put in detention but, only 4 come out alive. A story about whodunit and trying to figure out if one of them is lying.
I loved this book. It was the perfect YA mystery story. Had all the right elements. All the characters where different from each other but had this one thing that connected them. A film for this one as I think it would be perfect and I think a TV show might drag it out too much but, then again we would get more out of a TV show and I would love to see this on the screen.
Today I have the lovely Lois on my blog today. Lois is a book blogger and she blogs at Loisreadsbooks. She is so lovely and I highly recommend checking out her blog and following her on Twitter.
Hey everyone, I’m Lois, I am just about to turn 20 and I blog over on Loisreadsbooks. On my blog, you can find a variety of things. I join in on the weekly posts such as Goodreads Monday, Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday. I also post regular book reviews and book tags. Occasionally you will see a post or two that show off a bookish DIY or something bookish that I have spent some time designing. I have been blogging for just over a year now! I am so glad I took the chance and created a book blog. I love blogging so much and can’t imagine stopping anytime soon.
I have loved books ever since I learnt to read. My favourite author from my childhood would have to be Roald Dahl. As a child, I used to read his books repeatedly. Matilda was my favourite Roald Dahl book, I related to her so much with her love for reading and how she spent all her time reading. When I started High School, I seemed to stop reading altogether. I picked up the occasional book but didn’t read as much as I used to. During my final year at High School everyone seemed to be talking about the John Green book The Fault in Our Stars. I decided to pick up a copy of the book and give it a read. This sparked my love for reading again and I have been reading as much as I can ever since. Thank goodness for John Green!
I am a big fan of YA books but I also enjoy reading Adult Fiction books every so often. My favourite genres are contemporary, mystery and dystopian. One genre I am not that much of a fan of is the fantasy genre. I am not too sure why but I cannot seem to get into fantasy stories, even though their covers are incredibly beautiful! My favourite book from the past year is On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. After finishing the book, I recommended it to everyone I know that reads as well as spoke about it non-stop on my blog. I was lucky enough to meet Carrie Hope Fletcher at the beginning of September this year and I am still star struck.
Blogging is one of my favourite things to do. Whenever I have a spare couple of hours you will find me on my laptop writing a new blog post. Or, curled up with a notebook writing blog post ideas and to-do lists for the blog. I love being part of a community of people who all share a love for reading and books. Everyone in the book blogging community is lovely and cares deeply about books and promoting books for the author and publisher. There is nothing better in my opinion than reading a book and being able to recommend it to a bunch of book lovers.
I can’t write this without mentioning a few of my favourite bloggers:
· Zuky @ Book Bum – on her blog you can find a bunch of book reviews of mystery books, as well as weekly posts and tags! I have been a fan of her blog for a while and Zuky is such a lovely person!
· Jess @ Beaucoupbooks – on Jess’s blog again you will find a lot of book reviews, weekly posts, tags and fun posts. I have loved Jess’s blog for a long time now and she a wonderful person too!
Thank you so much to Beth for letting me be a guest on her blog! It means a lot and is wonderful to see bloggers helping bloggers! This has been such a fun post to write! I hope you didn’t mind my rambling too much. You can find me on my blog at Loisreadsbooks or via my Twitter @Loisreadsbooks! Happy Reading!
Is it really to early to start talking about books coming out in 2018?!
So many exciting books have been announced for 2018 and usually, I don't want time to go too fast but, I need these books in my life. I have been lucky to receive some proofs of books coming out in 2018 but, these are the books that I need in my life now and I can't wait for them.
What books coming out in 2018 are you excited for?
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.
But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . .
Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.
2/1/18 - BUY HERE
Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable . . .
She's also caught between the guy she SHOULD like and the guy she DOES like. But she doesn't want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?
Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes . .
16/1/18 - BUY HERE
The old world is dead. But what will rise from its ashes? A brand-new tale of revolution and betrayal among the stars set in the world of Red Rising. It has been ten years since the events of MORNING STAR and the worlds are still in turmoil. Mustang governs the fledgling Solar Republic as Sovereign, with her partner Darrow serving as ArchPraetor of the military. Darrow conquers Mercury, which forces the Gold loyalist forces back to their last remaining holdout: Venus. Beyond the Asteroid Belt, the Rim Empire rebuilds their worlds in the wake of their rebellion against the former Sovereign and waits for the time to strike at the Core.Darrow will learn that the sins of his past are not forgotten and 'the bill comes at the end'.
16/1/18 - BUY HERE
Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother's and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can't forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King-who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world-or the ones Liesl loves-is in her hands?
30/1/18 - BUY HERE
Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir. The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself. Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero... In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan's armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?
1/2/18 - BUY HERE
When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild - what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can't count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it's a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie's location, and that's the way it has to stay. There's no way she's betraying her best friend. Not even when she's faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.
8/2/18 - BUY HERE
Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leoponaires prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy.
8/3/18 - BUY HERE
Izzy O'Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by . . .
Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician's son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off - but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It's the Exact Opposite of Okay.
8/3/18 - BUY HERE
Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza--but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys - an old flame from Asha's past - reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall and hearts will be broken.
13/3/18 - BUY HERE
*I am neither monster nor man - yet I am both. I am the Beast. I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me? My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human. And now I might lose her forever. Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.
3/5/18 - BUY HERE
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.
I know we are only at the start of October but, I am already excited for October and Halloween and books! These are 5 books I cannot wait to pick up in October.
Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She's made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget.
And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn't know who's next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for . . . literally.
The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy cliches. Oh, and zombies...YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.
Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's debut of the year.Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter wants her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - otherwise she'll have to leave and confront her deadly fate once and for all.
Two girls, one fatal reading . . . because the truth always lies in the cards
Skye's mother believes she has 'the gift' - the opportunity to see the future. Skye however can only see the opportunity to make money - and happily fleeces her gullible classmates into handing over their cash to hear their futures through Skye's wellworn tarot cards. But it's all in a good cause, right? Skye needs to save her hardearned cash to go to New York with her best mate Drew.
Then the local mayor's daughter Paige disappears - and Skye has a tip off about her whereabouts. Skye is uncomfortable about the source and masks the tipoff as a vision she has received. But then events get wildly out of control - Paige is found murdered and Skye is a prime suspect . . .
Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?
There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don't just see and hear it - you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.
I decided to do something different on my blog. Each week on a Tuesday I will be doing a blogger spotlight. Being supportive of other bloggers is the best thing we can do in this community.
So, please welcome Trisha to my blog today!
Hello, hello hello! I’m Trisha from trishajennreads.
And yes, that’s how you write it, all lowercase, all one word. It started as a Twitter handle when my lovely best friend forced me to join Twitter in 2011. A little while after that, I changed my blog name to match.
I’m from Calgary, Canada and aside from blogging about books and writing, I’ve just started to expand into lifestyle posts as well. I spend my days as a communicator and event planner at a university and am also starting my own freelance editing business, trishajennedits. I hope to one day work from home full time helping authors make their picture books and novels even better. I’m planning on focusing on picture books, and YA, fantasy, and romance novels.
Blog, blog, blog.
I’ve been blogging since 2010, but started to focus on it in 2016. My blog started as a way to track my reading and document my thoughts about the books I read. It has evolved a lot since then, into something that is much prettier and more interesting. Now, I blog because I enjoy discussing books, recommending books, and reviewing books. Basically, I like helping other readers discover the books they might enjoy. And, I love discovering new books and authors too!
My favourite books that I’ve read this year are:
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
If you can’t tell, I love romantic comedies. These three books are books that I know I will read over and over again (I’ve already read The Hating Game twice this year!).
My two favourite tropes are enemies-to-lovers romance, and a friends-to-lovers romance. This might be one of the reasons why my all-time favourite book is Pride & Prejudice. I love that book so much that my husband proposed with it!
Trisha’s husband proposed by carving a heart in a pink edition of Pride and Prejudice. Go ahead and ask her to tell you the story of how he snuck the book onto her bookshelf and tricked her into picking it up and opening it – she loves telling that story!
Trisha and her husband got married on a lovely autumn day and included pages from Jane Austen novels as paper roses in the bouquet, and pennant banners in the décor.
The book blogging community is so much fun. Everyone is so nice! Thank you so much to Beth for profiling bloggers on your blog and for letting me be a part of it. :)
Some of the lovely bloggers I’ve been able to get to know are Katelyn at Books & Bottles Blog who blogs about book and wine pairings (she’s also on Instagram and I’ve had the pleasure to meet her in person to chat books!) and Kristilyn at Reading In Winter (who is an Alberta girl too!). Another wonderful Canadian blogger is Jessica at Paper Trail Diary, she’s based in the fun city of Toronto and blogs about books and crafts and runs a fun notebook and pen exchange.
Blogging is a social activity!
If you would like to check out my blog, take a stroll over to trishajennreads.com. You can also find me on Facebook at trishajennreads, on Twitter @trishajennreads, on Instagram @trishajennreads, and on Pinterest @trishajennreads. I really like puppies too, so feel free to share puppy memes with me along with your book recommendations!
Fun fact: my blog logo is based on my actual reading glasses. That’s right, at 26 I was prescribed reading glasses because I spend so much time reading books and using my computer (to read and write)